ZERO POINT FESTIVAL 2019

In July 2019 Mary C of Synth Library Prague curated the musical program of Zero Point Festival in collaboration with Public Art and Art Frame Palac Akropolis.

 

DAY 1

BARBARA ELLISON – “CyberSongs” [a trans-human song cycle]
Live sound performance with projection

‘Inherent in all music –and perhaps in all sound- sonic phantoms lurk and stalk with the promise of mystery and elevation. We just need to conjure them’ [from the liner notes of the‘Sonic Phantoms’ double album]

Known for her explorations of ghostly presence and substance in a plethora of sonic realms, artist and composer Barbara Ellison’s work delves into the sonic intricacies of objects,manipulated instruments, voice avatars and sound environments from the Arctic to the
Amazonian rainforest. In her work, the hidden and the phantasmatic reveal themselves as a reward for the engaged and attentive listener willing to take such a sonic voyage. Her new work for live performance ‘CyberSongs’ explores the simultaneous use of both computer
text-to-speech synthetic/sampled voices and computer-like patterns with human voices – through the intensive and extensive use of repetition- as tools and materials to give rise to surprising audible phenomena of a fascinating odd musicality. Words, morphemes,
phonemes, phrases and speech particles acquire constantly-shifting new aural meanings, turning into the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic patterns of the obsesively phantasmatic trans-human song cycle of the ‘CyberSongs’.

Barbara Ellison (Ireland/The Netherlands) is a sound and visual artist living and working in The Hague. Her work explores ghostly presence and substance in a plethora of sonic and visual realms. Her live performances often play with ritualistic forms giving rise to sonic structures emerging through a hypnotic repetitious exploration of simple sound-producing actions. She has a PhD from the University of Huddersfield, UK and currently teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

POLINA KHATSENKA alias mʊdʌki (live quadraphonic)

Polina Khatsenka a.k.a. mʊdʌki is a sound artist, music producer, dj and sound designer from Belarus, Minsk. Part of @phononcrew, organizing quadraphonic experimental music concerts.
studies at the time-based media studio, FAD, UJEP, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.
## field-recordings, found sounds, electroacoustic music, deep listening, improvisation, multichannel sound systems, spatial audio.

soundcloud.com/mudaki
soundcloud.com/phononcrew

DAY 2

MIMICOF (live)

MimiCof is the other solo project of Midori Hirano, in which she explores the realm of experimental music and detailed rhythmic patterns, combined with an idea of drawing melodic shapes and harmonies.

Midori Hirano is a Berlin-based musician, composer and producer. She started learning the piano as a child, and this triggered what was to later see her study classical piano at university. Therefore her productions are based on the use of acoustic instruments such as the piano, strings or guitars, but yet experimental and an eclectic mixture of modern digital sounds with subtle electronic processing and field recordings. She has released two albums on noble label. Her second, “klo:yuri”(2008), saw her further develop her sound, garnering critical acclaim from various media including TIME magazine , BBC radio and FACT Magazine. Over the following years Midori has performed live throughout Europe and Japan.

Besides producing her own works, she has composed music for films, video installations and dance performances. The films that have commissioned works by Midori have been screened at Berlin International Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Krakow Film Festival and HongKong International Film Festival, among others. Her third album “Minor Planet” has been released on sonic pieces in 2016. Her new EP „Mirrors in Mirrors“ by Australian label Daisart has been out in March 2019, which will be followed by another full album “Invisible Island” in autumn 2019 on sonic pieces.

midorihirano.com

IDA ELASTIC (DJ set)

Multimedia artist, fem powered organizer of club parties called Estrogen and an amazing range of club music DJ.

soundcloud.com/idaelastic