Electric Indigo assembles avant-garde ambient techno worlds through computer generated granular synthesis, utterly transforming speech and synth tones into heavy, vast atmospheres dense with grit, sound shards and submerged bass.
For over 25 years, Susanne Kirchmayr has composed electronic music for clubs and concert venues, sound installations and short films, emphasizing the space-time elements of sound and musical structures. Kirchmayr started DJing jazz, hip hop and funk in 1989 in Vienna, but the magnetic sounds of Chicago house and Detroit techno soon took over and lead her to Berlin. She worked in the legendary Hard Wax record store, immersing herself in the city's techno scene in the early 1990s and releasing her own music as Electric Indigo in 1993. Her experience of the Berlin and wider techno scenes lead her to found female:pressure in 1998, an international database for female artists working in electronic music and digital arts—the database received a Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in 2009. In 2012, Kirchmayr received the Austrian Ministry for Arts and Culture's Outstanding Artist Award in the category Computer Music and the national grant for composition in 2013. Her recent live collaborations include A/V show Morpheme, developed with visual artist Thomas Wagensommerer and performed at CTM. She also curates the Atelier Elektronik workshop series at the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music in Vienna. Her latest recordings include a debut full length on Robert Henke’s Imbalance Computer Music and the Berghain 08 12”—both teem with shadowy rhythms coursing around fuzzed out hi-hats and staccato voices or chiming drones caught in static clicks.
Making her MUTEK debut, Electronic Indigo also delivers the North American premiere of the live version of her A/V, surround-sound performance of 5 1 1 5 9 3—a quadrophonic journey of dense sonic particles through sparse beatscapes and video-compression colour fields into the outer reaches of club culture.