Language Is The Most . AGF
2004. cd . dl
Full-length album feat. exclusive recordings from the Ars Electronica Klangpark 2003, fully re-worked and edited by AGF in Berlin.
"As a singer and producer, I rely primarily on content, and that can get to be a real encumbrance. After many years of creating music, I feel that I'm being confronted over and over again with the fact that listeners - and especially when it comes to Germans dealing with the German language - have problems getting to the music. Content always comes first - the message, the brain.
In cutting the tracks for my album "head slash bauch" (head slash gut), I wanted to free myself from this coercive pressure to have to say something understandable. On my way to becoming an independent producer, I geeked my way through the process of self-education in matters of hardware, software, user's manuals and all the other stuff that goes with it. And that's how the computer/laptop came to exert an extremely positive - except for the chronic back pain - influence on my working and lifestyle options, my communication and production possibilities, and makes possible more and more flexibility, speed and personal control.
So that's how I discovered the poetry and beauty of this technically practical programming language. Since then I've been experimenting with this tension between technical coolness and rhythm and melody in connection with reality, feeling, vision. For the opening of the Ars Electronica Klangpark 2003, I presented a live performance featuring some of this work and my recent album "Westernization Completed" and integrated into it a composition especially based on the dictionary entry for "code"."
AGF aka Antye Greie, born and raised in East Germany is a singer and digital songwriter, producer, performer, e-poet, calligrapher, digital media artist known for artistic exploration of digital technology through the deconstruction of language and communication. Her poetry, which she converts into electronic music, calligraphy and digital media, has been presented on records, live performances and sound installations in museums, auditoria, theaters, concert halls and clubs in Europe, America and Asia.
Other projects include the German electronic duo Laub, The Lappetites, AGF/DELAY (with Vladislav Delay), The Dolls (Vladislav Delay and Craig Armstrong) and Zavoloka/AGF, collaborations with Craig Armstrong, Ellen Allien, Gudrun Gut, Eliane Radigue, Kaffe Matthews.
AGF runs her own production company AGF Producktion. In 2004 she won an Award of Distinction at the 2004 Ars Electronica festival, in 2006 she was on the cover of the Wire magazine. AGF lives and works in Hailuoto/ Finland.