MICHAEL GENDREAU----------ORGAN OF QWERTY---------SKRUNTSKRUNT-------LYCANTHROPIC LEGIONS OF NOISE-----------DICTIONARY OF GHOSTS--------------------SHARMI BASU
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Noon. Doors at 11:30 a.m.
$5 - $10 sliding scale or FREE with membership
Join us for an afternoon of savage and transcendent performance unlike any other. Vegan pancakes included.
Michael GENDREAU has composed and performed solo as well as in several group configurations since 1979. His former group, Crawling With Tarts (1983 – 1998), expressed ideas within elementalism and pre-language states. Gendreau has elaborated on this while adding concepts inspired by his studies of physics, parataxis, philosophies centered on temporal and environmental persistence; and his experiments with small motors and turntable mechanisms. Performances have involved one-off transcription discs cast by others in the middle of the last century, and those cut in his studio using a decrepit lathe. More recently, Gendreau has sought to extend these studies, while experimenting with the use of a building as a speaker. He records infrasonic vibrations of a performance space, then in the concert, he uses the structure’s resonances as an additional instrument in his site-specific compositions. These practices are based in part on his current work as an acoustician working primarily on low-vibration and noise design for buildings. Gendreau has performed these site-specific compositions in locations around the world: Valencia, Spain; Paris, France; Athens, Greece; Lausanne, Switzerland; and others.
Organ of Qwerty (John Hanes)
John Hanes has been playing drums in the Bay Area for over 30 years. From Diamonda Galas to Etta James, from Starbucks commercials to Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man" soundtrack, from Oakland Opera Theater's production of Anthony Davis's "X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X" to industrial rockers Chrome, John has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists across a broad spectrum of genres. Since 2000, John has entered the world of experimental music and free improvisation, playing in a number of bay area ensembles; and electronic music, performing on laptop solo as Organ of Qwerty and in Hanes/Adams, a duo with Rova Sax Quartet's Steve Adams.
SkruntSkrunt presents a mad scientist approach to noise. SkruntSkrunt offers a unique and varied combination of audio and visuals. From harsh noises to ambient, SkruntSkrunt explores the soundscape of the modern desktop, the auditory aspects of bodies and gravity, and the interaction of physical simulation and granular synthesis. SkruntSkrunt is a long-running project of Victoria and Toronto, Canada-based Dr. Abram Hindle who leverages a wide range of custom software and stolen software ranging from office applications, physics sims, video-games and custom-built user interfaces, in order to produce jarring synthesis. SkruntSkrunt has been a regular act at the Victoria Noise Festival.
Lycanthropic Legions of Noise
"...brutal werewolf noise.. ambient ultrasonic deaththrobs, howling through saxophones, harsh blasts of howling circuit bent electronics..."
Dictionary of Ghosts creates electronic music. He employs circuit bent toys, tape loops, feedback, drum machines and whatever else is around.