In his sound-lecture SHADOWS OF THE WEST legendary German electronic musician Burnt Friedman explores the fundamental differences between “Western” and “non-Western” notions of rhythm – in relation to his own work and his collaboration with Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit and their concept of “secret” or coded rhythms.
In Burnt’s own words, this presentation “touches ‘the core of musical practice’, ‘physics and maths inherent to music’ which i refer to as natural laws, and how these correspond with the problems that have risen on the scrapheap of Modernity.”
In picking through this ‘scrapheap’ Friedman argues that the vocabulary of ‘western popular music’ has stagnated, drawing on cultural theorist Mark Fisher’s notion of “the slow cancelation of the future”.
BURNT FRIEDMAN is one of Germany’s leading electronic musicians with a career spanning almost 40 years. His partnership with Jaki Liebezeit, the former drummer of CAN, has spanned over 15 years, resulting in a pioneering electronic-acoustic craft and musical vocabulary that stands apart the formulas of Western European and Anglo-American music.
Presented by Liquid Architecture and ONO
This talk happens in anticipation of ONO at the Substation where Burnt Friedman will perform on Friday 24 February.documentation partners