Less Is More
Upcoming music event in Auckland and Wellington, featuring Sutekh who is a respected producer in genres such as microhouse/glitch music and experimental sound.
29 Sep 2003
There is a music genre sweeping the world at the moment. It goes under the names microhouse, glitch music and minimal techno.
The concept behind this music is that less is more. What appears to be a set of simple sounds reveals a depth and intelligence not found within most of today's modern dance music.
This is not just music but leans towards the concept of aural art, ie. it is not constrained within the confines and constructs of a 4/4 beat. Rather it is defined by the use of sound concepts, as well as structural innovations within the track.
This music has its home in cities such as Montreal, Berlin and San Francisco, cities that are renowned for their cutting edge cultures and fresh energy. However this music is made and played all over the world.
Sutekh, aka Seth Horwitz has been at the forefront of this musical adventure.
'Since 1997, San Francisco-based Sutekh has released consistently inconsistent electronic music on labels such as Force Inc./Mille Plateaux, Source, Minus, Orthlorng Musork, Cytrax, and his own Context. Manipulating and abusing computers, samplers, synthesizers, and found sounds, he has created everything from deep, minimal house and techno to dense, dissonant noise collage. '
As well as being a prolific producer, Sutekh and his laptop have been performing all over the world since 2000.A few of these places include the Mutek festival in Montreal (2000), the Sonar festival in Barcelona (2001), the Cleveland Centre for Contemporary art (2002), and Plastic People in London (2002).
And now he is coming to our shores. Sutekh will be playing in Wellington on the 17th at Bar Bodega, and in Auckland on the 18th at Moth. For those people out there who are interested in music that sits outside the square then this is the gig for you.
This type of music very rarely makes it over here and when it does you can be assured of an evening of listening satisfaction. But don't be fooled by thinking that Sutekh's music is purely experimental abstractisms- there is definitely a whole lot of groove emanating from his laptop. This is music that exercises your head and makes your hips wiggle at the same time. Playing along with Sutekh will be various Djs/producers who are at the forefront of this burgeoning musical culture in New Zealand.
All in all, this is not an evening to be missed so grab your ticket ,of which there are limited numbers, get your dancing shoes on and head down to check out Sutekh next month.