Friday, 7 April – 7:30pm
.ZACK, 3224 Locust Street
$20 General Admission, $15 Students and Artists
Tickets are available at MetroTix as well as at the door on the night of the show.
HEARding Cats Collective is honoured to present Dr. Carla Scaletti, co-founder of KYMA music computer systems, the system of choice by sound designers and scientists worldwide. The quintessential link between technology and art, MU-PSI, like sci-fi, starts with a hypothetical premise and imagines a universe in which that premise is true. Inspired by ideas like double-well potentials, friction, Huygen’s pendulum clocks, CERN, and the emergence of life from inorganic matter, the sounds are visceral, passionate, and playful.
Mu-Psi is science fiction that you experience with your entire body through total immersion in the vibrational field we call sound. It poses questions that generate more questions, and you are invited to stick around at the end to discuss the sounds and ideas with the composer and with each other.
Carla Scaletti has invited HEARding Cats co-founders Rich O’Donnell, abstract drummer, and Anna Lum, poet, to improvise with her for part of the performance. Mu-Psi is an evening of live experimental quadraphonic electronic music where the audience is invited to listen, to ponder, to question and, at times, to help generate some of the sounds.
Among her many awards, she is winner of the 2017 SEAMUS Award “for important contributions to the field of electroacoustic music,” she has been invited to present keynote addresses at the International Conference on Auditory Displays (ICAD 2017) and the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2015), was an invited participant in GVA Sessions 2015 — a workshop involving choreographers, filmmakers, and particle physicists from CERN — and was a regular lecturer at Centre de Crèation Musical Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) when it was still in Paris. Each year, she co-organizes the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS, which will take place in Oslo in 2017).
Saturday, 13 May – 7:30pm
The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee Street
General Admission $15, Student and Artist $10
HEARding Cats Collective knows that our culture is drowning in digital technology, so we are proud to present ANALOG REVENGE and show the world that analog survives and thrives.
ANALOG REVENGE presents three masters of analog synthesis with diverse approaches in an open forum that affords the audience the freedom to mix and match their own listening experience.
Rich O’Donnell has truly done it all. He performed for 43 years a principal percussionist in the St. Louis
Symphony. He is the current director of the Electronic Music Studio at Washington University, and in the mid ‘70’s he built a pair of large-scale, 40-module, modular analog systems
with computerized patching matrices. Some of the modules he will use in ‘Analog Revenge’ come from these massive systems. Rich continues to design and build his own instruments and to improvise on them drawing on more than 60 years of experience in every form of music.
Kevin Harris is a mainstay in the St. Louis art scene. He has garnered widespread praise for equal prowess
in music and visual media. He curated the legendary underground ‘Floating Labs’ venue, and conceived and created the acclaimed Octarrarium
video/audio installations at the Regional Arts Commission in 2016. Kevin’s prolific analog performances choreograph audio and video dimensions into a powerful, sophisticated synthesis.
Inhabiting the frontiers of art-rock and jazz led dr. mabuse (aka Mike Murphy) to conclude that off-the-
shelf instrument designs fell too short of his musical visions, so he added prolific electronic design and construction skills to his decades of musical improvisation and composition experience. He is the original designer of the “Noise-Ring’ circuit that became a bestseller for Wiard Synthesizers and later, for
Richter-Malekko . Doc’s approach to performance on electronic instruments has been described as,“intimate, to the point where the circuits seem almost like extensions of his own nervous system.”