Rachel Palmer (USA)
Style: My visuals are organic yet geometric, gritty yet smooth, and with a limited color palette. A genre would be tough to name.
American visual artist Rachel Palmer has been working as a music producer since the late 90’s and as an audiovisual composer since 2013.
Her prolific musical background in classical piano, guitar, and electronic music production ranging from soundtracks to ambient, harbors the foundation of her stirring visual art. As a musician, she understands how to implement live visuals not only technically, but emotionally into musical performances throughout genres. To push the limit of her audiovisual experiences, Rachel predominantly projects her gritty visuals onto translucent screens, invoking a holographic effect that transforms venues and stages into living, audio-reactive organisms.
Rachel has performed her visual work for an array of events throughout the United States and Europe. Having relocated to Cologne, Germany in late 2018, Rachel’s ambitions are further geared around combining her two passions, music production and visuals, into a fully immersive audiovisual experience.
Style: Downbeat Ambient
Cologne based Marco Petracca, aka HHNOI discovered his love for electronic music production at the age of 15. This early love for electronic instruments lead to a musical vita, that couldn’t be more diverse. 25 years later, Petracca has tried nearly everything you can musically. From making soundtracks for erotic hotlines, short thriller films and tv adverts, to electro punk on big stages and in small clubs with his first band Les Mercredis. Not forgetting gloomy-adult pop as duo HEARHERE, who cleverly continue what bands like Massive Attack or Portishead abandoned in the mid-2000s. HHNOI is his modular synth based alter ego, swinging between unpredictable dark ambience and emotionally gripping electronica – proving that you can squeeze way more than just repetitive car alarm sounds out of a modular synthesizer.
TIMO ROZENDAL (NL)
Timo Rozendal is a modular enthusiast, living in Baarn (The Netherlands). About four years ago he started his 100% DIY system with the first few kits of eurorack modules and discovered that this mix of music and technology resonated with him. Timo’s performance will be an audible snapshot of what is possible with the current state of his system. It will be a groove oriented mix of bouncing basslines and analog drums. Besides making modules, he also sells pcbs to make these designs available for other DIY enthusiasts.
MA KU SU(FR)
Ambient, EDM, Electronica
It was towards the end of the 90s that Max Maleo began and made his first recording on the guitar with tape looping and analog effects to eternal delay. In 2000, Makusu started and invested heavily in electronic music. Computer-aided for a long time, he believed in the infinite field of possibility offered by the software and their different plugins. Exploring most styles of electronic music with appetite and curiosity. Despite a massive production of tracks, nothing seemed to really transcribe his intentions. It’s when he trades his computer for digital and modular analog machines that he starts to really find his own colors. It is this configuration full of constraints and in perpetual evolution that allows him today to express his musical emotions with precision and fidelity. Influences: Steve Reich , Laurie Spiegel ,Thom Yorke , Klaus Schulze, Jean-Michel Jarre , Cliff Martinez , Aphex Twin , Jon Hopkins , Sonic Youth , Brian Eno
Style: Ambient drones and ketamine beats
Nordlys aka Gregory Delabelle. In his music you will find wide open beautifull space, voices that I hear, drones, water and metal convolusions and electronic emotions on one side and intens hard beat sometimes core tracks.
MUDD CORP (BE)
Mudd Corp is a young producer from Brussels. Since his childhood he is fascinated by synthesizers and electronic music, he has been invited by various Belgian stages with numerous devices, always determined to perform live. Today, Mudd works with his modular system to give birth, on-the-go, to any of his electronic desires.
MUDD CORP is backed up by his own visual artist!
goat.exe is an executable file that is responsible for launching parasites, loading main components of malicious programs and running a destructive payload: so far the official story. In modular land, goat.exe is making live video on the minimal techno set of Mudd Corp at PULSE festival.
Style: Breaks / Big Room Techno
Olan! grew up in a small city in Swizerland. After earning a masters degree in jazz piano and composition at Berne University of the Arts and after touring around Europe as a keyboard player with jazz and psychedelic rock bands, he grew tired of playing music in concert settings. He wanted to make people dance.
Since 2013 he’s playing modular techno livesets all around Switzerland and occasionally in Germany or France. He moves to Berlin. Mixmag describes one of his Youtube videos as one of “10 of the best live modular sets you can watch online” ** next to Surgeon, Karenn, Ansome and other big names. His energetic livesets are always improvised on the spot, ranging from 90s breaks to big room techno.
W. RAVENVEER (BE)
Style: improvised electronics, experimental, abstract
W. Ravenveer is Erwin Van Looveren, artist, member of Dirk Freenoise – one of Belgium’s weirdest and wildest bands – guitar destroyer in Schizoide, and creator of heavy, psychedelic synth trips as W Ravenveer. ‘Antwerp based creature improvising with electronic instruments, directing a sea of voltages that take different shapes and forms, from simple to complex, an octopus controlling modular synths and other devices, leading to places in fractions of time , expanding the universe….due to his nature he plays more shows than there is recorded evidence…though this is slowly going to change’Recently it got full circle and got back into playing improv guitar under the same name or combine it, but at the same time i also keep going with only electronics and modular stuff, just adding a bit flexibility especially for playing shows.
Onsturicheit is Dutch for wildness, uncontrolledness, makingashitloadofnoiseness, but always very vivid and not by definition dark. The music can balance from spooky to a kind of joy.
What sometimes would be considered as a ‘soup of sounds’ is in fact a very wild and broad analog-digital palette of very rich sounding material that has been thoroughly vivisected and deconstructed, before throwing it at the lions. A lot of tracks are happening as is, live, with always changing gear. It’s unpredictable, just like the early electronic machines were. Be prepared for samples, sequences and textures.
Tomas Niesner (CZ)
Style: ambient music, drone, and avant garde
Location: Czech Republic
Tomáš Niesner comes from a live music background. His solo work contains arrangements ranging from ambient music, drone, and avant garde music. Using the modular synthesiser, the guitar, and field recordings, he sculpts endless sonic landscapes.
John Dee (CZ)
Style: Modular acid
Location: Czech Republic
On his compact Modular system, John Dee plays improvised live sets, which he aptly dubbed “slow grooving quick bumping bobosped modular acid”: hymnic areas are replaced by jagged melodic lines. There are complex, driving rhythmic structures of clicks, bleeps and primetime bloops.
Sebastopol, a one man vessel, a trip into space.
Marc Debroey is an electronic maverick, and a lover of synthesisers and soundmaking machines.
s̺̝̫̜tzi͇o̦̺pa (class 1993) is a musician from Sardinia, currently based in Brno (CZ) where he works and collaborates with the synth manufacturing company of Bastl Instruments.
His background of drummer since the teenage, developed into electronic music and got known in the local scene with experimental projects such ~emb, Mira 332, and lately with Lilies on Mars.
Focussed in live performing with modular synthesizers, his music is built on improvisation which ranges from floating-ambient tunes to broken-until-straight techno beats through generative and unpredictable-behaviour patching techniques. As part of his main activities he designs his own musical instruments and holds lectures and workshops in the field of modular synthesis and DIY electronics.
Style: hiphop, breakbeat, industrial, uplifting
Colloid is one of the artistic projects of Jan Willem Hagenbeek, the driving force behind module maker Ginkosynthese.
These 5 terms describe what you can expect from the Colloid set: hiphop, breakbeat, industrial, uplifting, danceable.
Two Thirds (BE)
Two Thirds is an experimental cooperation between Didah Drieghe (AEMIT) and Markus Welt. The duo is cryptic and silent about their performance at PULSE…