GIFT/DRAFT’s first 2017 performance, January 28

Gift Tapes logo Gift Tapes / DRAFTpresents:
Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists, Norm Chambers

Jonathan Sielaff
Jonathan Sielaff solo performance

Norm Chambers
Norm Chambers, shot by Dave @looserailing

Our first show of 2017 felt like a real success, with the help of friends, lovely music and a supportive audience.  It’s an especially important time for live music, for building community and for experiencing the creative expression of artists.

The evening opened up with a beautiful set by Norm Chambers on synthesizers, beginning with an intriguing introduction of mangled frequencies, followed up by one of his more signature melodic sets, offset by an LPG’d motorik beat powered by his euro-modular.

Jonathan Sielaff

Jonathan Sielaff presented a powerful, dynamic set of processed bass clarinet and loops paired with a video sequence of structures among natural landscapes.  His piece drew attention to the acoustics of space and varied in intensity throughout.  Light floating melodies pierced by atonal moments of ripping, sub-augmented whines filled the space.  My personal favorite moments were the forceful, flattening gestures that sounded like the removal a throat from a live guerrilla – intense!

Million Mists

Million Mists, Jamie Potter’s solo project, performance was a cold and cryptic set of feedback loops and synthesis accompanying a new video experiment.  Potter’s adeptness as an improviser guided him into new and unusual territories of cycling sub bass tones and discrete hums on a self-oscillating analog drum head, a 70s wind/wave machine and delayed arpeggiations on a Pro-One, despite a brief technical issue of a dying piece of gear audibly hissing its way out of commission.  The sounds were reminiscent of Potter’s early work with drone and noise in Bonus circa 2004.  I inquired about the video after the show and he explained that he used a modified image of his own head (that we used for our press image) and 3D printed it, placed it on a turntable to rotate the head while projecting video feedback loops onto it, shooting it and then applying some post-processing.  Video sample below:

This show wouldn’t have gone so well without the help of two great friends: James Watkins running video and lights, and Robert (RM) Francis managing the door. The Wayward Music Series (Steve Peters) generously offers a beautiful space to host performances, but the PA setup, running sound, working the door and managing the artists can be challenging without the help of a good team.  Special thanks to those two for making this first performance a huge success!

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