Monday 28 May 2018
HELIC.AL presents
THE END Section III + Aluminum:
an ele_mental 25 year anniversary

HELIC.AL presents THE END Sect III:
This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, The Freeze, Bambule
4AD, Editions Mego, Midnight Music, Praxis

Eric Random
Nico + The Faction, Cabaret Voltaire Official, The Tiller Boys, The Pressure Company
Mute Records, Les Disques du Crépuscule, DoubleVision, LTM Recordings, New Hormones / Factory, Dark Entries Records

Das Ding aka Danny Bosten
Tear Apart Tapes, Minimal Wave

Artefactos De Dolor
Force Placement of The Black Lodge

ele_mental presents Aluminum:
special guest selectors
Anthony Shake Shakir
Titonton Duvanté of Residual Recordings
Ed Luna

Archetyp aka Arch E Typ
Todd Sines as cron
performing 1997’s “scalable_architectures”

art / projection / installation
Egill Kalevi Karlsson
Andries Boekelman
Todd Sines

downtown Detroit location to be announced 21 May 2018
$20 advance tickets
$25 day of show


On 21 May 1993. the first ele_mental event at an Ohio State University parking garage, launched the careers of many midwestern electronic musicians; from Dieselboy, Archetyp, Todd Sines & Titonton. Their next event, Comfort, with almost a thousand attendees, crystallized their long-standing association with Detroit’s own Jon Santos, Brian Gillespie, Claude Young Jr. / Claude Young, Anthony Shakir, Mack Goudy Jr., and by nature, Daniel Bell, Carl Craig, UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE and more.

ele_mental’s core has consistently challenged the notion of art, movement, and music, with their active_not_passive ambient series, ele_ment series of live concerts with influencers and the influenced, FIREXIT, a collaboration with Matt Clausen, Daniel McMahon Art: bringing The Rapture, Mouse on Mars, Tortoise’s Chicago Underground Duo, OVAL, Robert Henke’s Monolake project, and Stefan Betke as POLE.

After their moves to NYC, Charles and Todd continued to push into new territory, with the launch of their band, INTERVAL featuring close friend Andries Boekelman; in their quest for the right fit for a label, they launched HELIC.AL, a response to creating long-last artifacts of pure analog / physical recordings; and their new projects Artefactos De Dolor with Beyond Booking (The Bunker)’s Alyssa Barrera / LDY OSC, and VerticalSilence, a new post-punk project from Charles Noel.

As HELIC.AL explores new dimensions in form, space, and sound, they make a concerted effort to connect with the sounds of yesterday as they still infer the sounds of tomorrow. We honorably welcome the performance of Gordon Sharp [ex- The Freeze, This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins] as Cindytalk, whose haunting, chilling, gender-fluid voice has been the soundtrack for many of us for over 30 years.

Eric Random has had an equally influential position in the annals of industrial music, having recorded with Cabaret Voltaire Official’s Stephen Mallinder & Richard H Kirk as The Pressure Company, Nico as The Faction, The Tiller Boys, in addition to his own unique, angular psych dub / funk under the Eric Random umbrella. With re-releases due on Dark Entries Records, SLEEPERS RECORDS, and forthcoming studio time with Todd + Charles of HELIC.AL, Eric’s well on his way to making more sonic memories.

Veronica Vasicka re-opened the doors for Danny Bosten as Das Ding, a Dutch graphic designer / bedroom synth-producer whose riveting performance with Sean Mcbride at one of Wierd Records’s final nights left a huge dent in the developing tones of HELIC.AL. From “H.S.T.A.” to “sad but true” the Das Ding sound is perfection its effortless, minimal synth charm. Danny now has revitalized his Das Ding project replete with his own modular rig and dozens of tracks on the horizon.

Speaking of effortless, Anthony Shake Shakir has made countless sleeper “hit” releases since 1988, but most importantly, his Frictional Recordings imprint —which also began the career of fellow Columbus ele_mental, FBK aka Kevin M. Kennedy. Shake’s reception to the Columbus gang has left us in pieces and tears at the same time; we have cherished him from day one.

Fellow ele_mental Titonton should need no introduction, but perhaps the most musically gifted of us all [who are a bunch of hacks], Titonton has scored for dance, film, video and obliterated dancefloors around the world with his signature moody chords, funk basslines, and fidget-filled mastery behind computer, controller, CDJ, synthesizer, mixer or turntable; he makes it look like child’s play.

Admist the dust of the implosion of Body Release, Charles Noel formed 21/22 Corp, whose first release in 1994, as Monochrome, in addition to the Fusion tape compilation, featuring midwestern and UK electronic musicians. Charles will shuffle through 25+ years of time sliced Michael Jackson, Parliament Funkadelic and minimal synth sounds for an exercise in a complete electronic music history.

After a series of releases for Daniel Bell’s 7th City, Carl Craig’s Planet E Communications, and PEACEFROG Records, Todd Sines shifted gears once again to a new project: CRON; his electro project that is finally being reissued this month on Mental Groove. This will be first time this album is performed live, using all hardware.


20 October — Artefactos de Dolor, Interval, Vertical Silence, Archetyp, Todd Sines with Textbeak [DJ] — Phantasy / Cleveland

21 October — Malfunction 19 year reunion — Artefactos de Dolor, Interval, Vertical Silence, Archetyp, Todd Sines, Titonton Duvante, James Johnson and more — Cincinnati

HELIC.AL presents their showcase in Japan:

27 October — Artefactos de Dolor, Interval, Vertical Silence — Ochiai Soup / Tokyo

29 October — Disruptor Hiroshima: Shinsui Temple at Gembaku Dome, atomic bombing epicenter / Hiroshima [tbc]

02 November — HELIC.AL_001R — Interval: Transmit LP exhibition occurs in NYC [tbc]