Newcastle’s great Opal Tapes label presents a 3-act showcase for us at TUSK Virtual. Label head Stephen Bishop you’ll know as the great Basic House and frontman of the fearsome Drunk In Hell. At Virtual, he assumes his Lacrima identity that is fired by the stasis of Organum and the brutal assault of Thirdorgan. So we’ll hear Lacrima’s piece Dust Sculptures, a slow moving choral mass with recordings of machinery and assorted vibrating surfaces as the choristers. The piece will be accompanied by a new video piece from visual artist Rachel Lancaster, a TUSK favourite who you may recall illuminating the performance of Wolfgang Voigt at TUSK 2016.
Sote is the nom de plume of Ata Ebtekar, co-founder of Tehran’s SET Festival and purveyor of Sote’s sounds via labels such as Opal Tapes, Warp and Morphine. Like many of his recordings, the set for TUSK Virtual comes from Tehran and will feature Ebtekar’s electronics and processing alongside players of the santour, setar and tar.
Completing the Opal Tapes triple-header is Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet, the Swedish ambient drone duo who intend to stage their performance in the woodland near where they live. TLO have released via Low Point, Shimmering Moods Records and made their Opal Tapes debut in May this year.