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Source of Uncertainty celebrates the Buchla 200e and DIY modular synthesis. Centering around two free New York City concerts, on June 28th and July 7th, the series is a collaborative initiative of New York-based curatorial organizations, Harvestworks and ((audience)), and takes place as part of the River to River festival. The first event will feature a modular synth fair and we will be interviewing Buchla musicians for a program on Art on Air. See bios, exhibitors, links below.
Thurs June 28th // South Street Seaport // 210 Front Street NYC
Control Voltage Faire 3-8pm
Buchla Recital ft Alessandro Cortini, Carlos Giffoni, Mark Verbos 8-10
Late concert ft Xeno & Oaklander and Loud Objects
Sat July 7 // Schimmel Arts Center // 3 Spruce Street NYC
Richard Lainhart tape piece
Morton Subotnick premiers "Energy Shapes"
What We Need & What You Get
We are non-profit organizations, meaning we need your help in raising $7500 to put together these concerts. Here is where the money is going:
1) Artist compensation goes to Morton Subotnick, Alessandro Cortini, Carlos Giffoni, Mark Verbos, Xeno & Oaklander, and Loud Objects. Participating artists are transporting their large synthesizer system, in Alessandro's case flying out to the event, and preparing works specific to the event.
2) Event production costs include the speaker rental, lights, transportation of the large 200e cabinets, table and chair rental, lunch for interns. We are rigging a nontraditional event space and need additional filler speakers for quadrophonic (multichannel) experience. Equally important, we have to buy some wine and beer for June 28th!
You can receive all the sweet perks listed on the right. Here are some details:
Draft of the event poster:
Various - Etudes for the 200e
Michael Barber – Weevil
Todd Barton – Etudes
Todd Barton – Vignettes
Lyonel Bauchet – 250e Sequencing
Johan Boberg – Four
Doug Clauder – 250 Enable
Alessandro Cortini – Paris 1
Richard Lainhart – Lines In Sand
Richard Lainhart – Ludus II
Jose Luis Maire – Noche Abrasada
Damon Menne – Particularumbrella
Bob Ostertag – Motormouth
Joe Pascarell – Talk 22 Air
Joe Pascarell – Kolor Me
Giorgio Sancristoforo – Les Hyper-Sons
Jon Schatz – Primal
Let's support the modular art form, past and future, through these FREE events! If you support our efforts, you support the growing modular synthesis community in giving them an east coast gathering. More importantly, you would be offering the Buchla Music Boxes the recognition they deserve for fueling this DIY movement.
Donations by the public allow for non-profits like Harvestworks and ((audience)) to continue to curate free events and spread the word on emerging and established sound artists and composers.
Other Ways You Can HelpIf you aren't able to contribute, you can help out by sharing this page, indiegogo.com/sourceofuncertainty. Post about the two concerts and the radio shows featured at Art on Air. Bring friends to the events and buy some drinks!
Extended Bios and CV Faire Exhibitors
Exhibitors - subject to change:
Performing Artists Information:
Subotnick's “Energy Shapes” will be realized in the live setting for the first time. This mode of composition-improvisation involves Subotnick feeding vocals into the Buchla 200e, manipulating these as voltages on the synth, and using Ableton to loop and play back as he prepares a new modular patch for the next energy shape. The advances in the digital audio allow him to perform live how he used to compose 45 years ago, giving audience members a glimpse at the writing process on a 200e that has led to such landmark albums as Sidewinder. www.mortonsubotnick.com
Lainhart's "The Orchestra of the Damned" (16'49") is a quadraphonic tape-work for Buchla 200e analog modular synthesizer controlled by a Haken Continuum multidimensional keyboard and processed with a Lexicon MX400 surround reverb processor. It was performed and recorded entirely in realtime without sequencing, overdubs, or edits, and is intended for 4-channel (quad) diffusion. www.otownmedia.com
Alessandro Cortini (Los Angeles) is an Italian musician well known for his synthesizer work with Nine Inch Nails, Modwheelmod, and solo project SONOIO. His focus on synthesizers and involvement in NIN led to the development of a custom-built modular system by the Electro-Acoustic Research group. It is no wonder that Alessandro eventually acquired the 200e. Marveling at its flexibility, he now uses it as a main source of composition, as well as a tool for education. www.blindoldfreak.com
Carlos Giffoni (NYC) is an influential character in modern experimental music. Carlos' activities have included curating DIY Brooklyn music events, producing the No Fun Fest from 2004-2008, running the label No Fun Productions and creating a fairly large and intense catalog of music under his own name and with other collaborators from all over the world. As a musician, Carlos is known for his heady improvised synth sets, including the noisy acid dance music project No Fun Acid. Several of Carlos' recordings feature the 200(e), and this event will be his first performance with it in concert. www.carlosgiffoni.com
Mark Verbos (NYC) is a music producer, mixer, and analog synthesizer technician. Heavily involved in electronic dance music, Mark's releases have spanned the genres of techno, rock, acid, house, pop, and electro. Mark has been involved with Buchla synthesizers since a young age, repairing modules under the technician and designer, Grant Richter. Since then he has become the go-to expert for Buchla repair and modifications. Although Mark performs on multiple Buchla machines, this performance will feature solely the 200. www.simple-answer.com
Xeno and Oaklander (NYC) are a minimal electronics girl/boy duo, and they are based in Brooklyn, NY. They began writing music and soundtracks in 2004, recording songs live in their studio and playing analogue synthesizers and instruments exclusively. They have toured Europe and the West Coast extensively, and they have played on the East Coast in music venues, lofts and festivals. They have also performed at SF Moma, PS1 Warm Up, Miami Art Basel, the Zürich Kunsthalle and the New Museum in New York. www.xenoandoaklander.com
The Loud Objects (NYC) create electronic noise with minimal components: microchips, a power jack, an audio jack, and wire. The group solders custom audio circuits live, creating audible fluctuations of electricity with these bare elements. Gradually building a complex sound circuit, they present electronic music in a form closer to a physical instrument than a laptop. Their performances invite the audience to bear conscious witness to each musical gesture: the addition of a microchip; the soldering of an output pin to the audio jack. loudobjects.com/calendar
THANKS. Visit http://www.harvestworks.org and http://www.rivertorivernyc.com/ for more information! TWEET: #buchlafest
Thanks to Mike for working on the event poster design all of the folks who let me use their videocam work for the making of this promo:
Mike Calvert -- www.flickr.com/photos/michaelcalvert
Todd Sines -- www.scale.la
Giorgio Sancristoforo -- www.giorgiosancristoforo.net
Scott Kiernan of ESP TV -- www.esptvnyc.com
Trash_Audio -- www.trashaudio.com
Robert of I Dream of Wires -- www.idreamofwires.org
Keith Fullerton Whitman -- www.keithfullertonwhitman.com
Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music
Music, in order of appearance:
"Silver Apples of the Moon B"
"Stereo Music for Acoustic Guitar, Buchla Music Box 100, Hewlett Packard Model 236 Oscillator, Electric Guitar and Computer - Part Two"
Keith Fullerton Whitman
"Atari Video Game Logo"
"Arms and Legs"
“Sound of Wetness”