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JANUARY 23, 2003
LIVE IMPROVISATION WITH CIRCUIT
BENT CASIO SK-1 MADE BY ARIUS BLAZE AND ELEKTRON MONOMACHINE.
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MOODY'S REVIEW OF JENGHIZKHAN @ THE FROM ROOM
January 23rd-February 15th, 2004
Opening January 23rd from 7PM-Midnight
The show includes John Parker, Nina Sobell, Caspar Stracke, LoVid, Michaeal
Jacobson with performances by Bubblyfish, Bit Shifter, North Guinea
Hills , G-Stompz + Nobody, Tom Ritchford, and Jenghizkhan.
"a sound show" includes work from a variety of artists using
sound as the basis or influence for their work. The work included in
the show uses toys, tools, and consumer electronics that are either
customized or used in a non-traditional manner.
Nina Sobell uses a hammer to create a percussive rhythm on pieces of
glass in a video performance excerpt from 1973. Caspar Stacke (Videokasbah)
uses a customized or hacked Laserdisc to scratch images and movie soundtracks
as a DJ scratches records. Bubblyfish (Haeyoung Kim) and Bit Shifter
(Joshua Davis) create music by sequencing 8-bit sounds from a hand held
video games (Nintendo Game Boy). John Parker uses the technology of
miniature portable radios tuned to different stations and the static
between radio transmissions to create a musical composition. Michael
Jacobson uses paint marker on canvas and is influenced by street art
(graffiti), his pieces contain subliminal and "free thought"
imagery within the canvas. G-Stompz and Nobody use customized music
gear and toys that are altered in a process called circuit bending (an
alteration of the usual function of the instrument or toy). Aaron Halley
(North Guinea Hills) uses customized music gear to create cacophonous
soundscapes. Tom Ritchford loops live and electronic sounds featuring
the electronic wind instrument and effects to produce sounds ranging
from angular minimalist jams to huge cascades of notes. John Parker
(Jenghizkhan) will do live synthesis with a circuit-bent toy Casio SK-1
keyboard (modified by Arius Blaze) and a Monomachine. LoVid (Tali Hinkis
and Kyle Lapidus) scrambles ordinary TV output into hyperkinetic audiovisual
abstraction using homemade electronic devices, repurposed analog toys,
and low-res video loops.
John Parker (Jenghizkhan) is a sound artist living and working in Brooklyn.
He was in a recent sound show at Caren Golden Fine Art in Chelsea called
Pop Rocks as well as shows at Perogi, Gale Gates, and Andrew Kreps Gallery.
He has also done events with the CMJ Music Festival with DJ Spooky and
with Amoeba Technologies. He is a regular at Share and is part of two
side projects, Man From Planet Risk and !M.O.O.B. www.eyekhan.com
Nina Sobell is a multidisciplinary artist living in New York. She has
worked and exhibited internationally. She is a sculptor and performance
Artist working with media in time based work. www.parkbench.org contains
the first archived streaming performances on the web and one of the
earliest telerobotic installations and her current ongoing exploration
of Brainwave Drawing that had its inception in 1972.
bubblyfish aka haeyoung kim has been experimenting with "lo-fi",
8 bit technologies on gameboys and minimal electronic compositions.
Her work was featured recently at Studio XX "Maid In Cyberspace"
festival in Montreal and The New Museum Media Lounge. Based in NYC,
she bubbles around in various art venues, festivals, and clubs. www.bubblyfish.com
Bit Shifter explores low-bit, high-energy music composed and performed
on a Nintendo Game Boy. The result is a deliberately and unapologetically
fun foray into the unique soundset traditionally reserved for video
game sound effects and background music, all done on a console generally
misperceived as being technically limited. Made possible by the independent
and covert development of custom-made musicmaking software cartridges,
Bit Shifter's music adopts the playfulness inherent in the familiar
Game Boy soundset and subverts it, repurposing it into the service of
new and unexpected idioms. www.bitshifter.cc
LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) scrambles ordinary TV output into
hyperkinetic audiovisual abstraction using homemade electronic devices,
repurposed analog toys, and low-res video loops. In the duo's real time
performances,an intense, variable audio signal disrupts the video's
horizontal raster lines into swirling or stroboscopic patterns. Whether
projected on a large screen or worn on the body as mini-monitors, the
static sizzles and mesmerizes in an orgy of post-consumer creative destruction.
LoVid has toured the nation extensively, performing among others at
Eye Drum, Atlanta, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Syracuse University,
The Queens Museum Of Art, Andrew Kreps, and Deitch Projects, New York.
LoVids recordings and installations were exhibited at the ICA
London, Deitch Projects Brooklyn, SOUTHFIRST, Brooklyn, and Damelio
Terras, New York. In 2004 LoVid will be performing and presenting work
at Look And Listen Festival, New York, Kraak(3) Festival in Belgium,
Sonic Transmutation, Providence. www.ignivomous.org/projects/lovid/index.html
Casper Stracke is German video artist: living/working in New York: He
has exhibited internationally and recently lectured at www.dorkbot.org/dorkbotnyc/
and performed live video at DCTV for unitygain.org TV. www.videokasbah.net
G-Stompz + Nobody are a Latin soundscape duo performing no nonsense
improv noize work. Drum machines, synths, and maniacally modified children's
toys with a dash of improv vocal work. Violent beats and sonic soundscapes
make up part of the formula, the rest is up to raging imaginations of
the duo. Intense and insane are two words that can be used to describe
past performances. Performances have included two shows at the Knitting
Factory, were participants in 2003's Mutant Orchestra held at 23 Windows
with more than 20 other performers, and one session at Toronto's 2nd
annual Teknival, Ontario's NoCore, and Jack Klang of Havoc. Hundreds
served, all left in awe. Noize meets the projects, and the mix is aurally
North Guinea Hills got his start in Florida doing tape and phonograph
experiments. He moved to NYC and was given generous opportunities to
express his unique turntablisms at dj olive/toshio kajiwara's phonomena
party and halcyon's undercity. He has participated in free103point9's
radio art installation, "tune-(in)))), and was commissioned
by the Gale Gates gallery to do a turntabilists interpretation of Michael
Count's surrealistic landscape sculptures. He now divides his time doing
various idioms of deejaying, improv groupings, and composing music.
Tom Ritchford is an improviser and a seasoned musician. Known for his
work with the MIDI wind instrument, he has played in numerous shows
for years around NYC and elsewhere. He has been in various bands including
an experimental rock band called Verge and a duo with Kid Lucky called
Volectrix as well as numerous collaborations. He also ran an open experimental
jam session at Chama in the East Village called Open Loop. He is moderator
of the www.extremeny.com arts list and a talented programmer. www.tomritchford.com
Michael Jacobson (aka DJ Grimace) makes use of paint marker on canvas
in the composition of his "Mental Delusions" piece. Heavily
influenced by street art (graffiti), his pieces contain subliminal and
"free thought" imagery within the canvas. His recent exhibitions
include "New York Contemporary" at Old New York Gallery, the
"Here Is New York" traveling exhibition, and "Alternative
Compositions" at the Photo District Gallery. Michael continues
to paint today, and his works can found on canvas, as well as on various
surfaces throughout the streets of New York City. www.grimacenyc.com
Curated by Jeremy Slater and the Front Room Gallery.
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