In Russia, COH signifies sleeping and dreaming. This is the name chosen by Ivan Pavlov, a veteran engineer in acoustics currently established in Sweden, to denote the music he's produced for several years under labels as reputable as they are cosmopolitan-among others his own Wavetrap. This eloquent repertoire and the nomadic nature it represents is an appropriate reflection of his work with audio material-which he shapes and synthesizes with a control that never deviates far from humour. It's no coincidence that Pavlov proudly boasts a notable collaboration with members of the British group Coil.
Whether in his paintings or in his musical compositions, Richard Chartier explores the relationships that exist between existence and nonexistence. His works, at once musical and illustrative, are precise and minimalist; they summon a kind of firm and dedicated attention span. They've often been found exhibited in galleries and museums or presented at numerous events and festivals. This visit from the musician and founder of the Line label, a subdivision of Taylor Deupree's 12K, marks a return to the festival line-up after his initial presence at MUTEK 2000.