MATRIXSYNTH: The Noiseblast Hour, Episode 5: Coffin Nachtmahr, Arthur Hnatek, and Olan!

Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Noiseblast Hour, Episode 5: Coffin Nachtmahr, Arthur Hnatek, and Olan!

Noise Engineering

"It's the Noiseblast Hour, brought to you by Noise Engineering, hosted by Pyraphonic (aka Shawn Jimmerson)! This is the fifth installment in a series of indeterminate length and sporadic release (h/t Roman Mars). Watch here for future episodes! On this episode, we welcome Olan!, Arthur Hnatek, and Coffin Nachtmahr."

Olan!’s bandcamp:
Arthur Hnatek’s bandcamp:
Coffin Nachtmahr’s Instagram:
Host Shawn Jimmerson's Instagram:

"Olan! is a modular live set artist and techno DJ based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Olivier Zurkirchen’s journey with electronic music began with the first rave wave when he bought his first Hardwax 12” vinyl in 1995. He was 8 years old. His older brother took him to record shops, let him use his synthesizers and showed him how to DJ. Synthesizers led him to the piano, so he went on and acquired a master’s degree in jazz. It wasn’t until 2013 when he realised that he wanted to return home to his first passion: Modular synths and techno.
Olan!’s modular live sets range from acid and industrial techno to old school rave bangers. All his live sets are improvised and developed in the moment because he has set himself the goal of being able to react to the crowd the same way a DJ would. As the digital age starts to change the DJ scene, he always has his digital record collection with him as he’s now trying to merge DJing and playing live in his marathon hybrid sets.
He also produces industrial techno tracks, often with lively percussion and a hint of acid. His music has a focus on sound design and a certain playfulness, but never loses the functional aspect of tracks made for DJs.

Arthur Hnatek (pronounced Na-tek), drummer/composer/electronica artist, is a 1990 born Swiss contemporary musician, who's career is flying since 2013. These days, he is mostly seen drumming with (Nonesuch and ECM artist) Tigran Hamasyan or Erik Truffaz's Quartet on one hand and on the other leading his career with his trio (ZKB Jazzpreis winner) and his solo
electronica project SWIMS.
He holds a bachelor degree from the New School for Jazz in New York City, where he studied with musicians among Kirk Nurock, John Hollenbeck, Robert Sadin and Mark Guiliana. He has travelled all around the world performing prestigious venues among The Montreux Jazz Festival (CH), Jazz à la Vilette(FR), and Festival de Vienne (FR), just to name a few. On the side of his work as a co-leader, with Melismetiq (featuring Shai Maestro), Arthur is an active sideman performing in a variety of styles. He has been seen performing with the Shai Maestro Trio, Dhafer Youssef, Linda May Han Ho, just to name a few.
As an electronica artist, he has produced remixes for Manu Delago (Bjork), Tigran (Road Song EP) Erik Truffaz among others. He tours as SWIMS, featuring a solo set of electronic music performed on drum set. As a composer, he has written for orchestra, string quartets, chamber ensemble, big bands and small ensembles. Commissions have been received from the Puplinge Classique Festival, the Jeunesse Musicale of Switzerland, the Geneva Brass Festival and L'Orchestre Quipasseparlà in 2017. As a teacher, Arthur conducts in 2016 the DKSJ Swiss All-Star Project and leads a band of 11 musicians around the country performing his latest suite Lualuna Tai. Recently, he scored Pierre Amstutz Roch's short movie To Be Delivered which has won the Best International Film award by the Los Angeles Movie Awards.

Coffin Nachtmahr:
I like coffee and pizza in that order.
Ive been designing, manufacturing and playing yoyo about 7-8 years. Im an artist full time and I recently found modular synths. At this point in my life I think im just collecting hobbies for the experience and that’s half the joy in learning all the things I have. I was the subject of an emmy winning documentary called Throw."

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