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CSM and MKX present
Metaphonica IV: The House of Beyond Sound

Thursday 1 November 2018, from 6pm | The Street, Central Saint Martins

A night of musical experimentation, noise, performance, sound and silence, Metaphonica IV is a collaboration between Central Saint Martins and Mercury KX – the new record label resident in King's Cross.

Art school is a place for risk taking and rule breaking. Fostering this instinctively rebellious and progressive culture, Metaphonica provides a platform for bold and fearless creative, musical practices. It offers a space for experimentation, resulting in cross-disciplinary forms which blur the boundaries between music, sound, performance and art.

Now in its fourth year, Metaphonica is set to be bigger than ever before, bringing together a host of emerging talents and established artists whose practices blur and disrupt disciplines, exploring new territories between contemporary art and music culture.

Please note:

  • This event may include strobe lighting
  • This event may contain content of an adult nature and is not suitable for persons under 16 years of age. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Bag searches will be in operation
  • Photographs and footage will be taken throughout this event.


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Lambert is a Berlin-based pianist, composer and producer, particularly known for his so-called re-works, reinterpretations of famous pieces on the piano. In 2014 he had a musical breakthrough with his eponymous release, which was produced by Lambert himself and mixed and mastered by Nils Frahm.

Lambert only appears in the public behind a Sardinian bull mask, which is often mistaken for an antelope. His third album – his first on London’s label Mercury KX – captures a complete range of emotions with ease and maturity. Throughout the very personal 12 compositions that make up ‘Sweet Apocalypse’ Lambert confronts his fears that have long haunted him and will continue to haunt us as a society.

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Anatole (aka Jonathan Baker) draws from his classical background to produce his signature sound – orchestral techniques combined with beat-driven production. Raised amongst the dramatic natural surroundings of the Blue Mountains, just outside of Sydney, Anatole grew up engrossed in his natural environment, isolated from technological luxuries. Long days exploring the boundless bushland imbued him with a deep love for both the grand and cinematic scale of big ecosystems, and the fine beauty in the minutiae of the smallest organisms and patterns. It is this same balance between the giant and the infinitesimal that permeates his grand and finely detailed musical productions.

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Ahnansé & Project Karnak

Ahnansé is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer born in London from Caribbean heritage. His musical development has been tied in with questions of how creativity contributes to the world and society. In 2017 Ahnansé set up Steam Down. It has since become one of South London's most spoken about events: an event where some of finest musicians in town come to let loose. For one night only, Ahnansé will be performing alongside vocalist Alex Rita and Project Karnak - the production duo brainchild of keyboardist Dominic Canning and drummer Sam Ouissellat. High energy drums and mercurial jazz progressions combine with strong bass and guitar accompaniment from Martin Stephens and Alex Blake, to create an explosive, unique sound forged in South London.

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Free Money

Free Money is a rock bank. No that’s not a typo. Huh? Wha? Yes. But rather than money, they trade in Joy and Optimism. Come join them at Metaphonica IV and be inducted to The Bank of Free Money in a blitz of colour and confetti cash.

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Company Wayne McGregor

Company Wayne McGregor will perform a duet by multi award-winning choreographer and director Wayne McGregor (Radiohead’s ‘Lotus Flower’, Resident Choreographer, The Royal Ballet). The duet from Autobiography fuses McGregor’s dynamic choreography, inspired by his DNA, with Jlin’s uncompromising electronic score and costumes by artist and designer Aitor Throup.

Stratus Piano Installation (by Ólafur Arnalds)

The Stratus Pianos are two self-playing, semi-generative pianos and the centrepiece of Ólafur’s new works. The custom built software controlling the pianos is the result of two years of work by Ólafur and audio developer Halldór Eldjárn.

The Stratus Pianos are predominantly a compositional tool the purpose of which is to be a catalyst for creation and inspire a change in the creative process - a chance to create something beyond predictability. While in the process of creating a new musical work The Stratus Pianos give instant feedback that jolts the composer’s creative thinking and forces him to make new, often surprising, creative choices. Playing the piano then becomes playing with the piano.

In a live setting the pianos are an integral part of the performance due to their generative nature. Each time they are played is a little different making every performance unique.

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