The Raw and the Cooked are Jason Dixon and Edgar Curtis, a Norwich-based duo of composers and improvisors. They exploit custom hardware & software, voices, texts, costumes, video and narratives in their atmospheric doom-laden performances, exploring the boundaries between "natural" and "crafted", "found" and "produced", "raw" and "cooked".
Improvising within strict pre-defined structures, the trio create carefully sculpted sound worlds in which they situate found texts, often touching on the darker side of life.
The Raw and the Cooked tell stories. They generate soundtracks to the experiences you have yet to visit. They are purveyors of extremely acatalectic eschatological musings.
Curious Collections is part of the story-telling tradition, interweaving early and folk music with myths and tales through recorders, hurdy-gurdies, voice and electronics. This unique combination immerses the audience within the story told by the music and the words.
The group reflects on the long established relationship between text and music. Herein, neither element is privileged within performance. Rather, the experiential whole is paramount.
Electro Nachos and the Defunct Letter Yogh are based in Norwich, England. Their music is dark and theatrical with heavy drone elements, but tinged with glitches, electronic bleeps, ambient noise and occasional full-on metal excess.
JDTJDJ are interested in the interface between the physical and the virtual. They explore the interaction between "soft" and "hard" instruments, using hardware hacked devices, simple electronic instruments, data networks and basic sensors to augment and inform their laptop improvisations. Their performances can take place in the same physical room or in two geographically distinct locations; making use of cutting-edge network technologies to create a virtual space spread over two sites.
JDTJDJ may use homemade software, circuit-bent toys, feedback, built-in microphones, networks, light, hand-built synthesisers, coat racks, webcams, shoddy DIY instruments, water, masks, glass bowls, umbrellas, bicycles, contact mics and servos during a performance. JDTJDJ will play at weddings, BUT ... only if the money is right!