Event: SMPDX & Experimental Portland Present, TONIGHT @ Watershed PDX

The good people of Sonic Debris Multimedia reached out to me a while ago about curating a stage at this massive event they are putting on to celebrate the release of another surely amazing compilation album for winter 2014. With an offer like that, how could I refuse?

So, tonight starting at 6pm at Watershed PDX, we will be hosting two stages of amazing freeform sounds and expressions. The complete lineup is below, click here for the Facebook event page for all the details about how to get to the venue, and most importantly THE SHOW IS FREE OF CHARGE. Hope to see as many of you in attendance as possible.

Set Times:

Experimental Portland Stage:

1:20am-1:50am – Transparent Aluminum
11:50pm-12:20am – Portland Bike Ensemble
10:10pm-10:40pm – Troubled by Insects
9:10pm-9:40pm – Asphalt Ocean
7:00pm-7:30pm – Neglect

SDMPDX Stage:

2:20am-2:50am – Play Human
1:50am-2:20am – Destroyed for Comfort
12:30am-1:20am – Consumer/Muzzy
10:50pm-11:40pm – Stochastic Mettle Union Local #35
9:10pm-9:40pm – Noise Agency
8:30pm-9:00pm – The Translucent Spiders
7:30pm-8:00pm – Cult of Zir
6:30pm-7:00pm – Alien Parkinson Project
6:00pm-6:30pm – Sister Mamie Foreskin

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Music: Information – Accumulation of Breathing

Sometimes the simplest of music is the most powerful. Take this long drone piece, played on viola by Justin Smith aka Information. There’s not much to it, just a slow layering of notes, but it creates this mass effect that is reminiscent of Jonny Greenwood’s work on There Will Be Blood or some of the more terrifying Ligeti choices that ended up in 2001.

Music: Marcus Fischer + The OO-Ray – Tulong

Amazing music for an important cause. Marcus Fischer and Ted Laderas (aka The OO-Ray), two experimental musicians of Filipino descent, are releasing Tulong, a two-track digital single to help aid Humanitarian Response Philippines, a non-profit helping residents of the island nation rebuild their homes after the destruction wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

It’s a mere $5—though they and I encourage you to drop a little extra cash in the donation jar—for two gorgeous tracks, one recorded live in 2012 at Beacon Sound Records and another recorded late last year at Fischer’s home studio.

News: Check Out the Schedule for the 2014 March Music Moderne

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Whilst checking out my man Ben Kates’ favorite albums of 2013, I followed the thread of links over to the March Music Moderne website last night. And lo and behold, there was the schedule for the 2014 edition of this fine modern music and art event, happening from March 6 – 16th all over our fair city.

Click here to check out the complete lineup but do let me point you to some especially exciting events:

— On March 7th at Cinema 21, there will be a screening of A Clockwork Orange, one of Stanley Kubrick’s most masterful works and featuring the still stirring synthesized soundtrack courtesy of Walter/Wendy Carlos.

— A celebration of Lou Reed’s all noise album Metal Machine Music on March 8th at Three Friends Coffeehouse that “will be revved up by PDX writer Amanda Sledz & danced by 3 Seattle Butoh artists: Joan Laage, Sheri Brown & Alan Sutherland.”

— A celebration of great modern LBGT composers at Holocene on March 9th, including works by Pauline Oliveros, Lou Harrison & Peter Maxwell Davies as performed by Classical Revolution PDX.

— A lecture on March 14th at Lewis & Clark College focusing on the work of Iannis Xenakis.

— The Demoltion Duo will play at Performance Works NW on March 15th “in improvised duos & large ensemble works with special guests; Juniana Lanning (electronics), Dan Duval (guitar), Alyssa Reed-Stuewe, Joe Cunningham (tenor sax) & John Sielaff (bass clarinet)”

Music: frogtoboggan – Roanes

The initial e-mail that I received about this project – a creation of Veritable Showers of Beauty member Steven J. Wilkens III – referenced the fact that there were 23 or so physical copies of this release “floating about the planet.” I like the idea of this weird, watery, intense batch of songs getting exchanged by folks around the globe, each one listening and taking some piece of inspiration from it before handing it off to another likeminded soul. I imagine this being used as background noise for meditation or as the ambient soundtrack to a store that sells incense and essential oils. I imagine this getting mixed into a dark, late night DJ set on radio or between sets at black metal show. I also imagine you poor souls sitting at your desk jobs, trying to get any work done while letting the creeping beauty and magic of this four song collection of processed field recordings and gamelan performances soak into your brain. Good luck with that.