[microsound-announce] Yatra Arts presents: raster-noton / leerraum [ ] Night Toronto Monday May 10

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Thu Apr 29 09:50:59 EDT 2010

Yatra Arts presents:

raster-noton / leerraum [   ] Night 


AOKI TAKAMASA (JP) *Toronto Debut*

Monday May 10 - Drake Underground 1150 Queen St. W Toronto 9:00pm $10 @ The Door ($8 for student with i.d.)

Yatra Arts proudly presents a unique synthesis of German and Swiss electronic minimalism with the futuristic sounds of the raster-noton and leerraum [  ] imprints. This marks the sixth Yatra Arts curated event by raster-noton artists in Toronto and the second for Zimoun / leerraum [  ].

The evening will feature brand new sets from Byetone and Aoki Takamasa and a special custom set by Zimoun, created specifically for this event. DJ Zuzana Grimm will open & close the night.

One of only four North American dates for raster-noton this Spring / Summer and this is the companion event to a special artist talk by Zimoun on Tuesday May 11 at The Ontario College Of Art.


OLAF BENDER (aka BYETONE) is a founding member of the Raster-Noton label, as well as its lead designer. Bender creates his music digitally, assembling sine tones into complex sound fabrics of deep sub-bass and rhythmic clicks and crackles. In his high-energy live sets, he creates abstract animations to support his abstract music -transforming the rhythm of the music into its graphic equivalent, which he controls in real time. 

ZIMOUN hails from Bern Switzerland. The sound sculptures, installations and performances of Zimoun are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic». He is interested in the artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviours in sound and motion. He creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows as well as performances throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Zimoun has been awarded different art prizes and residencies  and has served as a guest lecturer, presenter and instructor. In 2003, Zimoun and graphic designer Marc Beekhuis founded Leerraum [ ] - which serves as a label and a networking hub of artists in similar fields. It has become a platform for creative exchange among those who explore forms and structures based on reductive principles and careful yet radical use of materials.

AOKI TAKAMASA was born in Osaka, Japan and presently resides in Berlin, Germany. He has been releasing music since 2001, constantly revising his personal methodology whilst actively creating sounds based mainly on computer/software. Aoki enthusiastically pursues an expansive variety of techniques of expression via a broad array of software and hardware, driving the his laptop's CPU to the max to create a propulsive rhythm and groove. His latest release, "RN-Rhythm Variations," is a brilliant mix of abrasive noise and infectious rhythms.

ZUZANA GRIMM The Canadian vein of the music/fashion core became much richer upon the defection of Slovak-born Zuzana Grimm. With roots in both Industrial as well as 4AD-type sound, multi-talented Zuzana's musical style is as passionate as the clothing she creates for her own company- Zuzanium. Zuzana has been spinning since '98 and has accompanied the likes of: Mike Shannon, Algorithm, Jacob Fairley, Jeremy Caufield, Matthew Herbert, ric Y martin, Monolake, Octave One, Recloose and John Tejada, Tiga, Dan Bell, Speedy J and Christian Smith. Zuzana has played throughout Canada and beyond including Malta, Austria, Slovakia, South Africa and held multiple residencies in her temporary home of Barcelona.
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