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 an interdisciplinary artist, performer, experimental vocalist and composer, with particular experience of free improvisation and collaborative group compositions.
Her work relates to sound, architecture, live performance and participatory art, exploring the psychology of sound and its relationship with space.
Sharon performs solo and on-going collaborations with David Toop, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton, Alex Ward, Yoni Silver, Anat Ben-David and Andie Brown.
She also directs a series of participatory compositions/performances, examining the inter-relations between people and place. These pieces are site specific; evolving collaboratively and inviting participation from the public. They offer artistic engagement, play, and creative exchange, as a means to learning and bringing together, presenting a democratic space and collective ownership. L’esprit d’escalier – for voices in a staircase, Toy Orchestra – for children and adults, Room to Breathe - with balloons & music, Long Drone – for a large ensemble of various instruments, Gals with Guitars – for female guitar players, and Sound Out – for a large group of voices in a public space. Sharon is a co-founder of Resonance 104.4 FM arts radio.
Her music was released by various labels; The Tapeworm, American Tapes, Ash International, A Silent Place Records, Chocolate Monk, Emanem Records, Ecstatic Yod , Paradigm Records , My Dance the Skull, Wild Silence.
She performed in the UK & internationally including; The V&A, Science Museum, ICA, The Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini Gallery, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, MACBA and Colour Out of Space, Borealis and Supernormal festivals.