June 02, 2013, 19:00 - 22:00
Pantha du Prince & the Bell Laboratory: 20:50 - 22:00
One of the trailblazers of modern microhouse and minimal techno, Germany’s Pantha du Prince (Hendrik Weber) has been conjuring sublimely moody and elegant underworlds since the release of his first EP, Nowhere, back in 2002. Known for infusing his electronic universe with a broad range of classical and percussive elements, Weber layers his melancholy compositions atop shimmery acoustics and warm symphonic elements. Mystical chimes and bell fragments course through his ethereal body of work, not least of which being his masterful third album, Black Noise (2010). His latest undertaking, a sweeping symphony for electronics, percussion and a three-tonne, 50-bell carillon, was conceived with the Bell Laboratory – a Norwegian collective of carillon and percussion players. It serves as the logical extension to Weber’s longstanding sonic fascinations. Culminating in the release of Elements of Light on Rough Trade earlier this year, this slow-building project juxtaposes ominous church-bound textures with synth glimmers and gentle techno throbs, reminding us that the technological and organic ends of the spectrum are full of untapped creative potential. After performing solo at a MUTEK Nocturne in 2007, Weber returns with the Bell Laboratory for the Canadian premiere of their ambitious endeavour, bound to showcase the Maison symphonique de Montréal’s acoustic splendour.