“Alchemic Sound Rituals in Five Stages”
KIT YOUNG– exp. video feedback analog systems
LORI VARGA – multi projection 16 and 35mm units, sound boxes
THOMAS DIMUZIO Buchla synthesizer
RICK REED Buchla synthesizer
+ Special guest: Dan Burke (Illusion of Safety) -electronics
Rick Reed (born 1957), is an autodidact electronic music composer based in Austin, Texas. During the mid-60s, Reed began experimenting with recording sounds as a child playing with a reel to reel tape recorder given to him by his parents and using coastal short wave radio beacons as source material. During the 70s, while still a young man, Reed fell in love with records made by English prog rock bands and cutting-edge German psychedelic pioneers such as Conrad Schnitzler and Tangerine Dream. After moving to Austin, Texas in 1978, Reed was inspired by the high-voltage DIY ethos of raucous local punk bands with its “hey, I can do this too!” philosophy, leading him to make the leap to begin recording his own brand of noisy, sci-fi synthscapes.
Since then, Reed has worked extensively as a solo act, as well as being a member of several local Texas groups, most notably The Fear and Tension Corporation, The Abrasion Ensemble and Frequency Curtain, to name but a few. In 2007 he began working in two different trios with AMM guitarist Keith Rowe, appearing live in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, the Netherlands, Scotland and the UK.
Beginning in the early 2000s Reed began working with New York experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs, producing soundtracks for 4 of his films, one of which, Capitalism: Child Labor won the grand prize in 2006 at the 2006 Curtas Vila de Conde film festival in Portugal. In 2017, Reed and his wife Tara, appeared in the 100th anniversary of Dada concert at the legendary Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Switzerland, on a bill along side CM von Hausswolff, John Duncan, Leif Elggren, and many others. He has also performed sound for Norwegian video synthesizer artist, Kjell Bjorgeengen, most notably appearing in Global Groove 2 (2017), a 12 hour experimental video broadcast organized by Benton C. Bainbridge, dedicated to late video artist Bill Etra.
Currently, Reed is focusing mainly on his solo work, using an augmented Buchla Music Easel and various effects devices. Usually performing with his own hand painted films projected in the background, for Oakland, he will be doing a special collaboration with long time friend/ Avant visual artist Lori Varga.
A rare dual Buchla experience solo and dual w/ electronic musician and composer Thomas Dimuzio (SF) will be performed for the first time together alongside multi textured experimental films and video display systems live.
His music can be heard on such labels as Ecstatic Peace, Elevator Bath, Obsolete Future, Somatic, and Mikroton Recordings. He will also release a new recording on Idiopathic Records due out in late 2018.
Lori Varga is a veteran Bay Area analog film & Light projection Artist. Utilizing forgotten / near obsolete technology into optically challenging psychedelic light shows & multi-projector visual displays- as her main form of expression. Lori has been hand-making 16mm multi projector film collages & audio collages since 1994. Delving deep into the world of culture jamming and experimental media work from an early age, she has made visual art as her mantra for the last 28 years.
Alongside various tech work for experimental light shows , Lori has made over 15 short experimental /collage essay films in super 8mm & 16mm format. From 1999 till 2010, she projected analog/background films & hand- painted film loops for well-known touring psychedelic rock/avant-garde bands throughout Texas and US Mid-West. Her performance work has been shown often in venues & theaters such as The Cinematex as Film Festival, Craig Baldwin’s Other Cinema, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Shapeshifter’s Cinema, Blanton History Museum, Berkeley’s BAMPFA museum Analog Light Show Festival, The Lab Filmhuis Cavia Film Fest Amsterdam ,New Orleans Media festival 2003 & small Micro cinemas all over the world. Usually she works solo, with a large, expansive table of analog projection units (slide projectors/ timers/16mm film projectors/ overheads/ modified stage gear)- currently she is branching out to incorporate digital projection units & camera systems into her live setups. Alongside working with experimental and found film footage/ educational imagery she also creates music using vintage cassette recorders, offbeat & satire – like samples, various awkward, circuit -bent sound instruments and 1950’s reel to reel tape decks. Past Collaborations have been with well -known film and sound artists: Kit Young, Thomas Dimuzio, Tom Djll, Clarke Robinson, Sarah Brady, & John Davis.
Lori has produced huge film installations and radically challenging display systems for music acts such as The Butthole Surfers, St37, Book of Shadows,Legendary Pink Dots & she formerly played Etherwave THEREMIN for the Austin Theremonic Orchestra project.
Overall, this unstoppable woman is a unique multimedia collaborator & curator. She savors live, immersive work with Improvisational and Experimental Electronic musicians.
San Francisco-based Thomas Dimuzio is one of those unsung artistic figures whose influence and abilities have substantially outstripped his visibility. Composer, collaborator, experimental electronic musician, multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, sound designer and mastering engineer – Dimuzio has been busy doing his thing(s) since the late 1980’s . A true sonic alchemist who can seemingly create music events out of almost anything, Dimuzio’s listed sound sources on his various releases include everything from “modified 10 speed bicycle” and “resonating water pipe” to short-wave radios, field recordings, loops, samplers & even normal instruments such as clarinet and trumpet.
Dimuzio’s pioneering and innovative use of live sampling, synthesis, signal processing, custom crossfade looping and algorithmic mixing fuels a synergy of man and machine in his live performances. Intercepted signal feeds from his collaborators, as well as wild sources of MIDI-controlled feedback, modular synthesizers, circuit-bent toys, ambient microphones on the streets, et al become integrated as sound sources within Dimuzio’s system of live interactive electronics. His music has been released internationally on labels including RéR Megacorp, RRRecords, Asphodel, No Fun Productions, Seeland, Isounderscore, Gench, Record Label Records, Odd Size Records, Sonoris and Melon Expander.
As a collaborator, Dimuzio works with numerous artists and ensembles such as Dimmer (with Joseph Hammer), Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, Dan Burke/Illusion of Safety, Nick Didkovsky, ISIS, Negativland, David Lee Myers, Matmos, Wobbly, Poptastic, Due Process, 5uu’s, Tom Cora, Alan Courtis, Mickey Hart, and Paul Haslinger. Among his numerous live collaborative releases are Golden State with Chris Cutler and Fred Frith, Quake and Dust with Chris Cutler, Hz and Upcoming Events with Dan Burke, Ice Cream Time with Nick Didkovsky and Arte Saxophone Quartett, and the double LP Remissions from Dimmer.
Dimuzio has toured North America and Europe featuring performances at New Music Actuelle, Festival International de Music Actuelle de Victoriaville, Ultraschall, Knitting Factory, Tonic, Roulette, The Great American Music Hall, Issue Project Room, The Walker Center for the Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, NorCal NoiseFest, Spring Reverb Festival, Podewil, Kyma International Sound Symposium, High Zero Festival, Ende Tymes Festival of Liberation and Noise, The Garden of Memory, Outsound New Music Summit, Schindler House, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Eventworks, Obscure, The Western Front, Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, Activating the Medium, Mellon Institute, MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Exploratorium, and Whitney Museum of American Art.As a mastering engineer, Dimuzio has worked with independent artists & labels through his own Gench Studios since the early 1990’s.
Kit Young is an artist who produces video embedded sculpture, video art, and performance art. His studio is in a store front space on San Pablo Ave. in Oakland, CA. In recent years he has been building video art systems that are flexible enough to be played in an improvisational way. He performs collaboratively with other sound and visual artists at venues that host expanded cinema events. He also conducts live experimental sessions in his studio, the results of which become video shorts. Though his work utilizes new media technique, his practice is grounded in the experimental cinema thematic traditions of perception, awareness, and humor. He has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally. Recent screenings have taken place at the Montreal Underground Film Festival, (Canada); Transient Visions Festival of the Moving Image, (Johnson City N.Y.); The Berkeley Video and Film Festival, (Berkeley, CA.); the Experimental Film Festival, (Middlesbrough, England); and Other Cinema, (San Francisco, CA.)