Kill Your Timid Notion 03
A celebration of the cutting edge and the avant garde in experimental music, sound and film.
Taking over the gallery spaces at DCA, KYTN presented a programme of live immersive experiences and specially curated film programmes.Read
Performances and expanded installations came from Cyclo (Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai), Steve Roden, Alva Noto, Philip Jeck, [the user], Mirror, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Akaten, Zoffy and Zubi Zuva X, Ruins, Ian Helliwell, Acid Mothers Temple and Phonographics (Gustav Deutsch, Martin Siewart, Fennesz, Werner Dafeldecker and Burkhard Stangl). Film programme highlights included screenings by Michael Snow, Ira Cohen, Oskar Fischinger, Takahiko Iimura, Lis Rhodes, John and James Whitney, Hy Hirsch, Jordan Belson, Norman McLaren, Wojciech Bruszewski, Guy Sherwin, Woody and Steina Vasulka, Michaela Grill and Billy Roisz, reMI, Michaela Schwentner, Samuli Alapuranen, James Elaine and William Basinski, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Anouk de Clerq and Joris Cool, Kurte Ralske and Mika Taanila.
By focusing on the things that most people don’t notice or pass by uncaring – Steve Roden crafts gentle, sparse and metaphorically loaded compositions.
Carsten Nicolai Ryoji Ikeda
Two figureheads of the minimalist electronica pulse, Ikeda and Nicolai have been responsible for some of the most innovative and ground-breaking music of the last decade, redefining experimental electronica.
Carsten Nicolai alva.noto
60 cycle hums, jagged static cracklings, and clipped electron pinpricks, mutating them into sublime, post-techno grooves
The first of two short film programmes featuring works that blur the boundaries between music and film from artists who cross and redefine those long held divisions. This programme focuses on the forebearers of filmic and musical innovation over the last 70 years.
Part old-fashioned Renaissance man, part hardcore avant-gardist, the Canadian painter-photographer-filmmaker-musician gives full vent to his genius in the exhilarating perceptual vaudeville, named after the ‘central region’ of tissue that acts as a conduit between the brain’s two hemispheres.
Equal parts spectacle, installation and performance, his set for us is a specially developed work, ‘turning’, which features an orchestra of multiple turntables, 4 projections and a collection of old, and, quite probably, misfiring analogue kit.
Live ISDN drone performance resonating between Dundee and an empty Montreal Grain Silo.
Mirror Phantom Engineer
Mirror and Phantom Engineer performing an improvised soundtrack to Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 horror film prototype, Haxan: Witchcraft through the Ages.
Sunburned Hand of the Man
First live show outside the USA featuring one-off film pieces and live theatre from the ringleaders of the ‘weird new America’ psych folk explosion.
Billy Roisz Various Artists William Basinski
The second of two short film programmes featuring works that blur the boundaries between music and film from artists who cross and redefine those long held divisions. This programme highlights contemporary works.
Beat poet Ira Cohen’s now infamous and wildly psychedelic film odyssey feeds one’s own seeing apparatus through beautifully warped and distorting mylar mirrors, resulting in a film dense and rich with visual arcana and poetry.
Series of short sets by Acid Mothers Temple / Ruins offshoots Zubi Zuva X, Akaten & Zoffy.
Giants of the Japanese avant-rock scene Ruins are a hardcore prog rock bass + drums duo led by drummer extraordinaire Tatsuya Yoshida and joined in Dundee by Sasaki Hisashi.
Acid Mothers Temple
Freak-out group for the 21st century perform a live soundtrack to Ira Cohen’s infamous psychedelic masterpiece ‘The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda’
Burkhard Stangl Fennesz Gustav Deutsch Martin Siewert Werner Dafeldecker
A live installation of the ‘Film Ist’: projected on 4 huge screens and an improvised soundtrack from 4 figureheads of the Austrian experimental music scene.