Feb/Mar 2014 : More impressions of Morocco, in Marrakech, Casablanca and on the road during my visit for the Marrakech Biennale.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Lary 7 is a multimedia alchemist who coaxes profane, inscrutable sounds and images from various mysterious devices. His work mainly features vintage and forgotten electronic instruments and technologies. In the past he has taken the unique approach of modifying household appliances in order to give them a musical voice. As an artist, he uses analogue equipment whenever possible, steering away from digital.
Lary 7’s work has been related to the uncertain outcomes of a magician or scientist determined to see his projects through to their (il)logical ends. (as well as embracing failure and “irritainment”). He is a co-founder of Plastikville Records and has been a major figure in the New York experimental underground music scene since the 1970’s. In the course of the past decades he has worked on exceptional musical projects with diverse artists, such as Jimi Tenor, Jarboe, JG Thirlwell, Tony Conrad, Alexander Hacke, Larry Mullins, Dorit Chrysler, Bernhard Gal, Jacob Kirkegaard, Ken Montgomery, Michael Evans and Gordon Monahan.
A Tip of the Hat (to the 20th Century) is his evolving laboratory of sound and curiosities at the Clocktower. Throughout September 2013, Lary 7 will be in residence, working on a selection of experimental sound recordings in collaboration with other sound artists. Stop by to see his tower of rotating speakers and his strange and wonderful array of equipment.
8/16/13 Jacob Kirkegaard, in town for the Soundings exhibit at MOMA, presented his piece Labyrinthitus at Eyebeam in NY. The piece is based on otoacoustic transmissions from his ear, which, when played back at a ratio of 1:1.2, produce a third tone on the ear of the listener. He also released a version of this recently on an album entitled Conversion (Touch) arranged for acoustic instruments and played by chamber group Scenatet. Two nights later, 8/18, at Silent Barn, Jacob presented an iteration of Eldfjall, consisting of atmospheric and dramatic field recordings of seismic activity in Iceland. Lesley Flanigan also performed this night, with her sublime controlled feedback and voice compositions.
8/15/13 Soundings : A Contemporary Score is the long awaited sound art survey currently on view at MOMA. At the entrance one first encounters Sergei Tcherepnin’s bench from a subway platform, which is fitted to vibrate as if a train is passing in the tunnel below. Tristan Perich's wall piece for 1500 small speakers at first appears to be an elegant piece of op minimalism emitting white noise, but on closer inspection each speaker is emitting a different pitch. Jacob Kirkegaard's Aion utilizes layered room tones recorded in Chernobyl, played against projected time-lapse scenes of those locations, in his own chamber in the exhibit. Jana Winderen has created an immersive multi-channel piece, consisting of field recordings of high frequencies from bats, shrimp etc that are normally outside the range of human hearing, pitched into our hearing range. Carsten Nicolai's sleek sculpture uses sound frequencies to vibrate reflected pools of water into clean, shivering graphic spirals. NY based Uruguyan Richard Garet presents an amplified turntable endlessly rolling a marble as a sisyphean statement. The show was carefully curated and presented by MOMA’s Barbara London.
Artists on display at the show are Luke Fowler (Scottish, b. 1978), Toshiya Tsunoda (Japanese, b. 1964), Marco Fusinato (Australian, b. 1964), Richard Garet (Uruguayan, b. 1972), Florian Hecker (German, b. 1975), Christine Sun Kim (American, b. 1980), Jacob Kirkegaard (Danish, b. 1975), Haroon Mirza (British, b. 1977), Carsten Nicolai (German, b. 1965), Camille Norment (American, b. 1970), Tristan Perich (American, b. 1982), Susan Philipsz (Scottish, b. 1965), Sergei Tcherepnin (American, b. 1981), Hong-Kai Wang (Taiwanese, b. 1971), Jana Winderen (Norwegian, b. 1965), and Stephen Vitiello (American, b. 1964).
freq_out is a sound installation comprised of 12 individual sound works each utilizing a specific frequency range, made on site, and amplified to act as a single, generative sound-space.
Each artist is assigned a frequency range with which to work. This process is carried out in situ, each using a workstation consisting of a mixing desk and PA system. All the resulting compositions are then amplified together in the space to create a sound installation or performance.
freq_out is curated by Carl Michael Von Hausswolf and the particpants are JG Thirlwell, Finnbogi Peterson, BJ Nilsen, Jana Winderen, Jacob Kirkegaard, Brandon LaBelle, Tommi Gronlund and Petteri Nisunen, Permagnus Lindborg, Maia Urstad, Mike Harding, Franz Pomassl, Kent Tankred and Christine Odlund.
This video was created by Finnbogi Peterson at freq_out 8 at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2011. There are two freq_out’s in the planning stage for 2014.
Bernard Parmegiani - La création du Monde (Rovi)
Major Lazer - Free The Universe (Downtown)
A Hawk and a Hacksaw - You Have Already Gone To The Other World (LM Duplication)
Jacob Kirkegaard - Conversion (Touch)
John Pfeiffer - Electronomusic : 9 Images (RCA Victrola)
Flaming Lips - The Horror (Warner)
Francois Bayle, Denis Dufour, Michel Chion, Phillipe Mion, Jacques Lejeune etc- GRM Concert Imaginaire (GRM)
Oren Bloedow - She Goes With Me To A Blossom World (Bloedow)
Christopher Tignor - Core Memory Unwound (Western Vinyl)
Jaga Jazzist - What We Must (Ninja Tune)
TILT Brass - To Tilt Volume One (Non-Site Records)
Queens of the Stoneage - … Like Clockwork (Matador)
Stanislav Kreitchi - Ansiana (Electroshock)
Vladimir Martynov - Nights in Galicia (CCn’C Records)
2/21/13 At the opening of the freq_out 9 installation at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Twelve frequencies play back over three hours. The room has a light installation by Dan Flavin. Frequency compositions created by BJNilsen, JG Thirlwell, Jacob Kirkegaard, Jana Winderen, Maia Urstad, Kent Tankred , Finnbogi Pétursson, PerMagnus Lindborg, Christine Ödlund, Franz Pomassl, Mike Harding, Tommi Grönlund and curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff for the Sonic Acts Festival.
freq_out 9 will take place as part of the Sonic Acts Festival on Feb 21 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, in a room illuminated by light works by Dan Flavin. This is the fifteenth edition of the Sonic Acts Festival, subtitled The Dark Universe, and it runs from Feb 21-24 2013.
freq_out, now in its tenth year, is a sound art collective curated by Carl Michael Von Hauswolf. freq_out is a sound installation comprising 12 individual sound works, each utilising a specific frequency range, made on site, and amplified to act as a single, generative sound-space.
The participants of this freq_out will be JG Thirlwell, Jacob Kirkegaard, BJ Nilsen, Jana Winderen, Maia Urstad, Kent Tankred, Finnbogi Pétursson, PerMagnus Lindborg, Christine Ödlund, Franz Pomassl, Mike Harding, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen and Carl Michael von Hausswolff.
Also appearing at the festival will be The Bug feat Flowdan & Miss Red, Mika Vainio, Dead Fader, Pete Swanson, Cut Hands, Biosphere, Lustmord, Maja Ratkje, lectures, installations and much more.