Gilles Aubry and Ernst Karel in Concert

Join us for an evening of Swiss and German electronic sound performance as part of the Goethe-Institut Boston’s “New Music from Germany” Series!

Event Details


Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 United States


October 09, 2014 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm


Advance: 8-10$, Night of Show 10-15$

Important update: The concert has been re-scheduled to take place on October 10th! 


Gilles Aubry is a Swiss sound artist based in Berlin since 2002. He uses location recordings, sound archives, music and interviews to create live performances, sound installations, publications and ‘movies without pictures’. Informed by researches on cultural, material and historical aspects of sound production and reception, his works address the politics of the audible.

In 2011, Aubry has been a guest artist of the Global Prayers project, carrying an artistic research about the use of audio amplification technology by christian charismatic churches in Kinshasa and Berlin. His installations Pluie de Feu and The Laman Encounter have been presented at NGBK Gallery in Berlin and Camera Austria in Graz in 2011, and as a performance at the House of World Cultures (HKW) in Berlin in 2012. His work Notes via a Soundscape of Bollywood, based on a sonic research about the Mumbai film-industry, was presented as an installation at the House of electronic Arts in Basel in 2013 and premiered as a movie at FID Marseille in 2014. His latest work and who sees the mystery documents a research on the return in Morocco of the Paul Bowles Moroccan music collection and was presented at Marrakech Biennale 2014.

Aubry is also a member of Berlin-based experimental noise band MONNO and has released several solo records on labels such as Winds Measure, Cronica Electronica, Gruenrekorder and Absinth Records. His last audio/book publication on documents his research on sonic materialities in Christian churches in Kinshasa.


ERNST KAREL’s multidimensional audio work includes electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, sound for nonfiction film, and solo and collaborative sound installations. Using analog electronics and location recordings, either separately or in combination, Karel creates audio pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary. Recent installations include the ongoing project Hourly Directional Sound Recordings (with Helen Mirra), instantiations of which have been exhibited in the 2012 Sao Paulo Bienal and at MIT List Visual Arts Center. Together with Pawel Wojtasik and Toby Kim Lee, he made Single Stream, first as a large-scale video and four-channel audio installation for the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, and then as a cinematic work with 5.1 sound. Current sound projects also include the long-running electroacoustic duo EKG, and the location recording collective the New England Phonographers Union.

Vilms for which Karel has edited and mixed sound include Manakamana (2013), Leviathan (2012), People’s Park (2012), Foreign Parts (2010), and Sweetgrass (2009). His most recent albums composed with location recordings are Materials Recovery Facility (2012), Swiss Mountain Transport Systems (2011), and Heard Laboratories (2010). About Le Ames Amplifees “Amplified Souls” is a live sound performance by Gilles Aubry based on his research about the amplified religious soundscape of Kinshasa, DRC, which took place in 2011 for the Global Prayers project.

Aubry improvises on a quad sound system with recordings documenting a spiritual deliverance session at the Libambu Ministry Church. During collective praying sessions involving speaking-in-tongues and a massive sound-system, the church members oppose evil spirits causing various existential problems. The sound, powerful and over-distorted, attests both on their supernatural powers and their capacity for soul amplification… By extension, the performance also questions the devotion of noise music fans and the cultural boundaries of faith, noise and technology. This program is part of the Goethe-Institut Boston’s “New Music from Germany” series.