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Rival Consoles

Erased Tapes (UK)

Support: WallAce Dice / DJ set: Mr Bios
Sam 8.8.15 / 20:00
electronica / IDM

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FR Ryan Lee dit Rival Consoles a fait ses armes dans la musique purement électronique avant de développer une passion pour l'instrumentation classique, se sentant davantage proche de gens comme Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds ou encore, Peter Broderick. Aujourd’hui, il ne se contente plus de simplement faire de la programmation avec des logiciels, privilégie plutôt la touche organique que lui procurent le piano, le violon et la guitare, instruments devenus indissociables. Mais, cela reste de la dance music, de l'IDM de virtuose qui met d'accord compositeurs contemporains et producteurs électro purs et durs. Nico Muhly et Jon Hopkins ont tout deux fait appel à Rival Consoles pour l’un ou l’autre remixe. Ou, faudrait-il parler de recomposition? Quoi qu’il en soit, la musique de Rival Consoles se laisse difficilement mettre dans une case. Riche, avec ses textures superposées en mille-feuille, elle s’offre à nous sous d’infinies facettes comme autant de marioshkas déployées.

WallAce Dice est un projet de musique électronique, basé au Luxembourg, qui a vu le jour en 2014. Faite à partir de samples manipulés et de sons synthétiques numériques, la musique de WallAce Dice oscille entre atmosphères cinématographiques, ambiances envoûtantes, mélodies insistantes et rythmes déconstruits. Favorisant le contexte live, WallAce Dice a joué une série de concerts au Luxembourg mais n’a pas encore sorti de musique.

EN Like many electronic artists, Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles spent his early years experimenting with IDM, glitch and dance, but one consistent element in his musical journey has been his desire to create a more organic, homogenous sound. Through these experimentations he has found a process of producing electronic music that feels close to this urge. Restricting himself to a small selection of analogue equipment, West engages his hands directly with instruments and is very selective about what he then records into the computer. He reduces musical parts even further, leaving enough space around the sound for it to breath.

Some might be surprised that London based electronic producer Ryan Lee West, the man behind Rival Consoles, shares a home with contemporary classical composers such as Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds and Peter Broderick. And yet they have a lot more in common than expected. Fascinated by sound from an early age, Ryan chose to dedicate his time to studying, experimenting with and producing sound graduating from De Montfort University in Leicester. West often composes early ideas on piano, violin and guitar, although the end result is much more electronic-laden. 2009 saw a split release between West and Ólafur’s techno project Kiasmos, which revealed their mutual appreciation for dance music. Ryan has also produced remixes for New York based composer Nico Muhly and UK producer Jon Hopkins.

WallAce Dice is a Luxembourg based one-man electronic music project founded mid 2014. Made from tweaked field recordings and digital synth sounds, the music of WAllACE DICE oscillates between cinematographic atmospheres, morphing ambiances, catchy and persistent melodies and deconstructed rhythms. Having focussed on playing live until now, WallAce Dice has not yet released any music online but will soon.

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Rival Consoles © Lenka Ryan H.
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WallAce Dice © Sven Becker

    “His take on electronica has a warmth and humanity to it, never letting the machines take over completely, with just the right balance between melody and rhythm, and cleanliness and grit. ” Dummy, September 2014