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Gift Tapes/DRAFTpresents experimental music performances in the Seattle area. Gift Tapes and DRAFT are two Seattle-based experimental record labels curated by Jason E Anderson. In 2018, Gift Tapes/DRAFT will continue offering their program of live performances at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series. These performances will focus on artists residing in the Pacific Northwest involved in/around the experimental music community.

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UPCOMING:

June 2, 2018

Gift Tapes/DRAFT Presents:
ARUN CHANDRA
SCOTT GOODWIN

Arun Chandra

Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
8pm, $5-15 sliding scale

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents Arun Chandra and Scott Goodwin for its second installment of its 2018 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series. The work of Arun Chandra is not often presented outside of academic circles, but offers an extremely unique perspective on composition and computer music, having studied under Herbert Brun and recorded and performed works by Brun, Barry Traux and Xenakis. He will present four works, including a recent composition for 32 channels, down-mixed for 8 channels. Scott Goodwin will perform live, drawing on his niche somewhere between new techno and experimental composition, employing his ever-rotating set of electronic instruments (currently Eurorack synthesizers, outboard effects, and computer) to craft a set specifically designed for the Chapel “inspired by rhythmic minimalism, club music, video game soundtracks and the science fiction works of Greg Egan and Liu Cixi".

Arun Chandra

Arun Chandra is a composer and a conductor, teaching at The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington since 1998, working with undergraduate students interested in compositional experiments in music and theater, and the social context of contemporary artistic creation. His compositions have been performed at festivals and conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia.

He is a 2007–08 recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to India, where studied the combinatorial possibilities of North Indian melodic scales with the Indian mathematician Dr. Ashok Narayan.

In 2003, the Wesleyan University Press published his edition of When Music Resists Meaning the articles and lectures of Herbert Brun, his primary composition teacher.

He was the Music Director and Conductor of the Olympia Chamber Orchestra for four seasons (2000–2004), giving numerous premiers of new works for orchestra, along with works from the traditional orchestral repertory. With the orchestra, he recorded for publication Dominion for orchestra and two-channel tape by Barry Truax, and Infraudibles for quintet and two-channel tape by Herbert Brun.

During the 1990s, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan (1992–1994), Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Parkland Community College (1997–98), and a developer for Wolfram Research Inc. (1989–92), At Wolfram Research, he wrote the Audio and Music packages for Mathematica. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1989.

He was a founding member of the Performers’ Workshop Ensemble, with whom he toured extensively in the United States from 1978–1991, giving yearly performances for the American Society of Cybernetics. With the Ensemble, he helped start the School for Designing a Society in 1991.

Chandra continues to compose for various media and instrumental compositions. For the past five years, he has led the Evergreen Experimental Music Ensemble, a group of student instrumentalists and singers from The Evergreen State College, performing contemporary experimental works at colleges and schools in the Northwest. The group has performed works composed by the students, as well as Maledetto by Kenneth Gaburo, Nuits by Iannis Xenakis, and other works by contemporary composers.

Arun Chandra will present four works:
1. "smear pulse no sneer" for 2-channel tape (10:00) [1997]
2. "In detension" (for voice, guitar and 2 percussionists) (3:00) [1985]
3. "If you want to be yourself --- Change!" (for toy piano, guitar and celllo) (8:00) [2014]
4. "A Refugee in the Mediterranean" (for 8-channel tape) (30:00) [2017]

Scott Goodwin

Scott Goodwin started building DIY synthesizers in 2008 after returning from a short tour of the East Coast performing with three iPods, a microphone, and a crumpled brown paper bag. Over the years he’s played with the glacially static drone group Bonus, polyrhythmic house duo Polonaise, with “structural techno” band Operative, and with solo projects in both the techno and experimental music genres. Much of his work uses electronic instruments to explore the physicality of sounds, hearing, and perception. He’s also somewhat obsessed with applying concepts from the late 90s DIY hardcore punk scene to electronic art making. In 2017, Scott became a cofounder of Portland-based modular synthesizer company Plastic Ideas Electronics.

August 11, 2018

Gift Tapes/DRAFT Presents:
DOUG THERIAULT
RM FRANCIS

Doug Theriault

Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
8pm, $5-15 sliding scale

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents Doug Theriault and RM Francis for its third installment of its 2018 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series. Portland-based Doug Theriault makes his first Seattle appearance in five years,

Doug Theriault

Doug Theriault is an unclassifiable multi instrumentalist, composer and instrument builder who lives in Portland. His work has covered many different music styles but he is mostly known for his live cut up guitar improvisations using custom made electronics.

RM Francis

RM Francis is an artist based in Seattle working with computer-generated sound via recordings, installations, and performances. His work is primarily informed by historical electroacoustic practices and posthumanist philosophy. He has presented his work at numerous festivals in the US, including Debacle in Seattle, 2 Day in Portland, Diffusion in Baltimore, and Human Festival in Philadelphia. His work has been released on DRAFT, Agents of Chaos, and atrium. His 2017 release Hyperplastic Other, a multimedia work utilizing chocolate and sound, is published by nada. Francis is also a member of Mesh Collaborative, a computer music ensemble employing network architecture to explore novel modes of collective authorship.

ARCHIVE:

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:
February 3, 2018

Gift Tapes/DRAFT Presents:
SEATTLE PHONOGRAPHERS UNION, MESH COLLABORATIVE
Chapel Performance Space

GIFT TAPES/DRAFT PRESENTS:
August 26, 2017
JARRAD POWELL, GOLDEN RETRIEVER
Chapel Performance Space

GIFT TAPES/DRAFT PRESENTS:
May 6, 2017
SETH NEHIL, RM FRANCIS, CAMERON SHAFII
Chapel Performance Space

GIFT TAPES/DRAFT PRESENTS:
March 18, 2017
MATT CARLSON, JEFF WITSCHER, JASON E ANDERSON
Chapel Performance Space

GIFT TAPES/DRAFT PRESENTS:
January 28, 2017
JONATHAN SIELAFF, MILLION MISTS, NORM CHAMBERS
Chapel Performance Space

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:
August 21, 2015
MSHR, MILLION MISTS, LIMITS, RM FRANCIS
Chapel Performance Space

DRAFT PRESENTS:
February 20, 2015
RM FRANCIS, JASON E ANDERSON
Chapel Performance Space

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:
June 21, 2012
With assistance from DEBACLE RECORDS
BEE MASK, MATT CARLSON, SPARE DEATH ICON

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:
August 31, 2011
RENE HELL, EARN, RM FRANCIS, HARPOON POLE VAULT
The Josephine

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:
June 23, 2011
MARK MCGUIRE, RENE HELL, BROTHER RAVEN, EYE MYTHS
The Josephine

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:
Outsider electronic music
May 13, 2011
MATT CARLSON, RM FRANCIS
Chapel Performance Space

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:
Scorpio Vision Quest
November 1, 2010
EXPO 70, BROTHER RAVEN, MEGABATS
The Rendezvous

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:
An Evening of Electronic Sound & Visuals
October 10, 2010
CORRIDORS, MILLION MISTS, MATT CARLSON, PANABRITE
Gallery 1412

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:
Night of Contemporary Minimalism
August 24, 2010
GREG DAVIS, AURES, MIND OVER MIRRORS, STELLA HAZE
Gallery 1412

SYNTH NIGHT 3
An evening of meditative music
August 13, 2010
PULSE EMITTER, STELLA HAZE, SPARE DEATH ICON
Chapel Performance Space

GIFT TAPES PRESENTS:
An evening of Contemporary Drone music
June 23, 2010
BROTHER RAVEN, ZAIMPH, JAIME FENNELLY
Gallery 1412

SYNTH NIGHT 2
April 2, 2010
MAGNETICRING, J. HANSON, BROTHER RAVEN, MATT CARLSON
The Josephine

SYNTH NIGHT 1
February 18, 2010
STELLAR OM SOURCE, PACIFIC CITY NIGHTLIFE VISION BAND, BROTHER RAVEN
Gallery 1412