Metamono  to perform  Secrets of Nature (Sounds Unseen) –    Sunday 26th 2014  at the  The Shed, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Analogue music obsessives, Metamono, are leaving the capital and heading north once more (an earlier incarnation of the same show was performed at the Bradford International Film Festival in April), with their Secrets of Nature (Sounds Unseen) touring show. As part of the Manchester Design Festival in October, hosted by the Manchester Metropolitan University’s art school (in the new Shed building), and in association with both the BFI and National Media Museum, the trio will not only showcase their latest acclaimed project – scoring a unique soundtrack to a set of 1903-1927 period groundbreaking silent nature films from the BFI archives – but also discuss their working methodology and ‘manifesto’ with a pre-performance demonstration workshop and talk.

Details can be found on the festival website below.

Programme – Design Manchester 2014

Tickets For Performance

Tickets For Workshop

Possibly accorded the most number of featured posts ever and considered more or less by us as the Monolith Cocktail’s resident analogue techno house band, we are pretty fond of the Metamono. Stripping away the rudimentary digitalised shortcuts, plug-ins and miasma of superfluous technology that dominates contemporary electronic music, the trio of Paul Conboy, Mark Hill and Jono Podmore define their return to the basics and craft of a pre-online world with a stringent manifesto of intent. In a nutshell the Metamono sound is closer in relation to the burgeoning golden era of European intelligent techno and ambient music of the late 80s and early 90s; closer in comradeship with the output of the Warp, R&S and Rising High record labels. Despite Podmore’s relationship and links to Krautrock, especially Can – working alongside, on both contemporary and legacy projects, with Can’s sonic helmsman Irmin Schmidt and metronome wizard of percussion Jaki Liebezeit – they take more of a cue from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, early Kreidler and Air Liquide than the founding fathers of German electronic music, such as Cluster or Kraftwerk.

This ardent attempt to put a soul back in the machine is often mischievous and applied with a wry sense of humour; reinforcing a humanistic connection and creator. Taking Kraftwerk’s ‘man machine’ mantra and deciding it wasn’t for them, Metamono exist as a happy anomaly, a  spanner in the works of a faceless digital onslaught. As if to further ratify their disenchantment and return to something more personalised, this latest project fuses a strange  bewildering soundboard of crank-handled electronic twiddling, generators and clockwork mechanical, quaintly evocative, pulsing beats to the sepia black and white footage of a bygone age: once a leap in film and educational innovation itself, the wonders of nature as never seen before.

For more on the Metamono

Sean Bw Parker’s recent interview with Jono Podmore…





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