THURSDAY MAY 4

PAUL PAULUN “IF/THEN/SHOW/TIME” (DE) talk

Doors : 19:00 – Starts 19:30 – Free entry
Nextex, Frongartenstrasse 9, 9000 St.Gallen

FRIDAY MAY 5

PRAM (UK)  audiovisual  concert
ELA ORLEANS (PL/UK)
 audiovisual concert
XAVIER BOUSSIRON (FR)
 live
LAIDA LERTXUNDI (
ES/US)
“Vivir para Vivir / Live to Live” screening
STANLEY (CH)  
DJ set
THE DEAD MAURIACS (FR)  
diffusion
DISCOGRAPHISME RECREATIF (FR)  
exhibition

Doors : 20:00 – Starts 20:30 –
Price 15.- / 20.- / 25.-, pass 2 nights 35.–

Palace, Zwinglistr. 3, Blumenbergplatz, 9000 St.Gallen

SATURDAY MAY 6

PIERRE BASTIEN (FR)  Silent motors, audiovisual concert
JOASIHNO (DE)  
live
KLAVIKON (UK)
 live
SOUNDS OF SILENCE (FR)  
DJ set
WILFRIED* (FR)  
DJ set
POSTCARDS FROM AROMA CLUB  (DE)
Three tracks of Asmus Tietchens as Hematic Sunsets
DISCOGRAPHISME RECREATIF (FR)
exhibition

Doors : 20:00 – Starts 20:30 –
Price 15.- / 20.- / 25.-, pass 2 nights 35.–

Palace, Zwinglistr. 3, Blumenbergplatz, 9000 St.Gallen

EXHIBITIONS

PAUL PAULUN (DE) “Noiz, St. Gallen” – Playlist programme for iTunes-Shuffle
5-6 May, 14:00 – 19:00 – Free entry
Nextex, Frongartenstrasse 9, 9000 St.Gallen

DISCOGRAPHISME RECREATIF (FR) exhibition
5-6 May, free entry (front windows display)
Palace, Zwinglistr. 3, Blumenbergplatz, 9000 St.Gallen

THURSDAY MAY 4

PAUL PAULUN “IF/THEN/SHOW/TIME” (DE) talk

 Doors : 19:00 – Starts 19:30 – Free entry
Nextex, Frongartenstrasse 9, 9000 St.Gallen

paul-paulun-web
Paul Paulun : Archiv Heinrich Dubel, Erratik Institut Berlin / Beauty of the anomalous - poetic noiz in a dilapidated something Schönheit des Ungewöhnlichen - poetischer noiz eines verfallenen Etwas

PAUL PAULUN (DE) — talk
“IF/THEN/SHOW/TIME OR: HOW I BECAME MY OWN ALGORITHM. THOUGHTS ABOUT ARCHIVING (MUSIC)”

“Initially, I just wanted to tidy up my iTunes library. However, the attempt led to a vivid archive mapping music and artistic styles from the Futurists to Hyperdub. Apart from thematic sections there are also playlists based on moods. They are the basis for installations that last many hours – conceived for shuffle mode. The compiling process is inspired by the analytical means of international music providers like Muzak or DMX, which deliver musical programs for companies like Mc Donald’s, H&M or Starbucks according to the image of the brand.” – Paul Paulun

Paul Paulun is a sound research engineer, an audio collector, a writer on the most imaginable diverse topics within the spectrum and much more. In 2013 he curated the exhibition “Wir sind hier nicht zum Spaß” about collective subcultural structures in 90s Berlin at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (Berlin). Since 2014 he has been presenting unusual radiophonic miniatures in the magazine ”Kompressor” on Deutschlandradio.

FRIDAY MAY 5

PRAM (UK)  audiovisual  concert
ELA ORLEANS (PL/UK)
 audiovisual concert
XAVIER BOUSSIRON (FR)
 live
LAIDA LERTXUNDI (
ES/US)
“Vivir para Vivir / Live to Live” screening
STANLEY (CH)  
DJ set
THE DEAD MAURIACS (FR)  
diffusion
DISCOGRAPHISME RECREATIF (FR)  
exhibition

Doors : 20:00 – Starts 20:30 –
Price 15.- / 20.- / 25.-, pass 2 nights 35.–

Palace, Zwinglistr. 3, Blumenbergplatz, 9000 St.Gallen

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Picture credit : Pram
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Picture credit : Ela Orleans by Jonathan Clancy
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Picture credit : Xavier Boussiron “Musique de la Carte du tendre”
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Picture credit : Courtesy of Laida Lertxundi and LUX, London

PRAM (UK) — concert

“Music for your movies”: for 25 years and through 9 albums (first on Too Pure and later on Domino records), Pram develops a unique, luxuriant and cinematic musical space, nourished by the visuals of Filmficciones. With a new album, “Across the Meridian” to be published in 2017, following their last LP “The Moving Frontier” released in 2007 and after several crossover arts projects, Pram comes back to Palace in St. Gallen to headline the first Imaginary musics concert evening.

ELA ORLEANS (UK/PL) — concert

Going along the “music for your movies” of Pram, the motto of polish artist and composer Ela Orleans, “movies for ears”, proposes a nice shortcut to her multi-layered musical universe, haunted by twisted sixties melodic lines, outer voices and stratospheric atmospheres, invoking the works and tenderness of a modern Delia Derbyshire as well as having the density of universes such as the one of Broadcast. Based in Glasgow since 2011 after spending some years in New York, Ela Orleans published albums on Staubgold, Clan Destine, La Station Radar, and released her last record, “Circles of Upper and Lower Hell”, on Night School records in 2016. Une femme moderne !

XAVIER BOUSSIRON (FR) — concert

“His speciality is happiness”: musician, artist and french dramaturg Xavier Boussiron explores since 1992 the basements of muzak, the mystery of exotica, the maps of affects and items of sad passion. Since his first record where he covered Roy Orbison and his chicken hearted tunes on keyboards, this temporary member of Destroy All Monsters develops his singular vision through collaborations with artists such as Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sophie Perez or the moviemaker Alain Guiraudie. His last record “Mikrokosmos”, conceived with Marie-Pierre Brébant, is a bunch of covers from Belà Bartòk’s repertoire. With his music described as “psycho-erotic”, he’s also behind an orchestra (Menace de Mort et son Orchestre) meant to perform under hypnosis. “Now I clap my fingers and you sleep” : welcome in Xavier Boussiron’s world and his incredible strange music

LAIDA LERTXUNDI (US/ES), “VIVIR PARA VIVIR / LIVE TO LIVE” — screening

“If I want to remember what happened on this trip, what should I do?”. This question from writer Adolfo Bioy Casares opens “Vivir para Vivir / Live to Live”, an 11 min. short movie from 2015 from Spanish born artist and United States based Laida Lertxundi, which explores desire as well as the mental and musical spaces opened by intense emotional states – including ones of orgasms – with an embodied female position. Acclaimed for her “ability to capture the flux of life”, Laida Lertxundi has seen her work previously presented at MoMa, Tate Modern and several institutions worldwide.

Artist website | “Live to live” | Screening program from a proposal by Philippe Delvosalle, L’Âge d’Or festival, Brussels.

THE DEAD MAURIACS (FR) — diffusion

“In the garden of sighs, there’s only one stairs”, “Cocktails for the end of times”, “New exotic functions”, “Saturnalia” … With record titles written as in an imaginary library index, Olivier Prieur’s Dead Mauriacs have been exploring since 2009 the crossed spaces between music, literature and visual art, composing music as if it was a collage, and drawing as if it was a musical composition, with certain works dedicated to Jean Arp or Houdini. “The Golden Age of Artificial Inflatable Islands Or Ecstatic Free Love in a Ballardian Dystopia” is one of the multiple records of this secret formation, a sold out box-set of exotic concrete music accompanied by a fiction, setting the action of the record on an inflatable and motorized artificial island, where italian musicians meet GRM members. This record will be played at Imaginary musics, before the publication of “Beauté des mirages”, its second volume, in June on Discrepant.

STANLEY (CH) — DJ set

Stanley aka Marcel Elsener is a long-time cultural activist in St. Gallen (Kinok, Saiten magazine), a post-punk musician (Boiled Stanleys, Here Hare Here, Trapscope), and also a concert organizer and program adviser at Palace. For this evening, Stanley will play “cinematic” music, transcending genres and crossing borders, including half-forgotten bands such as Débile Menthol, Lemon Kittens, Minimal Compact and Eyeless in Gaza.

SATURDAY MAY 6

PIERRE BASTIEN (FR)  Silent motors, audiovisual concert
JOASIHNO (DE)  
live
KLAVIKON (UK)
 live
SOUNDS OF SILENCE (FR)  
DJ set
WILFRIED* (FR)  
DJ set
POSTCARDS FROM AROMA CLUB (DE)
Three tracks of Asmus Tietchens as Hematic Sunsets
DISCOGRAPHISME RECREATIF (FR)
exhibition

Doors : 20:00 – Starts 20:30 –
Price 15.- / 20.- / 25.-, pass 2 nights 35.–
Palace, Zwinglistr. 3, Blumenbergplatz, 9000 St.Gallen 

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Picture credit : Pierre Bastien « Silent Motors » by Studio Walter
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Picture credit : Joasihno by André Habermann
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Picture credit : Klavikon
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Picture credit : Sounds of Silence
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Picture credit : Tina Tuschemess / Hematic Sunsets

PIERRE BASTIEN (FR), SILENT MOTORS — concert

Loyal companion of Collection Morel, French artist and musician Pierre Bastien (Rephlex / Morphine) offers Imaginary musics a rare performance with his dispositive “Silent motors” where the interplay of mechanics, shadows, projected images and acoustic instruments (trumpet, nail violin …) create a unique and raw black and white space, housing ghost musicians. This performance will sign the return of Pierre Bastien in St. Gallen after his “Quiet motors” performance last year, bringing back to the mountains his very special universe inspired by Raymond Roussel and his imaginary music machines in the novel “Locus solus”.

JOASIHNO (DE) — concert

“I always have a spatial vision of music” says Cico Beck, mastermind of Joasihno and band member of The Notwist and Aloa Input. Alongside Nico Sierig, the band is accompanied by a robot orchestra along with a whole set up of small synthesizers for certain toy instruments. Within a vein of music opened up by Four Tet and Boards of Canada, along with other Warp artists, Joasihno deconstructs pop music within multiple leaves, crafting mental spaces full of warmth and softness. Their first album, “Meshes”, was released last year on Alien Transistor / Morr. It will be their first concert in St. Gallen

KLAVIKON (UK) — concert

Bringing together the musical threads of Xenakis, Cage, Scelsi as well as jazz, free improvisation and electronic dance music, Leon Michener is writing a new type of piano music, reimagining electronic music without the use of conventional processes – no loops, no prerecorded music, no samples. With cascading batteries of percussion, sub-basses and dark abstract soundscapes, his project Klavikon reinvents the uses of the Clavichord, an early keyboard instrument dating from the 16th century, and is getting praises from media like The Wire or The Observer. For Imaginary musics, he will perform a piano version.

SOUNDS OF SILENCE (FR) — DJ set

Sounds of silence”  is a compilation of the most intriguing pieces of silence in the history of the recording industry. The album features moments of silence that range from the purely functional to the highly enigmatic, from the overtly political to the downright silly, with many examples of silence both in popular and “functional” music (jukebox, elevator music, hi-fi testing, etc …), be iit be pop (John Lennon) and punk (Crass), hip-hop (Afrika Bambaataa) or metal (Soulfly), to name a few. Patrice Caillet, one of the three man behind the project, will play some of the best pieces from their collection.

WILFRIED* (FR) — DJ set

Musician, music journalist and Imaginary musics lover, Wilfried Paris has been exploring since the early 90s the kaleidoscopic sides of tenderness through pop music and culture under the crossed influence of Lewis Carroll, The Beatles and gnosis. For a time a night watchman at The Grand Hotel of the Universe in Paris, living, listening, composing and writing are equally important to him, finding their sources in the same stream. After having worked on the “Language of the birds”, he returns to the mystical worlds of music with a special selection for Imaginary musics.

POSTCARDS FROM AROMA CLUB (DE) — diffusion
THREE TRACKS OF ASMUS TIETCHENS AS HEMATIC SUNSETS

Some spaces and places are just formed by tone, texture, sound and silence, and the fictional “Aroma Club” shaped by the German composer and musician Asmus Tietchens under the anagram of Hematic Sunsets is definitely one of them. Built upon six records released between 1998 and 2007 (Klang Der Festung, Meeuw Muzak, Dekorder), “Aroma Club” explores the worlds of fantasies, with tropicality, impurities, boogie, tenderness and fragility, every record composed with a cheap keyboard, using a new one each time. In this club, where rooms multiplicate along states and potential stories, and muzak meets concrete and electronic music, we have found one of our most cherished places for Imaginary musics. Asmus Tietchens kindly allowed us to send three postcards from this very particular territory: Rendezvous im Aroma Club !

EXHIBITIONS

PAUL PAULUN (DE) “Noiz, St. Gallen” – Playlist programme for iTunes-Shuffle
5-6 May, 14:00 – 19:00 – Free entry
Nextex, Frongartenstrasse 9, 9000 St.Gallen

DISCOGRAPHISME RECREATIF (FR) exhibition
5-6 May, free entry (front windows display)
Palace, Zwinglistr. 3, Blumenbergplatz, 9000 St.Gallen

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Picture credit : Discographisme Récréatif
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Picture credit (Paul Paulun) : Archiv Heinrich Dubel, Erratik Institut Berlin / Beauty of the anomalous - poetic noiz in a dilapidated something Schönheit des Ungewöhnlichen - poetischer noiz eines verfallenen Etwas

DISCOGRAPHISME RÉCRÉATIF (FR) — exhibition

Discographisme recreatif is both a documentary and collectional work begun in 1996 by French activist Patrice Caillet, developing an ongoing work on involuntary artistic practices and the crossover margins between pop culture and contemporary art. Composed of different iconographic montages made from record sleeves mostly found at flea markets, the covers composing Discographisme Récréatif all have been redone or modified by anonymous individuals using the original covers as a guideline and as a source of inspiration. With two books already published, some of these sleeves will be presented for Imaginary musics from a selection of Collection Morel.

PAUL PAULUN (DE), “NOIZ, ST. GALLEN” — playlist programme for iTunes-Shuffle

Sound research engineer and audio collector Paul Paulun presents for Imaginary musics, Noiz, a sound sculpture of 72 tracks, 4 hours and 47 minutes, exploring the art of noises from the soundscape movement (Murray Schafer) background, and acknowledges the musical qualities of environmental occurrences, which can be deciphered in the listener’s mind as imaginary musics. A similar listening experience can be found within the field of noise music. Paul Paulun explores it within this playlist-programme under the parameters: noise-like sounds (geräuschhaft), liveliness, poeticism and abstractness.

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