"With the internet you can find all the music in the world simply by pressing a few keys. Modern producers ought to take advantage of this hyperactive and openly accessible medium to explore more musical combinations." – Dro Carey
They are called the up and coming generation of electronic music, and use YouTube clips as sources of inspiration and a channel for communicating the music they make. The result is heavily referenced, almost collage-based, music where meetings between Ligeti, Aphex Twin and southern rap almost seem natural.
Nineteen-year-old Dro Carey is visiting Oslo and Ultima for the first time ever in Europe.. This young Australian represents a new generation of self-taught music producers who have been more or less permanently online throughout their teenage years. Communication is conducted via his blog BrainSoSoft, where he presents aspects of the music by splicing cut-up video clips, uploading tracks for free downloading and, not least, sharing his sources of inspiration with listeners in the form of YouTube clips.
Another artist and producer visiting Blå on 7 September is the London-based composer Lukid. Through a series of full-lengths on the Werk Discs label and his own label Glum, he has developed a heavily referenced form of beat music in which he borrows elements from the origins of music concrete and the repetitive rhythms of house music as well as from instrumental hiphop.
Few names (or faces) are so intimately associated with the early era of electronic pop music as that of Karl Bartos. Through his work as a composer and electronic percussionist in Kraftwerk from 1975 to 1990, Bartos was involved in creating both music and a visual aesthetic that has become part of music history. What is more, the quartet from Düsseldorf led the way in creating an authentic, German music for the first time since World War II.
Through its experimental, electronic and modernist expression, Kraftwerk has influenced and inspired generations of producers and musicians in just about every musical genre imaginable. They managed to create a unique expression and at the same time top the music charts the world over. The group's visual ideas, using lots of film and video, have also made a strong impact and were closely linked to the band's identity long before MTV saw the light of day. And who doesn't remember Kraftwerk's iconic album cover on which Bartos plays the role of man-machine to a tee?
After leaving Kraftwerk, Bartos worked as a writer and producer. His collaborative partnerships include artists such as Electronic (Bernard Sumner/Johnny Marr), OMD (Andy McCluskey), Information Society, The Mobile Homes and Anthony Rother, as well as working on his own project, Electric Music. To Ultima he is bringing his audiovisual concept, LiveCinema, where he combines his electronic classics with film that is tailored to the music.