1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario

vague terrain digital arts quarterly launch event

kero - detroit / det.und / bpitch / shitkatapult / djkero.com
naw - noise factory / naw.phoniq.net / vague terrain
des cailloux et du carbone - montreal / natacha's records / mutek 2005
video / tasman richardson - famefame
video / liav koren

art bar / the gladstone hotel
limited capacity
$5 / doors open @ 9pm
1214 queen st. west

artist info.

kero - detroit / det.und / bpitch / shitkatapult

With over 13 releases on some of electronic music's most celebrated and innovative labels such as Bpitch, Ghostly International, Shitkatapult, and Downwards, as well as his own critically acclaimed Detroit Underground Records, Kero (nee Sohail Azad) has established a reputation for his unrepentantly brash, yet cultivated compositions and unforgettable live performances. Kero has established himself as a leader within the growing pack of electronic music producers successfully infiltrating contemporary art circles world wide and has recently shared the stage with Speedy J, Ken Ishii and Funkstorung. His innovative approach to music, graphic design and video production feeds on the detritus of popular electronic culture, creating a montage of fleeting musical and visual experiences that are paradoxically critical and enamored with contemporary culture. Drawing on his experiences as a dual citizen of both Canada and the United States, Kero conducts visual and aural investigations that are concerned with ideas of the diametric and intermediary. Subsequently, the ephemeral nature of electronic culture, the "rave" experience and aesthetic offers a microcosm to explore similar elements in popular culture. The result is music that blurs genres from hip-hop to the most rarified of techno experiments, video art which stirs faint recollections of print and televised media, and a design language that has ingrained itself upon the most celebrated electro-cultural market in the world.

naw - noise factory / vague terrain

Montreal native Neil Wiernik currently living in Toronto, began his explorations in electronic music making as early as 1988. Known to push the boundaries of his musical form from designing new or manipulating existing sound making devices and software to creative uses of production environments and sound sources, naw's music is a blend of sound manipulation/design, experimental musics and dub-tech rhythms, which on the surface sound quite simple, but incorporate a number of touches that steer this artist away from being simply another minimal techno or experimental laptop artist. He combines post-house, dubby minimal techno, microsound and thick ambience, to create his own version of deep techno, house and other electronic laptop orineted musics. Neil has released music on various national and international record labels, including releases on Noise Factory, Complot, Clevermusic, Piehead and Pertin_nce. As naw, Neil has performed extensively along side a variety of national and international artists both in and outside of Canada. In 2004 and 2005 naw will released his follow up noise factory record full length called: "green nights orange days", as well as a full length outting with Pertin_nce Records called: "terrain vague". These two records find Neil at his deepest, dubbiest and most experimental sounding yet. The release of these records will coincide with a series of North American and European tour dates through out 2005.

des cailloux et du carbone - montreal / natacha's records / mutek 2005

This solo project from Marcello Marandola, a Montreal-based musician and one-half of ?data-folk? duo Cian Ethrie, subscribes to a niche of experimentations and playful escapades associated with Natacha?s Recordings. So, when Marandola claims that his music is of the ?house? variety, do not misinterpret him! Actual household field recordings are incorporated into his sound; it?s an ?bedroom? brand of music that he concocts in the comforts of his own abode. His compositions are undeniably intimate, infused by sounds that we may hear everyday. Powered by melancholic tones and subtle jolts, with a layering of accidental fractures that fittingly disrupt the sonorous continuum, the compositions from des cailloux et du carbone are unfaltering in their quest to invade your memory with dissected and detailed repetitions, simultaneously evoking nostalgic images. On stage, the traditional house music influences may increasingly appear as the overall sound oscillates between the scattered and the rhythmic.

tasman richardson - famefame

Tasman Richardson is a videomaker , electronic composer, designer, curator, and organizer. His work has shown in Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Finland, Holland, Iceland, Peru, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and The United States. His time is slowly whittled away by making art and cultivating a refined knowledge of all things geek. He does not live in his parents basement but does enjoy winning Jubal's money on Bosconian and the odd D&D game. He has performed and collaborated under the aliases M.O.I., JAWA, Pox, FAMEFAME, theblameshifter, IBM, OHVOV, Anvil, Polygon Noose, and Noise-Op. His artworks are available through Vtape, Artcore, Microcinema International, Hymen, and famefame.

liav koren

Liav Koren studies architecture, urbanism, cities, people, digital techniques, gossip, the trajectories of dust motes in sun-light, art and design at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. In a different life he pretended to be a math student at York, while sneaking into urban studies and fine arts classes. He is particularly interested in the ways in which tools and systems of representation quietly infiltrate and shape the way we think and design. He spends too much time pecking instructions into computers and waiting patiently to see what will happen. Recently, animated grids have been the result.

Added by smith on October 10, 2005