OHR/B is a cultural production agency that develops, manages and represents projects and individual artists in the realms of advanced music and audio-visual performances. OHR/B commissions new projects for leading venues around the world and collaborates with other agencies, promoters and artists in developing new performances, installations and events.
Moritz von Oswald: techno legend, electronic pioneer. One half of both Basic Channel and Maurizio, von Oswald is the most influential producers of electronic music in the last three decades. Firmly entrenched in the modern history of forward-thinking music, he is available to book either playing solo or for special projects and commissions.
The brand new Death in Vegas show unites psychedelic auteur Richard Fearless and artist and actress Sasha Grey over a love of Throbbing Gristle and Chris and Cosey. Freshly made experimental material, resonating across the soundscapes of visceral techno and unsettling, discordant drones, weaving a state of dreamlike euphoria. A specially conceived full audio-visual live show – long time in the making – creates a total artwork illuminating from within the the Ballardian landscape in which it’s set.
Jon Hassell’s musical output since the early 1980s is singular, coherent, and influential to the extent that he must be regarded as one of electronic music’s foremost pioneers alongside his longtime collaborator, Brian Eno. His multi-dimensional, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary approach to music is expressed in the language of electronic experimentation, though it never completely severs its connection to the organic pulse of the world’s oldest musical traditions. The product of this method is a singular soundworld that fuses the intricacies of electronic production with the direct emotional impact of live instrumentation.
The independent yet mutually influential careers of two of electronic music’s foremost path-breakers finally come together in this landmark collaboration. Covering all the ground between jazz and techno ‘Borderland’ gives free expression to two musical craftsmen of the highest calibre. In their live show, Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald present sequences from the album in a freely structured improvised session.
Porter Ricks is the sound project of Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig. Their legendary releases on Chain Reaction (1996) and Mille Plateaux (1997) will soon be complemented by a new LP to be released on Tresor Records in 2017. Köner has been working extensively as a sound designer and artist – exhibiting at among other places the Centre Georges Pompidou and The Louvre. Mellwig’s other projects include collaborations with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine and Pete Kember of Spacemen 3. Porter Ricks is undoubtably the central item in their musical careers, setting a high-water mark for experimentally tinged pulsating techno. The so-called ‘dream team of techno sound design’ have been long in the studio preparing brand new material for this special live performance to be premiered at Berlin Atonal.
Now based in Brooklyn, Drew McDowall was born and raised in Paisley, an area just outside of Glasgow, and was an important member of the UK punk and post-punk scene, most notably as a member of the bands Psychic TV and Coil. In 2016 he is developing a new live work entitled Unnatural Channel (with visuals developed by Rotterdam based visual artist Florence To) the material from which will be released in early 2017. In it, he explores darkly subterranean themes and the new world that emerges from the disintegration of mental, physical, and emotional unities.
This collaboration sees two long-serving masters of improvisation, experimentalism and technical exactitude present their first collective enterprise. The debut LP entitled 1/1 was recorded in 2013 at von Oswald’s Berlin studio for EmArcy (a division of Universal Classics). Their live performances seamlessly fuse electronics and live instrumentation, improvisation and precise sequencing, ambient soundscapes and twisting melodic experiments.
Joining Moritz von Oswald’s long-time collaborator Max Loderbauer in the latest configuration of the critically acclaimed Moritz von Oswald Trio is Nigerian drumming legend Tony Allen. Customarily referred to as the inventor of Afrobeat and described by Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived”, it would be hard to find another musician who has exerted such a powerful and consistent influence on the direction of his chosen genre. The latest edition of the Trio provides the ideal platform for von Oswald to explore new dimensions in live improvisation and instrumentalisation in the august company of two of his musical peers.
SUMS is a new collaboration between Kangding Ray, an electronic musician whose productions have appeared mainly on the raster-noton and Stroboscopic Artefacts labels, and Barry Burns, multi-instrumentalist and composer in the Scottish band Mogwai. On the one hand this collaboration evidences the growing influence of electronic music on Mogwai (particularly on their last album “Rave Tapes”), and on the other, the ongoing presence of rock (usually associated with a prefix, whether it’s post-, punk-, or art-) in Kangding Ray’s music. The specially commissioned project will involve these two genre-leading artists on a range of electronic and amplified instruments, as well as drumming wizard Merlin Ettore, to create a soundscape that blends elements of both their musical legacies.
Upper Glossa is a newly commissioned trio consisting of three of the brightest upcoming talents in electronic music. Caterina Barbieri, Ellen Arkbro and Kali Malone are working between Berlin and Stockholm and will debut their premiere work Fundament at Berlin Atonal 2016.
Caterina Barbieri is a composer and performer of electronic music now based in Berlin. An emphasis on minimalism in composition arises from a meditation on primary waveforms an exploration of the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of voltage-controlled sequencers. Repetition as a technique in both structural arrangement and analogue sound design lies at the core of her current sonic research. She has composed music for the Buchla Modular Synthesizer and has researched and produced music at the renowned EMS in Stockholm.
This unique collaboration unites German synthesiser genius Max Loderbauer and Polish experimentalist Jacek Sienkiewicz. Blending harmonic swells and treated synthesised drones with adroitly weighted melodic passages, this new project is a masterclass in expertly crafted ambient music from two of the genre’s leading exponents. This performance features specially developed live visuals from Pedro Maia based on the exploration of the materiality of film.
René Löwe is one of the earliest and most influential protagonists of the sound that for the past decades has driven Berlin. Mainstay of Berlin institution Hard Wax, René is also known for his role in Scion and his collaborations with Paul St. Hilliare aka Tikiman.
Pedro Maia is a Portuguese-born filmmaker working mostly within the realms of analogue film, exploring the medium’s potentiality, and expanding the aesthetic and technological “heritage” of the tradition. His works have been presented in galleries such as Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Rencontres Internationales, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, MACBA Barcelona, Edinburgh International Film Festival, among many others. Since 2004 he has been developing live visual concepts for audio artists, manipulating images in real time and interacting with sound, which has involved collaborations with musicians such as Panda Bear, Lee Ranaldo, Fennesz, Vessel, Craig Leon, Demdike Stare, Sandro Perri, Shackleton, Jacaszek, Tropic of Cancer among many others. He is available for new commissions in both performative and installative capacities.