“Drums meet laptops, percussion meets synthesizers,” declares the Berlin festival focusing on percussive instrument and electronic sound generator combinations
SYN / CUSSION will take place in May at Radialsystem V, Berlin. Named after the 1979 SYNCUSSION SY-1 drum synthesizer, it's based on the concept of combining percussive instruments with electronics, just as its subtitle Festival for Percussion & Electronics says on the tin. Over the course of three nights it will feature nine collaborative duos – the majority of which will be playing together for the first time after being commissioned by festival organiser Hanno Leichtmann.
The line-up consists of Katharina Ernst (drums) & Andrew Pekler (electronics and modular synth); Martin Brandlmayr (drums) & Nicholas Bussmann (automat); Will Guthrie (drums) & Mark Fell (computer); Lê Quan Ninh (percussion) & Thomas Ankersmit (serge modular synth); Ying-Hsueh Chen (percussion) & SØS Gunver Ryberg (electronics & objects); John McEntire (drums) & Sam Prekop (modular synth); Morten J Olsen (percussion) & Marta Zapparoli (electronics); Sven-Åke Johansson (comboschlagzeug) & Jan Jelinek (elektronik); and Paul Lovens (selected drums and cymbals) & Thomas Lehn (synthesizer). Plus DJ sets by Baby Vulture, Annika Henderson and Natalia Escobar.
We've been offered the opportunity to give away two tickets for Saturday 6 May (with Lê Quan Ninh, Thomas Ankersmit and others). To win, please email your answer to the following question (with the subject line: SYN / CUSSION giveaway) via this link
Question: Which artist on the bill started a label named after Bruno Latour’s term for the blurred line between facts and fetishes?