SOTU (Sounds of the Underground) is an annual alternative music festival in Amsterdam. SOTU has a passion for genre bending sound and performances – you can listen to noise, prog, folk, improv, rave, bass and electronics.
The main event takes place on Friday and Saturday (17 & 18 April) at venues Occii, Vondelbunker and Butcher’s Tears at the same time.
avant-garde | modern classical | minimalist
Rhys Chatham plays a solo set on trumpet, electric guitar and bass, alto and C flutes and voice, going through his setup of multiple digital delays. Rhys’ influences of early minimalism figure strongly in this set, as well as the influences of his No Wave days at CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City and the Mudd Club in New York during the 70s and 80s.
Rhys Chatham is a classically-trained composer from New York. After he got out of conservatory, he was a concert producer at a place in Soho called the Kitchen, Rhys founded the music program and produced people like Maryanne Amacher, Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, and Steve Reich on the avant garde side of things; and Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Fred Frith on the alternative rock side of things.
After a number of years as a concert producer, he got tired of producing other people’s music. Rhys had heard an early concert of the Ramones and was inspired by it, so he picked up electric guitar and made a composition called GUITAR TRIO in 1976/77 which combined the minimalist tendencies within which he had been working with a rock instrumentation and musicians.
Rhys was introduced to electronic music and composition by Morton Subotnick in the late 60s, and in the early seventies he studied composition with La Monte Young and played in Tony Conrad’s early group. These guys are, along with Terry Riley, the founders of American minimalism; so Guitar Trio is a bit like Tony Conrad meets the Ramones!
Rhys’ instrumentation ranges from the seminal composition composed in 1977 entitled Guitar Trio for 3 electric guitars, electric bass and drums, to the epoch evening-length work for 100 electric guitars, An Angel Moves Too Fast to See, composed in 1989… all the way to Chatham’s recent composition for 400 electric guitars, Crimson Grail , which was commissioned by the City of Paris for La Nuit Blanche Festival in 2005. All these compositions are currently available on the record label Table of the Elements.
SHIT & SHINE
Post-everything | $&$ = A bizarre Texas hybrid | weird shit
Shit and Shine is a London-based group formed by both British and USA musicians. Its typical line-up has multipled drummers and guitarists, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Crash Worship and other percussive-oriented post-psychedelic bands.
Label: Diagonal; Riot Season; Load; Gangsigns; Latitudes; Rock Is Hell; Conspiracy; Rocket…
psych | space rock
After congregating on and off to play the old Dead From Above or Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover, the Amsterdam/Utrecht based trio discovered a shared distorted electronic kraut/noise rock taste which provided fertile ground to grow a repertoire of songs and noise compositions with a unique bite.
Arrays of high pitched overexposed indistinguishable melodic looped vocal utterings layered on a thick overdriven rancid bass with a backing of electronic/analog hybrid beats packaged in songs of varying ambiance were harvested.
After moving into a wood stove equipped repurposed shipping container on the derelict Amsterdam NDSM shipyard at the start of 2014 things began to take shape. Just a few months later their first release in form of a cassette tape would see the light.
Topped of with abstract animations projected over the members during live performances; sound, vision, imagination and human being become hard to tell apart.
acoustic | psych drone | improv | vocal
Varkenshond is a pan-ethnic ritual improvisation ensemble, based on the Maggergergoriaanse spiritual teachings and ancient Támoldoetse knowledge of energy fields
DISC JOCHIE GRRRT & DATNAPOKU [DJ]
Grimetastische retronoviteiten van overal en nergens
beats | hip hop breaks | 49% OF Aalscholver Riot
Besides Texel there is before, after and in between. DJ Texel is douchebag first class and non of this it true… However 90’s dancemusic has to do with creative douchebags who wanted to program electronic dancemusic beginning 90’s because dancing is cool and computers became affordable. Afterall we all want to originate from Africa but we can’t, sow… ehm…. DJ Texel will play over-the-top-dance-mash-ups also referred to as euphoricore. MC Texel won’t be present because his falafel got cold and DJ Texel is a douchebag and can’t write his own biographys.
Presentatie: FAKE #01 Magazine & CD-comp
-w/ The Outskirts, Arno Pelzer en Spoelstra + DJ Wim van den Herik
FESTIVAL TALKSHOW : T’ Gaepent Gat
T’ Gaepent Gat is a talk-show on Radio Patapoe about art, counter culture and extra ordanairy subjects mixed with tunes by dj Naaktslak. During SOTU they wil interview artists and participants of the festival every night during a Festival-Talkshow from 20:00 till 21:00 in the gallery/upstairs space of the Occii. http://www.gapendgat.blogspot.nl/
Takes place at the OCCII Smoke Gallery.
Rhys Chatham (US)
The Kurws (PL)
Shit and Shine (US)
Cremation Lily (UK)
Cyril M. (FR)
Varkenshond (BE / NL)
Urpf Lanze (BE)
DJ Texel (1/2 Aalscholver Riot)
Howie Reeve (UK)
The Brain Masturbation
Film: Blootgeven by Jan Kees Helms
Bruital Orgasm (BE)
Sheik Anorak (FR)
Parrish Smith & Ron van de Kerkhof (Knekelhuis Listening Session)
Zo’n Raar Orkest (with conducter Gijs Borstlap van Rooie Waas)
Eugene Chadbourne & Rogier Smal (US/NL)
Margriet Kicks-Ass (Oerknal)
DiscJochie Grrrt aka DJ TpOk
Presentatie: FAKE #01 Magazine & CD-comp
-w/ The Outskirts, Arno Pelzer en Spoelstra
Kasper Vogelzang (Photographer, OCCII-expo)
Butcher’s Tears – Karperweg 45
Budapest – Pesthuislaan
Vondelbunker – Vondelpark 8
Occii – Amstelveenseweg 134
Tetterode (M4) – Da Costakade 158
Entrance 5 euro.
Vondelbunker, Budapest, Tetterode (M4) are free to visit.
Wednesday, April 8, Tetterode (M4)
18:00 – 20:00 Diner & Debate The state of the Counter Culture with a.o.: presentation by curator Corrado Salzano
21:00 – 23:00 Projections Installations – Vibrant Iceland presented by Masha Ru & Olga Ganzha / Performance program – With Dewi de Vree, Jervaas.
ARNO PELZER, DATNAPOKU [DJ], DISC JOCHIE GRRRT, DJ TEXEL, FAKE MAGAZINE, RHYS CHATHAM, SHIT & SHINE, SPOELSTRA, T' Gaepent Gat, THE OUTSKIRTS, VARKENSHOND, WAIVER