Aural EVENTS series are going to be a collaboration between Noise Works (Kargah Noufeh) and Silk Road Gallery for introducing artists that utilize sound as their material.
The works of the selected artists in this series fall in the overlap zone between visual and aural arts since their approach to sound is more of an objective one. They find, record and also create sounds from scratch. They create in the same fashion as a sculptor, either reductive or additive.
Noise Works was established by Saba Alizadeh in 2014. The platform holds classes, workshops, promotes experimental events, research, and performances in the field of sound art and experimental music.
Saba Alizadeh has a BA in photography from the Azad University in Tehran, and an MFA in Experimental Sound Practices from Calarts in California.
Saba’s recent artistic activities branch into three areas: electro-acoustic and experimental performing and composing, performing on his main instrument the kamancheh (Persian spike fiddle) and photography.
Saba Alizadeh is the curator of these series.
Andreas Spechtl, born in Austria 1984, studied Media Science in Vienna and is currently living in Berlin.
Over the years Andreas Spechtl was frequently invited by Cultural Institutes like Goethe Institut or DAAD to various countries like Italy, Ghana, Egypt, Sudan and Great Britain. He also participates in panel discussions through Germany and Austria, regarding the topics music production, literature, poetry.
Now and then he’s writing about music and literature for German and Austrian newspapers as well as online platforms like Spiegel, Falter or Fm4.
With his band Ja, Panik he recently published a book called FUTURE II, which was critically acclaimed throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Andreas Spechtl started to play the piano when he was 6 years old and changed to the electric guitar at the age of 10. Over the years he also taught himself to play the drums and the electric bass. In recent years he expanded his interests to sound production and electronic music. He released his first solo album Sleep in 2015, which marked a turning point in his career. This album was described as a very genuine mixture of Ambient, Dub, Folklore and Italian music of the 60s.
What he is most interested in is recording background noises, the humming of taxi motors or the summery nighttime chatter in front of a bar. These background noises of politics, machineries and everyday chatter are the actual starting point and gradually turning into tracks. He somehow sees these recordings as the lyrical layer in his work, which has now turned mostly instrumental. What he once used to sing about, talks now for itself.