*The Aesthetic of Failure*
Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt (Chicago, Berlin) also releases as (*MoreBlackThenGod***Drone Messiah***The S&M Trio) - Founder & Artistic Director at Hortus Conclusus Records, Friends of Sagittarius Records and Galerie S&M. The improviser composer employs his signature “accidental guitar” method on music of haunting, sonically jarring loops. At times cavernous and resonant as a cathedral, his recordings explore the depths of the drone, exploiting glitches and mutating overtones into chorus-like swells, mechanical revolutions and washes of beaded static. These meditations upon cyclical time and the ubiquity of the elements seek to elevate our natural world to pure and infinite tonality, soaring above us like mass aural hallucinations.
Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt continues to blur the line between improvisation and composition, using chance as the foundation of loops and drones that fill space and seemingly expand time.
This artist has over 500 album, splits, and compilation releases.
and has collaborated with artists Elizabeth Veldon, Somália , Richard Ramirez, Ars Sonor, implicit order , Jhones Silva, Koobaatoo Asparagus, Antialias , Isabelle Künstler, Dishdawash (AKA Consistency Nature), Airborne Drumz, Bird Paradigma, Andrés G. Jankowski, GOD PUSSY, Michael Breitenbach, Violence Cotton Drone, Califax, Paul Gloom, Matthias Grossmann, Vinzenz Wieg, Fabian Niermann, Gor Ski, Markus Schwill, Eric D. Clark, Pollux, Buttercup Insurgent, Dairyola, Elbee Bad, Guido
MÖBIUS, Jared Christopher Balogh , Jonathan Toby Burdon, Paul Hines, Problem Anderer Leute , TROJ , To-Bo , Ian Simpson, Jason Kavanagh, Playing with nuns, Corpse Candle, Martin Briggs, Massimo, Amy Weinraush, Cece Chapman, Jaime Rodríguez López, Tolga Imam, Lind Bohm, Lee-Ann Joy, Sonia Laura Armaniaco, Suse Kipp, Birgit Anna Schumacher, Manuel Bonik, Michaela Caspar, Chris Chroma, Till von Heiseler, Mic Mikina, Micha Schrötter.
Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt’s
Experiment and concept are not mutually exclusive, and this is made evident by Berlin-based musician and composer Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt’s concept of “Accidental Guitar”. However, the outwardly emotional-spontaneous, intuitive and occasionally wild and furious qualities that are characteristic of his performances and recordings are certainly not generated “by accident” – in other words, they do not arise by chance or as a result of a spontaneous mood. “Accidental Guitar” is a holistic and grounded concept that includes three main aspects. The first of these is the creation of sounds and sound worlds by combining the guitar with distortion effects – a type of “routing” or “mapping” technique where the musician does not lose himself, however, but instead works in a deliberate manner with the tools available to him. The second dimension of “Accidental Guitar” is improvisation – an approach that Cooper Marquardt has chosen, systematically rejecting predetermined choreographies and all forms of rehearsal or planning. This applies not only to live performances, but also when making recordings in his studio. Finally, the third dimension to this concept is the specific situation that the musician encounters when playing: the atmosphere and setting, the persons, conditions and moods present in the space in question lead to a contextualisation of his music.
The carefully considered and, at the same time, situation-specific concept behind “Accidental Guitar” allows Cooper Marquardt to maintain conscious control of his work despite its experimental nature. This awareness becomes a formative element of his music, which arises from “accidents” that the musician reacts to. Ultimately, this chain of reactions results in a certain logic, which nonetheless does not restrict the spontaneous, free momentum of his work.
Birgit Anna Schumacher, author and curator
(Based on a conversation with Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt in February 2011)
Marquardt im Februar 2011)
- Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt is performance-künstler and creator and live performer of the accidental guitarist concept , SDC Marquardt makes and performs live to silent and independent films music, making dream like patterns based upon improvisation, and SDC Marquardt DJs in various locations of berlins nightlife, SDC Marquardt is guitarist of the Berlin electro dj, laptop, project ( Electro Sushi), SDC Marquardt is guitarist of the dance and theater composer project (Tradishion ) with Paul Hines former member of Test Department / SDC MARQUARDT is active member of (The RADIOACTIVE ENSEMBLE) / SDC MARQUARDT is founding member of (HILDEGUARD )"Leg Dich hin und warte bis die Bilder kommen" (n.UR-Kult, 2001) with GUIDO MÖBIUS and TOBY BURDON former member of TEST DEPARTMENT / SDC Marquardt is founding member of ( The Return of The Think Thing) The RotTTen Berlin Recordings listen/watch ::: Berlin Recordings ::: The Birds Too ::: The RotTT at Kunstpunkt Berlin (mov / 22MB)-read on ::: krachcom blog on the Berlin Recordings- / venues since 1997 are Kunstpunkt Berlin - Engler & Pieper Gallery - Berlin - The Thing, Frankfurt/Main - Bergstueb'l, Berlin - Juni-Radio-Show, bootlab Berlin - launch option at BüroFriedrich, Berlin - Twen FM, Berlin -Juniradio-EIMER BERLIN-Codelab & friends - Oliver Blomeier, Manuel Bonik, Martin Carlé, Sandro Canavezzi, Florian Cramer, Ulrike Gabriel, Jo Graell, Francis Hunger, Klaus Janek, Pepe Jürgens, Sean Marquardt, Michael Mikina, Zwetana Penova, Stuart Rosenberg, Micha Schroetter, Torsten Sense, Nadia Waigand, Kerstin Weibergcodelab - research zone for generative systems presents activities developed during the recent in-residency-phase in Podewil, Berlin.
His new album "Gesang der Geister will be released and distributed (CD and digital download) via AVACHORDA (2010). Seine Musik wurde u.a. in Deutschland ( rainbowdiving butterflies , format noise, knochensache , Krautnoise ) verlegt , in Brasilien ( menthe de chat ) , Mexico ( A.M.P. REC. ) , Portugal ( Editora Do Porto ) , Spain ( audiotalaia netlabel ) , England ( Industrial Culture, Electronic Musik ) , Frankreich ( Vaatican Records) , Österreich (BLEAK ) , Irland ( Flugelrad Records ) , Japan ( Silent novels Rec., SODOMA RECORDS ) , Belgien (FF HHH Records, Sarutra's Music, und Mandai Distribution) Belgien , Niederlande (STRONT REC ), , Zagreb Kroatien ( slusaj najglasnije! Rec. ) , Egypt ( massimo croce ) , Australia ( To Hip To Hop Tapes ) , Italien ( VJGrecords, SfintRecords ) , Russia ( Clinical Archives ) , Ukraine ( Oldturtles Tapes Records ) , Minsk- Belarus ( HAZE netlabel ) und in den USA ( Planetarium Records, Love Torture Records, Sounds Abound (Free Media Archive), kittyonfirerecords, Audio Sodomy Records, Amduscias Records , pigeon pop records, Placenta Recordings, deepwhitesound.com, und Tethered Records