James T. Hong screening and live music
Live music by Cristiana Ilie, Chromatouch, Steckdose, RBMK and Taibach
An evening of live music with local electronic artists responding to visuals provided by James T. Hong. Each artist will perform their own musical interpretation, including experimental scores for Hong’s Total Mobilisation (2005) – an 8-minute film that considers the future reduction of the West to a small and inconsequential peninsula at the extremity of the Eurasian land mass. Musicians will also respond to an excerpt of a 1937 film dramatising the execution of 57,000 prisoners of war in the Nanjing massacre. The event features the debut of War Crimes by Taibach, a transnational musical entity, which occasionally collaborates with James T. Hong. Taibach’s self titled LP is available to buy on vinyl from Ikon Shop.
Cristiana creates environments of sound art, noise and projections, using synthesizers, keys and pedals by applying an experimental approach. In her recordings and live performances, she creates atmospheric noise and sonic interactions that can be experienced collectively and on an individual inner level.
Leon Trimble is an audiovisual artist based in Birmingham who has being performing live AV for ten years. His Gravity Synth project, working with Gravitational Wave researchers at University of Birmingham, led him to perform on the BBC World Service for the Digital Planet 18th birthday. Leon is currently working with LIGO researchers at the University of Glasgow. He is in the final year of an MMus Experimental Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Steckdose supply heavily improvised electronic soundplans created before your ears with modular synths, tapeloops, drones and field recordings. From Teesside via Birmingham.
Abrasive beauty from industrial England – RBMK utilises modular synthesisers to create expansive musical landscapes.
Taibach plays martial electronic music drawing influence from classic industrial bands, techno, and electro. With a name combining references to their ancestral homeland of Taiwan and the infamous Slovenian industrial group Laibach, Taibach restages the classic thematics and aesthetic strategies of industrial music – applying them in a timely and incisive manner to the current East Asian political situation.