Music + Art + Technology
12 - 21 March 2015
Convergence 2015 announce new line-up additions. Inga Copeland, Dorian Concept, Gazelle Twin and Digits are the latest artists to join this year’s bill.
Marshmallow Laser Feast, Scanner, Leafcutter John and Langham Research Centre
are also confirmed for Convergence Sessions.
This builds on the rich programme of visual arts and music pioneers that deploy technology in diverse and innovative ways, and already includes Gary Numan, Andy Stott, Clark, Pantha du Prince, Untold (live), Mouse on Mars, Shackleton, (live), Tricky, George Clinton, Matthew Herbert, Portico, Zomby, Vessels, Paula Temple, Rival Consoles (live), K15, Snow Ghosts, Batida, Skip&Die, Alo Wala, Saycet, Darkstar and Kiasmos.
Curator, Glenn Max who has previously produced Meltdown and created Ether festival says,
“This year Convergence expands into new venues including Royal Festival Hall and Kachette on Old Street. And for the first time presents pioneering legends like George Clinton and Gary Numan. With its emphasis on live performance, new music, spontaneity, collaboration and one-off experimentation, Convergence seeks to promote intuition from its artists and inspire wonder in its audiences. I'm thrilled to present such a rich array of era-defining artists and honoured to offer this event to London as an inclusive, dynamic dialogue about our shape-shifting cultural epoch.''
Convergence 2015 brings together media, promoters and technologists including Guardian Live, Last.fm, Noise of Art and NTS.
This year Convergence is proud to programme at FutureFest. Divided into 7 areas of futuristic thought, Convergence will present two artist talks for "The Future of Music". Matthew Herbert and George Clinton will discuss their work, their relationship to technology and some of their most outlandish concepts and triumphs on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, respectively. For more information visit futurefest.org.
Convergence is also proud to announce the launch of Convergence Sessions - a series of discussions and workshops taking place at Kachette in Old Street (kachette.com). In partnership with Mixcloud, onedotzero, Barbican, Ableton, Open University, Powster, and more, the daytime sessions will explore two main themes: Future of music industry and audio production and Innovation in multimedia, digital art, and live music visuals. Mashmallow Laser Feast will be creating a custom installation for the event.
Convergence live shows will take place at leading venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, St John-at-Hackney Church and Village Underground.
Tickets for all shows are available via convergence-london.com __________________________________________________________________________
Thurs 19 March 1-5pm
Future of music industry and audio production
What will the music industry look like in 2025? What will change and what will remain the same? How will experiential, binaural and 4D sound change the landscape of electronic audio production?
Sessions will be followed by a networking reception and special analogue tape performance by Langham Research Centre, Muffled Cyphers.
Fri 20 March 1-5pm
Innovation in multimedia, digital art and live music visuals
How have technology, music and art converged to create unforgettable experiences for audiences and users? Where do the boundaries between these art forms blur? How has technology changed the creative process and what tools are being used?
Sessions will be followed by a unique, collaborative performance by Leafcutter John (of Polar Bear) and Scanner and a networking reception hosted by 3 Beards.
Sat 21 March 11am to 5pm
Convergence partners with Barbican Guildhall’s Young Arts Academy, Ableton and Powster to offer emerging artists a full day of practical workshops and a masterclass with seasoned professionals, including a discussion with electronic music pioneers Mouse On Mars led by BBC 3’s Nick Luscombe. Participating visual artists and musicians will come together to explore the interplay between image, technology and sound, and have the opportunity to learn hands-on skills.
Convergence Opening Party
Clark, Vessels (live), Rival Consoles (live)
Thurs 12 March 7pm, Village Underground
Andy Stott, Untold (live), Inga Copeland
Fri 13 March 10pm, Village Underground
Kiasmos, Rival Consoles (live), Vessels (DJ set), Dorian Concept
Fri 13 March 8pm, St John-at-Hackney Church
Tricky, Gazelle Twin, Rival Consoles (live)
Sat 14 March 8pm, St John-at-Hackney Church
Boom Room Launch Event
Andrew Weatherall, Eat Lights Become Lights, White Noise Sound, Saycet, Mental Overdrive, Clara B & Ben Osborne
Mon 16 March 7pm, Village Underground
Presented by Noise of Art, supported by Institut Français and French Music Bureau Export.
Life in Music
Mon 16 March 7pm, Amnesty International UK
Presented by Guardian Live for Convergence 2015
Tues 17 March 7.30pm, Village Underground
Portico, Snow Ghosts
Wed 18 March 7.30pm, Village Underground
Tropical Beats Party
Batida, Skip&Die, Alo Wala
Thur 19 March 7.30pm, Village Underground
Presented by 2 For The Road
Gary Numan + DIGITS
Fri 20 March 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Radioland: Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity Revisited
Matthew Bourne (analogue synthesisers), Franck Vigroux (electronics), Antoine Schmitt (generative video)
Fri 20 March 7:30pm (early show finishes at 9pm), Village Underground
Produced by sounduk. Funded by Arts Council England.
Mouse on Mars, Shackleton, Paula Temple: Hybrid A/V
Fri 20 March 10.30pm, Village Underground
Pantha du Prince, Darkstar, special late set by Zomby, Paula Temple (DJ)
Sat 21 March 8pm, St John-at-Hackney Church
Convergence artist biographies and further details
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.
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.
Following the success of its inaugural year, Convergence returns in 2015 with a new programme of visual art and music pioneers that deploy technology in diverse and innovative ways.
Curator Glenn Max, who has previously produced Meltdown and created Ether festival says:
“Last April Convergence was successfully launched across 4 venues presenting a compelling array of innovative artists performing new material, one-off collaborations or performing in uniquely situated contexts. This year Convergence expands into new venues including Royal Festival Hall and Kachette in Old Street, growing its focus to include more multimedia projects, more iconic legends of electronic music and more a/v artists pushing the boundaries of sensory experience.”
Notes for editors:
* Tickets available from www.convergence-london.com
* Full details of the conference programme - speakers & panelists - will be announced shortly.
* Second year of the multi-venue series of events focusing on art, technology and music
* Promoters involved with the event include, FutureFest, Guardian Live, Noise of Art and 2 For The Road
* Event Partners: Barbican Young Arts Academy, Last.fm, Mixcloud, NTS, onedotzero, Sound and Music, Tech City UK
* Media partner: The Quietus