Their recent album “Physicalist” on Kranky was one of the highlights of 2016. Now Forma make their Berlin debut at West Germany this April. With support from local hero Pharoah Chromium, this is a seriously good sunday nights listening.
Formed in 2010 by Mark Dwinell in Brooklyn, FORMA’s combustible mixture of lush synth explorations and frenetic rhythm has captivated the margins of the international synth scene since their 2011 self-titled debut on John Elliott’s influential Spectrum Spools label. Following 2012’s darker OFF/ON, the trio released their Cool Haptics EP on The Bunker New York in 2014, a study in extended ambient techno.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3524273821 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
Physicalist, their debut on Kranky, features new member and multi-instrumentalist John Also Bennett, and is the first to feature acoustic instrumentation. The album shows a lineage emerging from American composers like Harold Budd and Terry Riley, rather than doubling down on the Krautrock inspired journeys the group is known for. FORMA’s celebrated live performances — often extended journeys veering from the ecstatic to the foreboding — draw ambient, techno, and synth disciples into their realm.
Pharoah Chromium is a project by german-palestinian musician and performer Ghazi Barakat and was named after a song of the band Chrome. The project draws inspiration from diverse sources: free jazz, rituals from ancient past and near future, the dream syndicate, science fiction novels and neo-brutalistic architecture.
Forma & Pharoah Chromium
Sunday, 9th April 2017 | 20:00 CET
West Germany | Skalitzer Str. 133 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg