Bay Inventors #3
Thursday, Dec 1 2005, 8:00 PM
Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market St.
@ 6th Street
$6-10 sliding scale
Bob Marsh presents the Silver Park, and instrument based on an architectural model.
Eric Glick Rieman presents his deconstructed, mutated Prepared Rhodes Piano
Park is a kind of stage upon which I act out various sonic events and
ideas. Silver Park began as a model of a proposal I was making for a
park in downtown Detroit several years ago. A few years a ago, inspired
by a couple guys playing an amplified cactus at High Zero Festival in
Baltimore, I decided to try adding a couple piezzo transducers to it to
see what I might hear. After a recent visit by Johannes Bergmark of
Sweden I decided to re-double my efforts with Silver Park.
this performance I hope to combine the desolate desperation of Detroit
as portrayed on Silver Park with the rather frenetic desperation of the
Market and Sixth area of San Francisco which will come through the open
windows of the Luggage Store Gallery. This combination will then become
the ground for my own desperate improvising."
Eric Glick Rieman:
modified a Rhodes electric piano by installing two extended sound boards
which house vertical tuned zinc rods. These can be played by bowing or
striking. I also prepare the inside of the Rhodes, which is left exposed so
I can play the tines and resonaters. I play the insides with my hands, with
files, with mallets, with rocks and chains, and occasionally with the
Bob Marsh's Silver Park
Erick Glick Rieman's Prepared Rhodes Piano
(Photo by Donald Swearingen)
Other future editions to be announced.
Bay Inventors #1
Thursday, Sept. 1st 2005 at the Luggage Store
In a trio, David Slusser played the Sluss-o-Matic, Len Paterson played the Lenotone (both synthesizer devices created by Timothy McGovern using an old video game audio chip) with Tom Nunn on his own unique sound sculptures.
Then Larnie Fox presented his Hand-Crank Instruments in a 6-piece ensemble.
I forgot to bring my camera, but here are some other pictures of the instruments:
Tom Nunn's "Bug"
2 of Larnie Fox's Cranks
If anyone has Slussomatic or Lenotone photos, please send them to me.
Tuesday, Nov 8 2005, 8:00 PM
416 25th St @Broadway
(behind God's Gym)
$6-10 sliding scale
Kitundu presents his original turntable inventions with visual environments by Rick Rivera.
Krystyna Bobrowski presents her Gliss Glass and Harmonic Slide instruments instruments with a small ensemble including Guillermo Gallindo.
Since it's Election Day, free treats will be provided to people who voted. (Bring your "I voted" sticker!)
Kitundu is a sound/visual artist, graphic designer, composer and instrument
builder. He uses an interdisciplinary approach to develop compositions-installations-instruments that blur the boundaries between media. He has constructed elemental turntables that rely on wood, water, fire and earthquakes for their power and pitch. Kitundu is the creator of a family of Phonoharps, beautifully crafted multi-stringed instruments made from record players. He strives to reconnect the technology of new music to fundamental principles drawn from the natural world.
Kitundu has an ongoing residency at the Exploratorium Museum of science, art and perception in San Francisco. He has recently been in residence at Eagle Rock School in Colorado, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Singapore Science Centre. Kitundu is also developing a Geologic Sound Casting project for volcanically active regions and was granted a five week artist residency at Skriduklaustur in Eastern Iceland in September 2004. He was raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Krystyna Bobrowski is a sound artist, composer and musician living in
Oakland, California. In addition to french horn she plays acoustic and
electronic instruments of her own design. Her collection of original
instruments includes prepared amplified rocking chairs, bull kelp
horns, leaf speakers, gliss glass and harmonic slide. Over the last few years she has worked on
sound exhibits for the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Currently she
teaches electroacoustic music at the College of San Mateo.
Gliss Glass is a series of custom glass vessels interconnected by a
simple hydraulic system of tubes and valves. Gliss Glass’ sound and
design are a variation on the sound and form of a common wineglass.
Valve position and vessel height control the water flow. While playing,
musicians manipulate the valves and heights. As water drains or fills a
vessel, the frequency of the glass slowly rises or falls. One hears
rising and falling glissandos moving at different rates. Harmonic Slide consists of a loudspeaker tied to a string inside a 5
foot tube mounted in a modified cymbal stand. The loudspeaker acts as a
moveable stop for the tube, in effect changing the tube’s length and
resonance. As the musician slides the speaker up and down the tube,
she/he slides through the harmonics of the audio material being played.
Kitundu with his Phono-Koto
Krystyna Bobrowski with Gliss-Glass