Kevin Harris

Saturday, 11 November – 7:30pm
Satori, 3003 Locust Street
$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Artists

Continuing our 9th season, Hearding Cats presents analog DIY inventors and improvisers Martin Freeman and Bbob Drake.  The duo will be performing improvised sets on instruments of their own design and construction.  Freeman and Drake take a measured, minimalist approach to the chaotic nature of improvisation on analog synthesizer, letting their instruments state their cases slowly and clearly… for analog synthesizers, at least. Please take a look at the links throughout this post and hear for yourself!

photo by r.nuuja

Martin Freeman is an improvising musician and instrument builder from Rochester, NY. He works predominantly with electronics instruments of his own design, which are inspired by voltage-controlled synthesizers from the 1940s to the present with special attention given to creating opportunities for uncertainty and surprising behavior. His performance practice typically involves provoking and wrangling unpredictable circuits in a web of knob-laden boxes that are covered in candy wrappers and collages.
Recordings are available through Freeman’s soundcloud.

 

Bbob Drake is a veteran legend of the American analog DIY scene, and in addition to his compositions, his website (fluxmonkey.com) is a resource for beginners and experts alike.

Patrick Cain will be unable to make the performance, but here is a recent collaborative performance with Martin Freeman.  Kevin Harris, an artist who actively fears being injured by an exploding cathode ray tube, will be doing the live video synthesis for the event.

Analog Revenge

by Wobbuffet

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.

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Rich ODonnell 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.
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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-Ringcircuit 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.”

Serious Warping of Space, Time, and Your Mind, A Sci-Fi Fantasy

Sunday, 20 Novemer – 7:30 PM The Kerr Foundation, 21 O’Fallon Street General Admission $20, Student and Artist $15 As part of our 8th season of keeping Saint Louis Strange and Wonderful, Hearding Cats is mystified to present a 5 act collaboration with 19 artists inviting you to move through space and time on 3 […]

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Octararrium! March 11 through April 30

AN IMMERSIVE, INTERACTIVE VIDEO INSTALLATION & PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENT at the RAC Gallery 6128 Delmar Blvd. March 11 through April 30 by KEVIN HARRIS & CHAD EIVINS co-sponsored by The Regional Arts Commission Octararrium, and all performances are free of charge and open to the public during regular gallery hours (9am -5pm daily) Performance Schedule: Friday Doors Open […]

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Saturday, Apr. 11 – “Extra and Extraction: The Myth of Static Geometry” @ Kerr Foundation

Extra and Extraction: The Myth of Static Geometry A new performance installation by Kevin Harris and Chad Eivins Feat. HEARding Cats Collective and Ashleyliane Dance Company Saturday, Apr. 11 – 8 p.m. William A. Kerr Foundation 21 O’Fallon Street Admission: $15, $10 students/artists Extra and Extraction: The Myth of Static Geometry is a large scale […]

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Saturday, May 9 – “You Call that Music?” @ The Luminary Center for the Arts

You Call that Music? Saturday, May 9 – 7:30 pm Luminary Center for the Arts 2701 Cherokee St Admission: $15 / $10 students, artists   Join HEARding Cats Collective in a new way to collaborate, improvise, and experience music with one of our You Call that Music? events. This unique performance will feature a live […]

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Friday, Jun. 6 – “As Unstable As” @ Kranzberg Arts Center

A survey of contemporary electronic and performance art produced by Kevin Harris Friday, Jun. 6      7 pm thru 11pm Kranzberg Arts Center Tickets: $7 students/artists, OR $10 general admission *This is not a HEARding Cats production, but we wanted to make our friends aware of the event, being produced by a favorite cat of ours, […]

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Saturday, Aug. 31 – AQurld Waves – premier of St. Louis’ first underwater concert!

AQurld Waves Saturday, Aug. 31 Webster University Pool  THANK YOU St LOUIS!!!!  Aqurld Waves was attended by a record -breaking audience for both Hearding Cats, and The Webster Rec. Center. Obviously a crowd of that magnitude challenges the artists and crew.  In spite of the challenges (which included a 1 hr thunderstorm safety delay) the […]

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Chromaconditional At C.A.M. 19 July 2013

Friday July 19 2013 8pm Contemporary Art Museum 3750 Washington Blvd St. Louis, MO 63108 (314) 535-4660 (this is not a Hearding Cats-sponsored event. It is produced by the fine folks at The Contemporary Art Museum) This unique performance features a group of musicians, engineers, and filmmakers who will create an immersive audio-visual experience that […]

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Saturday, May 11 – New Multi-Discipline piece ‘Super-Cooled Voltage-Controlled Liquids’ premiers at Satori

Super-Cooled Voltage-Controlled Liquids Saturday, May 11 – 8 pm Satori 3003 Locust Admission: $15 / $10 students, artists The new multi-discipline production, Super-Cooled Voltage-Controlled Liquids, refers to the original inspiration for the piece – the use of stained glass windows in innovative ways to filter video projection.  This new production represents a collaboration between many […]

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