IKLECTIK [off-site] and Corpora Aliena present,


Wednesday 23 September – 8.45pm (UK TIME)

IKLECTIK YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/_pSI-jzjbmU
IKLECTIK Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IKLECTIK/

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Corpora Aliena is pleased to present an IKLECTIK [off-site] online presentation of diverse experimental music based on the theme of ‘Desert Stories’ – and features leading international and pioneering musicians, composers and visualists, including: Nnja Riot – Jimmie Peggie – Pascal Savy –  Hanzo Schwarz – and Bernhard Living.

The ‘Desert Stories’ project has been inspired by the famous composition ‘Déserts’ by the French-American composer Edgar Varèse.  Composed in 1954 – ‘Déserts’ is a pioneering work that combines traditional instruments with electronic and taped sounds – and ushered in a whole new world of compositional practice.

According to Varèse, the title of his composition regards, “not only physical deserts of sand, sea, mountains, snow, outer space, deserted city streets… but also distant inner space… where man is alone in a world of mystery and essential solitude.”

Nnja Riot’s ‘Structured Mirage’ is an audiovisual piece using imagery from an immersive virtual world created by the artist which reflects her paintings and musical experiments.  Within a desert backdrop the visual journey will take the viewer through a surreal experience of hi-res re-constructions and desert flora.

Hanzo and Pascal Savy will present a new A/V piece reflecting on this unusual climatic anomalies of the Atacama Desert in Chile, South America, which is known to be the driest place in the world. Most of the time, tests which are used to detect life on Mars are unable to find any signs of life in this very arid region of the world, but in years when rainfall is unusually high a rare phenomenon, in which a wide variety of flowers blossom, occurs, it is called a desert bloom or ‘desierto florido’. The artists hope to show that even in seemingly hopeless times, there is always space for miracles.

Jimmy Peggie is a Scottish sound artist and image maker based in Phoenix, Arizona, and his new audio-visual work – ‘Eyes Full of Dust’ – is based on his experiences of the surrounding desert. For him,  summer 2020 in Arizona has been a time of isolation, fear and uncertainty – and his personal desert story is one of solitude, introspection and observation – finding strength in creation and peace in quiet places.

The contribution from Bernhard Living – entitled Composition 2020.13 (Desert Stories) – features two orchestral chords from Edgar Varèse’s work ‘Déserts’.  Other elements were produced digitally using FM synthesis – and include a low frequency continuous tone – and two sinewave-based sounds that slowly fade in and out of the mix.  The film for the composition is of a car journey through the Mojave desert in Nevada.

Composition 2020.13 (Desert Stories) is an example of ‘technological lessness’ – or what the American architect and futurist  Buckminster Fuller called ‘Post-industrial Ephemeralization’.  This is the ability of technological advancement in which more can be achieved from less less until eventually one can do everything with nothing.


Corpora Aliena is curated by Bernhard Living.


Artists’ Biographies


Bernhard Living

Photo Yvetta Sedláková

Bernhard Living is an experimental music composer, curator and former multi-instrumentalist. He studied composition under the South African-born composer professor Stanley Glasser at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and philosophy under professors Jonathan Reé and Peter Dews at Middlesex University, London.

Bernhard Living’s digitally-based compositions have taken minimalistic compositional techniques to what he considers to be their logical conclusion, with his music being characterized by sparse textures, long periods of silence, maximal repetition and minimal variation. The compositions are often devoid of musical elements such as melody, harmony and rhythm, and as an alternative they explore the use of sound colour and sonic textures. In many ways, his music could be considered as an evolved non-dance form of techno, but one that exists within a different cultural context and along a different time continuum.






Nnja Riot

Nnja Riot’s music is an exploration into the possibilities of instruments, electronics, collected sounds and the human voice. She performs with a combination of instruments, self-built synths and video synths. She has co-designed the Fort Processor which is a standalone oscillating synth. Nnja Riot is the solo project of Lisa McKendrick, a New Zealand born British artist with Mexican heritage.  She is both a visual and sound artist.

Recently she has performed at Piksel Festival Norway, Unlocking Noises – IKLECTIK Off-site, It’s Her Factory – Five Years Gallery, Dronica Festival, Sound Art Improv Electronics – Salon de Refuses, The Intimate Space at St Mary’s Tower, Classical Enemy in Noise Waters – The Golden Hinde, Common Ground Berlin, Liminality – Gallery 46, ELECTROLIGHTS AV, EAM Experimental Electronics, Sotu Festival Amsterdam, Supernoise Festival Aarhus.

She was featured on Resonance FM – Bad Punk Show 2020 and Hello Goodbye Show, Independent Music Podcast, and in The Sunday Tribune 2020, Loose Lips blog, MusicTech magazine 2019, Noods Radio, Dronica Podcast, Female Pressure Radio Podcast and ZRadio.

Nnja Riot – BandCamp: nnjariot.bandcamp.com/

Nnja Riot – Live at Dronica:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrOmryzwXbc

Future Gigs : https://www.songkick.com/artists/8750209-nnja-riot


Jimmie Peggie

Jimmy Peggie is a Scottish sound artist and image maker based in Phoenix, Arizona.  His output is centered around the re-contextualization of time, place and space (location captures, decaying textures, antique reimaginations) and integrating them using electronic methods. His sonic work is focused on micro recording, digital tape manipulation and sound collage.  His photographic image and film work is greatly influenced by early techniques and pioneers in the field.


Pascal Savy

Pascal Savy is a French electronic music composer and performer based in London, UK. His work lies at the intersection of drone, noise and ambient and has been released on labels such as Experimedia

BandCamp: https://pascalsavy.bandcamp.com


Hanzo Schwarz

Hanzo Schwarz is a German visual artist and multidisciplinary designer based in London. Since 2011, he has been the founder and creative director of ‘init studio’. Projects span across various disciplines, from graphic design, coding, animations and motion graphics. Combining these practices, his main focus is now on audiovisual performances, light installations and real-time content.
His creative process explores the connection between sound and visuals, with the increasing use of motion sensor technology. The results are a combination of mesmerising shapes and forms generated in real-time, with the aim to immerse the viewer in a controlled chaos of organic nature. His work can be experienced within music and art events, club nights and festivals, in the form of live performances or site-specific installations. Over the years, Hanzo has had the opportunity to collaborate with many electronic music artists such as Tom Middleton (Global Communication), Wolfgang Voigt (Kompakt Records), Max Cooper, White Noise and LF58.