Jonas Reinhardt / Rene Hell / Elfenbeinturm's Tropical Beach Party Band / Stellar OM Source / Innercity / Bear Bones, Lay Low
The festival Manoeuvers, Music from the Cosmos fills a dark December Sunday with a selection of neo-cosmologists. This new generation of musicians projects the legacy of the Kosmische Musik through an old lens while creating a new vision of synthesizer music. Warm music from a already past future.
The illustrious Jonas Reinhardt mixes motorik beats, analog sound synthesis and atmospheric pulses together in a space trip for the third eye. One could, with a good dose of imagination, call it “a spiritual dialogue between man and machine”. The untitled debut appeared in several year-end lists. During the festival he shall present his new album Powers of Audition, with a full band.
Abstractionist René Hell: inspired by the Kosmische Musik of Harmonia, Can and Klaus Schulze, uses his analog synthesizers, samplers, tape decks to conjures up a boiling bath of bubbling ambient, resulting in the perfect soundtrack for Sci-fi from a forgotten future. (One critic even called it hypnag … but we don’t dare to use this word.)
Jonathan Fitoussi CANCELLED
Stellar Om Source replaces Jonathan Fitoussi. Stellar OM Source is the moniker under which the Antwerp-based Christelle Gualdi has taken the dusty instrument, i.e. The Analogue Synth, into the metaphysical realm where its astrological drones and futuristic bend are transformed into philosophical caterwaul and soothing mantras.
Innercity is the Antwerp Hans Dens, a self-proclaimed anti-musician. With tape loops and broken synths, he makes lo-fi new age that brings hallucinogenic hope for the Apocalypse. This year he released his debut LP Future Life on the Belgian Aguirre Records label.
The Venezuelan Ernesto Gonzalez, a.k.a. Bear Bones, Lay Low, was once the young poulain of the Belgian DIY noise scene. His street wise lifestyle and the influence of bad friends (Sylvester Anfang II) led to last year’s highly praised LP Vallée de Dith: no blaring noise, but a lucid blend of cosmic kraut and South American prog rock. Currently this youngster is now working on a mix of Suicide-inspired outsider improv and early electronics.
Elfenbeinturm is German for “Ivory Tower”, but also the pseudonym of Pascal Hector, a German astronaut whose glossy 1980’s Star Trek design and an unhealthy lifestyle links to naive analog synth pulses. Expect MacGyver on an analog synth and feel free to check his band Datashock, his label Meudiademorte and if you have too much time perhaps his Pizza Party Productions.
+ sounds & visuals by LRJ Ocean (Cetacean Nation Communications)