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Kings Place and guest curators the Quietus are excited to showcase a collaboration between Ashley Paul and Factory Floor’s Nik Void, with the two artists performing new material together on stage for the first time. Listen to Nik Void’s remix of Bounce Bounce, from Ashley Paul’s debut album Lost in Shadows, via the Quietus, and read our interview with Nik and Ashley to find out more about the collaboration.
Nik Void is an experimental electronic artist and producer, best known as one half of DFA signings Factory Floor, as one-third of Carter Tutti Void alongside Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle / Chris & Cosey).
Void’s interests lie in the development of unconventional encounters with her tool of choice – be it voice, guitar or modular synthesizer – engaging in a new language using extended techniques and cut up sampling. Her execution of sound, united with her “demystification” approach unleashes a pragmatic imbalance allowing the creation of space for ‘mistakes’ paired with aleatoric composition. As a result, she blurs the lines of techno, ambient, avant-garde and noise into a new form.
The improvisational nature of both Factory Floor, Carter Tutti Void and her recent project with Peter Rehberg NPVR gives Nik Void the perfect platform to practice her challenging approach, delivering transformative interpretations of her studio recordings and not recreations.
Ashley Paul is an American multi-instrumentalist/composer based in London. Her intuitive process integrates free form song structures with a focused approach to sound. Using a complexity of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, prepared guitar and percussion she creates a delicate palette, uniquely her own.
‘Is it arranged? Is it made up on the spot?…sometimes sounds as if she’s got nothing to do with any tradition at all — rather, a songwriter with a diaristic, private and flexible sense of what a song is.’ New York Times
‘Completely wonderful, and truly original.’ – The Quietus
‘Tucker sounds like he’s following a tradition that has long been neglected, focusing not on ageless songs and ideas but on ageless feelings captured through his droning miasma of acoustic guitar and mandolin.’ – Brainwashed
Alexander Tucker is capable of creating immense sounds on such a grand scale that it is astounding to realize that it is (mostly) all the work of just one man. He is one of Britain’s most forward-thinking songwriters and sound sculptors. Whether through collaborative work with Imbogodom, Grumblin Fur, Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley (and countless others) or through his solo projects that survey drone to folk ballads, his is an unusual talent.
Within his new project MICROCORPS, Tucker investigates and combines modular synthesis, electronic manipulations and beat heavy architecture. With a strong attachment to just intonation techniques of minimalist composition, Tucker use structure and improvisation to weave hallucinatory journeys in keeping with his work as a songwriter, automatic composer and visual artist.
This event is part of Luminate, a new contemporary music series at Kings Place.