May 6 Program Notes

I’ve been in touch with the artists and they have each sent us some program notes for the May 6th performance! See below to find out more about what each artist will be presenting!

Also, I have an important announcement about the next installment of our series on August 26th. Pulse Emitter/Daryl Groetsch had to cancel, but we are very fortunate to have Golden Retriever take his place! Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff have both performed in the series already, but not in the context of their band. I am particularly excited about this addition, as Jarrad Powell was Matt’s composition professor! Stay tuned for more info…

May 6 Program Notes:

SETH NEHIL
Pulsar has been created from a single recording of a snare drum hit. Using granular techniques, new sounds are synthesized from the waveform – designed, layered, stretched and processed through a multitude of techniques. I migrate between ProTools, Pure Data, Audition and Ableton Live, creating mutations of sounds on a “family tree”. Convolution reverb is used extensively to place sounds into breathing spaces, introduce spectral shifts and alter envelopes.

Pulsar emerges with sounds that mimic natural textures (wind, rain) and slowly coalesces into more pitched and musical material. Over the course of the piece, timbres shift from organic to synthetic and structures begin to crystallize.

CAMERON SHAFII
I like to deliver my work in small portions; portions that are microscopically forged by a phenomenologically-painstaking process that is not to be fixed or normalized.

‘Pithy & Prolix’ is the working title of a series of spatially diffused electroacoustic pieces I’ll perform.

In general, I permute sounds using a host of digital synthesis processes which are informed by acousmatic theory, particularly spectromorphology. In ‘Pithy & Prolix’, sound scenes are encoded for ambisonic mixing to emphasize the materiality and morphology of spatial textures and their corresponding textural topologies.

For me, there is a certain threat and allure to these sounds.

RM FRANCIS
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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.