The opening night of Roulette’s Mixology Festival 2020: Psychedelia features two hallucinatory sets by Brooklyn-based hypnotists Long Distance Poison and Snake Union.
Exploring non-subjective musical processes and practices that minimize intention, self, and hylomorphic design, audiovisual trance-media duo Long Distance Poison is Nathan Cearley and Erica Bradbury. An electronic duo creating psychedelic, delicate, and fuzzed out freeform grooves and synchronized sonic dirt with analog synths, digital sound processing, modular wires, and Max patches, Snake Union is Chuck Bettis (Die Trommel Fatale, Mossenek, Meta-matics) and David Grant (Action Patrol, On A Clear Day). Katherine Liberovskaya joins the duo on this day with immersive video projection sorcery.
Long Distance Poison is the Brooklyn based experimental electronics project of Nathan Cearley and Erica Bradbury. They explore non-subjective musical processes and practices that minimize intention, self and hylomorphic design. LDP has performed at the Ende Tymes Festival, the Basilica Hudson 24-Hour Drone Festival, The Wassaic Project, the MOMA PS1 NY Art Book Fair, the Voice of the Valley Noise Festival, and Pioneer Works. In 2015, they did a residency at Clocktower Galley called Sacred Music After a God, and in 2017 they did a video installation at Printed Matter for their mind control experiment Rheomodes. They have releases on Hausu Mountain, Deep Distance, Oxtail Recordings, Constellation Tatsu, Ecstatic Peace!, Foxy Digitalis, Baked Tapes, VCO Recordings and other strange imprints. Their newest album, Technical Mentality (Hausu Mountain), will be released on January 31st.
SNAKE UNION is Chuck Bettis (Meta-matics, Mossenek) and David Grant (Action Patrol, On A Clear Day). A duo that works in improvisational rhythmic explorations that match analog synths and digital sound processing, modular wires and max patches—by turns psychedelic, delicate, and fuzzed out, the sequenced collides with the freeform as these two soundmakers push into new realms.
Presented as part of Mixology Festival 2020: Psychedelia—music and media performances that revisit and restore the virtues of visceral imagination in the form of enlightened vision, sonic illusions, collective synesthesia, and transformative grooving. Moving beyond the cliches of drug culture fabrications, the festival seeks to induce sustainable euphoria. Curated by David Weinstein.
Roulette’s Mixology Festival focuses on new and unusual uses of technology in music and media arts. Programmed by a rotating cast of artist/curators with a collectively unorthodox perspective, the Festival has, since 1991, boldly embraced both the successes and struggles of gadgets in the service of innovation.