No More Tangles at Panoply Lab

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Performances in Audible Electronic Media
organized by Anastasia Clarke

Do we sacrifice some innate soul when we use electronic tools to speak in a musical language—or do we discover a different kind of soul, in a different kind of song? What, exactly, do we divine, as we decide whether to interweave or set free, to add or subtract, to create a new problem or navigate toward a solution? In electronic media, tangling and detangling—literally, metaphorically—are the means whereby we discover our responses. [No] More Tangles showcases the work of artists who contend with their own self-created tangles:

SCRAPS (Brisbane, AU)

with interstitial creative labor by:

Chris Penalosa, Tony Gedrich, Nick Podgurski

June 8, 2016
Panoply Lab
104 Meserole Street
$10-15 suggested donation

Artist information:

Have you ever heard a Dead Lion roar?

Phantom Chips makes her own wearable synthesizers that can be stretched and squeezed to create sound. Her homemade ‘lectronix squeals create bent charm and harsh mangled tones through tactile electronics. Concocting rhythms from an array of homemade electronic instruments, samplers and wearable noisemakers, Phantom Chips gets the audience wearing electronics and making noise.

SCRAPS (Brisbane, AU)
Based out of Brisbane, Australia, home-recording artist Laura Hill started working under the name Scraps as the banner for her homespun synth pop. Armed with subdued vocals, lo-fi keyboards, and various electronic takes on dreamy songwriting. Since 2011 Scraps has released albums with Bedroom Suck (AU) and Fire Records. Her latest album will be coming out on Not Not Fun in April 2016.

Samuel Lang Budin, Anastasia Clarke and Sandy Gordon use amplified slide projector, field recordings and electronic sound performance to explore the dynamics of home on Earth.

Chris Penalosa and Tony Gedrich.

Nick Podgurski.

Middle Grey Medicine Mirror Release show at Silent Barn

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a double cassette release on Cryptic Carousel recordings
and a release show

with performances by:

Muyassar Kurdi
Middle Grey
Fake Humans
Daniel Carter, Che Chen, Sue Garner & Amirtha Kidambi Quartet

and live video synthesis by Corey Bauer of Cryptic Carousel.

about the artists:

“. . . a Dadaistic performance that falls between musical absurdity and autistic choreography. Completely concentrated upon her bizarre ritual, the singer – dressed in black – emits tortured vocalizations and cries worthy of Yoko Ono in full flight, all of it juggling with electronic effects and white noise. It’s incredibly in-your-face and perturbing but makes you smile too: the sheer pleasure of making a racket…” – L’Alsace (France)

Fake Humans is the duo of Carl Didur (Zacht Automat, Battleship Ethel, No Dynamics) and Colin Fisher (Not the Wind Not the Flag, Bernice, Body Help, Caribou, etc). The name is an homage to a source of mutual inspiration—Philip K. Dick—and is not self-reflexive. Their combined musical vocabulary forms a unique lexicon of modal jazz, prog, minimalist and free improvisational nouns and verbs which they use to communicate a universal call to Awaken. Their affinity for extemporaneous freakouts tempered by a desire to engage with beauty and serenity suggest an implicit acknowledgment of the complexities of this process.

Middle Grey is a collaboration between Anastasia Clarke (Silent Isle) and Jackson Randall. Voice, synthesizers, and electronic instruments drive their travels along spectra between improvisation and premeditation. They sonify a tension of opposites: restrained choruses are punctuated by guttural vocal outpourings, or industrial intensity is overtaken by subtle microrhythms. The duo is united by a desire to create a music that provokes, nourishes, and heals.

First-time quartet performance between members whose bios are too extensive, impressive, and wide ranging to possibly list:

Corey Bauer is a sound and video artist, analog media specialist, and circuit designer. He is also the founder of experimental music organization/cassette label Cryptic Carousel.

The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
L-Morgan, JM-Myrtle/Broadway | 8pm
$10 | all ages

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2016 Year’s Beginning Letter

Dear Friends + Followers,

2016 thus far has been all about conceptualizing greater extensions for existing ideas. In recent months, I’ve been clarifying a longer-term inquiry about working with the therapeutic applications of the interactive, electronic, and performing arts. In particular, I’ve been chipping away at a vision for creating an audiovisual performance system that is at once a cyborgian stage for creating performances, and a valuable meditative and/or visceral experience for artist and viewer. There are a lot of technological, conceptual, and lingual hurdles to overcome before I get there, so I don’t expect results tomorrow—but if anyone has done anything related to this and can talk about it, reach out!

As this larger goal has come into view, I’m taking the first quarter of 2016 to re-frame my current projects as stepping stones on a path to somewhere. Exhibiting perpetually-unfinished work—work that is unaware of its own inception or completion—feels like a good place to start. It means finding ways to share practices and processes, rather than striving for finished products. It feels like finding a hearty, nutritious meal amid a sea of hors d’oeuvres.


Middle Grey releases new music on Bandcamp via NewHive
Today, January 26, 2016, Middle Grey is releasing a collection of roughly-made recordings never intended as “pieces.” The NewHive page, gorgeously designed by Jackson Randall (the other half of Middle Grey), says it all, so CLICK HERE FOR OUR MIDDLE GREY TRIPLE RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Sound activations with Sandy Gordon, Ka Baird, Daniel Carter
Sandy Gordon and I have just finished the editing process for our forthcoming tape Generations Unlimited cassette, Total Development Cost, which will be our first release together as ourselves after four years of collaboration. It uses field recordings, electronics, amplified objects and real instruments. There is no release date set yet, but we want to give you a preview in our performance on the first GU label night at Trans-Pecos, January 31 (evening with David Linton, Arcane Device, and a Chris Penalosa/Sean Julian/Gen Ken Montgomery installation). On March 6, Sandy and I will perform together again, this time in a quartet with Ka Baird and Daniel Carter (evening with Charalambides, Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski, and Somnambulists). Event details + other events are posted at

Silent Isle + Tyler Rai
It’s been pivotal to meet and share ideas with Tyler Rai, who is currently studying movement based expressive therapy at the Tamalpa Institute in California. Tyler has been an unexpected new collaborator, bringing a refreshingly stimulating set of questions and quality of energy to the table. While we’re still articulating what it is that we’re doing, I want to leave you with a video of our first performance together at Trans-Pecos in Queens—a wonderful document by Jon Burklund (should you need a videographer, get in touch with him!), and also the best way to get to hear what I’ve been working on as Silent Isle since October.

Until Spring,


Performance Video: Silent Isle Live @ Tarot Society

Thanks to Greg Ruben for this video of our collaboration at Tarot Society on December 16, 2015. This was a wonderful night of meditative works by New Firmament, Colin Fisher, and Greg & I.

Tuesday, January 19 at Trans Pecos

For my first performance of the year, I’ll be collaborating with dancer Tyler Rai on an expansion of the work I’ve been developing since fall. We are exploring parallel investigations of our respective performance practices as tools for stimulating vitality, immunity, adaptability.

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