Mixology 2022 / Night One: Marcia Bassett brings new work in sound and light multidimensionality, meta patterns, and relationships composing in and with time.
Marcia Bassett (Buchla Music Easel), Ted Gordon (Buchla Music Easel), and Patrick Cain (video manipulation).
Roulette’s annual Mixology Festival of electronically engaged artists returns with purveyors of the multidimensional. Taking inspiration from the great multi-instrumentalist Jerome Cooper’s description of his extended drum kit performances as “multidimensional drumming,” Mixology 2022 brings artists working in similar multiplicities, layers and multi-rhythms, for whom instrumentation, medium, and even genre—from techno to noise to hip hop beat tapes to synth folk blues—are, utilizing Cooper’s words, “…synthesized into one instrument.” Guest curated by artist and arts-worker Matt Mehlan.
Artist/musician Marcia Bassett works in areas of sound, improvisation, and visual creations. Bassett’s work is equal parts trance and critique. Her sound pieces thread the needle between the conceptual and the sensual, between ritual invocation and cold semiotic gaze. Using handmade electronic instruments, prepared guitar, synthesizer, field recordings and tape explorations, Bassett deftly wields philosophical systems to produce heady, experiential clouds; pushing through drones into provocative soundscapes – the intangible narratives of dreams.
Ted Gordon is a musician and musicologist whose work connects experimental music with the critical study of science & technology. As a scholar, his work has been published by Contemporary Music Review (forthcoming), Current Musicology, Portable Gray, the Library of Congress, the American Musicological Association, and Cultural Anthropology. As an improviser, he performs with the viola and the Buchla Music Easel. With Matthew Mehlan, he has released music as the Chicagoland Electric Music Box Association, and has collaborated with Marcia Bassett and Jeffrey Perkins. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Baruch College, City University of New York.
Patrick Cain is a multimedia artist working with sound and video to create improvised abstractions. They are one-half of the band model home and make solo music under the name p cain.