Subbacultcha! presents ‘John Maus and underground music’, a lecture by Adam Harper + film: Robocop – MOTTO@WIELS – 02.05.2013 (7.30pm)

Posted in events, Motto @ Wiels, music on March 26th, 2013
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Music theorist and critic Adam Harper is a prominent contributor to The Wire and Dummymag in addition to his very own acclaimed blog Rouge’s Foam. He will settle in WIELS for a lecture about pop vanguardist John Maus, connecting him with some of the key issues in today’s underground pop music while touching on other relevent movements such as hypnagogic pop and vaporwave. In liaison with Maus’s music and the contemporary retro craze, the lecture will be followed by a screening of the cult classic Robocop which is no less than John Maus’s favourite film – so get your cyborg on for a dystopic trip down memory lane.
02.05.2013, 19:30

Free for Subbacultcha! members

Onement Label Présentation – MOTTO@WIELS – 08.03.2013 (7pm)

Posted in events, Motto @ Wiels, music, performance on February 14th, 2013
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The Onement label is inviting the audience in the hall of WIELS on Friday 8th March for a listening session of its newest release: a recording of English pianist John Tilbury performing a series of short pieces by Howard Skempton (« John Tilbury Plays Howard Skempton », Onement #5). Tilbury is well-known since the 1960s for his interpretations of the music of Morton Feldman, Cornelius Cardew, John Cage, and for being one the key figures of free improvisation, notably with cult band AMM (pioneers of european improv).

But this recording is really special: like every release on Onement  it’s a one-copy vinyl record! The object is totally unique and will not be reproduced, which makes it a real collector item. Like for all the Onement records, the packaging has been created by graphic designer Nicolas Couturier.

The concept behind the label, founded in 2006 by musician Sylvain Chauveau, is inspired by the world of painting. The works are not reproduced and when a painting is sold, only the owner possesses it and even the painter himself has usually no access to to it. The uniqueness of the object is part of its strength.

The idea in Onement is to do the same with recorded music. Since their invention recordings have been meant to be reproduced. The time has come to try to use the recorded medium in different ways.

The name Onement comes from a series of pieces by American abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman. This series (Onement I, II, III, IV et V) shows a thin vertical line over a monochrome background.

The aesthetic choices of the Onement label go towards experimental musics such as modern composition, free improvisation, minimal drone, musique concrète, field recording, with releases by Keith Rowe, Robert Hampson, Yannick Franck and Antti Rannisto.

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TUNED CITY BRUSSELS : Lecture-event #1 – MOTTO@WIELS – 12.02.2013 (7pm)

Posted in architecture, events, Motto @ Wiels, performance on January 30th, 2013
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Tuned City is a research platform from Berlin that creates a dialogue between the worlds of architecture, city planning and sound art, trying to use the possibilities of the spatial and communicative properties of sound as an instrument in artistic and urban practices. Q-O2, a workplace for experimental music and sound art, invites Tuned City to Brussels in 2013. The aim is studying the given urban and architectural situation, and experiencing and evaluating the city from an acoustic point of view.

On February 12th, Carsten Stabenow, founder of Tuned City, will briefly introduce the project and will give an outlook on the plans for Brussels. Dr. Lamberto Tronchin, Professor in Environmental Physics from the University of Bologna, recognised internationally as a leading authority on the subject of sound and acoustics and a pianist himself, will open the evening with a lecture about one of the most inspiring thinkers of sound and space in the 17th century, Athanasius Kircher. The Belgian architect and urban planner Luc Deleu, questions with his utopian projects the role of architecture and urbanism in the modern age, their position and duty in a global society and opens with his visions new perspectives of thinking architecture. Ariane Wilson, architect and art historian at the RWTH Aachen focussed her research on the role of sound in city and architecture and will give an overview about the current developments in that field.

A performance by Justin Bennett, who focusses in his work on the relationship between architecture and sound, will play with the elasticity of the concept of ‘space’.

Free Entrance
In English

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