Vladislav Delay aka Finnish composer and percussionist Sasu Ripatti is one of the most innovative and influential electronic musicians of the last two decades. A prolific and chameleon-like operative whose multiple pseudonyms (Luomo, Uusitalo, AGF/Delay) have allowed him a unique and gorgeously fractal take on electronic music. He has worked with a wide range of artists including Rhythm and Sound, Black Dice, Massive Attack, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, and has released his music on well respected labels like Chain Reaction, The Leaf Label and now Raster-Noton, as well as major labels and his own Huume imprint.
Vladislav Delay is Sasu's most personal project, in which impossibly deep, dub-inflected compositions are constructed like sonic architecture with every note, pause and click positioned for maximum impact in the mix. Combining a constant push for more honest and revealing emotions and a desire for absolute sonic integrity, these are all-consuming compositions that draw you in and take you under.
Live Vladislav Delay performs in a huge array of configurations - all are textural, unique and judged perfectly to the surroundings and acoustics. He is a hugely sensitive and tactile live electronic artist and percussionist whose liquid like use of echo, melody and rhythm is always an immersive and moving experience.
Vladislav Delay's tenth album 'Vantaa' was released on Raster-Noton at the end of 2011. After the explorative post-jazz/noise improvisations of the Quartet, 'Vantaa' is a return to the pure electronic compositions that Delay is best known for, combining absolute sonic integrity with deep emotive resonance. Now based on a remote island off the coast of Finland, the tracks oscillate between an overbearing, post-industrial soundcloud and the epic vistas of a vast and desolate Arctic landscape. At times tiny rhythmic bricks drift and collapse like tectonic plates, before opening up into spaces that radiate calmness and tranquility; at others synthetic textures somehow arouse associations with natural elements, whether gushing water, crackling wood, or growing grass.
The visuals for the Vladislav Delay concert in SEMIBREVE will be performed by Antye Greie. Born in 1969 in East Germany, lives and works in Hailuoto, Finland. Known also as AGF. Focus of work includes the relationship between language and sound, audiovisual live performance, digital communication, sound installations and commissions for movies and theater. Throughout her career, Greie has released 20 long player records and numerous collaborations under such ali- ases as AGF/Delay (with Vladislav Delay), Greie Gut Fraktion (with Gudrun Gut), and The Lappetites (with Kaffe Matthews and Eliane Radigue), many collaborations with the award-winning classical composer Craig Armstrong. Greie also runs her own production company, AGF Producktion, and has produced records for other artists most famously for Ellen Allien (SOOL, 2009, BPitch).