Friday, April 06, 2007

Write-Up For Tonight's Show

From Gapers Block/Transmission

(Thanks, Chris!)

Free concert - just don't go home after work!
04.06.2007 in Concert by Chris S.

You're already downtown for work. It's Friday night, and you want to go home for the day, but you can't! You've got unfinished business. You've got a FREE show to check out!

Tonight at 6 p.m., as part of the two-day viral:CULTURE symposium, Columbia College (at Hokin Annex, 623 S. Wabash) brings three immense musicians to expound on the event's central thesis: "explor[ing] the infectious nature of creativity and how individual disciplines infect, influence, mutate and inspire other visual and creative practices including fine art, graphic design, product design, advertising, fashion, video and music."

Secretly Canadian recording artist Dave Fischoff comes correct with influences like the Beach Boys, Burt Bacharach, Boards of Canada and Public Enemy. His new album, The Crawl, is suave and intelligent - just like you! Aaron Dilloway runs Hanson Records, records solo, and is a former member of Wolf Eyes. His 8-track loop tapes and contact mics are stuff of legend, but stand back! Those arms and legs, they do like to flail around. Mark Solotroff is the Imperator for life of Bloodyminded, runs the Bloodlust! record label, and performs solo with 6-8 microphones feeding back - an impressive sight, and a ferocious sound. You won't believe mic feedback could be so sumptuous and disciplined.

Not to over-emphasize, but this is a FREE show. And, it's at 6 p.m. So, don't go home yet! Go check this out - if you're stuck for something to do downtown between 5:00 and 6:00, well, a little birdie told me that they just opened the new Reckless Records at 26 E. Madison the other day...

(nb. if you've got the whole day to hang out, you can check out the day-long symposium as well. Check out the schedule here - note the free lunch with music by Locrian - or check here for assorted good-timin' workshops to be had throughout the day)

Sneak Peek


Christophe Ali
Olivier Assayas
Jacques Audiard
Nicolas Bonilauri
Catherine Breillat
Leos Carax
Claire Denis
Bruno Dumont
Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Christophe Honore
Gaspar Noe
Francois Ozon
Marina de Van
Erick Zonca
(+ Honorable mention: Michael Haneke)

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Friday Update


Friday April 6, 2007
6:00 PM


Columbia College
Hokin Annex
623 S. Wabash
Chicago, IL


Detroit native, Ex-Wolf Eyes member, recorder of Nepalese short wave radio signals, and current operator of revered noise imprint Hanson Records, Aaron Dilloway will perform his intense and animated set. Using tape machines and contact mics Dilloway focuses on the clicks, whirs, hums, and other mechanical sounds to focus on mood and atomsphere and build a tension that could only culminate in an intense vocal onslaught.


Alone in a near downtown Chicago basement apartment (sometimes in his bedroom closet), Secretly Canadian recording artist Dave Fischoff's mind took a very long trip, delving into the under-explored territory. Taking cues from The Beach Boys and Burt Bacharach to Boards of Canada and Public Enemy, Dave Fischoff has conceived, collected, cut and pasted, orchestrated and created a piece of work that is large and complex yet utterly personal and easily accessible.


A major figure in the US power electronics & noise scene, Mark Solotroff currently runs the label BloodLust! and is a founding member of Bloodyminded. Mark also performs with Jason Soliday and The Fortieth Day. Additionally he is a founding member of Intrinsic Action and the AWB Recording label. Those familiar with Solotroff know of his obsession with microphone sound and for this performance he will be using an array of microphones to pummel, massage, and destroy.

As part of:


Friday & Saturday, April 6-7

A two-day art/design/technology symposium of speakers and workshops that will explore the infectious nature of creativity and how individual disciplines infect, influence, mutate and inspire other visual and creative practices including fine art, graphic design, product design, advertising, fashion, video and music.

Speakers: Friday April 6 will host a range of national and international speakers including a live video feed with Jorge Pardo, Lane Relya, Ulla Maaria Mutanen; presentation with Curator Clare Phillips, UK; architect Doug Garafalo; industrial designer Emiliano Godoy, who merges traditional Mexican craft and sustainability; and fashion designer Giana Pilar Gonzales.

-----> Also, Locrian is doing an afternoon performance at the Conaway Center - 1100 S. Wabash - 12:00-1:00 PM. As part of the symposium, there will be a free lunch served between presentations <-----

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


All mail and eBay orders placed after noon yesterday are packed up and ready to go. Anything received before then has already been mailed. "Thanks" to anyone who has already ordered the new Climax Denial 7-inch.

Special tour merchandise items are being finalized this week (BLOODYMINDED and Angel of Decay), while a recenly completed C-60 The Fortieth Day master for a cassette release on Cipher Productions is being evaluated, prior to being sent to the label.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Saturday Review

Written by Blake Edwards of Vertonen

BLOODYMINDED / BxC / Prurient / Carlos Giffoni

A solid turnout for this evening, and a great introduction to Flowesrhop for me. Bloodyminded, the sole local act, launched the evening headlong into a chasm of feedback and groan with what their first show since winter. Definitely one of the better sets I’ve heard, both in terms of balance between the synths and the vocals but also in the diversity of material; the last time I saw them (at the Bottle) I recall a lot more material from magnetism and some oddly clean synth sounds. Not to say it was a “return to form,” but I prefer the atmosphere I get from the “true crime” era material (and admittedly have a soft spot for “Chinatown.) There was only one point when mark’s microphone feedback completely overwhelmed the synths—i mean, literally clipped them right out of the mix—but that was a mere glitch (and, given the water pipe right at the front of the performance area, there could’ve been much worse). Oh yes: Ed’s vocals on “bound to die” were the clearest I’ve head from him; no dead mic from the bouquet of cables, just front and center Ed.
Prurient took the stage next and started with a gristly undulating synth sound that was striving to saw the room in half; his vocals eventually got in the water as well, mildly echoed / delayed screams that were pretty clear/understandable. This “piece” transformed into a smattering of variable distortions tweaked and flipped around (with some really nice quick segues between distortion), some abrasive feedback crescendos punching through, and then some wonderful rhythmic gristle-laced machine gun bursts in the last ten minutes that was probably some of the best Prurient I’ve heard. Face it kids: Dom’s a sweetheart and he delivers the audio sutures beautifully. I’m not saying he’s the noise world’s role model, but the lad’s got some serious pluses in his corner of the ring.
BXC was up next and started with a loose looped violin sample washed with some more frantic skittering over the strings, plucking at the bridge, tapping at the violin body, adjusting feedback. What I’m calling the “first piece” was layered with subtle manipulations that made a piece that could’ve seemed to go on for too long a nice float down the river. Eventually Spencer hit the distortion and turned the atmosphere about 180 degrees; it was like collapsing scaffolding recorded in double speed and up close, layers of grit and dirt clogging the sandpaper spinning at 50,000 RPM; delectable merzbowian strangling. For the “third” piece Spencer pulled out the two-bow action and watching him do this is always a joy, the violin pinned under his chin and him attacking the violin as if sharpening a razor blade at a shave shop. The sound was like cats mating in a dutch oven (howls bouncing off the walls) balanced with some fine distorted elements.
There was another short piece Spencer played maybe 5 minutes later (a guerilla addition?); from where I was sitting, I thought the short bursts might have been Carlos sound checking (until a friend said nope, Carlos is right there, and pointed at the merch table).
Carlos did play soon thereafter (after some guns ‘n’ roses) and holy castration: where prurient had set the tone for sawing the room in half, carlos completed it. i’m pretty sure his was the loudest set of the night and the gristly oscillation grinds and sweeps through the space were overwhelming and absolutely incredible. It was loud, it was dynamic, it was well-paced; it was probably the best set I’ve heard him do. Literally, he was pushing sound through the space and the people in the space; static chaos was going in one ear, grabbing parts of your cerebrum, and then coming out the other side and slapping you in the face upon the exit—and all just in time for something else to start working through your chest. Completely gratifying. At one point he had this horrifically high end oscillator siren sweep that was relentlessly spiraling higher and higher and faster and faster and I was about 5 seconds from putting my earplugs in but he began bringing in a field of distortion that slowly subsumed the high end.
Props also to all organizing components for keeping this show running smooth, smooth smooth (I think we were finished by midnight).


Weekend Wrap-Up

30 MARCH 2007
Media.Obscura :: Thaumatropes
Alex Inglizian + Tim Shaw

Mike Miles

Lisa Slodki - Live Video Mix
Isidro Reyes - Bass/FX
Mark Solotroff - Guitar/FX/Synth

A cool night of audio+video work with a nice mixture of styles, from our lethargic, heavy sound and grainy black and white imagery, to Inglizian and Shaw’s fast moving, colorful digital glitch workout. Mike Miles’ excellent video had a Flash animation feel to it, in its high-contrast solid color style, which incorporated references to heavy metal, the occult, medieval history, and a sense of humor. Jon Satrom aired a piece that would have felt familiar to anyone who has seen him play with I Love Presets. Computer screen icons melt off of the screen into a digital whirlwind wormhole. A pixilated stag runs across the screen to the digital soundtrack to the 8-bit apocalypse.

We actually opened the show, playing behind the screen, while Lisa’s even-further-refined live video mix was projected in front of us. I enjoy watching the results so much that I tend to lose track of what I am doing. Our set may have been a bit heavier and louder than the show at Elastic, but the constant practicing/playing - both with Lisa and without - seems to be paying off in our ability to translate what we are trying to do - to a live setting.

Thanks to Nick, Jake at Busker/The Flowershop, for inviting us to play the first event under his new curatorial platform. Thanks to everyone who came out early to see us. Thanks to Lisa, for involving Isidro and me in an event originating more from her zone.


31 MARCH 2007
Carlos Giffoni
Burning Star Core

Rob Kerr – Synth
Ed Knigge – Synth + Vocals
Chris Mack – Synth
Isidro Reyes – Synth
Mark Solotroff – Vocals + Synth

03. AS IF
07. HEAD

This was a great night, through and through. Another easy-going event at The Flowershop, an excellent audience turnout, and mind blowing sets, to boot. We got things started with our first show in three-and-a-half months. The break from BLOODYMINDED did me some good, because I was ready to go. After building the set list, I was sure that we could do it in well under twenty minutes, but we hit the twenty-five minute mark, surprisingly, to me, at least. Still, we kept the energy going, no small thanks due to the enthusiastic audience. It also felt good to load up on extra tracks from “Trophy.”

Prurient was up next, and Dominick seemed to channel the negative affects of the prior few days into the most blistering Prurient set that I have ever seen. While I still miss something about his older “war with the amps” sets, this latest evolution of Prurient, which melds power-electronics with effective elements of black metal and minimal synth, was 100% potent, powerful, and brutal. Again, the crowd was soaking it up. A perfect companion set to his “Pleasure Ground” recording.

Burning Lake & Palmer were up next… merely a playful reference to the epic nature of C. Spencer Yeh’s solo Burning Star Core set. The violin work went from avant-garde to shoegazer to cut-your-throat, over a well-constructed arc that was followed by a brief piece of vocal FX fuckery. By that point, the puddles on the floor could have been caused either by the heavy rainstorm or members of the audience melting into the concrete floor.

Carlos Giffoni stepped up to the table and proceeded to mow down anyone left standing with a barrage of analog-driven noise that acted as a great follow up to repeat listenings of his “Arrogance” CD. Carlos came on hard, drove waves of electronics into the audience --- seemingly pushing the PA further and further --- and ended at the perfect point, on the brink of audio collapse. A sharp, concise, and damaging set.

Thanks to Nick, Jake, and everyone else at Busker/The Flowershop, who hosted us and cleaned up after us. Thanks to Carlos, Spencer, and Dominick, for delivering such powerful sets. Thanks to all of our great friends who came out to support. Thanks to everyone who made it to the show, despite all of the other events going on that night. Thanks to Terence and his crew, for capturing everything on two video cameras. Thanks to Marlene for videotaping us and taking some digital snapshots.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Friday Location

Here is the corrected location for Friday's show:

A+D Gallery
Columbia College
619 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL

Aaron Dilloway
Dave Fischoff
Mark Solotroff

More details to follow...

Photos - One

The first batch of photographs from Saturday's show are now up on my Flickr page. I will be adding Marlene's photos soon, including her shots of BLOODYMINDED.

Show report soon, too...

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