TMS performed movement(al) distortion(s) at the International Supernoise Festival in Aarhus (DK) on February 4. 2017.
Link to full concert on Mixcloud
Photos by: Benjamin Detto and Tri Minh.
TMS is an experimental noise project by Berlin-based artists Malte Steiner (DE) and Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen (DK). The format is improvisational sound pieces and concerts built out of Steiner and Madsen's sonic interactions, where noise-scapes and complex structures emerge from intense layering of various in- and outputs. The physical interaction with materials has an additional focus and thus to create a more performative and visual sound experience. TMS use primarily various pedals, self-built controllers and Pure Data to create their sounds. Each chosen element is very important for the whole, where the combination of these play a vital role in the compositions. The inputs can be analogue as well as digital; modulated, transformed and distorted.
Listen to TMS on Soundcloud
Download TMS portfolio (images) in PDF (6 MB) from Block4.com
Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen is a Danish, Berlin-based independent artist researcher and curator, who works in the intersection between performance art and media. Madsen's research deals with theory as well as practice and how these are inseparable entities. The main focus points of her work and research are: performative practices, post-humanism and gender studies, internet-based art and networked performance, site specificity, system aesthetics, open technology and sound.
Malte Steiner is a German, Berlin-based media artist, electronic musician and composer. Steiner started creating electronic music and visual art around 1983, developing his own vision of the interdisciplinary Gesamtkunstwerk. Steiner's musical projects are primarily the experimental electro-acoustic Elektronengehirn, the industrial outfit Notstandskomitee, Akustikkoppler (with Matthias Schuster), Das Kombinat, Embedded Artist (with Wolfgang Spahn) and additionally TMS and codepage (with Tina MK Madsen).
For the piece, TMS has created a score that captures the dynamics of the musical composition. The performance for the Piksel Festival will be a revised edition of this, where the audio will be accompanied by a projection of a visual score created in Blender and Pure Data, based on the shape of the serotonin molecule displayed together with scientific meta data as well as a timer. This enables the audience to follow the progression of the piece, which is divided into 5 dynamic levels, gradually counting down time.
The sources and inputs come
from the interaction of the two performers, each bringing physical
elements into the shared composition. Sounds from objects and the
interaction between body, surfaces and the architectural structures of
the space feed into the piece through the use of piezos. Both performers
will live manipulate their own generated sounds into an interwoven
structure of dynamic noise patterns.
Malte Steiner from TMS opened the night with an Electronengehirn set:
In the piece Meta-instrument [Stochastic Satz #1-3], Elektronengehirn fusions the world of analog modular sound-synthesis with that of software, combining both means of aesthetics to one composition with a focus on the advantages and as well as the limits of each system. The expressiveness of the analog hardware synthesis is communicating with the complex control- and random patterns of software, here created with Pure Data.
Meta-instrument [Stochastic Satz #1-3] is a part of
Steiner's research in what he terms a meta-instrument. This concept is
grounded in a wish to move beyond traditional means and methods, and
create a more systematic approach to audio creation.
Malte Steiner began the project Elektronengehirn in 1996, where it started as a side project to his industrial outfit Notstandskomitee, but it soon developed to take on a more experimental identity of its own. The main features of Steiner's electro-acoustic compositions are that they are primarily done with software with custom made applications, where he uses Max / MSP, Pure Data and Csound. Steiner's sound projects are additionally closely related to his practice as a media artist, where he creates systems, which control and feeds the sound in real time.
For the Audioblast online audio festival TMS will compose a piece based on the structural qualities of the neurotransmitter serotonin. These dynamics will be improvised and performed live in a dynamic and counterbalanced noise act that deals with both the balances as well as the imbalances caused by disruption of this unit in the brain. The piece is a translation of a physiological entity into a mixed analogue and digital composition, transmitted via the digital system of the live-stream and thus inserted into the online neuro-system of the Internet.
The audio performance is created specifically for the call of the Audioblast festival and as described in the concept, it is based on the structure of the neorotransmitter serotonin and thus a translation of a physiological entity into a improvised composition, transmitted via the digital system of the live-stream and inserted into the online neuro-system of the Internet.
Duration of performance: 30 minutes
The piece was performed for a live audience at Kommunal Kunst og Teknik, Blågårdsgade in Copenhagen (DK) as well as streamed online and to a quadrophonic set-up at APO-33 in Nantes (FR)