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[Visually Sound Sunday: Brent Green, ‘Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then’ Live at EMPAC]


Tonight at Hallwalls animated filmmaker Brent Green will be showing his film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. As you can see from the clip above, Green doesn’t just show his films, he also performs along with them. This clip was recorded at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy and should be a decent preview of what’s in store for us tonight at Asbury Hall.

Green is also in Buffalo to work on a new project in conjunction with Hallwall’s Artist-in-Residence Project. For more info on both tonight’s feature and the new project being partially made in Buffalo see the info below.

From the Hallwall’s website:

Leonard loves Mary so much he builds a house to save her life. Self-taught animator and HARPartist Brent Green built a town, a moon and stars to make a film about their love and our myths. “A tinkerer’s ode to a tinkerer, and a romantic’s tribute to a romantic, Gravity radiates an oddball homemade charm. The film, which belongs firmly to the American Eccentric School, tells the true story of Leonard Wood, a hardware store clerk in Kentucky who built a crazy-quilt house in the 1970s as a healing machine for his wife Mary, hoping to save her from cancer. (No go.)” – “A Healing House,” Rachel Saltz, New York Times, May 6, 2010

The Pennsylvania-based filmmaker recently premiered To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given—a kinetic sculpture installed at Sundance’s New Frontier and commissioned by the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center—will present his critically acclaimed feature film, a stop motion animation based on a devastating and true love story. The live performance of Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then features an array of musicians, including Brendan Canty of D.C.’s famed hardcore band Fugazi and co-founder of Trixie Film); Gravity star Michael McGinley (of Chicago’s The Bitter Tears), Brooklyn’s Drew Henkels (Drew & The Medicinal Pen); with Donna K. on foley and live narration by Brent Green.

The presentation is in conjunction with the artist’s Hallwalls Artists-in-Residence Project, which will support Green as he begins pre-production on his latest feature Anatomical Maps With Battle Plans. In Buffalo he will begin recording both the narration and musical score that will serve as the basis for the film’s construction, and embark upon the first stages of a soundtrack that will draw upon “anxiously compiled” storyboards, notes, writings and drawings. Michael McGinley and Donna K., who stared in and collaborated with Green on his first feature Gravity…, will participate in the sonic development of a new home-spun tale based on mythic figures from Green’s family history. HARP is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Hallwalls Media Arts program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Brent Green is a self-taught animated filmmaker and artist who lives and works in rural Cressona, PA. His films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival (2006-9), MoMA, the Getty Center, Warhol Museum, IFC Center, the Walker Arts Center, the Kitchen, Hammer Museum, EMPAC, the Rotterdam International Film Festival and a ton of other museums and festivals around the world. He’s had solo shows at the Andrew Edlin Gallery (NYC), Bellwether Gallery (NYC), the Sculpture Center (Cleveland), CAM St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), Site Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), The Berkeley Art Museum, Matrix program, the ASU Art Museum (Tempe, AZ), DiverseWorks (Houston, TX) and Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY). Green’s artwork is represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery, NYC. He is a 2005 Creative Capital grantee.

[Free Music Friday: Bear Flames, EPs and Demos]

After a several year hiatus Bear Flames re-emerged with a performance at Hallwall’s last month. Whether or not the reunion was a one-off is unclear at the moment*, but the avant-rock trio out of Buffalo has made available a bunch of their old stuff to download via guitarists Scott Valkwitch’s SoundCloud site. Enjoy.

*Note: Valkwitch has responded by saying that the Hallwall’s show was “not a one-off reunion and we have been rehearsin’ NEW material.”  After listening to the old stuff I have to say that’s welcome news. 

From Soundcloud site:

Tracks 7 thru 10 Recorded in 2007 By Chris (RIP).
Tracks 1 thru 6 Recorded from 2005-06 by Bare Flames.

Jim Abramson – drums
T Andrew Trump – guitar, bass
Scott Valkwitch – guitar, effects

[Preview: Crispin Glover, Cobra, Com Truise/Ay Fast, ASAC @ UAG

Tons of good stuff happening this week so on tonight’s show we’ll preview each of them.

Crispin Glover

-Tonight actor/director Crispin Hellion Glover will return to the Market Arcade for a performance and film screening. To set the stage for the two-night appearance, we’ll hear a track off of  Mr. Glover’s 2006 album The Big Problem ? The Solution. The Solution = Let it Be. That’s right, the guy makes weird music, too.

-Friday night, Wooden Cities will be staging a performance of John Zorn’s improvisational-game piece Corba at Hallwall’s. Those unfamiliar with the Corbra concept can tune in to hear a past Cobra performance.

-Also, Friday night Soundlab will feature Oneida, NY, native and Ghostly International recording artists Com Truise, along with Buffalo producer Ay Fast.  We’ll hear tracks from both these electronic beat makers.

-And on Sunday, many members of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective will perform at the Upstate Artist’s Guild in Albany. We’ll hear songs from a number of artists that will be at Sunday night’s show, which is being put together as a benefit for the UAG. The UAG needs help to stay in its current gallery space and the ASAC, which has worked closely with the Guild since 2007, is hoping to raise as much money as possible to help the Guild out.

Show starts at 10pm on 91.3 FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.

[Free Music Friday: Marla Hlady, ‘A Case for Sound: Nite Ride’]

DOWNLOAD: Marla Hlady & Friends, “A Case for Sound: Nite Ride” 

Now that the [2011 in Review] series is all wrapped up we will get back to our regular weekly posts. First up, [Free Music Friday]!

On this week’s show we played an excerpt from a piece by sound artists Marla Hlady titled “A Case for Sound: Nite Ride.” The Toronto native created the piece as part of the Nite Ride project that was commissioned by Ottawa-based art collective Artengine in 2009.

Below is the project description from the Artengine website:

Marla Hlady’s practice as a sculptor and sound artist is rooted in a consideration of the relationship between sound, space, and social context. The work she created for Nite Ride thus began as an exploration of the spatio-temporal experience of night driving, which she then carried forward through the various stages, architectures, geographies, and social spaces of the project. Bypassing the 5.1 surround sound system on the bus, Hlady produced a set of eight portable sound objects—square boxes the size and shape of LPs, outfitted with briefcase handles and speakers, and finished with the high-gloss urethane of acoustic stringed instruments. Each box contained a unique sound loop, a fragment that Hlady had recorded by placing two shotgun microphones in the back seat of her car and then driving around Ottawa with the windows open. The result is a hypnotic mix of music from her car stereo, traffic noise, wind interference, and occasionally even birdsong. Passengers on the bus further modulated these loops via a mercury switch concealed within each box, which produced a sound effect similar to a skipping record.

During the Nite Ride bus tours, Hlady’s sound objects were distributed among passengers, who were encouraged to experiment with them by playing with their mercury switches, reconfiguring them throughout the space, and passing them back and forth, thus creating a living, moving sound puzzle. The Web version of the project functions as a kind of aural trace of these collective sonic experiments, which have, in a sense, traveled from one end of the project to other. In the spirit of this continuing voyage, Hlady has shifted the final emphasis from experimental sound to experimental geography, adding a set of chance-based driving instructions to the MP3 soundtrack. In this way, the audience will continue to reinvent the project on an individual basis. 

Hlady currently has an exhibition running at Hallwall’s until February 24 that includes a continuation of the “A Case for Sound” project along with other additional sound works. Definitely something worth checking out.


[Preivew 1.18.12: Skeleton Zoo, Tony Conrad, ProEf, Occult Modem Setting, Marla Hlady]

Despite observing a blackout earlier today due to the SOPA protest, The Upstate Soundscape will be on the air tonight as usual. Here is what you will hear….

New stuff from ProEf, experimental turntablist from Toronto, an extended sound piece from Marla Hlady who currently has an exhibition up at Hallwall’s, and a live performance from Tony Conrad and MV Carbon, who will be performing together at the closing ceremonies of Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room this Friday.

We’ll also hear songs from regional artists Occult Modem Setting (see our review of his album, Compression Artifacts here) and Skeleton Zoo, whose EP The Busride we will be reviewing later this weekend.

Show starts at 10pm on 91.3 FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.



[Free Music Friday: Tatsuya Nakatani Live on WFMU]

DOWNLOAD: Tatsuya Nakatani Live on WFMU (2008)

Percussionist extraordinaire Tatsuya Nakatani will be performing tonight in Buffalo at Hallwalls as part of the Buffalo Undersound Fall Concert Series.

So for [Free Music Friday] here is a performance of Tatsuya from 2008 that was recorded on WFMU’s the Long Rally with Scott McDowell. Free download courtesy of the Free Music Archive. 

Also on the bill tonight is Buffalo’s Bill Sack Duo. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 members/students/seniors. Show starts at 8pm.


[Visually Sound Sunday: Tatsuya Nakatani @ Soundlab 7.10.10]

Here is a performance by percussionist extraordinaire Tatsuya Nakatani that was recorded last summer at Soundlab.

The Japanese-born musician will be giving a solo performance this Friday at Hallwalls. The show at Hallwalls will also feature a second collaborative performance with Buffalo’s Bill Sack Duo.

Should make for an interesting night of music to say the least.