Saturday, 18 August 20:00 Lucio Capece, Keith Rowe, Gerard Lebik, Peter Rehberg play Agnes Martin | Cinema
Saturday, 18 August 21:00 Peter Rehberg | Cinema
PITA is the pseudonym of Editions Mego founder Peter Rehberg. (b. 1968, London)
Rehberg, since decades residing in Vienna, began his career 25 years ago when the aesthetic possibilities of so-called Laptop music were just about to be discovered. PITA started working with computers since then and is internationally perceived as one of the pioneers of synthetic music. His musical background is to be found in Noise, Ambient and Techno, as well as early electroacoustics.
PITA ushers now the next phase of his sonic experimentation, returning as a solo act after almost ten years of silence. His approach to music hasn’t changed much though – it’s the ongoing search of a radical maniac that is driving us to the shores of experimental electronics, maybe best to be described as visceral synthesis, fishing in the ambient depths of techno. He is fusing distorted electricity with abstract beat patterns and glitches to some form of extreme computer music, exploring the outer reaches of the frequency range and pays attention to a sonic momentum.
Even though he took a break as a solo musician, Rehberg never stopped his sonic exploration. Over the last years he was focusing on his collaborative work, as in Fenn’O’Berg (w/ Jim O’Rourke and Christian Fennesz), KTL (w/ Sunn O)))s Stephen O’Malley), R/S (w/ Marcus Schmickler), or his latest project Shampoo Boy (w/ Christina Nemec and Christian Schachinger), and most recently NPVR (w/ Nik Void). These musical collaborations are completed by his cooperation with the French theatre director Giséle Vienne, Icelandic born/Berlin based choreographer Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir and Ballet de Lorraine.
PITA has produced over a dozen albums, covering an astonishing variety of experimental electronic styles, LPs like the Get Out / Get Down / Get Off / Get In quartet have received broad international critical acclaim and were released on such labels as Editions Mego, Touch, Häpna etc. He played various international festivals, like SONAR, All Tomorrows Parties, CTM Berlin, MUTEK, Donaufestival and won the Prix Ars Electronica for Digital Musics & Sound Art in 1999.
As head of the influential Editions Mego family of labels, he has released albums by internationally renowned artists like Fennesz, Kevin Drumm, Emeralds, Florian Hecker, Bernard Parmegiani, Russell Haswell, KTL, Akos Rozmann, Donato Dozzy, Bill Orcutt, Mark Fell, Klara Lewis, UUUU, Anthony Child and many more.
»One of the most perceptive and mercurial sound artists at work today.« (Nick Cain, THE WIRE)