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DEAF TALKS @ The Digital Hub

DEAF TALKS present a FREE full day and evening of film, workshops, discussions and music featuring:

Dave Vorhaus & Mark Jenkins (White Noise/BBC Radiophonic Workshop)









* Irish premiere of Totally Wired, a documentary of synthesiser store owner Andreas Schneider, ensconced inside a crumbling socialist office block in former East Berlin, preaching the way of analogue to a loyal following of infamous electronic musicians.about Schneider’s Bureau in Berlin. The film will be followed by Q+A from Andreas Schneider and director (Dublin born, Berlin based) Niamh Ahern.

* BBC Radiophonic Workshop presented by Dave Vorhaus and Mark Jenkins. (White Noise, UK).

The BBC Radiophonic Worhshop was one of the sound effects units of the BBC, was created in 1958 to produce effects and new music for radio, and was closed in March 1998, although much of its traditional work had already been outsourced by 1995. It was based in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in Delaware Road, London, growing outwards from the then-legendary Room 13.

* Workshop from FAW (Future Audio Workshop, Irl) with special guest Peter Kirn (Create Digital Music, USA)

Based in Galway, Ireland. Formed in 2007, FAW’s main aim is to create and develop exciting new audio software for the international community of musicians, sound designers and live performance artists. Gavin Burke from Future Audio Workshop and Peter Kirn will hold an informal workshop on making music with your computer, giving advice on how to get setup and how to develop your own custom made audio tools.

Saturday 25th Oct: 12pm to 6pm (schedule tbc) / Auditorium at the Digital Hub, Thomas St, D8

Free Admission: to guarantee entry contact please to hold your place.

M83 to play Vicar St

+ Channel One (Irl)
Doors 7.30pm / Tickets €23 + booking fee
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DEAF are delighted to host Forever Presentations event with M83 at Vicar Street. Named after a galaxy and inspired by the shoe-gazing blissful indie-pop of the 80s, Anthony Gonzalez’s M83 has reached stellar heights since it was formed in Antibes in France in 2001. With remix work for Bloc Party, Goldfrapp and Depeche Mode under his belt, and soundtrack contributions to the Russian fantasy Nightwatch (alongside numerous television appearances), Gonzalez has pursued a resolutely ’80s inspired direction in recent years, with influences on his latest album cited as ranging from Tears For Fears and Cocteau Twins to the teen movies of John Hughes.

Dublin-based Channel One released two limited vinyl-only singles Not For the Last Time and Accelerate Brake/Fun Radio in 2005/2006, following up with the Permissions EP in 2007. Employing a mixture of electronics and live instrumentation, they’ve notched up some memorable performances in recent times (Berlin, Brighton, Grenoble, Texas and at Electric Picnic in Ireland). They’re currently producing their debut album in their Phibsborough studio, which is scheduled for release in late 2008.

DEAF Statement 2008

Thursday 24 - Sunday 26 October 2008

The seventh Dublin Electronic Arts Festival in association with Becks Vier, takes place over the October bank holiday weekend 2008, with our most diverse and comprehensive programme to date, this year’s DEAF stages a total of 52 events across Dublin city from the Digital Hub to the National Gallery of Ireland.

After the success of 2007’s all-Asian themed programme, we have broadened our scope further and, in partnership with some of Ireland’s leading arts organisations and event promoters, we’ve put together a line-up that is unique to the Irish festival calendar. Musical highlights include appearances from the revered veterans of electronic experimentalism Nurse With Wound, White Noise live at the Sugar Club, Trans Am at the Village, M83 at Vicar Street, live Baile Funk set from Brazils DJ Sandrinho at the Southwilliam and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop at the Digital Hub. Late night club appearances come in the form of Luke Vibert, Rob Hall, UR DJ Skurge, Regis, Broadcast, Shawn Rudiman and DK7 plus DEAF TALKS with Andreas Schneider, Niamh Ahern, Dave Vorhaus, Mark Jenkins, Peter Kirns and Steinski. The annual flagship event is the DEAF closing party and this year features a host of highly-regarded international names such as Model 500 featuring Juan Atkins and Mike Banks, Laurent Garnier and the Moritz Von Oswald Trio playing alongside the best of local talent including Americhord, Chequerboard and Rollers/Sparkers.

MODEL 500 [LIVE] Irish Debut

With all the gloomy talk of recession these days, it’s inspiring to see so many new names in a programme that prides itself in providing exposure for a new generation of Irish-based artists working in the electronic arts. Alongside newcomers to the festival, such as Stasis and Synth Eastwood, we welcome participation from the Improvised Music Company, Forever and Note Productions and look forward to further developing our partnerships with Culture Ireland, the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and the Model Arts & Niland Gallery.

There is focus on the participatory this year, with talks, screenings and an adult music workshop facilitated by local collective !Kaboogie. DEAF Junior, our children’s workshop programme, will visit some of Dublin’s disadvantaged areas offering kids of all ages an opportunity to experiment with new music technology.

DEAF 2008 features a number of exhibitions in galleries across the city, and it is encouraging to see that many of these spaces (The Joy Gallery, Thisisnotashop, The Joinery, Pallas Contemporary Projects…) are relatively new, independent and artist-run. 2008 also sees the start of another DEAF initiative: the DEAF Awards for new composition in the fields of ambient & electroacoustic music, which is a joint collaboration with South Tipperary Arts Centre, Limerick University and RTÉ Lyric Fm. As part of DEAF’s ongoing publishing series, platforming the very best in new experimental music being made in this country, this year’s double CD release features 35 tracks from Irish-based artists such as Nurse with Wound, Fovea Hex, Major Grave, Roger Doyle and Sunken Foal.

DEAF 2008 could not take place without the generous help of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Dublin City Council, the Goethe Institut, Culture Ireland, and the Finnish Embassy. We would also like to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge the support of our primary sponsor Becks Vier, and to thank all of our participants and our audience for the continued encouragement, enjoyment and goodwill that enables DEAF to take place every year.


Nurse With Wound open DEAF this year at Andrews Lane on Thursday 23rd October. Tickets on sale now

Nurse With Wound (formed in 1978) is the main recording vehicle of British musician Steven Stapleton (currently living in County Clare, Ireland).

Nurse With Wound has been Stapleton’s main musical outlet for some 30 years. He has also appeared on records by other artists and worked as a producer and remixer. As well as his musical output Stapleton is a highly accomplished and critically acclaimed painter and sculptor often working under the guise of ‘Babs Santini’.

There are now over 40 full-length NWW titles. Stapleton’s eclectic tastes in art, film and music is often reflected in the broad and often unpredictable and unlikely music of NWW, the output of which draws directly on nearly every musical genre imaginable yet consistently retains a distinctively and recognizable Nurse With Wound ‘sound’.

Although Stapleton has sole curatorship of NWW, the group has a long and illustrious list of collaborators including Diana Rogerson, James Thirlwell (Foetus), Colin Potter, Tony Wakeford, David Jackman (Organum), Andrew McKenzie (The Hafler Trio), Stereolab, Jim O’Rourke, Andrew Liles, Sunn O))), William Bennett (Whitehouse), Robert Haigh, Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade), Christoph Heeman, Faust, Annie Anxiety, Jhonn Balance (Coil), Matt Waldron (Irr. App (Ext)) and, most regularly, David Tibet (Current 93).

In 2005, Nurse With Wound returned to live performance after a 21-year absence. Steven Stapleton, Colin Potter, Matt Waldron, Diana Rogerson and Andrew Liles played three concerts at the Narrenturm in Vienna, where they performed improvisations on the album Salt Marie Celeste. These concerts were not, however, billed as NWW appearances. The first official NWW appearances since 1984 were at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco in June 2006. In December of the same year, the group played at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival organized by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.

Since 2005 the mainstay live members of Nurse With Wound are Steven Stapleton (voice, bowed and prepared guitar, CD turntables, electronics, sound FX, sundry implements)

Colin Potter (Mix, electronics, computer, live processing), Matt Waldron (prepared bass, sundry implements, voice, percussion, electronics, tapes, recorded sources) and Andrew Liles (keyboards, sound FX, recorded sources, lead guitar, percussion, sundry implements). NWW have played over 15 shows worldwide and performed full live NWW sets is in Austria, Belgium, France, Barcelona, London, Moscow, Berlin and Venice. Interestingly NWW claim that each live appearance is a rehearsal for the next show and no two shows have ever been the same. The NWW live experience is kept unique by featuring an array of different and ever evolving guest musicians.

Nurse With Wound and Steven Stapleton continue to be fervently hyperactive with a ceaseless zest for breaking new horizons both visually and sonically.

Just released is “Huffin’ Rag Blues” on United Dirter.

Forthcoming is much speculated Nurse With Wound ‘Rap’ album plus an assortment of live work and studio collaborations.


Colin Potter:

Matt Waldron:

Andrew Liles:

DEAF Closing Party


Closing party tickets on sale now

Confirmed so far for DEAF’s closing party on Bank Holiday Sunday 26th Oct in the Village and Whelans [3 stages, access all areas]… Model 500 [Live], Laurent Garnier, Moritz Von Oswald Trio featuring Vladislav Delay and Max Loderbauer. Many more acts TBC soon.

Model 500

Laurent Garnier

Moritz Von Oswald Trio

Do you have a space for music?

New Spaces for Music
DEAF in collaboration with the model::niland

The Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo has been experimenting with new spaces for live music throughout 2008. Currently closed for an extensive redevelopment the Model decided to use their lack of permanent venue to their advantage and began a series which saught to bring music to new spaces outsde of the usual concert or gig format. Unusual rooms, outdoor spaces, places where live music is not normally encountered, can all become new spaces for music and already this year a hotel bedroom, a working church, an outdoor basketball arena, castle ruins and stately houses have all been used to great effect.

DEAF are bringing the concept of new spaces to Dublin for the festival the year and are currently doing a call out for New Spaces to be used, Have you ever thought about live music at work? Do you have a boardroom or a factory or a workplace where you think a musical performance could take place? Do you have space in your school/community centre, restaurant or shop? Or do you have ideas for interesting outdoor spaces? Email and let us know. No space too small and the more unlikely the better.

Work for DEAF

Salesperson Wanted

Due to the expansion of the festival this year we’re looking for someone to give us a hand selling advertising in our print program. This will be a paid position, it will be commission based and you can work for us in your own time. The program is due to go to print in mid August. Some sales experience is obviously a plus though not essential. We are primarily looking for someone who is well motivated and enthusiastic with a good knowledge of what DEAF is all about. If you think you’re the right person for the job and are available to start immediately please send your CV to

Work Experience

Once again this summer we are pleased to offer an internship in our offices in Dublin’s city centre. All we ask is that you are enthusiastic, self motivated, have a reasonable knowledge of what DEAF is and can start working immediately. If you are familiar with the festival and are looking for some work experience please send your CV and a little bit about yourself to Prior experience working in event promotion or entertainment is not required.

Festival Volunteers

DEAF would not be possible without the help of volunteers. Each year we put out a call for help during festival week in October and we are always overwhelmed by the response. Once again we are asking you to get in touch with us if you think you can help out in any way. This could be anything from putting up posters and lifting equipment, to ferrying artists to and from the airport. As always we can cover your expenses and would like to offer festival tickets in return for your efforts. If you’d like to help out and will be based in Dublin in October please drop a mail with your contact info and we’ll be in touch.

DEAF 2008 CD Music Callout


DEAF returns once again in 2008, with a stellar line-up of local and international talent set to perform across the city over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

While Dublin’s more experimental club nights have undoubtedly struggled somewhat in recent years, there’s been a notable increase in the quality of the productions emerging from the studios of Irish producers. Thus for 2008, we’re putting together a 32-track double CD intended to showcase the best in new electronic music from Irish-based artists.

The CD will be inserted into our print programme and distributed free at the press launch for the festival in September 2008, which is set to take place at the Sugar Club in Dublin. We’ll also be promoting it to the Irish and international press as part of our marketing campaign for this year’s festival, and all tracks selected will be made available for free download from during the run-up to festival week.

We want this compilation to represent the best of what’s out there right now, and we hope to feature work contributed by both established names and relative unknowns. Any style or genre of electronic music can be submitted, but tracks cannot be longer than 4 minutes (edits of longer pre-existing pieces are acceptable). Only one track can be submitted per artist name; however, you may submit any number of tracks as long as each is credited to a different pseudonym.

If your music is selected for inclusion, we’ll require you to provide a high resolution photograph (representing the artist), along with a brief biography for use in our promotional material.

Entries can be submitted by post [on CD] or via download links.

All CDs should be posted to the address below. The closing date for submissions is Monday July 14th 2008.


DEAF Music 2008

68 Dame Street

Dublin 2

All download links should be emailed to    with DEAF 2008 CD Music in the subject line.

Please note this is a compilation of Irish based artists only. We’re looking forward to listening through all the entries!!