The seventh edition of Artmospheric Festival will take place July 12th - 15th, gathering music lovers, artists and leading figures of electronic music in the heart of the West Balkan mountains, Bulgaria.
Finest musical selection of top level, crystal clear sound system, conceptual installations and visuals, and a parallel program of useful lectures and workshops - carefully presented outdoors in the mountain - is what makes Artmospheric a special venue for alternative culture.
Tickets are available on Eventim.bg. Early bird pre-sales end on April 14th and will be followed by two more pre-sale phases. Total number of festival tickets is limited to 600. An alternative paypal method is also available to visitors from outside Bulgaria.
Detailed festival information will regularly be updated on this page.
Artmospheric comes out from a symbiosis between Art and Atmosphere. Our main objective is to bring contemporary arts closer to the natural environment in order to raise public awareness of actual issues in that field, such as global warming or mass consumption.
Since 2006, Artmospheric and "Open Mind" Foundation have organized various cultural events in the field of contemporary arts, such as the annual Artmospheric Festival, conceptual concerts, exhibitions, multimedia performances and installations, etc.
Our events usually take place in open nature throughout Bulgarian mountains. The musical program consists of a fine selection of live electronic musical projects, fading from atmosphere ambient textures during day to intelligent dance music during night.
During the years, Artmospheric Festival has evolved as a regional leading event for intelligent electronic music and alternative culture. It is also the first Bulgarian open air, which regularly takes care of the separation and recycling of its waste.
The musical program consists of a fine selection of live electronic musical projects, fading from atmosphere ambient textures during day to intelligent dance music during night. Some of our dear friends who have already played at Artmospheric are Aes Dana (Fr), Alan Backdrop (It), Ambient Anarchist (Bg), AodioiboA (De), Brando Lupi (It), Dave Twomey aka Tr nch (UK), Donato Dozzy (It), Gabriel Le Mar (De), Ishq (UK), J-Lab (UK), Kalumet (Hu), Lackluster (Fin), natural/electronic.system. (It), Planet Boelex (Fin), Second Face (Hu), Sensient (Au), Taj Mahal (Fr), Tengui (UK), Vataff Project (Bg), Yvat (Ro) and many more.
Artmospheric events are also supporting non-commercial alternative artists united in their quest for newer forms and perceptions towards better coexistence and respect for nature.
Robert Henke, born in Munich, Germany, builds and operates machines to produce art.
Amazed and inspired by the constantly expanding possibilities of applied computer science and technology, Henke explores new territories between musical composition, performance and installation. Alongside diving deeply into aesthetic concepts, the creation of his own instruments and tools is an important and integral part of his artistic process.
His works are concerned with volume, power and impact, the tension between silence and noise, darkness and light, and about the exploration and manipulation of real and virtual spaces. They expose carefully shaped details and gradual changes of repeating structures in different time scales.
Henke is a pioneer of multichannel sound, using methods and systems like wave field synthesis and ambisonics to create situations of total immersion, expanding the sonic experience of his performances beyond of what can be reproduced at home.
During the last decade, Henke's artistic explorations more and more expanded from his initial focus on music towards the field of installation, both sound based and audio-visual. His installations, internet based audiovisual performances and concerts have been presented at Tate Modern London, the Centre Pompidou Paris, Le Lieu Unique Nantes, PS-1 New York, MUDAM Luxembourg, MAK Vienna and on countless festivals.
Henke’s interest in the combination of art and technology is also evident in his contributions to the development of the music software 'Ableton Live'. Since Ableton’s founding in 1999, he has been central to the development of Live, which became the standard tool for electronic music production and completely redefined the performance practice of electronic music.
He writes and lectures about sound and the creative use of computers, and holds a professorship in sound design at the Berlin University of Arts.
For 2013 he has been selected as Mohr Visiting Artist at the music department of Stanford University, where he will be teaching a class in computer music composition and performance.
Robert Henke @ Official Website | Discogs | RA | Soundcloud
In recent years Donato Dozzy has emerged as one of the leading contemporary techno DJs. He has developed a strong following for his distinctive tripping, hypnotic take on techno music. Ignoring fads and trends, Dozzy's approach to electronic music – both as a DJ and as a producer – is based on a deep understanding of what has come before him. Being introduced to Disco, Italo, Reggae, Dub and other forms of electronic music at an early age, he first began exploring DJ'ing in 1983 under the mentorship of a DJ from Bari, called Maurizio Laurentaci. By the late 1980s he was discovering techno and acid with his friend Leo (now producing house music under the name Lerosa).
Despite his love for electronic music, he continued his studies, eventually graduating from the University of Rome with a Doctorate in Politics. This education, combined with his encyclopedic knowledge of music, later earned him the nickname of "The Professor". In 1999, he began an ongoing residency at the famous Brancaleone club in Rome, where he further honed his skills as a DJ. In 2001, he was as part of the band, The Kitchen Tools, which were signed to Virgin records and had some commercial success in Italy.
This was not enough to satisfy Dozzy, and in 2004 he moved to Berlin. From 2004 to 2006, Dozzy held a residency at Panorama Bar, where extended sets at the end of long nights of partying allowed him to further develop his slow-burning, hypnotic groove.
A watershed moment in his career came in 2007 when he was invited to play at the Labyrinth festival, an outdoor electronic music festival in Japan. While 2007 went well, its main purpose was laying the foundations for his return in 2008, when Dozzy would play the closing set at Labyrinth. It would prove to be a turning point for Dozzy, as he played one of the most memorable sets of techno that had ever been witnessed at the festival. This set went on to be podcasted by mnml.ssgs and Donato's popularlity grew exponentially.
Since then, Dozzy has quickly developed as a producer and a DJ, since playing at many of the most important clubs around the world, such as Berghain and Fabric. He has become popular not only for his DJing, but also because of his distinctive productions: like his sets, they explore the trippier side of acid, techno and ambient. In 2008, after experimenting with his first label (Dozzy Records), he started Aquaplano, a label that has quickly gained a cult following for its limited pressings and high quality mix of ambient and techno. He has released on a wide range of other labels, including: Mental Groove, Curle, Time to Express, Mule, Further, and Prologue.
In 2010 he completed his debut album, "K", which received high praise. He played live for the first time at the 2011 Labyrinth festival as Voices from the Lake (with Neel). Much like the music he plays and produces, Donato Dozzy is in no rush: developing slowly, moving further and deeper. Having found considerable success as a DJ and producer, Dozzy is not searching for fame or hype, he just continues to look or those special transcendental moments that can be created through electronic music.
Donato Dozzy @ Discogs | RA | Soundcloud
Producer, musician, dj, photographer, Brando Lupi’s influences range anywhere from post industrial-rock, experimental electronic to modern classical. The Italian native has had a history working alongside a number of talented artists.
Brando’s releases have been picked up by the likes of Orange Groove , Kompakt , Samuvar , Dewtone Recordings , Mental Groove , Detune Records and Elettronica Romana.
He has recently composed a score for the movie “La Solitudine Dei Numeri Primi”, distributed by Medusa,with the soundtrack signed by Mike Patton ,leader of Faith No More,and presented at the 67th Venice Film Festival.
He currently resides in Rome, spreading experimental spiritual frequencies across the world.
Sensient is Tim Larner from Melbourne, Australia. His music is deep, intelligent, progressive and absorbs the influence of many other musical styles (minimal, techno, breaks, glitch, jazz fusion)
He has released 4 solo albums plus many compilation tracks on respected labels like Iboga, Plusquam, Flow, Plastik Park, Tatsu, ZMA and more. He also has made remixes for some of the big names in the scene including Ace Ventura, Perfect Stranger, Shiva Chandra and BigWigs.
In 2003 Sensient created Zenon Records which has now developed into one of the world’s best and most respected psytrance labels. Zenon has formed an entire musical movement which has heavily influenced the Psytrance Music/Festival scene worldwide.
Sensient has played at some of the biggest international festivals including Boom, Ozoroa, Voov, Universo Parallelo, Glade, Rainbow Serpent, Sonica, Fusion and more…
Sensient @ Discogs | Zenon Records | Soundcloud
Born and bred in Michigan, and currently based in Berlin, Eric Cloutier is one of a new generation of American DJs bridging the gap between dance music's past and its future. His sets have a sprawling depth and sophistication that fuses the brooding intensity of tripping techno with the mechanic funk of contemporary house.
Cloutier started spinning records in 1996, quickly establishing himself in Detroit's competitive local scene, holding down residencies at The Necto and prominent afterhours spot The Works. This led to a job booking Oslo, where he brought the likes of Richie Hawtin, Luciano and Michael Mayer to town, as well as handing out residencies to local legends Three Chairs and Stacey Pullen.
In 2006, Cloutier made the jump to New York and quickly established himself, earning a residency at the premiere monthly techno night The Bunker and mid-week soiree Den of Thieves. He's also begun his own night, Down, in which he often stretches out to play lengthy sets that showcase his range, effortlessly threading together deeper shades of house and dub-infused techno. Word has been spreading too: 2009 saw Cloutier recording two mixes for the mnml ssgs podcast series, beginning to work in the studio for the first time on his own material, making his European DJing debut and getting tapped to play at Japan's renowned Labyrinth Festival. That latter honor may be the most telling of all: Only a select few are asked to spin at Labyrinth. (It's the provenance of studious selectors like Daniel Bell, Donato Dozzy and Peter Van Hoesen.) To not only spin in their company, but to have ably held his own should tell you all you need to know about Eric Cloutier: He's a DJ for whom quality—above all else—is the watchword.
Eric Cloutier @ Soundcloud | RA | Facebook
Deeply involved in London's finest techno underground, the man behind Colony is also an integral part of Artmospheric line-up for the past two years and we are looking forward to his next visit in July.
He recently made a conceptual mix for Artmospheric Sessions which is highly recommended and can be found here.
Tengui is currently working on his forthcoming full debut on Broken20.
Tengui @ RA | Soundcloud | Official.fm
"Vataff Project" is a mix of a electronic music basis, electronic beat and traditional bulgarian instruments and visual performance. The project has its own and specific sound although it contains elements of psychedelic-techno, triphop, ambient.
The music of "Vataff" leads to profound feelings of ecstasy, dance and ritual which come from the ancient times, the present and the future. The permanent development and evolution of sound, the search for states going beyond the field of matrix forms and images are basic tendencies set in the project's idea.
"Vataff Project" is initiated by Victor Marinov /Victor's Mob/ during the fall of 2001 and has appeared on many international stages all over the world.
Vataff Project @ Official Website | Discogs | Virtual World | Bandcamp | Facebook
"Auditory Ossicles" is a Bulgarian jazz/electronic band consisted of drummer, bassist, saxophone and VST maniac.
More info TBA.
The band has played at some gigs and festivals in Bulgaria and abroad, including Artmospheric - back in 2008 and 2012. They also contributed a recording to Artmospheric Sessions - #20: live at Ambient Nights Outdoor from September 2012.
Auditory Ossicles @ Soundcloud | Facebook
Born in 1981, Polygon Ring is an IDM/electronic/experimental music producer and web programmer, originally from Rousse, Bulgaria. His works have been featured on Kahvi Collective. He is one of the founding members of Folder.
Since 2007 he has performed live at various open-air electronic music summits across Bulgaria. He occasionally releases sample packs in his repository of blips and bleeps.
Polygon Ring is also a regular guest of Artmospheric. A recording of his DJ set from last year's festival is available for stream and download from our website as Artmospheric Sessions #21.
Polygon Ring @ Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Blips