Cologne-based Marcus Schmickler will add to a programme of music that toys with our perception. From difference tones (an additional tone whose frequency is a mentally perceived difference of two played notes) to acoustic emissions produced by the cochlea, Schmickler’s interest revolves around the brain and its adaptation to multiple auditory stimuli. In his recent Palace of Marvels release on Editions Mego, Schmickler explores a new interpretation of the 1960’s “Shepard tone” discovery. When listening to a Shepard tone, we are faced with the illusion that the pitch is either continuously ascending or descending though it is apparently never reaching a limit. Starting from such phenomena, Schmickler’s multi-channel piece “Fortuna Ribbon” twists the fundamentals of musical practice – rhythm, sound, and pitch.
New York-based filmmaker and musician Rose Kallal and London musician, esoterica writer and publisher Mark O Pilkington will also appear for the second time during the course of the festival with a longer presentation of their disorienting collaborative project, which sees the accompaniment of psychedelic film experiments by dissonant drones. Kallal’s 16 mm film "Aldebaran" will provide the backdrop for a semi-improvised analogue soundtrack.
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