The visual avant-garde artist and composer Robert Lippok has influenced the emerging experimental music scene in Berlin from an early age on. In 1983 he founded, inspired by the Industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle – and together with his brother Ronald – dissident punk band Ornament & Verbrechen.
In the 90s, O&V was followed by the best-known collaboration of the two brothers, To Rococo Rot. Moving between post rock and electronic music, they started to create some form of nu-krautrock that inspired a whole generation of young musicians and bands to integrate acoustic and improvised elements into electronic msuic. Lippok’s solo works are equally diversified.
Grischa Lichtenberger (born 1983) is an electronic music producer, visual and installation artist living in Berlin. Grown up in a withdrawn farmhouse near Bielefeld (Westphalia), his artistic approach developed from surveying the landscape as reference for the condition of art production itself.
Landscape, in this sense, is understood not only as the picturesque or sublime recreational facility of nature, but as an interaction between the traces of biographical history and the material concreteness of the present surroundings.
The aggressive tone in his sound design has its counterpart in an emotional depth of the musical structure – a hermetic idiosyncrasy of rhythm and melodies that implement a personal handwriting into the arrangement and sculpture of the sound elements. The music aims towards a paradoxic parallelism of introspective moods on the dance floor and unsettling contemplations in an intimate listening situation.
Tumbling between funky, highly energetic beats and trembling, concerning melodies, an almost tactile honesty reaches out to the individual listener. Technology appears not as the perfect, mathematically defined form, but as an index of failure and error, as a shadow of the spooking despairs and desires of its producer, engraved in the finiteness of the concrete form to be embraced by the attentive.
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Robert Lippok, Grischa Lichtenberger
Monday, 30th May 2016 | 20:00 CET
Roter Salon in der Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte