International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music
WHO: Sri Lankan-born UK producer and musician Paul Jebanasam, aka Moving Ninja, and Dutch audiovisual architect and developer Tarik Barri
STYLE: Power ambient compositions, circuit bent sacred sci-fi, industrial experiments in the physicality of sound
LATEST: Continuum (2016), Rites (2013)
LABELS: Subtext Recordings, Tectonic Recordings
MORE: As Moving Ninja, Jebanasam makes conceptual club music with dubstep and techno vibes; has formally studied computer science, sound and film, including liturgical scores. Barri has created visuals for Thom Yorke and Monolake, among others
Paul Jebanasam looks to the stars in Continuum, a three-part exploration of “the life, power and energy present in the universe,” following in the “sacred music” trajectory of his previous releases Music for the Church of St. John the Baptist and Rites. The album’s tracks build into an arresting glory of reverent synth organs and voices in cosmic tones, rapid-fire beats, metallic static and distortion.
As head of Subtext Recordings, part of Bristol collective Multiverse Music, Jebanasam has a home for his cerebral, ideas-based approach – he’s released his own work as well as albums by similarly structural artists Emptyset and Roly Porter.
In a new audiovisual show, visual artist, designer and software developer Tarik Barri provides a visual counterpoint to Continuum, a window into a virtual universe where self-organizing structures emerge and interact according to undiscovered physical laws – all in conjunction with the sometimes violent, chaotic and disruptive forces within Jebanasam's compositions. Jebanasam and Barri’s A/Visions performance at MUTEK takes their deep-listening sci-fi artistry further in a show that immerses and disorients with massive sound and vision, ultimately letting melody and light pull us from one end of the vast universe all the way back to our corner of it.