Alejandra Cardenas (aka Ale Hop) is a Berlin-based artist, researcher, and experimental instrumentalist from Peru. She composes electronic and electroacoustic music, by blending strains of noise, pop, avant-garde, ambient and a complex repertoire of extended techniques for electric guitar and real-time sampling devices which she uses as her sound vocabulary to craft a performance of astonishing physical intensity, saturated of layers of distortion and stunning atmospheres.
Her body of work includes immersive multichannel installations, live performances, sound sculptures, video, 3D, composition and sound design for theater, dance and film, releases, academic publications, and workshops. She obtained her BA in Art History in the Peruvian University of San Marcos, an MA in Sound Studies from Berlin University of the Arts, and did further postgraduate studies in History and Theory of Science and Technology with a focus in Literary Studies at the Technical University of Berlin. She is also co-curator of the festival ‘Radical Sounds Latin America’.
Text and talks
Visiones singulares: arte, tecnología y alma (Talk)
Extended techniques for electric guitar (Workshop)
Panel on Latin American Music (Talk)
Data-soundscapes: Action-based sound and cognitive capitalism (Lecture)
Lecture Musical experimentation with extended techniques (Workshop)
At the other end of the spectrum, Ale Hop’s Bodiless showcases an omnivorous pop experimentalism, combining elements of noise and washed out electronica with bursts of dancable, post-punky synth pop.
The Wire: Adventures In Modern Music (UK)
I met this artist Ale Hop when we played a club in Peru a couple months ago. I don’t usually have such a strong physical response to music when I’m tired on tour in a crowded club vibe, but her show was so loud and overwhelming, and the energy was amazing in the room. Her singing feels pleasantly demented and free in a way I like.
Julia Holter on Pitchfork’s Rising of the Past Predict Risings of the Future (US)