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Robert Curgenven :: RIPIT on the drone side

"Curgenven makes the point that sounds are fundamental to our perception of the world... hearing the complexities of a place and time is intersected by memories of the familiar which are in turn displaced and transformed.” Realtime Magazine (AUS)

Robert Curge...nven (1974) suffuses immense fields of constantly shifting sound with an elegant tactility and mesmerizing detail.

His compelling work spans immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, instrumental harmonics and guitar feedback, to carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in which he lived for many years. Drawing on the physicality of sound - and not just the physical impact on the body but the way in which the auditory can shape our perception of space and the flow of time – The Wire surmises that “behind the music—to these ears at any rate—lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue”

Australian born, Cornwall based, sound artist/composer Robert Curgenven has performed throughout Australia and Europe, including Club Transmediale, Ultrahang Festival (Budapest), Feste dell Acqua (Vicenza/Italy), Audiograft Festival (UK), Define Festival (Denmark), Centre for Contemporary Art (Gdansk), Radial System V (Berlin), C/O Pop (Koln), Alice Springs Desert Festival and Darwin Festival. He has presented sound, audiovisual and sculptural work in group exhibitions including Transmediale (Berlin) and 10 Years of Microsound (Diapason Gallery, New York) as well as galleries throughout Australia, Italy, France, Poland, UK and Germany including solo work at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun (Poland). His 2010 album, “Oltre”, a documentation of two months of live concerts across Europe in 2009, was announced by Boomkat as “The best LINE/12K release in ages”.


RIPIT on the drone side

Ripit, a.k.a Nicolas Esterle, started his musical activities as a black metal guitar player in 1995. In 1998 he turns into radical electronic, developping a noisy, rythmical and psychedelic sound based on primitive synthesizer use. He evoluates to a more complex form of sound tending to beat micro-surgery and orchestral bombast.
As an actor of extreme electronic/pre-breakore parisian scene by organising alternative parties, he expanded his network on an international level. He toured several times in North America and Europe.
In 2006, he founded with TZII (, the protean project Solar Skeletons (
In 2007, he founded the concrete Dub/Mutant Rap project FUJAKO with portuguese Dub strategist HHY (
Back to a more primal creative technique, his live sets are based today on the extensive use of modular synths, ol'time drum machines and no-input mixers to create an immersive music, plunging the crowd in a magma of electrical textures and magnetic fog.