Haswell Studio / UK
Sónar by Day - SonarXS
The festival welcomes the return of the power animal of destructive sounds: Sir Russell Haswell, an artist who uses noise as a vehicle to confront consumer society. On this occasion, the producer and sound artist from Coventry will be accompanied by Glasgow-based Briton Sue Tompkins, a vocalist and fine artist, who, three decades ago, made a dent in the indie scene as the singer for the excellent and now defunct art-punk band, Life Without Buildings. The pair have been working on "One Radio Piece" for some time: a real time investigation into vocal legibility from a sound design perspective. This offering will be transferred to SonarComplex, where it promises to be one of the most powerful live shows of Sónar by Day.
Haswell is at once an unrelenting sonic hooligan who loves noise, and a highly regarded sound architect proficient in working and collaborating with all kinds of musicians and artists. 2017 saw him return to the studio, bringing his inimitable experience to various assignments that included the mastering of the first NPVR album, the project from Factory Floor's Nik Void and Editions Mego founder Peter Rehberg. At the end of 2016 the relentless Englishman presented the world with his new label Haswell Studio, which premiered with a noise symphony in the form of the album, "PANTHER nO!se", a logical progression from his previous work "As Sure As Night Follows Day". It received numerous accolades and was picked up for release by Oscar Powell's label, Diagonal.