Sonae and Driftmachine / Saturday, 23.03.2019
An awesome double bill at Ausland this March with two of our favourite acts performing live: local modular maestros Driftmachine and Cologne based monika enterprise artist Sonae.
2018 second album ‘i started wearing black’ on monika enterprise. 2017 ma graduation at institute for popular music of folkwang university of arts (essen / germany). ‘women in computer music scholarship’ for max msp summer academy at ccrma of stanford university (palo alto, california / usa). monika werkstatt album release and eu tour. ‘leise fäden’ album collaboration with danielle de picciotto.
2016 artist in residence at klingklang, former studio of electronic music pioneers kraftwerk (düsseldorf / germany). performing artist of collective monika werkstatt curated by gudrun gut. 2015 debut album ‘far away is right around the corner’ on monika enterprise. „die reuelos wundervollste flimmerelektrik der saison“ („the unrepentant most wonderful flimmerelectric of the season“), states german groove magazine; nominated for a via! vut indie award 2015 in the category ‘best album’
Announcing the onset of night, Driftmachine —a Berlin-based duo comprised of Andreas Gerth (Tied & Tickled Trio) and Florian Zimmer (Saroos)— have created Nocturnes, a psychoactive, dream-inducing stimulant of sorts: Evoking and maintaining a trancelike state, the duo’s six-part journey into the dark was originally inspired by reading The Rest Is Noise and listening to the music discussed in Alex Ross’ seminal book. The resulting soundscapes, written and recorded since 2012, redefine the lines between insomnia and slumber, between wraithlike dub grooves gone awry, the dancing flicker of a slack-joint bedside lamp, and eerie electronics.
Nocturnes is essentially comprised of six studies in precision: perfectly symmetrical structures that slowly spread their bass-heavy wings, sprawl like digital fungi, shift shape and – paradoxically – seem to drift and to obey the two captains at the helm. It’s an album of hypnotic and mesmerizing electronic landscapes based on various interlocked layers of rhythm. “Getting deeper into the world of modular systems introduced us to new ways of creating music,” they say, and it also allowed Gerth and Zimmer to redefine and rearrange styles and genres they generally feel drawn to – dub, riddims, anything with bass really –, so the heavy bass and percussive elements of Nocturnes don’t come in the colors you’d expect them to: Driftmachine’s palette stays true to the colors of night, a massive scale of gray.
Sonae and Driftmachine LIVE
Saturday, 23rd March 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Starts 21:00 CET
ausland | Lychener Strasse 60 | 10437 Berlin
Photo credit: Misha Shkurat