4/5/14 The legendary Porter Ricks played The Bunker for the Unsound Festival at new warehouse space The Wick in Bushwick. Their subterranean beats shook the room, and my viscera, with penetrating bass frequencies which you felt like you were hearing them while being violently suffocated with a pillow. The jams built and churned, throbbing like three sides of thawing beef wrestling in a cement mixer. Also moving the bowels of the club were Ital, Miles and Rob Lowe aka Lichens.
4/4/14 At the gorgeous First Unitarian Church on Pierrepoint St in Brooklyn Heights, Issue Project Room and Unsound Festival presented a presentation of Demdike Stare’s audio-visual work “Concealed” performed the Sinfonietta Cracovia players, Demdike and filmmaker and animator Michael England. The films were incredible and Demdike Stare made an impressive soundtrack with great depth and breadth. Earlier on Phill Niblock presented a mesmerizing solo work as well as “Unipolar Dance” for two violins. Stara Rzeka opened with a cool set of processed and looping guitar textures, including bellowing a Nico tune which echoed thru the rafters.
4/3/14 Buchla legend Suzanne Ciani collaborated in performance with Neotantrik (aka Demdike Stare’s Sean Canty and Finders Keepers label maestro Andy Votel) for a hypnotic drony set before a rear projection of arcane Polish films at the Lincoln Center Atrium for the Unsound festival.
Polish synthesizer-and-drums duo Pietnastka opened.
4/2/14 Oren Ambarchi presented a version of his rumbling crescendo piece “Knots” at Issue Project Room for the Unsound Festival featuring percussionist Joe Talia and players from the Sinfonietta Cracovia. Opening the evening, EVOL premiered a composition by Hanne Darboven, “Opus 17a”. In this piece an anthemic “rave” chord was synched to a strobe light which slowly sped and built in intensity. At the climax a person in a bunny suit ambled across the stage.