Alexei Borisov and Anton Nikkila

Presented by
Diapason Sound Gallery
in collaboration with
Electronic Music Foundation

Soundset Salutations

Electronic musicians from New York and Europe join forces to surprise and challenge!

Diapason Sound Gallery
882 Third Avenue 10th Floor
Between 32nd & 33rd streets
Brooklyn

Admission $10.00

Monday, September 21, 8pm
Francisco Meirino
Suzanne Thorpe
Ben Owen

Tuesday, September 22, 8pm
Pekka Airaksinen
Alexei Borisov and Anton Nikkilä
Richard Garet

↓ Concert program

PROGRAM


Monday, September 21

Francisco Meirino........................Improvisations with Computer, contact microphones and acoustic devices

Suzanne Thorpe.............................................Flute improvisations with analog and digital accompaniment

Ben Owen.................................................................................Electricity with rocks, paper and scissors

Tuesday, September 22

Pekka Airaksinen........................................Improvisations on synthesizers, samplers and drum machines

Richard Garet.........................................................................................Improvisations with electronics

Alexei Borisov/Anton Nikkilä......Improvisations with lo-fi effects, digital signal processing, muzak and noise

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 

Francisco Meirino
Francisco Meirino, a.k.a. Phroq, performs internationally with computer, contact microphones and acoustic devices. He has been commissioned by Pro-Helvetia (Switzerland), Radio Airplane (Japan), Mostra d'Art Sonor i Visual de Barcelona (Spain), and released recordings on Entracte, Groundfault, Even Stilte, Sentient Recognition Archive, Gameboy and Shiver Sounds.




Suzanne Thorpe
Musician, composer, sound artist, Suzanne Thorpe has performed at The Stone, Issue Project Room, Tonic, and numerous international venues. She has worked with Chris Brown, Pauline Oliveros, Annette Krebs, Ulrich Krieger, Gino Robair, Zeena Parkins, and the Wounded Knees. She has Thorpe has recorded for Columbia Records, Beggars Banquet, V2, Elektra, Specific Recordings.




Ben Owen
Ben Owen is a cross media artist interested in the relationship between the spacial aspects of existing sound fields, intervened environments, and the projection and reflection of light. He has presented work with The Kitchen, free103point9 Wave Farm, White Box Gallery, Tonic, Engine 27, the 6 & B Community Garden, Issue Project Room, Diapason, and The Tank.




Pekka Airaksinen
Pekka Airaksinen is the musical mastermind behind Helsinki’s The Sperm of the late 1960’s, and an early pioneer of electronic experimental music. He has released about 70 albums on the Dharmakustannus label dedicated to documenting his algorithmic compositions and improvisations on synthesizers, samplers and drum machines.




Richard Garet
Richard Garet is a sound artist, video artist and painter. He explores the phenomena found and produced in aural and visual time-based media, in nature's processes, and human beings' relationship with both artificial and natural environments. His work has shown internationaly, including New York, London, Barcelona, Sydney, and Puerto Rico.




Alexei Borisov
Alexei Borisov formed the first russian techno-industrial-post-rock band Notchnoi Prospekt, with whom he has recorded and toured internationally. He is also a member of the electronic duo F.R.U.I.T.S., the ethno-electronic band Volga and Gosplan Trio.




Anton Nikkilä
Finnish artist Anton Nikkilä has performed in solo and duo configurations throughout Europe. He has released numerous recordings on the on the N & B Digest label which are a blend of Negativland plunderphonics and industrial/digital noise treatments.


ABOUT THE MUSIC

The occasion for Soundset Salutations is the visit of four electronic musicians—Francisco Meirino, Alexei Borisov & Anton Nikkilä and Pekka Airaksinen—in their first appearances in New York City, presented here with New York colleagues Suzanne Thorpe, Richard Garet, and Ben Owen.

Monday, September 21

Swiss artist Francisco Meirino, a.k.a. Phroq, explores the tension between programmable music and the potential for its failure. Working mainly with computer, contact microphones and acoustic devices, Meirino's music is a complex and constantly changing electronic soundscape that ranges from dynamic electro-acoustic to sheer noise blasts, fascinating in its physical intensity and detailed precision.

Electro-acoustic flutist Suzanne Thorpe works within the peripheral consciousness, exposing coexisting perspectives and concurrent realities in her compositions, performances and installations. For this event, Thorpe will improvise with the site-specific feedback system created in the space, extricating harmonics and reconstituting them in new configurations through digital and anoalog processing.

Tuesday, September 22

Pekka Airaksinen is best known as the musical mastermind behind The Sperm, Helsinki’s scandalous psychedelic noise group of the late 1960s. Currently, Airaksinen has returned to his first love—electronic music of the 1950s and swing jazz—as sources for sampling. The result is an improvisatory collage in which his synthetic sound of recent years combines organically with layers of history.

Richard Garet is interested in the phenomena found and produced in human beings' relationships with artificial and natural environments. Garet explores the IT-referential, communicational, and sensory characteristics of various media. For this concert, Garet will create a feedback system with modular synthesizers, laptop processing, and electromagnetic gadgets.

Alexei Borisov & Anton Nikkilä have roots reaching back to the 1980s underground music of the Soviet Union and Finland. They have performed together since 1999 and released four albums. Their live performances feature a kaleidoscopic array of textures and techniques: plundered and deconstructed Muzak and smooth jazz, fast-paced musique concrète improvisation, chaotic noise, skewed vocals, detuned guitars and wayward drumming, combined with lo-fi effect devices contrasted with detailed digital signal processing. Ed Pinsent of The Sound Projector magazine said: "You’ve never heard the cut-up and sample thing done with such absurdist, insane panache and vigour."

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