Tucson Noise Symposium presents Saxorcism//Niekrasz//Born2Death//Cain

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Tucson-based sound artist Jim Colby will be debuting Saxorcism, a sound installation/composition/performance created entirely from digitally mangled audio of the beguiling reed instrument known as the saxophone. The installation component will be on view inside Exploded View from noon until the start of the evening’s musical performances.

massive empathic improvisations by John Niekrasz (percussion)!

withering noise bliss from Born2Death!

synthetic beat genius from Pat Cain!

7 doors, 7.30 music, $6 FUN

WED 3/14
David Sherman: EXPLODED LANDSCAPES

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Join us tonight for premieres of experimental works of analogue and digital cinema exploring Southwestern terrains. ENCODED / EXPLODED (2018) Is a new video work that triangulates sites of mythic power centers in the Sonoran/Tucson basin and traces visionary intersections of the cultural/technological and natural Sonoran landscape. Also screening is the psycho-dynamic 9/11 warfare of The Graceless and agitprop documentation from Psycmap Collective’s D19 Festival of Lights intervention. Opening the show is an expanded 16mm projector performance of Sherman’s homage to AZ’s letter mountains: The Silver Returns with live improvised guitar accompaniment by Roman Barten-Sherman.

Noise nght: Nktn / Wthrs / Bd / n Dz Scc / Mdlr Blgq / lg tntcls

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A night of improvisation, loops, noise, noise-music, sounds, and more. This is the first pre-symposium symposium show for the upcoming Tucson Noise Symposium (last week of April, 2018).

We have performers traveling through and performers performing in Tucson for the first time! ! ! This will rule! !

Line-Up:
Tatsuya Nakatani (New Mexico) – percussive improvisational unhingedness
Andrew Weaters (West Texas) – guitars whirling around, voice in the vortex
CJ Boyd (permanent tour) – bass. loops. magic.
Ana Diaz Sacco – songs, keyboards, thrash [first Tucson show!]
Modular Biologique – synthesis : analysis :: construction : destruction [first Tucson show!]
Algae & Tentacles – what it sounds like

Wednesday 2/ 28
Noise nght: Nktn / Wthrs / Bd / n Dz Scc / Mdlr Blgq / lg tntcls

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A night of improvisation, loops, noise, noise-music, sounds, and more. This is the first pre-symposium symposium show for the upcoming Tucson Noise Symposium (last week of April, 2018).

We have performers traveling through and performers performing in Tucson for the first time! ! ! This will rule! !

Line-Up:
Tatsuya Nakatani (New Mexico) – percussive improvisational unhingedness
Andrew Weaters (West Texas) – guitars whirling around, voice in the vortex
CJ Boyd (permanent tour) – bass. loops. magic.
Ana Diaz Sacco – songs, keyboards, thrash [first Tucson show!]
Modular Biologique – synthesis : analysis :: construction : destruction [first Tucson show!]
Algae & Tentacles – what it sounds like

Sat 10/21
Paul Metzger / John Saint Pelvyn / SKINCAGE / & filmmaker Steven Matheson!

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• Paul Metzger
A virtuoso on a 23 string banjo he built himself, Metzger’s Idiosyncratic & deeply original long form improvisations at times bring to mind American primitive guitar, the sarod of Hindustani music, or the Chinese Erhu. But refracted through his singular musical mind he creates a sonic universe all his own. Metzger’s “home made” aesthetic puts him alongside DIY mavericks like Eugene Chadbourne and his electric rake, and Charlie Nothing and his dingulators, but Metzger also posses a penchant to extract every possible sound out of an instrument that is reminiscent of the exhaustive instrumental explorations of Derek Baily. His many releases over the years have garnered high praise and helped establish him as a central voice in the world of Avant-Garde & Experimental Folk. Metzger creates a unique music evocative of some magical forgotten age, but simultaneously one deeply rooted in the eternal present when fingers touch strings.“…Metzger’s banjo and guitar contain multitudes. Suspended between past and future, honouring the tradition while hijacking it, listening for its voice while revelling in its inarticulacies; this is how the thing sings. And the song, in the obsessive extensions of Metzger’s instruments, truly has no ending.” – The Wirehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQAPrbDY0qshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa0Z9z6SsSkhttps://paulmetzger.net/

• John Saint Pelvyn
Guitarist, therminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is on tour this fall with his new solo release A Clerical Error in Shasta County Shouldn’t have to Ruin a Saturday Night from Seeland/Electro Motive Records. An affinity for the likes of John Fahey, Loren Mazzacane-Connors, and Sandy Bull can be heard here, but the comparisons quickly fall away as one takes in this ambidextrous musical sensibility. He will sing otherworldly vocal duets with his theremin while simultaneously accompanying himself fingerpicking, or will throw modulated feedback tones across otherwise inviting harmonic landscapes based on blues & folk motifs, overshadowing them with clouds of squelch that loom like an approaching post-noise squall, but that ultimately swell and punctuate more like the tone clusters of Henry Cowell or the lyrical saxophone of Frank Lowe.

“When wandering the stage singing into the F-holes of his electric arch top bringing forth arpeggios of feedback, or waving the neck of his guitar in the vicinity of a howling theremin, indeed, he seems to be playing the very air itself.” – Electro Motive

https://midheaven.com/item/a-clerical-error-in-shasta-county-shouldnt-have-to-ruin-a-saturday-night-by-saintpelvyn-john

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNN8Wkk5WPA

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• SKINCAGE

Tucson’s own! Skincage is a one-man noise/ambient/looping project in studio and live incarnations. Recordings are typically the result of meticulous studio work but when I play live I explore the moment with whatever hardware and chance materials I can use.
• Steven Matheson
Steven Matheson is a filmaker working at the borders of both documentary and fictional narrative forms, exploring the ways that the “everyday” can be re-framed and opened up as terrain for fictional re-invention, aesthetic experimentation and social criticism. His film work has been exhibited extensively internationally, at such venues as the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the ICA in London, and Amsterdam’s World Wide Video Festival.
• Apple Grown in Wind Tunnel
This absurdist, microscopic film noir follows the activities of an underground network of ill people, desperate to create alternative methods of self-care in a world where natural resources are disappearing. While examining the meaning of health, disease, and well-being in the post-industrial world, Apple Grown In Wind Tunnel imagines the development of a culture at the margins, linked by illicit radio broadcasts, toxic waste sites, the highway, and ultimately by the overwhelming desire to find a cure.

“To the immune system in the 21st Century, here’s a sublime video elegy: a tale of illness, and grass-roots conjuring against the contemporary malaise. This riveting toxic-road-movie seeps and slouches forward in search of a cure.” – Craig Baldwin

– Best Narrative Film, 42nd Ann Arbor Film Festival
– Golden Gate Award for New Visions, San Francisco International Film Festival
– Jurors’ Choice Award (First Prize), Black Maria Film and Video Festival
– First Prize, Videoex Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zürich
– One Eye Award, Stuttgarter Filmwinter–Festival for Expanded Media

http://mfj-online.org/journalPages/MFJ45/Supanickpage.html

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SAT 4/29
  I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR:  Andy Warhol’s 8 HOUR Empire PROJECTED IN 16MM!!!
EXPLODED VIEW FUNDRAISER, HAPPENING & feast!!!

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Co-presented by Olivier Mosset ($10 students)  7pm- 3am

 

“The best, most temporal way of making a building that I ever heard of is by making it with light. The Fascists did a lot of this “light architecture.”  If you build buildings with lights outside, you can make them indefinite, and then when you’re through using them

you shut the lights off and they disappear.”

-Andy Warhol (1975)

 

A feast for all senses, EV invites you to our polyphonic living installation of film, music and multiple multi-channeled mayhem. The Exploded View gallery will be transformed into giant mirrored chamber within which will be projected Andy Warhol’s 1964 silent 8 hour/10 reel film masterpiece EMPIRE. This come-and-go event is a first time fundraiser for Exploded View, as we enter our 5th year, to stay strong in our mission of cultivating film, music and provocation!

WED 4/5
TUCSON NOISE SYMPOSIUM: 8 (bits) of harsh + NOT BREATHING

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A mashup night of harsh noise and primitive 8 bit (utopian) video games! Hacking into the evening is Tucson’s twisted techno treasure Matt Rios navigating hardware game glitches. The feature act is an epic re-appropriation of 1984’s Kings Quest videogame through the sonic noise of Eric Schlappi, Anthony Sanchez, David Sherman and the all-consuming noise progenitor magus NOT BREATHING (David Wright) and visuals by Falcotronik!!

Wed 2/15  DOUBLE INVOCATION OF SODOM!! 

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Pasolini’s  Salo, 120 Days in Sodom w/ live sound by Jasper Avery of Sunfucked + Luther Price’s Sodom.

It’s been called nauseating, shocking, depraved, pornographic . . . it’s also a masterpiece! Tucson electronic muse Sunfucked accompanies the Pier Paolo Pasolini’s final film, Salò. Set in 1944 Fascist Italy, this transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s eighteenth-century opus of torture and degradation in 1944’s fascist Italy remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in. Opening the show is Luther Price’s 15 minute Super-8 masterpiece Sodom (1989), a brutal assemblage of gay porn footage, dumpster dived from behind buildings in Boston’s Combat Zone. Not only does Price mash up scenes of hardcore sex with footage from biblical films and shots of flames, he also punches holes in the film strip, taping shots of heads or penises back into them and drawing more attention to the surface, the materiality of the film itself. As film critic J. Hoberman put it succinctlySodom “could be the illumination of Jerry Falwell’s unconscious.”

Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests // Vicki Brown // Algae&Tentacles

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Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests // Vicki Brown // Algae&Tentacles

Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests is a band based in New York and Pittsburgh. Valerie leads the group on vocals and cello, Jeffrey Young plays violin, and Alex Cohen plays drums. In performance, they mix grindcore, cabaret, performance art, punk, and neoclassical art song, with a dash of free improvisation. Lucid Culture said that Valerie Kuehne is “part punk classical cellist, part performance artist, but her performance art isn’t the foofy, mannered kind – it’s oldschool 80s style and it has fangs. And it’s hilarious.” Shakefist Magazine called her “a fearless cello master with a relentlessly creative soul.” Her work in this project and others operates under principles of surprise and investigates obsession, comedy, decay, forensic pathology, sex, hypnogogia, viscera, spirituality, and death. She is an advocate for mental illness and addiction, incessantly seeking new ways to break down stigmas and misconceptions about both.

Violinist Vicki Brown explores the intimate liminal spaces between the light and dark, the seen and unseen, the known and unknown. She often describes her music as ‘elemental psychosonic landscapes,’ drawing on her curiosity of what it means to see 63 shades of green through the eyes of an orangutan, what the underside of a bird’s wing sounds like in flight, the drag and push of water as an iceberg makes its passage. Relying on her multiple loop pedals and improvisational approach, she capitalizes on repetition and unbeknownst moments that become integral to the music-making experience. She has toured the US and Europe and collaborates with dancers, film makers, painters, poets and bands.

Algae & Tentacles is a sound project based in Tucson, AZ. John Melillo and different collaborators construct sound-noises through singing, guitar-ing, keyboarding, looping, and other bodily and electronic means.

Friday 1/27
Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests / Vicki Brown / Algae&Tentacles

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Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests is a band based in New York and Pittsburgh. Valerie leads the group on vocals and cello, Jeffrey Young plays violin, and Alex Cohen plays drums. In performance, they mix grindcore, cabaret, performance art, punk, and neoclassical art song, with a dash of free improvisation. Lucid Culture said that Valerie Kuehne is “part punk classical cellist, part performance artist, but her performance art isn’t the foofy, mannered kind – it’s old school 80s style and it has fangs. And it’s hilarious.” Shakefist Magazine called her “a fearless cello master with a relentlessly creative soul.” Her work in this project and others operates under principles of surprise and investigates obsession, comedy, decay, forensic pathology, sex, hypnogogia, viscera, spirituality, and death.