Gift Tapes Presents: MSHR, Million Mists, LIMITS & RM Francis

Gift Tapes logo Gift Tapes Presents:
MSHR, Million Mists, LIMITS & RM Francis

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Friday, August 21, 2012
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
Doors 7:30pm / 8:15pm showtime
$5-15 sliding scale

Gift Tapes and the Wayward Music Series team up to co-present an exciting evening of off-kilter, virtual-leaning performances from MSHR, Million Mists, LIMITS and RM Francis at the beautiful Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford on Friday, August 21st at 8pm. RM Francis will initiate the evening with an unusual ambient set (at GT’s request!), followed by disquieting interlude of sound and dance from LIMITS (Corrie Befort & Jason E Anderson), the tweaked and clouded warpings of Portland-based Million Mists (Jamie Potter of Brother Raven) and the exceptional performance art-installation/noise band MSHR (Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper !!) performing with custom electronics & lights!

MSHR

​MSHR is a collaborative project by Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy based in Portland, Oregon. The duo produces installations, sculptures and ritualistic performances that place the human body into a dynamic relationship with sound and light, generating expanded sensory experiences. Their current performance series, titled Resonant Hyper Scape Modulator, revolves around a unique system of light-audio feedback that employs their hand made synthesizers. The duo insert themselves into the system, shifting sculptural sensors to steer the feedback patterns as they explore the hyperscapes of a transhumanist ceremony. MSHR emerged from the 5 person art collective Oregon Painting Society in 2011.
WEB: http://www.mshr.info/
AUDIO: http://gifttapes.com/gt-presents/m/01-RHSM-Side-A_Scapes-I-and-II.m4a
VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/121494798

Million Mists

Million Mists is the musical project of Portland resident Jamie Potter. Drawing inspiration from his visual and video art practice, he seeks primarily to create immersive, idiosyncratic sound worlds. Largely improvised, performances often begin as a chaotic effort to reconcile the disparate personalities of an array of sound producing devices, from which narrative passages have the potential to arise. Fleeting moments of harmony are to be savored. Potter also plays with musical groups Bonus and Brother Raven.
AUDIO: http://gifttapes.com/gt-presents/m/chappie.mp3

LIMITS

LIMITS is a Seattle-based interdisciplinary-performance art hybrid collaboration created by choreographer/dancer Corrie Befort and sound artist/musician Jason E Anderson. The duo draws upon their shared history and involvement with improvisation, film/video art, installation, and activities within the realm of experimental performance. LIMITS uses music venues, art galleries, site-specific and re-purposed locations as platforms to perform scored improvisations intended to generate scenarios that become the basis for new, iterative works of film, installations, audio recordings, and large-scale performances. Employing conceptual, abstract, and narrative methodologies, their efforts investigate psychological experiences of time, perception and memory.
WEB: http://limts.com
VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/122571483

RM Francis

RM Francis is the computer music project of Seattle computer musician Robert Francis. His work incorporates granular synthesis, spectral processing, algorithmic composition, graphical interfaces and image sonification. He has been performing solo since 2011. His most recent releases are Attributed Agency on DRAFT and Recycled Sleep on Agents of Chaos.
WEB: http://rmfrancis.tumblr.com/
AUDIO: https://soundcloud.com/rm-francis/wni-lab-vac

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2014 Favorites List

Earplugs

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite records I listened to released in 2014

Edwin van der Heide
‘Pneumatic Sound Field’Alku, http://alkualkualkualkualkualkualkualkualkualku.org/

Lee Fraser
Dark Camber’
Entr’acte, http://entracte.co.uk/

Ho. Turner’s (edited and compiled into an hour-long piece by Marc Behrens)
‘Systematic/Synergetic/Synchronistic/Syntonized/Sensitized!’
Entr’acte, http://entracte.co.uk/

Hecker
‘Articulação’
Editions Mego, http://editionsmego.com/

Headboggle
‘Serge Modular in Hi-Fi’
Experimedia, http://experimedia.net/

Golden Retreiver
‘Seer’
Thrill Jockey, http://www.thrilljockey.com/

Bret Schneider
‘Selected Spectral Works Vol. 1 (Epoch) 2009-2013’
cliq.audio, http://cliqaudio.bandcamp.com/

Russell Haswell
’37 Minute Workout’
Diagonal, http://diagonal-records.com/

Jonathan Zorn
‘And Perforation’
http://jonathanzorn.bandcamp.com/

Favorite performances I experienced in 2014

RM Francis
July 25 2014
Elevator 4, Machine House Brewery, Seattle WA

EVOL
April 4 2014
Yale Union, Portland OR

Matt Carlson
April 18, 2014
Chapel Performance Space, Seattle WA

Golden Retriever
May 31, 2014
Lofi, Seattle WA

Tudor Choir
Performing works by Marenzio, Palestrina, Victoria, Vivanco, Buxtehude, H. Praetorius, Schutz & Bach
July 22, 2014
Blessed Heart Church, Seattle WA

Corrie Befort & Eric Nordstrom (dance improv duo)
Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation
July 31, 2014
Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle WA

Panabrite
September 14, 2014
Elevator 4, Machine House Brewery, Seattle WA

Cherdonna (dance / performance art)
“Worth My Salt”
October 25, 2014
Velocity, Seattle WA

Other favorite things of 2014

Composing/performing music for dance
“Under the Skin” film
limts.com
sysex
Channelled Scablands
High Sierra Nevadas
WA Coast
Red Wing, MN
rye whiskey
physical activity

Extra special thanks to these people in 2014

Margaret Wilhyde
Corrie Befort
Adam Diller
Ian Halloran
Jamie Potter
Matt Carlson
Robert Francis
Norm Chambers
Beth Gracyzk
Angelina Baldoz

-JEA

 

Feb 20 in Seattle: Jason E Anderson & RM Francis at Chapel Performance Space

feb20_chapel_jea-rmfFEBRUARY 20, 2015
Chapel Performance Space
Seattle WA
8PM

DRAFT & Wayward Music Series presents 2 solo electronic music performances by
Jason E Anderson & RM Francis

music works IMPLICITLY so that IT DOESN’T risk presenting a concrete concept. it is “BEYOND” interpretation. translation DESTABILIZES THE feedback BETWEEN sound AND the listener. THE QUESTION OF how FUTURE AUDIENCES will interpret acoustic EVENTS PROVIDES THE artist WITH A FRAMEWORK TO TRACE. that said, visual elements must always be considered.

Download: hi-res poster

Tiny Mix Tapes review of ‘Spei Res’

Review of Spei Res LP by Justin Spicer on http://www.tinymixtapes.com/cerberus/99-cent-dreams-spei-res

The beauty of a flea market is the selection. Dusty treasures in need of some elbow grease sharing space with artifacts best left to rot. Adam Diller and Matt Crane scoop it all up; it’s all goods made for re-purposing. If the spate of post-apocalyptic pulp has taught us anything, it’s that those good with their hands and quick with their minds will rule what is left among us. Diller and Crane, you are our proven overlords. Spei Res truly reflects the hope of its title – an album brimming with kitchen sink aesthetics but much like the playful creations of Pee Wee Herman, the science behind $.99 Cent Dreams can’t be explained yet is fully enjoyed. It just works when it seems it shouldn’t. Songs that fill up with junk become antiquities to hoard. The duo have picked cleaned every bit of Americana arcana. I’m really floored by this, so much so that I’ve found a sander and have begun to clean my floors to make them proud again. Next will be the ceiling fixtures that, despite their appearance as King Midas’ nipples may in fact be the $.99 cent cache I desperately seek. All I know is that I can’t look at objects as they once were, as I can no longer hear music through the same prism I once occupied. How dare this come too late into my life? I should have been a searcher earlier in life. But better late than never.

Vital Weekly review of ‘Spei Res’ LP

First review of Spei Res LP on Vital Weekly: http://vitalweekly.net/951.html

$.99 DREAMS – SPEI RES (LP by Draft Records)
While I knew I left the previous releases of $.99 Dreams with Dolf Mulder, I decided to listen in and see what this LP was about. It seemed to be a move from the earlier, perhaps somewhat naive CDR and download releases, and maybe it was good to check what they are up to now. I somehow associated this with jazz music, and maybe to a certain extent it actually is jazz based, the duo of Adam Diller (synth, sax, production) and Matt Crane (drums), might as easily be called electronic music with hip hop influences. Maybe even Silver Apples less any vocals, or Suicide with real drums, maybe Sogar & Swing (from the Hapna label, if you remember them) – but perhaps I was thinking ‘duos’ here. The jazz element didn’t seem very present here but it had a very nice, rough presence this music, with occasionally just stomping around and occasionally they play a great melody, such as in ‘Fiducia’ or the arpeggios in ‘Lacus Exitium’. I really enjoyed their very upfront sound, almost like a live recording, with a big fat bass synth sound and a highly unprocessed drum kit, ornamented by other less crude, spacy synth sounds. This LP clocks in at thirty-two minutes and has eleven relatively short pieces, some of which seems even sketch like, but those add to the flavour of this record. In a way this sounded all very retro, very 80s like, and with the cover being a black & white silkscreened affair, I am totally sold. Great band with a great release. (FdW)
Address: http://draftrecords.com

New DRAFT: $.99 Dreams ‘Spei Res’ coming October 15th

$.99 Dreams 'Spei Res' LP

Preorders now available at draftrecords.com

DRAFT is pleased to announce its second LP release from underground jazz-synth duo $.99 Dreams. Spei Res, roughly translated from Latin as “thing of hope”, plays like a suite of soundtrack miniatures driven by virtuosic drumming and synthesizer textures. Seemingly oblivious to musical trends, Adam Diller (synth, sax, production) and Matt Crane (drums) have crafted a distinctive sound that unifies electronic music, jazz improvisation, and hip hop production techniques. Spei Res finds them further down this path, exploiting the recording studio to build and modify improvisations into a sonically dense and kinetic record. Connected to the likes of Sun Ra, Varèse, and J Dilla, $.99 Dreams craft a highly personalized music. The album feels both ancient and new, building a language out of pummeling rhythms, dynamic keyboard passages, and sculpted atmospheres, enhanced by Diller’s articulate production work. Spei Res is a colossal record, containing a life music that is self-aware, revelatory and knows what it’s up against.

DRAFT D017 LP, Edition of 400
Mastered by LUPO, cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering
Graphics by Social Drag