RECOMBINANT 2020: Fennesz / Byetone

Fennesz With Lillevan

Britton Powell

On March 6th, Fennesz performs a live concert performance with the unique presence of image blazer Lillevan. With Fennesz’s sweeping, stratospheric guitar and electronics augmented by Lillevan’s lyrical moving image, both artists explore the formally rigorous with an element of grandeur and a touch of the sublime.

Byetone will round out the night with techno-tronic rhythmic frameworks from Raster Music (Germany).
Special guest composer Britton Powell presents his new work If Anything Is.



Austrian guitarist, composer, and electronic musician Christian Fennesz is recognized as the key figure and one of the most distinctive voices of electronic music today. His wide international reputation has been consolidated through his substantial overall contribution to new musical expression. In the beginning of the 1990s, Fennesz became involved with Viennese techno scene. Though formally educated in guitar and ethnomusicology from an early age, Fennesz decided to pursue composing and developing his own sound world in the distinctive electronic idiom. By plugging his guitar into his laptop and transforming and processing it, he managed to create a specific sound that is difficult to mistake for another's.


Lillevan is an animation, video and media artist. He is perhaps best known as founding member of the visual / music group Rechenzentrum (1997-2008). Lillevan has performed and collaborated with many artists from a wide array of genres, from opera to installation, from minimal electronic experimentalism to dance and classical music. Lillevan recontextualizes, combines and politicizes existing film images and fragments. Since the mid-nineties he has mainly investigated non-narrative facets of film which has lead to completely abstract works, but also to collage explorations of film history, to interactive works for dance groups and much more. The focus is often on the musicality of the imagery, thus defining the moving imagery as an instrument in its own right as opposed to accompanying music.


Byetone is the artist alias of Olaf Bender, co-founder and principal administrator of Raster-Noton. Man of his time and autodidact, he has a fascination for minimalism and is interested in the impact of technology on creativity: 'Always technology influenced the development of aesthetics. So today the computer is our instrument and we try to create a computer-typical sound. As we are part of this development/movement, we hope to have had a certain impact on it.' Drawing from sources of all directions and disciplines, inspired by the smallest particles of existence and by the epic theories of mankind, Bender produces a type of music whose rhythms have met with the blade of a scalpel, an amalgamation of precision and grooves that characterize the Raster-Noton label.

Creative Producer

Recombinant Media Labs

RECOMBINANT MEDIA LABS (RML) was founded in 1991 by Naut Humon, to research and deploy the cultural qualities and artistic potential of Spatial Cinema and music mediated electro-acoustic surround sound. RML acts as producer, propagator, and presenter of substantive intermodal artworks for its panoramic performance platform the CineChamber. Recombinant Festival is an annual autumn event series in San Francisco that showcases international immersive residencies from RML’s nomadic network. Co-presenters have been Gray Area and Obscura Digital and now STRRR TV.

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