Frank Bretschneider (Raster-Noton) at the Goethe-Institut Boston
Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)
Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present
performing a special experimental “EXP” set
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8:00 p.m. / $15 or $12 with valid student ID
FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER works as a musician, composer and video artist in Berlin. His work is known for precise sound placement, complex, interwoven rhythm structures and its minimal, flowing approach. Described as “abstract analogue pointilism,” “ambience for spaceports” or “hypnotic echochamber pulsebeat,” Bretschneider’s subtle and detailed music is echoed by his visuals: perfect translated realizations of the qualities found in music within visual phenomena.
After studying fine arts and publishing several graphic editions, he began to satisfy his obsession for electronic music in 1984 by starting his first tape experiments and running a cassette label. With the founding of AG Geige in 1986, one of the most influential bands in the East German musical underground, he began to explore the possibilities of an exchange between visual art and music by various means such as film, video, and computer graphics. After the fall of the wall and the break-up of AG Geige, Bretschneider continued producing music and in 1996 he co-founded the record label Rastermusic (raster-noton since 1999).
Bretschneider's EXP CD/Data CD was voted one of the Top 15 electronica releases of 2010 by The Wire. His work has been released on such record labels as 12k, Mille Plateaux, Quatermass, raster-noton, Staalplaat, and Shitkatapult. He performs at music and new media festivals worldwide. This will be his third Boston concert, after two amazing club sets at the Middlesex. Not to be missed!
MEM1 seamlessly blends the sounds of cello and electronics to create a limitless palette of sonic possibilities. In their improvisation-based performances, Mark and Laura Cetilia's use of custom hardware and software, in conjunction with a uniquely subtle approach to extended cello technique and realtime modular synthesis patching, results in the creation of a single voice rather than a duet between two individuals. Their music moves beyond melody, lyricism and traditional structural confines, revealing an organic evolution of sound that has been called "a perfect blend of harmony and cacophony" (Forced Exposure).
Presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Boston