LAURIE ANDERSON – sound holograms

“We are drowning in stories,” says Laurie Anderson. And her story? She initially wanted to become a physicist, ended up at art school instead, wrote her first symphony for car horns, then switched to electric violin and produced electronic music, recorded films and collected stories from outer space...

THEO BURT / Automatics Group

Theo Burt will show a series of videos from his ongoing Remixes project - existing commercial music videos are fed automatically through a mathematical processes, collapsing the structure and time of sound and image.

MIEKO SUZUKI – a synaesthetic playground

Mieko Suzuki uses time and space as her canvas, which she colours with rhythms and harmonies. In her highly unconventional DJ sets and performances, during which she works with drones, noise and field recordings, with the crackling of electrical circuits and snippets of vinyl records, the Hiroshima-born sound artist is not afraid of the unexpected.

RABIH BEAINI – lawlessness on the dance floor

Some people believe that techno is an excess of clarity, an endlessly repeating, crystal clear, foreseeable loop of booming bass and treble. Rabih Beaini is the living antithesis of this idea. With every tabla beat, every dissonance and every audacious rhythm in his tracks and DJ sets, with every fibre of his being, Beaini is the opposite of predictable.

Static :::: Ecstatic — ALSO: SIEWERT / ERNST

ALSO are considered with a playful way of non-linear improvisation that not only allows hard cuts, abrupt dynamic and atmospheric breaks, but almost forces them. The Viennese Martin Siewert and Berliner-by-choice Katharina Ernst improvise with contrary material without restrictions...

PUPILLO / PILIA / LILLEVAN – immersion and eruption

Science says ‘analyse it’; art says ‘smash it’. At the A L'ARME! Festival, things can certainly get a bit militant when it comes to smashing an entity into its individual components and gluing these shards back together. Massimo Pupillo, Stefano Pilia, and Lillevan...

A L’ARME Festival 2017 – A short documentary by Tumi Valdimarsson

"Where did we start, where are we now? While we are getting ready for the 2018 edition, we share with you memories from the past...
Here comes a beautiful inside of A L’ARME! Vol. V from director Tumi Valdimarsson from dBs Film Berlin.

BILL LASWELL PRESENTS: LAURIE ANDERSON & METHOD OF DEFIANCE – collision & short circuits

Contrary, defiant, disobedient. Bill Laswell likes resistance, but that doesn’t mean he defines his music based on what he is against. Given his openness to an immense variety of influences (and a good portion of stubbornness), he played a constructive role in the electrifying chaos of the New York scene at the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s.

PHILIPP GROPPER’S PHILM

PHILIPP GROPPER’S PHILM

Philm forges music that bursts forth with unexpected intensity and consequence. Through the band’s insistently sharp, cutting agitation, the music comes more into focus, reaching into the essence, the core, through a process that, with passionate urgency, opens up that core for all to hear.

C.M. VON HAUSSWOLF

CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSSWOLFF – down to the bone

Listening to Von Hausswolff involves every aspect of the human organism: from the skin to the bowels all the way to the hidden layers of the soul. The intensity and grandeur of his music is always aimed at turning things you thought didn’t exist into something tangible.

MICHAEL ZERANG & THE BLUE LIGHTS

DANCING FOR CIGARETTES: MICHAEL ZERANG & THE BLUE LIGHTS

“Songs From The Big Book Of Love” is the title of the first Blue Lights-album on Michael Zerang very own “Pink Palace” label. Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights, Chicago’s rough and tumble quintet features musicians that are longstanding members of...

LARGE UNIT RIO

ROCK IN OPPOSITION: PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE LARGE UNIT RIO

Paal Nilssen-Love belongs to the A L’ARME!-core artists since 2012. In the ears of the Norwegian drummer, Brazil stands out as a country that shares his ideals of music being a celebration of life – a celebration that should be loud, rhythmic and intense.

WANDA GROUP

WANDA GROUP – hard-working sound

Self-description: “Concerned with family matters and with serving beers in a pub. Not much time for the sound art scene up to now. Technical requirements: two free inputs on a mixer; I bring my own cables.”

KLEIN – polyphonic collapse

Polyphony driven to the edge of collapse. British producer Klein increasingly pushes her songs, which initially played with fragments of contemporary R & B, in the direction of excess. Her sound is one of cacophony and polyvalence, of crashing opposites into one another as an act of sonic resistance.

ROLFSSON / LÉANDRE / HARNIK

ROLFSSON / LÉANDRE / HARNIK

“Earth, Wind and Fire” is a band name already taken, but still accurate in describing the three members of ROLFSSON/LÉANDRE/HARNIK. Like elements coexisting on stage, music somehow begins and shapes. They all have met in music before, but never as a Trio.

GORDOA / MALFON / EDWARDS / NARVESEN

MEXICO CITY — BARCELONA — LONDON — STAVANGER — BERLIN

Gordoa-Malfon-Edwards-Narvesen, a fully improvised music quartet that gathers together sounds of exploratory and creative souls.

RADIAN + BILLY ROISZ and dieb13

RADIAN + BILLY ROISZ and dieb13: A Cinesonic Ride

In January 2017, the experimental road movie 'Toutes Directions' by Billy Roisz and dieb13/Dieter Kovacic had its' world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam – the soundtrack for this movie was a collaboration between Roisz / dieb13 and Radian, the first time the two ensembles joined forces...

ELLEN ARKBRO

ELLEN ARKBRO – pure mood

Ellen Arkbro likes complicated relationships. That’s why she continues to invent new variations on a relationship that is as old as sound itself: the one between root, interval and harmonic series.

JESSOP&CO.

JESSOP&CO. – grunts of good taste

Qualifications: non-musicians. Instruments: cultural appropriation. False modesty: checked at the door. Fear of getting their hands dirty: n/a. On trial: prejudices, geopolitics, prescriptivist art, provocation. Channels of communication: Bandcamp, Soundcloud, small-batch cassette releases.

MARK FELL

MARK FELL – dancing algorithms

Not all algorithms are bad. Mark Fell uses these digital automatisms, which have gotten something of a bad reputation of late, to liberate both sound and body.