With “Altered State Solution,” Berlin-based artists Dani Gal and Ghazi Barakat consider noise as “an ambiguous space between the disruptive and the creative, and between the oppressive and the subversive.” Radio jamming blocks unwanted transmissions from neighbouring countries or oppositional sources; during the Cold War, citizens behind the Iron Curtain tried to overcome jamming noise by listening through it, while the Soviet authorities further developed their jamming methods to create an iron curtain in the “Aether” space. Gal and Barakat transmit sound messages to each other. What unfolds is a liminal feedback space in which intentions are distorted.
The duo NUM, consisting of Maryam Sirvan and Milad Bagheri, present "Nothingness, Life, Nothingness," a three-part suite corresponding to past, present, and future. Drawing on questions about constant change and the incessant motion of life, the duo reflect on their own history as a couple without formal music training who, because of their shared passion for music, left their native Iran to try out a new life in Tbilisi. NUM will visualise the three stages of time with a graphic score, incorporating elements such as duration, dynamics, pitch, and sonic textures. Sampling past experiences, they process acquired knowledge and memories with their new environment, encounters, emotions, uncertainties, and hopes into a unique and personal sonic voyage.
Afrorack, aka Brian Bamanya, is one of the first people in Africa to build modular synth setups. His live sets dazzle audiences with a blend of techno, abstraction, and acid.
NUM and Dani Gal with Ghazi Barakat are commissioned by the CTM 2020 Radio Lab, an initiative by Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration with ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival, Ö1 Kunstradio, and The Wire magazine. NUM are supported by Goethe-Institut.
NUM is an electronic duo formed by Maryam Sirvan and Milad Bagheri in 2010 in northern Iran, where the Alborz Mountains meet the Caspian Sea. Now based in Tbilisi, Georgia, their focus lies in experimental electroacoustic music, where they can create unique atmospheres by combining processed acoustic sounds, instruments, human voices, field recordings, and electronics.
Afrorack, aka Brian Bamanya, is one of the first people in Africa to build modular synth setups. He first discovered the world of modular synths when he was playing guitar and building his own instruments. Since, he has been dazzling audiences with live sets that weave together techno, abstraction, and acid.
German-Palestinian sound artist, composer, and interpreter Ghazi Barakat has worked in various music fields, from indie (as Boy from Brazil or with Stereo Total), to experimental electronics (as Pharaoh Chromium, where he releases with the label and collective Grautag).
Dani Gal is a filmmaker and archivist born in Jerusalem but now based in Berlin. Much of his work explores historical events in ways that subvert official documentation, especially state propaganda, through collecting sound recordings containing incidental conversation.