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Édition 18

Driftmachine DE

INTER_CONNECT Berlin: Eine kleine elektronische Nachtmusik
August 26, 2017, 21:00 - 02:20
Live - Canadian premiere: 21:50 - 23:05
Berlin-based modular synth duo of Andreas Gerth and Florian Zimmer
Multi-layered modular synth wizardry, nocturnal, unpredictable dub discharges
Umor Rex
Radiations (2017), Colliding Contours (2016)
Gerth was involved with the Tied & Tickled Trio; Zimmer, a member of Lali Puna, ISO68, Saroos
Barcelona: 2017, Mexico: 2016
Soundcloud Live MUTEK Mexico

Haunted, multi-layered and intricate, Driftmachine synch modular synth units in a tandem of techno, Eastern European inflection, dub and drone that run like a clockwork of perpetual motion, bass-drenched styles underpinned by skeletal polyrhythmic patterns.

A shared exploration of modular systems created the tectonic shift that drew Andreas Gerth and Florian Zimmer together and took them outside the realm of their previous genre inclinations. Friends and peers since the early nineties, has both have pedigree in pop-electronic crossover projects. Gerth, also a visual artist has performed as a member of the Tied & Tickled Trio as well as working on a variety of sound installations and montages, including a commission for Bavarian Radio. Zimmer, a drummer and keyboardist by previous trades also worked for a time with Berlin label Morr Music. Debuting on record in 2014 with a steady stream of followups since, Driftmachine are sometimes joined on stage by visual artist Mika Shkurat who plays a third modular system to control video. In all circumstances, Driftmachine's fidelity to modularity, and their talents with taming their volatile machine-beasts reveal them as synthesist savants.

Likened to an exorcism of modular conjuring, Driftmachine live unfurls ominous, monochrome sound sculptures from their machines, creating uncannily psychedelic effects.

Inter_Connect Berlin is part of “Germany @ Canada 2017 – Partners from Immigration to Innovation”, a special cultural program presented by the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy highlighting the German-Canadian friendship in honour of Canada's sesquicentennial year. 


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