Dok Gregory – Lap Steel Guitar, Theremin, Cymbal, Electronics
Peter Principle – Spirit
Karl Scholz – WerkBench Sampler
Jeremy Slater – Prepared guitar, Electronics, Shortwave Radio
Wolfgang von Stuermer (WvS) – Digital Synthesizers, E-bass controller, Effects
Chris Jordan – Live Visuals
For their performance at Mixology, Causings investigates two intertwining sound worlds: one of glacial music formed by intensely slow-moving polyrhythms; the other a malleable choreography for honing free form at the microcosmic level. Causings is a collective with fluid membership and instrumentation based in New York City. The group explores structured improvisation using traditional and non-traditional instruments, 1-bit electronics, found objects, field recordings, cellphones, photographs, and signal-processing software. Members tend to include Derek Baron, Sandy Gordon, Adam Gundersheimer, Vanessa Haddad, James Krivchenia, KT Pipal, Aaron Smith, John Welsh, and occasionally others. Since 2015, Causings has been featured on WKCR, WGXC/Wave Farm, at Wesleyan University, Bennington College, and the New School, in the Chicago Reader, and on the Pan y Rosas and Power Moves labels.
Emerging out of Bushwick, Brooklyn, Plan 23 creates extended, immersive, audio-visual experiences that bend one’s perception of time & space. Silver Chord offers ocean waves of textured, mostly electronic sound palettes, forming an integrated music that crosses the sensitivity of great improvisors with the experimentation of early electronics pioneers. Encompassing a sonic spectrum from dark-ambient soundscapes via subliminal pulses to electro-acoustic psychedelic sounds the group delivers sonic explorations into uncharted spaces, thus redefining electronic psychedelic music for the 21st century. Plan 23 has performed at Knockdown Center, Silent Barn, Trans Pecos, BPM, Index Art Center Newark, Microscope Gallery, 23 Windows, Sonic Front, CADENCE 23, Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival, Bushwick Open Studios Arts Festival, Catskill Art Society, and at “Alien Acres” Summer Arts Festival in the Catskill Mountains. This performance is dedicated to Peter Principle (1954-2017).
Mixology Festival 2018: Circuit Breakers presents four evenings and seven musical artists and ensembles who bend, blend, and extend electronic instruments and tools toward new realms of creative communication. Surreal songs, ritual roustings, radiophonic phenomena, and a multimedia mélange will incite, inspire, and inhabit. Active for over 25 years, Roulette’s Mixology Festival celebrates new and unusual uses of technology in music and the media arts. Primarily a snapshot of current activity, Mixology strives to reflect both the history and trends of innovation that impact the Zeitgeist.
Curated by David Weinstein, with consultation from Susan Karabush, Ruth Kahn, Kerry Santullo, and Mia Wendel-DiLallo.