Thursday 27 September 2018, 7.30pm
German producer CHRISTOPH DE BABALON - whose excellent 1998 album If You’re Into It, I’m Out of It was recently reissued to wider audiences - joins forces with the Polish audiovisual duo WIDT to present TEYAS. This new work will also be released as an album for Bocian Records combining ambient elements, dramatic vocals and elements of drum & bass.
An audiovisual collaboration of two sisters - Antonina Nowacka (voice/processing) and Bogumiła Piotrowska (live visuals). Works of duo appear as oneiric visions built up with a use of abstract, operatic vocalization, flowing in the jungle of psychedelic visuals, created in a real time from scratch with complex forms of video feedback. An unique transgressive phenomenon oscillating between concert, performance, installation and video art. WIDT had released two audiovisual albums: POINT#3 VHS (2015, Pointless Geometry) and WIDT cd/dvd (2016, Zoharum), both appreciated by the renowned british magazine The Quietus. The duo had performed - among others - on the avant-garde festival KRAAK in Brussels, in the legendary Cafe OTO in London, in the unique silent green Kulturquartier in Berlin, on the prestigious festival Przemiany in the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw. In September 2016 they accomplished their first UK tour.
Christoph de Babalon is a German producer whose blend of hardcore, drum’n’bass, dark ambient and junglist motifs have earned him recognition as a vital figure in the breakcore underground.
Appearing in the mid-nineties on Alec Empire’s Digital Hardcore Recordings after releases on Fischkopf Hamburg and his own Cross Fade Enter Tainment label (founded with Raid and later operated with Paul Snowden), de Babalon’s solo work caught the attention of John Peel, who named ‘I Own Death’ one of his favourite releases of the year. In 1997, de Babalon released his full-length debut, the seminal If You're Into It, I'm Out Of It, an immaculate collision of full-throttle breakbeats and glacial ambience which remains his signature sound. The record even found its way into the hands of Thom Yorke, who championed it on BBC Radio and plucked him to tour with Radiohead in 2001.
Recent years have seen a resurgence of de Babalon’s work: new and retrospective pieces have surfaced on V I S, Alter and A Colourful Storm while collaborations with Polish audiovisual duo WIDT and Berlin-based producer Mark have embraced a new generation of listeners. He returns to Oto for the first time since his infamous 2018 performance.