Release Title: 76666 No. 4
Release Date: 06/11/2020
Exhibition: “TWELVE CAUTIONARY URBAN TALES” – An exhibition not about what the city is, but about what it can be.
Where: Matadero, Centro de Creaciòn Contemporanea
When: 13 Feb 2020 – 31 January 2021
Read more: “12 urban fairy tales, 12 installations, 12 ways to imagine the city (at Matadero)” on Domus
Queering the City: A Sono-Orientation is an installation curated and designed by Katayoun Arian. It includes aural works by Angela Anderson, Irene Cassarini, Gayatri Kodikal and Karachi Beach Radio. The installation is part of the exhibition Twelve Cautionary Urban Tales, curated by Ethel Baraona Pohl.
On view until January 31st, 2021 at Matadero in Madrid (@mataderomadrid).
Statement from the curator Katayoun Arian:
‘Queering the City: A Sono-Orientation’ is an installation that I have developed and convened for this purpose from the standpoint that a non-differentiated binary logic that underlies the ‘urban’, i.e. the ‘rural’ (read: natural), insists on a separation in order to mystify the damage being done to peoples and ecosystems which are not part of the urban imaginary. It is a logic, an orientation, that rests on an idea of a permanent divide, an inside-and-outside-of-the city, which particularly in times of climate collapse, isn’t true to life. To queer this orientation is not an attempt to seek for particular outcomes or answers. Rather, it is a calling into question and a means of interrogating our-being-in-the world in relation to our lived environment, and systems and structures of meaning and power, as and where they exist. The installation provides a setting for different soundscapes and sonic eruptions, comprised of works by Angela Anderson, Irene Cassarini, Karachi Beach Radio, and Gayatri Kodikal. These works resonates the necessity for a collective attendance to a continuum of vibration that precedes and exceeds the human spectrum of audibility and perceptibility. They call for a surrendering of ourselves to become part of the multiplicity and the continuum of the vibrational forces of the Earth. The respective works by the participating artists, pay attention to the work that sound does, and the realities and meanings it creates.
Can an orientation to the world in which all sound is understood as queer, signal a planetary turn in a different direction? A flight into the world. An attending to the subtone of our planetary hum, holding open the very possibility of a (different) future as such: a sono-futurality.
The commissioned sound work I composed for the installation Queering the City: A Sono-orientation is titled “Untraced/Untitled” (2020), presented as a sonic inquiry exploring the topics addressed in the exhibition.
Considering cities as entities where human and non-human cohabitation takes place, both physically and sonically, the work addresses the numerous challenges faced in future ecologies in which unsustainable models of hyper-technological skylines and digital mappings, are continuously fetishized. In this speculative future, the building of a capillary system of policing and surveillance meets queer beings through sounds, and those who provoke friction and dissent, by engaging in counter-hegemonic movement through noise. These qualities of the future city, are expressed through evolving layers of sounds, in which dissonant elements appear out of place, trying to blend in or resist.
Two soundscapes on headphones, auralize a fluid urban landscape in which levels of loudness that create a hierarchy of importance and mask the effects that cancel out weaker sonic elements, are negated by a complex ecosystem. Coexisting elements meet and collide, aggregate and disperse. A fluid city is a web of complex realities, and a sanctuary for deep diversity, where human entities are submerged in the aural realm. At the same time, a dystopian and cautionary hearing always remains present, as often non-normative communities remain unseen, untraced, untitled, and anonymous in a larger networks. Untraced/untitled is a sonic inquiry into speculative ideas of (im)possible futures of the city, a narration about in/exclusion of humans and non-humans within surveillance and regulated environments. Noise is considered as a queering element of sound: It is a disturbing agent that challenges the normative spectrum. It is unwanted sound symbolizing unwanted queer ecologies and futures.
The two sound pieces as part of the installation, explore the relationship between queering sound, cities, the ‘nature’ and ‘culture’ divide, and the concept of the sonic spaces as translated into a fluid landscape, where distances and proximities are created through timbre, volume, reverb and equalization.
Untraced/Untitled (2020) consists of two audio tracks:
Pt. I, 14’36, on headphones
Pt. II, 16’15, on headphones
RKRN is a collaborative project by music composers/sound designers Rick de Greef and Irene Cassarini (aka Guenter Råler).
Heavily inspired by cyber-dystopian landscapes, RKRN aims to translate the conceptual dualism ‘human VS machine’ into the audio-visual realm, bringing these two elements to their limits.
The music has a strong link to a deconstructed version of rave music, with ambient and noise influences developed into a chaotic flow filled by metallic, distorted sounds and glitches that recall a cyberpunk robotic world, but that still shows a glimpse of human presence.
“In this video presented at Bring Your Own Beamer we want to show the unstable balance between the mechanical and the organic, a soft equilibrium of real and artificial, skin and silver metal.”
The metamorphosis of the human features follow the ever-evolving music, breathing trough tensions and dynamic reliefs and guiding the listener trough the video.
The teaser previews tracks from RKRN upcoming debut EP.
The first live show will premiere at OT301 in Amsterdam on Janaury 23rd, for the Whistespace night hosted by Anni Nöps and Casimir Geelhoed. The event picked on Resident Advisor as a suggested one to attend.
I am happy to announce that I’m the new resident DJ at Stranded FM radio in Utrecht (NL).
As our paths crossed with the first guest mix I did for Stranded FM in May, I was invited to play at the event held in collaboration with Centraal Museum in Utrecht.
Now my residency official starts with my monthly show called “Sound Extremism”.
The program is part of a larger project about digital culture, identity and art in a post-internet context, you can visit ART EXTREMISM.
The focus of the show will be mainly to present underground labels and support LGBTQIA+, poc, transgender, womxn, minorities and underrepresented artists in the music scene.
Artists and producers are very welcome to submit music! Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
The full archive of the shows with tracklists can be found here.
Dundalk, 7 and 8 March, 2019
Institute of Technology in Dundalk, Ireland
The Department of Creative Arts, Media & Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), will host Mixtape #IWD, a two day multi-channel sound installation of experimental electronic music and sound art; cinema for the ear. This event, being held to mark International Women’s Day (IWD), brings together a wide array of music and sound art which celebrates womanhood.
The event, curated by composer Dr Hilary Mullaney, Lecturer in Music at DkIT, is a response to the wider issue of representation; imbalances exist in genres such as experimental electronic music, and often female artists are overlooked, and many forgotten historically. Given the strong team of female staff and students in Music at DkIT, and seeing the importance of exposing students to female composers and sound artists, Dr Mullaney dispatched an international open call for works, resulting in an overwhelming number of submissions from all genders. Given the wealth of both female composers and gender based research being conducted in Music at Dundalk IT, this seemed like an ideal time to host this event.
The installation will feature music from the listed artists (womxn, non binary, self-identifies women) including myself and will run all day Thursday 7th and Friday 8th of March in the Recital Room, PJ Carroll Building, Dundalk IT
The event is being launched by Dr Sheila Flanagan, Vice President, DkIT at 11am on Thursday, 7 March, in the PJ Carroll Building.
Entry is free and open to the general public. Register your interest here
‘Bon Ton’ and ‘Zig Zag’ are two debut singles from Fosco17’s album “Dodici Mesi”.
He made his live debut at San Remo Giovani Festival with his song “Dicembre”.
The album is released for Trident music and Virgin Records Italy/Universal.
I had the pleasure of collaborating with Luca Jacoboni (Fosco17) on the production of ‘Bon Ton’ and ‘Zig Zag’.
Dodici Mesi can be found on iTunes Music and Spotify.
On November 2 Soul Feeder has released their new Soul Feeding recap, where they’ve reviewed the new works of How To Dress Well, sega bodega, Machine Girl,Sorrowland, LYZZA, Guenter Råler and many more.
“The end of October is always a very busy period for the editors of Soul Feeder, many of us have to focus of their academic life, there is Club2Club festival in Turin, which for most of the editors is better than Christmas and the weather in Italy gets really sh*tty really suddenly so there’s always someone getting sick (last year it was me).
If this wasn’t enough to complicate things, saying that this second half of the month has been full of great releases would be reductive, and we also missed a couple of pretty good albums in the last issue, gaining ourself some extra work.
Nonetheless, thanks to an herculean effort from all the Soul Feeder staff, we are proud to present you this super juicy new episode of the SOUL FEEDING review!
Now that everything is said and done and I can stop giving a f*ck and go to Lingotto.”
Guenter Råler – Mobile Energy Album Review
Artist: Guenter Råler
Album: Mobile Energy
Label: Bene Tleilax
Irene Cassarini aka Guenter Råler is an Italian musician, sound designer, audiovisual artist, and cyberfeminist activist. After a few releases, compilation appearances, podcasts, and A/V shows, her artistic vision is incredibly mature and consistent.
Mobile Energy is her brand-new EP, out via Bene Tleilax. Throughout four tracks, Guenter Råler gently lets us dive into a mutant, ectoplasmic sonic landscape where no boundaries are set, and opposites interplay creating something new. You will find as much trance-y high pitched synths as hibernated rave euphoria, weightless penchant for post-digital disassembled bodies flirting with the furious heaviness of sporadic kickdrums, shattered scraps of human voices scratching the surface and then submerged in the midst of hypersaturated soundscapes.
“Xenon” is a symphony of beeps and pads, occasional violent kicks, noises of objects clashing, feral voices and almost-emo lead synths; “Devotion” is all about menacing sounds and whispered words and sighs in UK weightless grime tradition, until percussions break in after the third minute, morphing the track into a mutant R&B beat; “Resistere” starts with airy textures upon which mellow melodies and beats in early-Tri-angle style set the mood for cyber romanticism; “Energy” is the conclusive cathartic rite for the EP: a constant sustain and release of tension whose sharp synths and fluctuating sonic elements intertwine with punchy muffled kicks. Every time the kicks are back in the mix, it’s a life-affirming orgy of percussion perpetuated throughout the ten minutes of this epic piece of music.
Mobile energy perfectly captures the present zeitgeist, and boldly proposes a scenario where the apocalyptic atmospheres we’re getting used to in contemporary electronic music are swept away by (pro)positive (resi)stance aiming at collective emancipation and human-machine fruitful interaction.
Perhaps it’s on the EP cover that we find an effective summary of the music it contains and the moods it evokes: “Permanent movement. Passing limitations. Extended vulnerability. Primary reactions”.
By Lorenzo Montefinese
Read the original article here.
Available at these record stores:
It is available in limited tape and digital, distributed courtesy of Lobster Theremin.
For their second installment, more human than human Bene Tleilax imprint choose a real, hidden talent from the endless submerged underworld. Guenter Raler is a young tleilaxu with a strong attitude for mutations and blending realities, where weightless grime and post-techno convive with a singular taste for contaminated ghost malwares and delicate non-binary trajectories. Mobile Energy is a journey into digitally-represented emotions, drowned into a shapeless reality. The ep is an overwhelming and transforming flux of music, a comfortable space filled by neon lights. The boundaries of Guenter Råler’s music are blurred: no predicted end, no repetition.
ECOTONO is a Late Summer Hitz Compilation, the work is started in July and finished in September 2018 and out for Biodiversità Records.
This compilation includes 8 tracks, from the vintage and lo-fi to the further high-tech sounds, with 8 different artists.
Ecotono is a transition area between two biomes. It is where two communities meet and integrate.
Music by P I T | Lampreda | Monologue (aka MarieRoseLAB) | User from PT | L O S C I | Guenter Råler | Katatonic Silentio | Molestia Auricularum
SEXHMETX was produced, mixed and mastered by me.
Soul Feeder just released a series of mixes and reworks of Charli XCX tracks by different artists they like. The release blends a wide range of different styles, experiences, inspirations and sounds from experimental ambient music to hardcore and post-industrial featuring Giek_1, Ramirexx, Guenter Råler, t0ni, st.fkn.michael and AC.
Artwork by Vlad Anghel
Soul Feeder is an Electronic avantgarde webzine based in Italy.