Thursday, March 29, 2007

Flyer For Friday's Show

Write-Up For Saturday's Show

From Gapers Block/Transmission
(with thanks to Chris!)

Apocalyptic sonic destruction, this Saturday

03.28.2007 in Concert by Chris S.

Then, suddenly, there they are. Three of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride down from the harsh Canadian tundra, one armed with a violin, another brandishing leather gloves and a microphone, the third bringing up the rear, his arsenal of synths scorching the earth behind them. They've already laid a week-long trail of destruction before they make their rendezvous in the Windy City. Here, they pick up their fourth ally, a man armed with a cluster of microphones and a leather-clad posse behind him. The four meet, nod a greeting to one another, and look in your direction. One of them gestures for you to come near.

The question is, are you going to come out to Pilsen on Saturday (The Flowershop, 2159 W. 21st Place [on Leavitt], 9 p.m., $6 - sponsored by Busker) and take what's coming to you? Or are you going to hide from this righteous demise, claiming you've 'got a lot of TiVo to catch up on'?

My advice: say your last goodbyes to your family, stand tall, and say hello to your - Burning Star Core, Prurient, Carlos Giffoni, and Bloodyminded.

Burning Star Core, aka C. Spencer Yeh, has honed his craft for over a decade, making him the leading practitioner in the field of rough n' ready violin improvisation mixed with non-verbal vocal gymnastics. Whether playing with a larger ensemble (which has included members of Hair Police, among others), or going it alone, BxC always has a firm grasp of the incantory power of music. His performances build like arcane rituals; his musical gestures and, frankly, his entire approach to music seems to come from a pre-Enlightenment time, when madness was cultivated and revered. Something for the inner druid in us all. His latest release is on the No Fun label, and is titled Blood Lightning 2007.

Dominick Fernow operates Hospital Records in New York City, a micro-sized hole-in-the-ground specialty store beneath a reggae record shop ( climb down a vertical ladder to get in!) that is a dream come true for the melodically challenged - all the store sells are primal black metal and noise. Prurient (the project) is also small and intimate - a microphone, a mixing deck, liberal doses of frustration and rage - and not for all tastes. Dom lays his heart on the line for the crowd every time, which is probably why he's become one of the most-followed acts in a genre that often thrives on detachment. Your ears may not like you in the morning, but after a Prurient show, part of you will be burned away, leaving something more pure beneath. Prurient has recently released a limited edition triple-7" boxset titled Cave Depression, also on No Fun Productions.

From guitar (and laptop) mangling with Monotract to his own wide-ranging solo concerns (lately including copious quantities of synth damage), Carlos Giffoni has done it all, and with everyone. His list of collaborators reads like the last two years of The Wire magazine back-issues: Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore, Chris Corsano, Pita, Nels Cline, Smegma, Merzbow, Lasse Marhaug, etc. Add to this his role as the mastermind in the yearly No Fun Festival in Brooklyn's Red Hook, and you have an avant-garde MVP who has brought the din to the people...all of them! His latest CD is titled Arrogance, and is also released on his No Fun Productions label, making this a themed tour, of sorts.

Bloodyminded, Chicago's premier power electronics ensemble, open the festivities with their usual mix of violent sex, serial crime, eating disorders, cross-eyed crack addicts, and long-winded, rock & roll-style song intros. In short, the best rock and roll act in Chicago. Go ahead, prove me wrong!

As Rumi (and Prurient) once said, don't run from this killing. It'll be okay. Your countrymen will give you a hero's burial.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Update For Friday's Show

Alex Inglizian + Tim Shaw will be replacing Swift


Media.Obscura :: Thaumatropes

Friday, March 30, 2007 8:00 PM

Media|Time.artz are being constantly remixed and reframed as devices of institutional critiques, expressive modes of individual|personal hystories, and investigations of plasticity and medium malleability. MEDIA OBSCURA aims at locating a pinhole to allow for these conversations to flood into focus through lens-less instances of art|media making. In making an obvious reference to the tool that inspired cinema|photography, MEDIA OBSCURA will gravitate away from those origins, and create a point of entry purposefully made to diffuse the upside-down to the point of proper obscurity. The event will consists of live|realTime performances, and single channel screenings that will hopefully disrupt expectations of clarity that an otherwise proper camera obscura would give.


Media.Obscura :: Thaumatropes
BUSKER at The Flowershop
2159 West 21st Place (at Leavitt)
03.30.07 8:00 PM
FREE & Open

Screenings and Performances by:

Mike Miles
Alex Inglizian + Tim Shaw
Noisecrush + The Fortieth Day


BUSKER presents a night of screenings and performances by local chicago artists in its first instance of it's new curatorial platform Media.Obscura compiled by Nicholas O'Brien. In attempting to create a duologue between NewMedia/ A|V/video installation and their critical implications (or cultural influences), O'Brien creates a space where issues involving "source" become considered when thinking about how to engage with work of this sort. In appropriating the terminology on "arcane" technology, the project hopes to invoke discussions/conversations that reflect ideas of media archeology as hytorical references that might contribute to the works formulation. The infrastructure of Media arts and technology has obviously evolved since the days of the Camera Obscura, however O'Brien suggests that the fundamental processes involved in [New]Media making are actually not as disparate as suggested by the idea of "progress." The artist used the camera obscura as a technology of both recording and observing the world and using those to create art. The Media.Obscura essentially does the same, however the lens that contemporary artists use is one that has becomes purposefully fractured and allows for a multi-logue to occur.

The Thaumatrope was a toy that played with persistence of vision by having a card spin on a piece of string when pulled. In this vein, BUSKER will host a night where the string and the card have been substituted for other Media, but where artists Mike Miles, jon.satrom, Alex Inglizian + Tim Shaw, and Noise Crush (aka Lisa Slodki) + The Fortieth Day (aka Isidro Reyes and Mark Solotroff of BLOODYMINDED) might be able to rekindle the optical illusions the thuamatrope gave us.



John Ayrton Paris, 1825


The invention of the thaumatrope, whose name means "turning marvel" or "wonder turner," has often been credited to the astronomer Sir John Herschel. However, it was a well-known London physicist, Dr. John A. Paris, who made this toy popular. Thaumatropes were the first of many optical toys, simple devices that continued to provide animated entertainment until the development of modern cinema.

How it works:

A thaumatrope is a small disc, held on opposite sides of its circumference by pieces of string. An image is drawn on each side of the disc, and is selected in such a way that when the disc is spun, the two images appear to become superimposed. To spin the disc, one string is held in a hand, and the disc is rotated to wind the string. Then, both strings are held, and the disc is allowed to rotate. Gently stretching the strings will ensure that they continue to unwind and rewind. This motion causes the disc to rotate, first in one direction and then in the opposite. The faster the disc rotates, the greater the clarity of the illusion.

Although the thaumatrope does not produce animated scenes, it relies on the same persistence of vision principle that other optical toys use to create illusions of motion. Persistence of vision is the eye's ability to retain an image for roughly 1/20 of a second after the object is gone. In this case, the eye continues to see the two images on either side of the thaumatrope shortly after each has disappeared. As the thaumatrope spins, the series of quick flashes is interpreted as one continuous image.

One example of a thaumatrope has a tree with bare branches on one side, and on the other, its leaves. When spun, the tree appears to be full of leaves. Another example has a bird on one side, and a cage on the other. When spun, the bird appears to be in its cage. The bird-cage pair of images were used on the first thaumatrope, and is the most common one seen on thaumatropes today.

What became of it:

Most pairs of thaumatrope images were pictures that did not imply motion, such as running animals or dancing people. A thaumatrope could only take two images and merge them, essentially creating one still image from two. The phenakistoscope was a great improvement on the thaumatrope, creating one moving image from several stills, and became the first optical toy to create a true illusion of motion.

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Tour Promo

Additional information has been posted in the tour thread on the Noise Fanatics site:

There are now links to high resolution photos and an 11" x 17" tour poster - all from my Flickr page - as well as the following press release:

For Immediate Release:

BLOODYMINDED, Charlie Draheim, Climax Denial, and Silvum tour for No Future Fest

Four Midwestern noise artists are loading up the van with analog synthesizers, microphones, effect pedals, and miscellaneous electronic gadgets, for a short tour that will take them out to Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s No Future Fest.

Chicago’s BLOODYMINDED (actually, Mark Solotroff from Chicago and Pieter Schoolwerth from Brooklyn – yes, all bets are off for this one), Detroit’s Charlie Draheim (really Detroit, not Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti like his buddies in Wolf Eyes), Milwaukee’s Climax Denial (AKA Alex Kmet), and Champaign, Illinois’ Silvum (AKA Nick Henry), decided to team up when they all realized that they had been invited to play the same two day festival.

The tour, which has been dubbed, “Terminal Phase Luna,” due to some ongoing obsession that BLOODYMINDED has with the moon, will start in Chicago, heading through Columbus, Lexington, and Atlanta, before arriving for the first night of the festival on April 20. All four acts will perform at No Future Fest on Saturday April 21, before moving on to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Cleveland.

For additional information contact Mark Solotroff:

Post Office Box 6091
Chicago, Illinois 60680-6091 USA