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why we’re here

With a palette as broad as jazz, the movement within the genre of Electronic music has grown exponentially, in line with the speed of development in DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) and hardware and the impact of the internet with regard to easily accessible platforms such as Soundcloud and Bandcamp and the swell in numbers of related chat rooms, blogs and Facebook pages such as Electronic Music Open Mic and We All Play Synth.

This is creating a steadily growing market of capable bedroom users, many of whom struggle to step out of the bedroom and perform in public.

what we’ll do

The festival will take place over Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of July in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. There will be a centrepiece event with CARTER TUTTI playing live at The Band on the Wall on the Friday evening. Support will be a DJ set from Maxine Peake. Chris and Cosey are two founder members of the band Throbbing Gristle.


On Saturday night Wrangler will be playing the Soup Kitchen. Support will be a DJ set from LoneLady. Both of these events will be ticketed.

Around these two days there will be a whole host of satellite events taking place in small cafes and bars around the area. These will be rooms of between 20-50 capacity, so quite intimate. These satellite events will take place over the Friday and Saturday afternoon’s. All satellite events will be free of charge.

subliminal impulse 9 – festival launch party – aatma thursday 2nd may

This, our 9th subliminal impulse evening, will devote itself entirely to music to celebrate the conception of our first Electronic Music Festival and feature the following artists:

Eric Random

Eric Random is a British pioneer of post punk electronica. At the age of 17 he became a third of a group called The Tiller Boys, the other two being Pete Shelley and Francis Cookson. They played their live debut in 1978, supporting Joy Division at Manchester’s Factory club. Eric founded Free Agents with Cookson and soon met Richard Kirk and Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire. Thus, he got involved in the Sheffield scene as much as the Manchester one. Despite the two cities being only an hour’s drive apart, their respective music scenes were very different. Eric Random felt home in both scenes. His first solo efforts were recorded and produced at Cabaret Voltaire’s Western Works studio. A change in sound became obvious. Eric later merged his electro funk with ethnic influences. Playing with people like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sparked an interest in sufi music. He travelled extensively, regularly to India where he once even spent eleven months in a row. Random also fronted Nico’s band until her untimely death in 1988. They recorded and album together, Camera Obscura, produced by John Cale. Random then went on a long hiatus. In 2014 he made his comeback – since then two purely electronic albums have been released, the third now being Two Faced. On this new long player, Eric goes further into an electronic dance direction, leaving his ethnic influences further behind. Think Wrangler, think Kraftwerk and you get the idea. Maybe Eric Random’s best album yet.


Scissorgun are a two-piece electronic band from Manchester, UK, comprising Alan Hempsall (Crispy Ambulance) on treated guitars, vocals and prose and David Clarkson on synths, keyboards, drum programming and production.
“Scissorgun create Northern electronic shanties and sound collages that feel like snapshots of a city at night, moving from drunken chaos to minicab grime reveries to a new dawn electronic beauty”
(Mojo magazine).

The Beach Surgeon

“Back in the Late 70s Beach Surgeon was a guise I took on for support slots
with the Manchester Musicians Collective. Inspired by seeing Eric Random’s one man shows
with drum machines and primitive electronics. It was Post Punk Portastudio music made from musical junk and youthful daring .
It was the age of the cassette album made in a bedsit shared by a self addressed envelope around the globe.
Im going to try and revisit some of my early music and approach with todays table top tech.
I’ ll be tangling my time lines to see what emerges and I dedicate it to Eric and the first TR808 in MCR.”
(Graham Massey 2019)

K. Craig

K. Craig (A.R.C. SOUNDTRACKS, Last Harbour) is an A/V artist working with elements of noise, drones, hand-built instruments, sequenced samples, digital distortion, and stark, minimal beats to produce live soundtracks for images of constructed landscapes, distorted figures and deep space. These industrial, ritual works incorporate 20th century science fiction alongside contemporary speculative ideas of the end of the world, reimagining them as a dynamic audio/visual performance.

martin christies electronic music open mic – castle hotel friday 5th july

The all electronic music open mic (EMOM) nights were started by Martin Christie in Manchester in early 2017. The main purpose of these nights is to bring together electronic music makers of all kinds to share their music in a supportive and friendly live environment. Technology wise anything goes and past events have included everything from modular to live coding, synthpop to industrial, looping to techno, hip hop to experimental.

Following the success of the first Manchester night, Martin took the concept further afield to Sheffield, Bristol, York and Leeds, before establishing a regular monthly event called Open Frequencies at The Troubadour in London. Alongside this, the EMOM tour has continued, more recently taking in Stoke, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and Edinburgh to name a few. The nights have proven extremely popular and have also led to similar events being established by electronic music enthusiasts up and down the UK, and also in Australia.

Subliminal Impulse is very pleased to be welcoming an EMOM event hosted by Martin Christie at The Castle Hotel in Northern Quarter on the evening of 5 July (7.00 till late). If you would like to perform sign up at the start of the event, get there early to avoid disappointment – there are no pre-bookings. Slots are up to 15 minutes including set up and pack down.

Martin Christie is a musician, writer and artist based in Yorkshire. He mixes sung spoken word with electronic music and also wrote Open Mic Travels.


other acts confirmed

243 Ida

243 Ida are an electro-pop duo from Manchester, with a sound drawing equal influence from indie and electronica, and on a quest to marry the two into one singable, danceable package. The duo, who consist of producer Emma Williams-Daly and vocalist Lennie Butler (formerly of Manchester indie band Sandbox), have a shared mission: to find that sweet spot between electronica and a strong vocal melody, and to create something unique and meaningful which also translates into an exciting live show.

In October 2017 243 Ida unveiled their debut EP The Howling, a collection of songs crafted straight from the heart. Thanks to a combination of catchy songs, a unique sound and strong stage presence, since then they have been gaining attention online and on the Manchester music scene. Their upcoming EP, Lioness and I, will be released Spring 2019.

“Honest & isolated vocal melodies glide through obscurely decorated pop songs – subtle glitch-work is the icing on this cake!” – Martin Christie, Electronic Music Open Mic Founder

“an enchanting, original sound that fuses classic song writing with minimal electronica; melancholic and at times experimental, but always packed with catchy hooks and memorable melodies.” – Mark Buckley, Analogue Trash


Photography by Hannah Dornford-May Photography:


Aemaer is the ambient project of artist Nick Wade. Steeped in a sense of nostalgia, a combination of field recordings and tape loop manipulations provide an ethereal backdrop for melancholy piano.

Aquatik-Dreams and The MugWart

Joshua Mortimer otherwise known as LJ, started his journey into music unexpectedly in 2016.

As a Technical Theatre student in Hull he began playing improvised electronic music at the art collective Ground, with artists such as Naesk, B2G, and The Mercurius Brittanicus, where he became obsessed with experimental music.

This lead to appearing in small local gigs such as the Noise Night, Drone Day and Martin Christie’s (EMOM) Electronic Music Open Mic tour 2018.

LJs most recent projects are; ‘Aquatik-Dreams’ and ‘The MugWart’. These juxtaposed concepts include the former been, a lucid look at the concious imagination, and hallucinations. Focusing on mood, atmosphere and colour. The latter with a heavier flavour, industrial, noise and drone.

LJ has played in cities across the UK including Bristol, London, Brighton, Manchester and others. He has also hosted EMOM nights in Brighton with plans to continue…

The Late Summer Breeze
On a Warm Night
By candle Light
The Unintentional


Åyusp (pronounced “Oy-usp”) are an experimental electronica outfit based in Sheffield; their music is best described as being “21st Century Steel City Kosmiche”.
Born out of a common love for German electronic music from the Seventies, in particular Tangerine Dream, along with Neu, Harmonia, Kraftwerk, Ash Ra Temple, Klaus Schultz, etc, Åyusp have created an unique blend of old and new electronica. In addition to working on their debut album, Åyusp have also been doing a bit of audio archaeology along the way, and have recently recreated a 15 minute excerpt from Tangerine Dream’s 1975 York Minster gig, which up to now has only existed in low quality bootleg form.

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“the British artist knows how to fuse modern technologies and atavistic movements like no other, and he is a master of manipulation when it comes to noise layers, feedback, drones… If you want modern sounding experimental and droning music with an eye on the past and a foot in the present, look no further.” (9/10, Flux)

“…we start off with something extraordinary… I could see why Colossloth has been heralded as “the best of the new wave of British Drone.” Heathen Needles has game-changing potential”. (The Noise Beneath The Snow)

“It feels like a radio broadcast from the depths of space, a stark, static filled communication from beyond. A robotic whale swimming through a black sea of sine waves. Colossloth has created an album far beyond his last release… A brilliant sculpture of noise and emotion.” (Fighting Boredom)

“Whether looking for grimness or contemplative electronics, Colossloth’s Heathen Needles is a score for the listener. Diverse but well put together, his second release on Cold Spring is chock full of interesting layers, tones, and expressions. This is a wonderful, every day type of dark electronic album.” (Musique Machine)

Heathen Needles by Colossloth

Outstretch Your Hand for the Impress of Truth by Colossloth

As an established DJ/Promoter in the Leeds scene, Cuil has garnered a strong reputation as a party starter under his ‘Dubrunner’ alias. Co-founding the high-intensity club night that is Stretchy Dance Supply and supporting the likes of Call Super and Henry Wu.

Reflecting a different side to this artist, Cuil will be performing a DJ set revolving around soundscapes, field recordings alongside with his own dub-infused ambient productions. 

Listen back to Cuil’s most recent performance here:

Don Tageeva Monquaise

Don Tageeva Monquaise are a duo playing semi-improvised material utilising live triggered sampled loops,synths and guitars.The band are made up of Sbilts and Snod from Tripadvizorz (a Stockport based early Hawkwind tribute).Born out of a mutual liking for dressing up in ridiculous stage clothes and masks. Think “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” only less funky and more Kosmische….. that’s DTM.

Field Lines Cartographer

Field Lines Cartographer is the ambient & drone project of Lancaster-based electronic musician Mark Burford – aka techno producer Impulse Array.

FLC has released two albums for Preston’s Concrete Tapes label, as well as being a regular contributor to the A Year In The Country project & has also featured on several electronic & ambient compilations for various independent imprints, such as Modern Aviation & Woodford Halse.

Using analogue synths & field recordings, the Cartographer creates often dark, occasionally bucolic soundscapes, described in The Wire magazine as “shimmering unsettling noodles” & a “swirling vortex of darkness” by Electronic Sound Magazine.

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Gagarin is the solo project of Graham “ Dids” Dowdall making instrumental electronica that doesn’t adhere to or belong in any particular scene or style. The path of recent work is driven by aching melody, treated and raw foundsounds, subtle beat programming, distressed atmospheres and space. His influences lie as much in psychogeography, acoustic ecology and beat science as they do in the wide range of musics that inform him.

Gagarin’s history to date includes an extended period playing with Nico in the 80s and a list of collaborations including John Cale,Ludus, Eric Random, Suns of Arqa, Band of Holy Joy, Raf & O, Low Bias, Zor Gabor. He is a member of avant rock legends Pere Ubu, duo Roshi ft. Pars Radio and Rothko. When he’s not exploring the outer reaches of the sonic galaxy Graham is a leading
community music practitioner, expert in music and disabilities and a lecturer at Goldsmiths.

Gagarin gigs regularly in UK and Europe with a hardware combination of drumpads, samplers, iPad and FX creating sets that range from free-form improv to fractured dance music. His last album Corvid received great reviews across Europe and regular airplay on BBC 6 ,Amazing Radio ,Resonance fm, RTE, Bayern2, numerous more German and other European radio.


I am John Shapter composing and playing as Headzic – ambient sounds for spaces and people and Electronic Music across a number of genres. I love sound in all forms, electronic music and soundscapes. I use psycho-acoustic instruments, field recordings and synth pad sounds – sometimes all combined.  Originally a sound artist and moving along the spectrum to musical form.  Based in Stoke on Trent with studio and recording facilities.

Recent music at

J Frisco

J Frisco are an award-winning avant-garde jazz trio (Jazz North Introduces 2017) featuring soprano saxophone, electric guitar, keyboards and vocals; they create improvised genre-fluid soundscapes and noise drawn from emotion, political, and gender issues. They thrive on challenging both their own and their audiences perceptions of time, space and sound.

Performance highlights include a headline show at Vortex Jazz Club, Sofar Sounds, The Cockpit: Jazz in the Round and many UK jazz festivals including Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival and have supported acts including Courtney Pine, Portico Quartet, Laura Jurd, Roller Trio, Matthew Bourne, and Elliott Galvin.

They have recently released their debut album ‘naked’ available on all streaming platforms and in the new year are set to support Mercury Nominees ‘Dinosaur’.

“Fearless music making” Martin Pyne

@jfriscomusic on twitter and instagram

Karl D'Silva

Karl D’Silva sings about love, hope and fear in the modern world.

Fascinated by the thin veil between the synthetic and the human, between the digital void and analog reality his songs were conceived during time spent in repurposed industrial spaces in Leeds soon to be gentrified Mabgate quarter as well as Salford’s creative powerhouse Islington Mill and produced at The Bowling Green in Sheffield by Dean Honer (The Moonlandingz, ERC and I Monster).

Karl D’Silva is a current member of the Manchester based electronic spoken word dystopia group VANISHING and a former member of both DRUNK IN HELL and legendary Leeds experimentalists Trumpets Of Death/BODYWORK…. 

K. Craig

K. Craig (A.R.C. SOUNDTRACKS, Last Harbour) is an A/V artist working with elements of noise, drones, hand-built instruments, sequenced samples, digital distortion, and stark, minimal beats to produce live soundtracks for images of constructed landscapes, distorted figures and deep space. These industrial, ritual works incorporate 20th century science fiction alongside contemporary speculative ideas of the end of the world, reimagining them as a dynamic audio/visual performance.

Lo Five

Lo Five is a Liverpool-based producer of ambient/experimental electronica, with numerous releases and remixes on labels such as Patterned Air, Upitup Records and Rad Cult. In 2015 Lo Five founded Emotion Wave, a platform for emerging experimental electronic artists – comprising music events, a radio show and a label that serves to promote members of the Emotion Wave family.

“…memoradelic flashbacks…glinting chord-chimes and gauzy keyboards teleport me to the middle 80s. Another fine addition to the Patterned Air discography, and an unusual listen.”Simon Reynolds, The WIRE

Emotion Wave

Magic Darts

Magic Darts is the latest project from Gareth Bibby (Disco Operating System / Triclops / Lotta Continua Recordings / RSI Recordings). Having spent an age in self-imposed exile, there is as yet little or no evidence of the real world existence of Magic Darts, so what to expect? – expect seat-of-the-pants shortwave improv; expect half-dead Casios and shoddy half rhythms; expect bust cassettes and implied melodies; expect dense drones and epic pastoral mellifluousness; expect none of the above. Expect Delays.

Marconi Union

Marconi Union are one of Manchester’s foremost electronic bands. Fitting somewhere between acts such as Kraftwerk, Biosphere and Boards of Canada – whilst sounding nothing like any of these – Marconi Union have, over their 15 year career, released nine critically acclaimed albums and worked with people from Marina Ambramovich Institute to Jah Wobble.

As writers of “the most relaxing track in the world”, Marconi Union “are one of the most popular ambient groups to emerge during the early 21st century” having amassed tens of millions of downloads and streams, regularly topping the US Billboard New Age chart  and frequently appearing in the US Billboard Electronic chart.

The trio’s live performances blend elements of electronica, dub and ambience, resulting in an emotional and sometimes dreamlike experience. The band perform to a backdrop of subtley emotive films, in the form of split-screen projections created by emerging Manchester arts collective, DOTCA.


Mat Peters

Mat Peters is an electronic musician based in Manchester, UK. His ambient sets are comprised of beautifully melodic samples and warm analog synths. He is best known for playing synths and guitar in Post-Punk outfit ‘ist ist’, Mat takes influence from ambient greats like: Loscil, Eno, Grouper to make thought provoking sonic landscapes


Noise Research

Part of the north west improvised music scene for many years, guitarist Ian Simpson has worked with all manner of musicians including Rhys Chatham, The Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra, John Tilbury, Philip Jeck, Yeah Yeah Industrial and Shaun Blezards uber collective Some Some Unicorn. After 5 years redifining his guitar playing he made a rare appearance as his electronic alter ego ‘Noise Research’ at Subliminal Impulse last year reigniting his desire to work with electronics again.  Expect a set of dystpoian drones with a nod towards ‘Zeit’ era Tangerine Dream and early Cluster.


Otomatt is an audiovisual project that currently explores the concept
of interaction in the digital age by blending computer inspired music
with a distorted mixture of real and generated footage.



Polypores (aka Stephen James Buckley) has been making haunted space music with synthesizers since 2014. His latest release, “Glo”, is a 2 hour long ambient collection, recorded in 2 weeks using 3 synths and a lot of reverb. Marklosingtoday from The Sunday Experience describes it as “the finest thing from Polypores to date, hitting on all levels whether that be an emotional, musical or transcendental, a drifting cosmic voyager more so a herald to life’s ultimate end game gliding through the galactic voids, in its wake softly extinguishing the stars whilst spraying all in a sleep inducing rejoicing radiance, until nothing but silence

Polypores has had sold-out releases on Polytechnic Youth, KiNETiK Records, Concréte Tapes, and A Year In The Country, as well as under various pseudonyms via Spun Out Of Control and Reverb Worship.



Twitter: @stephenjbuckley




A classical piano education, school wind band and Christian rock are probably not typical roots into electronic music but slyly on the side sarmism AKA Pete Sandbach was always bleeping.

After 20 odd years of sequentially more complex computer software it took a tiny analogue synth called the microbrute to finally release sarmism into the hardware synthesizer realm.

Now fully hardware driven, he melds his beat driven melodies with found sounds, modular synthesizer bleeps and vocal snippets, taking you on a journey through electro, ambience, IDM and the 80’s.

Find out more:



Scissorgun are a two-piece electronic band from Manchester, UK, comprising Alan Hempsall (Crispy Ambulance) on treated guitars, samples, vocals and prose and David Clarkson on synths, keyboards, drum programming and production.
“Scissorgun create Northern electronic shanties and sound collages that feel like snapshots of a city at night, moving from drunken chaos to minicab grime reveries to a new dawn electronic beauty”
(Mojo magazine).

Scissorgun Bandcamp:


SECURITY are a Duo formed by Joe Ahmed of Konstruktivits / Chekists and p6 of Stretchheads / Desalvo in 2009 through a mutual love of techno pop and industrial electronics. Glasgow meets Essex in a mix of hard rhythm & noise, Ballardian ballads meet DAF beats.

Currently working on their 4th collection of Postpunk electronics whilst perfecting their live performances in Scotland.Their appearance at Subliminal Impulse will be their first south of the border.

The first three physical releases have now sold out but are still available to download from Bandcamp:

Photo by Graeme Wright
Shunt Voltage

Shunt Voltage are an electronic project based in and around Manchester. Their music is a combination of grooves, sound textures/ effects and samples jammed together against a backdrop of industrial sounds, they mix their tracks live on the fly resulting in something unique every time they play.


Spectral Bazaar

Spectral Bazaar is an electronic duo comprising of Ruth Davies on processed live cello and woodwind and Dave Clarkson on synth, mixing and a bazaar of objects, tapes and samples.

The festival will premier the debut album from Spectral Bazaar titled ‘The Planets’. This is an homage to 100 years since Holst Planets and is an electronic inspired interpretation of Holst original notes.

‘We have researched the moods of each of the Holst pieces and applied similar moods to our new tracks. Each track performance will be bookended with real planet signal sounds’.

Here’s a taster of the forthcoming album,Venus:


VIEON is the electronic musical project of Matt Wild, based in Coventry, UK. Expanding to a live three-piece including sound engineer Stephen Dorphin and VJ Adrian Brian Thompson, their sound is inspired heavily by the 70s and 80s European art electronica pioneers (Jarre, Moroder, Kraftwerk), combined with the more recent influences of contemporary synthpop artists (Daft Punk, Royksopp, Justice) as well as infusing aspects of dance, post-rock and ambient music.

Signed to Manchester label AnalogueTrash in 2014, VIEON’s first release came immediately with the lauded 9-track album THE SOUND OF THE FUTURE, spanning genres as diverse as synthpop, drum and bass and sample-driven ambient house. Follow-up concept album FLY BY LIGHT dropped in early 2016, dealing with themes of exploration, loss and opportunity; an immediate hit with critics including Emily Oldfield of LOUDER THAN WAR who described it as “a trip you certainly won’t regret taking… powerful music opening up new mind space”.

VIEON have raised their profile dramatically with a series of engaging audio-visual shows famed for their ambitious scope, including banks of synthesizers, theremin, keytar, live-produced projections and synchronised light display. 2018 saw VIEON not only embark on their most intense set of live dates yet, including their first ever UK tour (appropriately named OHM FROM OHM) and a return to playing in Europe, but also the public release of LIVE IN MANCHESTER and remix album LOST WORLDS.




Spotify: Vieon

Vox Cornelious

Vox Cornelious is a solo vocal, live looper based in North England. He performs original electronic music entirely by voice, a loop station and beatbox techniques. The genres of his set range from electronic, drum and Bass, reggae, dubstep and house. Vox has performed alongside the likes of Dub Pistols, Smoove and Turrell, Superhans, The Petebox and The Mouse Outfit. Producing beats as big as any DJ and soundscapes as large as any band. Vox’s new wave, beatbox live-looping is taking audiences by storm exploring the boundaries of what the human voice proves possible!

‘Beatboxer and looper Vox Cornelius who, armed with an array of contraptions in front of him and his own voice, created layered original tracks. His signature sound was mellow vocals back by breakbeats, which continued throughout his set, with a varying tempo and a build-up of complexity.’ – Review from York Calling


In an unprecedented shift from her previous, almost exclusively yurt-based performances, the highly elusive Zazu will be bringing her own unique brand of atmospheric obscurities to the Ambient lounge.

Already an established powerhouse in the Leeds scene, Zazu has racked up a stream of accomplishments under her ‘Luce’ alias, co-founding the beautifully meditative Bath Time Sessions on KMAH Radio, whilst still finding the time to destroy almost every unsuspecting dance across the city.

The call of the yurt is never far, however, and despite her ever-growing list of achievements, Zazu continues to search for environments in which her true form can flourish.

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