JUNE 28, 2012
Control Voltage Faire: 3-8pm
Source of Uncertainty I (Concert): 8pm – Midnight
Location: @Seaport, 210 Front Street, NYC
Since most modular synthesizers are constructed at the cottage industry level and distributed online, it is difficult for users to interact with these instruments. Control Voltage Faire will be the first opportunity on the East Coast for amateur enthusiasts, professionals and the general public to experience analog synthesizer modules produced by DIY manufacturers and crafters. Like a small-scale NAMM show with the independent spirit of the Maker Faire, the Control Voltage Fair will zone in on the origins and future of modular synthesis.
Presenters at the Control Voltage Faire include: Control, 4ms, Harvestman, Knas (debuting their new “Polygamist” synth), Main Drag Modular, Make Noise, Malekko, MeMe Antenna and Pittsburgh Modular. More to be announced!
The evening will feature Buchla 200e Recital, presenting three composers exploring this powerful instrument: Alessandro Cortini, Carlos Giffoni, and Mark Verbos. To end the event, a late show featuring Xeno & Oaklander and Loud Objects will perform on all-analog instruments. The concert will take place in Lower Manhattan’s @SEAPORT!, located at 210 Front Street.
SOURCE OF UNCERTAINTY is a collaborative initiative of Harvestworks and ((audience)) to celebrate the Buchla200e, the DIY modular synthesizer music community, and the roots of Harvestworks as the Public Access Synthesizer Studio. Source of Uncertainty will center around two concerts, on June 28th and July 7th, presented in collaboration with River-to-River Festival. Portions of Source of Uncertainty will be produced for broadcast in partnership with the radio station of the Clocktower Gallery in New York City operating at ARTonAIR.org.
Alessandro Cortini (Los Angeles) is an Italian musician well known for his synthesizer work with Nine Inch Nails, Modwheelmod, and solo project SONOIO. His focus on synthesizers and involvement in NIN led to the development of a custom-built modular system by the Electro-Acoustic Research group. It is no wonder that Alessandro eventually acquired the 200e. Marveling at its flexibility, he now uses it as a main source of composition, as well as a tool for education.
Carlos Giffoni (NYC) is an influential character in modern experimental music. Carlos’ activities have included curating DIY Brooklyn music events, producing the No Fun Fest from 2004-2008, running the label No Fun Productions and creating a fairly large and intense catalog of music under his own name and with other collaborators from all over the world. As a musician, Carlos is known for his heady improvised synth sets, including the noisy acid dance music project No Fun Acid. Several of Carlos’ recording feature the 200(e), and this event will be his first performance with it in concert.
Mark Verbos (NYC) is a music producer, mixer, and analog synthesizer technician. Heavily involved in electronic dance music, Mark’s releases have spanned the genres of techno, rock, acid, house, pop, and electro. Mark has been involved with Buchla synthesizers since a young age, repairing modules under the technician and designer, Grant Richter. Since then he has become the go-to expert for Buchla repair and modifications. Although Mark performs on multiple Buchla machines, this performance will feature solely the 200(e). (Mr. Verbos will also lead a demonstration of his instrument at Harvestworks on July 7, 2012.)
Xeno and Oaklander (NYC) are a minimal electronics girl/boy duo, and they are based in Brooklyn, NY. They began writing music and soundtracks in 2004, recording songs live in their studio and playing analogue synthesizers and instruments exclusively. They have toured Europe and the West Coast extensively, and they have played on the East Coast in music venues, lofts and festivals. They have also performed at SF Moma, PS1 Warm Up, Miami Art Basel, the Zürich Kunsthalle and the New Museum in New York.
Loud Objects (NYC) are made up of Tristan Perich, Kunal Gupta, and Katie Shima. Welding soldering irons against overhead projector, Loud Objects wires up live musical circuits and gerrymander lo-fi electronic noise. The first few minutes are characterized by bleak silence as the Loud Objects swiftly assemble an initial circuit; thereafter a lush and percussive poetry overwhelms the arena as the trio hacks microchips into a swarm of 1-bit noise.