The analogue techniques that were used in modular sound synthesis in earlier days are becoming more popular today. Now they are more affordable and certainly more practical when traveling with just a suitcase full of electronic goodies. The sounds are often raw and direct. Noodlebar is a Rotterdam-based group devoted to the sounds of modular
synths, and they have organized another great night with music and noise from modular
synths. Not to be missed!
Yoshio Machida (JP)
A member of ASCAP, Machida studied minimal art, music and film at the Tama Art University under Kuniharu Akiyama, Yoshiaki Touno, Sakumi Hagiwara and Kishio Suga. In the 1990s, Machida worked for an international cooperation in Asia and Africa. Machida's first album Hypernatural (1999) had been featured with Brian Eno and Oval (band) on David Toop's article about Generative music. In 2001, Machida started to play improvised music by Steelpan with computer program Max/MSP. Machida has been invited to perform in ISEA2004, Sónar Tokyo, MaerzMusik and other venues. In 2004, Machida founded an experimental music label Amorfon. In 2007, Machida formed an electric Dub band miimo with tatsu and Norihide Saji. Machida also organized "Japan-Macedonia exchange art exhibition" and some workshops for children.
Trap & Zoid (BE)
After playing rock'n'roll bass and upright bass for 20 years, Constantin Papageorgiadis is today a well-known figure in the EMS Synthi world, on both musical and technical sides. He serviced tens of EMS instruments, including the IPEM's rare Synthi 100 in Ghent, and imagined an original way to expand their features that was great success and led him to be on regular and friendly touch with numerous Synthi users from around the world such as a.o. Alessandro Cortini, Jim O'Rourke, Peter Kember, Yvan Etienne, Bernard Filipetti, Yoshio Machida. He recently released a vinyl and uses to perform with his favorite suitcase as a one-human electronic solo project named Trap&Zoid. His live approach is to start from nothing, progressively create a single evolutive patch and support the Synthi through it. No computer, no preset, no cheating. He also plays with Belgian bands Kriminal Hammond Inferno and The Fabulous Progerians.
LCDrone is the raw live sound of a woman (Laura Sicault), a man (Constantin Papageorgiadis - aka Trap&Zoid), her SEM, his Synthis, some other gear (no computer of course), a few effects and weird inspiration. Laura used to play classical oboe professionaly before to go into synthesizers and play afrojazz with Frank Biyong and later improvised ambient-drone music with Constantin.
Falafel Biels (Rotterdam)
Sound can be manipulated in many ways. But Falafel Biels likes his canvas clean to start with. The sound of Falafel Biels is hard to describe. With his freepatching way of making music, he always challenges himself to buildup new sounds. New worlds to explore in a universe of beats and sampling.
Rotterdam based synthesist Chris David a.k.a. OSC1899 is collecting and playing synthesizers since 2007. His setup varies per event and depends on the location, timetable and vibe of the area where he is playing. 'At most of my performances I bring up my TR808 drum machine accompanied by a Serge modular or Rob Hordijk modular system. A tape echo and sampler will complete the live rig.' The music OSC1899 plays can be as best described as deep, groovy and ambient. 'I love to melt ambient drones into classic 808 or 909 grooves and let the old machines sing with modern technology which can be found in the newer modular systems.'
Livestream by Grooveline: www.grooveline.org
Listen to a Concertzender-programme with music from these artists: www.concertzender.nl/programmagids/?etc