"What do we do with our grief? When we approach others with it, they may recoil from us, wanting to focus on “happy things.” They may crowd around us with support, although the support might not be more than a digital thumbs-up and an awkward smile in public. In most cases, people don’t know what to do, especially if tears are involved."
--LAURI LYNNXE MURPHY
Colorado has a bevy of great synthesizer artists, and not all of them are producing electronic dance music. We searched far and wide to create a list of synth masters, with a particular focus on people working on the fringes of club culture and pioneering new ways of using their instruments to craft music. Here are twelve of our favorite Colorado synth wizards.
Strangely enough, I've been nominated in the Avant-Garde category in the Westword Music Showcase. If you would like to vote in the poll, go here. Deadline for voting is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.
Thanks to Susan Froyd for the profile!
Longtime Denver experimental musician Victoria Lundy conjures sounds out of the theremin, that weird, hands-off electronic device best known for spookifying mid-century sci-fi soundtracks...
Saturday, November 12, 7pm
I'm super excited to be a part of a show that Thomas Lundy has been trying to get to the Metro area for more than a year...thanks to Ryan Seward for inviting me!
$5 to $10 suggested donation
Down Space, 820 Main Street, Louisville, CO, 80027
Down&Out is a monthly series dedicated to experimental sonic activities, free improvisation, free jazz, EAI, noise, sound installation, happenings, etc.
An extremely special Down&Out No. 4 features:
Jaap Blonk - voice (Arnhem, Netherlands)
Victoria Lundy - theremin & electronics (Denver)
Farrell Lowe - guitar (Boulder)
Matt Smiley - double bass (Fort Collins)
Ryan Seward - drums & percussion (Denver)
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies. In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation and poetry.
As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.
Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin.
Blonk's work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited.
He has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 22 available releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO, Ecstatic Peace, My Dance The Skull, Monotype, Plant Migration Records, Elegua Records and Scumbag Relations. His book/CD 'Traces of Speech' was published in 2012 by Hybriden-Verlag, Berlin. A comprehensive collection of his sound poetry came out as a book with 2 CDs in August, 2013, entitled "KLINKT".
FARRELL LOWE | A multi-instrumentalist concerned with the exploration and expansion of the language of improvisation and the development of the individual voice. Farrell has played with Ron Miles, Fred Hess, Don Cherry, Glenn Taylor, Erik Deutsch, Glenn Nitta, Terry Sines, Gordon Kennedy, Jack Wright, and a multitude of others in band and improvisation contexts.
MATT SMILEY | Matt Smiley is a bassist, composer and educator who has performed in a variety of musical settings over the last fifteen years. He has performed recently with legendary jazz musicians Terrell Stafford and Greg Osby, and worked with composer Alvin Lucier. For the last five years, Matt has assisted Dr. Paul Elwood with the University of Northern Colorado’s Open Space Music Festival and worked with festival artists Stephen Drury, Christian Wolff and Jean-Claude Risset.
RYAN SEWARD | Ryan Seward is a percussionist, improviser, composer, and sound artist based in Denver, CO. His improvisational work centers around approaching the drum as a site of resonance and employing various techniques and preparations to achieve an extensive timbral palette. Seward curates the record label, emic rite, to document his own work and the work of other living experimental and contemporary improvisers, composers, and sound artists, especially those of the American Mountain West.
Mark Mosher and I will be performing as part of the Denver Central Library Trick or Treat Street. He will be using Resolume with real-time camera on the passerbys to add spooky effects to their image.
Denver Public Library Central
On the 30th we'll be performing at Textures ambient showcase along with Winter Twig.
Mutiny Information Cafe
Here's a teaser:
I really enjoyed playing at Titwrench; an attentive audience, great acts, fantastic event.
There is even a board recording available here.
Here are some reviews of the fest:
photo by Tom Murphy
A preview article from Westword:
Titwrench Organizers Create the Music Festival They Want to Attend: All Ages, Inclusive, Experimental
Attendees will have the amazing opportunity to engage in interactive workshops, gain insight and solutions from world renowned individuals, to connect, network and converge! This is an opportunity to build community capacity by strengthening social ties and providing avenues for community input and dialogue promoting civic participation.
- Impact Film Festival
- Solutionary Showcase
- Eco - Artist Park
- Educational Conference
- Sustainable Food Court
- Kids Eco-Tainment Zone
More information at THIS LINK
Ticket Link is HERE.
Use the code greentime to get a $5 discount on early bird tickets and to be entered into the drawing to win a safari for 2 to Kenya!
I am playing as part of Make Music Day 2016.
Darwin Grosse interviewed me for his Art+Music+Technology podcast this week. The show is here, and there are other fascinating shows he's done at this link. He asked some really great questions and despite the fact that I don't like to hear myself speak on the radio, it was a real pleasure.