CONFLUENCE #2 /
ESTUARY FESTIVAL 2021 BROADCASTS 27.04.21
We will be contributing to this year's edition of the fantastic-looking Estuary Festival, presenting a series of online broadcasts of field recordings and soundscape compositions from the South Essex and North Kent coastlines, as part of their brilliant Associated Programme. Further information will be made available on this website and on Twitter in due course, and selections of our broadcasts will be released in a cassette box set (including digital downloads), featuring a booklet of essays and photographs by Peter Coyte, Thomas Gardner, Jonas Gustafsson and Conor Walker, later in the year.
TWO NEW EDITIONS /
THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS... 13.11.20
Our very dear friend and collaborator Poulomi Desai has been announced as one of the six Oram Award winners this year, so we would like to begin with sending her many huge congratulations! Also, we are happy to announce the immediate availability of two new releases:
«Two Feedback Compositions» by Jake Wittlin consists of two mesmerizing, immersive pieces based on a manipulated feedback loop created by the artist's set-up of turntable, mixer and sampler; one composed for a Resonance Extra broadcast in May 2016, the other specifically created for this release during the winter months of 2019-2020 using the same processes and methodology. Although they were both composed in the noughties, using a single sound source - and with 'only' four years between them - these pieces seem like very distinct manifestations and representations of two rather different fields (as well as eras) of experimental electronic music, with «Feedback Composition No. 1 (2016)» evoking droney tape manipulations and analogue synth experiments, whereas «Feedback Composition No. 2 (2020)» echoes glitch, minimalistic- and algorithmic composition, and even dub techno - yet these two monumental sound sculptures accompany each other remarkably well. Terrific work that we are very proud to release.
Automatic Writing Circle's «Works 2009-2019» collects live recordings and studio mixes from a decade of the group's existence, and documents their activity and creative / compositional approaches over the last ten years. Formed in London in 2007, and having featured a number of artists and musicians from very diverse backgrounds throughout the years, the group - now semi-dormant - has performed at several prestigious festivals and venues across the United Kingdom and Europe. The three pieces on this cassette present us with a wide range of sonic material - from electro-acoustics and jittery concrete, to free improvisation and contemporary classical - reflecting upon both the cultural and musical backgrounds of the performers, as well as the environments in which performances have taken place. Absolutely stunning stuff.
We are unsure as to whether anything else will surface this year, but there are quite a few projects in the works that will hopefully see the light of day in a not-too-distant future. Thank you for your continuing support.
AUDIO SAMPLES 03.04.20
As a result of the current health crisis, our planned projects for early 2020 and beyond have been delayed. No dates are set in stone, but below are extracts from three upcoming releases from Jake Wittlin, Jonas Gustafsson and Automatic Writing Circle.
WEBSITE UPDATED /
FORTHCOMING RELEASES 02.02.20
A very belated Happy New Year! Our new website is now up and running. After a relatively quiet 2019, this year we are expecting to present several new releases, including a long-awaited cassette from Automatic Writing Circle, as well as works from Poulomi Desai and Jonas Gustafsson. First out, however, will be a cassette and digital download of «Two Feedback Compositions» by Bristol-based turntablist Jake Wittlin. This release presents two lengthy pieces composed using a traditional DJ arrangement of turntable, mixer and sampler - with the only sound source used (as the title might imply) being a feedback loop created by this set-up. The original composition was produced for - and broadcast on - Resonance Extra (the online platform for London-based art-radio station ResonanceFM) in May 2016; the accompanying piece was composed specifically for this cassette release, using the same set-up, in the early months of 2020. We expect this to be ready in early April - more information soon.
ORPHAN «YIJODA» 05.07.19
We are very proud to finally announce the release of «Yijoda» by South East London-based producer Orphan. Consisting of nine tracks clocking in at just over 40 minutes, this album takes us on an unsettling yet beautiful journey through bleak and harsh aural landscapes. A rave party backwards, with a Tyneside twist. Press release to be found here. See below for a video by Kevin Barthélemy for the track «Despair System».
PETER COYTE «NOW» 15.04.19
Lovely new release from Peter Coyte, his second for Impeka following 2017's excellent «Crack & Murmur», and part of an on-going series issuing his sound installation work on cassette. «Now» consists of two binaural compositions of field recordings taken in and around Hornsey Town Hall, North London, which were originally presented as a six speaker installation at the (sadly) now-defunct Ply Gallery in Semptember 2016. The installation pieces were re-mixed and edited for the cassette format between February and March 2019. A press release can be found here.
This release is dedicated to the loving memory of Paul Berry.
Our limited runs of physical releases are accompanied by high-quality downloads, and are available to purchase via BandCamp. Click the images below for more information about - and samples from - each release.
A collection of live performances and studio mixes from a decade of Automatic Writing Circle's career. Electroacoustics, free improvisation and concrete music.
Two immersive compositions based on feedback loops created by a traditional DJ set-up of turntable, mixer and sampler, by Bristol-based sound artist and turntablist Jake Wittlin.
Disorienting rhythms, processed voice samples, tape hiss and distorted rave sirens from South East London producer Orphan.
Binaural mixes of a six speaker installation of field recordings taken in and around Hornsey Town Hall, North London, originally presented at Ply Gallery.
Sketched out beats, warm blasts of sub-bass and manipulated found sounds from South East London's PiK.
Hacked electronics, broken instruments, tape loops and improvisations recorded in Deptford, South East London.
Acclaimed debut from jazz quartet led by Belgian tenor saxophonist Arnaud Guichard, based on the ancient Persian tale «The Three Princes of Serendip» by Amir Khusrau.
Field recordings from Tankerton, Seasalter and Whitstable, originally presented as a six speaker installation as part of the 2016 Whitstable Biennale Satellite programme.
Impeka is an imprint dedicated to presenting and promoting experimental auditory works, particularly field-recordings, electro-acoustics, and improvised music. We exist to provide a platform for sonic experimentation and collaboration.
We are happy to receive feedback, suggestions and correspondence in general, and are always open for new opportunities to collaborate. The works presented and released by Impeka are conceived and created in co-operation with friends and artists in close geographic proximity, but demo submissions from further afield are accepted and appreciated.