Sound artist/composer and electro-multi-instrumentalist Andrea Parkins performs Ob-jest, the jettisoned, her new multi-channel audio work at Roulette on May 18, 2008. Parkins merges her accordion’s analog electronics with treatments by “Goldberg,” a live sound -processing instrument designed to impose “structural” and gestural interventions on the artist’s sonic materials: in this case, objects — collected, invented, imagined, or implicated — as they are set into motion and then ultimately come to stasis. The piece will also feature performances by bagpiper David Watson and cellist Alex Waterman, plus a possible guest.
ANDREA PARKINS is a sound artist, composer and electro multi-instrumentalist who also makes and arranges objects and images. Known especially for her dynamic timberal explorations on the electronically-processed accordion and inventive use of generative sound processing, she creates a fractured, yet fluid sonic language as she releases awkward electronic disruptions, concretized sampling, and feedback into the rising flow of her electric accordion’s sonority.
“Parkins always gives her bands such a distinctive flavor: she goes right past conventional squeezebox references and treats the thing like a no-input mixing board, generating sine waves, or a live miniature Morton Feldman generator, slowly stacking tones. ” — Signal to Noise
“the big, varied, confidently conceived abstractions Parkins yanks from her squeezebox, laptop, effects devices and maybe piano – cloudy and cranky one minute, surgically sharp the next. … She’s the kind of musician who can make a small group intergalactic”¦ lose your head.” – LA Weekly