Stephan Mathieu, BJ Nilsen, Philip Marshall
FEED 062713: Nocturne



27 June 13



On June 27, 2013, the FEED's event series at KW continues with Nocturne. In his performance, Stephan Mathieu presents a work that he has composed for a real-time processed Electronium, an early analog synthesizer in the shape of an accordion. BJ Nilsen will perform The Eye of the Microphone, a surrealist audio portrait of London based on psycho geography and acoustic flanerie as field practice.

Stephan Mathieu: The Falling Rocket

For his performance, Stephan Mathieu premieres a piece for a real-time processed Electronium, an early analog synthesizer in the shape of an accordion, developed in 1952 and featured extensively in Karlheinz Stockhausenʼs groundbreaking pieces of process- and ʻintuitiveʼ music during the second half of the 1960s. FEED will be equipped with a dedicated quad system by Funktion One for this occasion.

The current album The Falling Rocket is Stephan Mathieuʼs 10th full-length studio work following 2011ʼs highly acclaimed A Static Place album, and his recent collaborations with David Sylvian/Fennesz on Samadhisound, and Robert Hampson/MAIN on Editions Mego. In this album, Stephan performs a suite of real-time arrangements on the Farfisa VIP 233 organ, a Hohner Electronium and shortwave receiver. The recordings are densely layered into massive, seemingly liquid fields of pure sound with the original instrumentʼs voices reduced to a vague afterglow. At times theyʼre not unlike the overtone-rich walls of Sound of Glenn Branca or Phill Niblock, with ghost choirs appearing out of nowhere. Even though Mathieu uses tone clusters rather than conventional melodies thereʼs still a rich harmonic and hallucinatory quality inherent to his compositions.


BJ Nilsen: The Eye of the Microphone

BJ Nilsen is a sound and recording artist, primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effect on humans, field recordings and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound, often electronically treated. He has worked as composer and sound designer for documentary film, theater, television and dance and performs his solo work regularly around the globe, creating an immersive and intimate sound-world.
For this evening, Nocturne, BJ Nilsen will perform The Eye of the Microphone based exclusively on sound and field recordings made in London.


Philip Marshall: Tapedeck Intervention