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photo of Kode9 by Philip Skoczkowski

Kode9's first solo album is out now on Hyperdub, the record label he runs. He describes it like this:

The album throws horror soundtracks, sampled library and j-pop records into a no mans land between grime, early dubstep and Chicago footwork. Mostly instrumental, it zigzags between hypnotic, downcast loops, growling drones, jagged cut-ups of androids gone haywire, threaded through twitchy, transatlantic rhythms and sub-bass inaudible through your laptop speakers.

Building slowly, but more upbeat than previous albums, many of these tracks have more in common with Kode9's recent singles from the last few years than they do with his two previous albums with collaborator The Spaceape 'Memories of the Future' (2006) and 'Black Sun' (2012)

Yet 'Nothing' is haunted both by The Spaceape's presence (he died in 2014 after a prolonged battle with cancer), on 'Third Ear Transmission', a communiqué from a zone of digital immortality, and his absence, on 'Void', whose spaces were originally intended for the vocalist, and 'Nothing Lasts Forever' which closes the album with a 9 minute silence.

In 2016, in collaboration with simulation artist Lawrence Lek, Kode9 will tour a live A/V set which revolves around a evacuated, fully automated, luxury hotel known as the 'Nøtel', whose corporate logo features on the album's cover. The project explores a post-scarcity world in which the only thing in short supply is humans. The performance guides the audience on a first-person tour through the uncanny architecture of the Nøtel. In sprawling chambers deep within slick glass corridors, they encounter warped spaces, quantum clouds, gravitational pools, dancing voids and holograms of the dead.

MEANWHILE, Kode9 is now out on a DJ tour that starts in Montreal tonight (11/11) and hits Cielo in Manhattan on 11/16 with Kiva & Francois K, zips directly to LA for a gig at Airliner, and then comes right back to NYC for a late night 11/20 party in Brooklyn at Palisades with M.E.S.H. and Geng. All dates are listed below.

M.E.S.H. also performs two days later at MoMA PS1 in with Florian Hecker & Mark Leckey, part of Sunday Sessions at the Long Island City venue...

Sunday Sessions: Florian Hecker and Mark Leckey, Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, U.S. Premiere
Sunday, November 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

With James Hoff; Bill Kouligas; TCF; M.E.S.H, Aleksandra Domanovic and Harm van den Dorpel
Sunday Sessions presents the U.S. premiere of Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, as part of a program organized by Bill Kouligas, founder PAN, Berlin. Collaborators since 2010, acclaimed sound experimentalist Florian Hecker and multidisciplinary artist Mark Leckey are interested in sound and its material effects. Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera brings together two discrete solo works to form a mutant configuration in which Hecker decomposes, modulates, and re-synthesizes the vocal track from Leckey's 2010 performance piece GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (for which Leckey intoned the inner monologue of a black Samsung fridge) and Hecker's own 3 Channel Chronics installation from that same year. The resulting work is a multipart hybrid in which heavily distorted fragments of Leckey's narrative are interspersed with Hecker's synthetic textures and fidgety tonal patterns.
Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, the album, was released earlier this year.

This Sunday's 'Sunday Session' at PS1 is called "1+2+3: Solos, Duos, and Trios for Greater New York" and includes Keith Fullerton Whitman (electronics), David Grubbs (guitar), Eli Keszler (drums, percussion, and electronics), Okkyung Lee (cello), Nate Wooley (trumpet) and C. Spencer Yeh (violin and voice).

Listen to a track from Kode9's new album with all of his tour dates listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pan Act

In June 2013, ISSUE Project Room and the Goethe-Institut New York present PAN_ACT, a multi-faceted series of performances, talks, and installations exploring parallel strategies in conceptual art, underground dance, and experimental music. Curated by ISSUE Project Room's Lawrence Kumpf and Berlin-based designer and founder of the PAN label Bill Kouligas, PAN_ACT presents a diverse array of artists working in Berlin, London, Boston, and New York, drawn largely from the PAN roster. Sixteen events span multiple venues including ISSUE Project Room and the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, as well as collaborative presentations with MoMA PS1, The Bunker, Mutual Dreaming, Make Music New York, NPR Music, and Non-Event (Boston).
The PAN_ACT festival described above kicked off in NYC last Friday (6/14), and it's continuing through Saturday, June 29. It's already included a number of forward-thinking events throughout the week, and there's even more coming up, including...

Tonight (6/21) at Issue Project Room (22 Boerum Place in Brooklyn), LA experimentalist Joseph Hammer, Athens producer Jar Moff (who worked on RVNG's Harald Grosskopf - Re-Syntheist project), and German minimalist producer Thomas Brinkmann are teaming up to perform solo sets. Tickets are available.

Tonight (6/21) at K&K Super Buffet (341 St Nicholas Ave in Queens), The Bunker is throwing a late (11 PM - 6 AM) party with Downwards label head Regis, UK-based ambient artist Lee Gamble, art pop beatmaker Laurel Halo (live), veteran electronic musician Keith Fullerton Whitman (live), and PAN label head Bill Kouligas (live). Tickets for tonight's show are available. Flyer below.

Saturday (6/22) at Issue Project Room, Resident Advisor is presenting a show with IPR's 2013 artist-in-residence Ben Vida, London's Helm, and composer Jefre Cantu-Ledesma performing with collaborator/filmmaker Paul Clipson. Tickets for that one are on sale.

Saturday (6/22) at 285 Kent, Resident Advisor and NYC party Mutual Dreaming are teaming up for a late show (10 PM - 4 AM) with live sets by Detroit techno vet/Juan Atkins associate Terrence Dixon and abstract hip hop collaboration Sensational & Koyxen, plus DJ sets by Berlin's Call Super and DJ Richard. Tickets for that one are available. Show flyer below.

PAN_ACT also includes the first installment of this year's Warm Up at MoMA PS1, which happens on June 29 with Juan Atkins, Lee Gamble, Heatsick, Koyxen, and Bill Kouligas. Tickets for that one are still available.

More info at Issue Project Room's site. Full upcoming PAN_ACT schedule and flyers below...

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Brooklyn label RVNG Intl. is taking part in Bulletin Boards, a group show curated by Matthew Higgs (White Columns Gallery), at Venus Over Manhattan (980 Madison Ave, 3rd Floor) tonight (7/19). Here's what the label has to say about the show:

For this group show, each artist is granted a 3' x 4' bulletin board space. RVNG invited a select group of musicians from different points on the avant spectrum to contribute an object to be used as a percussion arranged and affixed to the bulletin board and "played" by [David] Van Tieghem.

This performance will be multi-tracked in high definition before the opening. We will offer the recorded performance back to the contributing musicians to "re-animate" into original piece / recordings. These recordings will be culled and assembled by Van Tieghem and RVNG / The Sound of White Columns into a limited edition album for the FRKWYS.

Van Teighem will be performing at the opening tonight (7/19) and there wil be DJ sets by Matt from RVNG, Matthew HIggs, and Nick Relph. Participating artists in the show include Blanche Blanche Blanche, DIamond Terrifier, Future Shuttle (in conjunction with Anna Gonick), Hiro Kone, Robert Lange (Helado Negro), Megafortress, and more. Tonight's show starts at 6 PM. More details, the flier, and the full list of participating artists is below.

Speaking of Blanche Blanche Blanche, their new album, Wink With Both Eyes, came out earlier this year. If you've yet to hear it, you can stream the album in full below.

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