Sunday 27 August 2017, 7.30pm
Steph Horak and Renick Bell have been collaborating since 2016. Their first performance together was at The Exchange in Bristol in November of 2016. Horak improvised heavily processed vocals and also processed the improvised beats live coded by Bell. They had a second opportunity to perform at the Meta Gesture Music concert at Rich Mix in London in March of 2017. This performance will be their fifth public performance.
Renick Bell is a computer musician, programmer, and teacher based in Tokyo, Japan. His current research interests are live coding, improvisation, and algorithmic art using open source software. He is the author of Conductive, a library for live coding in the Haskell programming language. He has released music on the labels UIQ, Seagrave, Quantum Natives, Tsuku Boshi, Deep Space Objects, and the3rd2nd. He has releases forthcoming on Halcyon Veil and Beatgatherers. He is a graduate of the doctoral program at Tama Art University in Tokyo. He is originally from West Texas and previously lived in New York City (1999-2001) and Taipei, Taiwan (2001-2006).
Steph Horak is a sound and video artist, focused on creating systems for voice, whether through the use of home-made software or combinations of hardware and DIY electronic instruments. Stylistically, her sound edges somewhere between experimental electronica, songwriting, punk and conceptual art. These experiments can be found under the moniker SheIsRevolting. She has collaborated on releases for Mute Records and Fractal Meat Cuts, and has a cassette of her conceptual voice project 'threehundredandsixtysix', where Horak and a note a day for a year, coming out on Fractal Meat Cuts at the end of September. Her video work frames mundane experiences into hypnotic, endless dream sequences, and she has a great interest in exploiting the limitations of technologies, such as iPhone cameras or effects pedals. Horak is a producer for arts organisations, universities, charities, and independent artists.
Alo Allik is an Estonian sound artist who has performed his live coded electronic music and generative computer graphics throughout the world. His aesthetically and geographically restless lifestyle has enabled him to traverse a diverse range of musical worlds including DJ-ing electronic dance music, live electronic jam sessions, electroacoustic composition, free improvisation and audiovisual performances. He has forged collaborations with a number of curious and innovative musicians, writers and visual artists along the way focussed on exploring links between science, technology, creativity and tradition. In recent years he has been developing a musical style he describes as noisefunk which derives its form from ancient tribal rhythm patterns and its sonic nature from evolutionary synthesis algorithms. Currently, Alo works as a researcher, programmer and lecturer in London, while continuing to perform his music and visuals to audiences worldwide.
Chloe Frieda runs the Alien Jams record label and an NTS radio show of the same name. Operating since 2014 the label has released artists including Karen Gwyer, Beatrice Dillon, rkss and Design a Wave. Chloe’s DJ sets typically encompass bizarre electronics, industrial-tinged techno and minimal synth oddities.
Sharon Gal is a vocalist, performer and experimental musician. Her practice involves vocal and electronics free improvisation, collaborative group & site specific performances, field recordings and radio broadcast. She performs solo, and in regular collaborations with Steve Beresford, Steve Noble, Alex Ward, John Edwards, Dylan Nyoukis, Phil Minton & Feral Singers, Andie Brown and Lina Lapelyte.
She has been conducting a series of collaborative group compositions ; L'ESPRIT D'ESCALIER – for voices in a staircase, LONG DRONE – for a large ensemble of various instruments, TOY ORCHESTRA – for children and adults and GALS with GUITARS – for female guitar players.
Sharon is a founder member of London's arts radio, Resonance 104.4 FM and has been presenting and producing various shows, including the weekly; DIGGERS, with Edwin “Savage Pencil” Pouncey, and STEREO CILIA, an audio diary and a city soundscape. In 2013 she was commissioned, together with artist Liliane Lijn, to recreate Lilliane's book, Crossing Map, as a radiophonic sound piece.
Sharon's music was released by Ash International/ Paradigm records/ Chocolate Monk / Emanem / Ecstatic Yod/ American Tapes and The Tapeworm labels, with the recent release, Voice Studies, by My Dance the Skull label.
Recent performances include; a new audio/visual commission by The Philadelphia Association for the Freud Museum, relating to the life and work of Psychiatrist R.D. Laing, a solo performance at Supernormal Festival, and a new large group composition and performance, SOUND OUT, at The Victoria & Albert Museum. www.sharon-gal.com