Derek Baron – Flutes, Motors, Audio
Sandy Gordon – Percussion, Field Recordings, Bao (Mancala)
Adam Gundersheimer – Objects
Vanessa Haddad – Video, Drawing, Voice, Contact Mic
KT Pipal – Semi-modular Synth
Aaron Smith – Guitar Pedal, Coil Pickup, Mini Guitar, Head Scratcher
John Welsh – Percussion, Winds, Melodica
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
On the third night of Mixology 2018: Circuit Breakers, 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, while Silver Chord from Plan 23 offers ocean waves of textured, mostly electronic sound palettes, forming an integrated music that crosses the sensitivity of great improvisers with the experimentation of early electronics pioneers.
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. 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. Their performance at Mixology Festival 2018 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, Stéphanie Palmer, and Mia Wendel-DiLallo.
This performance is part of series supported, in part, with funds from GENERATE: The Frances Richard Fund for Innovative Artists of Promise. Instituted in 2014, GENERATE aims to provide immediate, practical assistance to artists, helping them achieve ambitious work to be presented in our theater. Click here for more information about how you can contribute to GENERATE.
GENERATE: The Frances Richard Fund for Innovative Artists of Promise is made possible, in part, with funds from The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, The Jerome Foundation, mediaThe foundation, Inc., The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Roulette’s Board of Directors and the generosity of our New & Adventurous audiences.