GIFT/DRAFT’s first 2017 performance, January 28

Gift Tapes logo Gift Tapes / DRAFTpresents:
Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists, Norm Chambers

Jonathan Sielaff
Jonathan Sielaff solo performance

Norm Chambers
Norm Chambers, shot by Dave @looserailing

Our first show of 2017 felt like a real success, with the help of friends, lovely music and a supportive audience.  It’s an especially important time for live music, for building community and for experiencing the creative expression of artists.

The evening opened up with a beautiful set by Norm Chambers on synthesizers, beginning with an intriguing introduction of mangled frequencies, followed up by one of his more signature melodic sets, offset by an LPG’d motorik beat powered by his euro-modular.

Jonathan Sielaff

Jonathan Sielaff presented a powerful, dynamic set of processed bass clarinet and loops paired with a video sequence of structures among natural landscapes.  His piece drew attention to the acoustics of space and varied in intensity throughout.  Light floating melodies pierced by atonal moments of ripping, sub-augmented whines filled the space.  My personal favorite moments were the forceful, flattening gestures that sounded like the removal a throat from a live guerrilla – intense!

Million Mists

Million Mists, Jamie Potter’s solo project, performance was a cold and cryptic set of feedback loops and synthesis accompanying a new video experiment.  Potter’s adeptness as an improviser guided him into new and unusual territories of cycling sub bass tones and discrete hums on a self-oscillating analog drum head, a 70s wind/wave machine and delayed arpeggiations on a Pro-One, despite a brief technical issue of a dying piece of gear audibly hissing its way out of commission.  The sounds were reminiscent of Potter’s early work with drone and noise in Bonus circa 2004.  I inquired about the video after the show and he explained that he used a modified image of his own head (that we used for our press image) and 3D printed it, placed it on a turntable to rotate the head while projecting video feedback loops onto it, shooting it and then applying some post-processing.  Video sample below:

This show wouldn’t have gone so well without the help of two great friends: James Watkins running video and lights, and Robert (RM) Francis managing the door. The Wayward Music Series (Steve Peters) generously offers a beautiful space to host performances, but the PA setup, running sound, working the door and managing the artists can be challenging without the help of a good team.  Special thanks to those two for making this first performance a huge success!

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents: Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists, Norm Chambers

Gift Tapes logo Gift Tapes / DRAFTpresents:
Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists, Norm Chambers

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
8pm, $5-15 sliding scale

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents a night of experimental electronic music featuring Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists & Norm Chambers – for the first installment of its 2017 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series.

Jonathan Sielaff resides in Portland, OR and plays the bass clarinet. Because he likes to play with drummers and electronic instruments, he often amplifies the bass clarinet and processes it with guitar pedals (he is also, conveniently, a guitarist). He cut his musical teeth in rock bands, new music ensembles and various schools of improvisation but most enjoys exploring the territory that exists between genres. His primary musical project is the duo Golden Retriever, with Matt Carlson on synth. They have a bunch of tapes and CDs out there as well as albums with Root Strata and Thrill Jockey.

Million Mists is the musical project of Portland resident Jamie Potter. Utilizing a variety of consumer-level electronic instruments and outdated recording techniques he has crafted a unique approach to experimental synthesizer music, referencing equally the subliminal atmospheres of new age and the rugged immediacy of 90’s hip hop production. Drawing inspiration from his visual and video art practice, he seeks primarily to create immersive, idiosyncratic sound worlds. In this performance Potter will create a live soundtrack to one of his video works. His musical efforts began with minimal Seattle drone group Bonus as well as involvement in free improvisation circles. He currently performs with Brother Raven and records solo work under the names Million Mists and Father Sound. His work can be found on Digitalis, Taped Sounds, Aguirre Records, Root Strata, JYRK and Gift Tapes.

Norm Chambers is a Seattle-based composer and synthesist. He has been active making music since the 1990s, however has gained more traction with his Panabrite project since 2010. Emerging from a love of early electronics, concrete/tape music, soundtracks and early new age, Chambers attempts to create worlds of sound that touch on many elements and moods, from more spatially motivated ambient to aspects of cosmic synth, minimalist composition and improvisation. Chambers utilizes an array of synthesizer equipment to achieve his sounds, in addition to field recordings and occasional acoustic elements. He has released numerous LPs, cassettes and CDs on such labels as Immune Recordings, Preservation (Australia), Aguirre (Belgium), Digitalis, VCO, Constellation Tatsu, Gift Tapes and many more. Chambers has recently retired the Panabrite moniker, yet continues to pursue new avenues of sound.

UPCOMING:

March 18 2017 – Matt Carlson, Jeff Witscher, Jason E Anderson at the Chapel Performance Space (Seattle)

Gift Tapes Presents: MSHR, Million Mists, LIMITS & RM Francis

Gift Tapes logo Gift Tapes Presents:
MSHR, Million Mists, LIMITS & RM Francis

MSHRMILLION MISTSLIMITS

Friday, August 21, 2012
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
Doors 7:30pm / 8:15pm showtime
$5-15 sliding scale

Gift Tapes and the Wayward Music Series team up to co-present an exciting evening of off-kilter, virtual-leaning performances from MSHR, Million Mists, LIMITS and RM Francis at the beautiful Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford on Friday, August 21st at 8pm. RM Francis will initiate the evening with an unusual ambient set (at GT’s request!), followed by disquieting interlude of sound and dance from LIMITS (Corrie Befort & Jason E Anderson), the tweaked and clouded warpings of Portland-based Million Mists (Jamie Potter of Brother Raven) and the exceptional performance art-installation/noise band MSHR (Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper !!) performing with custom electronics & lights!

MSHR

​MSHR is a collaborative project by Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy based in Portland, Oregon. The duo produces installations, sculptures and ritualistic performances that place the human body into a dynamic relationship with sound and light, generating expanded sensory experiences. Their current performance series, titled Resonant Hyper Scape Modulator, revolves around a unique system of light-audio feedback that employs their hand made synthesizers. The duo insert themselves into the system, shifting sculptural sensors to steer the feedback patterns as they explore the hyperscapes of a transhumanist ceremony. MSHR emerged from the 5 person art collective Oregon Painting Society in 2011.
WEB: http://www.mshr.info/
AUDIO: http://gifttapes.com/gt-presents/m/01-RHSM-Side-A_Scapes-I-and-II.m4a
VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/121494798

Million Mists

Million Mists is the musical project of Portland resident Jamie Potter. Drawing inspiration from his visual and video art practice, he seeks primarily to create immersive, idiosyncratic sound worlds. Largely improvised, performances often begin as a chaotic effort to reconcile the disparate personalities of an array of sound producing devices, from which narrative passages have the potential to arise. Fleeting moments of harmony are to be savored. Potter also plays with musical groups Bonus and Brother Raven.
AUDIO: http://gifttapes.com/gt-presents/m/chappie.mp3

LIMITS

LIMITS is a Seattle-based interdisciplinary-performance art hybrid collaboration created by choreographer/dancer Corrie Befort and sound artist/musician Jason E Anderson. The duo draws upon their shared history and involvement with improvisation, film/video art, installation, and activities within the realm of experimental performance. LIMITS uses music venues, art galleries, site-specific and re-purposed locations as platforms to perform scored improvisations intended to generate scenarios that become the basis for new, iterative works of film, installations, audio recordings, and large-scale performances. Employing conceptual, abstract, and narrative methodologies, their efforts investigate psychological experiences of time, perception and memory.
WEB: http://limts.com
VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/122571483

RM Francis

RM Francis is the computer music project of Seattle computer musician Robert Francis. His work incorporates granular synthesis, spectral processing, algorithmic composition, graphical interfaces and image sonification. He has been performing solo since 2011. His most recent releases are Attributed Agency on DRAFT and Recycled Sleep on Agents of Chaos.
WEB: http://rmfrancis.tumblr.com/
AUDIO: https://soundcloud.com/rm-francis/wni-lab-vac

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New DRAFT LP! $.99 Dreams ‘Spei Res’ coming October 15

$.99 Dreams 'Spei Res' LP

Preorders now available at draftrecords.com

DRAFT is pleased to announce its second LP release from underground jazz-synth duo $.99 Dreams. Spei Res, roughly translated from Latin as “thing of hope”, plays like a suite of soundtrack miniatures driven by virtuosic drumming and synthesizer textures. Seemingly oblivious to musical trends, Adam Diller (synth, sax, production) and Matt Crane (drums) have crafted a distinctive sound that unifies electronic music, jazz improvisation, and hip hop production techniques. Spei Res finds them further down this path, exploiting the recording studio to build and modify improvisations into a sonically dense and kinetic record. Connected to the likes of Sun Ra, Varèse, and J Dilla, $.99 Dreams craft a highly personalized music. The album feels both ancient and new, building a language out of pummeling rhythms, dynamic keyboard passages, and sculpted atmospheres, enhanced by Diller’s articulate production work. Spei Res is a colossal record, containing a life music that is self-aware, revelatory and knows what it’s up against.

DRAFT D017 LP, Edition of 400
Mastered by LUPO, cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering
Graphics by Social Drag

New Gift Tapes, Summer 2012 Batch

It’s been a little over a year since Gift Tapes’ last set of releases.  This past year I’ve been focused on the DRAFT label, but I thought it was high time for some pure analog recordings.  I am especially excited about the diversity of sounds in this batch and pleased to offer up works from Weirding Module (head of Senseless Empire), Baronic Wall (of Compass Rose) and German-based Guenter Schlienz.

Weirding Module
GT040: Weirding Module, no bells here, C44 tape
Periodic automations of buzzing synth; polyphase alternator reality

Guenter Schlienz
GT041: Guenter Schlienz, through music to the self, C54 tape
Cooling drift over soft terrain; smooth modular ambient for inner voyages (Inspired by the book of Peter Michael Hamel.)

Baronic Wall
GT042: Baronic Wall, the mind of roses, C32 tape
Freakish melodies and banging pulsations; fully cracked poetics

USA $7 / CANADA $8 / WORLD $11
Purchase at gifttapes.com/tapes/

Bee Mask in the NW!

Bee Mask

BEE MASK in the NW!!!

http://bee-mask.tumblr.com/

6/21 SEATTLE @ The Chapel Performance Space, w/ Matt Carlson & Spare Death Icon
6/22 OLYMPIA @ The Northern, w/ Matt Carlson & Spare Death Icon
6/23 PORTLAND @ Little Axe, w/ Matt Carlson & Operative

Returning from an Australian tour, Philly-resident Chris Madak/Bee Mask makes his debut NW appearances, offering up his signature blend of synthesis and concrete.  With the recent release of two significant works on Mego sub-label Spectrum Spools (including a reissue of his Gift Tapes cassette, Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico) and his forthcoming release on Room40, Chris has become a significant force in the contemporary experimental music community.

Seattle show info: http://gifttapes.com/gt-presents/

DEBACLE FEST 2011! August 18-21, Seattle

Debacle Festival 2011

This year’s Debacle Festival is looking to be an amazing lineup, spanning four days and three venues—Sam has outdone himself!  Also, take note: two of our favorite bands are on board this year, both making their debut Seattle performances—Portland-based Operative and Golden Retriever! Put this on your calendars and we’ll see you mid-August.

Thursday, Aug 18th
The Josephine
Doors 8:30

Harassor
Hive Mind
Thunder Grey Pilgrim
Slates
Hellgrammite

Friday, Aug 19th
The Black Lodge
Doors 7:30

Tiny Vipers
The Slaves
This Blinding Light
Hive
Garrincha & The Stolen Elk
The Polyps
Crystal Hell Pool
Mind Alien

Saturday, August 20th
The Black Lodge
Day show
Doors 2:30

USF
Big Spider’s Back
Tjutjuna
Sorry
Vitamins
Megabats
Secret Colors
U

Saturday, August 20th
The Lo Fi
Evening show
Doors 8:30

Brain Fruit
Konntinent
Operative
Golden Retriever
Brother Raven
Plankton Wat
Panabrite

DJ’s
Garek Druss
DJ Slow

Sunday, August 21st
The Josephine
Doors 8:00

Blue Sabbath Black Cheer
Demian Johnston & Mink Stolen
Summon Thrull
Karnak Temples
LA Lungs
Paintings For Animals
Wind Swept Plains

Pop Surgery Synth show 7/29: Stacian, Stella Haze…

seattle july 29 2011

Upcoming Seattle show featuring Milwaukee-based  synth popper Stacian and other locals, including Gift Tapes’ Stella Haze, Acinonyx, and Jabon. The night is curated by local Medical Records’ Pop Surgery Synth (see last week’s Stranger article).  Still haven’t met the guy behind this label, but I’ll be sure to say what’s up that night— seems like he’s on his game, especially considering his efforts in trying to re-release Novels for the Moon by Axxess!  I’ve checked out some of the jams by each of the artists and it’s looking to be an excellent night, so be sure to put this on your calendar.

Friday, July 29th //  The Rendezvous // 2322 2nd Ave // 9 PM