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Pataphysical, poplar union, gig, East London, arts centre
Pataphysical, poplar union, gig, East London, arts centre

An evening of ambient and exploratory electronic sounds to get you dreaming as you sit or lie down in the space.


Pataphysical are an experimental London-based trio probing the boundaries of listening and performance, as well as the unique aspects of different acoustic spaces.

Combining elements of minimalism, ambient, concrète and deep listening with field recording and speculative fiction, the group explore imaginary solutions and possible worlds through sound.

The performances are usually presented in surround sound. The trio perform in the centre of the space, surrounded by the audience. Original, improvised compositions feature analogue synthesisers, live narrations, provocations and disembodied voice.

Pataphysical have released LPs on 12th Isle and Good Morning Tapes as well as performing in forests, churches, marshes, museums and containers, leading sound walks and collective listening events.

What is captured in Periphera is the… enthralling psychoacoustic experience of deep and blissful soundscape, something insular and revelatory. Wrapping melodic baths of synthesis in misted environmental recordings, the mood ranges from formless liquid (“Dream Reveal”) to undulating and abstracted dub schema (“Aun Cyc” and “Montoon”); rippling ambient tech (“Metaxy” and “Ken World”) to sublimated and devotional ethers “Protae” and “Energen.” – Commend NYC

Debut full-length Periphera is a gorgeous set of fourth-world electronics, one that takes the woozy flicker of Teebs and applies it to a set of psychedelic Balearicism and heathazed ambiences. Periphera is one to listen to with the lights low.’ – Norman Records

Periphera delves the mist-strewn landscapes of imagination, conjuring from few elements a captivating work both as a dedicated listen and (fittingly) as peripheral ambient auditory decoration.’ – Inverted-Audio.com

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Newham Folk Archive

Newham Folk Archive is a multi disciplinary art project weaving together Oral History, Folk Law, Truth and Myth. A sonic convergence of sound art, improvised electronics and story telling will explore the less well known history of the London borough bordered by the Rivers Roding, Thames and Lea.

We trace Newham’s cultural heritage through stories, songs and the traditions passed on through generations via word of mouth. Sounds are borrowed from the marshland, spirit guides, May Day dances and wild west shows. Let us take you inside the rhythm of ritual.

Newham Folk Archive will be joined by storyteller and sound artist Laura Sampson.

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