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May 032013

Ypsmael live at Noa Noa

Here’s Theatre Intangible episode 98: Ypsmael and Lawrence Crow Artist Showcase.

These two solo performances were recorded August 5th, 2012 for a show also featuring T.J. Borden and Steven Dunning. Episode 97 featured those performances.

Ypsmael is an electroacoustic improviser and performance artist currently based in Munich. He uses stompboxes and a blend of baritone guitars and other instruments, voice, amplified objects, DIY electronics, field recordings and no-input feedback to create hazy drone swells, noise washes, audio detritus and subtly unfolding textures. All sounds are generated and processed live.

Frequent Theatre Intangible collaborator Lawrence Crow makes abstract electronic improv music using open source programming such as Supercollider and PureData. This marks his twelfth appearance on the podcast.

Lawrence’s set starts off the podcast, and Ypsmeal’s takes over at 17:55.

Thanks for listening!

Apr 292013

Now that I finally have some free time on my hands, I’m releasing all the podcasts that have been patiently waiting in the queue. Here’s episode 94: Softly, Gently, starring Jesse Kenas Collins, Lawrence Crow, Brady Sharp, Stephen Molyneux and Jeremy Bennett, recorded on June 08th, 2012 at Noa Noa.

Boston experimental multi-instrumentalist Jesse Kenas Collins came to Noa Noa last year to perform a bill with keyboardist Lawrence Crow and guitarist Brady Sharp. See an excerpt of Jesse’s solo performance in the video below. After their respective sets, they combined with Horsehair Everywhere‘s Stephen Molyneux and Lyrebird’s Jeremy Bennett to perform this textural improv. I did the recording, live mixing, editing, and mastering. Thanks for listening!

Jul 092012

It’s the Great Podcast Releasathon 2012!(tm) this week at Theatre Intangible, a glorious celebration with a new podcast each day! Actually, I made that up. I’m just way behind on my release schedule, I had several old episodes ready to go, and I thought a fancy name would make it appear as if it were intentional.

We kicked off the festivities yesterday with Catharsirator from the WIDB era.

Today’s release is podcast 86: A Wild Snore, featuring Gordon Roque on melodica and vocals; Melody Holt on vocals and musical saw; Cody Bottoms on vocals; myself on musical saw; Anderson Cook on guitar and chaos pad; Randy Hunt on double bass; and Lawrence Crow on keyboards, Theremin, and Supercollider / Puredata programming. I did the live mixing, editing, and mastering. A Wild Snore was the 18th episode of the WRVU era of Theatre Intangible, recorded August 17th, 2008. It’s still one of my favorites.

Stay tuned for another podcast tomorrow!

Jul 032011

Joey Molinaro, Untitled

String trio JOEY MOLINARO, SARAH ROBEY, AND LAWRENCE CROW carve notes into the sand as a 6 foot tape loop washes them away.

A few weeks ago, I saw a friend’s show announcement featuring “thrash violinist” JOEY MOLINARO. I admit, I was intrigued. I checked out Joey’s music and discovered a very accomplished violinist who could play classical, experimental, and yes, even thrash violin. I contacted Joey, who was passing through Nashville on a tour destined for his new home New York City, and on July 16 we managed to quickly assemble this string trio. SARAH ROBEY (Dub Poets Society, Sexpipe, House of Wolves, Hotel Room) plays cello. T.I. regular LAWRENCE CROW plays violin. Special thanks to Lauren Plum for putting me in touch with Joey and Nick Bennett for putting me in touch with Sarah.

To shake things up a bit, I cut a 6 foot piece of ½” magnetic tape, covered the erase head on my reel to reel recorder, stretched the tape over a mic stand, and made a real tape loop. You’ll hear it from time to time on the show, growing more distorted with each pass through. I like the idea that the players try to leave their impression on the tape, but the tape gradually distorts and erodes their attempts to fight time.

This is the second time we used such a tape loop. The first time, our loop was 17 feet, and it stretched across the room. You can hear that on Episode 32 Stone In Stream.

Podcast 61 is also the first installment of a new section called “Dada Mail” where I respond to (sometimes bizarre) listener feedback. In this week’s installment, listener Nelson Klondike warns of a coming world threat, more dangerous than global warming, drought, viruses, and overpopulation combined. Send your Dada Mail to tony@theatreintangible.com, and you just might be featured on an upcoming podcast.

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