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.

get the album here!

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.

get the album here!

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!

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.

get the album here!

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.

get the album here!

interview with sergio sanchez!

Diez años han pasado desde que el artista sonoro y músico experimental murciano, Sergio Sánchez, empezara su fructífera andadura creativa bajo el seudónimo de Jazznoize. Con este artículo intentaremos, en la medida de lo posible, introducirnos en su “ruidismo ibérico”, donde la transformación del elemento sonoro, capturado del campo sonoro cotidiano, nos lleva hasta el ruidismo extremo, el dark ambient y la música industrial, toda una realidad sónica más allá de la música concreta.

El trabajo de Sergio Sánchez se ha publicado en más de una veintena de sellos discográficos y netlabels de América y Europa. Su música ha sonado en los programas de RNE: Vía Límite, Ars Sonora, Sismógrafo, Fluido Rosa, y Atmósfera. De igual modo en los ciclos y festivales: Experimentaclub, Estampa–Sound In, MIMAA, CAM Alacant, Nit Electro Sonora, Puestas de Castilla, Clínica Mundana, Museo Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, etc. Ha realizado creaciones en colaboración con otros músicos: Francisco López, Javier Piñango, Zan Hoffman, Tsukiko Amakawa, Elías Merino, Carlos Suárez, Mark Cunningham, Miguel A. Ruiz, y A. L. Guillén, entre otros.

Pero su compromiso con la creación experimental no está limitado a su propio camino creativo. Sergio Sánchez fue quien comenzó a catalogar la fonoteca experimental del Centro Cultural Puertas de Castilla (archivo sonoro, colección de F. López). Asimismo, coordina grupos de difusión de música experimental (República Ibérica Ruidista), es miembro fundador de Intonarumori (Asociación murciana de Arte Sonoro y músicas experimentales) y dirige el netlabel RIR.

Mucho habría que escribir para poder explicar, en toda su dimensión, la creación de Jazznoize, pero intentaremos ahondar en ella, todo lo que nos sea posible, y para ello, agradecidos, contamos con su palabra y su música [1].

Juan J. Raposo: Hola Sergio, comenzamos con una simple pregunta, ¿qué es para ti el ruido? Y a continuación te lanzo otra que, para muchos oyentes alejados de las estéticas más actuales, puede conllevar una paradoja implícita. ¿Qué hay de bello en él?…