11/19 – Holzkopf, Freida Abtan + more

26 October 2010 xdementia 2 Comments

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The Artists

Holzkopf (Montreal, Quebec)

Since 2001, Holzkopf has been developing a style of hypnotic and frenetic dance music made from a mishmash of homemade tape collages, blown out drum machine beats, dumpstered Chinese pop cassettes, raw data noise, barely controled feedback and smashed and grabbed found sounds. The sound is remenicent of proto-industrial, disco, hip-hop, global psychedelia, gospel and breakcore synthesized into a complete unique whole unlike any one component part. This is futurist and anarchist music made on cheap gear, recorded live to tape or dusty old hard drives. It embodies the spirits of rotting architecture and 100 year old brothels, the wide open spaces of the Canadian prairies and the angst and anger of battling slum-lords, debt and panic. More than anything else though, the music is a celebration. Celebation, after all, is the best form of protest. Sharing the stage with Princesse Rotative, Cex, Andrew Duke, Maladroit, Bot Borg, the Shearing Pinx, Sam Shalabi and many others over multiple tours through Canada and Europe, in squats, clubs, backyards and under bridges, a Holzkopf performance is always a spontaneous, raw and one of a kind experience.

Freida Abtan (Montreal, Quebec)

Freida Abtan is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist and composer. Her music falls somewhere in between musique concrete and more modern noise and experimental audio and both genres are influential to her sound. Her work has been compared to bands such as Coil, and Zoviet France, and to that of performers such as Andrew Liles because of her use of spectral manipulation and collage.

Freida primarily works with samples of both musical and non-musical objects that she records herself and then manipulates, often beyond recognition, through techniques derived from musique concrète and through successive layers of digital signal processing. She uses structures reminiscent of popular music and more abstract compositional variants to sequence these sounds into melodic songs before incorporating her own treated voice.

As well as having created visual shows for and performed with the internationally renown group Nurse with Wound, Freida has presented her own sound and visual work at festivals across North America and Europe. Her first album “subtle movements” is available on United Dairies / Jnana Records. Her upcoming release “the hands of the dancer” will be available on Robot Records.

Eat Cloud (Providence, RI)

Fuzz raga shape shifting physical electronic and guitar based music from Providence.

Double Awake and Eat Cloud will be performing solo sets of ambient kraut-tronics and brain-dismantling space-garbage, and a collaborative piece entitled “Golden Gods”, a musical monument to drug-induced male-bonding.

Audio Slab (Providence, RI)

As one of the founding members of Shotgun Flu and the Woonsocket Noisecore scene, Jay Fragile (Audio.Slab) began playing in Providence RI in the early 90’s amidst such favorites as Lightning Bolt, Six Finger Satellite, Thee Hydrogen Terrors. Over the years has played in many different incarnations of the original band as well as dj’d notably under the name Dead By Mourning quite extensively. In addition to the current Audio.Slab project, Jay Fragile is also performing as a performance art project called Punch the Box. After taking time off he is back to stay with a new project called Audio.Slab. Audio.Slab is a mixture of audio/visual and 4 specific projects representing his distinct interest in music that sometimes have a tendency to blend together. On any given night you may hear harsh noise made by hand built repurposed circuit bent electronics/ 8-bit Grindcore/ Natural Sounds / Live Percussion/ Breakcore that ventures into some pop and even dance jams. The Live sets are accompanied by algorithmicly processed video, still photographs, and pure geometry provided by Dave Fischer of CCA.ORG. Audio.Slab thrives off the energy of his audience and holds nothing back in return for what he receives from the room he’s playing. The focus of the music/imagery is to captivate the listener and indoctrinate them into a world of madness until the point where the listener has no choice but to let it take hold of them and embrace the ride.

Double Awake (Allston, MA)

Boston-based electronic musician with an affinity for analog synths and filters, live looping, and improvisation. The drone might get up and bite you. Head-nodding mind-warps.

Double Awake and Eat Cloud will be performing solo sets of ambient kraut-tronics and brain-dismantling space-garbage, and a collaborative piece entitled “Golden Gods”, a musical monument to drug-induced male-bonding.


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  • Rich said:

    Audio bulletins have been posted at the Starlab. (http://www.starlabcollective.com/)

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