Cosmica Bandida is a sound and music experimentation project that combines atmospheric and ambient compositions with modular synths and keyboards to develop a sound sometimes abstract but sometimes very musical and even pop-oriented. A project inspired by the Turkish and Egyptian psychedelic music from the seventies, the noise, the soundscapes, the synthwave, world and electronic music to converge in different types of approaches to the art of sound.
Both, artists and producers, Manuela Illera and David Blitz have been working in experimental sounds and parallel, also in the production of a more melodic music album. With a variety of setups, the project moves between digitally generated sounds and loops, but also live pianos, guitars, basses, analogue synths and drum kits to explore a wider view of musical and sound composition.
Sound performance setup at Akademiegalerie, Munich 2020
COSMICA BANDIDA Live Session - Part 1
In this improvised piece, COSMICA BANDIDA plays with fragments of Donna Haraway's voice in her well-known approaches to the cyborg.
Machines and musical instruments are extensions of our body and mind, tools for human expression.
Sound Perfomance in three parts at Akademiegalerie 2020
Music: Manuela Illera, David Blitz
Camera, edition: Santiago Archila Salcedo
Bogotá, Colombia 1988
As an interdisciplinary artist and musician her approach explores different techniques and media to develop her artistic practice both individually and collectively. Recent works involve the construction of musical instruments for installations and the formation of several bands and sound projects, designing various sound pieces for films and performances.
She currently produces and directs EXTRAVAGANT MORTALS, a podcast about art, culture, social sciences and feminism that explores and experiments with soundscapes, atmospheres and music.
Sound, voice and body are crucial elements in Illera's artistic practice.
Cologne, Germany, 1974
As an experimental sound artist, musician and instrument builder, he is always in search of new ways to combine various analog and (if need be) digital machines with organic materials to create performance and installative works.
His sound installations and performances create a surreal world with various layers and textures both sonic and materialistic.
2020 founded the record label Akascope rand issued the first edition of Vinyl records for AdbK München.
Currently works as assistant to Julian Rosefeldt at Akademie der Bildenden Kunst München.