Subject: Berlin 17.10: MIKA VAINIO, GORDON MONAHAN´s SPEAKER SWINGING
Date: Wed, 15 Oct
From: Manuela Benetton
Doors 19h30 Concerts 20h30 _SHARP_!
GORDON MONAHAN presents: /SPEAKER SWINGING/
Mika Vainio, currently based in Berlin, was one half of the minimal
electronic duo Pan Sonic from Finland, (the other half was Ilpo
Väisänen). His solo works, under his own name and under aliases like Ø,
are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Be it
abstract drone works or minimal avant techno, Vainio is always creating
unique, physical sounds. He has released on labels like editions Mego,
Touch, Wavetrap and Sähkö and he has been producing among others with
Alan Vega of Suicide, Keiji Haino, Chicks on Speed, John Duncan and
GORDON MONAHAN´s /SPEAKER SWINGING/
Speaker Swinging, from 1982, is a rite in which three performers swing
loudspeakers over their heads. To this primitive ritual is added an
electronic dimension, as each of the speakers relays a series of tones
generated by nine sinewave or sawtooth oscillators, their rapid motion
through the air creating complex overlays of effects, including phasing,
vibrato, and tremolo. Speaker Swinging is at once static and dynamic,
muscular and mechanistic, sacred and secular. Ken Hollings (The Wire).
Speaker Swinging was first performed in Toronto in 1982, and has since
been presented in many varied venues at festivals and museums worldwide.
Gordon Monahan’s works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic
sculpture, and computer- controlled sound environments span various
genres from avantgarde concert music to multimedia installation and
sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the
quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena
with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular
culture, and live performance.
Kindly supported by: Initiative Neue Music e.V., Canada Council for the
Arts. In Collaboration with Elektronisches Studio der Technischen
Universität, Berlin, LUFF, Spazio Aereo.