Damaged Particulates

With Damaged Particulates the experimental musician and composer Ben Vida delves into the enveloping world of “direct bass”. Utilising a four-channel, twin-sub sound system and 25 individual SubPacs, a tactile audio system placed on each audience members seatback, which directly transfers low frequencies to the body, this highly detailed and immersive piece for electronics examines the dimensional and spatial qualities of analog and digital synthesis.

Damaged Particulates is a work that oscillates between performance, installation and sculpture, and is experienced as much by touch as by hearing. Originally commissioned for Unsound Festival NYC, this new version explores further the possibilities of multi sensory sonic reception.

Commissioned for Unsound Festival New York 2014. In partnership with Unsound, Subpac, the Electronic Studio of TU, Faculty of Audio Communication, Berlin. In collaboration with LEAP.

Ben Vida Interview – Unsound at LEAP Gallery Berlin

It’s one of those archetypal expressions that has lost some of its initial weight over time: “Anything and everything can be music.” The kind of saying that nowadays results in a shrug from those who have been subjected to it. Luckily for us, Brooklyn-based composer and experimental producer Ben Vida is lending the expression new significance. His work is quantitative in its uniqueness, its otherworldly weirdness, its experimentalist nature. If his critically acclaimed sound poem Tztztztzt Î Í Í, his 2013 multi-media project Slipping Control, or his performance-based collaborative effort with Sara Magenheimer and Michael Bell Smith, Bloopers #o have anything to say about it, anything and everything really can be music. And where Ben is concerned, we’re so glad that that’s a fact.

It’s with this mindset that we embark upon Damaged Particulates, Ben’s latest venture that balances performance art with immersive music listening. An eleven-movement solo composition for fixed and live electronics presented in four channel expanded stereo, Damaged Particulates explores the space between musical representation and sonic abstraction through speech, music, and body. Presented in collaboration with SubPac, Ben’s audience will not only hear the music, they’ll feel it too,  benefitting from his performance on three levels: mind, body, soul. Ahead of the Damaged Particulates’ show in Berlin this weekend, we caught up with Ben to talk sound poetry, experimentalism, SubPac, and the story behind this project. – Read more

Ghédalia Tazartès, Ben Vida, Rabih Beaini

Ghédalia Tazartès, Ben Vida, Rabih Beaini
Artwork by Philip Marshall
Artwork by Philip Marshall
Ghédalia Tazartès
Paris, France

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Born in 1947 in Paris, Tazartès has spent over thirty years within musical practice and experimentation, letting his musical work wander from chant to rhythm, from one voice to another. Utilising magnetic tape recorders, he paves the way for the electric and the vocal paths, between the muezzin psalmody and the screaming of a rocker. He traces vague landscapes where the mitre of the white clown, the plumes of the sorcerer, the helmet of a cop and Parisian an hydride collide into polyphonic ceremonies. He recorded alone a dozen of albums, calling his way of working “Impromuz” for lack of a better term. Before the years 2000s, his public appearances remained exceptional events. In 2004, Ghédalia finally decided to do live performances again. He first worked with other musicians (Les Reines d’Angleterre, David Fenech & Jac Berrocal, Norscq & Black Sifichi, Nicolas Lelièvre) and is now a solo performing artist (although his very young son sometimes joins him on stage!).

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Ben Vida
Lives and works in New York, US.

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Ben Vida is a New York–based artist and composer. He has been an active member of the international experimental music community for two decades with a long list of collaborators, bands, and releases to his credit. In the mid 90ʼs he cofounded the group Town and Country and has since worked as a solo artist with releases on such labels as PAN, Alku, Shelter Press, and Kranky.

He has presented works in a range of museums, galleries, and music venues including MoMA, The Kitchen, MCA Chicago, ICA London, Audio Visual Arts, Lisa Cooley Gallery, Leap Gallery Berlin, The Artistʼs Institute, and the Sydney Opera House.

Rabih Beaini
lives and works in Berlin

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Lebanese-born producer and DJ Rabih Beaini (formerly known as Morphosis) specializes in grainy, imaginative analogue techno. In the past year however, his Morphine label has telescoped in on key (often overlooked) voices in avant-garde electronic and outernational music.

As Morphosis, Beaini has been crafting away in the nether-regions of the techno underworld since the 90s. Having cut his teeth as a DJ, a move to Italy in 1996 proved the catalyst to start experimenting in the studio.

Beaini’s genuine musical ability and a range of influences—from krautrock to new wave—seep into his inventive, dark, and emotional productions and immersive DJ sets. These influences also find their way into Beani’s productions with the Upperground Orchestra, a multi-headed improvisational ensemble that explores the terrain between electronica, techno, and improvisational jazz.