Noise Pancakes
Godwaffle Noise Pancakes | Sunday, November 14, noon 

Leticia Castaneda(L.A.), R.K. Faulhaber, Z Bug, Jess Coble (L.A.), and Pete Von Petrin

Sunday, January 23, 2011
Noon. Doors at 11:30 a.m.
$5 - $10 sliding scale or FREE with membership

Come for another episode of the Lab's notorious noise showcase, bringing you seasoned national veterans and innocent young sound practitioners for an afternoon of savage, transcendent, peri-apocalyptic performance unlike any other. Conveniently scheduled for late Sunday sleepers, earplugs and chocolate chip vegan pancakes included.

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Leticia Castaneda
“a compositional strategy of subtle disorientation”
The protean nature of the amplification system and the unpredictable abandonment of personal inhibitions dominate the spontaneity of her live composition. As a performer, she can be shatteringly emotional in word and action. If perplexed by acoustics or system interference, she compromises sabotage with blatant disregard until a satisfactory control is established. Notable performances have included; Wooden Octopus Festival, Seattle WA, An Audible Instigation Toward the Discovery of Instant Confession Ausland, Berlin, Beyond Music Festival Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA, Center for Experiments in Art, Information, and Technology CEAIT Festival Cal Arts, Valencia, CA, Sound Shift, Big Sur, CA, SASSAS presents sound. Schindler House, Los Angeles, CA, Line Space Line Festival of Improvised and Experimental Music, Los Angeles, CA and SFEMF San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, CA. Leticia’s means of participation in these events include; solo electro-acoustic improvisation, composition exhibition, audio environments to accompany sculpture, collaborative improvisation, audio drama, and site-specific installation. Collaborations in public or private settings include; Antoine Chessex, Lionel Marchetti, Jerome Noetinger, Jessica Catron, Mitchell Brown, Dave Phillips, Aaron Ximm, Rick Potts, Joseph Hammer, Raionbashi, Smegma, Omid, Reynols, Albert Ortega, Fanon Flowers and Josie Roth. Association has been noted with the Los Angeles Free Music Society and Fluxus.

Leticia’s debut full-length CD, On the Verge of Redundance, was released by Chicago-based CIP in 2004. Criticism has documented comparison with electronic composers such as Eliane Radigue, Mary-Anne Amacher, Francisco Lopez, Subotnick, Maxfield and Oliveros, has been cited as possessing “a richness and warmth that recalls an earlier generation of analogue pioneers”, compositions which “revel in a thrift store brutism that engages the aesthetic of musique concrete with a lo-fi sensibility”. Her live performance, recognized by The Wire’s Christopher DeLaurenti writes: “Castaneda’s carefully calibrated volume and gorgeous timbres evaporated the barrier between loudspeaker and raw sound in a singular fashion”.

Image: Letitia Castaneda performing at The Lab, September 1, 2010, Photo by R. Yao

R.K. Faulhber (Richard Karl Faulhaber) has been composing, producing, and performing works for over 20 years. Contrary to what internet searches turn up, R.K. Faulhaber is not a mysterious figure at all. For a quarter century he has been composing and recording his own music which he has managed to keep almost exclusively to himself. Though largely self-taught, he has studied electro-acoustic composition with Barry Schrader and David Behrman at Cal-Arts, music engineering technology at Cogswell Polytechnical College and electronic music at De Anza College. Rarely playing solo, he has performed in such ensembles as irr. app. (ext.), Xambuca, Nurse With Wound, Vacuum Tree Head and others. He has also collaborated with his sons on two shadow puppet performances. Steve Stapleton and Matt Waldron have been trying to pull him out of obscurity but have thus far been unsuccessful.