Experimental-pop icon Eartheater is playing at a World Heritage building this August

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Experimental-pop icon Eartheater is playing at a World Heritage building this August

Words by Staff Writer

Eartheater will headline a night of assertive experimental and sometimes outrageous electronics, and unhinged, unabridged and unbridled techno experiments.

As a multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist, Eartheater distils experimental digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical composition into works suspended between obsessively detailed sonic tapestries and almost recklessly gestural electronica.

Eartheater for Now or Never

  • Eartheater
  • Ben Frost
  • Gabber Modus Operandi
  • CORIN presents Lux Aeterna
  • Thurs 22 Aug | 6pm | Ticketed
  • Royal Exhibition Building

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The building’s Romanesque walls will simultaneously embrace the techno soundscapes of the multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist Eartheater, and will also feature performances from seminal techno group Sandwell District, and acclaimed Australian-born acts such as Frost and Naretha Williams.

Born out of an obsession for high octane, fast-paced sounds, Gabber Modus Operandi explode an extensive range of influences into vibrant, outrageous productions. The duo of Kasimyn and Ican Harem fuse the challenging sounds of gabber, digital hardcore, punk, and noise with a number of uniquely Indonesian sounds such as jathilan (a trance dance), dangdut koplo (a subgenre of a popular dance and folk music), and funkot (reminiscent of both European happy hardcore as well as dangdut).

Ben Frost is from Melbourne, now living in Iceland. Hasn’t performed in Australia for some time, Ben is also doing the composition and sound design for Silent Symphony (UVA).

Corin Ileto presents her Lux Aeterna Live AV performance featuring music from her recently released album ‘Lux Aeterna’ (UIQ) with accompanying visuals by video artist/director Tristan Jalleh. Lux Aeterna [translation ‘Eternal Light’ in latin] is a speculative fiction named after a choral work by Gyorgy Ligeti that appears in 2001: Space Odyssey. Ileto is inspired by Ligeti’s use of micropolyphony, a compositional tool in which harmonies slowly merge into one another over time, creating amorphous alien like textures that bend and mutate.

Sounds imagined as sentient beings each sonic element taking on a life of its own. Industrial textures become embodied creatures swimming through space, like sentinels. These themes are reflected in the visual world created by Tristan Jalleh. Apparitions of android machinations. Swirling sentinels. Debris suspended in space, momentarily forming then collapsing again into an abyss. The eternal light that already encompasses us brings us closer to the heavens.

Now or Never will take over Melbourne from Thursday 22 to Saturday 31 August. Tickets are on sale now. To purchase and to explore the full program, visit the Now or Never website here.

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