Vibrance, the sound program for Coded Cultures launches with conflicting angles. The two experimental sound labels Artkillart and Phonotopy converge in alternating resonances with ‘extended playlist / p-node transmission’. Angle also features a performance from N.M.O that has been described as “military space space music and/or fluxus techno”, taking inspiration both from the club scene and the modern art world.
Artkillart is a label based in Paris and Berlin, created in 2007. Its purpose is to promote experimental audiovisual and sound art. In reaction to dematerialized music, the artists of the label refocus on material objects. They are invited to conceptualize and design an object exploring the quality, the complexity and the limits of different media (including the dvd, cd and vinyl) and conceived as an experience both for the artist and the audience.
Phonotopy is the label of Brussels based sound artist Yann Leguay. Leguay is defined as a media saboteur by the Consumer Waste label, he seeks to fold reality in on itself using basic means in the form of objects and videos or during installations and performances. His label Phonotopy proposes a more conceptual approach to recording media.
N.M.O. is an acronym serving to frame the work of a rolling computerized ceremonial aerobics unit that operates in a hybrid territory between club music, performance and inventive forms of sound spatialisation. What they call ‘Military Danceable Space Music and/or Fluxus Techno’ is a unique blend of repetitive percussive patterns and synthetic sounds that combined with performative aspects explodes during their live shows.
From a club night intermezzo concept that begins with a bleep test from the the middle of the dancefloor to a site specific hybrid lecture that reduces the sound pressure level of a club performances but increases the degree of interactivity with the audience (incorporating the game of musical chairs), to outdoor performances with colored smoke grenades and flares that are all an attempt to question standardized formats of presentation of electronic music and ways to break with passive listening.
To follow their two releases on Barcelona’s Anòmia label, including 2014’s ‘critically acclaimed and standout’ 12», ‘Nederlandse Maatschappij Ontwikkeling’, their latest EP ‘Naturkunde Museum Ostkreuz’ for Boomkat’s label The Death of Rave put forward ‘a visceral, effectively unprecedented sound that’s hard to ignore.’ N.M.O. has recently released a proto-techno tinged concept 12» on Where To Now and a double 12» for Powell’s Diagonal Records to be released in early 2016.