Before the year is over (2018) we're announcing the birth of two new labels in our ever growing collection of alternative (musical) universes. After the immense success of Sucata Tapes we now present two new babies, both logos by Filipe Felizardo, all details below ---
Our annual Discrepant bash over at Cafe Oto is a two day event celebrating 7 years of Discrepancies with PIERRE BASTIEN, CARLOS CASAS feat DAVID TOOP, PEOPLE LIKE US, POREST, KINK GONG and TASOS STAMOU, across two evenings on the19th & 20th April 2018.
available to buy as a two night pass (cheaper) or individual evening
THURSDAY 19th APRIL 2018
PIERRE BASTIEN presents QUIET MOTORS
Pierre Bastien’s is a French gentleman born 1953 who builds his own machineries, at the cross
between music and visual art, blending live trumpet sounds with screen projections of on-site
mechanical sound sculptures in a very poetic way. His work is described as “a timeless sounding
orchestra, both futuristic and slightly dada, conjuring ancient traditions in its surprisingly sensuous
music.” His work has been called a “mad musical scientist with a celebrity following” by The Guardian.
In 1986 he formed his own self made one-man orchestra, Mecanium and made over 20 records over
the years. For this concert Pierre presents Quiet Motors, a concert with his home-made machines as
heard on his latest record for Discrepant.
“My sound machines cannot be found in the music shop. I slowly construct them in my studio, with a
screw driver and a soldering iron. They don't hide in a steel case labelled by a Japanese top brand.
Instead they exhibit their mechanisms from the electro motor that activates the wheels and gears, to
the final movement that produces the sound. Along the concert they are filmed and projected in real
time and in a big scale. The large projection shows every source of sound and magnifies every
mechanical activity. Then the listener becomes also a viewer and an explorer: he travels into the
sound, he discovers the music both by listening and watching, as if he were having a walk inside the
Pierre Bastien, 2017
CARLOS CASAS presents PYRAMID OF SKULLS feat DAVID TOOP
Carlos Casas is a filmmaker, visual artist and musician whose work is a cross between documentary
film, cinema, and contemporary visual and sound arts. He will be joined by David Toop for a special
presentation of his last album for Discrepant, Pyramid of Skulls.
Inspired by the common task (Fedorov) and the people of Pamir in Tajikistan, Pyramid of Skulls
deconstructs far away sights and sounds to create a unique field recording experiment that equally
worships past, present and future traditions. Nikolai Fedorov thought the Pamir to be the cradle of
humanity, the hidden and forgotten nest, a Pyramid of skulls that holded the secrets of past human
kinship. He believed that most Asian myths of human origin pointed the Pamir region as their
inception. For the Chinese, Indian and Semitic myth, this mountainous region of Central Asia, often
referred to as 'the roof of the world' was the key to understand and start his resurrection plan.
TASOS STAMOU presents MUSIQUE CON CRETE
Tasos Stamou is an electroacoustic music composer, performer, alternative music technologist,
instrument builder and tutor. He will premiere a live version of his recent electroacoustic music project
‘Musique Con Crete’ for Discrepant (CREP54). The record is the result of a three-year creative
research project across Crete (GR) where for a 3-year period Tasos was collecting field recordings,
performing and recording with local musicians, producing electronic compositions and gathering old
records and tapes of traditional music of the region. The project resulted in an assembling of a unique
sound collage which reflects his personal experience as a music visitor to this part of the South
Mediterranean with one of the richest ancient history and living traditions.
FRIDAY 20th APRIL 2018
Across decades, Porest (aka Mark Gergis) has issued a trail of confounding agitprop sound art, post-
globalised hate-pop, diabolical radio dramas and carefully re-arranged realities on multiple labels. His
blatant embezzlement of human syntax and cultural misunderstanding broadcasts vital mixed
messages. Since 2003, with the Sublime Frequencies label, an ethnographic music and film collective
out of Seattle – and more recently with his own label, Sham Palace – Mark has shared decades of
research of scores of archived international music, film footage and sound recordings from the Middle
East, South East Asia and elsewhere.
PEOPLE LIKE US presents THE MIRROR
People Like Us is audiovisual collage artist Vicki Bennett, who has been making work available via
CD, DVD and vinyl releases, radio broadcasts, performances, gallery exhibits and online streaming
for 25 years. Since 1992, she has developed an immediately recognisable aesthetic repurposing pre-
existing footage to craft audio and video collages with an equally dark and witty take on popular
culture. She sees sampling and appropriation as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary
media and technology, with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form.
For this event Vicki will present the London premiere of People Like Us’ new audiovisual immersive
cinema performance called “The Mirror“. The subject content will be appropriated sample collage
exploring concepts of inward reflection, and outward reflection and projection into the beyond.
KINK GONG presents DESTRUCTION OF CHINESE POP
The musician and DIY music ethnographer Laurent Jeanneau returns to London with his Kink Gong project. Since 1999, over many trips to Southeast Asia, Jeanneau has documented the local music traditions of ethnic minorities whose cultures are threatened by modernisation. Jeanneau collects and compiles these unedited recordings into an ever-growing sound and video archive, mostly published on his own private press label Kink Gong Records. In addition, Jeanneau uses these recordings, which focus mostly on vocal and percussion music, as the starting point for his own emotionally-charged electronic experiments and sound compositions then broadened by other field recordings. In these compositions, the traditions and avant-gardes of a diverse range of places merge into new, contemporary statements. Discrepant has released 6 of these electroacoustic works and counting. He returns to London to present his new double LP for the label with collages and recordings based on Chinese pop culture, expect kitsch noise art galore.
For the past 50 years Mike Cooper has been an international musical explorer pushing the boundaries of his music touching blues, folk and experimental soundscapes.
He returns to Cafe Oto to celebrate the new release on Discrepant of Reluctant Swimmer/Virtual Surfer. Taken from a live set recorded at the Controindicazioni Festival of Improvised Music in Rome in 2003 . The music moves very slowly through four movements: ‘’Reluctant Swimmer’’, ‘’Movies is Magic’’, Virtual Swimmer’’ and ‘’Dolphins’’. 'Floating in out of the exotic ether and disappearing like smoke, engulfed in the alien hugeness of nature... a very elegant set by a visionary artist.'
PEOPLE LIKE US
People Like Us is audiovisual collage artist Vicki Bennett, who has been making work available via CD, DVD and vinyl releases, radio broadcasts, performances, gallery exhibits and online streaming for 25 years. Since 1992, she has developed an immediately recognisable aesthetic repurposing pre-existing footage to craft audio and video collages with an equally dark and witty take on popular culture. She sees sampling and appropriation as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary media and technology, with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. Embedded in her work is the premise that all is interconnected and that claiming ownership of an “original” or isolated concept is both preposterous and redundant.
Abridged Too Far is the first of a series of vinyl by Discrepant to celebrate this being the 25th year of People Like Us publishing albums.
TYPHONIAN HIGHLIFE (SPENCER CLARK)
Spencer Clark (The Skaters), is using top-of-the-line music imaging keyboards from the 80s and 90s to produce hallucinations of Past and Present Juxtaposed Eras, Far-OFF exotically composed tropical maladies, and wondrous inner-outer driven Fourth Dimensional Landscapes. He has recorded albums with a host of young modern musicians including Ducktails, Jan Anderzen of Kemialiset Ystvat, and Orphan Fairytale. His label Pacific City Sound Visions has ejected tape cassettes, Lp's, and Private Movies for the past 8 years. Performing at Cafe Oto, will be the new album ‘Typhonian Highlife’ and more…