Summer Performance Series
Curator: Eilish Cullen
August 28th, 2014 – August 30th, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
More Animals by Wobbly with video by SUEC
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Please join us for two evenings of experimental music and collaboration from the Pacific Northwest and the San Francisco Bay Area featuring: Wobbly with video by SUE-C, Black Spirituals, Mammiffer, Jessika Kenney, and Pulse Emitter.
More Animals is a hybrid electronic / concrete work that combines subtly and drastically manipulated field recordings of animal voices and sounds (real creatures made unreal) with the voices modelled from synthesis and feedback. Feedback is a source material of particular interest, being a sound intrinsic to the technology of electronic music, but which in its most basic form produces sounds uncannily similar to birdsong, insect calls, and other animal sounds. These two discrete yet frequently indistinguishable sound libraries are then juxtaposed to force or melt the differences between these various sounds. Sue C. and Wobbly infrequent collaborations date back over a decade, and this will be the second time they have performed More Animals together.
Wobbly (aka Jon Leidecker) has been performing under the inadvertent pseudonym ‘Wobbly’ since 1990, investigating what it means to improvise in real time with pre-recorded sounds. Albums have been released on Bureau B, Illegal Art, Tigerbeat6, Alku & Important. Much of his recent work has been collaborative: a trio album with Dieter Moebius and Tim Story, playing festivals with Fred Frith’s Gravity Band, recording projects with Matmos, People Like Us and Huun-Huur-Tu, and finally, joining the notorious collage group Negativland as a full time member.
Image of Wobbly by R. Yau
SUE-C is a video and light artist currently living and working in Portland, OR. For the past 15 years she has created handmade videos for both the stage and screen as a film maker and performing artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing a variety of digital tools to create an experimental animation “instrument,” she synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, watercolors, handmade papers, fabrics and miniature lighting effects. Dark, moody, textural, and physical, her live films inherit equally from the kinetic languages of Stan Brakhage’s abstract cinema and Nicolas Schöffer’s lumodynamic scuptures. She employs the same techniques in her recorded work to emphasize the beauty of the banal street corner, public parking lot, forgotten winter beach, torn remnant of a found photograph, castaway super 8 vacation footage, and other halfforgotten, often- unnoticed, inbetween spaces in her surroundings.
Born Sue Costabile in 1974 in Long Island NY. In addition to solo performances, installations and recorded works she has collaborated with musicians such as Morton Subotnick, Luc Ferrari, Laetitia Sonami, Antye Greie (AGF), Golan Levin, Joshua Kit Clayton, Wobbly and Vladislav Delay at a variety of national and international venues including the San Francisco International Film Festival, REDCAT (Los Angeles), Ars Electronica (Linz), MUTEK (Montreal), SONAR (Barcelona), the MonkeyTown (NYC), and Activating the Medium (San Francisco). Her solo performances combine live imagery with a live soundtrack using her own voice, small sound effects devices and assorted electronic instruments. She is an adjunct professor at the California College of Arts (CCA) in Oakland and teaches workshops both locally and abroad.
Pulse Emitter is the musical project of Daryl Groetsch, based in Portland, Oregon. The synthesizer is integral to his compositions which have been constantly developing through throbbing, harsh and desolate modular-synthesizer adventures, using a home-made system, towards a sound more composed, textual and intricately melodic, evoking microscopic and interstellar landscapes inspired by nature, science-fiction and the cosmos.
His discography spans labels including Aguirre, NNA and Ultra Eczema, with new work on Immune, and he has toured dates and festivals in Europe and North America. David Keenan has called Pulse Emitter “The undisputed king of planetary scale synth hypnosis” and has said, “No one is making synth music that feels so organic, so rapturous and so ‘in tune’ with the contours of outer and inner space as Groetsch.”
Black Spirituals is a collaboration between two soloists who have found a new platform for the intersection of tone-generating electronic technology and the heart-thumping technology of acoustic percussion. This duet features a new tradition in conversant, duo vernacular dynamics that sparked a revolution in our conceptions of space, stage, ritual, performance, geography, praxis, brotherhood, relationships, rockin’ out, and more.
Multi-Aesthetic percussionist Marshall Trammell’s STTRCRFT platform articulates his commitment to the study of the worlds’ percussive arts in his multi-limbed Improvisation system. Utilizing super bananas electronic and guitar sounds, live processing, and heavy-heavy percussion Mr Watkins “weaves…undulating dronescape(s), of deep sonic swells and muted electronic buzz, utilizing analog synths, guitars, drums and percussion, cassette, Casio, bass, and of course electricity(!)”
Mamiffer is the musical project of artist and composer Faith Coloccia with partner Aaron Turner, from Seattle Washington.
Jessika Kenney is an award-winning composer/vocalist based in Seattle, involved in poetry, translation, and the inner workings of the voice, as well as specificities of melodic and liturgical atmospheres. She is excited to collaborate with Sige for a 2015 release.