Fusing heavy electronics, hypno-chaotic grooves and pristine frequency control within a unique, audio-visual environment, DRIFT ft. KYOKA / GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER / YTAC sets forth an intoxicating, hyper-sensory experience.

Part club, part installation, part immersive environment, DRIFT takes shape within a specially constructed space, where motion sensors and microphones monitor the room, the crowd and the performers. The observations are fed to a central ‘brain’, which responds by projecting fevered machine-dreams back onto people and walls – the audience and the performance influence the visuals; feedback ensues, chaos builds. Inside this generated environment, artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger from acclaimed German electronic music record label Raster will diffuse their visions of experimental dancefloors.

DRIFT is an immersive environment developed in collaboration by feral games developers and digital art technologists wetgenes and Fuse Art Space. Now in its second build version following an original commission by the British Science Festival in 2014, the system is housed within a specially constructed reflective enclosure inside which motion sensors and mics monitor the room, the crowd, the performers, feeding audio and visual observations to an array of processors. The array converts the data to graphics, projecting the output back onto the walls and people. Thus blurring the boundaries between the conventional stage and audience thresholds.

Berlin-based composer/producer Kyoka grew up in Japan, learning piano, flute and shamisen [a three-stringed traditional Japanese instrument] during her childhood and is known for her direct, chaotic musical approach and heavy-rough sound, resulting in a broken pop-beat with experimental yet danceable rhythms. Whilst recording radio shows to cassette, she became attracted by the possibilities of manipulating tape and soon began to use the tape recorder as her toy, cutting, editing and producing her first rough sounds. In 1999, she started to explore the potential of synths/computers, and in 2008, her first mini-album ‘ufunfunfufu’ was released on the onpa))))) label, followed by ‘2ufunfunfufu’ in 2009 and >3ufunfunfufu< as an exclusively digital release. She joined the raster-noton stable in 2012, and has progressed to become one of the most exciting, individual and original artists on the label.

Grischa Lichtenberger is an electronic music producer, visual and installation artist living in Berlin. Raised on a remote farm near Bielefeld, Grischa’s aesthetic developed from surveying the landscape – not only as a picturesque recreational facility, but as an interaction between the traces of history and the present surroundings. The aggressive tone in his sound design is countered by an emotional depth of the music which observes the introspective moods on the dancefloor and unsettling contemplations in an intimate listening situation. Tumbling between funky, highly energetic beats and trembling melodies, an almost tactile honesty reaches out to the individual listener.

YTAC is the incendiary club electronics project of James Birchall, aka Rough Fields. His first bass-heavy percussion experiments appeared on the Bomb Shop label in 2010; by 2016 YTAC’s rave-centric workouts were being launched at high altitude EIS HAUS parties along the mountainous France/Spain border, and formed the first releases on the EIS HAUS label. The coming months will see the YTAC phenomena explode, as the newest signing to Glasgow’s hyperreal rave imprint, Numbers.

Raster is a platform and international network for progressive electronic music that overlaps the border areas of pop, art and science. One half of former German electronic music record label ‘raster-noton’ established in 1999, Raster brings artists Grischa Lichtenberger and Kyoka from their roster to DRIFT.

LIVE PERFORMANCE > Das Hund – For Freedom Tour

Das Hund For Freedom is a new multi-disciplinary artwork by Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, presenting a visionary exploration of our contemporary world.

Das Hund For Freedom explores the artists concerns about their place in a late capitalist society which increasingly seeks to commodify creativity. Spanning a four-year period (2015–18) in which the artists travelled across the UK and USA, filming the urban landscapes of London and Los Angeles and the deserts of Colorado and California. The work is a poetic reflection on the current global political turmoil and reimagines radical counterculture ideas that are returning to the popular imagination.

Das Hund For Freedom will tour across the UK between September and November 2018, in collaboration with nine venues partners. Sonic performances and poetic film projections combine to create a sensorial experience, raising questions about the fabric of our future communities.

To accompany the tour, Das Hund release their debut album For Freedom, featuring ten original tracks of spoken word poetry and songs, accompanied by guitars, bass, keyboards, drones and looped drumbeats, remixed to hypnotic effect using analogue tape delays.

For Freedom features extensive contributions from musicians Euan Hinshelwood, Bryan Michael Mills, Nicholas Pankhurst, Fancy Smith and Serafina Steer. Available on 12” vinyl LP and digital download. It is the first release on the new artist-run record label French Riviera Records.

Das Hund For Freedom is supported using public funding by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants.

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WORKSHOP > Transforming Symmetries

A crash course in reactive shaders with wetgenes.

Wetgenes are feral games developers and the creative technologists. Using art and technology to produce interactive works they create technology to drive immersive projects that encourage exploration and creativity.


Live Performance Event


(STEVE CAMMACK) – Steve lives by the sea in East Devon. Steve is a non musician, a noise musician, a nonsician. Steve started making noises back in 1979, experiments on cassettes, Short-Wave Radios, Interferences, synthesiser noises encouraged and influenced by the UK DIY scene and Industrial Music of that period. Most of the 1980’s was spent in the independent cassette culture releasing a variety of tapes with many collaborators. Steve works with manipulated acoustic sounds. Percussion, metals, glass as well as the spoken word. Operating ‘beneath the radar’ (as he prefers to call it) Steve has built a heavy arsenal of releases over the past 39 years under various pseudonyms and with a variety of collaborations. He is most recognised for his involvement in the sound project DIETER MUH and his radio broadcasts as MUHMUR RADIO on Soundart Radio (Dartington). DIETER MUH. have released sounds on labels as diverse as Harbinger Sound, Hanson Records, Tesco Org, EE Tapes, The Epicurean, Xerxes and Sound Holes as well as Steve’s own label Haemoccult Recordings.


Kostis Kilymis is a Bristol based artist working with feedback systems and the notion of representation – in musical contexts or otherwise. Sounds based on noise, electronics, voice & field recording. He is involved in the Organized Music from Thessaloniki & Rekem labels, publishing experimental or less known music and sound art. He has worked with the likes of Phil Julian, Sarah Hughes, Leif Elggren, Lucio Capece, Nikos Veliotis, Jin Sangtae, Stephen Cornford and others. Work of his has been published on Rekem, I Dischi del Barone, Strange Rules and Coherent States.

ABOUT: ‘alpha’ is the first in a new series of live performance events in Plymouth co-organised by KARST and Electric Knife. All profits and proceedings go to supporting artists and the future development of a new curated programme of live events.

LIVE PERFORMANCE > The Infinite Guide Closing Party

This night of celebration will include an immersive audio-visual performance The Voice of the Sea by Núria Bonet and Coral Manon, followed by DJ sets from Jon Tye and Graham Guy-Robinson – and your last chance to meet and interact with The Infinite Guide [] developed by i-DAT Collective.

WORKSHOP > Women Reclaiming AI

Workshop primarily for women and people who do not identify as male who are interested in exploring the medium of chatbots and voice assistants for creative / playful speculations.

This project is in response to lack of gender diversity in the development of AI systems.

LIVE PERFORMANCE > Outlands Tour #2 ‘Yunohana Variations’

Yunohana Variations is the second tour in a series of live shows commissioned by OUTLANDS, the new national experimental touring network. This tour is produced by Supersonic Festival Birmingham, and will be arriving in Plymouth at KARST on 4th July.

Improvisational luminaries YoshimiO and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe will be performing together across the United Kingdom for the first time. Yunohana Variations will be supported by local collective Bizarre Rituals.

Though Yunohana Variations have never performed live in the UK together before, they have collaborated to record an album, Flowers Of Sulphur, which was released on Thrill Jockey in February this year.

YoshimiO is a drummer and member of the revolutionary group Boredoms who also plays guitar, keyboard and trumpet. She is the leader of the experimental band OOIOO, a member of Free Kitten with Kim Gordon (ex. Sonic Youth), and most recently the vocalist in SAICOBAB – a quartet who blend ancient Indian musical traditions and instruments with electronics and modern sounds. Known for her ability to improvise in a variety of contexts, YoshimiO has previously performed and recorded improvisational music with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, Jim O’Rourke, and recently with Lowe, and then Susie Ibarra during a series of collaborative performances in New York City, late in 2015.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is strongly rooted in exploration of moments and the hypnagogic state. Movement and gesture play key factors within this process, and in the performance realm are focused on by voice and modular synthesizer. A fixture of Chicago’s experimental community throughout the 90s and early 2000s, Robert has also performed under the name Lichens, is a member of the legendary band Om, and has an impressive portfolio of collaborations, which extends to the film world with his score for pseudo-documentary A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness, directed by Ben Russell and Ben Rivers (which Robert also appears in).

Bizarre Rituals are a collective of artists, musicians, DJs and VJs who are based within or around Devon. Together they throw parties; create EPs, albums, film soundtracks and mixtapes, and do shows on local FM arts and community radio station Soundart Radio, which is transmitted out of an oak tree.

This performance is commissioned by OUTLANDS; the new national experimental music touring network and is supported by Arts Council England and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Outlands #1 ‘Matana Roberts and Kelly Jayne Jones’

The internationally renowned US composer, saxophonist, mixed-media practitioner and sonic voyager Matana Roberts (perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, ongoing and unfolding via Constellation Records), and British sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones, undertook a new live collaboration – the first in a series of special live shows programmed by Outlands.

Roberts and Jones are two artists from disparate backgrounds, finding affinity in practices charged by fiercely personal philosophies on sound. Both artists embrace improvisation, resist accepted narratives of sound, are community-minded and believe in democratic, shared, free-music making that erodes barriers. In other words, they perfectly embody what Outlands is striving for.

Roberts and Jones weave their own approaches into live collaborative works informed by deeply expressive playing, tactile electro-acoustic interplay and a broader shared politics of resistance/defiance.