September 7: Jason E Anderson & RM Francis

Gift Tapes/DRAFT Presents:

Jason E Anderson & RM Francis

Saturday, September 7, 2019
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
8pm, $5-15 sliding scale
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Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents Jason E Anderson and RM Francis at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series, with support from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Jason E Anderson will present a new composition called CORM (Consequence of Recursive Memory). RM Francis will present new computer synthesis work to open the evening. All proceeds from this performance will be donated to friend and fellow musician Norm Chambers to assist him with medical expenses.

*Anderson will also deliver a one hour workshop/demonstration at Patchwerks at 3pm prior to this event. He will discuss his new composition and share some strategies he’s devised to control modular synths with SuperCollider.

Jason E Anderson is an artist now living in the Inland Empire of the Pacific Northwest, having left Seattle in 2018 to live among the Palouse farmlands just outside of Pullman WA. His work includes performance, recordings, film/video, installation, music for dance, producing and publishing. Anderson performs and records music under his own name and in performance art/film collaboration LIMITS with dancer Corrie Befort. In 2001, he began performing in Seattle’s free improv/experimental music circles and in 2008 he co-founded improv synth duo Brother Raven with Jamie Potter, leading to his active involvement in the synth music scene running experimental music label Gift Tapes/DRAFT. In performance, Anderson employs systems that generate sound and patterns that are subject to manual manipulation. His occasional use of voice/text, particularly in the context of LIMITS, has augmented his use of abstract sound with extra-musical information to address concepts and context within the auditory realm. See: Jason E Anderson, LIMITS, Gift Tapes/DRAFT, Mesh Collaborative, Brother Raven, Space Habitat, Spare Death Icon, and Harpoon Pole Vault.

Consequence of Recursive Memory is a composition for voice/computer, comprised of prepared texts spoken by the performer in dialogue with a computer as a framework to observe recursion within human memory. The computer ‘listens’ to text spoken by the performer, which uses statistical analysis to model increasingly complex responses articulated by means of rudimentary sound synthesis. The system is biased to stimulate conceptual links between the textual content and technological process, but obfuscates speech intelligibility and pacing to equalize this information with the electronic sound.

*CORM and this performance is made possible with support from the Office of Arts and Culture, City of Seattle.

RM Francis is an artist working with computer-generated sound via performance, recording, and installation. His work has been presented throughout North America at numerous festivals, including Debacle (Seattle), 2 Day (Portland), Diffusion (Baltimore), and Human Festival (Philadelphia). His Hyperplastic Other project is a series of works utilizing chocolate, video, performance, and sound to dramatize alternative models of subjectivity. Francis was also a member of Mesh Collaborative, a computer music ensemble employing network architecture to explore novel modes of distributed authorship and human-computer collaboration. He lives in Seattle, where he is also active as a concert organizer. See: https://rmfrancis.net

Anderson’s CORM and this performance is made possible in part from support from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Wayward Music Series.

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents: Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists, Norm Chambers

Gift Tapes logo Gift Tapes / DRAFTpresents:
Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists, Norm Chambers

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
8pm, $5-15 sliding scale

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents a night of experimental electronic music featuring Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists & Norm Chambers – for the first installment of its 2017 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series.

Jonathan Sielaff resides in Portland, OR and plays the bass clarinet. Because he likes to play with drummers and electronic instruments, he often amplifies the bass clarinet and processes it with guitar pedals (he is also, conveniently, a guitarist). He cut his musical teeth in rock bands, new music ensembles and various schools of improvisation but most enjoys exploring the territory that exists between genres. His primary musical project is the duo Golden Retriever, with Matt Carlson on synth. They have a bunch of tapes and CDs out there as well as albums with Root Strata and Thrill Jockey.

Million Mists is the musical project of Portland resident Jamie Potter. Utilizing a variety of consumer-level electronic instruments and outdated recording techniques he has crafted a unique approach to experimental synthesizer music, referencing equally the subliminal atmospheres of new age and the rugged immediacy of 90’s hip hop production. Drawing inspiration from his visual and video art practice, he seeks primarily to create immersive, idiosyncratic sound worlds. In this performance Potter will create a live soundtrack to one of his video works. His musical efforts began with minimal Seattle drone group Bonus as well as involvement in free improvisation circles. He currently performs with Brother Raven and records solo work under the names Million Mists and Father Sound. His work can be found on Digitalis, Taped Sounds, Aguirre Records, Root Strata, JYRK and Gift Tapes.

Norm Chambers is a Seattle-based composer and synthesist. He has been active making music since the 1990s, however has gained more traction with his Panabrite project since 2010. Emerging from a love of early electronics, concrete/tape music, soundtracks and early new age, Chambers attempts to create worlds of sound that touch on many elements and moods, from more spatially motivated ambient to aspects of cosmic synth, minimalist composition and improvisation. Chambers utilizes an array of synthesizer equipment to achieve his sounds, in addition to field recordings and occasional acoustic elements. He has released numerous LPs, cassettes and CDs on such labels as Immune Recordings, Preservation (Australia), Aguirre (Belgium), Digitalis, VCO, Constellation Tatsu, Gift Tapes and many more. Chambers has recently retired the Panabrite moniker, yet continues to pursue new avenues of sound.

UPCOMING:

March 18 2017 – Matt Carlson, Jeff Witscher, Jason E Anderson at the Chapel Performance Space (Seattle)