Firecracker Recordings is proud and hugely excited to present a live show by forthcoming label artists Les Graciés in the completely unique and sonically incomparable setting of Cupar Grain Silo.
The only sugar beet factory in Scotland was built just outside Cupar and opened in 1926. There had been rumors that the factory was inefficient and to be closed, but in 1964, The Government owned British Sugar Corporation built a massive silo 58 meters high to store the sugar. This led to believe that business was flourishing but only seven years later in 1971 the corporation shut the factory. Since then it was used to store grain but now the silo stands empty, brutally dominating the town’s skyline and serving as a reminder of the once-thriving local sugar beet industry. Sonically, the main chamber boasts a catherdral-esque reverberation featuring a disorienting 14 second delay.
Les Graciés is the conjunction of Eric Douglas Porter (Afrikan Sciences) and Gaël Segalen (IhearU)
Their music explodes the boundaries and reunites from segmented forms. It is naturally scientific, complex with feeling, innovative, other-worldly, captivating and effective, repetitive and organic, a wild and mad process in an attempt to capture a moment of eternity. Defined as free form and expansive, from recognizable concrete elements of everyday life to an unifying abstraction, improvisations, mutations, polyrhythmic and hypnotic groove, experimental beats free of tempo and meter.
Gaël Segalen (IhearU) believes all sounds can coexist. She transposes the complexity of the world into electroacoustic and polyrhythmic soundscapes and DFR compositions (Danceable Field Recording) by the reconciliation of all the noises and voices she has collected worldwide and manipulated in the studio, in one inclusive spirit, here and now.
Afrikan Sciences experiments for the computer to be infused by (and contain) Africa there within. His preoccupation with rhythm fixates on the oddities—the mutations, the dualities and instances of bare collision. His amalgamated beats are gleaned from a whirlwind of origins—west London broken beat, the east coast’s ’90s house, ’70s jazz, indigenous African and Latin rhythms—but they’re deployed concurrently and unexpectedly, with cross-beats and displacement used as accents in his own pidgin dialect.
“Searchers of spectrum and rhythm for distinction in sound, we want to create deep and wide audiovisuals full of grace. Sounds are unlocked and floating freely for a poetical action, a music connected to the world. Computer music is not a prison, technology made us free, and allowed us to meet overseas and invent our collusion, a conversation, almost a real time osmosis through the (www) time and space : we named it Les Graciés”
*There will be a bar in place, and music during and between performances will be supplied by DJ Crud & Mother in the basement*
**TICKETS STRICTLY LIMITED. 3 SHOWS WITH A CAPACITY OF 25 PEOPLE AT EACH PERFORMANCE ONLY**