“A percussion instrument is a musical instrument that is sounded by being struck or scraped by a beater (including attached or enclosed beaters or rattles), or struck, scraped or rubbed by hand, or struck against another similar instrument. The percussion family is believed to include the oldest musical instruments. 
The percussion section of an orchestra, however, traditionally contains in addition many instruments that are not, strictly speaking, percussion, such as whistles and sirens.”
Nick Hennies - Coming all the way from good ole Texas, percussion idiophones filtered through the imagination. Vibraphone and aux percussion create sonic textures not to be messed with. http://nhennies.com/
Eli Keszler - Ecstatic drumkit gestures! Extended technique creates a whirlwind of motion juxtaposed with sustained harmonic structure.http://elikeszler.com/sounds/
Lea B./Sandy Gordon - Bass Clarinet/Vibraphone collab of the Gods. Electroacoustic setup augments the inherent qualities of each instrument. Tape collage atop the instrumental lushness.
Show starts at exactly 9:17pm. Please bring a bottle to share and donations for the musicians. No Jerks.
2 Cassette-centric artists, one night of omnivorous sound!
Both Aki Onda and G. Lucas Crane cast their tape-buckets into a deep well of ephemeral noises to create collages that celebrate lo-fi aesthetics while conjuring a robust and immersive sonic palette…. Also the re-release of Northern Spy’s previously sold out Clandestine Cassette Series #Two which features both Aki and Lucas.
***SPECIAL Monday night DENSE MESH*** Sounds start promptly at 7:30, I’m really not kidding. As always, bring a bottle to share and donations for the musicians.
Aki Onda is an electronic musician, composer, and visual artist. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project – works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of two decades. Onda’s musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances. In another of his projects, Cinemage, Onda shows slide projections of still photo images, shot by himself, as a performance or installation. Onda has collaborated with artists such as Michael Snow, Ken Jacobs, Paul Clipson, Alan Licht, Loren Connors, MV Carbon, Oren Ambarchi, Noël Akchoté, Jean-François Pauvros, Jac Berrocal, Lionel Marchetti, Linda Sharrock, and Blixa Bargeld. http://www.akionda.net/
G. Lucas Crane aka NONHORSE is a sound artist, performer, and musician whose work focuses on information anxiety, media confusion, and recycled technology. Using a combination field recordings culled from the underbelly of the contemporary sonic media landscape and homemade electronic instruments, oscillators and broken machines, he creates compositions and performances as a reaction to, and illustration of, our information detritus choked times. Past work has dealt with musicality of a location or route, horror and phantasm in the information age, technology as abomination, the mystical presence of obsolete recording technology, recording as ritual, and the religious, poetic, and magical connotations of feedback and improvisation. Many of the soundscapes and collage work are built around quickly moving tape manipulations, the common cassette being a perfect example of old technology as iconic personal Gnostic totem. Years of environment recording and sample hunting have resulted in a broken library of material that is collaged together live, an information life that is constantly folding back on itself fractal-like, which he believes illustrates modern experience. Tape manipulation harkens back to the early days of experimental music, and in the context of the digital era it creates a sonic counterpoint on the continuum between hi and low fi, folk outsider and academic composition. Crane’s work exists in a meditation on the blurred boundary between new and old tech and the emotional and social toll created by the rapid advancement of the technological sonic/environment.
Stine Motland/Ben Hall/C. Spencer Yeh at DENSE MESH VI…Solo unprocessed vocals by Stine Motland bleed into a collaboration with percussionist Ben Hall and vocalist C. Spencer Yeh. One of the best performances I’ve seen all year. More sets from that night are here: http://www.youtube.com/user/mathgrind/videos