S.A.N.E (Semi-Acoustic Noise Ensemble) Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 - 8 pm S. Carmody Gallery 2707 Sutton Admission: $10 / $5 students, artists *this is a limited engagement with seating for 25 - please RSVP to email@example.com for reservations **S.A.N.E. thinks small is beautiful - this is a "tiny" concert in which they'll play at a very low volume
We’re issuing an APB for four strange looking musicians who have escaped from the State Infirmary for Improvising Musicians. The ensemble, while harmless, operates under the moniker of S.A.N.E. and is purported to be heading toward Maplewood…
(Semi-Acoustic Noise Ensemble), as its name suggests, is an ensemble that blends electro-acoustic instrumentation with improvisation. Though their ideas and aesthetic may be described by
some as bordering on the insane, there’s no doubt about the musical pedigree and quality of the musicians. St. Louis analog synth guru, Doc Mabuse leads the ensemble, which also features longtime collaborators tory z starbuck, Venus Slick, and Bruce MacLaughlin.
Doc Mabuse developed his chops at North Texas University’s esteemed jazz program in the 1970s. While he primarily studied bass at that time, he developed a passion for analog synthesizers along the way, and has applied his skills as an engineer and computer programmer to the creation of unique electronic instruments for the last three decades. He regularly performs around St. Louis, and shares his knowledge with willing converts at annual synthesizer building workshops here in town. Fellow collaborators tory z starbuck and Venus Slick – both multi-instrumentalists have appeared alongside Mabuse in various iterations over the last 20 years, adding stimulating musical and visual variety to S.A.N.E. performances. Bruce McLaughlin rounds out the ensemble on percussion, providing spontaneous fits of punctuated effects.