[Microsound-announce] vague terrain - november 26th w/ tractile & intercom live - toronto

Neil Wiernik neil at phoniq.net
Wed Nov 23 00:38:00 EST 2005

This is just a quick reminder of our event this coming Saturday.  We are
very excited to be hosting two fresh acts for live performances at the
artbar in the Gladstone Hotel.  Joining us from Sarnia will be minimal
techno upstarts Tractile, and from Montreal, glitch-funk virtuoso's
Intercom.  Vague Terrain residents ether.mann & Neil Wiernik will be
rounding out the lineup with a supporting DJ set and video
contributions.  More info on the event, artists, and downloadable MP3s
are available at http://www.vagueterrain.net/content/events.html

event details:

saturday november 26th

tractile - sarnia / year of the machine
intercom- montreal / leson666
dj / ether.mann - vague terrain
video / neil wiernik - vague terrain

art bar.gladstone hotel
$5 / 9pm - 2am



artist information

tractile - sarnia / http://yearofthemachine.com/

If someone was asked what it would sound like if all of the most
frightening, most exciting and sexiest scenes in cinema history were
spliced together and merged with a robotic dance score, Tractile would
surely be the reply. Adam Young (b. 1983) and Joel Boychuk (b. 1985),
with several years of miscellaneous music experience behind them and a
few years as great friends and partners-in-crime, decided to reinvent
their sound and call themselves Tractile. Having been obsessed with the
concept of controlling the uncontrollable and seducing recorded sound of
any kind, the name was a suiting merge between the words track and
tactile. Boychuk and Young played their first public live show in 2003
and have continued to shake dance-floors ever since, always impressing
and exciting their audience far beyond expectation. Influenced by a
strange combination of filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick and George Lucas
and the evolution of techno music and emergence of the "minimal sound"
through artists like Richie Hawtin and Jeff Milligan, Tractile delivers
barrages of demented but motivating tech grooves perfect for dance  floors
and at-home listeners alike... and with a swiftly-growing
international fanbase, it's no wonder the name is on the toungue-tips of
DJs and music fans everywhere.

intercom - montreal / http://www.leson666.com/intercom

Intercom's music is based on improvisations composed on keyboards,
laptops (supporting homemade software), vocals, and various available
instruments. In the tradition of German "Krautrock" bands such as Can  and
Neu!, Intercom then constructs tracks from these improvisations. In
concert, Intercom gives a dynamic and explosive performance. A regular
show runs the gamut from psychedelic jams to noise and back all keeping
that monster beat. Audience members are sometimes known to plug their
ears - but do it with asmile - due to the extreme noise and loud volume,
while they dance along to the addictive pulsations of the Intercom  sound.
Intercom was founded by Jean-Michel Gadoua, Nicolas Dion and  Pascal
Gauthier in 2002. All three are self-taught musicians and hail  from
various electro-rock bands. Intercom was founding with the sole  purpose
of having fun and making spontaneous music with electronic  devices and
various available instruments. Intercom is the
electro-psychedelic band that eats poutine in your neighbourhood.

ether.mann - vague terrain / http://www.serialconsign.com

Greg Smith has been involved in promotion, playing, or contextualization
of experimental electronic music for 12 years. As one of the co-founders
of Toronto's clonk crew, he cut his DJ teeth alongside diverse selectors
such as Sutekh, Jeff Milligan, DJ Fishead, Task, and Martin Tetrault.
Over the years, Greg has oscillated back and forth between DJing/music
writing and his architecture education, in hopes that the two pursuits
inform one another. Of late, Greg has been exploring the digital world  of
Traktor and attempting to make sense of his vast music collection  through
this new tool.

neil wiernik - vague terrain / http://www.naw.phoniq.net

Neil Wiernik (b.1967, Mtl, Can.) is an audio contortionist, curator and
digital media specialist presently living and working in Toronto. Neil
has shown his work and curated exhibitions in non-traditional spaces and
venues since the late 1980's. His projects and mediums of expression  have
varied and include works in radio, print and internet diffusion as  well
as other non-gallery spaces such as derelict buildings, billboards,
pirate airwaves and public space. He has presented projects at the
Finland Contemporary Museum, ISEA, Subtle Technologies Conference, The
Medusa Complex, Mutek Festival and Gallery Optica. Neil is concerned  with
various types of story-telling using abstract environments and  spaces to
do so. Often the development of these narratives involves the  creation of
custom tools or subversion of existing ones. Neil was a  co-founder of the
Toronto and Montreal based electronic music promotion  outfit clonk, the
canadian electronic music portal phoniq, and currently  co-curates
vagueterrain.net, an online digital arts quarterly.

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