Tonic Train: Sarah Washington & Knut Aufermann

Saturday, 18 August 16:00 Knut Aufermann, Sarah Washington – Tonic Train Multimedia

Tonic Train is the long-standing experimental electronics duo of Sarah Washington and Knut Aufermann. The combination of Sarah’s homemade circuit-bent instruments and Knut’s feedback mixer creates a rich spectrum of fundamental electronic noises. They combine two methods of electronic music production: the appropriation of electronic circuits to make components produce otherwise unwanted sounds and the improper use of audio equipment to make it feed back. This includes a specific interest in radio technology, and micro transmission is an important part of the sound field they create. Since forming in the year 2000, Tonic Train has been incorporated into a range of diverse musical projects including a feedback ensemble with Otomo Yoshihide, Toshimaru Nakamura, Nic Collins and Xentos ‘Fray’ Bentos, trios with Munich Philharmonic violist Gunter Pretzel, Viennese video artist Billy Roisz, Japanese sound artist Haco, and groups such as the Resonance Radio Orchestra. |

Sarah Washington is an artist/activist working in experimental music and radio art. She co-created the London radio station Resonance FM and the radio art network Radia. She performs with self-built electronic instruments in the duo Tonic Train with Knut Aufermann. Together they began Mobile Radio in 2005 to produce radio stations, broadcasts, festivals and installations. Commissions include Hearing in Tongues (2007) for Tate Modern, Mobile Radio BSP (2012) for the 30th Bienal of São Paulo, and Render (2017) for documenta14. In 2016 she co-curated the Radio Revolten festival in Halle.
Knut Aufermann is a radio artist, musician and organiser. From 2002–2005 he was the station manager of Resonance FM in London. Together with Sarah Washington he runs the project Mobile Radio, investigating alternative means of radio production. Their works have been broadcast on more than 50 radio stations across the globe as well as in gallery contexts e.g. at the 30th São Paulo Biennial and documenta 14. Knut Aufermann plays improvised electronic music, solo and in groups, using various forms of audible feedback.