1/11/14 Christian Marclay's new show at Paula Cooper consists of canvases and works on paper “using silk-screen on painted backgrounds, featuring onomatopoeias that evoke the sound of painting actions (SPLORCH! SLLURP! WHOOMPH!). Torn from comic book pages, collaged, blown up and printed on canvas and paper, the onomatopoeias extend Marclayʼs investigation into the relationship between sound and image, sampling elements from art and popular culture”.
11/09/13 Polish sculptor and sound artist Katarzyna Krakowiak presented “The Great And Secret Show” at the NY Central Post Office as part of Performa 13. She made field recordings in the hidden corridors of the cavernous Post Office, in the tunnels where the Postal Police used to spy on mail sorters, which she broadcast back into the space, creating an impressive, dramatic, clangorous sound / concrete composition. In the course of checking out the installation we wandered into the hidden antechambers and discovered a vast unused expanse in the building.
9/19/13 The mighty Lary 7 has installed a full-on analog laboratory at the Clocktower Gallery in NYC for his September residency. His “Ensemble of Seven” performed tonight, featuring Lary on double bass, Mia Theodokatus on harp, Masami Tomihisa on percussion, Michael Evans on percussion, and Patrick Holmes clarinet. They switched instruments and moved around the main space, creating a wonderful and at times hilarious spatial performance that reminded me of Varese’s more percussive pieces.
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.
Generator is the brainchild of New York based artist “Gen Ken” Montgomery. Known as “New York’s first sound art gallery”, Generator existed in the East Village and then in Chelsea from 1989-1992. Cassettes, records, video, art, laminations, zines, ephemera, and more from the original Generator is on show at the Audio Visual Arts gallery on 34 E1st street in the East Village, NYC . Gen Ken is hosting performances and listening experiences by artists who were at the original Generator each weekend thru Sep 15, including octophonic Cassette Concerts by the late Berlin artist/composer Conrad Schnitzler, to whom this exhibition is dedicated.
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 As part of the Soundings exhibition, MOMA presented a concert of Tristan Perich. Tristan’s one hour piece, Parallels, for percussion and one bit electronics was performed by the Meehan Perkins percussion duo. Played in the packed courtyard, Parallels was mesmerizing and dizzying in its complexity, always compelling as it grew and ebbed in intensity of the duration of the piece, bringing ecstasy and euphoria as the arpeggios cascaded in precise, tumbling cells. Bravo.
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.