Category Archives: Electronic Music

Aphex Twin covers Reich(2011)/Toshio Matsumoto-Atman (1975)

Here are a couple of videos I’ve recently enjoyed. Visually intense material not for those who get dizzy easily.

Aphex Twin did a ‘Pendulum set’ back in 2011 in Poland. This was a piece originally composed by Steve Reich in 1968. Progressing on this a bit, the mics used in this set were outfitted with mirrored disco balls and used to create a hypnotic matrix of kaleid-a-scopic laser like beams swaying with the rhythm of the swinging as it naturally slowed during the process.


This next video is by Toshio Matsumoto who I know very little about, though I have heard of Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) which apparently was influential on A Clockwork Orange. This video is abstract and very psychedelic and challenging (in a good way) to watch. The music was done by Toshi Ichiyanagi who was involved with The Fluxus movement and studied with John Cage as well. Enjoy the trip!

NextNow presents: Alphastare @ Hardly Strictly Personal 2017

 

Once again I was invited back to perform at HSP 2017. I missed the first 2 days but here is a bit of video from day 3 including my set. I always enjoy these events and the cross section of local talent it presents.

Here’s a 2 angle video of my set on March 5th day 3 of Hardly Strictly Personal, a  post Beefheart themed event and a benefit for Homeless Action and Earthjustice. This went down in Berkeley Ca at The Finnish Kaleva Hall and was organized by Mika Pontecorvo and NextNow 

I caught a bit of video of United Separatists set featuring Tim Orr on drums/percussion and Drew Wheeler on waterphone, effected guitar etc.

I also got some footage of Ebola Buddha’s set. They perpetuate ‘literary happenings’ crowd participation encouraged:

Event Flyer by Jason Barry

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The schedule changed a bit as things developed, but here’s the general line up:16586929_10155852431692846_4088908515224311842_o

Synths For Lunch (A.K.Klosowski “Kassetteninstrument”)

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It’s been awhile since I posted one of these. This appeals to both my archaic media and progressive technology sensibilities. A.K.Klosowski and his “Kassetteninstrument”. A rig outfitted with 8 Sony Walkmans all run through a system of triggers and effects to create a playable ‘instrument’ of sound warpage. It sat in his basement for 16 years until now!

I found a decent review from this blog. You can check out an album made with the Kassetteninstrument below, it’s available via Gagarin Records and you can see the thing for yourself in this video: