DATUM: 07. Juli 2018
ORT: Objekt Klein A, Dresden
EVENT: Record Release Konzert Moritz Simon Geist x Routine
SHOWTIME: 00:30. Weitere Acts (TBA)
EINTRITT 12€ AK
EVENT LINK https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1119967
Ay! I just spend four days on the Moogfestival 2018 in Durham / US and they were the most intense and spaced out in a while.
Not only was it my first ever performance in the US, but also the mix of jet lag, several performances, my installation ‘Soft Manipulator’, talking conversations and countless interviews made it very unreal. My own TRIPODS One performance took place at the old wooden Durham ballroom and despite a no-soundcheck schedule it worked out well. After that I contributed with some robots for Mouse on Mars and Spank Rock Official’s Dimensional People performance.
I also managed to meet Herb Deutsch, 86y old co-creator of the moog synth and listen to his stories; watch Suzanne Ciani, visionary synth guru play here Buchla Synth and finally to drink vodka the self-proclaimed Queen of Canabis Yoga.
#Moogfestival, I’ll definitely come back!
2017 Recap time! 2017 gave me a lot of good shows, two new installations, the continuation of my album-recording with Andi and the start of my teaching at the NYU Berlin. Without the constant help of my friends and partners, the urge and push to constantly explore new territories, it would be hard to keep up the self-motivation to do all this. Especially as the world seemed to fall apart a little more in this year, working as an artist sometimes seemed so unimportant. My half-true response to that is, that art should always be there to question the old, explore the new and give spectators the possibility to forget, at least for a moment.
These were my 2017 moments: In February I played two shows and had one exhibition in Tokyo and was overwhelmed by Japan on my two-week trip with my brother-from-another-mother Karsten.
In June I was at the Amsterdam Festival for a show with Jan and Andi Mouse On Mars and Musikfabrik Köln for some Neue Musik – Robot Madness. At the end of June, we won the Visual Music Award, thanks for Jakob and Sönke for receiving it and got funded by the INITIATIVE MUSIK for our new Album.
In July I played for my friends from Tech Open Air a met the awesome Travis “Machinedrum” for the first time. Award for the warmest welcome goes to Romania and the crew of the Clujotronic festival.
Somewhen mid-2018 I got to know Magnus Hecht and Anika Jankowski with their publishing hous and we decided to work together in terms of publising and releasing new and hot robotic shit!
In the beginning of November I published a new installation called “Soft Manipulator“. I had this Installation in my mind for a long time, but it was not until Gwendolin Kremer from the Altana Gallery asked me to contribute some work that I started building it. I thought, it would be very cool to have a robotic installation, where people without musical knowledge can make music with objects and test out the sound side of items with their own hands, not obstructed by interfaces. It worked, also thanks to my near-genius level programmer Lennart.
End of November I totally got lost in the speculative design sphere but fortunatly got out of this world just in time to held my talk “The Speculative Future of Art, Music and Technologie” at the Most Wanted: Music Conference Berlin. The biggest influence here was “mad professor” Knut from The Constitute, with his constant stream of over-the-top ideas. Also in November I was spontaneously invited to play at Mutek Barcelona Digilab and got to know the Spanish part of the Mutek family.
So, what will 2018 be like? It’s just a number. But I hope it’s a good one.
Two weeks ago we traveled to Barcelona for MUTEK Barcelona ‘s Digilab. Featuring: Smoke, Shaving Cream and Robots!
Crew: Jakob A. Geist , Karsten, Moritz Simon Geist
In 2012 we published the installation MR-808. Over the years we used it mostly as an interactive installation where people can experiment with rhythms, robots, and sound. The audience is mostly very diverse. On music-focused events, people know how to program a groovy beat. Kids, on the other hand, tend to press “all the buttons at once” which often results in a gabber-esk cacophony. Fair enough.
Over the time I felt, it would be very cool to have an installation, where people without musical knowledge can make music with objects and test out the sound side of items with their own hands, not obstructed by interfaces. Thus we created the installation “Soft Manipulator”!
It’s a playful interactive installation where the audience experiments with rhythms, mechanics, and objects. Everyday items like glasses, pots, as well as small musical instruments are placed on a light platform. Seven robotic mechanic devices can be manipulated interactively by the audience, manipulating the sound of the objects. The six robotic mechanics beat the objects, creating a constantly changing polyrhythmic web of sound and rhythm.
“Simon Moritz Geist’s new work ‘Soft Manipulator’, continues to explore the black box of electronic sound production by laying out an array of everyday objects and mini-robots, which acoustically interact with these objects, on the flat surface of a table. As in his previous well-known robot installation “MR 808 Interactive Drum Machine”, the audience can control this interaction, this time by means of easily manipulating objects and knobs which require no particular expertise to operate. Thus the installation supports an inherent desire for experimentation and sound – in a playful way with everyday objects and mechanical robots.” (Jessica Buskirk, ALTANA Gallery)
Date of release: 2017
To be seen till February 2018 at Altana Gallery Dresden
Kustodie der TU Dresden
Helmholtzstraße 9, 01069 Dresden
Open: Mo – Fr 10Am – 6Pm Uhr
Funded with support of the “Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz”
Since Fall 2017 I’m holding a lecture for the NYU Berlin, Tisch School of the Arts. Since 2016 students are coming to Berlin to deepen their knowledge of “Future Pop Music Studies“: electronic music, production techniques and creative experiments as in my course. I try to encourage the students to experiement with non-product sound machines, look at how sound is created at a basic level and generally focus of unboxing and non-intended use of technology.
The Course “Creative Experiments with Emerging Music Technologies” introduces students to innovative and cutting-edge technologies of sound, video, and interface design. The course consists of both a theoretical and a hands-on part.
Music and creative technologies have shifted in the past years from preset-focused black-box devices to open and hackable hard- and software. Examples are MaxMSP (Ableton), the Kinect Motion sensor, VR-Plattforms or open source music instruments like Korgs Mono series, Littlebits or Bastl Kits. This shift enables artists today to better understand the inner workings of instruments and engage a very different working process: Devices can be created and manipulated more easily, forming future tools and creating a rich variety of different media.
- 28-30. June 2018, Madrid [ES], Prado Medialab
- 11. July, UDK, Concert for Darsha Hewitt and Nadja Buttendorf
- 02.July, Barcelona Telenokia
- 07. July 2018, Dresden [DE], Objekt Klein A, Record Release Show
- 27. July 2018, Berlin [DE], Krake Festival, Record Release Show
- New Showreel Video!
- Tourdiary: Mutek barcelona
- Video Tour Diary – Tokio
- Sonic Robots – Moscow Tourvideo