Artists

Ron Athey

Born in 1961, Ron Athey is a London-based artist from Los Angeles. In 1981 he began performing with Rozz Williams as Premature Ejaculation, a performance and sound based duo. By the early 90s, Athey’s work within the site of body itself, in the time of AIDS, was presented in the UK, US, Europe, and Mexico, works commissioned by centres such as Kampnagel Hamburg, ICA London and CCA Glasgow. His visual arts are represented by Western-Projects Los Angeles, Invisible Exports NYC. Pleading In The Blood, a monograph of his work, will be released in 2013.

Michael Barthel was born 1977 in East-Berlin. He has lived and worked in Leipzig since 2002.

Basic questions in his work are protection, shelter, home. Places which were entered, which want to be entered, or which cannot be entered.

In his performances the language circles these possibilities, touches and falters. With itself, a choir.

Michael has been running the "recordings for the summer" label since 2001, presenting cassettes of international musicians in the field of electroacoustic music and his own recordings. 

Since 2009 his gallery "Kunstraum Michael Barthel" has shown an artists-program centred around object, installation and sound art.
http://www.recordingsforthesummer.de
http://www.recordingsforthesummer.de/barthel
http://www.kunstraum-barthel.com

Rashad Becker plays traditional music of notional species.

Gavin Butt is Reader in the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is author of Between You and Me: Queer Disclosures in the New York Art World 1948-1963 (Duke University Press) and editor of After Criticism: New Responses to Art and Performance (Blackwell). He is currently co-director, with Adrian Heathfield and Lois Keidan, of Performance Matters, a creative research project on the cultural value of performance www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk. He is also co-director, along with Ben Walters, of This is Not a Dream, a creative documentary and film event exploring artist’s DIY use of moving image technology.

Mike Dando is best known for his work as CON-DOM. He started this industrial-noise – power electronics project in 1983 and - besides making a ton of records - is famed for his hysterical confrontational performances full of crude electronics and fanatical live vocals. His live visuals, audience interaction/abuse, and masochistic stage action position him as a third cousin removed to the Schimpfluch family. His controversial recordings such as ‘Jesus Penis’ and ‘Sir Nigger’ plus countless religious/political references in his artwork have earned him widespread vilification.

RUDOLF EB.ER, born austrian and grew swiss, is expert in scientific illustration, martial and therapeutic arts, and is founder of the audio-artists and aktionist collective 'SCHIMPFLUCH' in 1987.

His early sonic studies examined the importance of timing, the power of silence, and developed shocking and confusing-precise cut-up compositions, 'aural alchemy', of documented extreme-situations, psycho-field-recordings, and direct actionism - an actionism of the unexpected.

Regarded as 'art-brut shamanist', Eb.er's path leads down through the unconscious, to the deepest regions of human psyche and animal instinct. Abreactive outbursts arranged in the high art of timing, as mediated in disciplines such as kung-fu, confront all senses with existence - and open up the way to the higher being.

'RUNZELSTIRN & GURGELSTØCK' is another name for Eb.er's psycho-active audio-art and 'psycho-physical tests and trainings', performed and produced global.

Eb.er, currently living in Japan, increasingly focus his 'purification rituals' on breathing exercises, concentrated chi-energy and shifting psycho-magic to enter the super-consciousness, the nondualist awareness of 'ultimate reality'.

Leif Elggren, born of two idiots, enjoys the title of King. He is based in Stockholm, and is running a small record label and a publishing company called Firework. He is also a son of God.
www.leifelggren.org

Junko Hiroshige is one of the founding members of the defining Japanese Noise band Hijokaidan (who helped to establish Noise music in Japan through a series of near-legendary performances involving no small amount of disgust and bodily fluids). She is the owner of the most intense voice in music. Her solo vocal performances are incredibly musical and harrowing confrontations with the very real, physical and aural trauma of a woman screaming.

Holly Ingleton is a cultural worker whose research and practice spans issues of queer feminism, public cultures, and collaborative practice through both technologically mediated and material networks. Holly is currently a PhD candidate at City University London investigating queer feminist discourses in sound-based arts and experimental musics through the "Her Noise Archive" and it's ongoing manifestation.

Alice Kemp aka Germseed is an artist musician with a background in self taught experimental music, sound collage & live performance. She has been making solo and collaborative sound-based work for over 20 years, performing in Japan, USA, UK & Europe. Between 2004-7 she studied Contemporary Music at Dartington College of Arts where she gained an MA distinction in Performance Practices.

She is one third of experimental music/sound trio Uniform and a long time collaborator with the Lazarus Corporation collective. She has composed performance soundtracks for many artists and has been under hypnosis as an automatic writer for Ron Athey.

Alice's work unfolds somewhere between atmosphere, suggestion and states of immersive delicacy and has been described as hypnotic, intense and beautiful.

Recent works include Angelcodes (2011, CDr, Omcore Recordings), Fear Is The Child Of Love (2012, perfomance/sound installation with Rebecca Weeks at Cazart in Penzance) and Postcards From The Isle Of The Dead (2012, self released CDr).

Alice lives in South Devon, UK where she enjoys spending time alone in the woods. No one is really sure what she does there.
http://www.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/artists/alice-kemp

Doreen Kutzke
Born 1975 in Blankenburg/Germany.
Singer and Actress and Performer, founded an Yodeling (Jodel)-School in Berlin.
Member of Kutzkelina und die Österreicher,Parabelles (with Ute Waldhausen) and Raionbashi and Kutzkelina.

Vicky Langan's vulnerable, emotionally charged performances envelop audiences in an often troublingly intense aura of dark intimacy. In opening herself emotionally, she creates warm yet discomforting rituals that at once embrace the viewers and remain resolutely private, exploring the limits of what can be shared between people and what must remain mysterious. Her performance practice operates across several often overlapping fields, chiefly live art, sound, and film. Wölflinge, her solo project, makes use of flesh, fluid and self built instruments.
www.vickylangan.com
https://vimeo.com/50606855

Joke Lanz (born 1965 in Basel, Switzerland; currently based in Berlin) is one of the most prolific and profound artists working in the border zones where performance and body art meet Improvisation and Noise.  In his Sudden Infant guise, Lanz creates a unique blend of physical sound poetry and epileptic noise bursts, using contact microphones, loops, tapes etc. The result is an extreme form of musique concrète that juxtaposes spasmodic gibbering with a battery of disorienting electronics.

Has worked as garbageman, cleaner, caregiver, night watchman, farmer, record dealer, administrative assistant, bike messenger, chocolate manufacturer, technician, housekeeper, and more.  Free studies in Performance Art, Noise music, Turntablism.  Since 1985 involved with a broad variety of musical projects, such as: Jaywalker, Sudden Infant, Schimpfluch-Gruppe, Psychic Rally, Vehikel & Gefäss, Catholic Boys in Heavy Leather, WAL, and Tell.  He has composed music for contemporary dance, theatre, films, radio plays, and installations.
www.suddeninfant.com

Artist/writer GX Jupitter-Larsen is based in Hollywood, California. During the 1990s he was the sound designer for the performances of Mark Pauline's Survival Research Laboratories. His best known work stems from being the founder and only constant member of the noise act The Haters. The current performance being staged by The Haters is a piece entitled "Loud Luggage / Booming Baggage" in which amplified suitcases burst, crackle, and explode with sound. Underlying much of Jupitter-Larsen's work is a self-created lexicon consisting mainly of personalized units of measurement such as the polywave, the totimorphous, and the xylowave. The Loud Luggage performance is a sonic reference to the xylowave which GX Jupitter-Larsen defines as the distance between nothing and something. The Haters have performed all over America and across Europe & Asia. The Haters also appear on over 400 CD & record releases.

Daniel Löwenbrück (b.1974) is a German performance artist and composer of tape-music. His live-performances are of a concrete, poetic, ritualistic and therapeutic nature, and often bordering on the absurd. Mixing the tactics of the european avantgardes (Actionism, Fluxus) with contemporary acousmatic music. He is performing internationally since the late 90's as part of the Schimpfluch-Gruppe (with Rudolf Eb.er, Dave Phillips, Joke Lanz), as a duo with singer and performance artist Doreen Kutzke, and solo as Raionbashi, including performances and festival appearances in New York, Bordeaux, Paris, Moscow, Minsk, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tokyo, Osaka, Rotterdam, etc.

He founded the label Tochnit Aleph in 1994 publishing editions of Musique Concrete, Sound Poetry and Artist-Records & -Multiples. He worked with & published works by (amongst others) Rudolf Eb.er, Joke Lanz / Sudden Infant, Hermann Nitsch, Artur Zmijewski, Gerhard Rühm, Hartmut Geerken, Wolf Vostell, Henri Chopin, Florian Hecker, Valeri Scherstjanoi, Toine Horvers.

Since 2008 Löwenbrück curates the Gallery & Record-Shop Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik) in Berlin, specialized in records by artists, Sound Poetry, Contemporary Composers and the historical avantgarde. At the gallery he curated exhibitions and events by Wolf Vostell, Toine Horvers, Joke Lanz, Michael Barthel, Jürgen Eckloff, Gerhard Rühm, Valeri Scherstjanoi, Hartmut Geerken, Wolfgang Müller & Max Müller, Mario de Vega, amongst others.
http://www.tochnit-aleph.com/raionbashi
http://www.Rumpsti-Pumsti.com

Dr Ian McCormick served as Professor in the Arts at the University of Northampton. His writing career has included many books on eighteenth century literature, deconstruction and pedagogy. He is the author of Secret Sexualities (1997) and Sexual Outcasts (2000). Recently published chapters have explored romanticism and gothic writing (2010-11). He is currently writing two books on the grotesque, and finishing a study of participatory methodologies in contemporary media. He lives in Birmingham, UK, where he also works as an academic tutor and teaching consultant.

Joachim Montessuis (1972/France) develops an experimental intermedia and electronic contextual practice mainly around voice, drone, noise and trance since the early 90's. His current work is directed towards experimental processes and mise en abyme of the issue of observation and perception of reality through a non-dual approach. His vocal performative work explores various states of trance through the extreme potentialities of amplification and electronic transformations of screams, throat singing, rumbling, growling and also words. He designs his actions as processes, "noise poetry-codes reality fertilizers".

The New Blockaders' manifesto (1982) proclaims, 'Blockade is resistance. It is our duty to blockade and induce others to blockade: Anti-music, anti-art, anti-books, anti-films, anti-communications. We will make anti-statements about anything and everything. We will make a point of being pointless…’ Everything about TNB entails refusal. They served as a major influence on legendary Noise pioneers as Merzbow and their influence on the current crop of popular crossover Noise artists such as Prurient and Wolf Eyes is immeasurable. They, more than any other, define the essence of true Noise music both in art and in act. ‘After three decades of bands having stolen from TNB it was great to see them in action, like finally watching Casablanca after hearing its most famous lines referenced for years.’

Clip of TNB @ NK, Berlin, 2012:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1sCwqGqOu4
www.thenewblockaders.org.uk

dave phillips/dp                   
humanimalism, psycho-acoustics, composition, field recordings, sonic rituals, audio art, existentialism.
voice, body, organics, electronics, video, performance, DIY.

dp re/searches and ponders existences and behaviourisms humanimalistically via sonic de/construction and
psycho-acoustics. he uses sound as a means to activate primordial shared emotions otherwise hidden by
civilised experience. sound as communication in direct & primal form, a method of understanding, a
therapeutical cleansing. dp's work triggers rumination and exchange, wishes to engage and sensitize and
delivers some form of release, a release that is liberating & purifying, a polemical catharsis that opposes the
omnipresent reduction of existence, a ritual that desires to cast aside artificial, material and superstitious
arrangements and constraints and puts us in touch with our sentient origins as much as with realities of the
times we live in.
www.davephillips.ch

PHURPA

Tibetan sacred music traditions BON

History of the project «PHURPA» back to the mid 90's, when the territory of the legendary Factory Cardinal Art on the Marsh area collective of artists and musicians led by Alexei Tegin began studies in the ritual of traditional music, gradually going beyond the usual scope of contemporary electroacoustic and industrial music aside the archaic sounds of ancient Egypt, Iran and Tibet.

Forming a permanent part of the year 2003, the project «PHURPA» and to this day continues to theoretical and practical research in the field of ancient liturgical practices of Tibetan Buddhist and Bon schools.

Chris Sienko is the Associate Editor of As Loud As Possible magazine. Chris' writings have also appeared in Muckraker magazine, as well as online sites like Gapers Block, Gaze Into A Gloom, Dumb Ear, and others. He is also the webmaster of the official Inca Eyeball website.

Bryan Lewis Saunders (b.1969, in Washington D.C.) is a poet, storyteller, videographer and performance artist. His reading-performances are an astonishing resurgence of hardcore American spoken word. Explorer of the human tragedy, he subjects American evils to the scalpel by revealing hidden aspects, seeking to make it socially acceptable to show pain in public. It is difficult to remain insensitive in front of the intense performance of Saunders. Lydia Lunch defines his performances as "hilarious, awful and brutally honest: while describing Saunders as "The bastard son of William Burroughs, Antonin Artaud and Crispin Glover."

m.vänçi stirnemann, swiss, * 1951 in zurich.
international performance artist, visual artist, composer, writer, curator, lecturer since 1971. 
member of several international performance groups (the nomads, a’battery a“, PSEUDO durch & durch, FEED BACK & FORTH). solo performances & exhibitions.
initiator of svereral international collsborative projects as Artist Trading Cards, SyndiCat of Katzen.
was part of documenta 8, 1987; olympic arts festival, calgary, 1988; AVE festival netherlands (three times) and in many other festivals, events in europe and north america.
grants & support from Pro Helvetia, Canada Council, national and international foundations.
still living with and learning from all sort of cats.

Vagina Dentata Organ
"VAGINA DENTATA ORGAN
The most fanatic band in the world."

Jordi Valls worked extensively with both Throbbing Gristle and Whitehouse in their earliest encarnations, also organising live events for both acts in London and Barcelona.

In 1983 he released the first of a series of remarkable albums under the name of "Vagina Dentata Organ". From the outset VDO's work was characterised by a minimalistic and surreal approach to field recordings. His debut "Music for The Hashashins: In Memoriam Of Hassan i Sabbah" evolved out of the recording sessions for Psychic TV's classic "Dream Less Sweet" album, with the sound of growling wolves.

"Hashishins" was followed by a trilogy of limited edition picture disc LP's featuring: a pagan drumming ritual, the last sermon of Jim Jones (as well as the final screams of his congregation), and the sounds of human's having sex.

All these releases displayed a true surrealist sense of the dark and absurd. The Jim Jones album was released in 912 copies, one for each of the dead bodies found at Jonestown. "Pagan Drums of Calanda" came in a special limited edition of 30 copies featuring Valls' own blood vacuum sealed under the transparent winyl. Any arousal experienced listening to the sounds of orgasms on "Cold Meat"/"Eros & Thanatos" might be slightly counter-balanced by the autopsy photos of Elvis and Marilyn on either side of the disc. Celebrity, sex, blood, death, control, all of this and more was served up for your delectation on a VDO album - if you could actually get hold of a copy.

1994's "Un Chien Catalan" CD, featured the sounds of a Harley Davidson which Valls describes as "meeting in Hell between Jimmi Hendrix, Philip Glass, and Stockhausen... all you can hear is the howling of a Harley, with telluric turbulence and feedback.

2002's "The Perpignan Killings" CD, it is a mega mix of Jordi's four vinyl L.P.'s. In this recording the crooner is The Reverend Jim Jones. The drums are the drums of Calanda, L.P. The rythm guitars are the sexual cries from Cold Meat, L.P. And the lead guitar from the growling wolves of The Hashishins L.P.

2004's "The Great Masturbator" CD, is a minimalist and metaphysical recording of a church bell tolling for the dead. Dedicated to Salvador Dalí on his birthday centenary.

2007's "Music for The Blind" CD, recording with five different versions of the same music piece: "Serenata" by the Italian composer Enrico Toselli, played by the violin virtuoso Bernarda Jones.

Jordi Valls is very reluctant to perform in public. Vagina Dentata Organ have performed live only in hand picked venues through the years.

Ute Waldhausen
   
born in GDR

athlete. collecting from gold and silver medals
since 1992 in Berlin
student, trainee, server, dj, mediadesigner. gaining experiences

Instit-Ute: at the Bauhaus University Weimar, Surikov Institute Moscow and the MFA at the University of the Arts Berlin.
She has been invited as an Artist in Residence to Banff Media Institute Kanada, Contemporary Art Center Nairs Switzerland and was DAAD Scholar in Los Angeles.
Since 2012 she also works as Personal Trainer and Performance Tutor.

Christian Weber, b. 23.11.72 Zürich (CH)
double bass, composition, electronics

1993-96    studies at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz
1995-98    studies at the Bruckner Conservatory Linz with Adelhard Roidinger
1998        studies with Ernst Weissensteiner, Vienna
2000-06    operative and artistic management of the WIM Zürich
2000-        music for film & theater, soundinstallations
2001        grant from the city of Zürich; composition commissioned by ProHelvetia
2003        Zürich culture award (Werkjahr)
2004-        extensive touring all over the world
2007-2012    guest lecturer at the University of Berne
2008-2009    Teaching Master Students at the Universities of Basel & Zürich

WWW with Michel Wintsch (p) und Christian Wolfarth (dr)
TGW with Michael Thieke (cl, sax) and Michael Griener (dr)
Lake-Weber- Ulrich with Oliver Lake (sax) and Dieter Ulrich (dr)
Mersault with Tomas Korber (guit, elec) und Christian Wolfarth (dr)

3 Suits & A Violin: Swiss/Austrian quintet lead by Christian Weber. With Hans Koch (cl), Michael Moser (vcl), Martin Siewert (lapsteel, electronics) & Christian Wolfarth (dr).
A first CD was released November 2006 on HatHut.

Trevor Wishart, composer and performer specialising in sound metamorphosis, and constructing the software to make it possible (Sound Loom / CDP). Creates music with his own voice, for professional groups, or in imaginary worlds conjured up in the studio. His aesthetic and technical ideas are described in the books On Sonic Art, and Sound Composition.  His most well-known pieces include Red Bird, Two Women, and Encounters in the Republic of Heaven. Based in the UK, he has lived and worked in Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, Sweden, and the USA. His educational games “Sounds Fun” have been republished in Japanese.

Marc Zeier/G*Park works as a sound researcher and visual artist. 
His soundworks have been released on labels such as Tochnit Aleph, Zabriskie Point,
Blossoming Noise, Zelphabet and 23five.
He also works as a Plankton-Fisherman.
 
Zeier, born 1954 in Jersey City USA, lives and works in Zurich. He is a member of the
Schimpfluch Gruppe and has performed at various museums, galleries and festivals
(Valencia, Neuchatel, Berlin, Brighton, London, Bremen, Hamburg, Münster, Zurich, Bern,
Murcia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beijing,). He has worked as guest lecturer at several
institutes and universities (Architectural Association London, Centre Européen de la
Recherche Continue Briey, ZHdK Zurich a.m.)
 
For his installations and paintings he has received several awards and residencies in Paris and
New York from the city and canton of Zurich.
 
"For my performances I use material from my trips, sounds from different spaces like frozen
lakes, sounds from strange aquatic organisms, sounds from old instruments, strings of grand
pianos or wires of cable railways. (I also like almost unhearable sounds which I amplify).
These materials are processed and transformed, they are often treated to be almost un-
identifiable.  The raw sound, that’s immediately noticable, a real and palpable sense of dislocation and 
separation, out of place, in both time and space..
It is important to me that sounds retain their original archaic energies and characteristics.“
http://www.tochnit-aleph.com/g-park/
 
 
 

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