a halloween special with Rattle (uk) + Eiko Ishibashi (jap) + Caroline Profanter (it) + dj Maroushka
RATTLE is an ongoing musical project concerned with experiments in rhythm, metre and tension. Katharine Eira Brown & Theresa Wrigley make up the Nottingham duo who with just drums and occasional vocalisations weave an expanse of percussive vortices. Their songs swirl and envelop with all the physicality and drama of another world pulling together around its own shifting centre of gravity. The drum beats phase and sidestep, they trade accents and overlap, providing a suitably alive terrain for the vocals to explore similar tendencies of pattern. Rattle's debut album was released in 2016 through Upset The Rhythm / I Own You and was greeted with much critical praise, this often singled out their hypnotic minimalism and ecstatic regard for the dance floor. The following six months saw Rattle support Animal Collective on their UK tour before heading out around Europe with The Julie Ruin. Rattle used these opportunities to try out new material and unconsciously began writing their next album. Brown recalls that "hearing our drums in these larger venues, with amazing sound, made us excited about how beautiful and magic the drums sounded, we were quite spellbound by how they were able to fill a venue so completely."
The duo formed quite by accident in Nottingham in 2011, where Katharine and Theresa knew each other from playing in other local bands. Katharine was a guitarist who had recently started playing drums in the band Kogumaza and Theresa is the enthralling drummer from Fists. They originally met up to skill swap guitars and drums but soon enough they found they were having more fun with a double drum set-up and started making the sound of their first song 'Boom', which became a blueprint for their new band's sound. As Katharine explains; "It seemed obvious right from the start that nothing else was going to be required in terms of instruments."
They wanted to find a band name that was onomatopoeic and Rattle fit perfectly. Their set-up remained roughly the same as from that very first rehearsal. The minimal framework meant that they had to use their imagination and think of different ways to create new songs using the same simple ingredients. They honed their sound live, with the drums set up facing each other which allowed a dramatic interplay between the players, lending a theatrical element to their performances.
Eiko Ishibashi (jap): Eiko Ishibashi is a Japanese multi-instrumentalist whose work has ranged from acclaimed singer-songwriter albums to film scores for film and television to improvised music settings.
She is also a valued collaborator, working and recording often with artists as wide ranging as Keiji Haino, Charlemagne Palestine, Merzbow, Akira Sakata, John Duncan, Oren Ambarchi, and Jim O’Rourke. Riding the rails down to the past and back to the future, Eiko considers the unknown lives that her own family has lived, set to expansive pop travelogues evoking the work of pioneers like Joni and Scott Walker, while pushing further, always further....
Caroline Profanter works in the fields of Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art as a Composer and Musician. Her works oscillate between Acousmatic Composition, Live Performance and Sound installation. She collects field recordings, combines them with electronics, and explores the grey zones in between concrete material and abstraction. The human voice and the interplay with words and text appear as current elements. Her works have been presented in several Festivals: XI Bimesp - Sao Paolo/Brasilien 2016, Visiones Sonoras in Morelia/Mexiko 2016, The Acousmatic Project in Wien 2016, Espace du Son in Brüssel 2015, Wortsampler in Düsseldorf 2015, Festival für Zeitgenössische Musik in Bozen 2014, Sync in Jekaterinburg/Russia 2013, Wien Modern 2012, Tempo Reale Festival in Florenz 2012, among others. Studied Computer Music and Electronic Media at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and holds a Master's degree in Acousmatic Composition at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons in Belgium.
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