Robert AA Lowe
Originally trained as a classical pianist, Eden is an electronic composer with many influences, namely German and British styles, thus her music is a melodic mixture of multiple electronic genres, experimental music influenced by electro, dub, dnb, techno, drone, ambient and hip-hop. Her music took a major shift towards the collage-based methods of the historical avant-garde while earning her Masters’ degree in music technology and after she built her modular synthesizer. Now working in soundscapes, researching installation work and innovations in synthesis, she is based in London and on the music composition PhD course at Royal Holloway, University of London.
London Modular Alliance
London Modular Alliance is a live electro act comprising Koova, Yes Effect and Pip Williams. No laptops, no button pushing, everything is created on the fly using modular synthesizers – live improvisation!
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Drumcell was born as Moe Espinosa in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley. Far away from the glamour and glitter of Hollywood he cut his teeth growing up in a vibrant, diverse neighborhood and still draws inspiration from this cultural melting pot. It also remains the area where he and the Raíz brothers Vangelis and Vidal – who together founded the Droid Behavior events collective in the early 2000s – hang out and regularly plot their widely known and respected Interface warehouse events.
A classically trained musician in his youth, Moe came to circulate around the Noise, Punk and Industrial scene, playing guitar and singing in various bands until he discovered the early ’90s L.A. rave scene. He fell in love with this music and immediately dove deeper to find out how it was made. That was when he got in touch with some of the heroic synthesizers of Techno’s early years. His enthusiasm for those exciting, synthetic sounds was beyond words, and the following years he hardly left the studio of his day job to work on his own productions in a little back room at night. When he handed out his first self-produced, self-pressed vinyl’s at the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit and some of the DJs played his record the very next day on various stages, he was chuffed and ready to go all the way.
Even though he has become one of the most popular Techno artists in the North American scene, you can still hear his Industrial and Noise roots in everything he is doing. His debut album “Sleep Complex” – which will be released in summer 2013 on CLR – is characterized by a complete disregard for genre limitations and is everything but a conventional Techno album. Drumcell is a science-fiction-movies-loving technology geek with a Punk Rock soul, who has explored and discovered the analogue world as much as the digital world of music production, to finally combine them into his very own raw, suspenseful and hypnotic style. He is literarily addicted to analog synthesis and spends countless hours in his studio, ceaselessly experimenting and searching for new, mind-expanding sounds.
Drumcell has played at numerous prestigious venues worldwide, from Berlin´s Techno mecca Berghain to the main stage of the Movement festival in Detroit. His label Droid Recordings and his own releases have captured the attention of many of the world’s top Techno jocks. With his new CLR membership and his truly outstanding debut album, Drumcell has come full circle and is ready for a whole new chapter of what he is best at and what matters most to him in life – the manifestation of truthful emotions in futuristic sonic concepts.
Meng Qi has multiple identities. He’s not only a electronic musician, but also a synth designer, a programmer and a teacher. Meng Qi had various music works released including “landscape in love” / “landscape on live” and more, and has published a series of modular synthesis tutorials on midifan and ZiHua. Apart from college teaching, he also had building workshops and lectures at various places.
Meng Qi is a pioneer of Chinese contemporary digital art, and is fame for his music and distinctive devices and instruments, which have been using by electronic music artists all over the world.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Szun Waves is comprised of electronic producer Luke Abbott, Laurence Pike of PVT and Jack Wyllie of Portico
‘a mystical adventure into the realms of free-jazz and shimmering psychedelia’
‘At Sacred Walls’ is the debut album by Szun Waves – the newly formed group comprised of electronic producer Luke Abbott, Laurence Pike of PVT and Jack Wyllie of Portico.
Luke Abbott and Laurence Pike (PVT) had been talking for a while over email about the idea of doing something together, it was just a case of waiting for the right moment to come along. Despite being located in different parts of the world (Luke in London and Laurence in Sydney), they eventually managed to get together during March last year. Joining up with Jack Wyllie (Portico) who had collaborated with Luke on a prior release, the trio embarked on a three-day recording session at James Holden’s Sacred Walls studio. The 6 hours of sessions were then edited and mixed by Luke into a 6 track LP.
Luke’s approach was a largely organic one, choosing to record whatever happened in the very first moments of playing together. He describes the act of capturing embryonic ideas for the first time as “the most magical part of the process” – those initial moments that are instinctively fresh and quite singular.
The project presented itself with some challenges, namely successfully coordinating analogue hardware with real-life musicians. Coming from a background of mainly sequenced music, Luke had to find ways of linking his modular synth set-up to Laurence’s drumming and Jack’s saxophone without imparting any strict tempo structures on themselves. By putting midi triggers on parts of the drum kit, Luke built patches in response to Laurence’s playing, and then set about creating a bed of sound through textures and drone layers. This was coupled with Jack running his sax through a chain of electronics to alter the tone of the instrument to help build the layers further.
Luke admits, “I have this slightly romantic notion about music being something that is grown (instead of written)”. One will find it impossible to ignore this sentiment when listening through the LP, which is characterised by its open-plan arrangement and very loose, organic cohesiveness. Machines and musicians alike bask in free-form ensemble, eliciting unique timbre combinations and powerfully evocative collages of sound. Though, what is perhaps most remarkable is the seamless way in which it’s all been put together. From the opening 12-minute trip, ‘Further’, to the ethereal ‘Orb Light’, discerning listeners of electro-acoustic and ambient will appreciate ‘At Sacred Walls’ rich sonic content, and welcome its light sojourns into the realms of free-jazz and shimmering psychedelia.
‘At Sacred Walls’ will be released on Download, CD and LP via Buffalo Temple on 22nd May 2016.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Cherif Hashizume moved to UK at the age of 18. During his college years he met Café Music director Mark Sutherland and very quickly became a key part of the studio as the head engineer and producer.
Cherif has worked on various albums including: Brian Eno and David Byrne’s “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today”; Jon Hopkins’ “Immunity”/“Insides”; King Creosote & Jon Hopkins “Diamond Mine”; PVT “Homosapian”/“Church with No Magic” and many more. Cherif has also released his own music via De-fence Records and Humble Soul Records including the original track “Empyrean Helix” featuring Tina Grace (Nitin Sawhney) and remix of Vena Portae’s “All Will Be Well”.
Café Music has been his home for more than 10 years, and his vast knowledge and skills in acoustic recording, production, programming, software development, mixing and mastering have been hailed by many well established artists.
He is also known for his expertise in composition and performance with modular synth which led him to collaborations with Rebel Technology where he added significant amount of DSP designs for their flagship module OWL. His extensive knowledge in the field also made him a collaborator with likes of Leafcutter John, Tim Exile and Hrím.
Datach’i (Joseph Fraioli)
Datach’i is Joseph Fraioli, a Brooklyn based electronic musician and sound designer who has pushed the limits of audio dating back to his 1999 debut album 10110101=[rec+play]. His subsequent albums have seen constant shifts, in pursuit of a sometimes melodic and sometimes rhythmic shock that typifies his work. In addition to his work as Datach’i, you have undoubtedly heard his footsteps, slapping, burping and burning sounds, as sound designer for many movies and commercials. He is also a founding member of Big Noble, with Daniel Kessler of Interpol.