Weekly Schedule (CET)

A Garden of Forking Paths – Finale: Ale Hop

27 March 2022
  • Ambient
  • Avant-Garde
  • Experimental
  • Field Recording
  • Atmospheric

Alejandra Cárdenas (also known as Ale Hop) is a Peruvian-born artist, researcher, and experimental musician based in Berlin.

She began her carrier in the 2000s in the experimental and underground scene of Lima, where she had several, pop, punk and electronic bands, and continually collaborated with filmmakers, musicians, and artists. She began her solo project under the name of “Ale Hop” in 2012 when she perform alone for the very first time in Boiler Room, during her residence at the Red Bull Music Academy New York, in 2013.

She composes electronic music, by blending fractured pop melodies, with noise, field recordings and a complex repertoire of unorthodox instrument techniques, synthesis 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 live shows, record releases, sound and video pieces, and research on sound and technology. 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 at the Technical University of Berlin.

Cárdenas co-founded the Berlin-based festival Radical Sounds Latin America, of which she was co-curator from 2019 to 2021. She also directs and edits the publication Border-Listening/Escucha-liminal, and is currently releasing an editorial platform under the name of Contingent Sounds.