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EMG Presents: Analog On

An exciting invitation to a super-cool concert, courtesy of the Experimental Music Group:

Analog On is an experimental electronic music ensemble that composes and performs on vintage analog electronics and modular synthesizers. The group consists of Shauna Caffrey on oscillator, saw and electronics, and Richard Duckworth on modular synthesizer and effects. Analog On made their debut at the Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II festival in Dublin, Ireland, in April 2016, and just finished recording their first release on the iconic Moog System 55 in the cockpit of the Moog Sound Lab at the Tonmeister Studio in Surrey. The aesthetic is that of the time-warp cultist with retro and future aesthetics co-existing in the same cultural and temporal space.

They will play tracks from the album in America as a musical homecoming for Richard Duckworth, as he studied analog synthesis under Herb Deutsch at Hofstra University in the 1980s: this is where he was first introduced to the Moog modular system and he spent many hours in the electronic music studio experimenting with voltage-controlled systems. Shauna Louise Caffrey is a musicology major at Trinity College, Dublin. Her life-long love of experimental soundtrack led her to join Analog On, and since then she has delighted in the creation of ‘weird noise’ and bizarre soundscapes through mixed media.

Free concert — all are welcome!

Date: Friday, March 3rd
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Memorial Chapel

Modular Synthesizer Workshop

From Jason Brogan MA ’15:

As part of its Techné Series curated by Jason Brogan and Daniel Fishkin, the Experimental Music Group presents a modular synthesizer workshop led by Daren Ho and Jack Callahan of Control Synthesizers and Electronic Devices (South Williamsburg, Brooklyn).
Continuing its current theme of mixing, the workshop will focus especially on mixing non-audio sources as a way to achieve complex modulations.
Beginners, experts, musicians, non-musicians, and all others are invited!

Date: Monday, May 12 – today!
Time: 5:00 PM
Place: Rehearsal Hall (in the CFA), Room 105
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Senior Recital by Brewster Lee ’13

Senior theses actually never end, despite popular misconception. Brewster Lee ’13 is proof:

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Please join me and some awesome friends for my senior recital.

‘Virtuality: Myths of Future Imaginations’ is an exploration of the computer and technology as tools of creation, represented by a collection of songs I’ve been working on. Visuals, too.

4/20 ~ 7PM ~ WORLD MUSIC HALL ~ FREE

featuring / with help from:

Dylan Bostick  ’13
Kevin Brisco ’13
Jaime De Venecia ’15
Will Feinstein ’13
Hannah Jenkins ’15
Alex Lough ’13

Date: Yeah, 4/20.
Time: 7 PM. No, not 4:20.
Place: World Music Hall, CFA
Facebook: Yeah. (And yeah.)
Which IGBEE song popped in my head when I put up this event?: This one.

Score That Buddy Cop Action Movie You’ve Been Writing With ZONIK

Under his latest moniker, ZONIK, Ethan Young ’13 brings us two nü trax. Here’s what he has to say:

 I made this EP in bits and pieces over the last several months. I hope this music communicates the emotion: “YES!”

Here’s what I have to say.

“Vengeance by Sunrise” kicks off the ZONIK EP. If you liked Cliff  Martinez’s contributions to the Drive soundtrack but wish all those songs had a fatter ass, look no further.

“Riders of Mount Fury Part IV: Terminal Velocity” hits you like a billion volts of hot blue electricity running through a bath of Mountain Dew. A revving motorcycle sample careens into high hat hits and stabbing synths. There’s no turning back, mutha fucka.

A brief period of free associating while listening to the ZONIK EP produced the following:

Photos: Oorutaichi and Groundislava, or: Big In Japan—and WestCo

While you were getting crunk at Senior Cocks on Friday, WestCo Cafe was alight with the flame of two experimental beatmaker wizards: Oorutaichi and Groundislava. The former, Oorutaichi, was totally unfamiliar to me previously, but managed to throw together one of the most engaging and utterly fun electronic sets I’ve seen in a while. Backed by goofy visuals, the DJ lurched around the cafe manically, shouting into his microphone like an overjoyed Dam Suzuki, without straying too far from his mixing boards and distinctly Asian-tinged backing beats. Above is a photo of occasional Wesleying blogger John expressing his appreciation. I didn’t manage to grab video, but this is a pretty accurate indication; though little known in the states, Ka Ya Lee ’13 tells me Oorutaichi’s a pretty big deal in Japan:

I was so glad that everything went great and that a lot of people there were truly enjoying Oorutaichi’s music:) Oorutaichi also LOVED Wesleyan students’ reaction to his music. He was also very impressed by this school in general. Oorutaichi was a very humble, nice person. We hung out and talked about music a lot after the show in my house! I still can’t believe he was there!

Wedidit Collective character Jasper Patterson, otherwise known as Groundislava, rounded off the night with a set of chilled-out, beat-heavy post-dubstep. Groundislava has collaborated with our old friend Baths a bunch, and it showsD. Nassty ’13 would probably call it ‘post-tubstep.’ Photo gallery past the jump.

Gino Robair: Solo and Ensemble Show @ Russell House

How many kids in the Experimental Music Group does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Just one. Ashlin Aronin ’13 bloops:

TOMORROW NIGHT!  The Experimental Music Group presents Gino Robair: composer, improviser, pioneering percussionist and electronic musician from the Bay Area. Robair will present a set of solo percussion and electronics, followed by an ensemble of Wesleyan students and alums who will perform a set of his improvisation-based group compositions.

Gino Robair has performed and recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Otomo Yoshihide, and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. He is one of the “25 innovative percussionists” included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001), as well as a founding member of the Splatter Trio and Pink Mountain. His opera, I, Norton, based on the life of Norton I, Emperor of the United States, has been performed throughout North America and Europe.

Date: Sunday, November 04
Time: 9:00PM – 10:30 PM
Place: Russell House
Cost: Free

Musical Adventures of Guy Fridge ’15

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Guy Fridge ’15 writes in to let the Wes world know about his recent music adventures. Fridge is part of a mini-label called 6BIT, which had a notable showcase at SWSW this spring and were recently asked by Portals Music to do a guest post on their website, which can be found here. BIT’s most recent complication, which is available both on their website and Bandcamp, can be found here.

Mr. Fridge‘s compilation also includes a remix of a Brandy track,”I Wanna Be Down.” Physical copies will be sold at Amoeba Records and PooBah Records in Los Angeles. Fridge’s forthcoming EP will be released on the label as well, which should be out sometime in the summer.

[If you’re interested, there are some other really cool guys on this label that have been getting a lot of hype recently. A net label called Absent Fever and a physical label called JAXART recently recruited several artists on the label to be a part of a compilation called “Generation Y Not,” which was printed as 1,000 physical CDs and went up for digital download. The link to that compilation can be found here.]

MISSTEPS presents MikeQ

Nick Msall ’15 writes in:

Come out to Eclectic this Thursday for the 3rd and final installment of Missteps. This show’s headliner is none other than the Fade to Mind signee and Ghe20 G0th1k affiliated vogue-house “prince”, MikeQ. Before he takes to the stage, there will be a special movie screening of a documentary that details the nature of the vogue and ballroom culture in the late 80s. For those of you interested in some of the most eccentric and fascinating niches of American LGBT culture, this screening/concert is surely something you will not want to miss.

First surfacing in the blogosphere in 2011, MikeQ’s production came to be hailed by most critics of underground club as groundbreaking. Prior to the efforts of MikeQ, the largely gay and transvestite supported “ballroom” movement, whose origins can be traced back to New York in the late 1970’s, had received little recognition as a musical movement and culture. Since MikeQ’s emergence, however, vogue house and ballroom have only gone on to receive more international recognition. In particular, a compilation released by Soul Jazz records earlier this year has helped draw attention to some of the scene’s earliest innovators who were active as early as 1976.