Interface presents ADE MusicTalks: NOISIA - The Evolution of Our Sound
15:15 - 16:00
Compagnietheater (C6 Main Hall) | Kloveniersburgwal 50, Amsterdam
All successful artists have a sound, but some are utterly unique, instantly recognizable and loved by millions. How does an artist arrive at that point and what happened along the way to change the course of their sonic explorations? What constituent parts of their sound come from their earliest musical experimentation, and which bits are the result of years of experience, or even of an accidentally pressed button that provided an unexpected solution? What is their favorite sound from nature and do they incorporate it into their work? Expect lots of sound samples and anecdotes! All this and more in the series: The Evolution of my Sound at ADE Sound Lab.
Noisia: Three men, one Vision
The Vision: To explore the outer edges and capabilities of electronic musicality without compromise, to turn sound design into an art and aspire to make records that sound like no one or nothing else. United by a shared passion for progression, technical innovation and ruthless quality control (plus large amounts of gaming, hip-hop and humour) Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger have worked together since leaving school. Within two years of their 2003 debut release they’d already appeared on some of the most agenda-setting labels in drum & bass: Moving Shadow, Subtitles, Renegade Hardware, Shogun, Ram and many more. But even then they had no idea how successful their partnership would be. A decade deeper: From their drum & bass roots they’ve proceeded to stamp all over the musical map to become one of the most established and uncompromising acts in electronic music. From their unique, custom-built floating triple-studio complex in Groningen, they’ve created benchmark productions, established three respected labels (Vision, Division, Invisible), remixed rave titans such as The Prodigy and Skrillex, curated their own Noisia Invites festival and scored games such as Devil May Cry and Counter Strike and music for movies such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Transformers 3. To really understand where they’re coming from, what makes them tick and how their unique three-headed machine works, visit one of their Noisia Invites shows. A place where the trio hold court, bouncing off the sonic chaos of guests from Gaslamp Killer to Teddy Killerz. Or lock into a Noisia Radio show where each show reflects their humour, as well as the wider and more experimental tastes that they can’t express in their sets. Crucially, check out Outer Edges: The band’s second album and performance concept, a vast project that sees them exploring the peripheral boundaries of their expansive palette, pushing and pulling their vision further than it has previously ever been. Musically trouncing any typical treatments, arrangements and elements. Visually heightening, physically stimulating, technically unique and immersive in such a way it translates from festival main stages to underground clubs, Outer Edges is the most defining chapter in the trio’s ambitious vision so far, allowing them to realise their designs in a whole new performance context. New limits set both in the studio and on stage, the outer edges have been established… Only to reveal even further targets in the distance. The uncompromising explorations continue.
Moderator: Shawn Reynaldo (US)
Shawn Reynaldo is a freelance music journalist based in Barcelona. These days, he's perhaps best known for his work with RBMA Radio, where he anchors the weekly First Floor program. Elsewhere, he's also contributed as a writer to outlets like Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy, NPR and SPIN, and previously spent a number of years as the editor of XLR8R. A Bay Area native, he's also been responsible over the years for a few record labels (Icee Hot, Bersa Discos, Double Negative), some groundbreaking parties (Icee Hot, Tormenta Tropical), and has spent plenty of time in DJ booths (and on dancefloors) around the globe.