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Demdike Stare
Related: Pendle Coven, MLZ.

We’re pleased to once again present our annual Adventures in Modern Music Festival, organized in conjunction with authoritative UK periodical The Wire. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival and we’re bringing out all the stops to present the best in outsider sounds from around the world. London’s DEMDIKE STARE is the occult-themed collaboration between SEAN CANTY of FINDER’S KEEPER’S and MILES WHITTAKER, a techno and house DJ who has operated under numerous monikers. The two create chilly, ethereal movements that are both playful but menacing, slipping into the subconscious in a curious mood-inducing manner. 2012 sees the release of their latest collaboration, Elemental, and the live show features visuals created specifically for each piece and each venue. New Hampshire’s VATTNET VISKAR deliver the black metal assault to this year’s AIMM Fest as a young quartet unmatched by many contemporaries, carrying with them an ear for melody and seemingly-constant transformation beneath their punishing melee. Their self-titled three track, 27-minute EP has been hailed by Pitchfork for its ability to “marry ambition and efficiency without a single misstep” and their refreshing lack of headlines, manifestos and talking points is a welcome change to the current American black metal community. We look forward to the audial and cranial damage that will ensue. Transitioning from a high-quality dub techno producer to a more adventurous and challenging DJ that utilizes unsettling, sample-based textures, ANDY STOTT remains at the forefront of today’s electronicism. Based out of Manchester, STOTT’s transformation over the past decade has seen him manipulating sound in ways others have rarely tried before. His newest track “Numb” off his soon-to-be-released Luxury Problems sees an intricate and layered re-working of the human voice to create ghostly atmospherics within an inspired yet haunting aesthetic, as if the half-whispered words and phrases are bouncing around in your own frozen, deteriorating mind. Bassist and composer JOSHUA ABRAMS is known throughout Chicago for his contributions to the city’s vibrant jazz and improvisation scene for the past 15 years and his NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY is a fascinating and dynamic project that we’re excited to welcome back. Utilizing a guimbri, a three-stringed animal hide bass used by the Gnawa of North Africa in healing ceremonies, and mixing in sampling as well as psychedelic textures, ABRAMS and his ensemble provide the soundtrack for a unique and hypnotic experience that lies somewhere between the historical and the contemporary.

(Pitchfork) (Reader) (Time Out)



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