Stable, The Operatives & Racket presents
SIGNAL featuring Clark, Harmonic 313 & Robin Fox Tickets
9:00pm, Sun 24 April, 2011
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SIGNAL, Espionage & Racket presents the return of Warp Records legend, Clark performing his all new club show for the first time in Australia.
Clark burst on to the electronic music scene with his acclaimed 2001 Warp album Clarence Park , and now eight years and four albums later, his dazzling 2009 release Totem's Flare is another triumphant mesh of breakneck dance music, simmering melodies and virtuosic sound design. After a sell out show in 2009, Easter Sunday is sure to become a memorable night in 2011. Joining Clark this Easter will be Warp label mate Harmonic 313 and new media genius the illusive Robin Fox live.
Acts: Clark [Warp, Planet Mu] Harmonic 313 [Warp] Robin Fox and much more
Chris Clark [Warp, Plant Mu, DE]
As a teenager nabbing his sister's 'Warp-when-they-were-in-Sheffield' tapes, soaking up rare groove and hip-hop, Clark's musical epiphanies were found walking to college in the winter with his headphones on really loud and the air all fresh and frosty. The three pieces that changed his life forever? Pavement's 'Slanted & Enchanted', and fittingly, Squarepusher's 'Theme From Ernest Borgnine' and Autechre's 'Vletrmx21'.
At 20 year old, he signed with Warp Records while still studying at Bristol University. Clark is content to distance himself from the oft-maligned term 'intelligent dance music' or 'IDM', a term most associated with his label-mates Aphex Twin, Squarepusher or Autechre. I was writing music before that term really existed I suppose, but when I first started writing electronic music I just thought of it as techno. Even the sort of ambient stuff, using violin samples and strings with no beats, I still thought of it as techno. Most of my friends are kind of real musicians, and we do collaborate on things like that. And there is plenty of that musicianship at work in Clark's output he uses guitar, drums and piano, albeit unrecognisable and heavily processed, and his programming is ambitious and completely unique. Again, not content with 'clever' music only for the cognoscenti, he readily admits the ridiculous brute force of modern pop engineering is definitely not something I've ever shied away from.
Mark Pritchard is not someone you would pick out in a crowd (or identity parade). Yet his work, which now spans most of the last two decades, has been celebrated everywhere from Top of the Pops to Fabric. As a callow youth his prescient Reload projectwas an enormously influential slice of British techno, becoming, fifteen years on, a serious collectors item. So too, his collaboration as Global Communication spawned the seminal 76:14, regarded as one of the greatest ambient albums of all time. He has flitted purposefully between genres with abandon for his entire career, rarely settling anywhere for long. His work continues to impact like stealth bombs on the dance music timeline, capturing the attention of the most discerning industry heavy-weights, be it Jazzy Jeff extolling Marks Harmonic 33 project, Kenny Dope raving about his Troubleman beats or the many tastemaker DJs like Gilles Peterson whose critical support has been a feature of his entire career.
Harmonic 313 [Warp,UK]
Robin is a Melbourne based sound and visual artist currently working with live digital media in improvised, composed and installation settings. He creates audio-visual works for the cathode ray oscilloscope, which have been released on the DVD Backscatter(synaesthesia records). The DVD has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Mittwoschule in Berlin, the 8th International New Media Arts Festival in Riga and the TRANSIT festival Switzerland.
Musically, he has performed with some of the worlds leading improvisers including Jon Rose, Tony Buck, Oren Ambarchi, Lasse Marhaug, Jerome Noetinger, Clayton Thomas (album Substation released by Room40 records 2005), Erkki Veltheim, Natasha Anderson and Sean Baxter among many others and has an ongoing collaborative duo with composer/performer Anthony Pateras. This duo is documented on Coagulate released through synaesthesia in 2003, Flux Compendium released on eMego in 2006 and End of Daze released on deMego late 2008. He is also a member of Beta-erko, a quartet released on Berlin based Quecksilber label. Fox is a regular performer and speaker at Festivals around Australia (What is Music, Liquid Architecture, Electrofringe, SOOB, NowNOW, Big Day Out) and performs regularly across Europe, Asia and America.
He also has a PhD in composition, from Monash University focussing on the development of multi-channel performance ecologies and the design of interactive electro-acoustic situations that explore the dynamic between performer, space and computer and an MA in musicology, which documents the history of experimental music making in Melbourne 1975-9.
Robin Fox is one artist that truly needs to be experienced to be believed.Full RACKET installation front room and something very special from our brothers at The Operatives, with the entire back room hijacked by Espionage showcasing live beat and vocalists with video mapping like you have never experienced in a club environment featuring Nai, Killbot Kindergarten, Ella Thompson, Syreneyiscreamy, JPS, Fugitive, Able, Mikeay, Sean Deans, Martin L and much much more.