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international festival
of digital creativity
and electronic music
Édition 19
2226.08
2018
Montréal
Québec
Canada

x/o CA

Play 3
August 24, 2018, 21:00 - 01:20
Canadian premiere: 21:50 - 22:20
Who
Vancouver-based producer and visual artist Veron Xio
Style
Heartbreaking hibernal soundscapes that collage disembodied vocals, static-drenched synth pads and delicate sound design to dramatic effect.
Labels
Quantum Natives
Latest
Cocoon Egg (2017)
More
Xio’s 2016 performance at Vancouver’s New Forms Festival – the city’s flagship electronic music and media arts event – signalled a refreshing shift from the patriarchal paradigm, as the line-up featured more female and non-binary performers than had previously been the case.
Links
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The hauntingly gorgeous, sonic world building here, is all about abrasively processed harmonies and delicate, mindful distortion. As you float across her eerie, enigmatic soundscapes, x/o’s sense of compositional drama is unmistakable: disembodied vocals, static-drenched synth pads and alternately sweet and sinister sound design project you into parallel digital futures.

A Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist about which very little is known, x/o draws her inspiration from anime/role playing game soundtracks and 1990s R’n’B heroines. Cocoon Egg (2017), her compelling debut EP, draws listeners in with swirls of percussive static, and a constant oscillation between abrasiveness and ethereality, played out over the course of an intensely personal sonic journey. Cocoon Egg’s release coincided with her globally dispersed record label-cum-collective-slash-platform Quantum Natives being featured on the December cover of British avant-garde music bible The Wire. In May, Xio soundtracked Jonathan Zawada’s METAMATHEMAGICAL, a projection-mapped artwork lighting up the sails of the Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid Sydney Light, Music & Ideas Festival.

After taking her layered melodic narratives about reflection and rebirth as far away as Shanghai and Osaka last December, X/O brings her creeping, beautifully abstracted and dust-cloaked electronics and visual environment to Montréal for her MUTEK debut.

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