The Omega Sound Fix - a two-day new-music festival featuring international and local acts at the Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ
Thanks for helping us meet our minimum funding requirements! We set the bar low so we'd make it, but ideally we'd raise more so that we could give all of the artists some minimal compensation. read on... :)
What is the Omega Sound Fix? It's a new music festival in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It features 12 bands over two days, some international acts, and some local. It will showcase the underground explorers, the Magellans of the music world…foregoing the known in search of new lands and new sounds. They are all on the bill because they offer something unique to the music world.
Omega Sound Fix is a grassroots festival. The space is being donated by the Alfa Art Gallery, a not-for-profit gallery in New Brunswick, NJ. All of the promotion and administrative work have been volunteered. For the rest, we're reaching out to regular folks like you. As impressive as the bill is, many of the musicians are still hustling around to make a buck. 100% of the contributions that we receive will go to paying for their travel (over 20 musicians are involved), a modest fee for the artists/musicians involved in the festival, and a door price that everybody can afford. To show our thanks, we have lots of amazing CDs, DVDs, and other fun rewards. We also are offering secrets (can you keep one?), incorporating something about you into a live performance, dinners, and more.
Philippe Petit will be coming from overseas to perform his music that can be found on over 3 dozen releases including some with Faust, Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), and Lydia Lunch. Richard Lainhart brings us the sounds of his unique Buchla modular synth system, and he's worked with the likes of John Cage, Steve Reich, and Phill Niblock. International act Ezekiel Honig will be bringing a laptop and sub to unleash his hypnotic waves, and Brooklyn's hottest phenomenon, Octant, will be there with his all-robot backing band. "I would go out of my way to see an Octant show" writes CMJ Music Magazine.
For the reward levels that offer the option of an entrance ticket, please indicate whether you plan on attending the festival or not, and give us your name. And the more money that we raise, the higher quality we can make the rewards! (Such as a nicer, more professional live DVD and thank you booklets.)
-Mike, Mark, and the
Omega Sound Fix artists.
More on the acts (in order of appearance)
Brendan Byrne is the ex-curator of experimental music at The Tank, a non-profit performing arts presenter in New York City. He is co-founder and co-producer of the In/Out Festival (inoutfest.org), a day-long event featuring workshops and performances by leaders in the computer music industry. Brendan also curates the annual circuit-bending festival, Bent Fest (bentfestival.org). He currently resides in Brooklyn where he works as an electrician for theatrical productions.
Z I L M R A H is the moniker artist Lawry Romani uses for this project to explore sound through the instruments he builds. He creates a sound based in a noise driven psychedelic whirlwind where the pieces of music build through texture and layers of sonic dissonance, tapering drones, and off kilter loop generations. His instruments are sound sculptures which are percussive or electro-acoustic stringed devices. He has toured the U.S and has shared the stage with members from diverse groups such as Psychic TV, Cecil Taylor, Missing Foundation. He also records sessions for the online music magazine Nitetrotter.
Richard Lainhart is an award-winning composer, performer, and filmmaker based in New York. He studied composition and electronic music techniques with Joel Chadabe, a pioneer of electronic music and the designer of the Coordinated Electronic Music System (http://www.otownmedia.com/chadabe.jpg), at one time the largest integrated Moog synthesizer system in the world. From 1987-1990, Lainhart was the Technical Director for Intelligent Music, developers of innovative computer music software like M, Jam Factory, and UpBeat.
His compositions have been performed in the US, England, Sweden, Germany, Australia, and Japan. Recordings of his music have appeared on the Periodic Music, Vacant Lot, XI Records, ExOvo and Airglow Music labels and are distributed online via MusicZeit. As an active performer, Lainhart has appeared in public approximately 2000 times. Besides performing his own work, he has worked and performed with John Cage, David Tudor, Steve Reich, Phill Niblock, David Berhman, and Jordan Rudess, among many others. He has composed over 100 electronic and acoustic works, and has been making music for forty years. In 2008, he was commissioned by the Electronic Music Foundation to contribute a work to the New York Soundscape concert series.
Lainhart's animations and short films have been shown in festivals in the US, Canada, Germany, and Korea, and online at ResFest, The New Venue, The Bitscreen, and Streaming Cinema 2.0. His film "A Haiku Setting" won awards in several categories at the 2002 International Festival of Cinema and Technology in Toronto. In 2008, he was awarded a Film & Media grant by the New York State Council on the Arts for "No Other Time", full-length intermedia performance designed for a large reverberant space, combining live analog electronics with four-channel playback, and high-definition computer-animated film projection, to be premiered at Re:Soundings (http://www.resoundings.net/) in Valley Falls, NY in June 2009.
Since childhood, he's been interested in natural processes like waves, flames and clouds, in harmonics and harmony, and in creative interactions with machines, using them as compositional methods to present sounds that are as beautiful as he can make them.
Philippe Petit is interested in soundtracks; even if he creates original music he'd rather be introduced as a "musical travel agent" than a composer. Petit uses a computer and synths to build up electronic layers, process acoustic and field recordings. To second the machine he likes to move various glasses, or percussive objects, and take advantage of vinyl material to fondle released sounds. A journalist for various magazines and radio as well as a musical activist, Petit has celebrated his 25th year of sharing his musical passions as the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp. Petit has assembled what people call a dream-team of collaborators, often joining Lydia Lunch or Faust onstage, and working with: Foetus, Edward Ka-Spel, Kumo, Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys), Cosey Fanni Tutti, My Brightest Diamond, Sybarite, Pantaleimon, Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, Scanner, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Guapo, Leafcutter John, Simon Fisher Turner, Jarboe and many more...
Aside his solo works, Petit is active in Strings Of Consciousness, does a duo with Lydia Lunch, and his collab with James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust) appeared on Dirter Promotions.
PAS(Post Abortion Stress) started in 1995 out of Brooklyn, NY, USA, driven by the creative talents of Robert L. Pepper working in the mediums of sound and video. Since then PAS has evolved into a collective with many different instrumentations and line ups. Permanent members include Amber Brien, Jon “Vomit” Worthley, Michael Durek, and Will Seesar. Guests and occasional collaborators include, ZEV!, Hati, Steve Beresford, Thomthom Geigenschrey, Matt Chilton (Vultures), Anthony Donovan (Vultures), Damien Olsen, Philippe Petit, Robert Pascale, and many others. They have released 6 full length cd’s and have been on several compilations throughout the years. Some of these can be found on www.cdbaby.com or iTunes. PAS have performed in various countries including the United States, Germany (including Fausts Avant Garde Festival 2009, 2010), the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Macedonia, and Poland, just to name a few. Sound and video installations have also included Chile and the United States (including the 18th Olympia Experimental Festival in Washington). Pepper also curates events in New York such as Experi-MENTAL nights and the Experi-MENTAL Festival once a year at Goodbye Blue Monday.
PAS (Post Abortion Stress) is a group out to create musical collages through the form of abstract sound. Their name refers metaphorically to those who have been aborted by society, because their point of view doesn’t fit in the constraints of “normal” society. The short name refers to the negative in French, metaphorically negating everything that is established to start from a new beginning. The viewpoint fuels our creativity to create our own world of beauty. Since our inception the band has been interested in making music from the fringes of perception, creating soundscapes that aren’t defined by any particular conventions or viewpoints. The aesthetic underpinnings are defined by the notion that music can be whatever the ear perceives. It’s a conception fueled by the love of life and art. It’s a desire for honest artistic self-expression. The compositions themselves are more akin to soundscapes than “songs” in the traditional sense. There are no clearly defined melodies, no structural landmarks that give you any sense of traditional anchor. This is not music making with any sense of or desire for commercial viability, but sonic sculptures in the mode of pure art.
Pots and Powercells is the sequel band to New Brunswick, NJ's street performing avant garde improv psych band, Buckets & Batteries (2002-2004). P&P features a revolving door of tri-state area musicians including members of Human Adult Band, Mike Bruno and the Black Magic Family Band and of course Buckets and Batteries. P&P's first show was with NJ Psych/Punk/Pop legends, The Secret Syde (Mutha Records). Since then P&P has released a string of tapes and cd-rs of laid back jams and not so laid back 'out' jams recorded under the NJ transit bridge in the New Brunswick Area and in the band member's living rooms. This past spring P&P was invited to perform at the Avant Fairfax Festival in Fairfax, Va, along with Little Howlin Wolf, Scott Verrastro's Kuschty Rye Ergot, Twilight Memories of the Three Suns among others.
Blithe(doll) is the husband and wife duo of James and Lisa Woodley. The former bassist and vocalist of the influential New Brunswick NJ based band 3 to 6 Inches have returned to explore new ideas and concepts. Taking new influence from a wide range of electronic music genres such as Drum & Bass, Trip-Hop, Dub Step and Down-Tempo, James and Lisa have effectively blended their old-school punk roots with modern technology to create music that is at once experimental and accessible.
Borne(Scott Vizioli) plays a diverse montage of musical influences, from experimental ambient to minimal techno and all that lies between. A lover of many styles--and the absurdities of everyday life--he enjoys the chance to blend in the unexpected. Across the east coast Borne has spread his unique sound in nooks, crannies, forests and concrete boxes ranging from The Bunker to Imagenode's inflatable blinky bubbles and spaces in between. Highlights in 2010 have included Unsound NYC, the Mutek Brooklyn preview and New York stop of the ViceVerse tour.
Octant can be described as a one-man band featuring mainly acoustic robotic musical instruments that back me up like a player piano as I sing. It is the solo musical project of Matthew Steinke that incorporates a great deal of my visual art and music.
I have produced robotic art installations and performances, animations, paintings, drawings, poems, songs, and music in various forms over the past 20 years. Matthew Steinke is an alchemist. In a era of multimedia works created by collectives and art stars with workshops of hirelings, Steinke has the ideas, the skills, and the work ethic to operate as a scrappy, no-budget demiurge. His dense, funny, haunting installations and performances feature everything from animatronic puppetry and meticulous animation to interactive homemade kinetic and sound apparatuses. Each piece offers an incomplete glimpse into an evocative, elegant, claustrophobic cosmos. -Bert Stabler
Ezekiel Honig is a New York City native and founder/label manager for the Anticipate and Microcosm labels. He concentrates on his idiosyncratic brand of emotively warm electronic-acoustic music. Using the loop as more of a tool than a rule, Honig paints outside the lines, nestling into a comfortable, shared space between muted techno, melodic, event-driven ambient, textural downtempo and slowmotion house - using them as reference points from which to stray, rather than as steadfast frameworks. Drawing on the rich history of musique concrete, Honig looks to incorporate a material nature into his music by imbuing it with a host of field recording/found-sound sources in the search for a balance between digital software innovation and the physicality of the world around us. Using the sounds of plastic, metal, wood and air in collaboration with Rhodes, guitar, horns, piano and other instrumental origins, his music is one of contrast and contradiction, combining minimal, abstract tendencies with a core of timeless harmonics - pairing inviting, fuzzy chords with clunky and dirty "mishaps."
In addition to his studio releases and label work, Honig performs live consistently, and in this setting, strives to push beyond the boundaries of the recorded material. His improvisational approach combines loops and elements from various songs with on-the-fly arrangements, editing and effects. Viewing the recorded material as a constantly shifting body of work leaves space for serendipitous moments and leads to each set being an individualized rework, referencing and reprocessing itself as well as the song forms from which the parts emerged. As a result of this flexibility to tailor sets to the environment, his performances have been known to take the form of location-centered, rhythmic near-ambient, deep after-hours techno, or heartbeat-driven installation. Honig performs regularly in a variety of venues in NYC, from Le Poisson Rouge to inflatable bubbles, Roulette to The New Yorker Festival, and many points in between, as well as galleries and alternative spaces outside his hometown, including Mutek (Montreal, Canada), Plateaux Festival (Torun, Poland), Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro (Milan, Italy), and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
Working with a contemporary yet abstract palate, Trinitron weaves tangible melodies and subtle textures through the use of processed electric guitar. Trinitron uses guitar to create a shimmering, looping soundscape reminiscent of film scores or the ambient soundtrack to dreams. Trinitron has released one audio demonstration to date entitled “Ellipse.” He also recently self-released another composition, “Hannah in Rhone,” which is a live recording accompanied by the percussion of sonic veteran Ernest Intorella. Trinitron is the music and mind of local artist Mark Weinberg. In addition to promoting local artist events, Mr. Weinberg also performs in the post-punk outfit Risk Relay and was a member of the short-lived yet beloved band Beautiful Bear (Osa Bella). Recently, he was a member of the powerful indie-rock group, Walking With Cavemen. He also embarked on a tour of the mid-atlantic in the summer of 2010. This is the sound of overflowing thoughts distilled. In a world of chaos, Trinitron seeks the quiet center.
Amar Chaudhary(CatSynth) is a longtime composer and performer specializing in contemporary and electronic music, an artist, and a developer of advanced software for creativity. He is actively involved in local electronic and experimental music in the San Francisco Bay Area, and performs regularly. His recent music involves experimentation with new sounds and sound-synthesis/processing techniques and new modes of musically expressive performance. He is also interested in the use of folk instruments and toy instruments in electro-acoustic music. In addition to solo work, he currently composes and performs in the group Reconnaissance Fly where he gets to return to his roots playing jazz and rock keyboard.
Amar studied composition first with Ruth Schonthal at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in New York from 1983 to 1991, and then at Yale University from 1991 to 1995. Amar had his music performed internationally and has received several honors for his musical work, including a 1992 premier of his clarinet quartet Conversational Impromptu at Weill Recital Hall in New York and the 1990 NGCSA Young Composers Award for Earth Songs. Amar received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. While at Berkeley, Amar was a researcher at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and developed advanced software for music composition and performance.
In addition to his musical work, Amar maintains a deep interest in modern and contemporary art in several media as a creator, consumer and supporter. And he is the author and proprietor of the website CatSynth.com.
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