Rrose

Rrose is the latest incarnation of Seth Horvitz, an inter-disciplinary artist from California whose 20+ year history weaves in and out of academic circles and electronic music culture. Their work is informed by ongoing interests in microtonality, the limits of perception, and the idiosyncrasies of machines. This approach serves to create a distinctly detailed, sensual and hallucinogenic form of techno that challenges the mind and body in equal measure. The project extends into specific pockets of the avant-garde, leading to collaborations with luminaries such as Bob Ostertag and Charlemagne Palestine and reinventions of works by 20th century composers such as James Tenney. On stage, Rrose often stands in the shadows, going by he and she interchangeably (Rrose’s name and image allude to Duchamp’s female alter-ego) – an implied interrogation of gender norms and artistry in techno circles, albeit with a hint of black humour (Rrose’s biography states “Born 1969. Died 1909”). Rrose’s first release in 2011 on Sandwell District came cloaked in mystery as to its creator, as did the following collaboration featuring Bob Ostertag’s Buchla 200E synth and a string of vinyl releases on her own Eaux label starting in 2012. In the sync domain Rrose is equally blowing fuses having recently provided music for Martin Scorcese’s “The Current War” along with producing music for Alexander McQueen’s Black Show.