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Ryoji Ikeda, Carsten Nicolai, Mika Vainio

21 September 2002 | The Tyne, Newcastle, UK
23 September 2002 | Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK
24 September 2002 | ICA, The Mall, London, UK
28 September 2002 | La Grande Halle, Parc de la Villette, Paris, FR

In late 2002 three leading stars of electronic music performed together for the very first time across four unique concerts.

Each of the artists has a worldwide reputation for recording, performing and exhibiting. In recent years their work has been presented in many of the most prestigious spaces and festivals, including the Guggenheim in New York, Hayward Gallery in London, MOMA in San Francisco, ICC in Tokyo, Sónar in Barcelona, Pompidou Centre and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris and Venice Biennale. This remarkable collaboration promises a compelling sensory experience at the meeting point of sound, perception and technology.

Ryoji Ikeda's music focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics and frequencies. His hard-edged electronic audio experiments and austere tones never alienate the listener, but create beguiling soundscapes for total immersion in the outer realms of sonic perception. Ikeda's CD releases have been hailed by critics as the most radical and innovative examples of contemporary electronic music. In 2001, he won the Golden Nica prize for Digital Music at the Ars Electronica festival.

Carsten Nicolai (or alva noto) is a Berlin-based artist for whom art, music and new media are hybrid tools to create microscopic views of creative processes. Through the use of looping oscillators, tone generators and modem sounds Nicolai makes audible the essence of pure electricity. He edits his compositions mathematically to create precise rhythmic structures with electronic clicks and glitches as essential elements. These sound sources are applied to the rhythmic groove of Hip-Hop and R&B. Nicolai won Ars Electronica Golden Nica prizes for Digital Music in 2000 and for Interactive Art in 2001.

Mika Vainio is half of the acclaimed Finnish electronic music group Pansonic, pioneers of pared-down, ambient techno music who combine modern sampler technology with custom-built synthesisers to create a unique sound. Vainio's solo work is an exercise in sound and its effect on the body and the mind. Listening to his second solo CD, Kajo, has been likened to entering a dream world - you feel you are being seduced into a sound field that becomes progressively immersive.

"It's a swirl. A hiss. A sigh. A whine. A roar. It's all the fine detail you would normally only notice in a film after staring at each frozen frame individually. Visual as fuck. Delicate as angel hair. Bask in this sea of new sound, fresh and glinting in the silver light."
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