Destroy Vancouver XII

Botborg, The Passenger, QUEEN OF NO (Shearing Pinx), Kevin Romain's Free Time Trio, RRKKTTTSS, Waters

Thu, Feb 19—Fri, Feb 20, 2015
Programming Series
  • BOTBORG (Germany)


Photo documentation

Artist Profile


BOTBORG is an international audio-visual performance group that fuses and rewires raw electronic signals to create intensely visceral experiences of sound-colour synaesthesia. Using a complex array of custom electronics, Botborg create totally live multi-sensory assaults of interdependent colour and rhythm, pushing the limits of technology to invoke the maximum possible stimulation of their audience’s mind and body. Botborg work with a level of experimentation and improvisation that places them in a territory outside traditional musical or cinematic formats, where the boundaries between art, science, and philosophy mutate until they are rendered meaningless.

Kevin Romain's Free Time Trio

KEVIN ROMAIN’S FREE TIME TRIO | This new project from drummer Kevin Romain draws inspiration from the mid 1960s post bop and free jazz movements. Romain is joined by longtime collaborator Domic Conway (We Just Stole A Car, Malleus Trio) on tenor saxophone and Nikko Whitworth (Expain, Big Evil) on 5ths-tuned double bass. Working in dozens of bands in Vancouver and internationally for the past six years, Romain (Sprïng, We Just Stole A Car, Wintermitts) has developed a reputation as a versitile and creative improviser and is excited to debut this aggressive new avant-garde improvising group. Expect fast cymbal beats and gratuitous shred.


RRKKTTTSS | Equal parts sonic exploration and performance art, rrkktttss is the electro-acoustic project of Bill John Batt (eschatons, fake jazz, softess, aerosol constellations). Utilizing a selection of semi-working yet mostly dying amplifiers rrkktttss demonstrates the aural interconnectedness of a room through placement, pushing and pulling of attached microphones and sound sculptures in search of satisfying tone. Through a culmination of nervous energy, dedicated listening and body positioning rrkktttss physically displays the sonic capabilities of a given space.


WATERS is a solo project encompassing minimal guitar and vocal based pieces. The instruments act as a base for signal and texture, becoming, with process, only remnants and figures of their former selves. Melodies and arrangements fall into a veiled response from tactile measures. A set can be an examination of the guitar as a machine as much as a melodic  instrument. Waters is the solo endeavour of Lindsey Hampton. Begun in 2011 it and has taken on a number of different forms, including collaborative pieces, recordings and long format installations. Hampton is a multidisciplinary artist and designer who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.