Convulsif is a bass (sinister) and drums (diabolic) and a bass clarinet (vicious) and a violin (fierce). Yes, fierce, don’t let your little sister’s violin lessons trick you, classical instruments have an evil side, this band gives proof. Convulsif is dark and surprisingly addictive. A quartet of mad experimental extremists,Convulsif hunts down the perfect delirium made from doom, noise and drone, nightmarish, repetitive, ritualized. Relentlessly they take possession of your cortex and brand it with their monolithic sound. The band doesn’t fit in pre-established categories with their ultra complex, demanding and intense pieces. Why would you want to do something else if you can listen to Convulsif and go for a little walk in the cemetery with an axe ?
Line up :
Loïc Grobéty – bass, vocals
Christian Müller – bass clarinet, electronic
Jamasp Jhabvala – violin, electronic
Maxime Hänsenberger – drum
“immersive drone ambient and powerfull sonor landscape from Vallée-de-Joux”
In 2016, he released his K7 ” Cri ” which included harshnoise and black metal works, on the labels Underground Pollution and Get a Life. Years of touring and intense collaborations followed, before moving back to introspection and composition in 2020. The pieces of “Sombre” offer his current sound vision. They are intended to be dark and cinematic to present epic, powerful, avant-garde drone, doom and noise soundscapes.
“organismic synthesizer duo, hypnotic drone ambiant, granular massive noise”
It just takes a few steps to switch from grindcore to noise. Daniel – wicz and Loïc – olo, come from the underground, dusty roads and wet cellars. Both of them are originally bass players that went on their own ways in exploring electroacoustic and atonal music.
Their first encounter took place in the Vietnamese jungle at Dao Xuan Chin Festival in Hòa Bình. In the steaming tropical heat, surrounded by the sounds of multiple insects and reptiles, but also a 120dB roaring sound system, they decided to work together on the Lyra-8 by Soma. This iconic Russian synthesizer offers an organic and living approach to composition and improvisation.
They’re approach to music is definitely powerful, contrasting, cinematographic and radical. A torrential storm turns into an industrial sonic blast confusing tropical and urban jungle, for a complex piece with crushed sounds in a deep drone.
Line up :
Daniel Maszkowicz : lyra-8 & electronic
Loïc Grobéty : lyra-8 & electronic
Myrmek is the duo project of Christian Müller (bass clarinet & electronics) and Loïc Grobéty (bass). They met by chance in the field of reductionist collective impro. But the breaks between the rehearsals led them to coffee and cookies, to talks about distortions, severe amplification, to listen together music of the Swans, Meshuggah, Steamboat Switzerland, Iannis Xenakis … The interest in massive sounds led them to a musical research in a distinct musical world, that mixes two schools together: On one side the dust of the road to the beer station of Metal, Rock & Doom, on the other side the art and sharpness of contemporary electronic music. Myrmek focuses on a complex layered music. A journey into a dark mix of slow metal sounds and gloomy soundsculptures.
Line up :
Christian Müller : electronic
Loïc Grobéty : bass & electronic