Sónar by Day - SonarComplex
Following one of the themes of this year's programming - full of top-level artistic double acts- , the always stimulating Demdike Stare teams up with visual artist Michael England to offer a high-voltage AV show. This association functions live as a total experience, in which the rarefied electronics of the Manchester duo (characterized by a mixture of bass music, techno, ambient and noise) is interpreted by England mixing imagery associated with the group (esoteric prints and B series films) with others much more poetic and free, such as those of tourists taking photos in front of Niagara Falls.
Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty have been shaping a truly impressive body of work for the last ten years, from their first albums full of noxious soundscapes and generic experimentation to their new album, the excellent "Wonderland", which both speeds things up and goes back to the basics of rave-jungle and bass music. In 2009, soon after startin Demdike Stare, the duo founded the DDS label, the youngest brother of Modern Love, a platform to which they are still closely linked and on which they have published most of their albums. Michael England is known in the electronic universe for his cover designs for labels such as Warp (Leila) and Skam (Bola, Gescom), although his work is of course much more extensive, with work in the fields of animation, cinema or photography, among other disciplines.