SHAPE – European platform for innovative music and audio-visual art
A new 3-year initiative co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the SHAPE project reunites 16 European non-profit organisations active within the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network to create a platform that aims to support, promote, and exchange innovative and aspiring emergent musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound.
SHAPE thus attempts to present a variety of idiosyncratic sounds from all over Europe, and to provide audiences and professionals with insightful lectures, talks, and workshops by experts in various fields related to sound and performance.
All 16 organisations will collectively choose 48 musicians to participate in a mix of live performances, residencies, workshops and talks across member festivals and special events. A new pool of 48 artists will be selected subsequently for each of years two and three of the SHAPE initiative.
The SHAPE project launched at CTM 2015 with a Meet and Greet on 29 January 2015 at the Projektraum of the Kunstquartier Bethanien.
The next SHAPE event:
ICAS Festival: Networking Tomorrow’s Art for an Unknown Future
From 27 April to 3 May 2015, Dresden will become a hotspot for advanced music and related arts as the ICAS network reunites over 20 music and media art festivals into a Festival of Festivals.
Apiary Sessions X SONICA
Sonica SHAPE artists are available for booking!
The audiovisual live-act of the slovenian techno and experimental electronic duo Random Logic comes as an announcement of their new release and is a direct result of a decade spent researching music as the art of time. Their forthcoming album pays tribute to the sign π and endorses the sonic expression of duration.
Formed as a single continuous set, it seeks an attentive listener wishing to benefit from hearing imperfect and unrepeatable sounds caught in loops. Random Logic – Miha Klemenčič and Gregor Zemljič – are regarded as the pioneers of slovene contemporary electronic and ambient techno music. Their internationally acclaimed first album Numrebs was released under the music label Tehnika in 2001. Their second album π features video art created by Gašper Milkovič Biloslav in Marko Vivoda.
Oknai is an innovative electronic artist based in Berlin, who got his rep from his ‘clip-chop’ live sets. In 2011 the rx:tx label released his first EP Ain’t a Dream, featuring raw, lo-fi drums, though its rough edges tend to get smoothed over by the wealth of detail, sampled fragments from all over the place and unique arrangements, all tucked someplace between glitchop, hiphop, IDM and the other. High Tide is the follow up to Oknai’s debut. The album was entirely produced on the coasts of Costa Rica where Oknai was surfing, diving, exploring, eating them exotic fruits and, well, making music. And the music is not about bananas, pineapples and coffe. It’s also not necessarily a sunny record. It’s a subtle and cohesive mix of lo-fi drums, synths and lots of bass. It’s hiphop with hidden juke-ish rhythmics. It’s High Tide, very much a night ride.
MARTIN BRICELJ BARAGA & OLAF BENDER: 99 PROJECT
99 is a kinetic sound sculpture comprised of a matrix of 99 balloons. It is presented as an immersive, yet intimate performance by artists Martin Bricelj Baraga and Olaf Bender. While being inflated, the balloons surround visitors to create an intense physical, sonic, and visual experience. 99 is inspired by “99 Luftballons” an anti-nuclear protest song by the German band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album.