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Bristol New Music 2024

Ryoji Ikeda presents ‘ultratronics’

Plus Jlin

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A collage of black and white digital images that resemble barcodes in varying formations.

Ryoji Ikeda’s latest audiovisual live show mines material from his pulsating 2022 album of the same name, rendering arithmetical and computational data into razor-sharp sound/image patterns which overload the senses and represent some of his most dancefloor-friendly output to date.

Ryoji Ikeda is a Japanese artist with a singular place in the lineage of audiovisual art and performance, known for precise and deeply rhythmic work mining the ‘datamatics’ of light and sound phenomena, and for heavily-sensory live shows and installations. Ryoji Ikeda’s seminal albums ‘+/-‘(1996), ‘0°C’ (1998), ‘matrix’ (2000), ‘dataplex’ (2005), ‘test pattern’ (2008), and ‘supercodex’ (2013) pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music through his razor-sharp techniques and aesthetics, whilst acclaimed performances like ‘superposition’ and ‘100 cymbals’ have been presented at the the likes of the Pompidou Centre, The Metropolitan Museum and Philharmonie de Paris.

Ikeda is joined by US producer and composer Jlin, whose thrilling, emotional, and multidimensional compositions have quickly established her as one of the most distinctive composers in America and one of the most influential women in electronic music.

Bristol New Music takes place biennially across Bristol. It is a collaboration between four key organisations: Bristol Beacon, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol.

Presented by Bristol New Music

Content warning: this show is an immersive sensory experience and contains strobe lighting and flashing images.

Format: Unreserved standing

Age: 14+ (Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

Performance times

Doors: 22.00
Start: 22.15
Jlin: 22.15
Ryoji Ikeda: 23.15

All timings are approximate and subject to change

Supported by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation.

“A surgically precise, tightrope-walk melee of mechanical rhythms stripped to its essentials.”

The Guardian

About Beacon Hall

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The venue

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Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

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Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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