Vienna is the home of Radian (Martin Brandlmayr- drums, electronics, John Norman- bass and Martin Siewert- guitars, electronics), who have been influenced by and shaped the city’s vivid scene of electronica in the early 2000s.
Today, the members of Radian are pillars of that community. They are noted for investigating the tension between extreme dynamics, free improvisation and meticulous construction, while utilizing the inherent contrast between soft sounds and sharp edits. Radian’s approach to recording takes a central role in shaping the pieces. It is a two-fold process of creating material through improvisation, sound experiments and electronic processing on the one hand, and a routine of carefully selecting and editing this material on the other. It is often the case that mere snippets are used out of hours of sound material. The contrast between the magic of the moment, spontaneous live performance and its subsequent careful construction shape the quality of the pieces. Radian has seven official releases, the last five on Thrill Jockey records