Art Electronix

Art Electronix has two key members, Katya and Zhenya, who'd rather promote their music than their names. A shared passion for programming began six years ago and developed, over time, into a system of semi-improvised live performances. "Over that period, we've managed to experiment within all manner of musical genres. We're constantly investigating extreme sounds; each and every time that [kind of disorienting clamor] allows us to create new paths - for new compositions. Our project deliberately throws a challenge out to musical convention and cliches."

Circuit bending has proven an especially productive way to shun convention and open up new avenues. Loud, discordant noise clears the path very quickly.

"Since childhood, in fact, we've been playing around with tape loops and - at the same time - forming our musical tastes under the combined influences of Aphex Twin, Prodigy, and Underworld." As the name-checking continues, Japan's Merzbow, Finland's Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle, and MuslimGauze also enter the picture. Art Electronix remain proud of their DIY aesthetic - and any achievements reached without external funding or studio wizardry. "In most cases, our compositions are made from collages of old, defective sounds - together with old-school drum machine beats, all in the true Detroit spirit."