The mysterious Eleh headline the Touch label showcase at CTM.12. Formed in 1999 as an exploration of analog synthesis, Eleh create highly minimal electro-acoustic music, following in the footsteps of pioneers such as La Monte Young or Éliane Radigue, who will herself be present at the festival as part of the opening night. Eleh, who wish to preserve as much anonymity as possible so that the performance is heard without preconceived notions, released more than 10 albums on US avant-garde label Important Records, in very limited-edition runs with carefully prepared letter-pressed sleeves that display evident care and attention to detail. They have since signed their first digital releases, 2010’s "Observations and Momentum" and "Repose" on the forward-thinking Touch imprint.
A project that is not often performed live, Eleh create a powerful listening experience that places an emphasis on creating tonal juxtapositions, spatial explorations of sound, bass tones, and various acoustic phenomena. The compositions consist of a handful of discrete sound events that overlap, recede and reverberate over extended durations in order to create “a dark void, that spectral realm magicked into being (or exposed by) the drone, in which audio apparitions and chimeras dance through smoke and mirrors, suggesting the existence of occult planes and dimensions, multiple other realities, world within worlds” (Tony Herrington, The Wire).
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