Rashad Becker (DE)
Germ Studies (SYD)
Fia Fiell (MEL)
South London based musician Klein is an artist whose neoteric vision has seen her quickly become one of the UK’s most intriguing and unpinnable producers and performers. Her often playful and restive approach to composition is instantly alluring. Samples of obscure Nigerian B-Movies clatter into jagged beats. Distant piano loops lurk in the haze whilst beguiling vocals fade in and out of the sensory World she has created.
This year has seen the release of her debut album Only, self released online and then on heart shaped diamond USB stick by DIY label Howling Owl Records, and more recently the Lagata EP that has led her to be featured in Dazed and Confused, Wire, and i-D magazine; the latter of which premiered the beautiful Akinola Davies JR directed video for Marks Of Worship – a stunning five minutes piece of murky ambience dominated by a Whatsapp sermon sent from a Nigerian Aunt. You would expect nothing less from Klein.
Photo: Joyce NG
Rashad Becker is a composer and musician residing in Berlin. His compositions are multilayered narratives populated by an ensemble of sonic entities, some smug, some shy, some agitators, others ready to surrender. Often there’s a tragic-comical touch, like a cartoon version of what could be a requiem from a dream (or just as much a fertility dance from another dimension).
Recent works include the cycle Traditional Music Of Notional Species released across two volumes on PAN, and the multi-part work Based On A True Story that derives scores from historical occurrences in a sort of ‘sonic staging’. In this context, he is currently commissioned by New York-based ensemble Alarm Will Sound and Berlin string ensemble Kaleidoskop.
Photo: Camille Blake
Melbourne electronic musician of Fia Fiell, aka Carolyn Schofield, combines her profound practical and theoretical chops as a pianist and composer with a most modern and perceptive ear for stretching out the orbit of millennial electronic music constructs. Her practice is influenced by the rhythms and movements of the natural world and she often investigates an overlapping of hi-res sonic landscapes colliding with emotive compositional cycles.
Photo: Stacey Zalomski
Those familiar with Abrahams’ and Cooper’s other exploits (The Necks, Hammeriver, Splinter Orchestra) might be expecting a harmonic polyphony of harp and piano …you’ll hear Germ Studies by comparison embody a sound more familiar with alien landscapes resulting from the unlikely combination of 1980s Japanese synth and 1380s Chinese harp. Germ Studies create an ambiguous and ambitious music that stems from a language borne of contemporary electro-acoustic improvisation, approached from a very different angle – filled with wonderful, ecstatic and unexpected joys. Their new album Wing Down, a collection of text, illustrations and new sounds, is set for release in 2018.
Photo: Germ Studies, A Strange Invitation To Combat V: Germ Studies and Creoles, Verge Gallery Sydney, 2016.
Gas is the sometimes solo project of Sydney based artist and musician Del Lumanta. With a restrained urgency, Gas puts the breaks on a sequencer ready to go. Like acid in gidlock, their music forces meditation on modern restlessness. Through their practice they also coordinate Double Vision and the All Girl Electronic at Information and Cultural Exchange, Parramatta. Their other music projects include Call Compatible, Video Ezy (Paradise Daily), Skyline (Nice Music) and Basic Human (Meatspin).
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