May 6: SETH NEHIL, RM FRANCIS, CAMERON SHAFII

Gift Tapes/DRAFT Presents:
SETH NEHIL, RM FRANCIS, CAMERON SHAFII

Seth Nehil Cameron Shafii RM Francis

May 6, 2017
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle
Doors 7:30 / Start 8:15pm
$5-15 sliding scale, All-ages
Info/Sounds: Gift Tapes event page / Facebook event page

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents a night of experimental electronic music featuring Seth Nehil, RM Francis and Cameron Shafii – for the third installment of its 2017 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series. Each set will be presented in 4-channel quad surround sound.

SETH NEHIL

Seth Nehil has released over 15 albums of experimental music and has performed internationally. In the last decade, he has produced sound for dance and theater, has written and directed original multimedia performance works and has created multichannel sound and video installations. Among other things, he is currently creating music for a retrospective exhibition by sculptor Bill Wills (August 2017), designing sound for the Hand2Mouth Theater production Psychic Utopia (November 2017) and composing for Linda Austin’s dance piece A World, A World (December 2017). Seth teaches courses in sound and video at the Pacific NW College of Art in Portland, OR.
http://www.sethnehil.artdocuments.org/

RM FRANCIS

RM Francis is a Seattle-based musician working with computer-generated sound in performance, installation and recordings. Drawing on a panoply of digital synthesis techniques, his work interrogates the boundaries of musical form and performance. Francis is also a member of the networked computer music ensemble Mesh Collaborative. His spring 2017 release, Hyperplastic Other, is published by Nada.
http://rmfrancis.net/

CAMERON SHAFII

Cameron Shafii is a San Francisco-based Iranian composer practicing generative and electroacoustic music. His compositions are inflected with a host of digital synthesis processes and are informed by aspects of acousmatic theory, particularly spectromorphology. His works do not impose any temporal scheme upon the listener – rejecting the semiotic operation of ‘engagement/disengagement’ in the discourse of A.J. Greimas. Rather, he presents an asymmetrical narrative that features hyperkinetic movement, tensions and complex sonorities. His works aim to explore a functional range of sounds from microscopic and minimal, to macro and maximal. Shafii has remixed, reprocessed and produced compositions for Anòmia and Farmacia901. Currently, he is working in conjunction with Chris Douglas (Scald Rougish, Dalglish) on a forthcoming collaborative release. He runs the Ge-stell label.
http://ge-stell.net/

Please note that this show was originally announced in mid-February.

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

MORE INFO/SOUNDS:
HTTP://WWW.GIFTTAPES.COM/GT-PRESENTS/
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE:
HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/EVENTS/129760860846677/

  

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

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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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/

NW Mini Tour: Mark McGuire, Rene Hell, Brother Raven, Eye Myths

June NW Mini Tour

Summer is coming, and to celebrate we’re planning a ripping northwest 3-show mini tour— June 22nd in Portland, June 23rd in Seattle, and June 24th in Vancouver BC.  Join us for the epic guitar jams of Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire, the kosmische music of Rene Hell and Brother Raven, and the abstract machine music of Eye Myths.  And for those of you in Portland, it’s gonna be an extra special show at the historic Hollywood Theater, with Charles Berlitz joining the bill (Spencer Clark of Skaters fame), visuals by the artists, and video works by Brenna Murphy!

June 22 – Hollywood Theater – Portland, OR – 8 PM – Mark McGuire, Rene Hell, Brother Raven, Eye Myths, Charles Berlitz (Spencer Clark), Brenna Murphy (video artist)

June 23 – The Josephine – Seattle, WA – 9 PM – GT Presents: Mark McGuire, Rene Hell, Brother Raven, Eye Myths

June 24 – 360 Glen – Vancouver BC – 9 PM – Mark McGuire, Rene Hell, Brother Raven, Eye Myths

Hobo Cult crew in Seattle

Hobo Cult Records Tour

Montreal jammers HOBO CUBES, FEMMINIELLI & DAS AMORE w/ JLK will be in town this Monday for all of you Seattle folk looking for something fun to check out.  Really psyched to meet these dudes.  For those not familiar with Hobo Cult Records – check them out.  There’s a good intro to the label on the Foxy D site here: http://www.foxydigitalis.com/foxyd/?p=319Panabrite & Harpoon Pole Vault will be doing a special collaborative jam in celebration of our visitors arrival.  Be prepared for some serious sci-fi synth uneasiness…


May 23rd, The Josephine, 9PM
HOBO CUBES, FEMMINIELLI, DAS AMORE w/ JLK, Panabrite / Harpoon Pole Vault collab set

 

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.