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Surgeon Exclusive DEAF mix

056 surgeonSurgeon has done an exclusive mix for this year’s DEAF, giving us a preview of what to expect when he performs at this year’s festival’ 

Check out the mix HERE

Surgeon plays DEAF on Saturday 24th October in Kennedys.

Modeselektor podcast

aamodeselektor_coverGernot and Sebastian from Modeselektor crank up the bass on this week’s RA podcast:

As far as modern Berlin-based acts go, Modeselektor are an anomaly. While others may be content with forging a path down one particular aural avenue…..   CHECK  Modeselektor Podcast here

Modeselektor play DEAF on Friday 23rd Oct in the Button Factory.

Toshimaru Nakamura + Chip Shop Music

I + E present Toshimaru Nakamura (Japan), Chip Shop Music (Martin Kuchen, Erik Carlsson, Paul Vogel & David Lacey, Swe & Irl). 

The Ireland Institute, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.    8pm – €10           




Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board)

Toshimaru Nakamura has been producing electronic music on self-named “no-input mixing board,” after long unhappy years with the electric guitar. The name describes the method of his music. “No” external sound source is connected to “inputs” of the “mixing board.” Mostly an improviser, occasionally a composer for dancers, an instrumentalist for compositions. Over the last decade, Nakamura has performed solo and collaborated with a bewildering array of musicians from all over the globe including Keith Rowe, Lucio Capece, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Annette Krebs, Axel Dörner and Rhodri Davies. Recent releases include, a duo with vocalist Ami Yoshida and Dance Music, a collection for compositions performed with dancers.


Chip Shop Music

Chip Shop Music are an Irish/Swedish quartet that play some combination of reeds, percussion and electronics. Erik Carlsson, Martin Küchen, David Lacey & Paul Vogel began playing as a quartet in the Spring of 2007, releasing their first album later that year, followed by concerts in Spain, Sweden and Ireland. A new album is due for release in early 2010 on homefront recordings.

Engaging, demanding music with a real spark of vitality and joy at its heart.”-

Richard Pinnell, The Watchful

Crash Ensemble present ‘Minimal’

Crash EnsemblejpgCrash Ensemble present ‘Minimal’ MORE INFO HERE

Performing works by Steve Reich & Philip Glass, plus screening Philip Glass’s ‘Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance’ directed by Godfrey Reggio


Smock Alley Theatre, 8 Exchange St Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

(Formerly known as SS Michael And John. The entrance is located on Lower Exchange Street -just off Parliament Street).

7.30pm                        €15 / 10

This concert aims to bring together both the long term fans and the newly-initiated for a celebration of the pioneering work of two of minimalism’s greatest composers: Steve Reich and Philip Glass.  Their pioneering influence extends through the music of The Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Glenn Branca, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Claude Young, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Orbital and Aphex Twin – amongst countless others.

Attendees at the concert are encouraged to circulate in the space, seating themselves at the various stages around the room to experience small ensemble and solo performances of seminal Reich works.

koyaanisqatsiThe second half of the concert will consist of a screening of Philip Glass’s ‘Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance’. Directed by Godfrey Reggio, with cinematography by Ron Frike, this film was premiered in Radio City Music Hall in October 1982, but was out of print for most of the ‚’90s due to copyright issues. Crash Ensemble are delighted to offer this film to a Dublin audience once more.  Concert held in association with Lyric FM and the CMC

Crash Ensemble

Since its first sold-out concert in Dublin in autumn 1997, Crash Ensemble has attracted enthusiastic audiences for its experimental blend of music, video and electronics. The group is interdisciplinary in outlook, and considers its sound engineers, technicians and video makers as much a part of the enterprise as the musicians.

Crash Ensemble has worked with many noted names in world contemporary music (including Terry Riley, Gerald Barry, Steve Reich, Kevin Volans, Gavin Bryars, David Lang and Louis Andreissen), and has travelled around the world promoting Irish new music. 2008 saw live performances in Ireland (Electric Picnic Рthe soundtrack to Gerard Stembridges feature film ‘Alarm’), Australia (Canberra International Music Festival), USA (Bang on a Can Marathon NYC) and Portugal (Musica Viva Lisbon).

2010 will see work with Grammy Award-winning Soprano Dawn Upshaw – who has commissioned Donnacha Dennehy to write a new work for the Crash Ensemble.

Other projects include a new opera by Dennehy (to be directed by Selina Cartmell), a new multimedia work by Daniel Figgis, collaborations with DEAF, Dublin Dance Festival and the RTE Living Music Festival, and an ambitious tour of the US in Spring 2010, to feature works by Riley, Lang and Dennehy with traditional Irish vocalist Iarla O’Lionard.

You can keep up to date with Crash Ensemble by joining their mailing list:

Crash Ensemble is supported by the Arts Council

DEAF Opening Party: SOAP & SKIN @ The Button Factory

S&S 1DEAF Opening night
u:mack presents:
Soap & Skin
Plus Special Guest
Alexander Tucker (ATP Recordings)

Button Factory
Thursday Oct 22
Doors 7.30 (Early show)
Tickets €15 From Road, Sound Cellar, Spindizzy, City Discs & online at

For this year’s opening night DEAF has the honour of presenting the debut Irish performance of the wonderful Soap & Skin, aka eighteen year old Anja Plaschg. Having grown up on a pork farm in the small village of Gnas in rural Austria, Anja’s spellbinding live performances have been stunning audiences and filling concert halls across Europe.

She performs alone, with a grand piano and electronics, her breathtaking vocals displaying a depth of talent rarely seen in such a young artist. While many have likened her to both Bjork and Nico, perhaps Cat Power and Antony and the Johnsons are more suitable comparisons, as like theirs, Anja’s melancholic compositions are truly the music of the outsider.

alexander-tucker1Very special guest on the night is ATP recordings artist Alexander Tucker. One of the Uk’s most original and exciting artist of the last decade, Tucker takes the British folk tradition deep into the future, twisting and weaving it with drone metal and electronica. While many musicians currently practice live looping, none do it with the hypnotic beauty of Tucker, whose mandolin, acoustic guitar, fantastic voice and bank of pedals create soundscapes which completely mesmerize.

naphta democracy nowD1 Recordings presents Naphta ’democracy. now’ album launch

Friday 23rd October

Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
7pm  – 9.30pm €10 [includes a free copy of the double-pack vinylplus complimentary beers]

Two years ago, Irish jungle/drum n bass pioneer Naphta delivered his blueprint for the sound that he’d represented through ten years as Bassbin’s original resident DJ. The album ‘Long Time Burning’ both garnered critical acclaim, and went on to lay the foundation for a new Irish-based vinyl label, ‘Ruff Revival’. Since then, only last year’s ‘A Word About Violence’ on DEAF’s compilation CD provided any clue as to what was next.

Now D1 is proud to present the launch of Naphta’s latest work. Drawing upon his skills at sample selection and manipulation, ‘democracy. now’ both maps out a new narrative environment that begs further musical exploration – and offers an unflinching engagement with the overtly political that is rarely heard in music these days.

More than two years in the making, this impressionistic hour-long piece draws upon received sound from forty years of war, recycling and re-contextualising audio culled from films, documentaries and video uploads into a rhythmically and atmospherically engaging trip; one that veers from the darkly humorous, to the simply dark.

Admission to this event includes a free copy of the double-pack vinyl, plus complimentary beers. Attendees are asked to arrive by 7.30pm promptly, whereupon ‘’ will be played in full for the first time. (Please note that the album is approximately one hour long, so we ask that you help keep the listening experience undisturbed for others).

A short Q&A with Naphta will follow afterwards, where he’ll address any questions or observations that might arise from this ‘audio screening’. As this event will be seated, capacity is limited. Tickets cost €10 and are available from Road Records, City Discs, and
Following the launch, the remaining copies of this extremely ltd. edition vinyl-only double-pack will be sold exclusively through Road Records in Dublin.

Naphta Myspace

u:mack present Warp @ DEAF



Plaid (Live Classics Set)

Clark (Live)

Tim Exile (Live)

Bibio (Laptop/ DJ)

DJ N>E>D (Overkill)

Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2           

8pm till late             Tickets €25 From Road, Sound Cellar, Spindizzy, City Discs & online at            

 The flagship event at this year’s DEAF is a Warp Records party curated by u:mack productions, where the cream of the label’s newest artists are joined by one of the finest acts of the label’s 20-year history.


plaidPLAID (Live Classics Set)

This will be a very special live performance from Plaid: classics tracks specially selected by the band from their entire back catalogue (11 albums and 6 EPs released over 20 years). After trawling through old keyboards, hard drives and floppy discs, Plaid promise to include tracks that haven’t been heard live in more than ten years.



Clark2CLARK (Live)

Chris Clark’s new album‚ Totems Flare‚ (his fifth to date) combines the classic Warp sound with a groove worthy of Paris’s Ed Banger Records, or New York’s DFA.





TimExileTim Exile (Live)

Tim Exile cut his teeth in the drum n bass world on the legendary Moving Shadow label before moving to Planet Mu, but his latest album “Listening Tree” has upped his game to a whole new level. Renowned for his improvised live sets, Tim’s skills have to be seen to be believed.





BibioBibio (Laptop / DJ)

One of Warp’s freshest signings, Bibio’s music pays tribute both to England’s folk tradition and San Francisco’s late sixties psychedelia, via electronically modified guitar melodies and droning synthesizer sounds. A new EP ‚ Maybe They Appear in Graveyards‚ follows his Warp debut, “Ambivalence Avenue”.





Resident DJ at the legendary overkill nights, DJ N>E>D wildly eclectic sets make him the perfect DJ for u:mack‚ s Warp @ DEAF party.

David Rodigan & Sweetalk

rodigan_strtChoiceCuts presents David Rodigan (Kiss FM, Real Authentic Reggae, UK)
Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
€12 plus booking fee /€15 on the door. Free entry from Sweettalk – 10.30pm

Described as a ‘walking encyclopedia’ of Reggae and Dancehall, and of their history and effect on the music industry, David Rodigan is not just a passionate ambassador for the music, he’s also a respected champion within the heated arena of the soundclash. Rodigan was honoured with The Specialist Music Programme Gold Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony in London this year, as well as the Silver Award in The Music Broadcaster of the Year category. Famed primarily for his radio work on Kiss FM, this is a special opportunity to witness Rodigan raising the pressure in a club setting.

DEAF FUNDRAISER – Food, Full Bar + Running Order

Here are a few updates for next weeks fundraiser to encourage early arrivals plus news of new additions to the festival lineup in October.

From 6pm there will be a full bar & restaurant setup on the square from Porterhouse Bars & Pintxo Tapas Restaurant in Temple Bar, we’ll set up a seated/table area where food such as paella & gourmet hot dogs will be served plus a discounted beverage price will be in place if eating & drinking (and don’t forget the square will have a temporary roof in place on the night).

The evening will kick off with Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands at 6.30pm followed by Channel One, Thread Pulls, The Jimmy Cake, Boxcutter & so on (running order below).  Also, Skinny Wolves & Maximum Joy will hold the fort with vinyl-only dj sets kicking off the night & during changeovers.  Each band will get approximately 35 minute slots & changeovers will take approx 10 minutes as we’re squeezing in as much over the 7 hours as possible! The bands will be supported visually by our DEAF vj Alan Lambert aka Metaldragon.

So we recommend you buy your tickets in advance, come down early & make a night of it, eat, drink & take in the best bands around Dublin at the moment.

MEETING HOUSE SQUARE (with temporary roof), Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Friday 21st August
6.00pm sharp til 1am!
Tickets €10.00 – Shops: Road Records, Fade St, D2 and City Discs, The Granary, Temple Bar, D2. Spindizzy, Georges St Arcade, D2 (no booking fees will be charged).  Online:
On the night tickets will be available at the door, but get yours in advance to avoid disappointment.

Running Order: 6.30pm Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands, 7.20pm Channel One, 8.15pm Thread Pulls, 9pm The Jimmy Cake, 9.45pm Boxcutter, 10.30pm Dark Room Notes, 11.30pm Spilly Walker, 12.15am Sarsparilla

Updated bookings include:  Mayer Hawthorn (USA), Mountains (USA), Aux 88 (USA), Bill Brewster (UK), Hardfloor (Ger), Tim Green (UK), Mark Broom (UK), David Toop (UK), Vaughan Oliver (UK)
+ Irish artists: Donal Dineen, Polly Fibre, Yurodny, Karl Burke, Mark Garry, Julie Feeney Baby Beef, Ankor Watt, Judith Mok, Neosupervital, Somadrone, Naphta, Kevin Blake, Sunken Foal, Hugh Cooney, Tom Lynn, Thread Pulls, ESB, Projector Collective.

New Spaces for Music – in association with The Model, Sligo.
Challenging musicians and audiences to interact more with their surroundings, the music, and each other.  New Spaces brings live music into unusual settings. Intended as a taster experience or a musical intervention, New Spaces for DEAF will see a series of 7 gigs happen in unusual spaces around Dublin; shops, empty offices, a van, an apartment, a train station can all become musical spaces. The date, time and artist will be announced in the DEAF programme but you will have to follow DEAF on twitter, facebook or the website to get the locations, which will be announced online no more than 24hours before the performance takes place.  New Spaces gigs are free of charge and last just 30-40minutes, showcasing the talent of some of Ireland’s most inventive, electronically influenced, new acts.   Artists include BabyBeef, Neosupervital, Kevin Blake, Somadrone, Sarsaparilla, Beautiful and Polly Fibre.

Film Programme:
‘Solus Irish/Arabian Avant-Garde Film Tour’
‘Balkan Shorts’ – Serbian and Croatian short films from the Belgrade Shorts Fest, Zagreb Fest of Experimental Shorts and the Kratkofil International Film Festival
Egyptian Documentary Shorts – Part 1; Experimental
Egyptian Documentary Shorts – Part 2; Narrative. Speaker / Curator: Sherif Awad, Film Critic for Egypt Today Magazine.
The Experimental Film Club – Invited filmmaker Moira Tierney and collaborators ‘Maison Des Cineastes’, Mauritania.
Solus Anthologies Part 1: Irish and international shorts
Fugitive Video Project 2009
African and Irish Animation. African Selection Curated by Mohamed Ghazala, director of ASIFA, Egypt.
‘Ouroboros: Ocean Dreams ‘ : Alan Lambert screening / a feature length collection of shorts

DEAF Fundraiser Gig – Friday August 21st



Dublin Electronic Arts Festival present

The Jimmy Cake
Dark Room Notes
Spilly Walker
Channel One
Thread Pulls
Patrick Kelleher & his Cold Dead Hands





















MEETING HOUSE SQUARE (with temporary roof & full bar for evening)
Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Friday 21st August
6.00pm sharp!
Shops: Road Records, Fade St, D2 and City Discs, The Granary, Temple Bar, D2. Spindizzy, Georges St Arcade, D2 (no booking fees will be charged)
Online: (plus a minimum charge of .95c)

DEAF comes out of hiding a little early this year with a special fundraiser event in Temple Bars’ Meeting House Square, which will be temporarily roofed for the night.  Due to difficulties this year in securing sponsorship & cuts in arts funding, we’ve decided to take a DIY approach & with the generous support of the artists who will all perform for free (The Jimmy Cake, Dark Room Notes, Boxcutter, Spilly Walker, Channel One, Thread Pulls, Sarsparilla and Patrick Kelleher & his Cold Dead Hands) we are hoping to make a small dent into this years festival budget.  Also supporting DEAF are our long-time acquaintances; Phantom 105.2FM, Micromedia,, Road Records, City Discs & Spindizzy Records – all have wavered their charges for this show & are offering their services for free – to everyone we are extremely grateful.  We have also specifically kept the ticket price down as its not only ourselves feeling the current pinch – the way we look at it for 10 euro you get to see 8 bands, that’s 1.25euro per band, not bad!

We would like to thank Temple Bar Cultural Trust for supporting the festival & enabling us to stage such a unique event in Meeting House Square, and we’re delighted to avail of the temporary roof which will be in place for the night, so no matter what kind of ‘summer’ evening comes our way the show will still go on!

News: DEAF is now entering its 8th year & dates for this year’s festival are Thursday 22nd to Saturday 31st October with over 70 events in place, utilising 45 music venues, gallery spaces, clubs & bars.  Highlights include Modeselektor, Soap & Skin, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Surgeon, Cristian Vogel, Planetary Assault Systems, Grouper, John Weise, Roger Doyle @60, Crash Ensemble, David Rodigan & Dam Funk, plus much more to come.


Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to help out on the night & at the festival so if you’re interested please get in touch.


The Jimmy Cake

THE JIMMY CAKEFollowing on from their critically acclaimed third album Spectre and Crown, The Jimmy Cake have returned with a new set and a new sound. Reduced from a cast of hundreds to a slimmed down six piece, we find the Jimmy Cake’s music equally stripped back: where once there were strings, accordion and tubas there is now the esoteric appeal of vintage synths and tightly coiled, pounding rhythms. The main players came together in the late 90’s as Das Madman, broke up in 1999 and reformed in 2000 as The Jimmy Cake. They have released three albums: ‘Brains’, ‘Dublin gone, everybody dead’ and 2008’s ‘Spectre & Crown’ as well as one EP: ‘Superlady’ on their own Pilatus imprint.





 Dark Room Notes

DRNDublin electro-pop quartet Dark Room Notes fusion of dance, electronic and indie influences has been picking up fans in Ireland and abroad since the release of their debut “We Love You Dark Matter” in April. Dark Room Notes will play the Electric Picnic on September 5th and 6th, dates in London and Warsaw at the end of September and an Irish tour throughout October. “An impressive beast bubbling with dramatic hooks, alluring textures and a bundle of smart electro rock tunes.” – Jim Carroll, The Ticket



 Spilly Walker

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Spilly Walker emerged in 2007 on the Donal Dineen curated Foggy Notions compilation Small Hours Summer Mornings. The song “Let the Freak Come Out at Night” was an awesome marriage of pop-craft and electro intensity.  It soon became apparent that Spilly Walker had more bangers where that came from when they took the stage at the Electric Picnic in the Foggy Notions tent and treated us to forty minutes of immense Ibiza synths and disco soul tracks with huge choruses and emotive singing.  The debut album is near completion and should see the light of day late October 2009. Expect disco, soul, electro, lush beats and party anthems with the distinctive vocal stylings of Spilly and some surprise guests.




boxcutterBoxcutter is Barry Lynn, a producer and musician from Northern Ireland.  Now on his 3rd album under that alias, titled “Arecibo Message”, it was released in April of this year, again on the Planet Mu label, following on from 2007’s “Glyphic” and 2006’s “Oneiric”. Critical response was overwhelmingly positive, with iDJ awarding it 10/10, and Mixmag’s Joe Muggs describing it as an “awesomely coherent and original album” and “the first great dubstep LP of ‘09″. Playfully referencing Barry’s background in astronomy, the LP was inspired by the SETI transmission of the same name, a binary description of humanity sent into space in 1974, and is defined by spaced out analogue sounds and deep basslines tied into a post-garage framework. One of the LP’s stand-out tracks, “A Familiar Sound”, a collaboration with electronic soul duo Kinnego Flux, was released on limited edition vinyl on Barry’s new imprint Kinnego records earlier in the year.Since then he has been played a number of packed shows all over Europe to enthusiastic crowds, and has a short tour of the US west coast planned for the Autumn.


 Channel One

4646_113058678688_99773533688_2751847_6225612_n-1Channel One are a band from Dublin. The band uses a mixture of electronic and live instrumentation to create their sound. Channel One does rock/electronica on an epic level. There is also some very fine shoegazing sounds with huge blasts of layered guitars taking over in a similar style to Mogwai. They create a beautiful tumult, all scrawling synth, insistent rhythms, corrosive guitar and narcotised vocal. Their sci-fi lullabies are infused with a raw punk spirit, music that manages to sound simultaneously filmic and familiar whilst remaining disturbingly alien.





tp08-500Thread Pulls are an experimental two-piece with the drumbeat at their core. Thread Pulls became the first Irish band to be invited to play at the celebrated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. After releasing four EPs on 9-pt records as a three piece, they stripped down to the duo of Gavin Duffy and Peter Maybury, and spent the following two years developing their upbeat progressive sound which meshes trumpet, electronics and treated vocals with a no-wave inspired mix of repetitive bass and drums. Thread Pulls are now recording their début album. Peter also makes electronic music as Hardsleeper and in Rainfear. Gavin plays occasionally with Karl Him and Electronic Sensoria Band.



 Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands

patrick kellDublin-based Patrick Kelleher is a 24 year-old musician hailing from Glendalough in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. His music varies from brooding, tense electronica to jaunty acoustica to 8-bit dance-floor ditties, but always with a twist of something ethereal or idiosyncratic. His songs are often premised on a mixture of live instrumentation, drum machines, cheapo voice-sampling yamaha keyboards and vocals that are, at times, heavily distorted. Some (perhaps lazy) comparisons could be made with six-foot hairy male Si Schroeder, Montréal-based floozy Owen Pallett/Final Fantasy, with distinct echoes of the beautiful Kate Bush.





SARSPARILLAIn 1997 Damien Lynch AKA Sarsparilla decided that, rather than sit around and listen to John Carpenter soundtracks recorded off the TV with a ghetto blaster, he could actually attempt to make some tunes himself.  Influenced by 90’s Warp records and eighties Electro and Hip Hop, he concentrates less on software and more on outboard gear and classic drum machines.  Sarsparilla has been with the Alphabet Set since its inception and releases his 2nd full length album for the collective early Autumn entitled ‘Slave to the Cat Gang’