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Friday, November 19, 2010
International House Presents:
"live cinema" with live audio
Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder
live film with
Olivia Block

more info

The Ibrahim Theater @ International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA, $7-10, 7:00pm.
Saturday, October 2, 2010 @ Vox Populi Gallery
Bonnie Jones and Andrea Neumann
(Baltimore and Berlin)
electronics and innenklavier
Gene Coleman and Werner Dafeldecker
(Philadelphia and Berlin)
bass clarinet and tapes

more info

Vox Populi Gallery,  319 N. 11th St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8:00pm.
Friday, July 16, 2010 @ Vox Populi Gallery
Burning Star Core
New York
Oneohtrix Point Never
[unfortunately, Oneohtrix Point Never will no longer be part of this tour - apologies for any disappointment]

Family Battle Snake
US Girls

Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, $7-10, 8:00pm. (map)
Friday, July 9 2010 @ Pageant:Soloveev
Harpoon Pole Vault
Seattle, WA

Bee Mask
Sanguine Piss
Two Years on Welfare //

Pageant:Soloveev Gallery, 607 Bainbridge St., Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8:00pm. (map)
Sunday, May 23, 2010 @ Pageant:Soloveev Gallery
Jason Soliday
Shattered Hymen
Dave Smolen
Scott Allison


photo: bloodlustchicago

details and audio

(check this out - Soliday is on the left)

Pageant:Soloveev Gallery,
607 Bainbridge St., Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8:00pm. (map)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ Vox Populi Gallery
Toshimaru Nakamura
and with:

Gene Coleman in duo
and with:
Tim Albro, Ian Fraser, and Jesse Kudler in quartet

One of our very favorite improvisers and pioneer of the "no-input mixing board," Toshimaru Nakamura visits from Tokyo to join Philadelphia composer and bass-clarinetist Gene Coleman in duo and more.  See Nakamura's work in this video (his entrance begins at 4:40):

details and audio

Vox Populi Gallery,
319 N. 11th St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8:00pm. (map)
Monday, May 3, 2010 @ Pageant:Soloveev Gallery
Nate Wooley
New York
Color is Luxury
Andy Giles


Pageant:Soloveev Gallery,
607 Bainbridge St., Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8:00pm. (map)
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @ Vox Populi Gallery
Ignaz Schick
Berlin, Germany
Keenan Lawler
Louisville, KY
Chris Forsyth


Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8:30pm. (map)
Thursday, April 8, 2010 @ Vox Populi Gallery
Byron Westbrook

Tandem Electrics
Richard Kamerman and Reed Evan Rosenberg
Ladies' Room
Alex Nagle and Joe Lentini

                                                                                               faryal maroof
more info

Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8pm. (map)
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ Vox Populi Gallery
Lucre - Chris Cogburn/Bryan Eubanks/Vic Rawlings
New York/Austin/Boston
Ian M. Fraser and Reed Rosenberg
Tim Albro

more info

Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St., 2nd floor (right below Vox), Philadelphia, PA, $7, 8pm. (map)
Thursday, March 11, 2010 @ Pageant: Soloveev Gallery
Sissy Spacek (John Wiese/Corydon Ronnau)
Los Angeles
Gerritt Wittmer/Paul Knowles
Oakland, CA
Rubbed Raw


Pageant: Soloveev Gallery, 607 Bainbridge St.
, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8pm. (map)
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ the Ibrahim Theater at International House
*Free concert
Music of Michael Pisaro, John Cage, and Antoine Beuger
programmed and produced with Barry Chabala
compositions by Michael Pisaro, John Cage, and and Antoine Beuger

"Silence in music was not the cessation of sound, or even a gesture: it was a different sound,
one with more density than those sounds made by instruments."
- Michael Pisaro

Acclaimed Michael Pisaro interpreter Barry Chabala joins PSF and an ensemble
of Philadelphia musicians to realize scores by Michael Pisaro, John Cage, and Antoine
Beuger in a FREE concert

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The Ibrahim Theater at International House, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA, FREE, 8pm. (map)
Monday, November 9, 2009 @ Vox Populi Gallery

Return of Sons of God and a State Visit from the Royal Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland

preceded by a panel discussion on KREV, moderated by Thomas Bey William Bailey,
author of "Micro Bionic: Radical Electronic Music And Sound Art In The 21st Century"

artist info and audio

Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8pm. (map)
Saturday, October 17, 2009 @ Vox Populi Gallery

PSF One Year Anniversary Celebration!!

Brendan Murray and Richard Garet

(Boston/New York)
Jim Haynes and Murmer
(San Francisco and London)
Bee Mask
electronics, tapes
Jesse Kudler and Ian Fraser
guitar, electronics, tapes, radios + laptop

artist info and audio

Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8pm. (map)
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Monday, June 1, 2009 @ the Rotunda
Deflag Haemorrhage/Haien Kontra
"          "[sic] GOLDIE -  drums, voice, credit card, amplifier, stereotaxic.
MATTIN - GNU/Linux computer feedback, voice, guitar.
God Willing
Sanguine Piss
tapes and electronics

artist info and video

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8pm. (map)
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ International House Philadelphia
Sons of God
noise and performance
PIMA Group
movement and music
Ghost Ship
harp, guitar, and vocals
Ian Fraser

It's hard for us to talk about Sons of God because we don't really know what they'll do.  Without getting too theoretical or attempting a treatise on semiotics. . . well. . . sure, we can tell you we've seen a video of the Sons "performing a miracle," but we aren't sure what it would have felt like in person.  We'll give you some videos of their performances to watch, but will you have really experienced their "investigation of a mental airspace, undertaken with the aid of unconventional tools"?  Our favorite kind of art is that which raises questions, and Sons of God certainly do that.  Perhaps it would be instructive to relate some of the Sons' past work (together and individually): the Royal Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, "the largest – and most populous realm on Earth, incorporating all boundaries between other nations as well as Digital Territory and other states of existence"; the amazing, must be seen to be understood letter series "Experiments with dreams"; performances of snoring or laughter; recordings made in the mother's womb; attempts to fly a carpet; amplified washing machines; and much more.  For this evening's performance, the Sons of God will bring one of their unique miracles to Philadelphia, using sound, bodies, props, and projected images.

PIMA Group has been a key and stalwart connection between the Philadelphia experimental dance and music scenes for years, plying their unique trade in galleries, houses, historic buildings, warehouses, basements, roofs, record stores, and probably outdoors somewhere when we weren't paying attention.  While too many dance and music groups seem to excel at one discipline over the other, PIMA brings an unusual focus to not just both but to their union, to using music to teach us something about movement and to using movement to teach us something about music.   PIMA uses pianos, percussion, radio, and electronics to create a noisy bed of sound while dancers seemingly enter trance states to enact obscure rituals and/or secret narratives.  While PIMA often employs myriad musicians and dancers, tonight it will be stripped to its core of Melisa Putz and Thomas Clark.

Ghost Ship is a new and ever-changing improvised music group focused around the harp stylings of Mary Lattimore (veteran of the Valerie Project).  Dark improvised string tangles.

All this takes place at a new venue we are really and truly excited about: the Ibrahim Theater at International House Philadelphia, a gorgeous theater featuring newly refurbished comfortable seats and a truly killer sound system (two sub-woofers!).

artist info and video

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8pm. (map)
Friday, April 17, 2009 @ the Big Rock Candy Mountain
electronics and drums
Shattered Hymen
Bee Mask
Dick Neff

A stellar line-up of noise in its various incarnations, with some jazz and plenty of live drums sneaking in.  Should be a killer time!  Ratatosk is our old pal Jason Soliday, Chicago stalwart and veteran of such great projects as Coeurl, Zeropoint, Gunshop, Medium, and a million more.  His latest jam has him spitting out harsh layers of detailed noise while young-un' Ben Billington pounds the drums behind him.  Soliday always reminds us how great noise can be when played by a veteran who knows what he's doing, so expect to be wowed.

Shattered Hymen is the harsh noise project of Vadim Spirkut.  Name aside, he informs us that "The motivation is not power, control or violence but rather using volume, density and dynamics as a means to alter consciousness. "  Having seen Spirkut before, and having listened to his myspace page, we believe him!  Far from some lazy harsh-noise by the numbers, Spirkut crafts cathartic, busy, full, constantly-moving pieces of harsh noise excitement.  A lot of people attempt what he does, but few do it this well.

Breakway combines contemporary electronics and laptoppery with the Chicago jazz tradition, harking back to Miles Davis or Herbie Hancock.  But the group updates their sound with a contemporary/digital spin and an open-ness to noisier textures that recalls Supersilent or the likes of Radian and Trapist. 

Philadelphia is represented by Bee Mask and Dick Neff, two highly personal solo projects.  Bee Mask uses home-made synthesizers and light-sensitive controls to concoct a slow-moving, hovering mass of sound, while Dick Neff contrasts acoustic drum beats with swirling electronics.

artist info and audio

Big Rock Candy Mountain, 1822 North Hancock, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8pm. (map)
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ Vox Populi Gallery
Bryan Eubanks, Andrew Lafkas, and Vic Rawlings
(NYC, NYC, and Boston)
bass, electronics, and cello/electronics
Jack Wright, Ben Bennett, and Jon Barrios
(Easton, PA, Columbus, OH, and Philadelphia, PA)
sax, drums, and bass
Tim Albro and Ian Fraser
guitar, electronics, laptop

A real treat for those who love names; there's eight of them in this show.  Our most "improv-y" show yet has the potential to reveal some real surprises and some real gems.

Bryan Eubanks and Andrew Lafkas have been playing together for years, not so much developing as honing a super-focused, minimal yet rich wealth of electronic tones and bass bowings.  It's held together by their impeccable taste, restraint, and sense of timing.

Local geniuses Jack Wright and Jon Barrios are to be joined my mystery man Ben Bennett on percussion, but if their audio clip and past performances of Barrios and Wright are anything to go on, this should be fantastic.  An acoustic counterpoint to the other two sets of gritty electronics. 

Tim Albro are Ian Fraser are two Philly stalwarts who share an affinity for surprise and constant tweaking of their set-ups.  Guitars?  Laptops?  Electronics?  CD players?  Radios?  Some or all of the above should appear, either in thick noisy bursts or in carefully doled out filigrees of sound or maybe both or maybe neither.  YOU HAVE TO COME TO FIND OUT.

artist info and audio

Vox Populi Gallery, 319 North 11th Street, Third Floor, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8pm. (map)
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Saturday, November 22 @ Vox Populi Gallery
Mattin + Margarida Garcia
(Basque and Portugal via New York, NY)
laptop and bass
Barry Weisblat + Michael Evans
(New York, NY)
electronics and percussion
Moss Forest (Zajack/Danges)
audio and video

artist info and audio   

Vox Populi Gallery, 319 North 11th Street, Third Floor, Philadelphia, PA, $5-10, 8pm. (map)
Saturday, October 18 @ Mascher Space Co-op
Alessandro Bosetti
(Berlin, Germany; Milan, Italy; and Baltimore, MD)
voice and laptop
Corridors/Byron Westbrook
(New York, NY)
audio and video projections
Dancers: Nicole Bindler, Liza Clark, Shannon Murphy, Rebecca Patek, Gabrielle Revlock,  and Michele Tantoco

Two acts who present "not quite music."  Bosetti, from a background in improvisation, has in recent years focused on the voice, speech, text, and vocal abstraction, refracting language through abstract sound and blurring the line between both.  Situating the voice amidst samples, musical instruments, computer noise, and processing, Bosetti bends the tenuous line between representation and abstraction, speech and sound.

Corridors is Byron Westbrook, who augments his live drone pieces with multi-screen projections that probe the relations among the senses while they create an immersive environment of both sound and light.  Rich drones shimmer as abstract patterns flicker.  Sink in.

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Mascher Space Co-op,
155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122 (map) (directions)
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Friday, October 17 @ Circle of Hope Broad Street
Brendan Murray
(Somerville, MA)
laptop and electronics
Mike Shiflet
(Columbus, OH)
laptop and electronics
(Philadelphia, PA)
laptops, electronics, vocals

Two geniuses of the drone attack from different angles.  Shiflet's shifting, crunching, pulsing laptop and electronics reveal a wealth of tiny details subsumed into a river of flowing sound, evolving majestically.  Murray provides pure, deep beauty: a heavy, heady, and physical soup of tones and grit that lulls even as it exhilarates.  Paradoxical?  That's all the fun!

Like Sarah Palin, Trig (Alex Nagle and Joe Lentini) choose life.  But not the simple life of moose-hunting, forced teenage motherhood, snow-mobiling championships, secret pregnancies, lies about earmarks, "spiritual warfare," media sequestering, "troopergate," and unalloyed support for oil drilling.  No, Nagle and Lentini prefer to get messy and hands-on, mixed up in the guts and innards of that most common yet inscrutable piece of hardware: the computer.  Writing custom patches long into the night, tweaking code and parsing syntax: this is the life of *our* Trig.  Not that the audience would know, as screamed vocals and visceral noise textures should carry the day.  What, you expected gentle mousing and pecked keystrokes?  These pushup-enthusiasts will have none of that.

artist info and audio

Circle of Hope Broad Street, 1125 S. Broad Street at Washington, Philadelphia PA (map)
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Friday, October 3, 2008 @ Slought Foundation

(Vienna, Austria)
Werner Dafeldecker - double bass
Martin Brandlmayr - percussion
Michael Moser - cello, electronics
Burkhard Beins - percussion
Will Guthrie
(Nantes, France)
percussion, electronics, microphones, and gadgets

An evening of fascinating approaches to percussion.  Polwechsel, the long-running Austrian group, has been at the forefront of new approaches to both instruments and sound arrangement since their landmark 1995 debut.  After several lineup changes, the group has now coalesced around two of the world's most fascinating drummers: London phenom Burkhard Beins and Martin Brandlmayr, best known for his contributions to the seminal electronic/noise/post-rock/? group Radian.  Carefully layering sounds using precise starts and stops, Polwechsel lets us hear the grit and friction of contrast, deceptively masked behind a "cool" exterior.

Somehow, Will Guthrie has discovered the perfect intersection between noise, electro-acoustic improvisation, musique concrete, and his own background as a jazz drummer.  Using an array of cheap microphones and radios to amplify and augment his simple percussion setup, Guthrie evokes a world where all your home electronics might come alive and then have the good taste to just sound right.  A busy, shifting, textured, yes-maybe-even-with-a-bit-of-"swing", one man band.

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   (photo: Fergus Kelly)

Slought Foundation,  4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA (directions)
Presented with Soundfield and Bowerbird.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008 @ The Marvelous
Jason Kahn and Jon Mueller
(Zurich, Switzerland and Milwaukee, WI)
percussion, tapes, and electronics
HZL (Jesse Kudler and Tim Albro)
(Philadelphia, PA)
guitars, electronics, radios, and tapes

Using drums more as resonators than as struck instruments, Kahn and Mueller both use microphones, electronics, and feedback techniques to slowly build complex textures until they fill a room.  A previous Philadelphia concert found the two working up a fascinating, detailed, and tough wall of layered sound, rendering any attempts to relate sounds to percussion sources useless.  Simply thrilling.

Local favorites HZL will give their first concert since May, 2007 (!).  Their rare performances are justifiably highly-regarded and have become, at this slow pace,  something of events.  The group performs with the audience in the round and speakers surrounding them, 
turning concerts into complex collaborations with the acoustics and ambiences of a given room.  Don't wait until 2010 to see them again!

artist info and audio
         (photo: Angeline Evans)

The Marvelous, 208 S. 40th St. (between Walnut and Locust), Philadelphia, PA (map)