THE TRONS & GREG LOCKE

9 04 2009

Saturday, April 25 @ 9 PM @ MeetFactory – part of Evolution Night

The Trons are a robotic garage rock band from Hamilton, New Zealand. The band explores machine made music in a fun and engaging way, while investigating the unique musical possibilities and the psychology of human-robot interaction. Built mainly from salvaged and junked materials the Trons play standard guitars, drums and keyboards. The control system comes from a decommissioned vending machine that has been reprogrammed to drive the solenoids and motors that power the artificial limbs. These limbs and fingers are made from recycled construction kits and other second hand materials. The use of these flimsy mechanical components introduces subtle variations to the playing that seems to mimic our own performance style. The precision computer timing combined with the loose mechanical execution creates a band that is musically tight yet has elements of randomness and subtle superimposed rhythms. The Trons have been designed to tour and perform like a normal human band. The members have names, and audiences often relate and refer to them as people. The loose anthropomorphism is partly an outcome of designing mechanical devices to play instruments that were originally intended for humans, but is also due to our own mental projection of bodies onto these skeletal figures. This playful visual element of the band combined with the familiar construction materials helps break down the barriers we as humans often feel towards robots. The playing of fun original pop songs too makes the Trons a group that is as endearing as they are entertaining.

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Greg Locke is a musician, artist and electronics engineer from Hamilton, New Zealand. Early projects included explorations into sound reproduction, music and artificial intelligence. While performing in bands he toyed with the idea of creating robotic musicians to add a precise yet colourful dynamic to the sounds. Work in the field of mechanical automation also fuelled these ideas, and a few experiments soon led to the construction of a complete band. Greg is currently artist in residence at Time’s Up Laboratories in Linz and is touring Europe with the Trons through the support of Time’s Up and Creative New Zealand.

http://www.thetrons.com

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EVOLUTION NIGHT: CAMOUFLAGE

8 09 2008

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 9 PM @ MeetFactory

Experimental audiovisual programme to close ENTER 4 festival

General accessibility of audiovisual technologies allows anyone to become an experimentalist in music or moving image. Audiovisual performances thus offer a way to implement original artistic concepts, make political stands or just fulfil childhood dreams. But do these interventions have any real impact on the development of contemporary audiovisual forms? Or is a conceptual use of available audiovisual tools just an at-hand camouflage? Whatever the answer is, it is impossible to neglect or underestimate them as they massively proliferate the Internet and give expression to enormous enthusiasm and endless visions.

Line-up

SILVER CAMOUFLAGE

Rudolfo Quintas (PT)

Jack/Jack (SK/CZ) feat Philipp Quehenberger (AT)

The Trons (NZ)

PINK CAMOUFLAGE

2 Singles (CZ)

Moduretik (CZ) & VJ Kapaj (CZ)

BLACK CAMOUFLAGE

Yarrdesh (CZ)

Groupe Guma Guar (CZ)


SILVER CAMOUFLAGE

Rudolfo Quintas (PT)

The evening will start with an audiovisual performance Burning the Sound about the nature of rituals and the relation they establish with the state of power and control. It is uses the fire from lighter and matches to subvert patterns of rhythm, “exorcising” the sound as a spiritual strategy. The project was awarded at Transmediále 2009 in Berlin.

Jack/Jack (SK/CZ) feat Philipp Quehenberger (AT)

Czechoslovak “noise positive” duo Jack/Jack will present their own approach to a specific type of experimental music called “no-input music”. Their music is created using only 2 mixers and cables. It shows a decadent beauty of the digital echo. Noise, drone, bangs and beats hidden in the machine show that this minimalistic approach results in unexpectedly rich soundscapes. There will be a keyboards virtuoso Philipp Quehenberger (Mego Editions, Cheap Records) joining Jack/Jack with whom the duo just completes a common album. www.myspace.com/jackjacknoise, www.myspace.com/philippquehenberger

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The Trons (NZ)

In the world of electronic music a relation between technology and acoustic instruments has been a theme for quite some time now. Coming from New Zealand within a European tour, the Trons are an original solution to the theme. They are a robotic garage rock band, completely self playing junk robots. They are made mainly from recycled and salvaged parts, and play standard guitars, drums and keyboards. Their musical influences include the Clean, Velvet Underground and similar indie bands. www.myspace.com/thtrons

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PINK CAMOUFLAGE

Moduretik (CZ) & VJ Kapaj (CZ)

Moduretik is an emerging talent Jan Jiskra. In his pretty personal sets he combines several electronic genres including 8-bit and IDM. The visuals will be produced by Kamila Pajerová aka VJ Kapaj. Her main interests are vector graphics, animation, and generative art. www.myspace.com/moduretik, www.myspace.com/kapaj

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2 Singles (CZ)

“Left by not good girls – now on the right side of friendship. Every girl listening to their music knows better about boys’ heart then those who did that big mistake! “ Czech boy band performance is all in playback mode. However, the artists are multi-talented personalities. Petr Marek is a film maker, actor and musician  (MIDI LIDI, decadent theatre Beruška, Muzikant Králíček). Jiří Havelka is a theatre director and actor (Divadlo Ypsilon, Dejvické Divadlo, VOSTO5). www.myspace.com/2singles

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BLACK CAMOUFLAGE

Yarrdesh (CZ)

Young multi-instrumentalist Yarrdesh is no novice to Czech alternative scene, especially thanks to his undertakings with several bands such as “Un Cri Bleu“. His sole electro set is a psychedelic mix of break-core rhythms finely tuned with samples of dissonant piano and noise fields all in all well packed in his neo-metal aesthetics. www.myspace.com/yarrdesh666

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Groupe Guma Guar (CZ)

Closing the night, Prague based art activists collective Guma Guar will give a music voice to their system critique and media world irony. Since the founding in 2003 they have used audiovisual performances to make a political stand. They take part in international shows as well as illegal freearties and streetart projects. www.myspace.com/groupegumaguar, www.gumaguar.bloguje.cz

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Evolution Night is co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund.

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