You know what I find fascinating… I go on NASA and they always have sound samples of like, things that you wouldn’t expect there to be sound in. The sounds of the universe are much like a lot of the experimental sounds generated here by people. It’s quite amazing.” -Rent Romus, curator and performer at the New Music Summit.
By Scott Van Velsor
Beware, few souls tread here. The grim reaper of sound lurks in forgotten corners of San Francisco and only the bravest of audiophiles make it out to the tortured landscapes of noise and imagery and raw emotion found in an experimental scene lying violently beneath the surface of this city.
This is music at its most naked. There are no limitations. The only desire of these musicians is to make an impact in your mind and expand our conscious perception of what we think we know about making music. White noise, electronic robots screaming as they are crushed into the amplifier and snatches of dark emotion are commonplace. The purest tones and sweetest springtime lullaby somehow emerge from an amalgamated concoction of electronics, traditional instruments and homemade sound toys. The contradiction between light and dark doesn’t exist. This is the avant garde, and nothing is out of bounds.
The Edgetone New Music Summit happening over the next four days in San Francisco and Oakland is the West Coast’s contribution to the big wide world of free improvisation, and will blow the back of your sonically conditioned brain into the white acoustic ceiling tiles above your cubicle.
You might be thrilled. You might be chilled. You will be changed.
“This music is known as free improvisation, a music without known structure or mainstream visibility, bold enough to be uncomfortable with itself.” –Jack Wright, saxophonist
“We believe that harmony are like the brakes of a bus screeching to a halt, or the sound of a tin can falling down the stairs…melody is a long exhale between the moment you step and the moment you take another step, rhythm is the steady pulse of the ground beneath our feet as it bends and cracks under our weight. To live is be awash in sound. Sound is nature; life, death, and the space were all truth exists. A drop of rain in the gutter is a symphony to the person who listens with an understanding of causality, a love of truth and a belief in the glory and necessity of hearing with the ears located in the soul ”
At any rate, these shows start early and are cheap! Ten bucks general admission, five for students.
www.myspace.com/theearthshakes (Doctor Bob)
http://www.flexatone.net/ (Christopher Ariza)