With TELEPORT, the Littlebig booking agency presents a Berlin showcase of some of their cutting edge live talents, including Laurel Halo, Holly Herndon, Gatekeeper, NHK’Koyxen and Bill Kouligas.
Laurel Halo is a recording artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Taking influence from the techno of her Midwest roots, Halo has developed a unique take on electronic music, combining the machine pulse of hardware and software instruments with her own voice to address themes like physical process, liminality, representations of violence and the human-digital strain.
Halo has also released more rhythm-focused music under the alias King Felix, also with clear lineage to the machine soul and dub techno sounds of the Motor City. Halo’s debut album Quarantine was released on Hyperdub to critical acclaim in 2012, receiving such accolades as #10 Album of the Year in The Washington Post, and the #1 Album of the Year in The Wire Magazine.
Laurel Halo | Carcass
Holly Herndon was recently announced a candidate for doctoral study in Electronic Music at Stanford University, and received her MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College under the guidance of John Bischoff, James Fei, Maggi Payne, and Fred Frith.
Her musical work explores embodied experience in electronic media through experiments with the electronically processed voice, using extended vocal techniques, vocal processing and FM synthesis.
Holly Herndon | Fade
Pineal activation. IMAX phantasy. Drippy acid ecosystems. HD….everything. All contribute to the sentient environment that is Exo, Gatekeeper’s recent LP on LA-based label Hippos In Tanks. Demented and celebratory, sinister but pure-hearted, Exo is a cerebral spectacle, a gapless playback rush of digitally-enhanced stimulation.
Gatekeeper’s 2010 EP Giza demonstrated the duo’s acumen for pop horror, contouring both the sinister and camp of bygone synthesizer-driven soundtracks. The EP was accompanied by a video for each of the six tracks on the album, rendered in brilliant 3D by their visual comrades-in-arms Thunderhorse Video.
Gatekeeper | Giza
Brought together by a common passion for underbelly culture, Gatekeeper linked with Hippos In Tanks later that year to release the Giza videos on VHS. Both the album and videos received critical support for their intelligent and humorous take on the bizarre pairing of John Carpenter myopia with industrial discotheque.
Exo takes the exotic, outlandish after-hours of Giza to an entirely higher setting. The lust and rust of Giza have evaporated in the blinding light of universal mind, leaving behind the silvery, glowing ecosystem of Exo in its wake.
Gatekeeper | Encarta
Here Hollywood FX meld with twisting 303 basslines, angelic choirs with metallic synths, cut-up chants with cryptic chords — all fused together by a tight blend of IDM, acid and big-beat inspired techno rhythms.
The album is meant to be listened to as a whole – the tracks blend seamlessly to create a continuous environment with a consistent, deep-breathing feel. Imagine angelic dewdrops in a deep forest clearing diving off a cascading, crystalline waterfall to an instant river.
NHK’Koyxeи | 01 – 587
Born in Osaka, Kouhei Matsunaga is a musician and an illustrator. He started drawing during childhood under the influence of his grandfather. He grew up listening to hardcore- techno and hip hop, studied architecture and has been mainly making music since 1992. Under many different aliases he has released numerous albums on labels such as Skam Records, Wordsound, Raster Noton and his first ever album “Upside Down” on Mille Plateaux in 1998.
He has also collaborated with artists like Merzbow, Jungle Brothers’ Sensational, Autechre’s Sean Booth, Mika Vainio, Conrad Schnitzler, Anti Pop Consorium’s High Priest, Rudolf Eb.er, Puppetmastaz crew, Asmus Tietchens, Ralf ‘RLW’ Wehowsky and so on.
NHK’Koyxeи | 572 – 2
His own label Flying Swimming was founded in 2002 with the main purpose being to publish and curate events of experimental contemporary music and art. NHK’Koyxeи ‘Dance Classics Volumes on PAN are his ongoing development of his more dance oriented material, as seen from his sets with Sensational and also his other minimal techno project NHK.
Bill Kouligas | Boiler Room Dj Set
DJ and producer Bill Kouligas is behind PAN, the landmark electronic and experimental music imprint he founded in 2008. Originally from Athens, Kouligas came to Berlin via London. He also has a long-running solo experimental music project called Family Battle Snake.
PAN had an early focus on drone, noise, and electroacoustics. The focus has since widened to include experimental dance music from artists such as SND and Heatsick, as well as reissues and obscure outsider music dug up from the relatively distant past.
TELEPORTER w/ Laurel Halo, Gatekeeper, Holly Herndon, NHK’Koyxeи & Bill Kouligas
presented by little big booking agency
Sunday, 28 April 2013 | 19:00 CET
Festsaal Kreuzberg | Skalitzer Str. 130 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg