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:
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FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE:
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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

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/

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.

Pacific Support, Japan Benefit Comp on DRAFT

Pacific Support :: Japan benefit compilation tape on DRAFT

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Gift Tapes sub-label DRAFT is pleased to announce the release of Pacific Support, a benefit compilation created in support of the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Japan.  All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross to help fund those efforts. The compilation consists of 13 unreleased tracks by experimental electronic musicians featuring: Rene Hell, Pulse Emitter, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Greg Davis, Matt Carlson, The North Sea, solo tracks by both members of the Caboladies: Carl Calm & Flowerman, Panabrite, Temporal Marauder, Golden Retriever, Brother Raven, and a duo project by Geoff Mullen & Sakiko Mori called Make a New Memory. Support Japan and purchase some amazing music.  Available at the DRAFT website and coming soon to Mimaroglu Music Sales and Discriminate Music. Special thanks to the artists involved for donating their work, our distributors for donating their services, and National Audio Company for generously donating the entire 300-edition run.

300 edition, 75 minute tape w/ color insert.
Artwork by Jamie Potter.

[audio:http://draftrecords.com/comp/Pacific_Support_Sampler.mp3]

Check out the East Village Radio post.

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!

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.

GT Presents: CORRIDORS. 10/10 at Gallery 1412 (Seattle)

Byron Westbrook / CORRIDORS

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:

An Evening of Electronic Sound & Visuals
CORRIDORS, MILLION MISTS, MATT CARLSON & PANABRITE

October 10th, 8 PM
Gallery 1412 – 1412 18th Avenue (18th & E Union)
Admission $7

Gift Tapes will present an exciting evening of electronic sound and visuals featuring CORRIDORS, Million Mists, Matt Carlson and Panabrite. Brooklyn-based CORRIDORS mixes multichannel works from processed instrumental and environmental sound and video imagery. Portland musician Matt Carlson (member of Golden Retriever) will play a solo synth set, and Seattle solo synth acts Million Mists (Jamie Potter of Brother Raven) and Panabrite (Norm Chambers) will both make debut appearances.

CORRIDORS

Byron Westbrook (b. 1977) is an artist working with the dynamic quality of physical space using multi-channel sound and images. His audio/video performances under the name CORRIDORS involve the distribution of processed instrumental and environmental recordings through a multi-channel environment with a focus on energy distilled from sound and light. He has presented at venues such as Tonic, Roulette, The Stone, Diapason Gallery, Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia, Exit Art Gallery, (NYC), Les Voûtes (FR), Wien Konzerthaus (Austria), NonEvent (Boston), Sonic Circuits Festival (DC), and Institute of Intermedia (CZ). He has shared performance bills with Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Jandek, Sawako, Heribert Friedl, Stefan Tcherepnin, Maria Chavez, Alessandro Bosetti, Jason Kahn, Jon Mueller, and Tetuzi Akiyama, among many others. Westbrook has also collaborated with Paris-based composer and former Kitchen curator Rhys Chatham in the drone metal group Essentialist (Table of the Elements), as well as performed in the ensembles of Phill Niblock, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Duane Pitre, David Watson and Jonathan Kane. He has worked as technical coordinator of Phill Niblock’s Experimental Intermedia Foundation since 2004. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Commission through Roulette Intermedium. In 2008 he was an artist in residence at Hotel Pupik at Sclhoss Schrattenberg. A cd will be released in Fall 2010 on Sedimental Records. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Website: www.byronwestbrook.com

MORE INFO HERE: http://www.gifttapes.com/gt-presents/

Debacle Festival

Debacle Fest 2010

Debacle Records will host a massive 3-day festival here in Seattle from September 17th-19th, organized by fellow Seattle label head Sam Melacon.  Check out the schedule:

Friday, September 17th @ The Josephine, 8PM
Chrome Wings, Stag Hare, Thunder Grey Pilgrim, The Dead White, Matt Carlson, Megabats, Brain Fruit

Saturday, September 18th @ The Black Lodge, 7PM sharp
John Wiese, Pete Swanson, Rene Hell, Physical Demon, Squim, Harpoon Pole Vault, Dull Knife, Demian Johnston

Sunday, September 19th @ The Josephine, 5PM sharp
Great Falls, LA Lungs, Du Hexen Hase, The Slaves, Wind Swept Planes, Marlo Eggplant, Kristian Garrard