Thursday 16 August 2018, 7.30pm
yPLO is a new collaboration between Paul Abbott (real and imaginary drums) and Michael Speers (feedback / oscillator / synthetic drums).
Following the release of Stop Constant, the duo have been developing a set of discrete, fictional drums, made of synthetic and acoustic sonic material. For this event at Cafe OTO, they bring together these drums for the first time, to build a new, impossible drum-kit, tuned uniquely to the space.
Paul Abbott works with real and imaginary drums, synthetic sounds, performance and writing: exploring how sounds, signs and the physical body effect each other in experimental musical play.
Recent and ongoing collaborations include—XT with Seymour Wright; F.R.David with Will Holder; Rian Treanor Duo; RP Boo Trio with XT; The Creaking Breeze Ensemble with Nathaniel Mackey, Ute Kanngießer, Evie Ward, Seymour Wright and Billy Steiger; yPLO with Micheal Speers; Falls with Keira Greene and performances with Cara Tolmie.
Paul has performed internationally at Cafe OTO, Talbot Rice Gallery, Whitstable Biennale, Whitechapel Gallery, Raven Row, Tate Modern, Counterflows, Next Festival, KW Institute Berlin, Serralves Porto, Empty Gallery HK. He has records released by OTORoku, Empty Editions, Pleasures of The Text, and published with Cesura//Acceso and F.R.David. Residencies include Cafe OTO, KW Institute, Empty Gallery.
Recent releases include—Deorlaf X (XT), Very Good* (FR David, Will Holder), Ductus (solo), 31.12.18 (XT/RP Boo) Palina’Tufa (XT) and Stop Constant. He was one of the co-editor’s of Cesura//Acceso and a Sound and Music “Embedded” resident artist at Cafe OTO 2015-2016.
Michael Speers is a musician from Northern Ireland, currently based in London. Feedback is the basis of most of his practice, using the limitations of himself and electronic / acoustic equipment—namely percussion, no-input mixer, sampled media, test equipment and field recordings—to depict his engagement with reality through sound phenomena. The resultant soundscape is generally dense and abrasive, focussing on texture and spatial / material resonance, which is formed live in improvised performances, installations and electronic compositional work.
Collaborating with Paul Abbott as yPLO—the duo uses real/synthetic drums/electronics towards realising a speculative drum kit. A solo record is scheduled for release in 2019 with C.A.N.V.A.S.
rkss is an alias of Robin Buckley, a London based sound artist. They hold German and UK passports. Their releases on UIQ, Alien Jams, Where To Now? and more have explored the materiality of film sound, YouTube and EDM sample packs through the lens of house, ambient and computer music.
Buckley also runs a radio series for Resonance Extra called Lossless Communication, which explores sound discovery in the internet era. Other recent work includes a live improvised performance with Claire Tolan in Berlin, sound design for the art website www.clubdead.io and Brostep in the Style of Florian Hecker, a multi-channel composition available for download with limited edition lanyards and a game which offers a virtual environment for listening to the composition.
Louie Rice: Electronic and acoustic systems - utilising the physicality of the medium, signal chain and spatial context to create disruptive audio, performance and installation.