Dense Electrons: Guest-curated mixed-bag experimental music / electronics show featuring SUN ARAW all the way from Los Angeles, locals Jeweled Snakes performing their dissonant synth punk, a multimedia performance from Oakland’s LORD TANG, as well as FLETCHER PRATT’S Dub Sessions.
Sun Araw (LA)
Sun Araw is the working title of a musical project helmed by Los Angeles-based artist Cameron Stallones. Sun Araw has released a number of well-received and consistently innovative albums, with his eighth, The Saddle of the Increate, released by Sun Ark Records (an imprint of Drag City) in 2017.
Structural and spiritual inspiration for Sun Araw comes primarily from investigation into the nature of experience by the transformative power of simple observation. The goal has always been the creation of a psychedelic music, by which is meant a psychotropic music: not an aesthetic sensibility but a method of discontinuous experience. Supporting every Sun Araw composition is the fact of mantra: the ability of repetition with attention to change the perception of a melodic object. By means of this constantly changing perception, the possibilities of improvisation become infinite. More recent works attempt to effect the mental activity of the listener even more physically and investigate the expansion of the time-experience when the composition removes a fixed place from which to listen.
Jeweled Snakes is a duo from Oakland, CA cutting up heavy, post industrial , synth pop/punk with a nasty and classy edge. Jeweled Snakes is Skot b (Malditos, Phantom Limbs, Decanter) and Sharkiface (Crack W.A.R., Diatric Puds, Pigs In The Ground etc) Jeweled Snakes play in a futuristic, proto industrial styled pool of chopped and screwed synth punk. Throbbingly heavy, yet eerily dynamic
Lord Tang is another solo exploration by Dominic Cramp (producer and chauffeur for Borful Tang, a controlling interest in the Gigante Sound Corp., contributor to and collaborator with Evangelista, Vulcanus 68, Tiberius,The Talking Book and various other projects and recordings.
Fletcher Pratt Dub Sessions
Started in 2011 via Dub Ditch Picnic, Winnipeg-born Fletcher Pratt’s Dub Sessions cassette series offers a sort of kosmiche take on classic dub. Each installment is its own slow spiral through weird atmospheres, as much influenced by noise and electroacoustic music as early Jamaican dub experiments. For the third tape installment, finished in between his work on a masters in “Electronic Music and Recording Media” at Mills College in Oakland, Pratt draws out some of that background. During his coursework he’s had the chance to study with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, among others, so it’s hard not to hear ‘Volume 3’ as one of his most balanced slipstream gestures to date. It also carries over a strong nod to chopped and screwed hip hop from ‘Volume 2,’ making it in many respects a solid introduction to Pratt’s diverse projects.
DJ Haunted Hearing
Doors 8:30/ Sound 9:00