By cuspeditions, Mar 28 2017 03:58PM

SPEKTRUM art_technology_community

1st April 2017

Bürknerstr 12

12047 Berlin


Doors: 19:30 / Start time: 20:00

Sound Anatomy present a sound art night with performances by:

Thomas Ankersmit

Richard Scott

Thomas Ankersmit (Netherlands, 1979) is a musician and composer based in Berlin and Amsterdam. Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge Modular synthesizer. Ankersmit has long-term collaborations with New York minimalist Phill Niblock and Italian composer Valerio Tricoli. His music is released on the Touch and PAN labels. Acoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, infrasonic vibration, otoacoustic emissions, and highly directional projections of sound play a central role in his work. His music is also characterized by a deliberate misuse of the equipment, using feedback and disruptions to the signal, and the extremes of frequency and dynamics, to create visceral but finely detailed swarms of sound.

Ankersmit has performed throughout Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, and Asia. His work has been presented at venues such as Hamburger Bahnhof and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle, Basel; Serralves Museum, Porto; MoMA PS1, New York; and at festivals for experimental and contemporary music all over the world. He has been a guest lecturer at universities such as Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, CalArts, and the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

Current projects include commissioned works for CTM and Berghain (Berlin) based on infrasound and architectural resonance, and for GRM (Paris) based on the research of Pierre Schaeffer, as well as new work with Phill Niblock.

"Sound has never felt so granular and tangible and all around you. A hair-raising and overwhelming experience."

→ Antoine Richard, Tokafi

“Nobody sets standards like Thomas Ankersmit. With his analogue synth he plays the space as well the ears of the people occupying that space. Phantom sounds penetrate the skull in disturbing ways, perform dances once inside, and disappear or transform with a slight movement of the head. Practically everything else that evening paled in comparison to the intensity and focus of his performance.”

→ René van Peer, Gonzo Circus

"Thomas Ankersmit casts inner-ear illusions reminiscent of Maryanne Amacher's otoacoustic emissions. Densely striated and mercilessly dominating, Ankersmit's set is one of the weekend's highlights."

→ Matt Evans, The Wire

“Razor-sharp and incredibly detailed sounds appear in high-definition … Ankersmit constructs a seductive and highly unpredictable sound-poem in which space, non-space, or the illusion of one or the other, play a key role. Uncompromising and revolutionary, with the equipment on the torturing rack … Outright genius.”

→ Sven Schlijper, KindaMuzik

Richard Scott is a free improvising sound artist and electroacoustic composer, working with electronics including modular synthesizers and controllers such as the Buchla Thunder and Lightning and his own self-designed WiGi infrared controller developed at STEIM. He has been composing and performing for over 25 years, recently working with Evan Parker, Jon Rose, Richard Barrett, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Shelley Hirsch, Ute Wasserman, Michael Vorfeld, Frank Gratkowski and his own Lightning Ensemble. He studied free improvisation in the 1980s with John Stevens, saxophone with Elton Dean and Steve Lacy, and electroacoustic composition with David Berezan and Ricardo Climent. He has released many albums, for example with Grutronic and Evan Parker for PSI records, The Magnificence of Stereo (sruti BOX) and has a solo double modular synthesizer LP, Several Circles, and an album with Sidsel Endreson, Debris in Lower Earth Orbit, released on CUSP Editions in 2016.

By cuspeditions, Mar 28 2017 03:41PM

Vortex Jazz Club

11 Gillett Square

N16 8


9th April 2017

19.30 - 22.30


Cusp artists David Ross and Clive Bell will perform in a trio with Marjolaine Charbin:

Welcome to part two of 'experiments in electronics' - the second part of a three-gig residency at The Vortex, exploring electronic soundscapes and instruments...

Part two is:

9th April - Chris Dowding (solo), Sudden Amusements (duo), Clive Bell / Marjolaine Charbin / David Ross (trio)

In this second night of the residency, Chris Dowding will play a solo piece, 'Piano Angel', inspired by the pianist Craig Taborn, and featuring trumpet and electronics.

Sudden Amusements are a processed trumpet and field recordings duo of Oliver Payne (field recordings & electronics) and Chris Dowding (processed trumpet & electronics).

Oliver Payne has an interest in typically inaudible voices in natural environments, recorded using alternative methods to capture sounds such as geophones, inductor coils and hydrophones.

Chris Dowding performs regularly with Natural Causes (www.naturalcauses.org.uk), Rude 2.0 (with the trombonist Annie Whitehead) and leads the Moonrise Trio.

The evening ends with the trio of Clive Bell, David Ross and Marjolaine Charbin. Individually, the have collaborated with Jah Wobble, Evan Parker and David Toop - and this is a first ever trio performance in this combination.

By cuspeditions, Mar 21 2017 03:05PM

Penultimate Press & Cuspeditions present: The Pancrace Project


4th April 2017

19.30 -23.00

£5/£7 on the door

Islington Mill

James Street


m3 5hw


Music for pipe organ Stiehr-Mockers 1848, bird whistles, Baroque Violin, Irish Flutes, Boîtes à Bourdons, Landscape Piano, Motorised Bows, Standuino Pi Synth, Microphones, Hurgy Toys, AM radio, Church Bells, Uillean Pipes and Hulusi Flutes.

Pancrace is a unique improvising quintet comprising French, British and Austrian performers. The members include Prune Bécheau, Arden Day, Julien Desailly, Léo Maurel and Jan Vysocky. Pancrace is also the name of the church in Dangolsheim Alsace and is next to where the instrument inventor Léo Maurel, known for his ingeniously designed instruments inspired by the hurdy gurdy, lives.

In Pancrace one can hear a radical new music comprised of many of Léo’s shape-shifting instruments and devices being utilised without knowing which are bowed, plucked, hammered or rubbed. The results are a maelstrom of sound and song which see-saw between the harrowing and the sublime with incredible detail to sonic content.

One of the most exciting debut’s to arrive in recent times the material recorded at Saint-Pancrace/Dangolsheim in April 2015 will be

Published on double vinyl by Penultimate Press


Support comes from the newly formed:

Psychic Sister Pseudo Séance Band

a trio of sonic sorceresses.

A cloverleaf of rock, folk and sound art lineage, the trio is

Ali Bell (voice, oven-rack harp, keyboard, percussion)

Ecka Mordecai (cello, bowed psaltery)

Mitzi Jones (violin).

"Their music is a cosmic conversation whose tectonic shifts evokes the cinematic gravitas of Toru Takemitsu, late-period Nico, and the mournful melancholy of Celtic folk song"

- David McLean, Tombed Visions



(Ben Knight from Psykick Dancehall, Human Heads and Katz Mulk fame will present a new dance piece called 'NEVER PRACTICE')