Andres Noarbe starts very young in the world of electronic music, in 1978, as founding member of pioneer tecno pop band El Aviador Dro y sus Obreros Especializados. A few years later (1981) he becomes manager and producer of the legendary industrial band Esplendor Geométrico, a split from El Aviador Dro. He starts and manages Discos Esplendor Geométrico (1985-1989), the first label specialised in electronic music in Spain. In this period 22 lps and quite a few tapes of important artists and bands of international electronic avantgarde and experimental music (sublabel EGK), are published: Asmus Tietchens, Mecánica Popular, Jorge Reyes, Macromassa, Conrad Schnitzler, De Fabriek, Amok, Francisco López, Victor Nubla, Melodinamika Sensor, Comando Bruno, Avant-Dernieres Pensees, 32 Güajars Faragüit, etc… and of course Esplendor Geométrico.
From 1990 he has continued his job as a producer founding the label Geometrik (continuation of Discos E.G.) but publishing mainly in CD format. Some years before he had started also ROTOR (still active): pioneer organization dedicated to the promotion and mail distribution (also functioning as a shop) specialised in electronic and experimental music. From 2002 he is a regular collaborator of La Casa Encendida in Madrid as curator, and also as a producer, in festivals and cycles such as: Territorio Eléctrico, Disonancias, Performance SONora, Raster-Noton, etc. He has given workshops and talks about electronic music history for different institutions and festivals in the last years.
Talk on cassettes: http://www.notonidas.com/2010/12/andres-noarbe-y-los-sellos.html
WORKSHOP: MARCH 8 – 9 2011, 17 – 21 H.
Experimental and electronic underground music: beginnings and development
This seminar will focus in the origins (late 70s) and later development of the international underground independent scene giving especial attention to electronic and experimental music (Industrial, Noise, Power Electronics, Electroacoustic, Minimal Wave, etc.). Among other aspects, it will delve into the historical and operational aspects of the world of small cassette labels, which strongly flourished during the early 80s: the first home studios, the individual micro-labels, zines and specialised radio stations, the so-called “mail music” movement, etc. The Spanish scene will be particularly analyzed. This is a scene that is not currently very well known, though it was extraordinarily active. These were the beginnings of an underground worldwide phenomenon that created an extensive web of musical information exchange, and trade/swapping of releases through mail. A pioneer example of artistic self-management that has also connections with mail-art, very active at the time, and sound poetry. The seminar will be fully illustrated with audio and visual examples and documentation.