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. Vienna is currently a wide open creative home to many new music composers and innovators.
Today, the members of Radian are pillars of that community. The title of the album, On Dark Silent Off, is a nod to Ad Reinhardt, whose art and theory has been influential on the trio. The juxtaposition of extremes (on/off) is present in Radian's work: the contrast between light and darkness; and in musical terms, sound and silence and brightness/darkness of timbre.
The title piece "On Dark Silent Off" was inspired by Austrian filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky's Outer Space, masterful black and white collage created of found footage of a horror film. Radian premiered an early incarnation of On Dark Silent Off alongside the 35mm live film projection, at the Vienna international film festival, in the beautiful, historic theatre Gartenbau. Although the album version transformed from the debut, the atmosphere, the flickering of light and the mystery of Outer Space is still present in the piece.
This is one aspect. The album also finds Radian playing more direct and more physical than they ever have. This might derive from the fact that that pieces like "Pickup Pickout," "Rusty Machines" and "Dusty Carpets" have been centerpieces of their recent live shows. On Dark Silent Off has a totally unique groove and is a remarkably individual musical statement.