Analog Revenge II

by Wobbuffet

Sunday, 18 February – 7:30pm
Tietjens Hall, Washington University, 6500 Forsyth Boulevard
FREE
It is a rare chance to see a presentation of advanced synthesis technique by three artists who have spent much of their lives mastering the voltage-controlled, patch programable synthesizer.
The event takes the form of an environmental sound installation, utilizing a large space with performers intentionally placed apart to provide a degree of sonic separation from one another. This creates an environment in which the entire room is filled with sound, yet many listening variations can be achieved by moving throughout the room. Sometimes moving a distance as small as a few steps – or even a head turn – can drastically change ones listening experience.
Rich O’donnell, Mike Murphy, and Kevin Harris represent three generations of obsession with and mastery of the analogue synthesizer. All seasoned improvisors, they will perform solo and in group configurations to create the event. Their approaches to synthesis are stylistically diverse, a fact no doubt related to the high degree of programability inherent to the voltage-controlled synthesizer.

Rich O’Donnell is the director of the Washington University electronic music studio. He now performs analog synthesis on a combination of a modern Eurorack system and sections from THROD (a massive modular synthesizer he built in the 1970s).

Mike Murphy performs under the moniker, “Dr Mabuse” and is a prolific designer of analog and digital synthesizers. His performance instruments are a vast and ever expanding collection of his handmade designs, customized for his needs. He continues to push the boundaries of what analog electronics are capable of and has been playing modular synthesizers for over 45 years.

 

Kevin Harris began playing modular synthesizer in 2002 with a synthesizers dot com system. Since then, the modular synthesizerhas been his main musical focus. He now performs on a Eurorack system and has a particular interest in advanced digital signal processing under voltage control.

Tietjens Hall is reached by turning south on the only stoplight on Forsyth between Skinker and Big Bend. Turn Right into the parking lot (parking is free). Walk down the path between buildings (not the main entrance). Then it is the door on your right.

Sunday, 4 February – 7:30pm
The Kerr Foundation, 21 O’Fallon Street
$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Artists
Serious Warping, of Space, Time, and Your Mind: A Sci-Fi Fantasy is back for another season!
This ambitious performative installation will comprise three levels of the Kerr Foundation building, connecting each level with a system of delayed media distribution. Each independent level functions as a discrete media environment, using sound, dance, video, sculpture, and light to accomplish a systematic investigation into what we perceive as time and space.

 

The event begins in “real-time”, with videographers capturing the initial performance of dance and movement. As the event progresses from the top level of the building down to the cavernous stone basement of this former bathhouse, time becomes non-linear and, in fact, reverses as events and movements reoccur, sometimes reconfigured and distorted to invoke a dream-like sense of cryptomnesia. Large video projections, multi-channel sound installations, and a fashion design / sound presentation all coalesce into a complex environment of media and architecture.

Visitors consider time in such a way that is counter to their perception and unfamiliar to their experience. Humans are forced to engage with time passing in a very specific way, on a scale that reflects our own lifespans and histories. This event exploits artistic media capable of expressing time-related characteristics that range from video transmissions traveling through space at the speed of light to a more evolutionary time-scale that brought clothing from a primitive utilitarian necessity to the important cultural artifact that is fashion today.

The following St. Louis-based artists have been selected to facilitate serious warping of space, time, and your mind:

The multi facets of Rich O’Donnell span 60 years as virtuoso percussionist, improviser, composer, designer and builder of percussion and electronic instruments, teacher and writer. He is director of the Electronic Music Studio at Washington University in St. Louis, and co-founder of HEARDing Cats Collective. He was 43 years with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, most of them as principal percussionist.

 

Mike Murphy (Dr. Mabuse) is a St Louis based musician, engineer, and instrument designer. He has been designing complex, voltage controlled synthesizers for over two decades. Mabuse is a multi- instrumentalist, who has performed with groups ranging widely in aesthetic and genre.

 

Venus Slick is a visual and audio performer who uses telepathy to fuse random sound explosions together and conjure spirits from the cosmos. Close your eyes to send her images and see what happens…

Bryan Edrmann has been an audio engineer and sound designer for nearly 40 years. He cut his teeth as a live engineer for the now legendary Mississippi River Fest in the 1970s. Erdmann’s design and installation work include systems at The Fox Theatre (St. Louis and Atlanta), Powell Hall, Sheldon Concert Hall, and more recently, Plush. He’s worked with major performers from Keith Richards and Chuck Berry to Leonard Slatkin and David Byrne. He was the house audio engineer for the famed film Hail, Hail Rock n.’ Roll. Erdmann uses his lifetime of experience in audio engineering and design to create exciting and surprising interactive sound stations.

Zlatko Ćosić is a video artist born in Banja Luka, Yugoslavia. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Video Production and Interactive Digital Media from Webster University.  Ćosić’s work spans a number of disciplines, including short films, video installations, theater projections, and live audio-visual performances. His work relates to issues of identity, immigration, and the complexities of living in unfamiliar cultural environments. Ćosić’s artwork has been shown in over forty countries, for which he has received a variety of recognition.

Chad Eivins is a visual artist whose 20 year career involves multimedia installations, experimental and documentary films. He currently has an ongoing internet project (Chizmo.tv) which explores the collective interpretation of live performance with CCTV cameras through processes of video synthesis. Born in 1975, he has lived and worked in New York City, Denver and currently resides in St. Louis.

Kevin Harris (b. 1975, Oklahoma City) lives and works in St. Louis. Working as a multimedia artist, curator, and electrical engineer, his practice seeks to create communal conditions by which to explore experimental psychology and fictitious emotions. His most recent artwork uses multi-channel audio and video synthesis to present complex sensory environments. Harris holds a B.A. in Music and M.F.A in Sculpture.
Ameli Blaser specializes in hand-knitted garments and accessories. Inspired by Scandinavian minimalism with its clean lines, layers, timeless designs, and neutral color palettes. The design process always starts with the yarn. From there interesting, and sometimes unexpected textures and patterns are knitted into wearable, three dimensional garments. Her model is Grace May with Menagerie Models.

Marcel Coleman Jr. graduated from Columbia College Chicago, where he studied Fashion Design. He is a color pusher, a kid at heart, and a lover of structure. He uses natural fibers, such as cottons & wools because of their malleability, and loves to dye fabric and create his own textiles.

Trang Nguyen focuses on reinventing classic silhouettes that transition from day to night. Nguyen spent most of her childhood years focusing on sewing garments by hand, and went on to study fashion design at Lindenwood University.

Ashley L. Tate is the founder, artistic director, and resident choreographer of Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC). Ashley has studied dance for over 28 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Science from Texas Christian University, where she served two consecutive years as captain during her four-year stint as a member of the TCU Showgirls Dance Team. She has been an instructor for National Dance Alliance, a cast member in a Sony Dreamworks motion picture, and a bodily-kinesthetic intelligence presenter for St. Louis Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS).

Thomas Proctor started his dance career in high school, dancing with his school’s show choir. Following high school, he went to Southeast Missouri State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with an emphasis in Dance. Through SEMO Thomas got the opportunity to work with the amazing faculty and guest artists studying Lester Horton, Jose Limon, and contemporary artists such as Larry Keigwin, Pilobolus, and Ashley Tate. Thomas is currently a Dance Educator at The Grand Center Arts Academy and teaches classes through ADC.

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