AUDIOVISUAL performing arts: 13-14 April 2024, london

crux festival of AUDIOVISUAL performing arts: 13-14 April 2024

Polyop

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The Stage: Saturday 23:15

Polyop are an audiovisual group from London, formed by electronic music artist Jack Driscoll and visual artist Alex Kempton in 2016, and later including musicians Harry Orso and Finlay Macaulay.

Photo of Polyop performing live

Polyop are an audiovisual group from London, formed by electronic music artist Jack Driscoll and visual artist Alex Kempton in 2016, and later including musicians Harry Orso and Finlay Macaulay.

Since then, they’ve been performing their live show, The Polyhedral Plane, around the UK and Europe.

The show follows a giant shape-shifting demigod after he wakes up on a planet from a deep sleep. He comes across a tribe of nomadic aliens who are harvesting a potent psychoactive crystal from a nearby asteroid field. Taking influence from early 3D graphics, 90’s rave culture, the music is performed live on hardware samplers and synths and visuals on their custom visual software Hedron.

The group has a history of experimenting with new technologies, be it through generative music videos that run in the browser or strange VR worlds. This is made possible by Hedron, the open-source WebGL/ThreeJS tool initially designed for their own shows, but now used by other artists around the world.

Polyop have traveled across Europe with performances in Berlin and Amsterdam, as well as taking their show to acclaimed clubs in London such as The Cause, Five Miles and The Pickle Factory. They have released on Nudibranch Records, Tru Thoughts and received support and radio play from BBC Introducing, Worldwide FM, Roy Davis Jr and Posthuman.

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Polyop are an audiovisual group from London, formed by electronic music artist Jack Driscoll and visual artist Alex Kempton in 2016, and later joined by musicians Harry Orso and Finlay Macaulay. For the past two years they’ve been performing their live electro-acid show, The Polyhedral Plane, around the UK and Europe.

For this Crux surround special, Polyop will take you deeper into the trip, creating an immersive alien drum circle. Join the Junkers, a drone like race, as they ingest Icosahedronol, the most powerful hallucinogen in the universe. It is believed a  ritual of frenzied dancing whilst consuming the crystal is enough to break through to the fourth dimension.

The group has a history of experimenting with new technologies, be it through generative music videos that run in the browser or strange VR worlds, they’re constantly playing with the idea of what an audiovisual experience can be. This approach extends to Hedron, the visual tool initially designed and built by Polyop for their own shows, but now is open source and used by many artists around the world.

2019 saw Polyop break into Europe with performances in Berlin and Amsterdam, as well as taking their show to acclaimed clubs in London such as The Cause, Five Miles and The Pickle Factory. They have released on Nudibranch Records, Tru Thoughts and received support and radio play from BBC Introducing, Worldwide FM, Roy Davis Jr and Posthuman.