Kangding Ray

Kangding Ray

Kangding Ray is an electronic music producer, born in France, and based in Berlin. Since his debut on raster-noton, Kangding Ray has undergone a continuous transformation of his sound, led by a rare attention to sound texture and a constant avant-gardist attitude. 

His recent output such as the raster-noton albums 'Solens Arc' and 'Cory Arcane' define new boundaries in industrial-influenced post-techno, crafting uncompromisingly physical music that draw on his background as a trained architect: defined sonic surfaces and planes dissolve and flicker into motion, conjuring at once bleak and yet emotionally intimate spaces.

Kangding Ray performed at the raster-noton 20th Anniversary celebration in 4DSOUND at ZKM in Karlsruhe. 

 

Cristian Vogel

Cristian Vogel

Cristian Vogel is a long-term innovator in the composition, mixing and performance of electronic sounds. His professional career as an independent creator working in advanced music and technology, has established him as an outstanding influence in the fields of composition for stage, club culture and studio.

Born in Chile 1972. Educated in the UK. He has lived in Barcelona, Berlin and Geneva. He is currently resident in Copenhagen where he continues to compose and teach. His latest album release is titled ‘Polyphonic Beings’. His most recent venture, NeverEngine Labs, is an independent startup developing tools for advanced spectral composition and digital signal processing.

Vogel was Artist-in-Residence in February and March 2016 and performed during 4DSOUND: Points On The Curve showcase at GLOBALE ZKM in Karlsruhe. Working within the Kyma Sound Design Environment, his performance delved deep into individual sounds at a granular level, manipulating spectral layers live into other-wordly spatial soundscapes.

Kyoka

Kyoka

 

Kyoka is a Japanese musician and composer. Inspired by her early experiments with tape compositions, the Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist works with synthesis and digital processing to create heavy-rough textures, creating broken pop-beats that are both experimental and danceable rhythms.

Kyoka performed at Raster-Noton's 20th Anniversary Showcase in 4DSOUND at GLOBALE ZKM, in Karlsruhe. 

M.E.S.H.

M.E.S.H.

As resident Berlin club night Janus along with fellow American expatriate Lotic, James Whipple has long been scouring cyberspace for hard-edged, futuristic sounds and re-contextualizing them for the dancefloor. His initial releases as M.E.S.H. combined the jagged beats of U.K. grime and garage with dubby textures and a sense of meticulous sound design common to IDM producers such as Autechre, resulting in a sound and aesthetic occasionally referred to as “post-Internet.”

The US sound artist, whose acclaimed album 'Piteous Gate' on PAN forged ahead into unpredictable, theatrical soundscapes, performed at 4DSOUND: Points on the Curve at GLOBALE ZKM. 

Murcof

Murcof

Murcof is the performing and recording name of Mexican electronica artist Fernando Corona. Corona was born in 1970 in TijuanaMexico and raised in Ensenada. He was for a time a member of the Tijuana-based Nortec Collective of electronic musicians under the Terrestre project name. In 2000 he returned to Tijuana. Since 2006 Corona lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Dasha Rush

Dasha Rush

Dasha Rush is Russian born, but actually she is a citizen of the world. Combining her activities as a techno producer on her own Fullpanda label and DJ with multi-artistic collaborations alongside artists and dancers, Dasha Rush brings up a mixture of rather rare techno electronic experimentations, and synthesized sounds more akin to the brief movement of underground music. Roots of such sounds partially go back to the early 20th century and rise to significant Art Movements to this day.

Dasha likes to push the boundaries of contemporary dance to the limit, encourages experimentation with various musical and non-musical forms and assembling into deep, slightly dark, and very emotional artistic way of expression. In her strange and twisted world the machines are the protagonists of a neo-romanticism, weaved with human dreams.

Following the release of Dasha’s new album ‘Sleepstep- Sonar Poems for my Sleepless Friends’ on Raster Noton, Dasha Rush started to develop a related concept in 4DSOUND entitled Synesthetic Auralia.

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Oscar Mulero

Oscar Mulero

Beginning his fledgling DJ career in mid-late ‘80s Madrid, Mulero became a driving force in the emerging Spanish electronic music scene, building a reputation nationally with a sound built on dark and industrial foundations: Gothic Rock and EBM giving way to hard, acid-tinged techno in the ‘90s. A prolific producer with over 40 12’’ releases under his belt, he has also produced three albums, including 2012’s Black Propaganda on his own Warm Up Recordings- a stark, desolate techno excursion triggered by the economic situation in Spain. Developing into an increasingly established international name around the turn of the millennium, it could be said that Mulero’s music continued to mature but never mellowed, retaining the intensity of his banging ‘90s sets whilst becoming increasingly sophisticated and, in recent years, spacious in its sound design.

It is this balance of intensity and spaciousness that drew Mulero and 4DSOUND to develop a performance together for Techno Is Space, 4DSOUND’s series of experimental club performances exploring the spatial characteristic of techno. Mulero spatially re-interpreted his latest album ‘Muscle and Mind’ on PoleGroup Recordings, taking advantage of the expansive spatial capabilities of the 4DSOUND system and integrated tactile bass-technology by SubPac.

 

'Some of Oscar's tracks... seemed to unravel themselves almost organically, as the kicks and hi-hats fluttered through the room, hitting you at various different heights and angles.'
Resident Advisor

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http://www.oscarmulero.com

 

Max Cooper

Max Cooper

An uncompromising and individual musician, Max Cooper has carved out his own artistic space between the worlds of emotional dancefloor experimentation, fine-art sound design, and endlessly varied attempts to examine the scientific world through visuals. Resident Advisor 'Top Live Act' 2015, 2013 and 2012. Resident Advisor 'Top 100 DJ', 2011. Subscribe to the website for free downloads of the Quotient Series: www.maxcooper.net

Biosphere

Biosphere

Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his ‘ambient techno’ and ‘arctic ambient’ styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. His 1997 album Substrata is generally seen as one of the all time classic ambient albums. Biosphere regularly performs live during electronic music festivals and in clubs throughout Europe and various other locales around the world.

Biosphere creates immersive atmospheres in which time and space are being anatomized. He scrolls through surfaces, constructs machinery, and unravels microscopic electronic patterns. His architectural approach emphasizes space, on either a hyper level or wide open fields. Biosphere’s arctic homeland Norway sets the scenery of many of his musical projects, but also other locations and conditions have been subject to his work, like the instability of Japan’s nuclear power plants.

 

'Biosphere’s 4D set felt like being placed in a sunny suburban back yard circled by whipper-snippers, buzzing bees and other peaceful sounds of minute wildlife. His soft sound design gave a cold and concrete Atonal the synthesised experience of lush flora and warm al frescos in a set where art imitated life.'
Juno Plus on his set at Berlin Atonal 2014

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Vladislav Delay

Vladislav Delay

Sasu Ripatti, aka Vladislav Delay, is an intensely devoted musician and sound designer, who reinvents himself regularly, and is constantly exploring new mediums and ways to express his musical vision. For more than fifteen years, he has been experimenting under the moniker of various artistic capacities, shaping highly dynamic electronica with sonic constructions full of textural detail.

Ripatti developed an extended live performance in 4DSOUND that endures for multiple hours. The audience is invited to enter the 4DSOUND system as an open exhibition space – an environment that Ripatti continuously excites and triggers in a most intuitive and impulsive way.

 

'Apocalyptically mind-blowing'
Fact Magazine 
'The only thing one wanted was to crawl into the sounds.'
Gonzo 

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http://www.vladislavdelay.com/

https://vladislavdelay.bandcamp.com/

 

Stimming

Stimming

'I’m neither afraid of showing my emotions nor to include them in my music'

Few people bring a truly original sound to house music. When it comes to longevity and leaving an indelible mark on the genre and the wider musical sphere, Hamburg’s Martin Stimming did just that from a relatively young age. “I want people to see me as an evolving artist, where you never know what exactly you get.”

Martin Stimming’s musical education and profound understanding of music theory developed early. By the age of 10 he was highly accomplished on the violin, piano and drums. His collaboration with the Hamburg-based label DIYnamic Music began in 2007, and after releasing several singles and EP’s, Stimming’s debut album ‘Reflections’ came out in 2009, followed by the intriguing ‘Liquorice’. His productions are filled with a multitude of his own unique, charismatic field recordings and rhythmic bricks, demonstrating a sophisticated yet accessible sound, rich in detail.

During the past one-and-half years, Stimming has built-up quite a history with 4DSOUND. In November 2013, Stimming’s orchestral piece ‘November Morning’ was premiered on the 4DSOUND system, and performed live by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of the Blown Away Festival. In 2014, Stimming was Artist-in-Residence at the 4DSOUND Studio, and developed an analogue-based, improvisational set with entirely original sound material. Ableton captured Stimming and 4DSOUND in action in this video.

Then, Stimming was featured in 4DSOUND’s line-up during the ADE Sound Academy, where he performed his show with a new custom-built hardware controller – designed to move his sounds in space, with his hands.

Stimming’s continuously evolving 4DSOUND show is entirely instrument-based, including the charismatic presence of the Moog Synth, Micro-Brute, OP-1, Nord Lead 02, and an upright Piano. He controls the sounds coming from his analog synthesizers and drum machines moving in space. All live and completely intuitive – moving the audiences mind and feet.

For Stimming, exploring his music in 4DSOUND has been a road down to the roots of playing music, bringing electronic music performance back to being an entirely physical act in the here and now.

 

'It's early days for this technology and I still don’t know how far I can go, especially because I have decided to play everything live. There is hardly any themes and grooves that are preprogrammed on my machines, the magic happens in the moment itself. Ironically, its the most simple sounds that work best, the complexity is largely the result of the spatial dimension that the system adds.'
Stimming in Thump / VICE 

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Fjäder

Fjäder

Fjäder – feather – refers to the shaman’s indispensable talisman. Used for wafting incense in order to dispel bad vibrations, Fjäder’s sound could be said to perform the same cleansing rites. Her sense of experimental and deep techno first emerged with the release of her first split vinyl EP, collaborating with Stephanie Sykes on Dasha Rush’s Fullpanda Records. Since then, Fjäder has started her own label Nordanvind Records and is continually expanding this shamanistic, multi-dimensional universe incorporating techno, dub, ambient and other sonic elements.

Fjäder creates music that strives to build borders between nature and technology, logic and dreams. Lofi pads embedded in drums, kicks and dampness. She explored her remarkable sound signature in a fully spatial sound approach as part of 4DSOUND: Techno is Space.

 

Frank Bretschneider

Frank Bretschneider

Frank Bretschneider is a musician, composer and video artist in Berlin. His work is known for precise sound placement, complex, interwoven rhythm structures and its minimal, flowing approach. Bretschneider’s subtle and detailed music is echoed by his visuals: perfect translated realizations of the qualities found in music within visual phenomena. He is releasing his music and performing at music/new media festivals worldwide.

Bretschneider was raised in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz since 1990), where his aesthetic developed as he listened to pirate radio and smuggled Beastie Boys tapes in the former East Germany. After studying fine arts and inspired by science fiction radio plays and films he began experimenting with tape machines, synthesizers, and modified guitars in 1984, as well as exploring the possibilities of exchange between visual art and music by various means such as film, video and computer graphics.

In 1986 Bretschneider founded AG Geige, a successful and influential East German underground band. After three albums and splitting in 1993, Bretschneider and fellow AG Geige member Olaf Bender founded the Rastermusic record label in 1995, which eventually merged with Carsten Nicolai’s noton to form raster-noton in 1999. Since then Bretschneider has released more than 30 albums on various labels including 12k, Line, Mille Plateaux, exploring the possibilities and boundaries of electronic music, from beat driven, almost club suitable music, to the more adventurous and abstract side of the genre.

In 2014, Bretschneider joined 4DSOUND as Artist-in-Residence for the ADE Sound Academy He created a system for spatial improvisation with recorded source material he created on the Bukla and Serge analogue modular systems during his residency at EMS in Stockholm. Establishing a responsivity between frequency, amplitude and spatiality of sound, Bretschneider explores the spatial continuum with minimalistic interwoven rhythmic structures, subtly reminiscing the early days of experimental electronic music.

Recently, Bretschneider has been performing his new work Isolation in 4DSOUND. Isolation undertakes an auditive journey along the narrow edges between the inner and outer acoustic world. This work attempts to explore and interpret the impact of longtime sensory deprivation and how this environment changes the auditory perception of prisoners as well as such effects as perceptual disorders and tinnitus. At times seemingly suspended in mid air and at other points jarring, Isolation migrates through unnerving sonic headspaces. An unexpected and unsettling exploration into sensorial space.

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Lisa Park

Lisa Park

New York-based artist Lisa Park  has developed a series of performances using biosensors (brainwave and heart-rate devices) as a vehicle for manifesting her inner states. Lisa’s recent works “Eunoia” and “Eunoia II” involved using a commercial brainwave (EEG) headset as a self-monitoring tool to measure her physical and psychological states. These performances obtained real-time feedback of her emotional reactions- an investigation into a new form of expression and trans-sensory experience by visually and audibly reflecting her inner states into tangible forms.

Cassegrain

Cassegrain

Cassegrain originated via a chance meeting at the Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona. The Berlin based duo, now well established in the sphere of electronic music, found a home in Prologue Music after having several releases with the label including the highly acclaimed double 12" "Tiamat". Cassegrain have become known for their intricate, hardware based live sets which they have performed worldwide, from Berlin's Berghain, Barcelona's Sonar Festival to Tokyo, Taipei and across the United States.

Pantha du Prince

Pantha du Prince

Hendrik Weber has been active under the moniker of Pantha du Prince since 2002. Weber started playing guitar at thirteen, first playing bass guitar in rock outfits. He later moved onto electronic based music, first via a 16-channel studio mixer, combining drones with samples and a computer. These early experiments formed the basis for both his experimental music as Panthel and Glühen 4 as well as his techno as Pantha Du Prince.

Many of his releases garnered considerable acclaim. His most recent release Elements of Light (Rough Trade, 2013) is a collaboration with a bell equipped ensemble from Norway named The Bell Laboratory. On his previous album Black Noise (Rough Trade, 2010) he collaborated with Panda Bear from Animal Collective and Tyler Pope, among others. His work prior to that was released on the german Dial label. He has remixed Depeche Mode’s ‘Lilian’, Phantom/Ghost’s ‘Relax It's Only A Ghost’ and performs live sets as well as DJs. Pantha du Prince's interest in collaborations shows his eagerness to combine electronics and acoustics, technology and nature.

 

'Music is always already there, even without humans.'
- Pantha du Prince

Pantha du Prince's definition of music sets no boundaries. To him music slumbers in all matter. His mission is to render audible what is unheard and unheard of. In his use of field recordings and improvisation nature and technology become indistinguishable. Narratives are driven by diverse acoustic designs of which the tiny details form organic phrases. Electro-acoustic environments move from concrete shapes to complex harmonies, from sweet melodies to random noise, and silence. The fundamentals, the walls, the roof, they all sound. And it is up to the audience to become a part of it.

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http://www.panthaduprince.com/

 

Senking

Senking

Jens Massel, aka Senking, was born in 1969 in Cologne. From the early 90s on he gathered his first musical experiences as a bass player in punk and indie bands. Playing the bass guitar still is an ongoing process for him. In 1995 he got his hands on a very lo-fi synthesizer which was able to sample for five seconds. These ‘mini-loops’ were recorded and arranged on a 4-track machine with the result of his first electronic tracks on tape. After this he was hooked to create electronic music. Since 1999 he has been steadily building an extensive discography at Berlin’s experimental imprint Raster-Noton.

Massel's experimental work is a lot about organic dynamics and a certain atmosphere which often reminds of listening to a soundtrack for a movie, or of being a hundred miles under sea-level. In best case scenario both of it. These days he’s giving more attention to the visualisation of his music. After all the years with the idea of creating images in the listeners heads just by listening to his music, adding visuals to his live performances is another step.

The extension of his live performance working with a spatial sound system can be considered as a natural evolution of his musical breathe as well. Senking’s music is inherently spatial, always suggestive of depths that go beyond the actual space the listener is in, endlessly long industrial halls, or deserted mountains as the dusk falls over the day. This quality of his music has reached a new dimension of experience in his 4DSOUND performance. Embedded in a vast reverberant space, wavy basslines envelop the audience, while beats articulate sharp lines inside this imaginary architecture.

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Lucy & Amanda Morelli

Lucy & Amanda Morelli

Lucy is the nom de techno of Italian-born and Berlin-based Luca Mortellaro, one of the genre’s most exciting and ambitious DJ/producers. Since 2009, Mortellaro has focused his work through his own Stroboscopic Artefacts record label, building an imprint and personal discography that has established itself as one of electronic music’s finest.

Amanda Morelli is a Cultural Anthropologist specialized in Oriental Studies and has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years. She is recognized by CONI - Italian Olympic Committee - as a certified trainer of teachers, having completed the Teacher Training Course and the Master Program at the Free School of Hatha Yoga Hamsa. She studies, practices and teaches the whole spectrum of the sacred path of yoga and believes in a holistic and creative approach to it. She currently teaches hatha yoga, pranayama and meditation in Berlin.

In the context of 4DSOUND, Lucy and Amanda Morelli collaborated on Body Echoes, a transcendent performance integrating traditional Eastern breathing techniques, field-recordings and the spatial dynamics of sound.

While Morelli performs deep-breathing techniques, Lucy processes the live inputs taken from microphones embedded on Morelli's body, utilizing the spatial capabilities of 4DSOUND. During Body Echoes, the listener only experiences organic sounds and vibrations sourced directly from her body, amplified and transformed, so the inner experience of ‘Pranayama’ - the regulation of the breath through certain techniques and exercises - is now fully shared with the audience. In a multilayered feedback process, the sound of Morelli's breathing is enriched by Lucy's signal processing, which Morelli uses as an aural conductor to respond to the sounds Lucy creates. A precious tool to deepen the Pranayama practice itself.

Body Echoes translating the inner and individual experience of an incredibly powerful meditation technique into a sounding space the audience can fully experience, explore and walk through. The Pranayama practitioner Morelli is able to share with the audience the benefits of what is being transformed from 'breath therapy' into fully immersive 'sound therapy'. So moving from the inner space of the performing subject to the surrounding 4DSOUND landscape, and back to the subject, breath and sound merge in a multidimensional, collective experience.

 

'From left to right, and up and down, I feel the power of the sound system. The humming becomes percussive and starts to turn around my head – and, for a moment, I actually starting ‘seeing’ the sound.'
- Lucy in Thump / VICE

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Peter Van Hoesen

Peter Van Hoesen

Belgium's Peter Van Hoesen has never been that typical techno artist. Although considered as one of the genre's tastemakers he is someone who sculpts sounds for many different environments - the club, the home, the gallery or museum. He does so with a true sense of personality. On his own label Time to Express he releases textural compositions and he also records to great acclaim as Sendai alongside Yves de Mey. In performance terms, Peter lays down dark and arresting techno sets as well as captivating, story telling live musical journeys. Because of that he is renowned around the world for his high quality, high creativity, high levels of consistency, constantly translating his personality into his music.

Mike Parker

Mike Parker

A quiet but celebrated stalwart of the scene, the American artist has cultivated one of the most distinguishable sounds in techno to date with his hypnotic fixations on sound and texture. Over the past eighteen years, he’s explored this distinct style with numerous releases on his own label Geophone. Parker’s recorded discography includes a long running series of 12” records and two full-length albums, the latest being ‘Lustrations’ on Prologue.

His approach to creation is uncompromising: a track is rehearsed many times, then recorded live on analogue gear without edits or overdubbing. This meticulous attention to creating something truly live gives his sound design its unique character. Mike Parker’s singularly powerful sound design has imprinted itself in our minds as the archetype of spatially evocative techno. Parker paints energetic movements through imaginary atmospheres, making audible the whirling dust around us, revealing the flickering shadows of forms in space, rather than simply the forms themselves.

In 2015, Parker opened 4DSOUND’s series of experimental techno performances Techno is Space at the Amsterdam club Warehouse Elementenstraat, with his first-ever live set since fifteen years. Using the Octatrack, TiS 0.9 controller designed by 4DSOUND for hybrid Live/ DJ spatial sound mixing, and integrating wearable tactile bass technology from SubPac, Parker explored his tracks for the first time in their unbounded spatial manifestation – moving sonic elements across vast distances; pulsing, reflecting and vibrating, before finally dissolving in the void.

 

'As Parker moves his fingers up on the screen, sound is transported from the floor to the ceiling. Audience with eyes closed are listening with full attention to the hypnotizing sounds that fill the space… above their heads and beneath their feet, rustling like the sea.'
De Volkskrant