Our next 2023 show brings together artists Dhangsha, en creux, Pokk!, SW1n-HUNTER who, over the last couple years, have gravitated towards each other’s approach to public sonic experimentation and ethos for continuing to live in this world. Expect harsh noise, glitch, mutant dancehall and more.
Tickets £10 adv/more on the door
Dhangsha (Bengali for ‘destruction’) is the project and alias of electronic artist Aniruddha Das. He works at the interface of bass culture and experimental noise, creating a kind of “mutant dancehall” where distorted ‘alien’ motifs evolve and disintegrate over sparse but heavy beats. He explores minimalism, repetition and fragmentation, instigating turbulent interactions between metered and non-metric rhythm. Aside from releasing a handful of albums, including “Live at Spirit of Gravity” and “Aberrant,” the latter with label Hard Return, he has contributed to compilations by Iklectik, Syrphe and Avon Terror Corps. He is part of the ground breaking vinyl compilation “Disruptive Frequencies,” on Nonclassical, which received a storming review in The Wire. Dhangsha’s overwhelming passion is playing live. He has performed at the Bogotrax electronic festival in Colombia and has toured throughout the UK and in Europe both solo and supporting political/electronic duo Yao Bobby & Simon Grab. He is set to appear this autumn at Iklectik’s live series “Black Industrial/Noise.” He is a commissioned participant of the AHRC-funded initiative “Exploring Cultural Diversity in Experimental Sound,” examining the relative lack of Black and South Asian practitioners in experimental music in the UK.
Lucia H Chung is a Taiwanese artist based in London, United Kingdom. She performs and releases music under the alias en creux where the sound creation springs from her fascinations in noise generated through no-input feedback mixing board. The volatile nature of the system and the unpredictable glitch from the excessive energy pouring into the equipment becomes her improvisational and compositional strategy. Lucia’s passion lies in live performance and has regularly performed solo and with collaborators in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America, including Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival, Krama Festival, and Lisboa Soa Festival.
‘Fuzz comes alive, moving at odd angles like the sinuous threads are being chased by a series of subatomic bleeps and flashes. Tension rises as the tempo picks up, fueling the disjointed rhythmic quality within each sterile, self-contained unit.’ – Fox Digitalis
Pokk! is the co-founder and contributor to the anarcho-collectivist, anti- capitalist, agile electronic music label sometimes referred to as SM-LL, Small, or “the label”. Initiated under the premise and values found in counter culture and electronic music’s position away from the mainstream money engine and the ego’s intent for popularity. Indoctrinated on repetitive, rhythmic electronic music, sometimes full of hiss, bass, clicks, glitches and shifting patterns, often focused around one or two sounds. This is easier than having to layer things.
“No info on this one, obviously…But nothing’s that simple is it?…There’s something reassuring about the anonymity of music that sounds like a factory floor filled with malfunctioning industrial machinery…One for the Vladislav Delay devotees for sure…Emulsified dub radicals and grubbing post techno residues” – Boomkat
SW1n-HUNTER is the solo sonic project of artist Adam Denton. Dependent on context and situation, they’ll combine frequency sculpture, instrumental mutation, environmental recording, machine/human utterance, feedback systems, movement and decayed samples, etc etc. Recently live shows have manifested as unwieldy, improvised audio essays, often accompanied by textual video works, performed across the world in places like Vietnam, Brazil, North America, Japan, Europe, Ireland, and Kurdistan. When not doing SW1n-HUNTER, Denton works on projects like The Old
Police House (2013-2021), an experimental venue in Gateshead UK and most recently the Abandonment sonic research project in Slemani, Kurdistan region of Iraq, with a wide range of collaborators including Mariam Rezaei, Hardi Kurda, Khabat Abas, Dror Feiler, Elvin Brandhi and Gustav Thomas.