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Emptyset

Emptyset is the electronic duo of James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas. The pair share a history in Bristol’s underground music scene as well as an impressive list of production credits. Ginzburg, now Berlin based, runs a network of record labels, most notably Subtext and Arc Light Editions, whose reissues include a work by Arthur Russell. Purgas, now based in London, founded the We Elude Control label in 2009, a curated collection of rare experimental music.

The duo composes within a complex set of self-imposed parameters and the results of their expeditions are at once minimal and visceral. Focusing on shifting timbral changes over melody, Emptyset’s work is an exploration of the relationship between rhythm, texture and space. Having each created their own tactile instruments, a six-stringed zither-like instrument and a drum, Emptyset focuses on how organic sounds interact with the analogue processes that have defined their work to date. Contrasting typical approaches to making electronic music, Emptyset set out to emphasize live performance rather than creating sequences within devices.