November 27 / 2pm
solo and collaborative musique concréte
Featuring Mark Spybey of Dead Voices On Air
Armchair Migraine Journey
The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble
Randall Frazier (orbit service)
“Sound is the vocabulary of nature.”
– Pierre Schaeffer
On November 27, several artists from different realms of performance and composition will convene at Globe Hall to present an afternoon of acoustic, analog electronic and digital noises, sound effects and tonal music inspired by the musique concréte form and philosophy.
Please note the EARLY start time. This special edition of Concréte Mixer with doors opening at 2pm will be all ages show. We’re hoping that it will be a chance to listen to some stunning music in a great setting; an island of abstraction and experiment after the frenzy of the Thanksgiving holiday. And there’s Globe Hall’s BBQ!
Spybey started his career in the North-East of England with Zoviet France in the late eighties before moving to Vancouver. It was here that his own project Dead Voices On Air were formed. He has gone onto release 20 albums under that name and continues to perform around the world. Spybey also worked under the name Propeller and was an original member of Download. Spybey was the voice of perhaps their most successful release, “The Eyes of Stanley Pain,” in 1996. After leaving Download he started a series of collaborations, appearing on over 50 albums in a five-year period. Perhaps his most significant honour was being asked to be part of CAN guitarist Michael Karoli’s band Sofortkontakt! and appearing at the Can 30th anniversary shows in 1999. Spybey was a close friend of Karoli prior to his death in 2001 and had toured with him as part of legendary CAN vocalist Damo Suzuki’s Network in 1998, appearing in the acclaimed German TV film by Peter Braatz, “On the Air.” Spybey has recorded and played live with a host of collaborators including Faust, Michael Rother (Neu!) and Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Robert Hampson (Loop/Main), Simon Fisher Turner, members of The Legendary Pink Dots, Mick Harris, Jarboe, James Plotkin, Not Breathing, Orbit Service, Gnome, and Martin Atkins. Most recently Spybey has partnered ex-Zoviet-France founder Robin Storey in Reformed Faction and fellow Download member Phil Western in Beehatch. He has collaborated with film makers, video projectionists, performance artists and dancers. He is currently based in Northumberland, in the U.K.
Originally a solo project by a mysterious drone artist from Germany (usually credited on his albums as simply “AMJ”), Armchair Migraine Journey was joined by collaborator Ty Hodson (square_wave, gradenko) full-time since AMJ’s first live appearances in 2013. Other collaborators include friends Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots, The), Scot Solida (Christus And The Cosmonaughts), Pascal Godjikian (La STPO), Niko Potočnjak (Seven That Spells), Peat Bog (Earthmonkey), and Randall Frazier (Orbit Service).
Originally hailing from Baltimore, Chris Frain currently resides in Boulder and creates electronic music inspired by the Radiophonic Workshop, New Wave, and Krautrock. He currently remixed Rodney Cromwell’s “Baby Robot” on the “Fax Machine Breakup” EP released on November 11, 2016 on Happy Robots Records (UK).
Stereo Magic (portal in 13 parts)”, the new studio album by Randall Frazier’s project ORBIT SERVICE to follow up the stunning 2011’s deep, melancholic “A Calm Note From The West” is set for release and a N. American tour September 10, 2016 with The Legendary Pink Dots. Having recently finished a European tour; Orbit Service have produced an even more emotional, sometimes cathartic album of spacy electronics, ambient, drones, collages, almost heart wrenching rhythms, intertwined with Frazier’s spot on vocal delivery and lyrics. This is the kind of album that sucks you in deeper and deeper with every listen. What is next? Another plane of orbits? The album includes contributions from Antenna, Armchair Migraine Journey, Ty Hodson and Dead Voices on Air. File under electronic psychedelia bliss with a dash of good ole loner psych bedroom weirdness.
Thomas Lundy has served as curator of the Concréte Mixer series since its beginning. With Victoria Lundy, he revived the copper heart played with dry ice featured in Denver’s Carbon Dioxide Orchestra. Tom is interested in digital signal processing, and the theory of music.
Victoria Lundy has been playing theremin in the Denver experimental/underground scene since the 90s. She was a member of the avant garde Carbon Dioxide Orchestra; is a founding member of Denver’s acclaimed nerd rock band The Inactivists and has appeared all of their 6 CDs and EP, and as a guest player live and in recordings with other local artists. She has performed at the 2011 Denver Noise Festival, 2014 Westword Music Showcase and at the 2013 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase as a guest of ambient project Pythian Whispers. Victoria has appeared at many venues in Denver as well as Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, DU Lamont School of Music, demonstrated the theremin at the World Science Fiction Convention, and has given a presentation on electronic music for Denver.nerdnite.com. She has participated in the Concrete Mixer musique concrete series, and participated in the 2015 Denver Mini Maker Faire demonstrating the theremin. She released a solo recording, Miss American Vampire on Halloween 2015, and has played several solo and collaborative shows in 2016 including a collaboration with vocal performance artist Jaap Blonk. She also currently plays with the The Flux Crew Conduction Ensemble, a twelve piece chamber ensemble that engages in real time collaborative composition. Currently, she’s concentrating on solo ambient work exploring the expressive qualities of the theremin.
Mrs. Hardy is Chris McAvoy, a Boulder based synthesizer enthusiast. Chris spent a decade as an actor in Chicago improvised theater and applies improvisational ideas to his use of samplers, modular synthesizers and cassette tapes. Today’s performance includes samples and composed pieces from a variety of sources, including at least one contribution from his nine year old son, Wil.
More Mrs. Hardy recordings are available via http://soundcloud.com/
Mark Mosher is a sound/visual synthesist & music technologist from Boulder, CO. He has released 3 themed cinematic techno albums, a horror soundscape album, singles, and remixes available on must outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CD Baby. He has a soundscape podcast http://
Mark’s been blogging on synthesis since 2005 at his blog http://ModulateThis.com/ He is the founder of the 500+ member strong Rocky Mountain Synthesizer meetup and hosted over 50 events. His sound design work spans from live theater to factory sounds for commercial instruments. He has written for Recording Magazine, delivered artist talks for Ableton’s University Series at CU, presented at the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at George Tech, provided music technology consulting for Keyboard Magazine and for STEM/STEAM schools. He was invited to provide multimedia installations for the Bob Moog Foundation’s Dr. Bob Interactive Sonic Experience as well as for the Denver County Fair.
Select venues where Mark has performed include Gates Concert Hall at the University of Denver, The Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, Electro-Music Festival NY, Electro-Music Festival in Asheville NC, Pacific Northwest Synthfest, Art Institute of Sunnyvale, Midwest Electro-Music Experience, The Microsoft Store, the grand opening of the University of Denver’s Performance Black Box.
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Colorado Native Rod Tanaka began his musical career at the age of 2 when his parents realized he was playing television show themes on his toy piano. They enrolled him in the Yamaha Music method at the age of three. After a year of that, he began formal piano lessons and learned the music theory basics. As time went on he became interested in synthesizers and electronic music, and began to build music devices and Heath kit kinds of projects. He got his first MOOG synthesizer in Jr High School and learned how to play and program it along with learning how to do recording and audio engineering with 2 reel to reel tape recorders. In the 80’s he had discovered Prog Rock and Metal music and took up the guitar, bass and drums so he could record his songs. Having a diverse and wide range of musical influences, from bands like Rush and Van Halen to DEVO as well as listening to Jazz and Fusion styles, it was a never-ending source of interest and inspiration. In the early 80’s he attended Howard Jones’ Humans Lib tour show, it really had an impact, for now music technology was becoming more sophisticated and Howard proved you could make albums and go on tour as a solo act. This led to the 80’s and 90’s where he played in many cover and tribute bands that help him with his songwriting and mastery of the instruments he played. He is also a Photojournalist, primarily Concerts and Celebrity events, where he got to interview and become friends with many major music artists, this provided him and environment to learn about and share ideas with other artists and further helped with songwriting and how to be a better performer.
Rod just recently co-wrote and won the Colorado Music Association’s song of the year for 2016 with. “I Lose My Breath”. Rod participates in many Meetup.com and music related groups and is always finding new projects and opportunities in the music world to embrace.
Contact Rod at: email@example.com