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Tower Transmissions I
A one day event of Electronic/Industrial/Power Electronics
-Exclusive German show-
-First major show since 2008-
-Brand NEW sounds and LYRICS-
Philip Best is a pioneer of power electronics who formed the band Consumer Electronics in 1982 at the age of 14. He joined the group Whitehouse, led by William Bennett, in 1983. After a nine-year hiatus starting in 1984, Best rejoined and remained with the group until departing again in 2008.
In the early 1980s Best also ran his own DIY label Iphar, releasing compilations of power electronics. Through the circulation of these controversial cassettes he succeeded in promoting the burgeoning extreme noise genre.
Best has been a frequent collaborator with Gary Mundy on projects like Male Rape Group (1982–1983) and Ramleh (c.1987-1997). In 1995, under the Consumer Electronics moniker, Best joined forces with Japanese noise musician Masami Akita – along with several Ramleh cohorts – to release “Horn of the Goat.”
Best continues to tour as a solo performer and has recently released two albums under the Consumer Electronics moniker, Nobody’s Ugly (2007) and Crowd Pleaser (2009).
In 1998 Best published his doctoral thesis at Durham University entitled “Apocalypticism in the Fiction of William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard and Thomas Pynchon” and later received a doctorate in English literature.
A postindustrial group based in Wrocław, Poland, started in 1998 by Aureliusz PISARZEWSKI (b. 1974) and Maciej FRETT (b. 1973), initially aided by Jacek GROSZEK, who quit in 1999.
Their debut work relied both on the sound of analogue and digital instruments and devices (acoustic generators), as well as on looped trancelike rhythms. They gained considerable renown for their audiovisual performances, the imagery and videos provided by Arkadiusz BAGIŃSKI (b. 1969), a graphics, performance and video artist, a permanent collaborator of the group. Although stylistically consistent and following on from their first album, their next works were enhanced with more sophisticated ambient textures, snippets from film and documentary dialogues, radio plays and broadcasts.
The group employs a wide variety of means of expression, ranging from synthetically prepared electroacoustic structures and sampling, to distorted or processed rhythms or even melodies. Through their music and carefully selected and prepared imagery and videos they seek to deal with the dysfunctional elements of contemporary civilization, the looming war and annihilation, the inimical political and religious system and the slow decline of all values due to the progressive commercialisation of the day-to-day life of an individual and society.
Since 2000 they have been running an on-going project “RYTUAŁ,” concerned with the effects of civilisation’s progress on the human condition, and involving site-tailored music and video materials to be performed at specific locations, such as a thermal power plant, a cathedral, a synagogue or Chernobyl. Since 2001 FRETT teamed up with BAGIŃSKI and together they have been organising the annual WROCŁAW INDUSTRIAL FESTIVAL, a major contemporary event designed to popularise the contemporary varieties of industrial music and culture.
Gerechtigkeits Ligawas formed in Germany in 1981 to create an outlet for the neurotic obsessions of its members. The group produced and released their first tapes, and videos and the 12″ vinyl maxie single The Games Must Go On, on their own record label Zyklus Records. In 1986/87 they moved their centre of operation to London. G.Ls first album was released on Side Effects Records, which was then owned and operated by Graeme Revell of the industrial group SPK. Throughout the 1980s the group was self-sufficient in producing music, films and videos. Multimedia performances took place all over Europe and North America. At the beginning of the 1990s G.L became partly inactive and didn’t release any new audio material, but towards the beginning of the Millenium, founder member Till Brüggemann felt the need to restart the project again.
Since then, newly recorded tracks have been released on various European compilation projects. In 2005 two of G.Ls early vinyl releases as well as some previously unreleased áudio material, were made available again in form of a CD digipack. Further audio, as well as video material was released as a limited edition on vinyl and DVD by the infamous label Vinyl-on-Demand in 2008.
Gerechtigkeits Liga, now based in London and Berlin, consists of Till Brüggemann and Ragnar, who work together with friends and collaborators, who lend their support and skills to the various activities of the group.
The new album Dystopia was released on the 12th of March, 2011, on re-launched Zyklus Records.
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The project Darkrad was founded in 2008 by a famous figure of Moscow underground scene DJ JanaDark. Being the only member she realizes her deepest feelings and thoughts in it. Experiments with voice, gloomy electronic beats and mysterious fragile melodies – all this is Darkrad. In the name of the project the word “Windrad” is used, which in German means “Windmill”. The “Darkrad” is a windmill, whose blades capture the hidden energies of a human’s soul and transform them into the dark soundscapes. For relatively short period of time the project had participated in a number of events in Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Germany, Czeck Republic… The tracks appeared on compilations Absetzer, Industrial Madness, Rocoracle Magazine. The live performance of Darkrad is an ocean of feelings from the sombre corners of the subconsciousness, which doesn’t supress and turn off the emotions, but sharpen them to a sometimes frightening peak.
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