SSTN at DEAF will feature live performances from some of the best Irish electronic music producers/performers. It will include special performances from a number of artists as part of the Ten Second Rule project as well as visuals from Kachanski, Evstyle & Shane McKenna.
Ten Second Rule
The Ten Second Rule project is an experiment in community participation, attention span and digital media recycling. Music makers have been asked to submit 10 second long audio compositions in whatever style they wish. On the microscopic scale these pieces showcase a broad range of individual talents and approaches to the use of such a short duration; on the macroscopic scale they can be seen as elements/ loops/ source material for use in larger compositions and improvisations. In this context a ten second track could become the basis of entire 20-30 minute set. To demonstrate this we've asked 5 artists / groups to re-interpret the submissions in whatever way suits them for our DEAF event: turntables, modular synthesizers, granular synthesis and all types of processes will be used to embellish / mangle / recycle the community's audio.
Vince Mack Mahon
-are Tweek, Mikey Fingers, Deviant and Jimmy Penguin as well as Sebi C, Muipead, Rocky Meaney and Tony Higgins sometimes.
-perform original music using turntables.
-are the founders of COMMUNITY SKRATCH GAMES.
-are not in any way affiliated with Hulk Hogan, the Iron Sheikh or Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
-live by the beach.
-eat fish, tossed salads and make skratch ballads.
-are better than your favourite DJ.
-will play 2 sets: one using specially-cut vinyl dubplates of the Ten Second Rule tracks and another ambient / noise set prepared for Second Square to None.
Euphiophone + Melesta
Euphiophone is an electronica artist based in Dublin. He played in a couple of bands in his native Monaghan that set the standards for late-nineties-rock-cover-
based-in-Monaghan before becoming a bedroom producer. His music is a dynamic hybrid of styles and sounds, with industrial beats and warm synth melodies combining with processed live guitar and laptop electronics. He has done a select couple of gigs about town, including supporting Black Dog. He is involved with the organization of the Second Square To None group.
For his live performance at DEAF he is in collaborating with Melissa Conlon (a.k.a. Melesta), a graphic designer based in Dublin.
PushMoveClick is live analog modular group. We use 3 analog modular synths, MPC's, home made noises boxes, synths, effects pedals, home-made touchscreen drum machine and sequencers. We start each track fresh with no set structure so anything could happen. This year at DEAF one part of our show will be based on creating a piece using random pieces of audio which were submitted to Second Square to None for their Ten Second Rule project. All the audio will be processed through the modular synths and various machines. The rest of our show will then be total improvisation with no set rules or boundaries. We will also have CCTV cameras on stage directed at various machines, then the video from those will be processed live.
Ev Tiernan is a Dublin artist who specialises in painting and video. She has collaborated many times with musicians and once again is joining PushMoveClick, this time to create an installation in which PushMoveClick will perform live.
Formed this year out of the ashes of a group called John Mary Trilogy, FYED are Ed Devane and Fionn Wallace, A.K.A. Fyodor. Normally they make improvised sound / noisescapes using a wide variety of unusual techniques, and for DEAF this year they will be applying these techniques to the Ten Second Rule material. How this will end up sounding really depends on what happens on the day, as no two FYED jams can ever sound the same!
FYED on SoundCloud
Brown Cloud are Rory St. John and Conor Hinfey a.k.a. Kachanski. Anybody following techno in Dublin over the last few years will have inevitably come across the work of Rory St John. Through his devastatingly sweaty hardware workouts and monstrously deep releases on Sunil Sharpe's Mantrap imprint Rory has proved himself to be one of the most exciting talents in Dublin's electronic music scene. For this show he will be collaborating with Kachanski. Falling between the cracks in the pavement of electronic music Kachanski's sound jumps all around techno, electro, jungle, dubstep and electronica with heavy dashings of bass oozing out the side of his mash-up sandwich. With his first appearance on vinyl imminent on Mantrap Records "Trapdoor Material Part 2" and returning from his first gig over the pond for Ebola's Wrong Music in Bristol things are shaping up well.
For this event both are stepping outside their typical hardware setups to create an integrated audio/visual/stage lighting control software with which to pull apart the 10 second submissions in real time, generating an audio-visual malaise directly reflecting the source material and processes used.
First influenced by music at an early age. Dubreak and his older bro used to fabricate their own type of home-made radio shows when they were wee nippers, splicing and resampling snippets off LW radio shows and talking over the recordings. He moved on to two junk-shop HI-FI decks when he was 13, in his bedroom with doubles of records and some piss-poor scratching techniques trying his hand at being a 'superstar' DJ. He soon got sick of that, and has been making his own brand of music since. Currently he uses a Moog Voyager, ProTools and a rampant collection of other music stuff. Occasionally he gets to gig at a few festivals around Ireland, and works at a few 'live-sound' venues around Dublin as a 'Live Sound' Engineer. Dubreak will be using Ableton Live's advanced looping to mix and mash the Ten Second Rule into his own style.