Since 2018 João Pais Filipe (on drums) and Burnt Friedman (electronics/synth) investigate into automatic pattern–composition rooted in the unimpeachable laws of motion.
João Pais Filipe (b. 1980) is a drummer/percussionist and sound sculptor from Porto. besides working with Friedman on “Automatic Music” and playing solo percussion, as well, he performs under CZN (with Valentina Magaletti) and HHY & the Macumbas. He has toured internationally in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa visiting festivals such as Nyege Nyege in Jinja, Uganda and with Friedman, Unsound in Krakow, Poland.
In addition to his musical journey, João Pais Filipe develops Gong–Making, Cymbal–Smithing and other metal percussion instruments, through which he explores the acoustic properties of these objects as their potential sculptural dimension and imagery.
Burnt Friedman (b.1965) is one of Germany’s most long established and highly rated artists in the field of music with a career spanning over 40 years. While studying fine arts Burnt started to focus on music exclusively from the 80s onwards. He began to publish his musical works around the early 1990s. From there he progressed to various notable music collaborations throughout the 90s on projects with the likes of Jaki Liebezeit, Hayden Chisholm, Root70, Atom™(as Flanger), Steve Jansen, David Sylvian (as Nine Horses). In 2000 Friedman launched his own record label, Nonplace, with 53 releases to date. Working under the solo artist name of Burnt Friedman, he sought to address the prejudices people had then about the authenticity of programmed music.
His studio and on-stage partnership with the Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit dated 17 years. Together they consciously distanced the music from the formulas of Western European and Anglo-American culture. Their „Secret Rhythms“ serie shed light on the laws of rhythm and addressed mis–conceptions of rhythm in common Western theory.
Following that path by exploring unheard grooves, Friedman & Pais discover the principles of rhythmic phenomena while dis–associating the music from cultural idioms. Their 4 years long investigation has resulted in the EP „Mechanics Of Waving“ on Friedman’s label Nonplace (non53).