Arkestrated Rhythmachine Komplexities: Machinic Geisterstunde and Post-Soul Persistencies

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The ARK project began as a drum-machine choir, thrown together in 2018 on the occasion of an exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts in Hamburg: Mobile Welten oder das Museum unserer transkulturel-len Gegenwart [Mobile Worlds or The Museum of Our Transcultural Present], a motley assembly of quaint old-fashioned machines, speak-ers, and carrying cases coated in imitation leather or wood veneers, playing synthesised rhythms at the push of a button. It is the epitome of some kind of pseudo techno aesthetic, a sleek machinic imitation of seemingly human artisanship. But there is more to it than meets the eye. Something pervades these unimposing apparatuses like a te-nacious swathe of mist, billowing through their corroded circuits, clinging stubbornly to their dusty surfaces. That’s how it is, with ghosts and machines. Not that the ARK drum-machine choir seeks to exorcise or invoke any ghosts in the machine. It simply lets these restless machinic souls pop up and play their part. It aims to make of them its familiars. Let’s celebrate the machinic Geisterstunde [witch-ing hour]
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCTM 2019 Persistence Magazine
EditorsJan Rohlf, Annie Garlid, Taica Replansky, Ollie Zhang, Dahlia Borsche, Andreas L. Hofbauer
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherDISK – Initiative Bild & Ton e.V.
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-9817928-5-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventCTM Festival 2019 : Adventurous Music & Art - HAU, Berghain, Griessmuehle, Festsaal Kreuzberg, SchwuZ, Paloma Bar, MONOM at Funkhaus Berlin, nGbK, DAAD, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Heimathafen Neukölln, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 25.01.201903.02.2019
Conference number: 20

Bibliographical note

ARK (Arkestrated Rhythmachine Complexities) is a changing association of musicians, producers, writers, sci-entists, and electronic MusickingThings, who*which per-form heterochronicity and multi-track knowledge, looking for post-representative sound formats. It consists, among other, of Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt, Sebastian Kunas, Malte Pelleter, the Maestro Rhythm King, Sarah-Indriyati Hard-jowirogo, Ole Schwabe, and the Wurlitzer Side Man.