8/6 – Peter J Woods, Sharpwaist, Lucky Bone

14 July 2013 xdementia No Comment

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The Artists

Peter J Woods (Milwaukee, WI)

Peter J Woods – A Story

Peter J Woods is a musician, playwright and performance artist from Milwaukee, WI. Up until a few years ago, these three areas were kept isolated, performing music under a number of different monikers and with a handful of different bands (Phoned Nil Trio, xALLxFORxTHISx, Raperies (Like Draperies), Coelacanth, Peter J Woods Free Jazz Ensemble, just to name a few), writing short absurdists pieces for a number of different theatre companies (Insurgent Theatre, Pink Banana, Alamo Basement), and doing random bits of street theatre and more structure performance pieces on the side. On top of all of this, he has spent the past eight years promoting DIY experimental arts in Milwaukee under the FTAM productions banner, releasing music from fellow noise musicians and hosting shows across town, including the annual Milwaukee Noise Fest.

Sharpwaist (MA/PE/FU)

Sharpwaist – Baltimore Single Mother

Personal and peripheral tragedy and degradation. Burnt-out sound spaces, stale ambiance and frustrated harsh noise blasts, all swarming with the scraped-raw vocalizations informed as much by Grind and Noise-core as by early era power electronics.

The project was started in Boston by Carl Haas in 2006 and has released on such labels as Razors and Medicine, Nil By Mouth, New Forces, Raouls Left Ear, and Danvers State Recordings.

Lucky Bone (Milwaukee, WI)

Lucky Bone – Bored-Man Blues

Neil Gravander has been making tape music as Lucky Bone since 2006. His early sets consisted of a table full of various cassette, reel to reel, and 8 track tape players, each playing manipulated field recordings or looped samples. These days he has a much simpler approach to his music, rarely using more than two tape players, playing back improvised arrangements of sound and “looping” them by simply pushing the rewind button.

In 2010 he joined forces with fellow weirdos Peter J. Woods and Dan Schierl (Dan of Earth) to form Phoned Nil Trio, which is 3 x weird. He was also awarded the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for visual art. Under the fellowship, he created a number of video instruments, one of which he will often play live–the Hand-Spun Video Springer, a VCR one plays by spinning the tape reels by hand, creating very unique and bizarre audio and video effects. It is named after the audio-tape player made by the Springer corporation in the 1950’s, without which the VCR may not have been created.

For the show, he will be performing one audio piece consisting of field recordings made during the tour, and two video pieces using the Video Springer–one of which was featured in the 2012 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival. Here is an example of the Video Springer.

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