There were modular rigs as well as custom instruments, though I suppose the nature of modular is also largely customizable. Specifically, outside there were acoustic instruments presented by Pet the Tiger. They had a pretty sizable Kalimba and this giant set up (a metallophone) with metallic plates and a lovely low tone produced by the largest plate. We had an impromptu jam on that and I sampled a bit of it for fun, maybe I’ll use some in a future collage.
There was some visual stuff
I brought a few things including a Mother 32, Moogerfooger MF104M Delay, Tascam 414 cassette 4 track, ipad with various sound apps. Easily the most popular item was the Monoscillatron which I’ve posted about before on Youtube
By total coincidence my friends at Wondersound Industries just released The Monoscillatron for purchase at Reverb.com with a special that runs from today July 28th until July 31st!
Hear it in action in the video below, as well as a few other sounds from my table. I also did a brief walkthrough. For more coverage visit Catsynth
I found myself at The Berkeley Museum once again, where I had recently experienced another experimental electronic woman artist Suzanne Ciani. My wife and I attended this most recent performance with anticipation and a sense of pride, as my wife has been friends with Gabie since high school, and here she is performing at BAMPFA! If that isn’t enough to get excited about, also on the bill was Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
Full Tones was part of a series of concerts held on the Full Moon curated by Land and Sea who operate out of Oakland Ca.
Gabie has been deeply involved in the experimental music underground for many years. She has been operating the radio show Crystalline Morphologies on KCHUNG 1630 AM radio out of Chinatown in LA. There are show archives that go back to 2011.
She has performed in and curated many events over the years, often developing site specific experiments.
She has also recently added an independent record label (also called Crystalline Morphologies) to her list of accomplishments and her 2 solo releases on vinyl and cassette are excellent slabs of experimental drone/noise and field recording.
Her set was a wonderful wash of guitar drone with a bit of contact mic experimentation deeper into the set that really brought an interesting performance element into the experience.
We had been planning on going to this event for a few weeks before I looked it up online and saw that Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe was also performing! I’d been following him for some time and have enormous respect for him being one of the few people of color operating at that level in electronic music. With cutting edge modular technology and an intellectual as well as soulful approach to the medium, he brings a much needed flavor to that scene. He incorporates his voice in wonderful ways as well as other acoustic elements fed into the modular for an otherworldly effect almost church-like. While I’m at it, I really recommend the stuff he did with experimental electronic legend Ariel Kalma. It was an honor to meet Robert and I do hope our paths cross again!
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.
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!