Netaudio London’s opening concert launches tonight at Café OTO, presented in collaboration with Penultimate Press. The festival, which we wrote about recently and which takes place over 13 -15th May, celebrates artist pushing the boundaries of music and sounds of the Internet. Robert Piotrowicz (modular synthetizer, computer) and Valerio Tricoli (revox tape recorder, electronics) will perform solo sets, followed by joint performance.
Robert, who develops his own solo projects and collaborates with world's leading sound artists and musicians, and is one of the most prolific artists in the Polish experimental and improvised music scene, says of working with Valerio, whose compositions bridge musique concrète and conceptual forms of sound, “work with him always creates surprising results and has a lot of potential. So every time we go on stage and play it’s different. Plus this is Friday 13th...” The two have played together around 10 times in the past (beginning at the Musica Genera Festival in 2008), but the unique setting OTO offers is sure to bring out something special in the partnership, including the free improvisation important to both musicians. They also plan to compose an album “based on experiences we already shared but also about certain vision we have about this collaboration.”
Hovering between the ‘here and now’ of the event and the shady domain of memory, distant but at the same time present, akin to a déjà-vu experience, this first concert of the festival starts at 8pm, and tickets are £6 +bf advanceor £8 on the door. Cafe OTO is at 18 - 22 Ashwin street, London E8 3DL. For a taster of the evening, Robert has given PlayGround the tune below, ‘Lincoln Sea: Ice Work’. Of it, he says, “in 2009, I was thinking about recording album titled ‘Lincoln Sea’. I decided to record a piece which is inspired by this, and is not part of album, so I did it as a separate composition. The piece is realized with recordings of the modular synthesizer which is not only my main performance instrument, but also the centre one of my studio work.” The album is due for release later this year. The rest of the weekend’s events include sound art, a live webzine broadcast and conference at the Roundhouse in the day on Sunday, and a centrepiece live gig with Radian, Bruce Gilbert and Mika Vainio, and Nurse With Wound in the evening at KOKO. Festival tickets are still available as passes at £38 or single event tickets here.