Alejandra Cardenas (aka Ale Hop, b. Lima, Peru) 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.
She obtained her BA in Art History from the National University of San Marcos, Lima, an MA in Sound Studies from Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, and did further postgraduate studies in History and Culture of Science and Technology at the Technical University of Berlin.
Her solo career began when she won the Red Bull Music Academy residency in 2012 and made her first live performance in Boiler Room. Since then she has been featured in specialized music media such as Pitchfork, WIRE, VICE, Noisey, Bandcamp, Tiny Mix Tapes, and presented her work in festivals like MUTEK, CTM Festival, Heroines of Sound and NRMAL, and in concerts and exhibitions in Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, United States, UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Turkey in the past years.
When not working on her solo endeavors, she is engaged with creating scores for films, dance and theater projects.
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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.
Ale Hop consciously interrogates an unsettled notion of self in Bodiless. The release’s title is especially befitting for music that detaches itself from any stable sense of presence while at the same time totally suffusing itself with identity. These songs do not seem to want to fix themselves into tidy completion, instead, they explore extraterrestrial forms—at once familiar because of our narrativizing efforts, but still a bit fantastical and speculative and conspiratory. Full of an inherent unknowing, which she embraces.
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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.