Ikon Eastside Closing Party: ON/OFF
Thursday 12 November / Ikon Eastside, 183 Fazeley Street, Birmingham
Oscillating between zero and one, are you switched on?
A collaboration with Ikon Eastside for a party that echoed the binary principles at the heart of Japanese sound and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda‘s work. Built around live performance from acclaimed electronic/ post-rock act worriedaboutsatan, with Colour DJs playing our picks of the best electronica, synth-pop, ambient and IDM music. Visuals were by Colour and frequent collaborator Paul Manasseh and there was a suitably monochrome dress code.
The pairing of Tom Ragsdale and Gavin Miller released their debut Arrivals earlier this year to great reviews. It subtly weaves ambient, minimal techno and post-rock structures to create an incredible sonic landscape, recalling godspeed! you black emperor and aphex twin’s ambient works in its ability to summon and sustain a vivid, otherworldly environment.
The album recently received a glowing 7.6 review from Pitchfork, who had this to say:
“like the back of an immense sea-creature rhythmically slipping above and below the waves. The percussion is manicured yet spritzy, with the baroque cadences of spitting rain. Periodic vocal samples are hung about in hazy washes, making it sound a bit like Burial for English-Lit majors. The structures are crescendo-based, but arrive by such creeping degrees that we’re never jarred, only soothed, lulled.”
Upon hearing Arrivals, we knew we had found the perfect band for On/Off: a British band that are pushing the boundaries of electronic music and integrating advances in digital technology. The stunning Eastside gallery space, an enormous former warehouse in Digbeth, Birmingham’s former manufacturing district, is the ideal setting for their soaring guitars and dramatic beats to envelop.
MP3: worriedaboutsatan – You’re In My Thoughts
Katie’s visuals for the evening consisted of inverted and edited diagrams from an obsolete sound recording manual, they were projected on the rear wall of the space. The soundtrack is ‘You Are In My Thoughts’ by worriedaboutsatan, taken from their debut album Arrivals.