The Convergence Festival in London is hoving into view, and we’ve got tickets to give away! It’s 10 days of events, seminars and workshops across several central London venue that kicks off on March 12th with an opening party at Village Underground with Clark, Vessels and Rival Consoles.
What makes Convergence particularly interesting it its remit to focus on ‘visual art and music pioneers, people who deploy technology in diverse and innovative ways’, making it a festival about ideas as much as it is about music.
There are quite a few highlights, and many former Electronic Sound interviewees are playing including Gary Numan (Royal Festival Hall on March 20th), Gazelle Twin (March 14th with Tricky, see below), and Herbert (March 17, Village Underground).
In the run up to the opening night, we’re going to be giving away one pair of tickets for each event we preview, so keep checking for the next competition on our Facebook Page. Go there now for details on how to enter. It’s free!
Tricky, Gazelle Twin, Rival Consoles (live)
Sat 14 March 8pm, St John-at-Hackney Church
Tricky has always used music to explore the different, sometimes contradictory facets of his background and personality. This is the reason why his 11th album is eponymously titled ‘Adrian Thaws’. “Calling it ‘Adrian Thaws’ is saying you don’t really know me,” says Tricky. “So many times people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I go to a different place.” This Convergence performance will spotlight his work as a producer as well as a constantly shifting musician never content with resting on former glories but instead pushes forwards with startling honesty.
Gazelle Twin is the creation of producer, composer and artist, Elizabeth Bernholz.
‘Unflesh’ is ther second album, a dark and depraved journey into the remote cells of her subconscious. “The idea of ‘unflesh’ is like a shedding of skin,” she says of the record. “It’s a tearing out of your body down to your skeleton and breaking free.”
The reason why London-based producer Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, sounds so human is because the tracks don’t start life solely locked in synthesisers. West often composes early ideas on piano, violin and guitar long before the electronic layers are added, creating a great texture and depth to his work. With ‘Odyssey’ (2013) and ‘Sonne’ (2014), West gained a reputation for making thoughtful electronica that spans a wide spectrum of musical ideas. As an accomplished sound designer, he has repeatedly performed at the Tate, and recently created a bespoke audio-visual performance for Boiler Room at the V&A. Ryan has also produced remixes for New York based composer Nico Muhly and UK producer Jon Hopkins, and composes original music for dance, film and television.
Free 19-track Convergence sampler here: http://convergence-london.com/news/download-free-19-track-convergence-compilation
And here’s a Spotify playlist for the event: