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Posts involving my experimental music/art project ‘Alphastare’

Alphastare @ Luggage Store SF

 

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I believe this was the 4th time I’ve performed at The Luggage Store Gallery at the 3rd different space they have operated out of in the last few years. The current space is in the same building as the old but one immediate positive is that there are a few less stairs to climb as it’s located on the floor beneath the old one. By far my favorite location was the street level space they had across Market St. where the Financial District dovetails with The Tenderloin, there is footage from that in an older post . That space was on a corner and had huge windows, so as you were performing there was still that sense of the hustle of city life going on all around you, cars, busses, vintage SF cable cars…briefcases and pantsuits, street people peering into the windows, a real sense of being submerged in a major city…

This space seemed a bit smaller than the one upstairs but had a nice layout and plenty of local art hanging, creating a vibrant atmosphere.

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Tonight I had Rose Cherami with me operating visuals. This added immensely to the set and I look forward to working with this artist more in the future.  Rose also hosts a night at The Honey Hive Gallery where I recently performed also with his contribution on visuals.

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Alphastare @ The Honey Hive SF

Luggage Store Pics 

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For my first number I had to perform surgery on my SQ-1 which decided to die about 30 seconds into my set as I forgot to put in fresh batteries. The SQ was syncing all of my other gear aside from my ipad which had a drone texture playing from the Animoog synth. I had not brought extra batteries but realised I had borrowed a tape player from a friend (event host Matt Davignon). I flipped over the SQ-1 and realized the battery compartment cover is secured with phillips head screws! Hahaha! luckily I had my trusty knife on me and whipped that out like a back alley hood and went to work swapping out the batteries. If it weren’t for the Animoog Drone and the fact that I randomly borrowed that tape player and had something to remove the plate with, the beginning of my set would have been really rough. I took it as it came and soldiered on and had a great set.

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The first half consisted of some work on The Mother 32 synced up with 2 Volcas (Sample and Bass) as well as the aforementioned Animoog for drones and texture.  Then I switched the focus to a 4 track cassette I had prepared with 4 tracks of loops, which I live mixed and layered other various samples over from another source.

I had to watch it back to appreciate the visual element and I knew it would add a lot to the experience, Rose did a great job and I hope to keep this as a regular element in my sets anytime possible!

Kataryna Kopelevich also performed, you can find her work HERE


Slide show pics by Monica Berini

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

Electronic Oddities Podcast 35 (Single Sound Source Challenge)

I contributed a track to this podcast via a challenge issued on the fb page Electronic Music Philosophy which is hosted by the same guy from the Absurd World blog. I’ve been enjoying the more critical and probing aspects of this blog as it addresses deeper meanings and ideas behind what we do as experimental and electronic artists while shying away from the focus on gear. There are so many angles and aspects to come at this artform from and it is refreshing to interact with some folks who have a deeper understanding or the desire for a deeper understanding of the process and motivations behind it. I’ve been exploring this realm since the early 90’s and it never ceases to evolve.

This particular challenge was to create a piece utilising a single sound source. I originally wanted to use my ‘Monoscillatron’ since it would have really illustrated the theme well but I discovered that it had ceased working since my last gig back in October.

Instead, I used a Buddha Box. I recorded multiple tracks first onto a Tascam 4 track tape recorder and then live mixed that into my DAW where I did some further collaging.

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It’s a 2 hour show full of excellent sounds and my contribution can be found at the very end! I’ve been following the podcast for awhile now and I’m honored to be included in one! Enjoy!

Follow Absurd World on blogger and Electronic Oddities on mixcloud.