09 Nov. 2017 - 10 Nov. 2017
Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP

We're proud to host premiere performances of Decomposition Theory -- major new work by 65daysofstatic, featuring custom-made procedural audio processes, generative music programs, and live-coded noise.

Their evening shows on Thurs 9th and Fri 10th November will be fully supported by Heavy Bleeding, a collaboration between aggrobeat band Blood Sport and live coder Heavy Lifting, plus DJ Babyhairs.

In addition there will be a free daytime 65dos installation/performance from 1pm-1:45pm, Thurs 9th November, giving a ~20 minute insight into this new work.

Festival concert pass
 - (£30, includes 65dos show, see programme)
Single concert ticket (£15)
Lunchtime hybrid installation/performance (Free, pre-booking essential)

Made possible with funding from PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations.

Decomposition Theory

Sheffield's 65daysofstatic show no signs of slowing down. They have spent fifteen years establishing themselves globally as a relentless touring band. They have made seven studio albums. They have soundtracked contemporary dance, scored films and created site-specific A/V installations. In 2016 they released the critically acclaimed soundtrack to the video game ‘No Man’s Sky’: an ‘infinitely long’, dynamic, generative score that responded to the player’s actions. Then they toured a live version of it around the world.

Decomposition Theory or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Demand the Future is a major new work from 65daysofstatic that will premiere at Algomech Festival in Sheffield. There will be three shows 9th-10th November, 2017. Each one different. The first (1pm, 9th Nov) will be a hybrid installation/performance opening up this new work. The evening shows (8pm 9th Nov + 10th Nov) will take the work to the stage, with support from techno-obsessed aggrobeat band Blood Sport in collaboration with algoraver Heavy Lifting.

Decomposition Theory sees 65daysofstatic exploring new ways of harnessing algorithmic music techniques in the context of a live band performance. It focuses on custom-made procedural audio processes, generative music programs, and live-coded noise. By composing processes rather than finished songs, 65 can 'decompose' them again onstage. Processes can be combined, rewritten, manipulated or ignored. Each performance will be a unique curation of algorithms, coded by 65 to generate live music for them. 

Imagine that 65daysofstatic deconstructed themselves as dozens of tiny AIs. Decomposition Theory is a live collaboration between the humans and their code-based counterparts. It is 65daysofstatic becoming cyborg, demanding a future where we control the algorithms, and not the other way round. 

More on the project here:

Developed with support of the PRS Foundation.

Blood Sport + Heavy Lifting
Heavy Bleeding

Heavy Bleeding will create a textural and improvisatory reinterpretation of the 'B2B' DJ set. This set was originally bourne out of a request from Blood Sport for Heavy Lifting to create a remix of one of their tracks, using a micro-sample pack Blood Sport had created for live-coding program TidalCycles; and after an outing at the Algomech Festival closing party, both acts have begun to work together on regular live and DJ driven performances. Heavy Lifting will live-code textures and rhythms using the sample-pack (to be publicly released this year), and Blood Sport will respond with music both performed and recorded, aimed solidly at creating a wonderfully fracturing dance floor.

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