Ensemble Economique is Brian Pyle of Starving Weirdos and RV Paintings. His solo project (hence the slightly ironic moniker), which could be probably briefly classified as ambient / drone / psychedelic / shoegaze, has released various albums, splits and EPs on labels such as Digitalis, Amish, Not Not Fun, Dekorder and Clan Destine so far, before joining forces with Denovali Records in 2012.
Brian lives in Humboldt county, a very isolated part of northern California which is probably one of the only places left in California where you can live on the beach and pay $500 per month rent, where both poor and rich can enjoy the profound beauty of this nature in equal measure. An epic coastline, the redwoods, seven different rivers, these surroundings have a profound impact on Ensemble Economiques’s music, and Pyle is quite aware of this.
Ensemble Economique | We come spinning out of control
“The nature here is pure drama. There’s so much space to move around here, get lost in. So many places to take LONG walks to nowhere, alone, just you and your thoughts, and some gorgeous scenery. It’s liberating, inspiring. I can see how it fucks up musicians in cities, being around so many other musicians and so many other ideas. I think it makes artists a little bit more self-conscious which maybe isn’t the best thing when you’re trying just to be free.”
Exploiting the freedom of isolation, Brian utilizes found sounds, field recordings, and musical performance that he later meticulously edits, layers, and loops in the studio. The effects of these processes are dramatic, cinematic and conceptually rigorous and this recording evidences Pyle as an important new composer emerging out of the long and storied tradition of West Coast experimentalism.
Ensemble Economique | Radiate through ME
Marta Zapparoli is an Italian experimental sound artist, improviser, performer based in Berlin since 2007. Educated in fine arts and soprano saxophone, and coming from an experimental theatre, dance and radio background, she has been working with field-recordings for more than ten years. Recently she has been focusing on and researching sounds in our environment that are unperceivable for the human ear.
Working with field-recordings, Marta searches for her inspiration in urban environments, nature and natural cataclysms, abandoned spaces, giant fields. She looks for sounds by breaking and interrupting the usual and predictable moving trajectories within and between spaces, as well as through different methods of spatial and temporal reduction of the recording area.
Marta Zapparoli | Live Performance
Formerly known as S ND Y P RL RS, Rvnes is the experimental music project by Berlin-based artist Malte Cornelius Jantzen that blends drone ambience with noise soundscapes. Mixing field recordings and organic sounds, instruments and tape loops – all processed to the point of abstraction – into lengthy tape collage performances that drift and push and hover.
Sometimes quiet, calming and meditative; sometimes dark, mysterious and rumbling. After a few strictly limited, exquisite releases on imprints such as Umor Rex (MX), Colpa Press (US), New Wedding Avant-Garde (GER) and An Out Recordings (AU), a new tape – and the first under the new moniker Rvnes – titled Rest/Relief is coming out in May via Jehu&Chinaman (UK).
Occulto Fest 2014 #1
w/ Ensemble Economique, Marta Zapparoli, Rvnes
Friday, 02 May 2014 | 20:00 CET
West Germany | Skalitzer Str. 133 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg