Rian Treanor & Ocen James


Ocen James,a master Acholi fiddle player is part of the Nyege Nyege music collective based in Uganda. He works with traditional acoustic instruments, playing Udungu, Naga, Rigirgi and is a pioneer of Acholitronix, an electronic remaking of traditional Acholi ceremonial music. He works with Otim Alpha and Leo Playeng, taking Acholi wedding music, weaving its traditional, see-sawing folk fiddles and call-and-response vocals with stripped, pounding drum machine polyrhythms in a sort of hypnotic, minimalist delirium. He works closely with the amazing African record label and festival Nyege Nyege, celebrating the creativity of the African diaspora as well as Africa's musical influence on the rest of the world. They offer rare opportunities to see African electronic musicians who seldom play outside their home countries, and has come to be regarded as the African capital of the global electronic music scene.

British artist Rian Treanor's music is complex yet highly kinetic, reflecting equal interest in club culture and experimental sound design. He has released records on Planet Mu, Nyege Nyege Tapes, The Death of Rave and Warp sub-label Arcola. Using the programming language Max/MSP he develops bespoke software to explore extended rhythmic techniques and algorithmic processes, building devices that enable spontaneous pattern modulation within various collaborations, workshops, live performances and installations.