Saturday 27th May
Adrena Adrena : AV Performance
Adrena Adrena is a collaboration between award-winning visual artist Daisy Dickinson and drummer E-Da Kazuhisa, previously the drummer of the Japanese noise (or ‘Japanoise’) rock band Boredoms (WEA Japan, Reprise/Warner Brothers) and currently British electronic/post-rock band Seefeel (Rephlex, Warp Records). The duo cut a raw blend of drums, noise and organic visual work, featuring in their performances an eight foot white sphere that hangs above Kazuhisa’s drum kit and which Dickinson maps videos on to; her work was described by William Barns-Graham of Fluid Radio as ‘cosmological and transcendental, drawing attention to the wonder of the earth and our sensuality on it’.
As a duo, their debut was at the International Festival of Projections in early 2016 and have since performed at End of The Road Festival, Supernormal Festival, Fort Process Festival, Zorofest in Leipzig and other shows across the UK and Europe, with both Japanese psychedelic rock band Acid Mothers Temple (Alien8 Recordings) and members of British art-punk band Wire and Japanese noise rock band Bo Ningen (Stolen Recordings).
Alba Corral : VJ Set
Born in Spain’s capital city of Madrid, visual artist and creative coder Alba Corral now works from her studios in Spain’s creative capital Barcelona. With a background in computer engineering, Corral has been creating generative art using software and coding for over a decade. Her practice spans across live performance, video, digital media and installations, exploring abstract narratives and expressing sensitivity and a taste for colour. Combining generative systems with her own improvised drawing techniques, Alba’s digital language becomes organic, creating mesmerising digital landscapes.
Tim Cowie : DJ Set
Tim Cowie is an audio visual artist currently based in Bournemouth. A long-time collaborator at The Light Surgeons, Cowie’s music and sound design work crosses over from electronica and techno, to contemporary classical and ambient soundscapes. He releases music under his own name, the alias Audio Dependent, and as part of the duo Infinite Particles.
Joe Beedles : AV Performance
In his work, young Manchester based audiovisual artist Joe Beedles, draws on live recordings and synthesized noise; he focuses on concepts surrounding club music abstraction, blurring the line between ‘the real’ and ‘the simulated’. His current emphasis is on generative systems for live performance, providing audiences with highly-detailed compositions, emphasising magnified yet obscured soundscapes.
Upon premiering his work at The Banff Centre in March 2016, Joe has continued to develop his live set both technically and conceptually, culminating in solo performances, particularly within the Algorave movement (short for ‘algorithmic rave’, events where people dance to music generated from algorithms). A recent finalist in the Oxford Sennheiser Electronic Music Prize, Beedles – who also goes by the artist name Native – releases on London based label Laura Lies In, his output is varied with stylistic themes of vocal manipulation, carefully considered harmonic structures and modular software set-ups that allow for interesting and unexpected results. His EP ‘Polaris’ was released in 2016.
For Splice Festival, Beedles performs live algorithmic, generative AV, deconstructing technoise with swathes of textural ambience married up with audio-reactive geometry and visual abstractions.
Mira Calix : DJ/VJ Set
Mira Calix is the multi award-winning UK based South African music producer Chantal Passamonte. Living in the UK since the early 90’s, she’s signed to Warp Records and has toured with Radiohead, Boards of Canada and Autechre. Music and sound have always been at the centre of her practice, which she continues to integrate with visual media and technological innovation to create multi-disciplinary performances and installations.
For Splice she presents a special DJ/VJ set inspired by Josef Albers experiments with colour.
(please note: this video is not of the show to be performed at Splice)
Filastine & Nova : Drapetomania
Filastine & Nova are a multimedia duo working to undermine borders. Their images fuses with their music, which collides electronic beat production and dense layers of voice, concréte sounds, analogue synths and strings. Spin magazine called it “bass music for crumbling urban futures” and Pitchfork said “they sound less like ‘world’ music and more like music from another world”. And another world is exactly what they aim to create, using sound, video, design, and dance to express a radically different vision of the possible.
For Splice, they perform their new project Drapetomania, a collaboration between Barcelona’s veteran producer Grey Filastine and Indonesian neo-soul vocalist Nova Ruth. It’s electronic and acoustic, pop and wildly experimental, from roots music to future bass the show is an audio strike against xenophobia, proposing a borderless and polyphonic world.
Ben Sheppee : Lightbringer
British artist Ben Sheppee has been part of the visuals and AV scene for many years, most notably setting up Lightrhythm Visuals – one of the first ever VJ labels, which was internationally distributed from 2003 to 2012. He developed 15 albums of visual content promoting 70 artists and 240 films, often touring visual artists he released. He’s developed an online school for audiovisual art and performance, written for multiple publications and now acts as Creative Director on a whole range of tour visuals productions, whilst also continuing to develop his profile as an artist and director. He lived for a time in Tokyo, San Francisco and Paris and is now based in London.
For Splice Festival, Sheppee’s audiovisual performance brings together his recent visual studies set to an audio backdrop of dubstep and ambient electro. It’s designed as a multi-screen set-up where he mixes across two video signals, blending audio samples into his AV set.
Urban Projections : Stratum (World Premiere)
Urban Projections is the work of multimedia artist Rebecca Smith. Fusing hand-crafted art-forms with digital technologies, her work seeks to surprise and engage audiences with its playful tone and interactivity. She creates unique digital experiences, constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries of her discipline. Her work has been presented in such prestigious surroundings as The Saatchi Gallery, The Royal Albert Hall, Tate St Ives and arts centre Nottingham Contemporary. As Smith would state though, her work is equally at home on the streets and in unusual outdoor locations.
Stratum, their live performance at Splice Festival, is a collaboration with audio producer Jimmy Power. Described as ‘an exploration of landscape and mans effect on it’, this project is a sharp journey into geometric abstraction. Utilising kinetic colour spectrums with bold white light, it places naturalistic elements with hyper-real digital glitches, fusing them with a soundtrack of environmental recordings and electronic beats. It’s a driven and bold live show.
(please note: this video is not of the show to be performed at Splice)
Zan Lyons : Live AV and Strings
Zan Lyons is a violinist, electronic composer and filmmaker from London. He began making music as a teenager and soon released on both Foundry records and the label Moshi Moshi, as well as creating remixes for Super Furry Animals and Panic DHH.
He’s best known for his uncompromising live shows where he fuses live viola looping with frenetic distorted beats and real-time remixing of his own films. Zan has performed at a wide range of spaces, from London’s BFI Southbank and Berlin’s Berghain club to Spain’s LEV audiovisual arts event and the UK’s Reading Festival. Explosive beats collide with live-looped viola and haunting images to create a unique otherworldly experience. Using custom vintage lenses, and in-camera visual effects, Zan creates ominous immersive visuals which are micro-edited to create a truly live-cinema performance.
Francois Wunschel : Physical to Digital at 1024 Architecture : Talk + Q&A
1024 Architecture are the incredible French artists focusing on the interaction between body, space, sound and image using both low and hi-tech methods. As well as performances they also create AV installations and micro-architecture.
As well as bombarding buildings with pixels, mapping architectural surfaces and projecting directly onto three-dimensional objects rather than flat screens, the duo also like to use all manner of materials in their performances, “we use many basic and standardised materials, often from the construction or transport industries such as scaffolding, containers, timber framework, pallets and even netting from building sites”.