A blog by Berlin medialab, label and publisher block 4 http://www.block4.com
Amongst the block 4 artists are Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen and Malte Steiner, whose work ranges from visual art, performance to sound and experimental music. The electronic music goes from Industrial via IDM to Noise, including projects like Notstandskomitee, TMS, Elektronengehirn, codepage, Akustikkoppler and Das Kombinat. This blog includes also news about synthesizers, media art,3D, free open source software and more.
16 years after block 4’s legendary Prima Party in Astrastube, Notstandskomitee returns for a concert to Hamburg. On March 2nd Malte Steiner is going to play along fellow tape-scene pioneers Sigmar Fricke and Dieter Mauson who had at one point the project DSIP together.
Danish visual artist and researcher Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen primarily works with performance art, sound and open technology. Her piece Little Fists weaves together motion-triggered sounds, highlighting both patterns and freak occurrences, ultimately generating dark visions populated with slowly evolving textures and anguishing sonic artefacts.
A careful navigation in hazardous waters punctuated by abrupt transformations, the music of British drone band Tonesucker layers electric guitars, modular synthesizers, self-made electronic instruments and field recordings into intense mythogeosonic soundscapes—a map of pulses, neural noises and indistinct chimes. There is no telling whether any of this is real.
Basing their performance on the digital/analog dichotomy, Pollution force opposites to coexist. Natural and artificial, order and chaos contaminate each other in a continuous flow or feedback. Results a total fusion and mutual contagion—sounds becoming both cause and effect, a vibrating unit contracting in all directions. The duo's compositions are inspired by formal techniques found in century-old cinema and surrealist painting, as well as concrete music, electronic synthesis and free composition.
Electronic musician Giovanni Verga manipulates synthesizers and self-built instruments into organic, repetitive musical images reflecting as electroacoustic fata morgana. Faint, subtle and somewhat miraculous, his sounds function as a whole, from sources difficultly individuated, generating new living entities the time of a performance.
Composer and flutist Mark Alban Lotz and Guitarist Eric Wong join their skills the time of an improvised piece, during which subtle melodies made of vibrating molecules are expected to be generated and degenerated.
Expected Schedule 5.00 = Doors Open 5.30 = Bar — Giovanni Verga 6.15 = Studio — Tina Madsen 6.45 = Bar — Tonesucker 7.15 = Studio — Pollution 8.00 = Bar — Eric Wong & Mark Alban Lotz
Noiseberg is a monthly, non-profit event. You may make a donation to the musicians—It isn't mandatory but qualifies you as patron of the arts, which is nice.
Richard D. James gave in the 90s as one of his infamous answers to the question which gear Aphex Twin uses, the statement that he only uses Behringer. Obviously a joke back then because the German company didn't offered instruments that time except the case no-input mixers are your thing. Fast forward to 2018, its a different picture now. With two different synthesizers released, two more in the pipeline and additionally their so-called leak and announcement, that drum machines are also planned, a whole Behringer branded studio becomes doable.
Elektronengehirn is working on a new album which is due 2018. The last proper album release is more than 10 years old now and Elektronengehirn was more a live project in that time, experimenting with new approaches to perform complex compositions between prepared material and live expression, using uncommon controllers like data glove or windcontroller.
Block 4 is pioneering the usage of Raspberry Pis in artistic context since 2013 so we decided to put out more documentation about it inclusive software and schematics. These pages shows how to get 8 channels of analog data in the easy way, with the MCP 3208 a/d converter IC and even provide an external for Pure Data to access it in your patches:
We use it for our project TMS to create effect processors with the Raspberry Pi which can be controlled by sensors with a higher resolution then Midi. The first concert with our custom device have been in London which can be seen some posts below...
I shared one of my MaxForLive devices, a timedomain based freezer made of 16 independent delaylines, good for creating drones. A concept I keep implementing on diverse platforms and used for instance on Notstandskomitee album The Golden Times but also for TMS in form of a PD patch on our Raspberry Pi based effect unit.