[ 23. August 2011 ]

BERLIN – Cellule d’Intervention METAMKINE // Antoine Chessex, N.K. 30.8. 22h

Von: Farah Hatam
Datum: 23. August 2011 12:51:33 MESZ

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N.K. – Berlin
Tuesday, August 30th 2011
Doors 21, Concert 22.00 sharp!

Cellule d’Intervention METAMKINE // Antoine Chessex – Nothing for backtape and tenore saxophone

Cellule d’Intervention METAMKINE is an open-ended group including musicians and filmmakers researching the dynamic between image and sound. Founded in 1987 by musician Jérôme Noetinger and filmmakers Christophe Auger and Xavier Quérel, Metamkine’s concepts have been carried out and performed in festivals, galleries, rock clubs, cinemas, and contemporary art spaces, in France, Europe, Canada, and the US. Since 1995, they have developed collaborations with other groups or artists like Nachtluft (Switzerland), Kinobits (France), Loophole Cinema (England), Tom Cora (USA), Le Cube (France), la Flibuste (France), and Voice Crack (Switzerland).

A sensory immersion that must be experienced to be believed, Metamkine’s self-termed “musico-cinematic” creations explore the relationship between image and sound, resulting in work that is at once a performance and its document. Appearing in a posture reminiscent of a band before the film screen, Metamkine aims to liberate music from the servitude of cinema, and the important moment becomes the confrontation on stage. “Working with an army of 16mm projectors, analog sound equipment, large mirrors and jerry-rigged doodads, Metamkine manages to construct something spectacular from the most unlikely of sources. Abstract yet concrete, as aggressive as it is lulling, a performance by Metamkine lives and grows in the memory long after the show has ended.” – Andrew Lampert of Anthology Film Archives.

Jérôme NOETINGER, electroacoustic devices.

Christophe AUGER, projectors 16mm.

Xavier QUÉREL, projectors 16mm.



Nothing for backtape and tenor saxophone performed by Antoine Chessex

Nothing features a sonic structure for tenor sax, quadraphonic or stereo system and backtape.
The fusion of the prerecorded textures, the live acoustic signal performed in real time and its sonic shadow on tape result in a grand cluster of strong beatings describing the acoustic geometry of the space. The piece is meant to be confronted with different types of spaces and architectures.

Nothing was premiered at the Sophiensaele, Berlin, for the Sololala festival in december 2009 and has been performed at the Meteo festival in Mulhouse in august 2010.
Further executions of this work are planned in 2011.

Antoine Chessex is a composer and sound artist born in 1980 in Vevey, Switzerland, with a background as a saxophone player and performer. His sonic researches include compositions for ensembles, solo works and sound installations. Chessex´s works are based on the exploration of the physicality of sounds and spaces and deal with acoustic as much as electronic and electroacoustic mediums. His solo works feature dense layers of sustained pitches reacting with the architecture of the space or massive clouds of amplified sax resulting in intense live actions in total immersion in the sound. He presents his works worldwide and appears at numerous international festivals and venues in the U.S.A, Russia, Japan, China and all around Europe.


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