Raster.Labor is an installation project by Raster.Media. Premiered at the CTM Festival a couple of weeks ago we took the chance to bring this great project to SchneidersLaden and explore the ideas behind it with one of the creators – Frank Bretschneider. During the planning stages of the installations Frank discussed some different approaches for the central machine of all five installations with us. The beating heart on all five tables was a modular synthesizer, providing control voltages for other modules and other things producing sound and forming the individual parts of each installation.

Raster.Labor explores “artistic processes, and how they diverge and develop from the same starting point or set of conditions. Five tables with minimal Eurorack setups and a handful of studio monitors form the basis of the piece. The analogue hardware generates and manipulates control voltages, forming a framework in which the artists can complete, connect, and interact with the modules. As the setup does not contain any sound producing components, participating artists will select sound sources themselves, which could range from minuscule to gargantuan sonic objects. They may choose to mechanically generate sound, or to integrate microphones and amplify sound. 

Generative composition, whether through regulating sonic events or strategic compositional decisions, has been a key part of electronic music’s history. Labor references both academic and DIY histories of analogue synthesis, exploring open and dynamic fields of hardware experimentation. The intention of the setup is to enable interested audience members to directly observe cause and effect, so digital software will be avoided.

Raster.Labor with Frank Bretschneider, Byetone + Mieko Suzuki, Grischa Lichtenberger, Robert Lippok, Dasha Rush was on display at nGbK, Oranienstr. 25, 10999 berlin from jan 25 until feb 03. 2019.


Join us on Thursday 14. February for this special lecture and workshop with Frank Bretschneider – start at 7:30 pm!


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