May 2014 session – 5/31/2014 – 8:00 PM
G. LUCAS CRANE [alternate reality live tape field recording collage]
PAS MUSIQUE [synths, electronics & processed acoustic instruments]
LUCIERNAGA [tape loops & processed acoustic instruments]
Live visuals by FABRICE CROIZÉ
Curated by WvS / Produced by WvS & Miah Artola
PAS MUSIQUE creates musical collages through the form of abstract sound. Their name refers metaphorically to those who have been aborted by society, because their point of view doesn’t fit in the constraints of “normal” society. The compositions themselves are more akin to soundscapes than “songs” in the traditional sense. These are sonic sculptures in the mode of pure art.
LUCIERNAGA is the solo recording project of Joao M. Da Silva, owner of Fabrica Records. Luciernaga uses field recordings, guitar, shruti box, buddha machine, mbira, and cassettes to create textures and sounds made to evoke a sense of dread or induce meditative states, depending on the context/circumstance and mood of the performer.
G. LUCAS CRANE is a sound artist, performer, and musician whose work focuses on information anxiety, media confusion, and recycled technology. Using a combination field recordings culled from the underbelly of the contemporary sonic media landscape and homemade electronic instruments, oscillators and broken machines, he creates compositions and performances as a reaction to, and illustration of, our information detritus choked times. Past work has dealt with musicality of a location or route, horror and phantasm in the information age, technology as abomination, the mystical presence of obsolete recording technology, recording as ritual, and the religious, poetic, and magical connotations of feedback and improvisation. Many of the soundscapes and collage work are built around quickly moving tape manipulations, the common cassette being a perfect example of old technology as iconic personal Gnostic totem. Years of environment recording and sample hunting have resulted in a broken library of material that is collaged together live, an information life that is constantly folding back on itself fractal-like, which he believes illustrates modern experience. Tape manipulation harkens back to the early days of experimental music, and in the context of the digital era it creates a sonic counterpoint on the continuum between hi and low fi, folk outsider and academic composition. Crane’s work exists in a meditation on the blurred boundary between new and old tech and the emotional and social toll created by the rapid advancement of the technological sonic/environment.
Collaborations include sound design for the Performance Thanatology Research Society’s production of ‘History of Heat’ and ‘The 50 Greatest Ladies and Gentlemen” at the Ontological Hysteric Theater in New York ; a batshit crazy full US tour with Woods; a European tour with drone collective Vanishing Voice; a production of ‘Oh What War’ at Here Theater in NYC with the Juggernaught Theater company; a ghost story album with Baltimore experimental vocalist Ric Royer; Machine design with New York electronic Instrument company CasperElectronics; Studio and performance work with musical entities Woods, Castanets, Grizzly Bear, and Wooden Wand; and solo performances as Nonhorse in the US and Europe. He also co-runs Silent Barn, an experimental art and performance space in Queens, New York City.
FABRICE CROIZÉ is a visual artist and a photographer based in Paris and Brussels. He has co-founded with Sabrina Montiel-Soto, *Calvacreation*, which is an independent platform of experimentation, reflection and creation. As a duo they create “immersive” video installations and performances by confronting new technologies with traditional methods. They question notions of space and vertigo, when reality flips on imaginary perspectives. Their innovative works have been exhibited and well received in various reputable art festivals such as Nuit Blanche in Brussels and Festival Némo in Paris as well as galleries in Europe, South America and Asia. As a solo artist Fabrice Croizé performs Live projections with musicians and dancers under the name of Gaze. He travels since 2013 to share his poetical view and esthetic with the public.
MIAH ARTOLA creates multi-media interactive installations which incorporate her drawings, paintings and sculptures. She created the APE (Audio Processing Etcher) patch which generates visuals and effects based upon audio frequencies and amplitude. Miah has collaborated with numerous artists including Duston Spears and David Lee Roth and her work has been shown at many venues including Queen’s Museum, Chashama, Parker’s Box Gallery, Gallery Onetwentyeight, Issue Project Room, Goodbye Blue Monday, Galapagos, The Dome at PS1, Museum of Natural History, Ramis Barquet Gallery, Harvestworks, Cage Gallery, Silent Barn, Sorolla Gallery and Madrid Art Fair.