Outer is a cultural production agency that develops, manages and represents projects and individual artists in the realms of advanced music and audio-visual performances. Outer commissions new projects for leading venues around the world and collaborates with other agencies, promoters and artists in developing new performances, installations and events.

ACT!

ACT! is a new experimental project from Toronto-based composer, producer and sound artist David Psutka. Building on a complex body of work as Egyptrixx, Ceramic TL, Limit and various other collaborations, ACT! represents a new chapter of creative output from Psutka. A culmination of ideas and sound. The material is of a universal mind; new psychedelia braided with ecstatic groove - a pastiche of belief, sound and clarity. Physical sound and kaleidoscope mind. The aesthetic toggles between a megawatt density and empty air; inwardness and unity. Indebted in spirit to the masters of psychic jazz, like Yusef Lateef + Cecil Taylor, as much as to the euphoria of the club, this music declares concrete expression and total significance. The debut album “Universalist” will be released in Summer 2018 on Halocline Trance.

Caterina Barbieri

Caterina Barbieri is a Berlin-based Italian composer who explores themes related to machine intelligence and object oriented perception in sound through a focus on minimalism. Caterina explores the psycho-physical effects of repetition and pattern-based operations in music, by investigating the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers to draw severe, complex geometries in time and space. Approaching music practice as an integrative cognitive feedback between humans and technology lies at the core of her current sonic research. Barbieri holds a diploma in classical guitar and a bachelor's degree in electro- acoustic music from the conservatory of Bologna, Italy, alongside a bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy of Bologna with a thesis in Ethnomusicology about Hindustani music and minimalism.

Claudia Anderson

Austrian based Claudia Anderson is one of the most exciting producers to break onto the scene, with recent releases on Tresor Records and Marcellus’ Singular Records. Her DJ sets are equally as subtle, precise and explosive as her produced work and she is quickly making a name for herself as a future classic.

Fhloston Paradigm

Fhloston Paradigm is a manifestation of afro-futurist ideals in an electronic music landscape. The purpose is to transmit the omniversal message of divine abstraction into sonically pleasing tones. Merging sci-fi music history and concepts, ethereal sounds, and a long history of production, King Britt's most experimental project to date moves further into sound design, winning acknowledgment from notable soundtrack composers.

Iona Fortune

Iona Fortune is a composer/producer hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. Inspired by Eastern philosophy, her music is influenced by oriental sounds and features a palette of instruments that includes the Guzheng, Gamelan and EMS Synthi AKS. Debuting on Optimo Music in 2017, her first album Tao of I (the first of an 8-part series of releases exploring the hexagrams of the I-Ching) received much critical acclaim & saw her supporting various artists including Laraaji, Factory Floor and Oliver Coates in her hometown as well as a full UK tour opening for rock legends Shellac. Following this, she was involved in a special one-off event at De School’s art gallery De Aula as part of ADE. Employing an unusual composition technique that involves inner cultivation, one could say her sonic world exists somewhere out of the realm of the ordinary.

Jensen Interceptor

Jensen Interceptor has provided his versatile brand of techno to clubs and warehouses around the world. Gaining respect from his peers, supporting the likes of Sven Väth, Gesaffelstein, The Hacker, Boys Noize & Green Velvet; Jensen has consistently kept up with the elite at top speed. With his selection ranging from Detroit Electro & Miami Bass to rolling Italo, thunderous 90's Breaks and driving EBM, his audience is promised a sonic journey like no other. Going further than simply an entertainer, his remixes and productions have been released on some of the most influential labels in electronic music like Boys Noize Records, Cultivated Electronics, Bromance and Central Processing Unit. These releases have been supported and played out by DJ's such as Dave Clarke, Helena Hauff, Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Trevor Jackson and Radio Slave.

Juan Atkins + Moritz von Oswald present Borderland

Borderland is the studio and live collaboration between Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald. Inspired by the Uckermark, or “Borderland” region of Northern Germany, the project sees Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald coming together again for the first time in twenty years, composing sonic landscapes conceived from the frontiers of danceability and pure organic expression. Here’s where music legacies collide and steeped locales fuse into new and boundless forms, where techno is reaped, cross-pollinated and re-sown again – tended and lovingly cultivated by two masters and pioneers in the field.

Kali Malone

Kali Malone solo work's implement unique tuning systems in minimalist form for analog and digital synthesis often combined with acoustic instrumentation - such as pipe organ, string and wind instruments, lute and gong. Malone’s 2017 debut LP “Velocity of Sleep” was released on her own label XKatedral following tape releases put out by Ascetic House, Bleak Environment and Total Black. She is active in the groups Sorrowing Christ, Swap Babies, Upper Glossa with Caterina Barbieri, and with techno producer Acronym. She has performed most notably at Berlin Atonal and Norberg Festival.

King Britt

Honing his skills as the first resident DJ at Silk City (Philadelphia), King Britt - along with DJ Dozia - established Back2Basics; a new and innovative music collaboration which merged a live band with a DJ performance. This format serendipitously proved a perfect fit for King to became the original DJ of the Grammy Award winning Digable Planets. After a world-wide tour, King decided to leave Digable at the height of their success to focus on his DJing (house, techno, hip-hop, soul), and production aspirations. Since then, King has continued to DJ globally, spinning in every continent except Antartica. Over the decades, King has played at thousands of clubs and festivals including AfroPunk (NYC), Berghain (Berlin), Liquid (Tokyo), Capital(Johannesburg), Rex (Paris), Fabric (London), Output (Brooklyn), and SummerStage (NYC)

Konx-om-Pax

For Tom Scholefield, the language of design and music production cross over. As a producer, he's released two LPs on Planet Mu, the first of which was a resolutely melancholy and grainy take on pastoral IDM, shaped by living alone in Glasgow. The result of a move to Berlin and subsequent embrace of more rave tinged signatures, his later releases (Caramel and Refesher) present a fresh take on advanced dance music that is hard to tame. Saturated neon colours, classic '80s sci-fi and early modernist cues are recurrent themes in a vivid aesthetic that's instantly recognisable and helping shape the looks of Oneohtrix Point Never, Hudson Mohawke and Kuedo.

London Modular Alliance

London Modular Alliance is a three person collective that lies somewhere between a shop and a cult. From their base in the former industrial warehouses of Hackney Wick, London Modular have been designing their own cases, working out practical ways of chaining multiple synths for live performance, selling units from their shop front, and taking themselves on the road to run workshops and gigs. They've taken their unique fully improvised performances from the lazer lit confines of sweaty clubs to the hushed environs of Tate Britain and the V&A, filling the spaces with the whoosh and sweep of man co-operating with machine, bringing the dynamics of dance music to the ideals of modular synthesis, and forcing anyone with ears to acknowledge the renewed potency of the format.

Machine Woman

Anastasia Vtorova records gritty experimental techno, lacing minimal rhythms with distortion and unexpected turns. Her music is reflective of the ecstasy of nightlife as well as the loneliness of spending nights in solitude. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, she attended university in London and played in various punk and noise groups. Eventually she started making solo electronic music, but maintained a rebellious, convention-defying spirit with her work. She released a few tapes of experimental music starting in 2014, and her debut vinyl EP, For Sweden, was issued by Peder Mannerfelt's eponymous label in late 2015. What followed was Genau House, issued by Where to Now? in 2016, and her third vinyl EP, When Lobster Comes Home, released on Technicolour and featuring the revered track "Camile from Ohm Makes Me Feel Loved.”

Metrist

Metrist is an outlet for Joseph Higgins' idiosyncratic, constantly evolving dancefloor tailored endeavours. The Brighton based artist’s intensity and sense of humour can be heard through his approach to alien-like sound design and mangled beatwork in his jaunty oddball shaped work. Through his collaborations with labels such as Opal Tapes, Where To Now? and most recently Timedance, Higgins's work has been described by Hardwax as a “Dare-to-be-different true techno explorer”. As a DJ, Metrist's sets - which have graced a number of stages, from the renowned Freerotation Festival and London's Corsica Studios - combine his broken-beat UK influences with functional, slapping techno.

Moritz von Oswald

Moritz von Oswald: techno legend, electronic pioneer. One half of both Basic Channel and Maurizio, von Oswald is one of the most influential producers of electronic music in the last three decades. Firmly entrenched in the modern history of forward-thinking music, he is available to book either playing solo or for special projects and commissions.

Patricia

Max Ravitz is an accomplished designer of sounds and a composer of murky, melodic electronic music designed to elicit movement in the body. For the past several years, Ravitz has been a fixture in New York’s punk-ish world of do-it-yourself house and techno, releasing a steady stream of records (under his own name or in duos Inhalants, Masks, or Pulpo, but most frequently under his own legerdemain-styled solo moniker, Patricia) on labels like Opal Tapes and L.I.E.S. A lifelong musician, Ravitz grew up on the fundamentals (piano, guitar, clarinet) but developed a heartfelt love of electronic music when he was gifted a set of turntables at a young age. These days he can be found tooling and retooling his modular synthesizers, a process that allows him to hone closely in on his own idiosyncratic sound design.

Pedro Maia

Pedro Maia is a Portuguese-born filmmaker working mostly within the realms of analogue film, exploring the medium's potentiality, and expanding the aesthetic and technological “heritage” of the tradition. His works have been presented in galleries such as Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Rencontres Internationales, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, MACBA Barcelona, Edinburgh International Film Festival, among many others. His work also involves collaborations with musicians such as Panda Bear, Lee Ranaldo, Fennesz, Vessel, Craig Leon, Demdike Stare, Sandro Perri, Shackleton, Jacaszek, Tropic of Cancer among many others.

Photonz

Photonz is the main musical alias of Marco Rodrigues - a Portuguese DJ and producer that in recent years became a driving force for Lisbon's much talked about underground scene. For little over a decade now, he's been crafting his own deeply personal style of eerie yet potent machine funk for cult imprints such as Créme Organization, 20:20 Vision, Don't Be Afraid, Skylax, Unknown To The Unknown or Príncipe. As a DJ, Photonz grew a reputation for deep crates and intensely euphoric sets and in 2017, together with Violet (co-founder at his Radio Quantica) and Lisbon's own Rabbit Hole collective, he started the now infamous Mina parties - a monthly, sex-positive, queer and intersectional-feminist techno party aimed at using the dissociative potential of intense raving to create a temporary space of suspension away from patriarchal expectations.

Porter Ricks

Porter Ricks is the sound project of Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig. Their legendary releases on Chain Reaction (1996) and Mille Plateaux (1997) will soon be complemented by a new LP to be released on Tresor Records in 2017. Köner has been working extensively as a sound designer and artist - exhibiting at among other places the Centre Georges Pompidou and The Louvre. Mellwig's other projects include collaborations with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine and Pete Kember of Spacemen 3. Porter Ricks is undoubtably the central item in their musical careers, setting a high-water mark for experimentally tinged pulsating techno.

Prequel Tapes

Prequel Tapes cultivates a sense of mystery and nostalgia that seeps into his recorded output and live shows. Post-punk and Sheffield-based electronica gets swallowed by synth-heavy drones and filters of analogue reverb and tape fuzz. 90s rave culture coalesces into a hazy soundscape in which its difficult to tell where old sounds end and new ones begin.

PTU

Russian duo (Kami Ea and Alina Izolenta) who release music on Kraviz's label Trip, shows how a couple tweaks to the template can make a major impact. For one, they play fast—almost 150 BPM. The second factor is their arrangements and sound design. The steady pound of the kick drum constantly interrupted by mini-drops and random blasts of sound. This all amounts to something you could describe as fun, which make dancing to PTU seem pretty different to the standard techno party experience these days.

Reckonwrong

Reckonwrong is a South London-based artist whose music folds humour, pathos and hooky pop appeal into distinctive modern bangers. The soundsystem dramatics and wavey charm of his releases on Whities and Pinkman carry over into an energetic and freewheeling flair as a DJ, while his deep crooning voice, which first emerged from the shadows on cult hit “The Passions of Pez”, has come to the fore in his mystical live shows. Wandering between heady atmospherics, intimate song craft, and moments of infectious energy, these have proved fertile ground for a wave of ambitious new material while birthing the legend of the tiny trumpet.

rRoxymore

rRoxymore’s music is an intriguing, one-off blend of contrasting textures – organic and synthetic, icy and warm – a fresh step in dance music. The French musician and producer has a long history making music in various ways, with various people, before settling in Berlin and concentrating on the solo project that collects it all. Live, rRoxymore creates rhythms and sounds with energetic rawness merging with an energising sense of psychedelia.

Second Woman

Second Woman is the collaborative project featuring Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv. Josh and Turk have been friends for over 17 years, having met in New Orleans in the late ’90s through mutual friend and future collaborator, Charlie Cooper. The duo have been working on music together on and off since that time, be it working on their own projects, video game scores, or tracks with other contemporaries. The concept of Second Woman began with the idea of taking tropes from footwork, dub, house, and techno, and twisting these ideas into something kaleidoscopically liberated from the grid, tweaking the perception of time and space within the audio field into something ASMR-inducing and ultimately satisfying to listen to. Their insane second release S/W came out on Editions Mego sublabel Spectrum Spools in 2017.

SUMS

SUMS is a new collaboration between Kangding Ray, an electronic musician whose productions have appeared mainly on the raster-noton and Stroboscopic Artefacts labels, and Barry Burns, multi-instrumentalist and composer in the Scottish band Mogwai. On the one hand this collaboration evidences the growing influence of electronic music on Mogwai (particularly on their last album “Rave Tapes”), and on the other, the ongoing presence of rock (usually associated with a prefix, whether it’s post-, punk-, or art-) in Kangding Ray’s music. The specially commissioned project will involve these two genre-leading artists on a range of electronic and amplified instruments, as well as drumming wizard Merlin Ettore, to create a soundscape that blends elements of both their musical legacies.

Sybil Jason

Sybil Jason is a Haitian-American DJ, producer & photographer from New York City. Since 2004 she has been involved in the underground music scene of NYC, most notably as a DJ. In 2006 she set up a music blog named FARCED, which has survived through the years as an mp3 blog and is home to her various mixes & podcasts. 2017/2018 was a game changer for Sybil: she played steady dates across the US & Europe while keeping dancefloors on their toes with her signature non-conforming sets. Guest mixes for shows on Rinse.fm, NTS, Radar London along with THE FADER and Truants mixes have cemented her unique DJ style: an eclectic & boundless fusion of many different electronic genres fueled by her electric energy & the unapologetic dichotomy of old/new + cold/warm (with a focus on techno and house all the while returning to the music of her Haitian heritage).

Upper Glossa

Upper Glossa is the group consisting of Caterina Barbieri and Kali Malone. This new project debuted at Berlin Atonal 2016 to massively positive critical acclaim, with The Wire picking out the performance as a festival highlight and describing it as "a trip deep within the mothership - hypnotic and beautifully disorientating".

Yousuke Yukimatsu

Hailing from Osaka, Yousuke Yukimatsu’s profile in Japan has been quickly rising on account of his powerful and experimental DJ sets that seem to take on a rangy, surprising life of their own. He was one of the highlights at the 2017 edition of the Berlin Atonal festival for his European debut.

Ziúr

Ziúr is one of the most exciting producers to come out of the fringes of Berlin club music in the last few years. A new generation is breaking out of the techno mould and creating in a spirit of freedom and experimentation, taking seemingly incompatible influences and balancing them into a new and exciting sound.