Chra is the alter ego of the Viennese author, DJ, music addict and radio/TV presenter Christina Nemec. After a period of experimenting with low frequencies and noise effects, chra started to work on sine waves processed through a tape recorder and other analogue and digital tools to allude to landscapes, territories, silence and extraordinary and extreme situations. She is member of Shampoo Boy and PASAJERA OSCURA. chra is part of female:pressure network and runs her own queer and feminist music label comfortzone.
2019 Preis für Musik der Stadt Wien
LP/DL EditionsMego EMEGO285 http://editionsmego.com/release/EMEGO-285-1
At once designed and falling apart SEAMONS is rough and crude, a stumbling and staggering electronic expedition where nothing presents itself explicit in intent. It’s a tense obscure record that teases you into it’s peculiar vortex from it’s suggestive nature of exploring the enigma beyond it’s haunted facade.
VICIOUS WATER REGIMES stutters along as an ‘ugly’ mass of grey electronica. CAST(O)RO shines from light from the depths with it’s occasional foray into glistening tones. COLONIA MARINA SERENELLA is a dank squelching backdrop for a dark age. CAST twists tension with flickering electronics chaotic in their perpetual design of order confronting inevitable collapse. LET SHARKS SLEEP is not only a great title but a mind tickling adventure of descending/rising digital dance that builds in intensity with it’s relentless repetition. WIDOW WALKS gallops and creaks along a path veiled in whispers. ENGE lunges through time with an air of deep uncertainty. SEAMONS hovers on the outskirts, crawling out of the speakers with endless surprising turns, few of them comfortable.
SEAMONS is progressive ambient, not the kind that makes you escape, but rather one you can’t escape from. SEAMONS crawls into the very guts of sound to uncover and unravel the uneasy and unsettling underbelly within.
on a fateful morning …
LP/DL EditionsMego EMEGO244 http://editionsmego.com/release/EMEGO244 https://soundcloud.com/editionsmego/cognitive-ease
On her latest release, chra aka Christina Nemec is sketching out a psychogeographical map, that guides you to the border of the internal and external world – ‘on a fateful morning’ lets you enter a sphere where the imaginary and the subliminal cross. Evoking abstract images that transcend reality, chra installs an autarchic time-and-space-continuum of vague, nocturnal beauty. Pastose bass drones, airy ambient synths and processed audio-samples form a hypnotic stream that lets you enter an altered state of mind. By subtly intertwining musical and non musical sounds chra is weaving an intensely atmospheric, poetic tableau of emptied spaces left to our imagination. It’s the pulse of arcane memories that is filling these sonic landscapes, operating deep within our subconscious.
Digital EditionsMego EMEGO244X
Collection of exclusive remixes of tracks from the chra albums ‘Empty Airport’ and ‘on a fateful morning’ previously released on Editions Mego.
LP/DL Editions Mego EMEGO208
Release date: May 11 / Morr editionsmego.com/release/EMEGO-208 soundcloud.com/editionsmego/chra-luminiscent-emego-208
EMEGO285 LP chra – SEAMONS
VUT002 chra – MOVIMIENTO
EMEGO244X G H O S T
First Terrace Records C2 chra – red robin
EMEGO244 LP chra – on a fateful morning
Tsuku Boshi CHRA & MOKUHEN “CHMO”
JSE04 chra – a wounded deer leaps highest
TR162 Venezia Blu Soundtrack DVD SALOMON/NEMEC/POTUZNIK
JBX005 7″ pita&chra Cynthia
BLACKEST057 SHAMPOO BOY – Harzer …
cz028 – when suddenly the ground shakes ….
12“ EP cz023 Shirley M EP comfortzone
12“ LP BEB039 SHAMPOO BOY – Crack – BlackestEverBlack
12“ LP eMego208 chra – empty airport – editionsMego
ARELL#003 chra- until heat will tear us apart – postcard
tracks for various compilations: Girls Alive (modismo netlabel), Tantric Supersonic (Susuultrarock Rec)
2016: Exhibitons Spectral Sounds, Take Festival, …
Die Gebrochenheit, Barbara Kapusta & Christina Nemec/Chra, 21er Haus/Belvedere Vienna, 30.11.2016
2009/2010 Performance: THE GUN IS STILL LOADED with Lydia Lunch and Mia Zabelka Performance: BATTLE SCARS with Lydia Lunch and Mia Zabelka
2011 chra – TWELVE that matter – 12 short compositions / a commission of Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF and IGNM (Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik) in order to pay tribute to women inspiring my thoughts and ideals: virginia woolf, käthe leichter, miriam makeba, alice walker, delia derbyshire, phoolan devi, tine plesch, johanna dohnal, gabriele michalitsch, ceija stojka, wendy carlos and buffy sainte-marie.
2012: the APP (soundtrack: white zombie, 1932) Part of Festival für extensive Kunst – CUBE RE:Composed Arbeiterinnenlieder
2013 – AGORA II (Theater Garage X) w Schorsch Kamerun, Ana Threat, Philipp Quehenberger und Sebastian Janata)
2015 nominated by musikprotokoll im Steirischen Herbst as SHAPE artist
2015: V.A. girls alive compilation – track territories – modismo netlabel 2014: Remix Black Country Blues – Phal:Angst
2014: Shampoo Boy – 12″ Nebel/Nadel (Substance Records)
2014: chra – snowbird (wire tapper 34)
2013: Shampoo Boy – Licht (BEB)
2013: chra remix – drag (crystal soda cream)
2012: chra – sonic travel diary (hörstadt linz)
2012: chra & Mathias Schaffäuser – Nice2havefriends – ware
2012: chra – der mann das ist ein lustobjekt (Re:Composed)
2012: first fatal kiss – go! go! go! (chra-cover)
2011: Greie Gut Fraktion – Rekonstruktion Baustelle (remix) 2011: TWELVE that matter – limited edition cz014 comfortzone 2011: chra – von der liebe ep remixed by mathias schaffhäuser – cz010 comfortzone
2009: chra – derive 12“ album – cz001 comfotzone
2009: chra – track: before – autark 10 2009: chra – track: hectic night – cdrom- projekt: dig me out 2008: chra – Verstreichen download EP auf http://www.autark-
net.org 2008: Mopedrock! – 10“EP 2008: Orlanding the dominant CD – eine queere Burlesque mit Gustav, SV DAMENKRAFT & Sissy Boyz 2008: dvd female pressure – dvd-compilation 2006: women take back the noise – compilation 2006: open sounds: vienna – compilation 2006: remixing the bundeshymne – compilation