U/CTRL TOUR nov 20-27th 2004

Subject: U/CTRL TOUR nov 20-27th 2004
From: Neil Wiernik (linewireink@gmail.com)
Date: Mon Nov 15 2004 - 09:26:02 EST


MEDIA CONTACT: info@spiderrecords.com

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NOVEMBER 20-27, 2004
Hamilton * Toronto * London * St. Catharines * Guelph * Ottawa * Québec
City * Montréal

The inaugural U/CTRL Tour (November 20 - 27, 2004) brings live
electronic music to eight Canadian cities in eight nights. Showcasing
three of Canada's top laptop artists, U/CTRL presents cutting-edge
electronic music ranging from ambient/glitch to IDM to deep, dubby
techno, accompanied by multi-media projections and original video

U/CTRL performers Andrew Duke, NAW and Akumu are each accomplished
independent electronic artists with multiple releases and remixes on
labels around the world. Live, they produce customized sound
environments for deep listening that incorporate a variety of
techniques, and improvisations. For U/CTRL, they will perform live solo
sets highlighting fresh material from new and upcoming releases.

U/CTRL takes electronic music out of the clubs and studios and into
bars, cafes and gallery spaces across Ontario and Quebec, bringing new
sounds to new listeners.

About the performers:
Producer, DJ and remixer (Chicks on Speed, Pink Floyd) whose
international releases have been praised in the Wire and Exclaim. His
upcoming release is on Montreal's PetiteSono Records.

NAW (Montreal)
a.k.a. Neil Wiernik, who joins the tour in support of his new full-length
release, Green Nights Orange Days (Noise Factory Records.) Purveyor of
experimental Dub-tech rhythms, sound design and manipulation, he has been
a force in the Canadian electronic, techno and ambient music scenes for 10
years. A co-founder and member of Montreal's Phoniq collective, he has just
returned from a European mini-tour.

AKUMU (Toronto)
Ambient sounds and shadowy beats with digital video manipulations from
Toronto's Deane Hughes (Thrive/Alchemy). The latest Akumu CD, Fluxes
(Spider Records) was composed in Central America and has been compared
to Tim Hecker by Montreal's ICI magazine and called "soundtrack to an
imaginary David Cronenberg Movie" by Toronto's eye weekly.

Saturday. Nov 20 -- Hamilton -- The Casbah (Early show: 6pm)
Sunday Nov 21 -- Toronto -- Tequila Lounge (presented by Stained Prod)
Monday Nov 22 -- London -- The Last Drop (with DJ Phonecard)
Tuesday Nov 23 -- St. Catharines -- The Mikado (with DJ <machine>)
Wednesday Nov 24 -- Guelph -- News Café (presented by Linx Industries)
Thursday Nov 25 -- Ottawa -- Agora/Universe City (5th Year Anniversary)
Friday Nov 26 -- Québec City -- Galerie Rouje (presented by pertinence)
Saturday Nov 27 -- Montréal -- Esperanza (presented by Phoniq)

Music Samples (MP3s) at the Tour website:


Andrew Duke
Andrew Duke has been composing, producing, remixing, and performing
music since 1987. His music is consistently referred to by the media
and listeners alike as continuously presenting a unique and distinct
sound; quotes: "Andrew Duke creates music that sounds like it has a
reason for living" (The Wire, UK); "He often seems to be inventing new
genres" (Cyclic Defrost, Australia); "Andrew Duke renews my faith in
the world of slow-mo techno" (Igloomag/Microview, USA); "Andrew Duke
reinvents himself almost with every release" (All Music Guide, USA);
"Andrew Duke puts his soul into his experimental music" (The Halifax
Daily News, Canada); "The man behind the East Coast electronic music
scene, Duke displays a different facet of his skill with every release"
(Exclaim, Canada). His Sprung album (released on France's Bip-Hop label
in 2002) was nominated for Album of the Year (Electronica) at the 2003
annual Canadian Independent Music Awards. He has been commissioned for
42+ remixes (for artists such as Aaliyah, Pink Floyd, Chicks On Speed,
Heavy Meadows, and David Kristian), has licensed 115+ tracks to
compilations, and toured his live PA across Canada.
Artist Contact: andrewduke@cognitionaudioworks.com

Montreal native Neil Wiernik began his explorations in electronic music
making as early as 1988. Known to push the boundaries of his musical
form, from designing new or manipulating existing sound-making
devices and software, to creative uses of production environments and
sound sources, naw's music is a blend of sound manipulation/design,
experimental music and dub-tech rhythms, which on the surface sound
quite simple, but incorporate a number of touches that steer this
artist away from being simply another minimal techno or experimental
laptop artist. He combines post-house, dubby minimal techno, microsound
and thick ambience, to create his own version of deep techno, house and
other electronic laptop oriented musics. Neil has released music on
various national and international record labels, including releases on
Noise Factory, Clevermusic, Complot, Piehead, RRR and A/S systems. As
naw, Neil has performed extensively alongside a variety of national and
international artists both in and outside of Canada.
Artist Contact: naw@phoniq.net

Akumu is the solo electronic project for composer Deane Hughes
(formerly of Thrive/Alchemy). The self-titled debut CD (Spider
Records/Fusion III) topped CBC Galaxie's Ambient chart for 9 months,
was nominated for Best Electronic Album (CMW Awards 2001) and licensed
for use in feature film and television. Akumu's new CD, Fluxes, is an
ambient, zero-bpm release written in Mexico and Central America and
recorded in Toronto with engineer/producer Jeff McMurrich (Infinite
Systems/Deepspace). It continues Hughes' exploration of shadowy
atmospheres and moods, pushing further into minimal territory. It has
received airplay on Brave New Waves and positive reviews in Montreal's
Mirror and ICI Magazines. Akumu performs live PA sets with original,
digital video manipulations. Past performances have included Montreal
(Phoniq series) and Toronto (Ambient Ping series, the Rivoli, NOW
Lounge.) A second disc from the same sessions, containing slow-beat
rhythms, is forthcoming winter 2004.
Artist Contact: akumu@spiderrecords.com

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