Gesamtkunstwerk is a new bi-monthly residency at the ever-adventurous Islington Mill focusing on sonic explorations from the bleeding edge of today’s diverse and genre-defying scene. Headlining the first event is Basic House, aka Stephen Bishop, founder of Middlesbrough based Opal Tapes. The label specialises in  beat driven electronic music on a more experimental tip, as well as drawing in artists from noise and drone fringes whose work is inherently rhythmic. Garnering praise from the likes of Boomkat, Resident Advisor and winner of a place in Fact Magazine’s labels to watch for 2013, Opal Tapes embodies Gesamtkunstwerk’s aspirations brilliantly. The bill also includes residents VULJ and GNOD, the latter’s upcoming Dwellings and Druss a calculated sidestep into austere realms of electro-rhythms. As well mind bending sonics, a pronounced aesthetic will be focused upon, using the work of artists, film makers and others to enhance the atmosphere and create a cohesive, mulit-sensory experience (or, in German, a Gesamtkunstwerk).

Listen to Basic House here.

Fri 8 Feb, Islington Mill, James Street, Salford, M3 5HW, 10pm-4am, £5/£7,

Fri 8 Feb
David McLean
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Fri 1 Feb 2013