Category Archives: Electronic Music

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:


 

Alphastare 2 New EP’s!

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I wanted to get a couple things out there before years end, I’ve been steadily recording and experimenting and with 2016 being a pretty shit year both politically and socially, I feel that this is the time for art and music to be more human and meaningful and cathartic. Most of the sounds on these releases are from sounds I recorded out in the city or in transit with additional synth and guitar and bass and various other sound sources added later for depth and texture etc.

One track on ‘Saturated in the Now’ starts with a recording of myself and my wife and a friend almost getting mowed down by a Porche driving erratically in a road rage incident with a taxicab in The Mission SF and there’s also an homage to the Oakland fire victims in “Ghost ship to Heaven”

‘No Fascist USA’ from ‘An Umbrella For A Meteor Shower’ is made up of Berkeley protest sounds as well as various other sounds of senseless destruction from other Anti-Trump protests around the country.

These are both short trips and I hope you enjoy these latest offerings!

Stay tuned for my collaboration with Belial Pelegrim due out this Friday 12_23_16

Here’s a teaser track from that: