For so much of the world, the club experience is nothing if not predictable. The sound, the aesthetic, the entire evening fit to a predictable mold. But drawing upon decades of work in experimental audiovisual performance, a new generation of sound and light artists are applying today’s tools to build live creations that can transcend all of that, that appeal directly to the senses and transform the architecture of the musical environment.
One highlight for me this year was the chance to moderate an installment in March of Fiber Festival’s terrific Coded Matters series. (Also on their 2014 agenda: algorithmic, generative raving. More on that separately.)
Building atop a tradition of immersive performance, the artists in this talk are part of a growing community of creators who are experimenting with how sonic, visual, and musical structures are built in clubs (and galleries, and installations, and venues that look beyond clubland specifically). They replace liquid light shows with new motorized mirrors, light, three-dimensional sound, and music and visual programming to match.
We talked – a lot, about a great deal. But filmmaker Tanja Busking manages to draw those threads together in a 9-minute film that adds some clarity to these questions. Thanks, Tanja; it’s a pleasure to watch.
Details about what you’re seeing:
On March 6th FIBER and music festival 5 Days Off presented an evening about new developments in the production of dance floor environments, groundbreaking audiovisual live shows and electronic music.
This video report gives an overview of the content and atmosphere of this edition of Coded Matter(s), including some footage from the workshop and the Electric Deluxe Label Night which started after the evening programme. Featuring Simon Geilfus (ANTIVJ), 4DSOUND, Peter Kirn, Children of the Light and Matthijs Munnik.
For more information about the event:
For more information about Coded Matter(s):
Coded Matter(s) is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL
Murcof + Simon Geilfus – Music from their performance
Peter Kirn + Ganucheau – Fairytale fashion mix
Darkside – Golden Arrow
Abdulla Rashim – live PA in Berlin 09/03/13
- 3Deconstruct – vimeo.com/32935093
- Murcof + Simon Geilfus – vimeo.com/7844683
- Onion Skin by Olivier Ratsi – vimeo.com/76521918
- PALEODICTYON – making of – vimeo.com/60209340
- Sound Spatialization Examples:1 – vimeo.com/81682623
- Studio Science: Lucy at 4DSOUND – youtube.com/watch?v=Mhk_LxxJuqY
Children of the Light
-Darkside at Concertgebouw, ADE 2013
photo gallery from the event