Quadraphonic Sound Event
North West Regional Collage > Foyle Theatre > Ground Floor (just through the main front door) > 7:00pm – 9pm
This Quadraphonic performance will be different from most of the performances you will hear this year, mainly because there will be four large PA systems (sound-systems) at each corner of the theatre, with you and the performer in the middle.
Each artist can send and rotate specific sounds between speakers, bounce specific frequencies quickly or slowly from one space to another, while immersing other sounds across all spaces collectively.
Participants are encouraged to walk / dance freely around the space, as the performance has the potential to change sonically, depending on where you’re standing. Experiment!
Analog On (live quadraphonic and video synthesis performance)
Analog On is an experimental electronic music ensemble that composes and performs on vintage and modern analogue electronics and modular synthesisers.
The group consists of Shauna Caffrey on oscillator, saw and electronics, Richard Duckworth on modular synthesizer and effects, and Lara Albergo on electronics, theremin and synths. Liz Gleeson joins in on theremin and electronics from time to time.
Analog On released their eponymous first release in 2017—recorded on the iconic Moog System 55 in the Moog Sound Lab at the Tonmeister Studio in Surrey. This was reviewed by Babyblaue-Seiten: “Analog On offers wonderfully dusty, quite original retro electronics, but also very timeless glides through the ether”.
“The aesthetic is that of the time-warp cultist with retro and future aesthetics co-existing in the same cultural and temporal space – there is more than a passing reference to that glorious era inhabited by Dockstader and Ciani.”
These days, Analog On is diving into analogue video synthesis and further refining the presentation of the music through quadraphonic sound with some bespoke electronics.
Lara Albergo has just completed a masters in Arts Management at UCD and, in addition to her Analog On appearances and creative input, is our very talented manager and booking agent.
Shauna Louise Caffrey is a musicologist and multi-instrumentalist based in Dublin, Ireland. She is a founding member of Analog On, with whom she has performed at Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II, EMG Presents (Wesleyan University, Connecticut).
Richard Duckworth studied electronic music under Herb Deutsch at Hofstra University – this is where he was first introduced to the Moog modular system. He worked as a sound engineer at CBGBs for many years, and is now based at Trinity College Dublin.
The Fully Automatic Model & Rayon Vert ( joint live modular / hardware quadraphonic improv)
This is a joint performance project by Rayon Vert and The Fully Automatic Model, which is an improvised electronic piece, brought to you in quadraphonic sound, via two musicians and an array of ever evolving hardware and software.
The Fully Automatic Model is the pseudonym of Jonny Delaney, who is a musician, synth builder, synthesist, designer, photographer, lecturer and all-round creative juggler, based in Derry, Ireland.
Jonny also runs Movin Music Academy and Culture Glitch Records
Rayon Vert is the pseudonym of Rory Donaghy, who is a musician, engineer, lecturer and all-round creative force, based in Derry, Ireland.
Rory runs The Blast Furnace recording studio, which is a fantastic space for sound exploration.
Ed Devane is a sound artist, instrument designer and educator. He started his creative career as an electronic music producer before taking numerous digressive paths through design, craft, code, and building interactive sound installations.
Currently, Ed’s live set up features a number of home made electronic and electro-acoustic instruments created with Arduino and analog electronics, plus an electric zither. His live sets rely heavily on effects, feedback, improvisation and luck.
Ed maintains a design studio in Donegal, Ireland, and since 2018 has been trading under the name Soniphorm, offering educational experiences and audio products. Ed has previously worked as a technician in NCAD Dublin and teaching assistant in University of Limerick to interaction design and music technology students. He has given instrument building workshops for a growing list of organisations within Ireland including DCCOI, Creative Ireland, Science Gallery, The Ark and many more.
Brian Bridges is a composer/sound artist and lecturer; from Dublin, but based in Derry since 2008.
Brian’s musical output currently centres around drones, environmental sounds, alternate tunings and microtones; his Oscillations and Modulations set will focus on synthesised microtonal drones. He studied some of these practices in the US with late microtonalists Glenn Branca and Tony Conrad, and closer to home, at Trinity and Maynooth, where he completed his PhD and set up a 23-piece microtonal electric guitar ensemble funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Apart from microtones and tuning, Brian also explores spatial and immersive electroacoustic music with the Dublin–based Spatial Music Collective.
Cost: £4 / £5 + BF
Friday September 27th > 9:00pm – Close : Main Concerts / Live Electronic Music Events
We are delighted to have been able to put together a fantastic lineup of artists for our main events and to showcase them in on of the City’s most interesting buildings, which has won awards for its architecture (Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin).
The lineup is varied musically, with live artists playing anything from ambient electronics, cinematic, shoegaze, techno and every oddity in-between. See below for more info…
Shammen Delly hails from Donegal in the far North of Ireland, where his surroundings and lack of distraction, help influence their ethereal and surreal soundscapes, with gritty, saturated, distorted, slow breakbeats, warm piano leads, with a hint to a minimal classical influence.
After several compilation appearances and live shows supporting the artists such as Ulrich Schnauss, David Kitt, Anodyne and Tom Middleton (global Communication), the duo released their debut album on Dublin based label ‘Psychonavigation Records’ in 2013, followed by the release of their first EP “Midnight Sessions”
Since then, Shammen Delly have released a number of influential tracks on Culture Glitch Records.
People That Listen to the Sky
People That Listen to the Sky are a two piece from Ireland/New Zealand based in Donegal/Derry. The experimental noise they make is total improvisation, unplanned & live. Expect ambient, gothic, shoegaze, post rock, industrial, experimental noise.
Nordl3 > Live Modular Synth / Hardware Performance
Derry based modular synthesist and electronics wizard Kevin Walsh (Nordl3) has been flying under the radar for quite some time; designing, making and creating electro, techno and all-sorts of underground electronic based compositions on his home made system!
Nordl3’s live setup has to be seen and heard to be believed… and with the soundsystem and space we have him playing on/in, we are rather excited…and you should be too!
Kevin has designed some lovely workshops where you can build and take home your very own Eurorack Filter and 84 HP case. More Info about workshops
Derry based artist Nazir will play O&M for the first time this year and promises to bring his unique live performance and sound to Culturlann.
Not bound by genre, Nazir’s productions eloquently flow between the darker rolling grooves and the melodically infused electronica. His live performance at this years Celtronic Festival was fantastic.
Nazir has been doing incredibly well this year with a string of solid releases, as well as performing at a number if Irelands festivals and most respected radio stations.
Voven is the pseudonym of Leon Crocket. A musician that has been involved in a number of fantastic projects over the past few years, such as producing music alongside the Ulster Orchestra, Phil Kieran and The Fully Automatic Model.
Musically, Voven produces rich and evocative electronica and has played a number of shoegaze and ethereal influenced live sets across the country over the past few years.
Voven is currently putting the finishing touches to his second EP, which is due to touch down before the end of the year.
You can check out Voven’s first EP via Soundcloud
Michael McElroy is a composer, musician and artist that focuses on producing electronic based music for live performance, installations and spaces.
Over the past few years, Michael has completed a number of fantastic albums and is in the process of finishing a fantastic piece that focuses on music for airports (Michael is also an air traffic controller).
Distorted Perspective DJs
Paul Brown and Vincent O’Callaghan make up part of the Distorted Perspective collective, which is a group of like-minded individuals who run an alternative music and art festival, celebrating contemporary sound, psych and avant-garde art, in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
Vincent and Paul and have been collecting and spinning music for over 30 years, so their sets are versatile and their musical palette well tuned. Expect anything from Techno to Ambient, Ethereal to dark electronica, past to present to future gems.
Location: Cultúrlann uí Chanáin
Cost: £ 5/6/7 (presale)
Saturday > September 27th > 9:00pm – Close : Main Concerts / Live Electronic Music Events
Location: Cultúrlann uí Chanáin
Cost: £/6/7/8 (presale)
Son Zept hails from Belfast. His musical style is an electronic genre deconstruction, with ambient, IDM and electroacoustic sensibilities.
His debut EP was released on Reset Records last year and it was one of the best things we heard in quite a long time. A 40-minute exploration of musical and sonic aspects found in techno, noise, footwork, trance, power-ambient, and industrial.
We’re delighted to confirm that Son Zept will be playing an extended live set at this years festival, which we are extremely excited about.
The Fully Automatic Model
The Fully Automatic Model is Derry based native Jonny Delaney. For the past 18 years, Jonny has been involved with participating and growing the electronic music scene in the city, by helping to organise festivals, record labels, music academies and record shops.
Two years ago, The Fully Automatic Model formed as a byproduct of the above as well as years of producing music, mixing and teaching music technology, synthesis and modular synth building.
Over three months in late 2018, The Fully Automatic Model created eight compositions; all predominantly written on a home made modular synthesiser. In April 2019 Tape Throb Records released these tracks as The Fully Automatic Model’s debut album, named Modulated Landscapes Vol1.
A series of original ethereal soundscapes. This album is a peaceful yet evoking sonic journey into ambient and experimental electronica.
The Crimson Underground
The Crimson Underground as a true master of his art and is non compromising in his musical direction. His abstract, leftfield and contemporary electronic music has been described as being dark with an underlying beauty.
His career spans twenty years and has seen his music feature on a multitude of underground electronic labels, television and radio.
Last year, TCU released a genre melting album via his own Padded Chamber Recordings imprint. This album has influences from electronica, IDM, glitch / trip hop, cinematic, breakbeats and contemporary classical.
TCU’s live performances are not to be missed and we are delighted to have him at this years festival.
Vinma Inc. is a new collaboration by two modular synthesists.
John Harding and Gareth Johnston, share a fundamental passion for analog and vintage synthesisers and recording devices. Vilma inc. is a recent pairing of these two likeminded gear nerds, exploring sonic landscapes that oscillate somewhere between the classic synth sounds of the 70’s and 80’s, and more modern ambient electronica.
Vilma inc. make extensive use of their collection of rare and obscure recording media and devices which drive and inspire their productions in this debut outing. Tape saturated textures are intertwined with overdriven percussion, analog synths, guitar effects pedals and hardware samplers. Expect sounds that are reminiscent of Boards of Canada, Four Tet and Legowelt.
John Harding is key figure in the Eurorack and modular synth community in the city and further afield. He co-founded Delta Sound Labs , which is an audio technology company based in the United States.
Aaron Thomas is a Derry based artist who focuses on creating and sculpting his electronica sounds from an array of modular systems and other analog oddities. Aaron has been obsessed with synthesisers for well over a decade and has gathered various analog beauties that are at the heart of his productions and performances.
Using circuity and electricity to make music fuels Aarons creative passion. He believes it has a direct impact on the creative process and feels that it has the ability to breaths life and soul into his productions and performances.
Catch him performing an Industrial/EBM techno set using a custom made modular synthesiser.
Joe O’ Hagan is a musician that is heavily influenced by electronica, electronics and instrument design. He uses hardware to create a varied selection of music from ambient to IDM to techno.
Over the past two years, Joe successfully self released his debut EP, produced music alongside the Ulster Orchestra and Phil Kieran.
Vincent O’Callaghan is part of the Distorted Perspective collective, which is a group of like-minded individuals that run an alternative music and art festival, celebrating contemporary sound, psych and avant-garde art, in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
Vincent has been collecting and spinning music for over 15 years, so his sets are versatile and well tuned. Expect anything from Techno to Ambient, Ethereal to dark electronica, past to present to future gems.
Derry based visual artist F12 has been providing visual delights for the past 19+ years. We’re delighted to have him onboard for all of the main events at this years festival. Additional visuals by Vincent O’Callaghan.