Convergence artist biographies
Following a split from the ultracool Hype Williams, the band’s founding member Inga Copeland continues to make music under a simplified moniker: Copeland. The producer and vocalist’s output comprises solo material as well as ongoing and new collaborations with John T. Gast, DVA, The Bug and Martyn, amongst others.
Dorian Concept started in 2005 as a typical “bedroom producer” with a MySpace page. Just five years later, the Viennese-born, self-taught multi-instrumentalist and producer, was performing at the Royal Albert Hall with the Cinematic Orchestra. His improvisational skills and virtuosity shine during wildly animated performances. His jazz-influenced beat concoctions reap havoc on the dance-floor but never lose their sense of musicality. He dashes effortlessly through different genres and styles: from sublime electronica to hyperactive garage to avant-garde dancehall.
Gazelle Twin is the creation of producer, composer and artist, Elizabeth Bernholz.
Unflesh is her second album, a dark and depraved journey into the remote cells of her subconscious. “The idea of 'unflesh' is like a shedding of skin,” she says of the record. “It’s a tearing out of your body down to your skeleton and breaking free.”
Toronto's Digits first started getting critical attention with 2012's Death and Desire, receiving praise from the Guardian, Clash, DIY, Dummy, Wired, and The Line of Best Fit. Paul Lester of the Guardian called it a "near-classic of mournful electronica, a synth-pop album to stand alongside the Human League's Dare." Since then, Digits has supported St. Vincent, Junior Boys, Yacht, Toy, Dillon, and Dan Deacon in concert, and has released official remixes for Sally Shapiro (Paper Bag) and Sean Nicholas Savage (Arbutus).
MARSHMALLOW LASER FEAST
Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) is a creative studio that uses experimental technology to build utterly unforgettable immersive experiences. Everyone from The Royal Opera House to Nike, The Barbican to Castrol, and U2 to McLaren have called upon MFL to make the impossible possible with the likes of robotics, virtual reality sculptures, kinetic art installations, light and sound performances, race tracks made entirely of light and musical laser forests. Arbiters of the creative technology zeitgeist, MLF aren’t satisfied until they’re blowing the public’s minds with intensely immersive experiences that blur the lines between the real and virtual worlds.
Not content with the usual tools available to the electronic musician, Leafcutter John has created innovative new systems and techniques for both live performance and production. This includes a light-controlled instrument that allows him to manipulate his live sound through gesture, flickering candles, flashing torches and pyrotechnics.
“Alongside Aphex Twin and Bogdan Raczynski – he’s one of the UK’s most fearlessly inventive electronicists” Time Out
“A musician who combines acoustic and electronic music with an irresistible compulsion to build Heath Robinson- like inventions” The Guardian
“One of the bourgeoning stars of post-electronica” The Wire
Scanner- British artist Robin Rimbaud, is an artist and composer whose works traverse the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres. Committed to working with cutting edge practitioners, he has collaborated with the likes of Bryan Ferry, Dangermouse, Laurie Anderson, The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor, Flanders Royal Ballet, Hermes, Steve McQueen and Hussein Chalayan amongst many others.
LANGHAM RESEARCH CENTRE
Langham Research Centre formed in 2003, as producers at BBC Radio 3, based in London’s Langham Place. These were the last days that open reel tape was used for broadcast. Inspired by the rich sound of tape, and the personalities and imperfections of tape machines, Langham Research Centre strove to recapture the spirit of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Like an Early Music group’s use of historic instruments, they work with vintage equipment to perform 20th century classic electronic repertoire by John Cage, Alvin Lucier and others, particularly repertoire that can only be performed with reel-to-reel tape and other now obsolete devices.
Clark's live show, coined ‘Phosphor’ encompasses swirls of psychedelia, fire-and-brimstone techno, and all manner of explosive experimentation - with added infused visual complexity. His recent self-titled LP for Warp is a protracted club experience distilled into a cinematic, immersive whole. Raw, fascinating new textures lay the foundations for a hugely kaleidoscopic listening experience filled with warmth where memorable songwriting packed with melody and subtle, unpredictable shifts in mood.
After four years of incremental musical evolution, Vessels emerge into the light with a brave and brilliant new sound, masterfully fusing the widescreen builds and elegant breakdowns of their previous work with altogether more physical electronic rhythms. With their new album Dilate, the band are firmly focussed on the euphoria of the dancefloor. Always a consummate live act, recent performances have been an unholy communion, two drummers front and centre - the band and audience feeding off each other’s energy.
With their new album ‘Dilate’, Vessels are firmly focused on the euphoria of the dancefloor. ‘Dilate’ is a culmination of four years of musical exploration which has seen Vessels transform themselves from sky scraping guitars into fluid electronics, creating live shows where people go to party rather than admire time signatures. It comes as no surprise then, that this evolution sees an increase in DJ activity, formulating sets that sonorously blend this DJ influenced album with their love of techno.
The reason why London-based producer Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, sounds so human is because the tracks don’t start life solely locked in synthesisers. West often composes early ideas on piano, violin and guitar long before the electronic layers are added creating a great texture and depth to his work. With ‘Odyssey’ (2013) and ‘Sonne’ (2014), West gained a reputation for making thoughtful electronica that spans a wide spectrum of musical ideas. As an accomplished sound designer, he has repeatedly performed at the Tate, and recently created a bespoke audio-visual performance for Boiler Room at the V&A. Ryan has also produced remixes for New York based composer Nico Muhly and UK producer Jon Hopkins, and composes original music for dance, film and television.
Since his debut for the Modern Love label in 2005, Andy Stott’s output has veered from deepest Techno to broken 2-step, slowed down House, hyperactive Footwork, analog Grime and wavey/pop mutations - always referencing his unique stylistic signatures: deep, complex and oddly beautiful. Stott’s most recent album Faith In Strangers was built and rendered in the spirit of those rare albums that straddle innovation and tradition through darkness and light. Voted Album of the Year for 2014 by Resident Advisor, Faith in Strangers also featured in countless year-end lists.
Untold’s production work has changed the climate of dancefloors around the globe. He first started releasing works of unsettlingly brilliant atmospheric bass on Hessle Audio before launching two key underground labels, Pennyroyal and Hemlock Recordings (home to the work of artists including Mount Kimbie, Fantastic Mr Fox, CosminTRG, Ramadanman and James Blake). Drawing on his past experiences in Jungle and Hardcore, his groundbreaking work in bass music and his more recent forays into 4x4, Untold delivers music that is supple yet rough and relentlessly inventive.
A year, and then some, in the making, Kiasmos' eponymous debut both embraces and contradicts what we've come to expect from Icelandic music. Grandiose and epic, but equally understated and irreverent. Ask Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen, the musicians behind Kiasmos, what inspired their collaborations, and you're more likely to find out it was
beer, whiskey and dwindling daylight, as opposed to fjords, glaciers and gorges.
Tricky has always used music to explore the different, sometimes contradictory facets of his background and personality. This is the reason why his 11th album is eponymously titled Adrian Thaws "Calling it Adrian Thaws is saying you don’t really know me," says Tricky "So many times people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I go to a different place." This Convergence performance will spotlight his work as a producer as well as a constantly shifting musician never content with resting on former glories but instead pushes forwards with startling honesty.
Noise of Art returns to Convergence with a theme inspired by the role of sound manipulation in electronic music. To celebrate sound effects, and in particular reverb, Noise of Art is turning unusual locations and buildings into giant effects units. Just as early recording studios were built to have reverb, Noise of Art is creating an effects chambers in unusual architectural locations, such as an aircraft hanger in a disused US nuclear airforce base and a brewery and gin distillery. These effects chambers will be used live and broadcast over broadband.
Launching this new series at Convergence, Noise of Art has invited pioneering producers Andrew Weatherall and Mental Overdrive (Love OD, Norway) to DJ alongside live sets from Rocket Girl acts Eat Lights Become Lights and White Noise Sound (UK LP launch). Parisian producer Saycet will also be joined by Clara B and Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne.
Join the Guardian's Alexis Petridis as he discusses an extraordinary life and career with Music Hall of Famer, Dr Funkenstein himself, George Clinton. The multi-award winning Clinton revolutionised R&B, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from late-60s icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the 70s, heavily influenced the birth of 90s rap, as artists from LL Cool J to Snoop Doggy Dogg sampled his work and later went on to work with artists ranging from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tupac to Ice Cube and Carlos Santana.
One of the most shifting and restless electronic musicians in the UK, Matthew Herbert has made over 30 albums under a myriad of monikers for almost 20 years. His work is frequently challenging, political and thought provoking - moving across genre, media and culture. But, for the first time in eight years, he’s decided to return to his original Herbert house roots.
Last year, Matthew released follow-ups to Herbert’s Parts series which started in 1996. This Convergence show will be preceded by a new Herbert album, The Shakes. This Herbert performance will be the first chance to shape his musical direction, featuring new singers and other live instrumentation. Rather than a flat regurgitation of Matthew’s material, Herbert’s live show will still push back and re-sample.
Whether it’s making hypnotic head-nod heaters, or pulsating dance floor grooves, K15’s music always radiates soul and promise. With a longstanding residency at the Jazz Café, the producer / DJ is known for blending genres and tempos, creating a soulful ride through the mind and crates of one London’s best kept secrets.
Featuring founder members Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie, Portico is a diffuse blend of the sublunary and the celestial where reverb drenched pianos mesh with swathes of ambient noise. Drum machines crisply puncture the air surrounded by shimmering arpeggios of synth and electric bass and guest vocalist Jono McCleery’s voice floats high above a world of textural atmosphere.
Convergence’s very special show launches Portico’s new album, Living Fields, (Ninja Tune March 2015) and features a specially commissioned lighting collaboration with Village Underground's light technician Lewis Howell.
Ross Tones (aka Throwing Snow), Hannah Cartwright (Augustus Ghost) and Oliver Knowles (EXES) join forces to pool their individual inspirations, ideas and styles under the collective pseudonym of Snow Ghosts. Sharing a mutual influence of the shadowy elements of folklore and the heavier side of experimental noise, a disparate array of reference points combine to form Snow Ghosts’ bewitching and often intoxicating sound. TROPICAL BEATS PARTY: BATIDA, SKIP&DIE, ALO WALA
Batida is the brainchild of Angolan/Portuguese Pedro Coquenão. A distinctly modern and vibrant project with its feet firmly rooted in the past, his work combines samples from old 1970s Angolan tracks with modern electronic dance music. Music is the starting point but through dance, poetry, graphics, photography, radio and video, Batida expands, taking in politics and social commentary but always bringing it back to the party.
After setting stages on fire around the planet during their successful two-year Riots In The Jungle tour, pan-tropical future bass band Skip&Die are back with an exhilarating new album. Cosmic Serpents - luring audiences into a space somewhere between paradise, the apocalypse and beyond. Don't miss their super exciting live sets.
Alo Wala features vocalist Shivani Ahlowalia and Danish tropical bass pioneers Copia Doble Systema. Live, Alo Wala deliver an explosive dancefloor experience with a bass driven sound rooted in hip-hop and beat music mixed with traditional Indian music, South-American rhythms and a range of global sounds and influences.
Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), Gary Numan’s first full-length studio album since 2006, saw the award winning electro-pioneer team-up with Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck to unleash his most accomplished album to date. Numan’s unique vocal style evokes a feeling of machinery and icy alienation whilst provoking strong emotions within the electronic noise of classic albums such as The Pleasure Principle and Telekon that connects with his loyal and ever-growing fan base of self-proclaimed Numanoids.
RADIOLAND: KRAFTWERK’S RADIO-ACTIVITY REVISITED
Keyboard ace Matthew Bourne joins Franck Vigroux on electronics and installation artist Antoine Schmitt to explore Kraftwerk’s seminal 1975 album, Radio-Activity. In this powerful live performance, the Anglo-French musicians use a bank of analogue and digital instruments to radically rework this classic recording as striking live video provides the futuristic backdrop.
MOUSE ON MARS
Mouse on Mars are masters of reinvention, they have taken electronica to new heights with a unique blend of sound annihilation, fragmented melodies and an impassioned hatred of conformity. For nearly two decades, Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner have sweated over burning consoles to create a new musical language, only to twist it again into thousands of myriad distortions.
SHACKLETON Having released seminal mind melding records with Skull Disco, Perlon, Hotflush, Mordant and his own label Woe To The Septic Heart, Sam Shackleton has carved a reputation as one of dubstep's most innovative and consistent producers. Using unconventional time signatures and unusual structures, the trademark Shackleton sound is rife with sub-bass pulses, African percussion, the eeriest of samples and creeping melodies spelling doom on the dancefloor. A live proposition not to be missed.
A self-confessed Noisician, Paula Temple obliterated 2014 with Deathvox, her second monumental release for R&S records. Her debut Colonized EP made one of biggest statements in 2013 for uncompromising Techno, followed by remixes for avant-electronic acts The Knife, Perera Elsewhere and Planningtorock. Such refreshing high-voltage output has rapidly placed Paula Temple at the forefront of new techno. For her live performance Temple will be delivering a hybrid AV show with award winning visual artist Jem the Misfit. Combining processes of distortion, reshaping and transformation Paula Temple and Jem the Misfit work collaboratively to create an immersive audio visual journey. Temple will also be DJ-ing at St John-at-Hackney.
PANTHA DU PRINCE
Hendrik Weber once lived in the same woods that the Brothers Grimm fairy tales were based in, which perhaps explains the frequently strange and magical atmospheres to be found in much of his music. Under the pseudonym Pantha Du Prince, he fuses house, techno, shoegazy electronica and psychedelic electro-acoustic soundscapes into music that is at once both beautiful and bewitching.
Darkstar first coalesced in the underground, electronic thrum of London’s nascent grime and dubstep sphere in the middle 2000’s, growing from attending the now-fabled early FWD club nights to releasing a pair of game-changing 12” singles on Kode 9’s fledgling Hyperdub label. These were marked departures at the time, fusing unique sonic futurism with an avant-garde pop sensibility that immediately set the duo of Aiden Whalley and James Young apart from the glut of producers emerging at the time. In 2013 they released ‘News from Nowhere’, to critical acclaim and are currently working on their next album for Warp Records, due to be released later this year.
Zomby has consistently proven himself to be a unique presence in an increasingly cluttered field. His discography moves between a spotlit dancefloor focus and darkened emotional introspection. Zomby is an artist who has absorbed the shifting plains of electronic music first hand, and reconfigured them into a definitive, sprawling love letter to the soulful dance music of his past.