GIFT/DRAFT’s second 2017 performance, March 18

Gift Tapes logo Gift Tapes / DRAFTpresents:
Matt Carlson, Jeff Witscher, Jason E Anderson

Matt Carlson. Photo: Valerie Calano

Our second show of 2017 could prove to be one of this series’ least ‘accessible’ presentations, but that didn’t seem to deter people; there were many new faces and really large turnout!  I was extremely happy about this, as the quad setup and video projection made this one of my more complex setups at the Chapel.

Jason E Anderson. Video: Emily Pothast

After announcing the performance, I began my set (Jason E Anderson), mostly hidden behind a ridiculous amount of hardware hear, which was driven by a computer running Supercollider programmed to generate control voltages to automate a modular synth and send MIDI notes to Roland MKS-70 (which is the Twin Peaks synth in a box).  I won’t speak to how this was received, but it wasn’t as much of a train wreck as I thought it’d be!

Jeff Witscher’s performance probably hit the hardest, pushing the volume to the limits of what the space will allow.  His set contained both 100% synthetic tones and enhanced field recordings/foley sounds edging towards the artificial, played back via computer. What struck me the most was his use of space–dynamic gestures made of noisy textures and clean tones, but punctuated with varying moments of silence.  His accompanying video was very much coming out of Witscher’s visual repertoire: a sort of autobiographical view into his world through a collage of symbols captured to video from a phone… an odd blend of comedic and beautiful.

Matt Carlson. Video: Emily Pothast

Matt Carlson’s performance was a bewildering assault of a seemingly unlimited set of modular synth patches, punctuated by word fragments and presented in 4-channel quad surround sound.  This was synthetic maximalism taken to the next level.  Carlson performed his piece using a mic and a sampling keyboard setup (NI Kontakt, computer, midi keyboard), mapping each key to a massive array of custom modular synth patches and voice recordings.  Each of these sounds were then assigned to different locations throughout the speaker array.  Sounds glided and jumped from one place to the next, occasionally colliding in such a way that sentences seemed to form around you. It was impressive to listen to such large assortment of sounds and witness how they could form a specific logic together.

A special shoutout to: James Watkins for again running video and lights, to Robert (RM) Francis for managing the door and merch, to Steve Peters/Wayward Music Series for making the show possible, and to audience for pitching in on the cleanup!

MATT CARLSON, JEFF WITSCHER, JASON E ANDERSON

Gift Tapes/DRAFT Presents:
MATT CARLSON, JEFF WITSCHER, JASON E ANDERSON
March 18, 2017
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle
8pm
$5-15 sliding scale

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Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents a night of experimental electronic music featuring Matt Carlson, Jeff Witscher, and Jason E Anderson – for the second installment of its 2017 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series. Making his first Seattle appearance since the release of The View from Nowhere (Shelter Press), Portland’s Matt Carlson will perform a 4-channel piece for modular, synth and voice. Jeff Witscher (Rene Hell) will perform a computer music composition set to video. Local sound artist and Gift Tapes/DRAFT head Jason E Anderson will perform computer-controlled synthesizer.

MATT CARLSON
Matt Carlson is an electronic music composer from Portland, Oregon. He works with analog modular synthesis, voice, computer, field recordings, and improvisation to construct dense clouds of surrealistic electroacoustic sound phenomena. His most recent work includes “The View from Nowhere”, a text-sound LP for the French label Shelter Press, and “Aakash”, a collaborative LP with vocalist Michael Stirling and guitarist Doug Theriault. He also performs with bass clarinetist Jonathan Sielaff as Thrill Jockey artists Golden Retriever.
https://soundcloud.com/matt-carlson

JEFF WITSCHER
Jeff Witscher was born in 1983 in Long Beach, California and currently manages his own cleaning company Vincent’s Expert Cleaners in Portland, Or. He has recorded under a few different names, Rene Hell perhaps being the most known. He is an avid chess player & spends most of his time working, cleaning & reading. He focuses on sound composition utilizing his computer attempting strong narratives with accompanying videos for his live performances. He’s currently working on Cob Music & reclaiming his position atop fantasy basketball. Recent solo recordings include Bifurcating a Resounding No!, 2014; Meclu, 2013; Vanilla Call Option, 2013.
https://soundcloud.com/rnpetalgaz

JASON E ANDERSON
Jason E Anderson is an artist from Seattle whose work includes performance, recorded works, video, installation, and music for dance. He creates sound using synthesis, acoustic recordings, programming and text. His work emerges from the traditions of experimental music and sound art. Anderson performs and records music under his own name, as Spare Death Icon, and in performance art / music / film hybrid LIMITS with dancer / choreographer Corrie Befort. He is an active performer, an organizer/producer of performance events in the Pacific Northwest, and he publishes the recorded work of his contemporaries on his experimental music record labels Gift Tapes and DRAFT. Anderson’s recorded work can be found on these labels, as well as Locust, Digitalis, Aguirre (Belgium), SicSic (Germany), Börft (Sweden) and many others.
http://pathoftheelk.com/
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2017 Performers: Million Mists, Jonathan Sielaff, Norm Chambers, Matt Carlson, Jason E Anderson, Seth Nehil, RM Francis, Cameron Shafii, Jarrad Powell, Pulse Emitter, Seattle Phonographers Union, Mesh Collaborative

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

Gecko Dream Levels review in The Wire

The Wire, June p63

 

Just got word this morning that Matt Carlson’s recent Gift Tapes release has been reviewed in the June issue of The Wire magazine.  I’ve seen a few reviews of Gecko Dream Levels out there in cyberspace, and most of them basically warn people that it’s SO WEIRD you may have difficulty listening to it.  Check this one out from OMG Vinyl:

You may have a little harder time wrapping your ears around Matt Carlson’s offering for the newest Gift Tape batch. It is a far, far gone piece of electronic experimentation.

You’ll notice that The Wire pretty much follows suit.

For me, the weirder the record, the better… and the more I want to listen to it.  As a listener, I’m attracted to work that is challenging and hard to figure out—this is what I think distinguishes art from craft.  I am a true fan of Carlson’s bizarro world.  This tape has become my gateway to enter the deep waters of creative meditation, in search of the big, deep fish (deep-diving David Lynch fans will know what I’m talking about).

For those of you that are ready and waiting for more, keep your eyes peeled on the DRAFT website.  We’ll be issuing our first LP for Matt in the coming months, and let me tell you: this one ups it a notch on the weirdo-scale!  And for those of you in Seattle this Friday, May 13th, come check out Matt’s solo modular set at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford.

NEW GIFT TAPES – WINTER 2011

Gift Tapes Winter 2011

New GIFT TAPES coming to you March 8th!  We just posted them and are available now for preorder.  I’d recommend getting in on this action early because I expect them to go quickly.  This is Gift Tapes first special art edition batch – with art by Brenna Murphy.  She’s also crafted some amazing preview videos – check them out!


Matt Carlson, Gecko Dream Levels :: GT032

Matt Carlson, gecko dream levels :: GT032

C40 audio cassette, edition of 200
Description: side-scrolling kingdom in gecko-vision; perplexed power-up modular rippage
SPECIAL ART EDITION – Art by Brenna Murphy
Music by Matt Carlson
Purchase here


Spare Death Icon, Survival :: GT033

Spare Death Icon, survival :: GT033

C30 audio cassette, edition of 200
Description: hunted by an uninvited visitor from a dystopic futureworld; digitally sequenced vengeance
SPECIAL ART EDITION – Art by Brenna Murphy
Music by JEA
Purchase here


Million Mists, Original Motion :: GT034

Million Mists, original motion :: GT034

C60 audio cassette, edition of 200
Description: perma-flow blade runner of the jungle; karaoke synth solos navigating snail trails
SPECIAL ART EDITION – Art by Brenna Murphy
Music by Jamie Potter
Purchase here


The following titles are also available:
Mi Or And The Pedestals, Eos – Gift Tapes GT028
Frak, Dry Vanadis/Tournament City – DRAFT D001
A. Diller, Still Life –  DRAFT D003
KPLR, Voltaic Fits – DRAFT D004
Joel Brindefalk, A Rough Patch – DRAFT D005
Atlantic Triangular Trade, Velvet Satellite – DRAFT D006
J. Hanson, New Ruined Maps – DRAFT D007

Tapes are $7 USA/$8 Can-Mex/$10 World.  Pre-orders will be shipped on March 8th.  Thanks for your support!

Wintertime News & Updates

JOEL BRINDEFALK, A ROUGH PATCH ATLANTIC TRIANGULAR TRADE, VELVET SATELLITE

I was pleased to see DRAFT (Gift Tapes sub-label) get some reviews in The Wire, thanks to Nick Richardson.  Joel Brindefalk’s A Rough Patch and Atlantic Triangular Trade’s Velvet Satellite made it into the Outer Limits review section. We’ve posted samples of all the DRAFT tapes – check them out on the site: draftrecords.com You can find the review below.

Turns out Brother Raven’s diving into the pineapple portal LP in The Wire as well, from last month (thanks to Keith Moliné). Dave Segal posted it here on The Stranger Line Out music blog. Many thanks to Aguirre Records for making that re-release possible! Check out their newly re-designed website: www.aguirrecords.com to see all the killer jams Pieter has in store for us!

NEW Gift Tapes are coming soon. My thought is they’ll be ready sometime in late February… a little later than expected, but that’s not too far off. This batch includes solo projects from both members of Brother Raven, as well as the new solo tape by Matt Carlson (synth player in Golden Retriever). Since this will be Gift Tapes 2nd year in business, we’ve planned some pretty crazy surprises for this set of releases. You won’t want to miss out, so get in on the action as soon as these drop. I’ll post the release date and related info to the blog when the time comes. Keep posted!

Last week we received exciting news that one of our favorite Gift Tapes releases, Bee Mask‘s Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico, will see a LP re-release on  Edition Mego‘s new sub-label Spectrum Spools.   EM’s releases are always top-notch, and this one will be cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering (meaning this LP will sound amazing!).  It’s a limited edition of 500, due out April 4th – pre-order while you can!  Congratulations Chris Madak!

OPS in Italian Vogue

Oregon Painting Society

During the group’s visit to the Tate last May for the No Soul for Sale exhibition, Portland-based art collective Oregon Painting Society participated in some interviews and photo shoots – one of which is posted here: http://www.vogue.it/en/magazine/l-uomo-vogue/2010/12/oregon-painting-society

Oregon Painting Society has a ton of content on their site, from photo documentation to audio downloads to video links – check it out.  You can even download their Gift Tapes cassette, released last June.

6TH GIFT: Charlatan, Exercises MICRO

Charlatan, Excercises MICRO

Last Spring I posed a challenge to a fellow label-head/musician friend of mine (based in Tulsa, OK), to get revenge of sorts because of a massive 85 minute tape he asked me to do in an edition of 22!   So in response, this is what I requested: Super experimental & non-musical & synthy, but not noisey & not too droney using only the pro-one & recorded to tape of course. I guess my challenge was more specific… but I tried to think of everything that that dude does exceptionally well, then ask him to do the opposite!  His approach to the challenge is especially interesting to listen to; it’s improvised synth music that consciously attempts to avoid musical spaces.  And it’s in that avoidance of musical spaces that hints of musical ideas occur.  They seem to play on the creativity of the listener, providing a palette for which to connect the dots, link ideas and create our own music through interpretation.  Please except this gift; a prized edition of the MICRO collection.

Next month: New tapes by Matt Carlson, Million Mists & Spare Death Icon.

Charlatan, exercises
Download: GT020 59 MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

MICRO CASSETTES… The wave of the future.
Inexpensive. Miniature. Mono. Limited Frequency Response.

5TH Gift: Knit Prism, Coral Mediations MICRO

Knit Prism - Coral Meditations

Last January we snuck this MICRO in more than a few packages; now it’s high time this is available to the masses.  One of the lovely things about micro cassettes is the fidelity, a shadow of a recording allowing a hazy glimpse of what was there.  These mysterious artifacts, buried in tape hiss, offer the essence of an artist’s creation, while the listener fills in the blanks.  3 more in the cue that I’ll post in the coming months — so stay tuned!  Also, coming in this Winter, Gift Tapes will release new tapes by Matt Carlson, Million Mists & Spare Death Icon.

Knit Prism, coral mediations
Download: GT016 53MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

MICRO CASSETTES… The wave of the future.
Inexpensive. Miniature. Mono. Limited Frequency Response.