Thursday, May 15, 2008

RASTER-NOTON SHOWCASE tonight in Cambridge, Massachusetts

from the e-mail:

**Thursday, May 15, 2008**

Non-Event, Basstown, and the Goethe-Institüt Boston present


with SIGNAL + solo sets by

Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
(617) 868-MSEX
Doors: 9pm, Show: 10pm
21+ / Admission: $10

SIGNAL is a Raster-Noton supergroup, featuring Carsten Nicolai
(aka Alva Noto), Olaf Bender (aka Byetone), and Frank Bretschneider.
The trio performs intense, hypnotic music to a spectacular backdrop
of graphical information that reveals the complex geometry of the
sounds in play. Most of their sound sources are taken from a huge
memory bank of music from long jamming sessions dating from the early
days of Raster-Noton. These are processed and folded into a taut
and energetic web of rhythmic clicks, bristling static,
and deep bass pulses that are unexpectedly sensuous and undeniably
funky. Their most recent album, Robotron, was released in 2007 on
Raster-Noton. This will be SIGNAL's Boston debut.

mp3 of Signal, Robotron:

Video of Signal Live in Copenhagen:

Musician and visual artist CARSTEN NICOLAI (aka ALVA NOTO) works
in the transitional area between art and science. In his intensely
dynamic work, Nicolai plays with the rules of physicality. Clicks
and glitches are not used as ornamental additions, but make up the
essential elements of the work, which is often structured around
the rhythmic grooves of hip-hop and R&B. Nicolai has performed in
many of the world's most prestigious spaces including The Guggenheim,
MOMA SF, MOMA Oxford, NTT Tokyo, Tate Modern, and Venice Biennial.
His latest album, unitxt, will be out this summer on Raster-Noton.
This will be Nicolai's Boston debut. Website:

FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER is a founding member of Raster-Noton and one
of the pioneering figures in ultra minimal post techno. Using the
most basic sound sources (sine waves and white noise), Bretschneider
creates minimal, flowing pieces with delicate textures and complex
rhythmic patterns. Described as "abstract analogue pointilism,"
"ambience for spaceports," and "hypnotic echochamber pulsebeat,"
Bretschneider's subtle and detailed music is echoed by his visuals:
perfect translations of the qualities found in music into visual
phenomena. His most recent album, Rhythm, was named one of The Wire
magazine's Top 50 Records of 2007. Website:

Video of Frank Bretschneider Live:

OLAF BENDER (aka BYETONE) is a founding member of the Raster-Noton
label, as well as its lead designer. Bender creates his music digitally,
assembling sine tones into complex sound fabrics of deep sub-bass
and rhythmic clicks and crackles. He creates abstract animations to
support his abstract music —transforming the rhythm of the music into
a graphic equivalent, which he controls in real time. His new album,
D.O.A.T. (Death of a Typographer), is due out this summer on Raster-Noton.

mp3 of Olaf Bender, "Plastic Star":

Goethe-Institüt Boston:
LEF Foundation:

Non-Event concerts are supported in part by a grant from the
LEF Foundation.

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