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Last Extraordinary July Event for Alt.Music 2007

Not for the faint hearted! Last Extraordinary July Event for Alt.Music 2007


Schimpfluch-gruppe including Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck, Dave Philips,
Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device, and Crude
$15, Saturday July 28, 2007, doors 8pm, starts 9pm
Rising Sun, 373 Karangahape Rd, Auckland - door sales only

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Influenced by martial arts attack patterns and the notorious actions of earlier Viennese performance artists, Schimpfluch-Gruppe is a loose collective of Bruitists and performers. Using sound, their often brutal performances challenge their audience’s responses using anything from voice and handguns to a theremin and dead fish. Sharing the Schimpfluch sensibility and joining them for their NZ tour is Australian glass performer Lucas Abela aka Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device. Also joining them in Auckland is one of NZ’s most prolific recording artists, Matt Middleton aka Crude.

Hailing from Zurich, the city where almost a century ago one of the original 20th century avant-gardes (1916-19) incited audience riots with their Bruitist (noise) literary peformances, Schimpfluch-Gruppe comprises Rudolf (Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck), Dave Phillips, Joke Lanz (Sudden Infant), and Marc Zeier (g*park) – Lanz and Zeier are absent for this tour. Revisiting key Dada strategies of agression, chance, sponteneity and concrete/raw form, Schimpfluch thread the historic avant-garde fascination with the limits of bodily experience through the extremity of Viennese Actionism and the excesses of performance-based precursors to Industrial music to arrive at their particular blend of noise assault, gestural precision, rhythmic destruction, dark humour and primal physicality

Rudolf, a.k.a. Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck, founded Schimpfluch in December 1986, and coined the concept of “psycho-physical tests and trainings“. This approach deals with therapeutic and analytical actions and reactions of the psyche, the body, and of senses and realities (of both performers and audiences) in a radical, critical but also liberating way - an attack on the mind as well as a stimulation of the senses. Although dwelling in obscurity, has gained immeasureable respect for his performances as well as for his unique cut-up techniques; a strict compositional yet organic process that some say is Viennese actionism put into sound, but probably has more to do with martial arts attack patterns, where even the silences between sounds describe a composure that causes maximum tension.

Dave Phillips, a.k.a. dp, was a founding-member of the short-lived (1986 – 1988) yet influential Swiss hardcore-extremists Fear Of God before he joined the Schimpfluch collective in 1991. Since 1987, his solo-works have focused on use of the voice. Coming from a punk/ political background, Phillips creates a personal, intimate communication that depicts as well as questions the modern world and cries out for change. Phillips is also a member of OHNE (with Tom Smith/TLASILA, Daniel Löwenbrück/Raionbashi, Reto Mäder/rm74), formed the one-man-band ’dead peni’ in 2004, and has collaborated with the likes of Randy H.Y. Yau, John Wiese or Masonna.

As well as being responsible for Australian noise label and CD pressing plant Dual Plover, Lucas Abela is notorious for donning a utility belt armed with effects pedals and performing through a miked up sheet of broken glass as Justice Yeldham & The Dynamic Ribbon Device. Short and intense, Yeldham’s performances are equally hideous and compelling, violent and beautiful but entirely unforgettable. Challenging the notion that music is merely for the ears, his compelling visceral sound performances are structured around making audible the interface between the organic and the inorganic; the body and more unyielding physical materials. Needless to say, this is work in which the live context is a pre-requisite for understanding, with your own physical presence in the space (if it chooses to stay there) where the aesthetic moment plays out as reverberant shockwave.

Equally notorious in his own way, DIY genius Matt Middleton, aka one- man-band Crude, provides a welcome New Zealand perspective on sonic excess. His multi-instrumental solo performances teeter, often breathtakingly, between control and chaos, encompassing free jazz, electronics, noise, and vocal work. Conceived in 1994, Crude is the working title for Middleton’s recordings - a universe of music and ideas concocted on a simple cassette four-track recorder. As well as a long list of solo self-releases, Middleton has also played with The Aesthetics and Space Dust and released music on Flying Nun, Ecstatic Peace and Mental Telemetry.

rudolf & gurgelstøck:
Dave Phillips:
Justice Yeldham:
Matt Middleton:

Schimpfluch’s appearance is supported by Creative New Zealand, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Liquid Architecture and Room40.


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