The Front Room presents "a sound show" 1.23.04
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 Videodisc 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). 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.
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. LoVid's recordings and installations were exhibited at the ICA London, Deitch Projects Brooklyn, SOUTHFIRST, Brooklyn, and D’amelio 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 a 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
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
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 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 Havoc. Hundreds served, all left in awe. Noize meets the projects, and the mix is aurally shocking. http://www.renegadevirus.org/
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. www.geo.hunter.cuny.edu/~ahalley/djnghills.htm
Tom Ritchford is an improviser and a seasoned musician. Known for his work with the MIDI wind instrument, he has played in numerous projects 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.