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EB.ER, RUDOLF / JOKE LANZ / GX JUPITTER-LARSEN / MIKE DANDO - Wellenfeld

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Fragment Factory [FRAG31]
Release Year: 2014
Note: this supergroup of noise committers was formed at the 'Extreme Rituals Festival' in Bristol, December 2012, for a unique live performance using bio-feedback technics of their own brainwaves to control the sounds: a wireless EEG device received their brain-activity data during the concert which was then processed into noise, while the performers 'learned" spontaneously on stage to sculpt the acoustic outcome through their mind alone.. lim. 300
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"The grande finale of 'Extreme Rituals - A Schimpfluch Carnival' held at Arnolfini, Bristol UK on December 2nd 2012.
In memory of Urs Schwaller.

Four leading figures of the international Noise circus team up for a unique performance, solely based on their brainwave activity. Each performer is wearing a wireless electroencephalograph (EEG) headset. The EEG signals sent from the stage are received by soundengineers, transformed from data into sound and processed to emerge through eight speakers surrounding the audience. The performance took place without prior tests or rehearsals. The performer develops and gains control over his own brainwave patterns during the performance, by listening to the sonic results of his mental activity. By changing electric impulses of the brain during meditative and ecstatic trance, the performer begins to sculpt the sound through the mind alone." [label info]


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"A while ago, December 2012, saw Bristol celebrating twenty-five years of Schimpfluch activities via a three-day festival called 'Extreme Rituals', with their various members performing (Dave Phillips, Rudolf Eb.er, Sudden Infant) and various guests, such as Con-Dom and The Haters. The festival ended with 'Wellenfeld: for amplified brainwaves (in memory of Urs Schwaller)'. To quote the cover: "Four leading figures of the international Noise circus team up for a unique performance, solely based on their brainwave activity. Each performer is wearing a wireless electroencephalograph (EEG) headset. The EEG signals sent from the stage are received by sound engineers, transformed from data into sound and processed to emerge through eight speakers surrounding the audience. The performance took place without prior tests or rehearsals. The performer develops and gains control over his own brainwave patterns during the performance, by listening to the sonic results of his mental activity. By
changing electric impulses of the brain during meditative and ecstatic trance, the performer begins to sculpt the sound through the mind alone." It looks, I'm sorry to say (and no doubt I am not the only one to notice this), a bit like Alvin Lucier's 'Music For Solo Performer', although a bit different. The twenty-six minute piece, by the performers mentioned above, mixed by Rashad Becker onto an eight channel system surrounding the audience, is a quite a noisy piece of loud tones, which may sound like simple, hand build synthesizers, but with some extreme activities. If you look films of this on the net, you see Eb.er moving and shaking at one point, and the others not moving at all. I think I would have preferred if none moved at all, and it would keep Zen like thing with as little activity as possible and take away the 'extreme' performance element (which to me looks all very 'un'-extreme, very regular performance art; I wondered if there was any body there who wasn't dressed in
black) and focus on the interesting aspect of creating music this way, which is something I liked very much. Quite a nice release; noisy but very interesting and that's how I like these things." [FdW/Vital Weekly]