[microsound-announce] Yatra Arts / Milkrun: raster-noton night Drake Underground Toronto Monday June 1/2009

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Wed May 13 12:28:07 EDT 2009

Yatra-Arts, milkrun & The Goethe-Institut Toronto present the fourth instalment of raster-noton in Toronto:


Monday June 1/2009

The Drake Underground
1150, Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
(416) 531-5042
Doors: 9pm, Show: 9:30pm
19+ / Admission $10 / $8 Student with i.d.

Free special raster-noton item for first 100 people!

*This is the companion event to the raster-noton artist talk w/ Carsten Nicolai & Olaf Bender earlier in the day @ Ontario College Of Art & Design 100 McCaul Street 4:45pm - 6:15pm FREE ADMISSION


Having emerged from the fusion of the Rastermusic and Noton labels in 1999, raster-noton has since established itself as the single most influential German platform for experimental electronic music. Run by Noton's Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) and Olaf Bender (aka Byetone, co-founder of Rastermusic alongside Frank Bretschneider), raster-noton's field of activity expands far beyond that of a traditional record label, encompassing work in design, media art, sound installation, special collaborative projects and sonic research. The label's catalogue of over 100 releases includes works of renowned artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, Ivan Pavlov aka COH, Atom TM, SND, Senking, Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carl Michael von Hausswolff and newcomers Pixel, NHK, Kangding Ray etc. With a vision that looks well into the future, there is no other imprint like raster-noton in the world today.


Carsten Nicolai's sonic experiments under the name ALVA NOTO, navigate the extra-liminal spaces between art and science, idea and physicality. Like his visual art, his music is composed of elements- glitchy crackles, chirps and hypnotic rhythms influenced by house and hip-hop- that form a symbolic meta-language. 

Navigating the spaces between art and science, order and chaos, Carsten Nicolai has assembled an impressive biography as both a musician and a visual artist. Inspired by ideas of the phenomenology of sight and sound, Nicolai first garnered attention for a series of releases on his own Noton Archiv Für Ton Und Nichtton label in the early 1990s. At the same time, he gained great respect for his visual art, with solo exhibitions of his work being featured in galleries in Berlin, London and New York, among others. 

Nicolai has continued to break ground through varied channels, winning both acclaim and awards for his art and collaborating with such luminaries as Ryoji Ikeda (Cyclo), Ryuichi Sakamoto and Michael Nyman. In 1999, he merged his music label with Rastermusic, creating Raster-Noton. As well as being co-owner of the label, Nicolai continues his own sonic explorations, recording as Alva Noto and continuing his collaborative work, both with his Raster-Noton partners and others. 


Recording and performing as BYETONE, Olaf Bender weaves a digital tapestry with sound, meshing clicks, whirrs and hums with effects processing and binding them to a strong rhythmic structure. These elements combine to form a refined minimalist soundscape, a reflection of the exquisitely honed aesthetics he employs as chief graphic designer of the Raster-Noton music label. 


Live, the sounds are integrated seamlessly with computer animations controlled by Bender in real-time, which mutate and evolve throughout his performance, giving a comprehensive visual and audio experience.

Olaf Bender is an originator of the minimalist avant-garde, active as a sound and visual artist for almost a quarter-century. His dedication to the possibilities of a simpler, sparser aesthetic is manifest both in his sound recordings and performances and in his work as the chief graphic designer for Raster-Noton. 

>From his beginnings as an art student and collaborator with the German art collective AG-Geige, Bender has reveled in the opportunities offered by media of sight and sound. In 1996 he founded the highly influential Rastermusic label as a vehicle for disseminating the electronic avant-garde sounds. In 1999, Rastermusic was itself synthesized with Bender's colleague and collaborator Carsten Nicolai's Noton Archiv Für Ton Und Nichtton to form Raster-Noton, a platform for artists working in minimal and experimental electronica. In addition to his work with the label, Bender remains a powerful musical presence, recording solo works under the name Byetone and collaborating with label co-founders Carsten Nicolai and Frank Bretschneider as Signal. 


For over fifteen years, Orphx has been creating a unique fusion of hypnotic rhythms and electro-acoustic music. Using an assortment of synthesizers, samplers, feedback systems, and various homemade instruments, Orphx combines the dark, experimental aesthetics of early industrial music with the pulse of techno, electro and dub.

The project began in 1993 as a trio, consisting of Richard Oddie, Christina Sealey and Aron West. The group began to explore a shared interest in experimental music, taking their name from the ancient Orphic cult. West left the group in 1995 to focus attention on noise project Tropism, while Oddie and Sealey began incorporating more rhythmic elements into Orphx, inspired by immersion in acid house, electro and minimal techno. Oddie and Sealey have since gained a substantial international following as one of the pioneering acts within the European "rhythmic noise" scene, while making increasingly strong connections with like-minded artists on the experimental fringes of techno. Oddie and Sealey have performed in numerous countries around the world and have collaborated on numerous audio/visual projects and exhibitions related to their musical output.

Orphx has released a number of influential albums and singles since the mid 1990s, combining elements of techno with rhythmic noise and electro-acoustic soundscapes. More recent releases have combined all of these approaches into new hybrids of synthetic / organic sound (Circuitbreaking, 2004; Insurgent Flows, 2005, Teletai 2008). The forthcoming Division 12" on Sonic Groove marks a new phase for the project, developing their unique sound and further blurring the boundaries between techno, dub and electro-acoustic music.


Well-travelled in techno circles, Toronto DJ/producer Mike Gibbs got his start in the underground as a singer for local industrial bands DHI, Pure and Love Bomber, that toured with Skinny Puppy, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. He moved on to playing live techno at raves in the late '90s with local outfit Transformantra before travelling Asia where he played parties in Japan, Thailand and a memorable gig headlining Ministry of Sound in Taipei, Taiwan, Gibbs returned to Toronto around 2002 and sidestepped the city's nightclub mania for underground warehouse parties, honing his dark, glitchy, industrial-layered laptop beats. One of the founders of the well known and respected Box Of Kittens parties and frequently on the bill for the much-loved Promise events, Gibbs is working with fellow Torontonians DJ Hali and Lachlan Bleakely ( a.k.a. Locwax) on new projects. Meanwhile, his bootleg remixes with producer Gaz Mellen as Genetically Modified are circulating the scene. (by ELIZABETH MITKOS, Eye Weekly DJ Spotlight).

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