29/05/2015The artist known as Rrose comes to MUTEK 2015 cloaked in mystery. A veteran producer with an alter ego who lives for atmospheric industrial sound, but whose other discography straddles experimental house and austere piano compositions, Rrose stands in the shadows on stage, going by he and she interchangeably – an implied interrogation of gender norms and artistry (Rrose’s name and image allude to Duchamp) in techno circles, yet not without a sense of humour (Rrose’s biography states “Born 1969. Died 1909” and the artist’s website is a hyperlinked Dadaist collage). Rrose’s first release in 2011 on Sandwell District, came cloaked in mystery as to its Californian creator, as did the following collaboration featuring Bob Ostertag’s Buchla 200E synth and several 12”s on his/her own U.S. based Eaux label starting in 2012. Rrose layers swirling, foggy effects and noise on top of high-and-wide-toned bleeping synth melodies that rise and fall with crisp, solid bass beats. In live sets, Rrose subverts performance itself while pursuing a perfectly designed and essentially queered techno. In the past year, Rrose has played Europe, Asia and the U.S., including a commanding set in the Berghain big room, Unsound in Poland, the Russian Outline Festival and MoMA PS1.
Cinéma Excentris 03/06/2012
Rrose is the first new artist to release music on the Sandwell District label since Silent Servant joined the collective in 2006. Rrose produced four vinyl releases for the label in 2011, including a collaboration with improv legend, political activist, and professor Bob Ostertag, named one of the top 50 releases of 2011 by The Wire magazine. The music of Rrose demonstrates a deep knowledge of the roots of both techno and pre-techno electronic music. Other identifying features include an uncommon attention to sonic detail and a focus on gradual, interconnected transformations of material. Rrose productions have been described as dark, dirty, raw, hypnotic, needling, tunneling, and tactile. Under other names, Rrose has been active as a producer and performer since the mid-1990s. In 2012, Rrose will launch a new label entitled Eaux.