Documenting the Action Research series of live experimental/noise shows, mostly in Gainesville, FL. Contact: ironingmusic(at)gmail(dot)com

Friday, September 9, 2016

Action Research 159

Action Research #159

Golden Retriever
(Olso, Norway)

"Golden Retriever is a pure noise-improv outfit from Oslo, Norway who plays hard-hitting noise with drums, guitar and electronics. GR has toured extensively in Europe and did a short stint in the US last year. The music is usually balls-to-the-walls harsh noise but with strong elements of Black Metal, punk and Japanoise. Both musicians are frequent improvisers on the Norwegian scene and have a long history of putting on fiery live shows."

(Oslo, Norway)

"Propan is a vocal duo with two of Oslo's young female improvisers. Utilising, feedback, loops and an extended reportoire of vocal techniques they make otherworldly, rapturous music. Known for their mesmerizing sound and freakish vocal sounds they've been refining a distinct approach to improvised music."

Elka Bong
(Al Margolis aka If, Bwana + Walter Wright)

Al Margolis aka If, Bwana:
"If, Bwana was born on New Year's Eve 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. A recent review of Margolis's work says: "Let it be declared that Al Margolis/If, Bwana is some sort of evil genius working with raw materials which are never adapted to a genre or a context, because they create one in that very moment. Those sources are radically altered up to an utterly unrecognizable state, anarchic manifestations moving in compact determination." (Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes).

"Al Margolis has been an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music; was co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition."

Walter Wright:
"Walter Wright is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on "improvisation as a way of being present in the world."

"Walter was one of the first video animators. At Computer Image Corp he animated letters, words, and titles for Children’s Television Workshop. He was a video animator for Ed Emshwiller’s Thermogenesis and Scapemates, aired by WNET’s Artists Television Workshop. Scapemates was the first computer graphics video nominated for an Emmy Award (1971). He showed his work at the first computer art conference at the Kitchen (NYC, 1973). In 1973-76, as artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, he pioneered video performance touring public access centers, colleges, and galleries with the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer.

"Walter has developed software and hardware for artists including the Video Shredder, a desktop video processor for the TARGA2K. Currently he works with Max/MSP, softVNS, and Processing. His programs and sketches are available on his blog.

"Walter performs with several groups including Apocalypso, Ensemble indent, and Los Condenados. He uses a Bugbrand Board Weevil, a Flower Electronics Little Blue Boy, intact mics by Crank Sturgeon and sometime plays drums. He recently toured with an amplified drum kit and is experimenting Martin Freeman's Horndog and Peter Blasser's Shnth"

Jill Burton
(extended vocals/sound/movement/performance)

"Extended vocalist/composer/holistic/sound/movement/energy/performance artist JILL BURTON was a professional ballerina, modern dancer, dance teacher/accompanist, and free improvisor in Gainesville FL during the 1970s. In 1978, she traveled to San Francisco where she met for the first time her life-long friends and collaborators Davey Williams and LaDonna Smith, and connected for the first time to a larger, world-wide community of free improvisors. She lived in Manhattan's East Village from 1981-1991 where she was very active as part of the downtown experimental music/dance/performance art scene; including co-founding, w/Rain Worthington, the band HIZOHI (which also included Jane Scarpantoni, Yuval Gabay, and Kumiko Kimoto). She has been privileged to work with and learn from artists from all over the world, including the Peking Opera, the Noh Theater, and Alaska Native Tlingit dancers and storytellers. She has studied and practiced hands-on healing and energy work for over twenty years, always incorporating this into her performance work. In other words, she is a "world-class, visionary badass". Current projects include Jill's INFERNO, an octet a capella operetta inspired by Dante."

(ambient electronic sparkle that recently moved to Gainesville from Australia!)

(I never know what to expect and am consistently floored)

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Friday, September 23, 2016
(next to Curia On The Drag/Gallery Protocol)
2117 NW 6th St
Gainesville, FL


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