SOUND ART TRIENNIAL
8th, 9th, 10th February 2018 – Electrowerkz, London
AH CAMA SOTZ
(BEL) ➣ Dark Industrial / Ritual / Techno / Ambient
Since 1993 Ah Cama-Sotz (Belgian electronic musician/producer Herman Klapholz) has explored styles including Tribal Ambient – Oriental Lounge – Beats & Breaks – Chill ‘n’ Rhythm – Ritual – Dark Ambient – Soundtrack – Film – Industrial/techno.
Ah Cama-Sotz has carved a niche for himself as one of the darkest industrial acts around. His music is steeped in references to a wide range of mythology, occultism and bloody histories. These elements lend a context and significance to the individual works that is noticeably absent from much contemporary industrial / noise music. The Ah Cama-Sotz sound has progressed from cold, minimalist electronics through to dark ambient soundscapes and pounding techno floor-fillers.
Herman’s boyhood infatuation with classical music has been crucial to the development of his present style. Later, his fascination for “dance” led him into DJ’ing in clubs and local pirate radio stations, where he noticed the constant evolution and metamorphosis of ” dance ” and experimental music. Yet, he didn’t want to remain a passive onlooker and aspired to formulate his individual sound, by mean of acquiring synths and samplers. His objective was to combine his musical passion and esoteric ideology which resulted in an obscure and macabre but rhythmic and atmospherically sound. This project required an appropriate moniker, which could integrate and mirror all those constituents.
When wandering in Mexico he uncovered local mythology and found his alter ego: “Ah Cama-Sotz”, named after a giant bat which used his extremely elongated sharp claws to decapitate his victims. In the mid-eighties he recorded his first tracks, which were given airplay on a controversial Antwerp local radio station, “Radio central”. This attracted the attention of electronic/ritual band Hybryds which resulted in a ritual-ambient collaboration for the Antwerp zoo: ” Soundtrack voor het aquarium ”. When listening to Ah Cama-Sotz recordings you will ascertain his mephystological values interpolated with rhythmical-ritual ambience and accentuated with industrial vibes.
Ah Cama-Sotz will transport your subconscious into a mythical universe where his alter ego Ah Cama-Sotz haunts the night and spreads anxiety amidst every living creature. This music reflects the epitome of mankind’s mis(t)ery and (in)humanity.
These are artists who want to push you as a listener, viewer, toucher, taster. They feel the competing powers that define human and inhuman experience and press this open the audience. This is work that requires the presence of the artist and the engagement – sometimes submission – of the public. Your senses will thank you for the embrace that is DELIQUIUM.
Prof. Paul Hegarty | Sound Art Curator