Oren Ambarchi, Pita and Bill Kouligas

Oren Ambarchi, Pita and Bill Kouligas
Artwork by Philip Marshall
Artwork by Philip Marshall
Oren Ambarchi
Melbourne, Australia

Official Website + Discogs + Black Truffle + Bandcamp

Oren Ambarchi’s works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal.

From the late 90’s his experiments in guitar abstraction and extended technique have led to a more personal and unique sound-world incorporating a broader palette of instruments and sensibilities. On releases such as Grapes From The Estate and In The Pendulum’s Embrace Ambarchi employed glass harmonica, strings, bells, piano, drums and percussion, creating fragile textures as light as air which tenuously coexist with the deep, wall-shaking bass tones derived from his guitar.

Ambarchi has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists such as Fennesz, Charlemagne Palestine, Sunn 0)), Thomas Brinkmann, Keiji Haino, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Keith Rowe and many more.

Ambarchi has released numerous recordings for labels such as Touch, Southern Lord, Editions Mego, Drag City, Kranky and Tzadik. His solo release Sagittarian Domain was voted #1 in Spin magazine’s Best Avant albums of 2012.

Peter Rehberg aka Pita
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria

Editions Mego + Soundcloud + Discogs

PITA is the pseudonym of Editions Mego founder Peter Rehberg. Perceived as one of the pioneers of synthetic music, PITA ushers now the next phase of his sonic exploration. His approach is the ongoing search of a radical maniac driving us to the shores of experimental electronics, maybe best to be described as visceral synthesis, fishing in the ambient depths of techno. He is fusing distorted electricity with abstract beat patterns and glitches to some form of extreme computer music. As head of the influential Editions Mego family of labels, he has released albums by internationally renowned artists like Fennesz, Kevin Drumm, Emeralds, Florian Hecker, Bernard Parmegiani, Russell Haswell, KTL, Akos Rozmann, Donato Dozzy, Mark Fell…

Bill Kouligas
Lives and works in Berlin

PAN + Soundcloud + Discogs

Bill Kouligas is a Berlin-based artist, designer and musician. His insistence on following his own path and passions has won acclaim from thinkers, collectors, and dancers alike and he puts his vision at the forefront of the electronic vanguard. He is founder of PAN, which recalibrates perceptions of the avant-garde, sound art and electronic dance music. Kouligas has performed and produced experimental and electronic music for nearly fifteen years under several aliases. He has curated and performed at numerous concerts and showcases at MoMA PS1, V&A, Lyon Biennial, South London Gallery, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, DESTE Foundation, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and ZKM.