MUTEKLIVE117 - Peder Mannerfelt
WHO: Swedish electronic producer Peder Mannerfelt, also known as The Subliminal Kid and is one half of analog electronics duo Roll the Dice
STYLE: Groove-conscious minimal techno, precise cinematic compositions, exploratory sound
LATEST: Controlling Body (2016), III EP (2015), Variation EP (2015), The Swedish Congo Record (2015)
LABELS: Ultimate Hits, Archives Intérieures, Digitalis Recordings, Stockholm Ltd, Peder Mannerfelt Produktion
MORE: Has collaborated with Fever Ray, Blonde Redhead and Glasser and remixed Massive Attack, Lykke Li and Bat for Lashes. Recently produced DJ sets for FACT mag and London-based underground show Electronic Explorations.
MUTEKS: Montréal 2012, as Roll the Dice
Peder Mannerfelt’s music is an evolving investigation into sound and technology, from minimal, technical opuses to polyrhythmic grooves and sound shaping on modular synths. A guitarist in punk bands in his wayward youth, Mannerfelt went electronic with house-techno project The Subliminal Kid, following that with something different yet again: analog electronics, experimental ambient duo Roll the Dice alongside fellow sound engineer Malcolm Pardon (also a former pop songwriter and member of Kinky Machine, now a soundtrack composer for film and TV). Roll the Dice’s semi-improvised, understated opuses have the quality of arthouse-suspense film soundtracks: often dark, minimal and loosely narrative.
Taking a solo direction under his own name in 2012, Mannerfelt drove his sparse techno further into soundscape territory, releasing EPs of dark drone journeys on the We Can Elude Control label. He created his own Peder Mannerfelt Produktion label in 2014, releasing his own I and II EPs and releasing an EP by Klara Lewis. Inspired by 1930s recording of sounds from Central Congo, Mannerfelt took a heavier, organic turn in his 2015 full length, The Swedish Congo Record, building its numerous tracks not out of samples but from his own instrumentation, crafting off-kilter lo-fi rhythms and vocal-like synth tones. He weaves a similar strangeness into his latest work, adding an upbeat intensity to strobing synth loops and clangs on delay.
After sets at Berlin’s Atonal and CTM festivals, and on the heels of a new album featuring inventive vocals from electronic pop architect Glasser, Mannerfelt comes to MUTEK live with his machines and a new audio-visual show. As a bonus, he’ll be sending sonic vibes to the sun gods in a DJ set that spans techno, pop-electro and experimental electroacoustic, outdoors on the Parterre.