Monday 4th June 2018
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £10 + booking fee / £12
London-based producer Rival Consoles (Ryan Lee West) returns to Brighton with new critically acclaimed album Persona (out now on Erased Tapes) with his atmospheric and haunting human-sounding synthesized electronic music.
Having repeatedly performed at such prestigious venues as the Tate, and having created a bespoke audio-visual performance for Boiler Room at the V&A Museum, the blueprint for West’s current live A/V show was formed. Featuring self-programmed visuals in Max/MSP has earned him appearances at music festivals around the world including Moogfest, FORM, Mutek, Big Ears, Lovebox and Berghain’s Pop-Kultur Festival, as well as tours in support of Clark, Nosaj Thing, Luke Abbott and Kiasmos.
2016 marked the release of Ryan’s new mini album Night Melody, born out of and shaped by long hours working into the night. Having previously remixed the likes of Jon Hopkins, Vessels, Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm, further commissions followed from Max Cooper, Noisia, Sasha and UNKLE band Toydrum.
2018 sees the return of West with new album Persona inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name – specifically a shot in the opening credits of a child reaching out to touch a woman’s face on a screen – which is shifting between one face and another. This powerful image struck West and it inspired the album’s main theme — an exploration of the persona, the difference between how we see ourselves and how others see us, the spaces in between; between states, people, light and dark, the inner persona and the outer persona.
“This music is experimental and diverse in its sonic scope, but each unique sound is in service of its greater whole, making for a record that is undeniably the vision of a singular artist, a true auteur.” – The Skinny ★★★★★
“making synths, echoes and all manner of crafted sounds feel uniquely human and emotional.” – Line of Best Fit ★★★★
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Johanna blends found sounds, drones, DIY noise devices, and harmonised vocals to create melodic, dreamy yet haunting soundscapes. She is one half of motorik pop band Fröst and is interested in exploring the gap between experimental noise and pop. In her solo work, she attempts to bring elements of melodic and pop structures to experimental sounds and textures.