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Sound and Lawndale present
They, Who Sound
THOMAS LEHN/MARCUS SCHMICKLER
THOMAS LEHN (GERMANY) - analogue synthesizer
MARCUS SCHMICKLER (GERMANY) - computer, digital synthesizer
ANISA BOUKHLIF (HOUSTON) - electronics, field recordings
Monday, February 19 7:30PM
Doors open at 7PM
4912 Main St.
For more information about our weekly They, Who Sound series go here.
donations to They, Who Sound welcome
audience is immersed in electronic sound, surrounded by four speakers
plus subwoofers. In the center is the “real-virtual analogue-digital”
duo of Thomas Lehn and Marcus Schmickler. They don’t look to the audience. They face each
other (As if in a dialog? Or a chess match?). The room itself, with its
walls and ceiling and acoustics and speakers, is part of the
“instrument”. We are inside of this sound chamber.
project that began in 1998, the German duo has often been described as
a relationship of contrasting practices and materials. Lehn's
instrument is the Synthi A modular analogue synthesizer combined with
the DK-2 keyboard, produced by the British company EMS in the late
1960’s. Schmickler identifies his instrument as the “electronic music studio
and computers”. Lehn’s training as a pianist is evident in his kinetic
and physical performative expressivity. Schmickler keeps an austere and
still demeanor in performance. Looking very much like a producer in a
studio, one can imagine him doing the same thing with no audience
they’ve been described in terms of contrast (analogue/digital,
improvisation/studio-production, performativity/austerity), their
collaboration is a sounding together of one space. Not so much a duo of
back-and-forth dialogical gesture, this is a collaboration which may
hold a key to understanding the common thread between improvisational
performance and sound-installation. Both practices are especially able
to examine the physical, architectural, and acoustic space that sound
has been popular with Nameless Sound audiences since our first season,
from his several appearances with the trio Konk Pack, his duo with
drummer Gerry Hemmingway and his trio with John Butcher and Gino
Robair. This will be the Nameless Sound and Houston debut of Marcus
whose diverse output ranges from the DJ collective
Brüsseler-Platz-10a-Musik, post-rock from his group Pluramon (including
work with the singer Julee Cruise), composition for performing
ensembles, theater work, and of course electronic studio composition.
Schmickler sites “epistemological exchange between the arts and
being of particular interest, and talks of conceptual starting points
such as the relationship of music to number values and economy and
processes such as the “sonification of a generalization of number
classes and mathematical problems”.
concert will open with a performance by Houston sound artist Anisa
Boukhlif. Boukhlif uses field recordings to examine the
synchronic/incidental qualities of found sound, through a
shape-shifting, minimally processed pathway.