SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE HOLLY HERNDON TO THE LINE UP,
PLUS THE INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED MOOG SOUND LAB COMES TO BIRMINGHAM
Following an exclusive announcement and interview on Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone yesterday, Supersonic Festival are delighted to confirm that internationally versed sound manipulator Holly Herndon shall practice her neuro-dissecting electronic anomalies on patrons at this year’s event, in support of her recently announced second LP, Platform. Herndon has become a leading light in contemporary music by experimenting within the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting possibilities. Herndon makes music that is impossible to ignore and could be viewed as the 21st century’s answer to the protest singer, tackling a host of topics ranging from systemic inequality, surveillance states and neo-feudalism. Her tactile live shows recast the laptop as an untapped physical instrument, to be used in the limbo that links noise, dance, avant and pop.
Supersonic are also delighted to be partnering with the renowned Moog Sound Lab (previously pioneered at Rough Trade NYC ) and Birmingham City University to offer a temporary residency presenting a unique opportunity for artists to explore, experiment and create with analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects. For details on how to sign up, visit the Supersonic website.
Whether you’ve been to every Supersonic that ever was or this year you’ll be dipping your toes into our welcoming waters for the first time, we are sure you’ll love our unmissable line-up which already includes the anticipated opening concert with Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, post punk provocateurs The Pop Group, Liima, a new collaborative quartet formed of Danish indie-pop trio Efterklang and Finland’s finest improvisational percussionist Tatu Rönkkö, post-everything black metal lone wolves Liturgy and label mates, psych rock explorers Eternal Tapestry. Six Organs Of Admittance (Ben Chasny) will be performing, dissecting and demonstrating The Hexadic System whilst other welcome additions include the uncompromising and unmissable Gazelle Twin, andDelight Is Right, an afternoon curated by Richard Dawson (which includes performances by Afework Nigussie, Jiří Wehle, Rhodri Davies and Phil Tyler). Flamingods shall be bringing a welcome and vibrant splash of day-glo to the main festival programme alongside Swedish maxi-experimentalist duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums, the Franco-Scottish hedonism of Glasgow’s Happy Meals, super-kinetic London future jazz outfit Tomaga and the anonymous sundrenched sounds of Slow Magic. We can also highly recommend grit’n’synth solo punk Apostille, the brightly coloured prickly post-pfunk ofRavioli Me Away, maxi-percussionist Danes Selvhenter and mysterious organ and saxophone possessing super-duper-group Sex Swing. From Northern Ireland, manic, droning interpreters of local mythology and instrumentation Woven Skull and the striking Circuit Des Yeux.
As it stands, the Supersonic Festival 2015 lineup is this:
Apostille / Afework Nigussie / Cicuit Des Yeux / Eternal Tapestry / Flamingods / Gazelle Twin / Happy Meals / Holly Herndon / Jiří Wehle / Liima – Efterklang + Tatu Rönkkö / Liturgy / Phil Tyler / Ravioli Me Away / Rhodri Davies / Richard Dawson / Selventer / Sex Swing / Six Organs of Admittance/ Slow Magic / The Pop Group / Tomaga / Wildbirds and Peacedrums / Woven Skull
In addition to this, Capsule would like to remind you of the first of the extra curricular goings on across the weekend. In partnership with Many & Varied, Supersonic are delighted to present Bees in a Tin 2015 as part of this year’s festival. Taking place during the daytime on Friday 12th June, Bees in a Tin is a gathering for people who make or are interested in unique interfaces for the world around them, featuring talks and workshops from key makers and thinkers from around the country. If you’re interested in the spaces where the arts, science, technology and games crash into one another, then this is for you.
Audience participation is a key element of what makes Supersonic so special, and this year we have two projects in particular which embody this approach. Firstly we present a new commission by Circumstance titled A Folded Path – a pedestrian speaker symphony, a soundtrack for a city, carried through the streets by a participating audience, experienced by everyone it passes. Comprising of 30 custom-built, location sensitive portable loudspeakers, each plays a different element of the music. The speakers are highly directional, so the movement of the people within the group changes the acoustic relationship between them, the audience become the orchestra.
Secondly, taking inspiration from Capsule’s artwork for the Supersonic 2015 edition, we bring the Dirty Electronics Horn & Bells Workshop. Audience members are invited to build a three-dimensional sound-object. The sound object will feature printed circuit board artwork and a DIY piezo flared horn that omits bursts of noise and generative electronic bell-like sounds. It also comes with a rustic stick beater. Dirty Electronics have become synonymous with DIY electronic sound and a music that is born out of hand-made machines. In Dirty Electronics, process and performance are inseparably bound. The ‘performance’ begins on the workbench devising instruments and is extended onto the stage through playing and exploring these instruments.
More of the line up, musical and extra curricular still to be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, after reaching the target set by the earlybird kickstarter campaign, we are pleased to announce that general tickets are now on sale. Find out more via www.supersonicfestival.com
“Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival occupies an exalted position at the vanguard of the festival circuit. And rightly so. Since its inception over ten years ago, it has maintained a staggeringly focused and intelligent curatorial policy, transcending the music and art worlds to present a programme teeming with invention, audience participation and a certain amount of unpredictability. It’s also a bloody good knees up.”
– THE SKINNY