Saturday, 18 October 2014

Notations (live w/ Vicki Bennett) @ InMute '14

25/10/2014 @ 21:00
Performing Notations, a video score by Vicki Bennett
InMute Festival 2014
@ Onassis Cultural Centre

Friday 24 October

Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter, 1921)
Rhythmus 23 (Hans Richter, 1923)
Duration: 8'
Live score: Giorgos Katsanos (analog synth, amplified objects)

Dog Star Man: Part I (Stan Brakhage, 1962)
Duration: 30'
Live score: Yiorgis Sakellariou (laptop, tapes)

Emak-Bakia (Man Ray, 1927)
Duration: 18'
Live score: Balinese Beast (Giorgos Axiotis: electronics, Ilan Manouach: saxophone, electronics)

Aleph (Wallace Berman 1958-1976)
Duration: 7'

Early Abstractions Nos. 1-4, 7 & 10 (Harry Smith, 1946-57)
Preserved by Anthology Film Archives, New York
Duration: 22'
Live score: Mike Cooper (steel guitar)

Saturday 25 October

Notations (Vicki Bennett, 2013)
Duration: 30'
Live performance: Acte Vide (Danae Stefanou: piano, Giannis Kotsonis: electronics)

Cowards Bend the Knee (Guy Maddin, 2003)
Duration: 60'
Live score: Philip Jeck (turntables, electronics)

Sunday 26 October

Social Decay (audio-visual performance based on Stelios Tatasopoulos's 1932 film)
Duration: 25'
Live music & video: Voltnoi & Quetempo

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
Duration: 82'
Live score: Jacob Kirkegaard (laptop)

Friday, 10 October 2014

Monday, 28 April 2014

Springtime Update

Whooops! It's been just over a year since we last updated this blog, and this means that anybody fortunate enough not to be hooked on facebook  may have missed all of our activities over the past few months. So here is a quick attempt to catch up, as well as a timely call for an upcoming gig which will be taking place on Mayday 2014, in excellent company!

So first things first, this is the flyer for Mayday:

From 12pm to 10pm. Christostomou Smirnis 17, Xemantilotos Voulknizater.
w/ the whole shebang!, virilio, ΔΔ, Yorgia Karidi & Georges Jacotey, Zombie Penguin And The Glory Holes
Facebook event

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Below is a retrospective overview of gigs etc. that happened between April 2013 and April 2014:

On May 26 we performed two solo sets in the 2nd annual extravaganza otherwise known as "Festival Pollis Mousikis" (Too Much Music Fest), curated by Alexandros Voulgaris at 6 d.o.g.s. Due to a  (mmm) miscommunication with the sound engineer Danae's piano set did not go quite as planned, so whe resorted to an approximation of it on  Soundcloud. A small chunk of Yannis'set from that day is also available here).

On May 30 we got married, and after fourteen years together, we decided this was reason enough to throw a hell of a party two weeks later at Knot Gallery. This was to be our last party there, and probably the best.  On June 29 we bid farewell to Knot Gallery, which was home to the bulk of our sound-related activities since 2009, hosting a killer gig by Mike Cooper. We accompanied the gig with fruity cocktails and pineapple chunks, and the word of the night was "aloha", which, as the old Pavement song goes "means goodbye, but also hello".  

On September 27 we had the chance to do our first ever cave diet live performance. Cave diet is our shameless alter ego, which was presented alongside memorable performances by Yorgia Karidi and Angelos kyriou. The performance was part of a fundraiser event for a new production of Bernard-Marie Koltès' "Dans la solitude des champs de coton". It was a lovely night, in the warm open air surroundings of the Embros theatre terrace. Here is a small clip from the soundcheck.

Partly thanks to the great atmosphere that night, Angelos kyriou invited us over to join his own set at Embros a few days later, during the Efimerevon ("On call") festival on October 5. The early morning set was a collage-like dialogue across an old wooden table, with the aid of live and pre-recorded tracks, and had pretty much what was advertised on the poster. "Coffee and phonecalls". Plus raisin buns.

On December 19 we played one of our most-enjoyed sets at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, in the context of an exhibit by Stefania Strouza, co-curated by Apostolis Vassilopoulos, and presented as part of the exhibition "Afresh", focusing on emerging Greek artists.

Stefania and Apostolis' "To a certain degree, sacredness is in the eye of the beholder", is an ongoing project, whereby local live acts converse with Stefania's work in different exhibition settings. The work will be presented again during the Athens Festival 2014, where we look forward to playing a new realisation of our set this coming July.

A couple of days later, on December 21, it was time for pure noise. We played on two consecutive days (as a duo and two solo acts), at Low Resistance festival, in the industrial ground floor heterotopia of Vyrsodepseion. Nikos Kyriazopoulos, Dimitris Kamarotos and Anastasia X really deserve special mention here, as they did an exemplary job putting this event together.

On March 16 we took part in a curious semi-autobiographic project, alongside Angelos kyriou, Natasha Giannaraki, Yorgia Karidi and Dimitris Papadatos, involving the revival of an imaginary persona named Debbie Thomas, in the context of an audio & text exhibit entitled "The Unlikely Return of the Onerous Deb T". The performance and corresponding exhibit was part of the exhibition Fones (Voices), exploring notions of the voice in art and anthropology.

On April 12 we returned to Embros theatre for a night of independent Greek bands, where we played a set alongside the Fosforizouses Ousies (a.k.a. Marios from our beloved More Mars label, who was also responsible for organizing the gig), Akis Sinos, Timos Alexandropoulos (a.k.a. No God Ritual), and Mob.

During the past year, we also found time to work a bit more on solo stuff. In June 2013 Yannis contributed a cd-r to the One Day series on Somehow Ecstatic Records, and in December 2013 his solo cd "The Shape of Failures Past" came out on Granny Records. He also finally found the time to do a good chunk of solo gigs in Athens and Thessaloniki.

In late January 2014 we permanently vacated the premises at Knot Gallery, and Danae's Bluthner piano found a temporary new home at Michalis Moschoutis' Y2 studio, where she recorded material for her forthcoming solo LP.

So there! :)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Live @ Borderline Festival '13 (26/4)

@ Onassis Cultural Centre

Friday 26 April
Acte Vide (GR) / Kassel Jaeger (CH/FR) & Giuseppe Ielasi (IT) / Ryoichi Kurokawa (JAP)

Saturday 27 April
SOMA + bestbefore (GR) / Bernier & Messier (CAN) / Ikue Mori (JAP) & Zeena Parkins (USA)

Sunday 28 April
Mohammad (GR) / Reinhold Friedl (GER) & Elliott Sharp (USA)

Cineconcert - "L'animation française à ses débuts" @ Institut Français d'Athènes (7/4)

On April 7 we had the joy of improvising live alongside a selection of early 20th century animation films, as part of the French Institute's Festival du Film Francophone. Here is the film playlist:

1 Citroën : La plus belle conquête de la femme | Robert Lortac | 1920. France. 1 min. 35 mm.
2 Les Aventures des Pieds-Nickelés | Émile Cohl | 1918. France. 20 min. 35 mm.
3 Touchatout ami des bêtes | Marius O’Galop | 1919. France. 5 min. 35 mm.
L’Affaire de la rue Lepic | Raymond Galoyer, André Yvetot | 1922. France. 14 min. 35 mm.
5 Queue en trompette | Benjamin Rabier | 1922. France. 9 min. 35 mm.
6 La Sève poilifère | Robert Lortac | 1924-28. France. 4 min. 35 mm.  
7 Cigarettes Nationales : Complot contre les nationales | Albert Mourlan| 1924-28. France. 3 min. 35 mm.
8 Sculpteur moderne | Segundo de Chomon | 1908. France. 7 min. 35 mm. 10
9 L’Aspirateur du professeur Mécanicas | Robert Lortac | 1922. France. 2 min. 35 mm. 

And here are some more photos from the evening.


Saturday, 23 February 2013

Live @ Deteriorate Sound Festival (27/2)

27/02/2013 @ 6 d.o.g.s.
Avramiotou 6-8, Monastiraki

Doors open 21:00

Cave Diet does Toothpicks [2013]

cave diet is our pop covers side project. Greek experimental post-punk band ΦΥΤΑ asked us to cover one of their songs for their latest compilation, Βρέφη Σαλάτας.

You can listen to the full album here: 

Also worth checking out their other albums at

Our cover is also available on our cave diet bandcamp