Saturday 2 November 2019, 7.30pm
Hiro Kone is a New York based musician and producer: she uses a combination of hardware, synths, and modular to cultivate her sound - a visceral meditation on rhythm, noise, and melody that has seen her release on leading experimental labels including DAIS Records and BANK Records. No stranger to manipulating macabre disorientations into enchanting new shapes, her music exposes the unsettling and sublime. Taking a deconstructive approach she is known to draw upon a combination of modular synthesis, noise and field recordings.
Instinctively responding to the precariousness of humanity, Kone’s cascades of twisted field recordings find an inherent partner in the effervescent current of synthesis and, in the process, forge new terrains. She often shares stages with her close collaborant Drew McDowall (Coil) or Puce Mary.
Kone’s latest record is a ‘A Fossil Begins To Bray’, released on DAIS in November 2019. Described as her most personally narrative work to date, the album uses equal parts melodic sculpture and striking absence to propel a “journey of discovery and self-analysis, proposing a potential reorientation towards absence in hopes of illuminating potential futures.” As impactful and rich as any contemporary electronic music with political intent, the record explores the persistent threat of techno-fascism and the potential of reinterpreting our recollection and interpretation of existence.
The album follows 2018’s ‘Pure Expenditure’, which was widely acclaimed by publications including The Quietus (“Hiro Kone cements her position as one of the finest electronic musicians working today”), and Boomkat, who celebrated the album as “stunning.” The record’s live iteration, premiered at the 2018 edition of Berlin’s Atonal Festival, won equally enthusiastic plaudits from Resident Advisor, who selected it as one of the top five performances of the event, owing to a blend of “pulsating industrial rhythms to quiet bouts of ambience… the message comes across in the music's sense of purpose.”
This summer she has been performing an array of shows in Europe and working on artist residences at Pioneer Works in New York and the prestigious EMS studios in Stockholm. She has recently made appearances at the Red Bull Music Festival in Melbourne, playing live and appearing in conversation, as is a fixture at cutting-edge electronic events including Sustain-Release, Norbergsfestival, Test Pressing and an appearance at MoMA PS1.
“Hiro Kone builds incredible tension with her modular synths, performing dark and pulsing cuts off her new Pure Expenditure release. Her mastery is such that there’s never a boring moment, making for a deeply cinematic set.” – Crack
Swedish producer aircode works with sounds extracted from various corners of the electronic experimental field. Using manipulated phone recordings, melodies of its own logic and unexpected rhythms, creating a challenging, melancholic, dubby and ever changing sound, leaving you hanging. Her debut ep ‘dislocated’ now out on TT (fka Tobago Tracks).
Producer Tribe of Colin has a new LP, Age of Aquarius on Honest Jons, but there's little information about him available to internet sleuths. His first release, Fruits Of Zion, was made up of deteriorated but strangely evocative pieces that left you scratching your head trying to explain their elusive significance. To some, it might sound like lo-fi techno, but Tribe Of Colin's grotty electronics are a means to an end—a channel through which something personal flows.