Following in the footsteps of last year’s inaugural event in Rio, the Novas Frequências festival returns in 2012, this time armed with a São Paulo leg to go with another clutch of international experimental musicians making their debuts on Brazilian shores. If huge, bleeping banks of audio equipment, fizzing laptops and sturdy beards get your juices flowing, you are in for a treat.
The triple-bill kicks off at 6pm with German producer Pole (pole-music.com), a man whose underground credentials are guaranteed not just by gleaning his name from an obscure piece of studio equipment, but also the titles of his first four albums; 1, 2, 3 and, just to mix things up a bit, R. Previously dub heavy and glitchy, his newest material, set for release in early 2013, has seen Stefan Betke up the funk factor and embrace organic sounds, not in the form of instruments per se, but instead with recordings of the wind and rain outside his studio.
Next up, at 7.30pm, is the mystery duo of out-there electronica, Hype Williams. Notoriously aloof, the UK-Germany pair walk the thin line between hipster and underground, but simply let their dub-fuelled sounds do the talking. Expect live re-workings of tracks from the album One Nation, released early last year, and a host of new material that defies categorisation, preferring instead to lurch freewheel across the musical map and take the listener with it.
Closing the bill at 9pm, Actress (facebook.com/pages/Actress), aka Darren Cunningham, has already nailed two albums on West London imprint Honest Jon's Records as well as performing remix duties for the mighty Joy Orbison, high praise indeed. Intriguingly labelled as 'r'n'b concrete' by the Cunningham himself, Actress's sound swings from heavy, thumping electronica to altogether beat-less ambient sound on his most recent record, R.I.P, well received by the likes of Pitchfork earlier this year.