And now, a message from our good friends, The Early:
Over a year ago, we asked our friend, video artist Zack Davis (of Appendix Project Space), to make us something that we could accompany. He made us a beautiful video that unfolds glacially and abstractly. We composed a score and performed the 30 minute noise/improv-heavy piece live in front of an audience at Victor Nash’s recording studio in SE Portland (Eleven Magazine wrote up that event). All these months later, we’ve mixed and mastered that one-off performance and synced it to the video. It’s finally ready to be presented to the world.
I tend to joke about the fact that whenever I see someone skateboarding, there’s usually a buddy of his/her nearby wielding a camcorder, trying to catch that perfect trick for posterity. I must now repent of my snarky humor by admitting that here is a case when someone is using skate footage for good reasons. In this case, the skater is one Dewey Mahood, of Eternal Tapestry/Plankton Wat infamy and he’s riding on behalf of his former band Edibles. This was a dubbed out/Can jam outfit featuring ladyshapes member John Rau that captured some hyperreal moments in our dimension before dissolving completely a couple of years back. This track was for an intended album that sounds like the group is considering finishing up and finally releasing. At least I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that eventuality.
If you’re not attending the Creative Music Guild’s regular series of shows at Revival Drum Shop, you are missing out on some of the most exciting local experimental artists around, playing in a cozy space that allows you to get entirely surrounded by sound. This clip comes from their most recent event which featured Matt Hannifin performing an interpretation of Philip Glass’s “1/1″ and then some improvisational work.
If you want to see what CMG is up to, visit their website or get yourself out to The Gallery at Port City tonight where they will be hosting A Series of Solos featuring Danielle Ross, Dr. John C. Savage, Madelyn Villano, Ken Ollis (as part of the March Music Moderne).
If you haven’t been able to attend any of the Experimental Portland Presents… showcases we have been putting together for you over the last few months, allow us now to give you a little taste. This is a clip of ALTO! performing as part of the fourth installment of this ongoing concert series. It features the trio performing “Piece 11″ and generally blowing the minds of everyone assembled.
You like this? Check our Event Calendar for our upcoming EXPDX Presents shows including next week at Record Room with Rinus Van Aleebeek, Brumes and Sun Hammer, and the next show at Mississippi Studios with Doldrums and Strategy.
UPDATE: Check out another video from the same show. It’s, dare we say, even better.
Will Watts’ work under the name Oxfist is decidedly rooted in the mutually beneficial worlds of downtempo electronic and hip-hop, but there’s something wonderfully denatured about his approach to it. The beats and melodies disintegrate as they move forward, but somehow never lose momentum. You could dance to this, but it would have to be some Audrey Horne-like shuffle while staring off into the middle distance.
Watts put together this video using his iPhone, stitching together pieces of footage from his commute between here and Gresham. It’s an often unforgiving drive that he has managed to find the beauty in. I’m quite pleased to say that Watts is letting us premiere the video here at Experimental Portland.
The 100th anniversary of the birth of John Cage brought an impressive amount of performances and tributes to the Rose City, but none were as expansive and impressive as the months long exhibit that went on at PNCA. It culminated in this evening of dance and music and sound on October 3rd of last year which saw about a dozen dancers moving freely throughout the space, reacting to the music being performed by a murderer’s row of Portland’s best avant musicians: Reed Wallsmith, Ben Kates, Matt Carlson, Richie Greene, and Catherine Lee among them. The above video-posted by one of the organizers of the event, Linda Austin-doesn’t do it near justice, but gives you a fairly large sampling of what went on that evening and is well worth about 11 minutes of your time and attention.
Flutist Molly Barth is, perhaps, best known as one of the people behind Beta Collide, a thrilling and inspired new music ensemble based out of Eugene. But as with any talented artist, Barth does get out to do her own performances and recordings, such as this invigorating video piece created by her and Jack Ryan.
It’s another clip that reminds me of the good ol’ days of Alive From Off Center, the PBS program that introduced many a young curious soul like myself to the works of Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, and beyond.
The video is a fine representation of the short cyclical piece composed by Philippe Hurel, which – true to its name – features repeating melodic lines threaded around themselves and into each other with breathless intensity.
It’s been a while since we’ve featured some straight up noise on the site, and I can think of no better person to help drop us back into those roiling waters than the artist known as Redneck. This video was captured at his recent performance at Little Axe Records (one which I sadly only heard about after the fact), and as you’ll see/hear it is filled with crunchy, ghastly emanations from the underworld. If you like what you hear, be sure to swing over to Foggy Notion on the 10th of February where he will be performing, along with The Tenses and Jagula.
The 20 minute video collage nightmared up by Tim Lower Creative is by no means a nice little diversion. Layer upon layer of images are overlaid, with the mouths of terrifying sea creatures and bug-eating plants giving way to natural disasters, wars, and other unpleasantries of the world. But for all the creepiness and discomfort it instilled, I couldn’t bring myself to look away. For that I give a hunk of credit to the music of Dispiria that is soundtracking the clip.
Improvised by Tim Lower and Marios Kerpen, the duo’s music fulfills the promise of proto-industrial/goth wanderers like Throbbing Gristle and its various offshoots. Like the video, the two pile on drones, terrifying processed samples that are just audible enough to be effective, electronic noise that sounds like sunlight reflecting off chrome, and plenty of squiggles and squeaks to leave you feeling rubbery and tingly all over.
It pleases me to no end that more artists are realizing that great music often deserves great visual representation. And considering how easy it is to put together a great video, it’s a wonder that more artists aren’t taking advantage of this.
Ethereal and the Queer Show are one of the few acts that have embraced the audio-visual connection working with Logan Owlbeemoth of Os Ovni on this fairly stunning piece of degenerated, knocked out video wonder. The clip was apparently made using Owlbeemoth’s custom made video synthesizers that allows him to bring in various images that look as if they’ve been saved on 15th generation VHS dubs. It really brings out the heady thrill of EATQS’s synth pop banger. You can almost feel the denatured colors and keyboard blasts surrounding you when you pop this up to fullscreen mode.
And if you cotton to what EATQS are doing on this fine track, don’t hesitate to get it for your very own by visiting Pour Le Coups Records’ Bandcamp page and ordering up a digital or cassette version of the duo’s Cosmotopia album.