Sunday, February 25, 2018

march concert dates

2.3. Notstandskomitee Astrastube Hamburg
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.

17.3. Codepage live coding stream
On March 17th Codepage will be a part of the 6th year birthday celebration of the Algorave, which manifests itself in 144 live streams of algorithmic dance music over 72 hours.
You can watch the stream here:

Monday, February 19, 2018

concertvideo by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen

The video recording of Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen performing her piece
Varða # I at Noiseberg, Berlin (DE) from 4.February 2018 is now online:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen noise concert Berlin

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen is playing this Sunday, the 4. Februrary in Berlin at Noiseberg:

Atelier Äuglein
Oppelner Strasse 12, 10997 Berlin

Sonntag 4. Feb 17:00

Tina MK Madsen — wearable sounds /denmark

Giovanni Verga — recycled electroacoustics /italy

Pollution — intangible blanket /italy & netherlands

Tonesucker — grave digging drone /united kingdom

Eric Wong & Mark Alban Lotz — vibrating molecules / hong-kong & germany


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.

Saturday, January 27, 2018


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.

Friday, December 15, 2017

new Elektronengehirn album in 2018

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.

A first track is available for limited time free download:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Raspberry Pi

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...

Monday, December 4, 2017

A free Max4Live device from Notstandskomitee

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.