Posted on February 8th, 2018
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.
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.