Black Sun at the Pavilion presents:
Mark Durgan (Putrefier)
Michael Prime (Organum, Morphogenesis)
The Quiet Club
Experimental film programme curated by Max Le Cain
Vegan cakes form Sugar Moon
Putrefier, aka Mark Durgan, has been an active member, albeit below the radar, of the U.K. noise scene since the inception of Putrefier back in 1986. Durgan's Birthbiter label was also one of the first distribution services to start importing ZSF, Selektion and many Japanese oddities into the UK. His recordings have turned up on labels such as Broken Flag, Artware, MSBR, RRR and more. He has played many shows alongside the likes of Ramleh, The New Blockaders, Merzbow, Pain Jerk, Incapacitants, MSBR, Thirdorgan, Emil Beaulieau. Morphogenesis, Schimpfluch Gruppe / R&G, Smell & Quim, Onomatopoeia & Deepkiss 720.
"For the past twenty years, Mark Durgan, known under the Putrefier moniker and his label Birthbiter (1986), is one of the few genuinely curious anomalies operating today. Disassociated with a lot of noise, he is more of a true outsider of this scene, somewhat akin to the older sound poets. Although their realm of art is very different to that of his, comparisons can be made. The lack of concrete documentation, both written and recorded, could be construed as an attempt at mystery, but the reality is that it all comes down to a total ambivalence about having a public persona.
From the influences of Power Electronics and especially early nineties Japanese noise ('Cog Dominance' cassette, 1987 on Broken Flag), his music has developed into different areas of the avant garde spectrum, such as musique concrete, improvisation and electroacoustic music, demonstrated in one of his latest works done with The New Blockaders. Being able to appreciate other forms of experimentation, he takes noise to a different level."
Michael Prime worked for many years as an ecologist, conserving wildlife habitats in South London. Inspired by his experiences of nature in an urban environment, he has developed a variety of novel organic and environmental sound sources for use in his music. These include the amplified electrical activity of plants, fungi, and humans, as well as a machine which uses the controlled production of tiny bubbles as a sound source. Short-wave radio, bat detectors and other means of amplifying the hidden sounds of the environment are used in both his studio compositions and his live performances. A founder member of the electroacoustic improvisation group Morphogenesis (formed 1985), Prime has also recorded and performed with artists such as Organum, Jim O’Rourke, Eddie Prevost, Max Eastley, Akio Suzuki, David Toop and Geert Feytons. In 1999, Prime began presenting multimedia collaborations with Emma O'bong, incorporating video and other visual elements.
Since 1987, the use of bioactivity translators to amplify the electrical activity of plants and fungi has been central to much of Prime’s work. He has created a series of plant and fungi bioactivity installations, in which the amplified biorhythms of plants or fungi are heard to slowly change, under the influence of artificial or natural weather systems. Through the medium of sound, listeners are able to enter and interact with the transient world of plant reactions. Plants are able to react instantly to changes in their environment. Do we consider this to be a form of consciousness?
The Quiet Club are Mick O’Shea and Danny McCarthy. Formed in Feb 2006 they have met with considerable success and have become recognised as one of Ireland’s leading sound art improvisation groups. They have toured extensively in Ireland and have appeared in festivals in both Germany, Canada. and Japan. Most recently at DEAF (Dublin Electronic Arts Festival), Static (Liverpool) and I& E Festival, (Dublin). They frequently appear with guests which in the past included Mark Wastell, Viv Corringham, John Godfrey, Harry Moore, Christian Carley, David Toop plus many others. Employing a wide range of sound making devices ranging from stones , home made instruments, electronics, amplified textures, oscilloscopes , thermins, field recordings etc.. they continue to push the boundaries of sound making and listening.
Experimental Film Programme curated by Max Le Cain .|..|
The haunting, penumbral STRICNINA (1969) brings the work of legendary Italian underground filmmaker maudit Piero Bargellini to Irish audiences for the first time. David Sherman's lyrically nightmarish yet darkly soothing TUNING THE SLEEPING MACHINE (1996) reclaims for celluloid the televised impression of antique horror films. And Ivan Zulueta's masterpiece A MAL GAM A (1976) remains one of the most important Spanish experimental films ever made, a visionary 8mm tour de force of overflowing subjectivity trippily reconfiguring private space.