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Gift Tapes presents semi-regular experimental music performances in the Seattle area.
Thursday, June 21, 2011
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
Gift Tapes, Debacle Records and the Wayward Music Series team up to co-present an exciting evening of solo performances from Bee Mask, Matt Carlson & Spare Death Icon at the beautiful Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford on Thursday, June 21st. Returning from an Australian tour, Philly-resident Chris Madak/Bee Mask makes his debut Seattle appearance, 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. Opening the night, will be Portland-based modular synth wizard Matt Carlson and the "zombied darkwave" of Spare Death Icon.
Bee Mask is a project of Chris Madak, a native of Cleveland, Ohio now residing in Philadelphia, who over the course of seven years and thirty-plus limited edition releases has cultivated an intricately wrought and deeply warped sensibility that draws equally on the ecstatic human/machine couplings of 1970s west coast synthesis, the fractured gloss of sampler concrète, the iridescent thumbprint of High Minimalism on the IQ-decimating throb of trunk bass, and the barely-sublimated currents of vertigo and terror that course beneath the finest and most unsettling moments in the canon of home-recorded psychedelia.
Recently, the reissue of Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico and the release of the career-spanning Elegy for Beach Friday, both on the Spectrum Spools imprint of Editions Mego have underlined the relevance of this work for the present moment, and as it’s reached a wider audience it has revealed unexpected affinities, being adopted by adventurous DJs including Peter van Hoesen, Donato Dozzy, and Ben UFO and leading to a commission from International House Philadelphia and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage for a concert of new electroacoustic work dedicated to the legacy of the Sonic Arts Union.
In addition to recording as Bee Mask and a number of other alteregos, Chris curates the cassette label Deception Island, which has published critically acclaimed editions by a circle of like-minded contemporaries including Telecult Powers, Oneohtrix Point Never, and the members of Emeralds. Summer 2012 finds him traveling the west coast and Australia in support of the Vaporware/Scanops 12”, forthcoming on Room40.
Matt Carlson is a composer and musician, and an active participant in Portland's underground and experimental music scene. In his recent music, he uses his body and voice to interact with a large analog modular synthesizer. Current collaborations include modal electro-acoustic compositions and improv with bass clarinetist Jonathan Sielaff as Golden Retriever, and sound installations, videos and performances in Oregon Painting Society, a five-person Portland artist collective. He has released a number of solo recordings, including the well-received LP Particle Language (Draft) and cassette Gecko Dream Levels (Gift Tapes), both of which appeared on several "best of 2011" lists. He has performed at the Tate Modern in London, Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival, Seattle's Bumbershoot festival and in Portland's Time-Based Art festival. Carlson studied composition and electronic music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Spare Death Icon is a solo project by Jason E Anderson, head of the Gift Tapes / DRAFT label and member of synth duo Brother Raven. Spare Death Icon recalls b-movie action and horror soundtracks, offset by influences from early 80's underground tape music and atmospheric ambient music. Borrowing from the sequenced music of early John Carpenter films, Anderson employs "dated" synthesizers and drum machines to craft a sound that's been referred to as "zombied darkwave". Anderson uses SDI as his primary vehicle to explore fictional time and non-linear, cinematic time, weaving themes of time travel and imagined futureworld narratives with repetitive patterns and motionless void space. SDI has released 3 albums on cassette and various splits for Gift Tapes, Stunned, OMM and Digitalis, with forthcoming LP releases due out later in the year.