PREVIEW: CAM Festival 2015

PREVIEW: CAM Festival 2015

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Something has been rumbling beneath the surface in Wales in recent years, a rich seam of experimental electronic creativity and DIY culture. Nowhere is this more exemplified than by the Peski label who have given a platform to the likes of the shape-shifting kraut-electronic textures crafted by wiz kid R.Seiliog, the post-punk minimalism of Cardiff’s H O R S E S and the delightfully artful Cymru disco-pop of Gwenno. Now they’re teaming up with the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay to present CAM ’15 – one day of experimental music festival this Saturday (25th of April), that they promise will “champion innovative artists and alternative minds from Wales and beyond.”

The evening’s music bill is headed by the first performance in 20 years from Welsh-language group, Datblygu (Develop.) They have been a source of inspiration and awe across the principality for experimental pioneers of sound for quite some time. Sonic explorers and mainstays of the electronic scene R. Seiliog and Y Pencadlys will also perform, as well as the Glasgow-based Polish musician Ela Orleans who brings her “movies for ears” and echo-drenched pop collage to Wales for the very first time. The enclosed space of the main Auditorium stage will also bear witness to a performance of ‘Fish Music’ by Sam Richards where musicians play a score determined by the movement of fish in an aquarium.

But this isn’t just a music performance event; as well as DJs and installations, there will be lectures on the Glanfa stage from the likes of recording producer Gorwel Owen and author/musician Sam Richards, to the Polish culture journalist Agata Pyzik and the legendary Fflaps founder and academic, Ann Matthews.

“The CAM Cinema will show short documentaries and introduce people to the work of many contemporary Welsh sound artists at the Sony Room.

The event is curated by CAM – a multi-media platform that operates as a weekly radio show called Cam o’r Tywyllwch on Radio Cardiff and occasionally Resonance FM, a digital magazine, an online cinema and an annual festival – a haven for alternative thinking.”


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