Tonight’s concert features a duo of live electronic music pioneer, Carl Stone, improvising with vocalist, Akaihirume, and the local duo of sound artist, Tania Chen, performing with electronic musician, Wobbly.
Carl Stone and Akaihirume began collaborating in 2015 in Tokyo, and have since performed around Japan, in Singapore and in New York. In writing about the recent New York performance, critic Nick Zurko has written:
What unfolded onstage was both sonically accessible and temporally exhaustive as Akaihirume and Stone entered into what could be described as an esoteric and aural courting dance that entranced the entire audience.
The Wire magazine says:
“West Coast composer Carl Stone was one of the first to plug in to the possibilities of digital synthesizers, samplers and effects. Electronic Music included “Shibucho”, an audacious sample flip of The Temptations’ My Girl that connects Steve Reich’s Come Out to Chicago footwork, and two explorations of the possibilities of the Buchla synth. Julian Cowley said “While Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa were flamboyantly promoting sample based hip-hop, and Joh Oswald was openly flaunting the art of plunderphonics, Carl Stone developed his own idiosyncratic take on sonic bricolage.”
Tania Chen/Wobbly duo
Tania Chen plays objects that are near microphones. Jon Leidecker plays mobiles connected to those microphones which interpret her decisions. Many things then proceed to happen at once in a fairly modern way, and the resulting data belongs to the audience.
Tania Chen is a performance, sound artist, and free improviser. She performs internationally on piano, keyboards, digital, vintage electronics, found objects and video. She creates multidimensional sound pieces for video and live performance, her latest work is “Strands” for video and quintet Tania has recorded with Stewart Lee, Steve Beresford, Henry Kaiser, William Winant, Wadada Leo Smith, Thurston Moore, David Toop, Jon Raskin and with the bands Bad Jazz and Tender Buttons. Forthcoming recordings are John Cage’s “Electronic Music for Piano”. Her solo recordings include Michael Parsons & Cornelius Cardew’s Piano music, John Cage’s “Music of Changes” and a forthcoming recording of Andrew Poppy’s piano music. She is Sound Artist in Residence at Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco.
Carl Stone One of the pioneers of live computer music, Carl Stone has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. Stone guided his art through the transitional ’80s, as the New Music loft scene transformed into a new commercial chic, by fusing his composition with systems of live performance that were simultaneously pop savvy, commercially suicidal, and technologically forward-thinking. Originally from Los Angeles, he now lives in Tokyo. Past collaborators include Otomo Yoshihide, Bill T. Jones, Stelarc, z’ev, Mineko Grimmer, Pat O’ Neil, Yasuaki Shimizu and many others. His latest release on the Unseen Worlds late was ranked Best Release of 2016 (Archival Category) by The Wire, and #3 in the Top 100 Archive Favorites by Boomkat.
Akaihirume is a young Japanese singer whose ear is always tuned to the world’s sounds, which she keeps as materials in her shell. As both an original songwriter and an improviser she has worked with a variety of artists, musicians, action-painters, photographers and more. Recent collaborators include Joke Lanz, Simon Fisher Turner, Hans Fjellstad, Akiko Nakayama and Carl Stone. Her singing has been used in the soundtrack for the film Dies Irae by Eori Wakakuwa, and is also featured in Songs For A Thousand Duets, part of the, the sound installation by Duncan Speakman & Sarah Anderson as part of the Saitama Trienniale 2016.
WOBBLY / Jon Leidecker has been producing music under the name Wobbly since 1990, improvising with recordings to produce music which inherently resists the act of being captured. Recent performances deploy a battery of mobile devices driven by their built-in microphones, reacting instantly with error-prone variations on the notes and sounds they believe they are hearing: a tightly-knit orchestra with inhuman reflexes, resulting in structures which the human performer influences more than controls. Your phone is the instrument, and your phone is always listening. Wobbly’s live and studio collaborations with Negativland, Dieter Moebius & Tim Story, The Freddy McGuire Show, Matmos, Fred Frith, John Oswald, Thomas Dimuzio, Huun-Huur-Tu, Sagan and Tania Chen compliment live mix media collages broadcast twice a month on KPFA FM’s Over The Edge radio program, inherited after the death of his friend and bandmate, Don Joyce.