Friday 19 August 2016, 8pm
“The electronic link between Germany's 60s cosmic couriers and the now generation of clicks + cuts + glitch worshippers.” – The WIRE
OTO hosts a primer night for Extra Normal's excellent Contra Pop Festival ahead of the main event in Ramsgate this weekend!
“No studies, no academic education, no scholarships, just pure learning by doing = self-taught appropriation of creative skills and handling of analogue and digital studio technology. I am my own Tonmeister.” – Asmus Tietchens
Tietchens was born in Hamburg in 1947. Since 1975 he has been working as an independent musician; in 1980 he released his first solo record Nachtstücke. After producing a series of rhythmic and harmonic albums for the Sky label in the early 1980s he released his first industrial record Formen letzter Hausmusik in 1984 on United Dairies. Here Tietchens articulated his musical interests clearly: everyday noises were treated and at times deformed beyond recognition and placed into new contexts. Until now Asmus Tietchens has released more than 80 albums on international labels where he continues to explore the posibilities presented to him by specific sound sources (ranging from water sounds to pure sine wave tones). He has a more rhythm-oriented fake band project called Hematic Sunsets. Tietchens’ work is rooted in a deeply sceptic gesture, marked by frequent quotes from the works of philosopher E.M. Cioran on his album covers. Asmus Tietchens is very outspoken about the state of affairs in noise music and contributes essays on the subject in various publications. Asmus Tietchens has been awarded with the prestigious Karl Sczuka Prize of the Südwestrundfunk (SWR) twice: in 2003 for his work Heidelberger Studien 1-6 and in 2006 for Trois Dryades. He lives and works in Hamburg.
DJ Zipo [aufabwegen] plays a set of ambient/field recording/noise collages. Activities have included DJ sets at European concert tours with Aube, Troum, Marc Behrens and Asmus Tietchens as well as regular nights in Cologne and Muenster and sets at special events & international festivals.
DJ Zipo is Till Kniola, who runs the aufabwegen label and mailorder, curates sound events in Cologne and at festivals and who regularily writes about music and sound. He is the artistic director of Geraeuschwelten Festival in Münster, Germany that is co-produced with the National Radio WDR 3.
He collaborates closely with German electronic music pioneer Asmus Tietchens, publishing the first comprehensive monography about the composer’s work as well as maintaining the www.tietchens.de website.