library experimental – five lullabies by lykanthea!

By turns gentle, frightening, and humorous, the lullaby becomes a subject of experimentation for Lykanthea’s Lakshmi Ramgopal. In a dreamy evening performance of traditional Tamil songs and her own original pieces, Five Lullabies by Lykanthea explores the genre as a conduit for handing down knowledge, and with it, childhood, loss, and sleep. She will be accompanied by cellist Lia Kohl.

Library Experimental is an ongoing series focusing on Chicago’s experimental musicians. It is happening at the Chicago Public Library in Jefferson Park on Thursday, July 5 from 7-7.30pm.

The fifth installment of the 2018 season features is split into two performances. The first of which will be a special evening event featuring Lykanthea! The show will begin promptly at 7pm, so please arrive a little before then.

Free! Kid friendly! If the kids are patient!

Jefferson Park library is located at 5363 W Lawrence. Convenient to both bus and blue line. https://www.chipublib.org/locations/38/

Artist info:

Lykanthea

Over the last four years, the work of Lykanthea’s Lakshmi Ramgopal has transformed from explorations of electro-ambient pop idioms into expansive performances and installations. Her debut EP Migration garnered praise from Noisey, Chicago Tribune, and Public Radio International’s The World for its alchemy of synths, catchy melodies, and Carnatic improvisatory techniques. The record led to a European tour, Leipzig’s Wave-Gotik Treffen, and an opening performance for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, where she shared a bill with Billy Corgan, Lupe Fiasco, and Jamila Woods. Amid all this, while completing her PhD, she teamed up with Paula Matthusen to create Prex Gemina, a sound installation for the American Academy in Rome’s show Cinque Mostre.

Since the death of her grandmother and birth of her niece last year, Ramgopal has turned her attention to atavistic questions of motherhood and personal legacy. Her sound installation Maalai, which appears this summer the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, explores the histories of women in her family and the contemporary practice of Hinduism in domestic spaces using real and fabricated audiovisual records. With A Half-Light Chorus, which Experimental Sound Studio commissioned this year for its Florasonic series, she considers memory and kinship with an installation in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Conservatory featuring vocalists imitating the calls of birds from India and Sanskrit literature. This new body of work joins multidisciplinary ensemble shows that herald a shift in Ramgopal’s storytelling—one that eschews cold electronics and embraces the warmth of the sruti box, unprocessed vocals, and performance art and dance.

These journeys find a home in Ramgopal’s follow-up to Migration, which is due later this year. A study in the search for renewal after loss, hope mingles with despair in her new record. In Lykanthea lies the eternal possibility of transformation and rebirth.

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library experimental – june 2018

Library Experimental is an ongoing series focusing on Chicago’s experimental musicians. It is happening at the Chicago Public Library in Jefferson Park on Saturday, June 9, from 2-4pm.

Early! Free! Kid friendly! If the kids are patient!

The fourth installment of the 2018 season features Lindsey French / Willy Smart; Sarah J. Ritch; and Morgan Krauss!

Jefferson Park library is located at 5363 W Lawrence. Convenient to both bus and blue line. https://www.chipublib.org/locations/38/

artist info:

Lindsey French / Willy Smart

Lindsey french is an artist whose work engages in gestures of sensual and mediated communication with landscapes and the nonhuman. Her projects materialize as texts written in collaboration with trees, scent transmissions, and performative lectures. She currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Departments of Art and Technology Studies and Contemporary Practices.

Stemming from Anna Tsing’s idea of contamination as collaboration, Willy Smart and Lindsey french offer a space for listening to the landscape. Field recordings of contaminated landscapes, live local environmental input, and human error suggest modes for rereading and hearing Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.

Sarah Ritch

Along with classical training in cello and piano, Sarah Ritch has also played guitar and bass in several punk and metal bands prior to her academic music studies. Ms. Ritch holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Arts from SAIC’s Sound department, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. Sarah studied cello performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Moonlight Tran and Dr. Andrew Smith, and with Barbara Haffner at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Sarah Ritch’s work ranges from improvisational noise to tonal notated music to musical studies on algorithmic expression. She has been the composer-in-residence for Chicago classical ensembles the Millennium Chamber Players and the Anaphora Ensemble. Ms. Ritch is an advocate for education in the arts and technology, having taught Music Theory, Composition, and Cello at the Southport Performing Arts Conservatory, and serving as Director of Technology and Professor of The History and Science of Sound
for the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at UIC.

Morgan Krauss

Morgan Krauss (b. 1985) is a composer currently living in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Music in Composition at Columbia College Chicago in the winter of 2012. She is now continuing her studies in Music Composition as a Doctoral student at Northwestern University.

Krauss’ ambitions in her works are to produce tactile explorations based on ones physical awareness and elements of allurement. Her music is focused on the latent instability of seemingly fixed gestures where the interaction between the performer and the score creates yet a third entity, often guided by improvisation and the clashing of emotional opposites.

pan y rosas release H2RI by anna xambó!

anna xambó is a researcher and musician with a background in computer science engineering, digital humanities and digital arts. she completed her phd in 2015 (the open university), specializing in music computing and HCI, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the centre for digital music (queen mary university of london).

her musical practice includes live coding, multichannel spatialization, tangible music, collaborative interfaces, audience participation with mobile devices, and real-time music information retrieval. she has performed internationally and works actively in the music tech and experimental electronic music scene, as a co-founder of the online music records carpal tunnel in barcelona (spain), co-founder of women in music tech at georgia tech (usa), and co-organizer of international concerts.

H2RI is an instance of a generative album created by anna xambó in 2018. the 20 tracks of 1′ each have been generated using her self-built tool MIRLC, a library for using music information retrieval techniques in live coding. a basic rule has shaped the audio sources of the album: to only use of short sounds from the crowd-sourced, online, sound database freesound. each track is complemented with the code in SuperCollider and the attribution to the authors of the original sounds.

get the album here!

pan y rosas release oblivion by nhung nguyen!

nhung nguyen is an experimental musician and sound artist who has been composing and playing experimental music since 2011. under her own name or the alias, sound awakener, she has been creating sonic waves in hanoi’s underground music scene for the past few years. where the sound awakener project focuses on abstract experimental sounds, releases under the name nhung nguyen tend toward melodic, cinematic material.

oblivion is a composition for contact mics, radio and electronics. during the composition and recording process of this work, nhung nguyen explored the use of found objects, field recordings and electronic processing and linked them with the lost times, abandoned memories and forgotten places. the results are an abstract atmosphere – simultaneously calm, meditative, chaotic and noisy.

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pan y rosas release the wind by dadala!

dadala began in 2004. it was and is a continuation of richard dunlap’s history of routes through music an daudio art. in 2007 a core group of contributors began to coalesce who created material specifically for the dadala project. the group currently consists of richard dunlap, loopy c (chris r. gibson), erocnet (roger sundström), and paul mimlitsch.

the wind is a collage of guitars, keyboards, drums, dulcimers, ambients, acoustmatics, soundscapes, beats, glitches, virtual instruments, derivations, bass clarinets, effects.

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pan y rosas release REMISE EN BOUCHE by lola de la mata

lola de la mata (b.1991) is a london based artist, musician, and composer whose practice focuses around the body, collaboration and listening. lola’s work ranges from monotypes and graphic scores, to installations and compositions for movement, voice, electronics and classical instruments.

lola is the organiser behind the interdisciplinary artist group ‘parallel praxis’, which seeks to support and develop process and individual practice, to provide a wider network, and promote collaboration.

REMISE EN BOUCHE, which translates as palate cleanser, or in the mouth, is both an act of refreshment for the ears, and a commentary on the misogyny women experience in the creative industries.

the album combines field recordings, classical rifts, untrained voice, violin, and transformed feedback noise. the layers co exist, tangle, overlap, to form a textured sonic world, full of movement, with sounds appearing and receding into dark voids.

everything you hear in this album was generated acoustically either with instrumentation or concrete sound sources.

get the album here!

library experimental – may 2018

library experimental is an ongoing series focusing on chicago’s experimental musicians. it is happening at the chicago public library in jefferson park on saturday, may 12, from 2-4pm.

early! free! kid friendly! if the kids are patient!

the third installment of the 2018 season features noise bias and last king of poland!

jefferson park library is located at 5363 w lawrence. convenient to both bus and blue line. https://www.chipublib.org/locations/38/

artist info:​

Noise Bias:

Noise Bias is an all-female contemporary ensemble exclusively showcasing the work of women composers. Existing as a collective, the women of Noise Bias share the common goal of creating and sustaining an environment where women are in positions of creative power and musical decision-making. Their goal is to curate new music performances that directly confront and challenge the gender disparity within the Chicago new music scene.

https://www.noisebias.org/

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Last King of Poland:

Last King of Poland (Tomasz Ryszard Jurczak) is a polish noise artist from Chicago who has for the last years traveled the world, touring Japan and the United States extensively. he has released ten cassettes on different labels, the newest being an improvisational collaboration with Japanese noise artist go, out on 1980 records.

His whole creation in itself is an identity crisis, between two different worlds. Back and forth between American brashness and Polish chivalry which he brings out with loops and samples of waves and everyday life. His performance is unique. muted, he would look like a vivid story teller, passionately explaining his travels through outer space with sadness in his heart.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/lastkingofpoland

pan y rosas release nebeculae magellani by Marta SmiLga!

Marta SmiLga is a project of liga smirnova, a riga based musician who lives for electronic music. since early childhood, her main interests have been music and astronomy. using her collection of electronic music instruments, mostly modular and keyboard synthesizers, she generates deep immersive cosmic soundscapes. sometimes they drag you into their gravitational field, like matter to a black hole. sometimes they take you to unknown galaxies far away, full of shimmering stars.

nubeculae magellani is a cycle of two experimental ambient pieces, dedicated to dwarf galaxies that orbit the milky way galaxy: the small magellanic cloud and the large magellanic cloud. Marta SmiLga created the music by sampling modular synthesizers and processing the samples with adobe audition.

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pan y rosas release upheaval 100 by arvo zylo!

arvo zylo has been making experimental music that wavers around, but is undeniably anchored in, the vein of industrial noise, since the year 2000. he works under his own name as well as under the collaborative umbrella moniker “blood rhythms.”

zylo began with no previous knowledge of experimental music, using a primitive sequencer with destroyed presets and intentional malfunctions as a primary source of compositional inspiration. his work has evolved to fetishize extreme layering, repetition, raw material action, feedback, human/animal/onomatopoeia sounds, and naturally abrasive elements without the use of effects pedals.

upheaval is a process piece that zylo has worked on over the course of years. it was initially created as a drone built with samples of divas holding sustained notes. zylo continued to return to and rework that source material. he has now created 100 versions of this piece. version 100 was aired during “drone week” on sound art radio in the uk several times. this final version of upheaval is now released on pyr.

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