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."
Art Electronix (Krivoi Rog, Ukraine): "In most cases, our compositions are made from collages of aging, defective sounds - together with old-school drum machine beats, all in the true Detroit spirit."
Some St. Petersburg electronic recordings discern a happy overlap between the workings of nature and a minimalist soundscape. Civic clamor, however, often sounds louder - and more crudely.
The Nenormalizm label has announced a new compilation, bringing together a wide range of artists from neighboring lands. The connection between them all is a celebration of metamorphosis.
As the Russian or Ukrainian music industries collapse and hard - i.e., physical - media formats become worthless, the status of material experience itself is reconsidered.
As a young musician from Krasnodar does much to hide his/her gender and location online, some other electronic artists find equal appeal in vague, distant realms. "Somewhere else" looks better than home.
The Ukrainian duo Art Electronix have published some very dark and discordant portraits of massed, modern society. In other releases this week, social hope is found only in childhood or outer space.
Drawing upon the traditions of Detroit techno and Ibiza's Balearic house, some Russian and Ukrainian artists imagine distant objects of desire. They include Spanish beaches and faraway planets.
Nanoloopsis is a minimal- and deep-techno label based in the industrial city of Donetsk. Through various parallels with the heritage of Detroit, tales of artistic and technical industry come to the fore.


Summer Sea (Improvisation)
Improvisation with Korg EMX 1