Medial Dark Ages, a Live AV Performance by Laura Netz consisting of experimental electromagnetic power noise with DIY circuitry and a handmade synth. DIY oscillators, based on Schmitt triggers, using optoelectronic components produce a repetitively modulated wave. The strobe light controls the circuits modulating the signal. The light triggers sonic signals. In a sound/light integration, the modulation of tone activates an interactive system based on DIY. It is a self-generated sonic machine creating a syncopated, high-pitched, noisy beep. The flickering from the strobes assaults the senses to create neurological after-images. The audiences’ subconscious and altered states are activated to an open experimentation of feelings and knowledge. The sound results in a psychic noise music with references from postmaterialist perspective on technology, such in James Bridle – New Dark Ages – and experiments in electronic synthesis with frequency modulation, amplitude modulation and waveshaping. Medial Dark Ages experimental electronics performance intends to fit music technology in the context of radical critical thinking and media archaeology theory. More audio @ Archive.org . Download PDF here . More videos on my YouTube channel.
Laura Netz (Barcelona, 1982). Participant at hacking culture and noise scene has taken part in many international events, such as exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and concerts. As a Live Performer, she has acted in various festivals and events in London and overseas: Noizemaschine, London; XX Studio, Montreal, Canada, 2015; Noise Toys Orchestra, Cafe Oto, London, 2015; Sonica FM, London, 2015; OneBeatEcho, New York, US, 2014. In 2014, she released her first record at the [EdP069] Editora do Porto. In 2015, she launched her independent record label EAM Elektronische-art-and-music. She is well-known in London noise scene where she performs under the moniker Laura Netz / Medial Ages. Nowadays, she is promoting the series Sonic Electronics taking place in London, various venues, where inviting different artists from the community influenced by noise, experimental, electronics and open source music.
Marvin Minsky at MIT Media Lab: Anything that you hear about computers or AI should be ignored because we’re in the Dark Ages. We’re in the thousand years between no technology and all technology. You can read what your contemporaries think, but you should remember they are ignorant savages
Richard Thomas: We reach the finale. Sonic Electronics promoter Laura Netz transmits a fairly fast perpetual zoom into a black and white Aubrey Beardsley-esque fractal visual domain. Musically we hear a low bass growl and the sound of what could be a metronome or an old ticking clock. It feels like long haul territory to me, and indeed it is. The relentlessly monotonous, funkless, listless, minimal techno is excruciating. Even the visual zooming feels like stasis. But then again, maybe that’s the point, that’s its poetry. It speaks of an aspect of our times. The Wire – May 2021 (Issue 447)
Loose Lips: In the final act of the night, Medial Ages encompassed a presentation of visual oscillators that produce repetitively modulated waves. The oscillator, a light source, controls the circuits modulating the signal in the integration of sound and light. The most ‘noisy’ performance of the night, the repetitive nature of the sounds was uncomfortable, particularly when paired with the strobe light. Recalling The Bug’s statement that, ‘not all music has to make you feel good’ [sic], I embraced the convulsing noise and agitating light, and eventually found something else entirely. When it was over, I felt a cathartic release that differed from dancing all night, but one that was nonetheless effective. The sheer force of stimulation floods your brain, and so when taken away, I experienced something akin to meditation, but in reverse. Rather than clearing my mind of thoughts, the silence aided me in freeing up my mind. LooseLips, Author Josh Gray, Published, Tuesday, 9th October 2018, http://loose-lips.co.uk/blog/queer-noise-a-psycho-social-experiment
The Sunday Tribune, In Conversation with Laura Netz, Artist, Curator and Researcher. https://www.thesundaytribune.com/2019/09/11/in-conversation-with-laura-netz-artist-curator-and-researcher/.
2021 Fringe Arts Bath – CoLab, online
2021 Festival Int Cine UNAM, MX-SP, online.
2020 IN-SONORA, Madrid, SP, online.
2020 IN-SONORA, Madrid, SP (cancelled due to covid19).
2019 Noiseberg, Berlin, GR.
2019 Apo33, Nantes, FR.
2018 MUSLAB, Mexico.
2018 THSF, Toulouse, FR.
2017 Gliwice, Poland.
2016 Cafe Oto, London
2016 New River Studios, with oMMM, Eden Grey, and Scenes from Salad, London.
2016 Warmi Noise [ Suda 0037 ] Sudamerica Electronica, online.
2015 Sonica FM, London
2014 OneBeatEcho, US
2014 Sound Art Event, Antic Forn, Barcelona, CAT.
2019 LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF FIRE – Live
2018 MUSIC FOR DIY ELECTRONICS – Soho Radio
2017 PRIMAL UPROAR – Live