London / Berlin by way of Bristol duo, James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas, established Emptyset as a sound art project in the wake of the UK’s dubstep explosion. Founding Subtext Recordings alongside Roly Porter and Paul Jebanasam, they charged themselves to work with the concrete nature of sine waves in physical space, releasing Demiurge and Medium in 2011 and 2012 thus garnering the attention of fellow structuralists raster-noton who released their debut LP Recur in 2013. Their live show which traveled around the world in the ensuing years presented a slow, stark version of techno with visuals from an analog television tube responding directly to the audio signal via magnetic coil on multiple screens resulting in an immediate visceral synergy together with the pounding sound.
For their second full length, Borders, out January 27, 2017 on Thrill Jockey, they have documented one-take performances utilizing their newly self-constructed string and percussive instruments which reproduce their signature sound completely live. The live presentation is bolstered by a site-specific, immersive audio-visual set-up in conversation with the architecture and audience and has so far been presented at Ruhrtriennale in Essen, DE and Unsound in Krakow, PL with many more dates to come. Get more familiar with this “exercise in sublime humility” over at Tinymixtapes and check the first track, “Speak”, below.
Now booking site-specific live A/V shows: brandon [at] lb-agency.net