Stereocilia and ate are two of Europe’s most interesting and hard-working upcoming guitar drone / ambient acts. This November they are embarking on tour together that will take them on four shows in the UK and four shows in Poland – the countries where each of them is based. For this special occasion the artists are putting out an exclusive split tour tape. It will be sold only on the shows of the tour and will be the successor to their 2018 releases – ate’s ‘Secondary Drowning’ (out on Amek Collective) and Stereocilia’s ‘Wormhole’ (out on Echoic Memory).
Stereocilia is Bristol based guitarist and composer, John Scott. John uses his guitar, analog synths and live looping techniques to create dense, rich layers of sound. Over the past 10 years John has performed all over the UK and Europe with various projects and has shared the stage with acts like Gnod, Daniel Lanois, Ex-Easter Island Head, White Hills, Acid Mothers Temple, Ben Frost, Josef Van Wissem, Yuri Landman, Mick Turner (The Dirty Three), Machinefabriek, thisquietarmy, Noveller etc. He has also presented work for live radio broadcasts, and regularly composes for short film. He has also performed in three of Rhys Chatham’s 100 piece guitar Orchestras.
ate is a solo project of Petar Petkov, a Bulgarian-born classical guitarist and a graduate of the Academy of Music in Gdansk. Inspired by the works of Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and Terry Riley, ate explores the potential power of simplicity, minimalism and repetition. By studying instrumental drone ambient through loop layering of minimalist and symbolic musical figures, ate is building warm and introvert guitar-based soundscapes. So far he’s published two albums via Bulgarian label Amek Collective – MCCV (2016) & Secondary Drowning (2018).
*ate is in low caps as this is how the artist prefers to have his name written