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Édition 18

Ben Shemie CA/QC

Don’t Assume: NTS Radio On Stage 2
26 de agosto de 2017, 21:00 - 00:52
Enduring Love - Live: 23:15 - 23:45
Montréaler Ben Shemie, also lead vocalist and guitarist of art rock outfit Suuns
Corrosive, lo-fi psychedelic pop textures, icy minimal wave-indebted grooves with skeletal drum patterns
Secretly Canadian, Hands in the Dark Records
Últimos Trabajos
A Skeleton (2019), Suuns—Felt (2018)
In 2017, his vocals appeared on "Recall" by French electronic producer Chloé
Montréal : 2017, 2012, 2008

Always exploratory and meticulous, Shemie's solo pursuits involve performance based experimental sound practices that integrate freeform excursions and more structured compositional music — veering into classical, radio art, new technologies and all manner of other avant-garde investigation.

Best known as singer and guitarist for art-rock-tronica act Suuns, Shemie also boasts a background in modern classical composition and experimental performance. A fascination for electronic music, specifically the seminal releases of Warp Records spurred him to experiment, expand his sound and fuse it with the conventions of many genres. No stranger to MUTEK, in 2008 he performed a surround sound laptop piece with the backing of a string group. In 2012 he returned with the commission TRANSMISSION 1, a composition and a live radio simulcast coordinated between two community stations that created a stereo experience using 2 FM receivers as instruments, for the seated audience at the other end. Ever inquisitive, he seeks out novel conceptual projects and challenging delivery systems for his restless musical soul.

Shemie's latest concern Enduring Love, has him taming feedback and sound swells, teasing the elements into figures and forms as he rides out their fury or their fragility. A powerful improv-heavy piece of angular, ambient drone, prepare to be enveloped.


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