Â Gift Tapes /Â presents:
Matt Carlson, Jeff Witscher, Jason E Anderson
Our secondÂ show of 2017 couldÂ prove to be one of this series’ least ‘accessible’ presentations, but that didn’t seem to deter people; there were many new faces and really largeÂ turnout! Â I was extremely happy about this, as the quad setup and video projection made this one of my more complex setups at the Chapel.
Jason E Anderson.Â Video: Emily Pothast
After announcing the performance, I began my set (Jason E Anderson), mostly hidden behind a ridiculous amount of hardware hear, which was driven byÂ a computer running Supercollider programmed to generate control voltages toÂ automate a modular synth and send MIDI notes to Roland MKS-70 (which is the Twin Peaks synth in a box). Â I won’t speak to how this was received, but it wasn’t as much of a train wreck as I thought it’d be!
Jeff Witscher’s performance probably hit the hardest, pushing the volume to the limits of what the space will allow. Â His set contained bothÂ 100% synthetic tones and enhancedÂ field recordings/foley sounds edging towards the artificial, played back via computer. What struck me the most was his use of spaceâ€“dynamic gesturesÂ made of noisy textures and clean tones, but punctuated with varying moments of silence. Â His accompanying video was very much coming out of Witscher’s visual repertoire: a sort of autobiographical view into his world throughÂ a collage of symbols captured to video from a phone… an odd blend of comedic and beautiful.
Matt Carlson.Â Video: Emily Pothast
Matt Carlson’s performance was a bewildering assault of a seemingly unlimited set of modular synth patches, punctuated by word fragments and presented in 4-channel quad surround sound. Â This was synthetic maximalism taken to the next level. Â Carlson performed his piece using a mic andÂ a sampling keyboard setup (NI Kontakt, computer, midi keyboard), mapping each key to a massive array of custom modular synth patches and voice recordings. Â Each of these sounds were then assigned to different locations throughout the speaker array. Â Sounds glided and jumped from one place to the next, occasionally colliding in such a way that sentences seemed to form around you. It was impressive to listen toÂ such large assortment of sounds and witness how they could form a specific logic together.
A special shoutout to: James Watkins for again running video and lights, to Robert (RM) Francis for managing the door and merch, to Steve Peters/Wayward Music Series for making the show possible, and to audience forÂ pitching in on the cleanup!