Death to The Machine
8 September, 9 pm
Tickets: 350/250 NOK
NB: Ticket holders for both Death to the Machine (8 September) AND Supersilent (9 September) get free entry to Dwarfs of East Agouza (7 September).
Sote with Tarik Barri, Behrouz Pashaei & Arash Bolouri Sacred Horror In Design
Sentralen/Marmorsalen, 9 pm
Torgny with Willibald Storn (WP)
Sentralen/Gymsalen, 10 pm
(NB: limited capacity - arrive early to ensure you get a place!
Stian Westerhus + Forsvarets Stabsmusikkorps Tod den maschinen (WP)
Conductor: Rolf Gupta
Sentralen/Marmorsalen, 11 pm
Sacred Horror in Design is a new audio-visual project offering a rare glimpse into the underground world of electronic arts in Iran. Digital musician Ata Ebtekar aka Sote (who has released music on Warp, Sub Rosa, Opal Tapes and Digitalis among others) collaborates with celebrated audiovisual composer Tarik Barri (Monolake, Thom Yorke, Nicolas Jaar) and performers Arash Bolouri (santoor) and Behrouz Pashaei (setar) on a project merging electronics with traditional acoustic instruments for a ‘Persian techno apocalypse’: a magical, textural multi-timbral environment.
Former hardcore vocalist Torgny Amdam has marked himself out as a solo vocalist with an electronic, rhythmic and vocal based music which hurtles from aggression to beauty and melody. He has released two albums and created the soundtrack for films including Oslo, 31 August. This year Torgny is wheeling out his new project – Cut & Run – with a new album, videos and performances. At Ultima Torgny will be accompanied by the legendary confrontational artist Willibald Storn, now in his eighties, as well as vocalist Maria Due and Eivind Henjum aka Sprutbass. He will occupy the interzone between a deconstructed rock concert, performance art, vocals and dance, with references to consumerism, sexuality, dreams and the future.
In an encounter between the Forsvarets Stabsmusikkorps and guitar innovator Stian Westerhus, Tod den maschinen reflects the growing struggles between human consciouness and artificial intelligence. In the age of machine learning, algorithms and behaviour analysis, the very concept of intelligence is becoming less artificial, and circuits are defining the structures of human individuality. As machines are programmed to learn in much the same way as humans are taught, we see a new consciousness developing with increasing rapidity. This piece will express the conflict of automation versus human will, and merges ceremonial wind bands and innovative music making in a high-volume, high-energy 45 minute performance.
The performance of Tod den machinen at Ultima is a premiere in collaboration with the South Netherlands Philharmonic.