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international festival
of digital creativity
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Édition 19
2226.08
2018
Montréal
Québec
Canada

Pye Corner Audio UK

Nocturne 4
August 25, 2018, 21:30 - 02:30
: 23:35 - 00:35
Who
The most cinematic alias of U.K.-based electronic music producer Martin Jenkins, who also goes by Head Technician and The House in the Woods.
Style
Head-melting synth sorcery, experimentation-prone proto-electronica, retro cinematic atmospheres caught somewhere between malice and melancholy.
Labels
Analogical Force , Ecstatic, Type, Lapsus Records, More Than Human , Ghost Box
Latest
Where Things Are Hollow (2017).
More
Jenkins is one of only two people to serve as music supervisor to cult Brit documentary maker Adam Curtis – the other being Gavin Miller of Worriedaboutsatan.
Links
Bandcamp
PCA Music in Adam Curtis Film
Soundcloud
Pye Corner Audio
#pyecorneraudio
Twitter

At once threatening and seductive, Pye Corner Audio’s mysterious, monophonic synthscapes sound like the analog-assisted future we once envisioned. Experimentation-prone proto-electronica, Pye Corner Audio’s output is steeped in flickering atmospheres perpetually haunted by the past. Whether it’s murky techno, deep apocalyptic house or queasy funk, Jenkins’s mystical material always walks a fine line between light and dark, malice and melancholy.

The mega-prolific Jenkins first embraced electronic experimentation upon purchasing a cassette 4-track machine decades ago. That eventually led to working as a tape-op at a London recording studio, where a string of talented engineers and producers schooled him in the technical aspects of composition. Finding his niche as a Pro Tools programmer and a mix engineer, he eventually began self-releasing his output in 2010 – four volumes of hypnotic techno and ambient music entitled Black Mill Tapes. His inspirations run the gamut from Detroit techno and Italo horror soundtracks to sci-fi literary giant Ursula K. Le Guin, so it’s no surprise cult documentarian Adam Curtis makes use of Jenkins’ music to score his disturbing filmic essays about power, politics and our contemporary chaos. He’s released under a number of monikers, allowing him to get in the right headspace for each project: Head Technician for stripped-down analog techno, The House in The Woods for darker drone and field recordings, and Pye Corner Audio for his cinematic hauntologies.

His largely improvised live performances frequently make their way back into Jenkins’ recording process, which involves lightly reworking snippets and samples on some iconic pieces of retro gear.

 

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