Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Wed, May 10 2017 7:30 PM

For our first of two May events at Canessa Gallery we are excited to present an evening of abstract electronic music by Medial Ages (London), Kio Griffith (Los Angeles) and Eurostache (San Francisco)

Medial Ages
Is Laura Gracia musical project. Curator, artist and researcher established in London since 2009. She has studied history of art and media art and is interested in electronic arts, art, science and technology and digital media. Participant at hacking culture and noise scene has taken part in many international events, such as exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and concerts, in Spain, UK, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Serbia, and Russia. Has collaborated with various institutions such as Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico, MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, CCCB Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona, MOTA Museum of Transitory Art, ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Arts. She has collaborated with the following artists, among much more, Locus Sonus, Scanner, Milo Taylor, Arcangelo Constantini, Martin Howse and Victor Mazon Guardoqui. She is attracted to play with different disciplines, highlighting video art, net art, and sonic arts. As a Live Performer, she has acted in various festivals and events in London and overseas. To highlight Noizemaschine, London; XX Studio, Montreal, Canada, 2015; Noise Toys Orchestra, with Tasos Stamou, Cafe Oto Project Space, London, 2015; Sonica FM, London, 2015; OneBeatEcho, US, 2014; Improvised Electronic Round Up, New York, 2014. In 2014, she released her first record at the [EdP069] Editora do Porto. In 2015, she launched her independent record label EAM Elektronische-art-and-music, with the album supporting the exhibition curated at Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico with the artists Richard Crow, Milo Taylor, Nicola Woodham. She is well-known in London noise scene where she performs under the moniker Medial Ages.

Medial Ages: A Live Noise Performance Experimental electromagnetic noise with D.I.Y. circuitry: Oscillators, Timers, LDR, Induction Coils, Solar Cells, Schmitt Triggers, Atari Punk Consoles, Light Sources (Projectors, Lamps, Strobes) & High Voltage devices (Plasma Speaker and Tesla Coil). Natural low voltage components – solar cells from 3v to 12v – supply low output devices. The oscillators, based on the 555 chip, controls 3V to 9V input and transforms it into sound. There are also used optoelectronic oscillators. Both produce a repetitively modulated wave that could be a triangle-wave or square-wave. The light sources control the circuits modulating the signal, in other words, the light triggers sonic signals. In a sound/light integration, the modulation of tone activates an interactive system based on D.I.Y circuitry. It is a self-generated sonic machine creating a syncopated, high-pitched, noisy beep (in Frances Dyson, The tone of our Times, The MIT Press). Moreover, the field emanated from the Light Electromagnetic Pulse (LEMP) creates interferences captured by the induction coils. Afterwards, the circuits are amplified and use a Tesla coil as output. A DIY high-voltage device that makes the input signal turns into sound through the triggering of a plasma gas spark. Also, the D.I.Y. Tesla coil interferes with the induction coil making audible the electromagnetic field. The result is an a-rhythmic noise performance based on saturation and collapse. The triggering of the sonic signal through different media devices causes an innovative sound circuitry based on new bio-sonic materialism practices that try to move forward to cutting edge sound development. Medial ages performance investigates Simondon’s transduction effects. "Your skin has millions of nerve cells of various shapes at different depths," explains Stanley Bolanowski, a neuroscientist at the Institute for Sensory Research at Syracuse University. So, according to chemical engineering processes "when the nerve cells are stimulated, physical energy is transformed into energy used by the nervous system and passed from the skin to the spinal cord and brain. It is called transduction, and no one knows exactly how it takes place." The same process occurs, when light stimulates brain waves. Suffice it to say that the process involves the intricate, split the second operation of a complex system of signals between neurons in the skin and brain.

Kio Griffith
Kio Griffith is an interdisciplinary visual/sound artist, curator and editor producing diverse trajectory projects between the U.S. and Japan. His work includes drawing, painting, sound, video, performance, electronics, language, sculpture and installation. He has exhibited in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. and has performed, collaborated or curated various musicians and contemporary artists, dancers and designers in galleries, museums, clubs and alternative spaces, locally and internationally. His current projects include project director at TYPE (Tokyo+Yokohama Projects Exchange), curator and development director at ARTRA, associate editor at Fabrik and Art Bridge (Tokyo), art director at Angel City Jazz Festival and has designed over 300 album jackets. Griffith has recently exhibited at the 2016 Aichi Trienniale in Nagoya, Japan.

The Eurostache group is a project centering around electro-acoustic real-time collaborative experiments in sound. The core ensemble is frequently augmented with guests from the San Francisco Bay Area.

We explore sound-space through the lens and energy of child-like wonderment. Listeners often comment on being drawn into a dreamy escape. Our key experimental technique is using novel instruments, found objects, meta-processing and sound recordings in unusual combinations with traditional instruments. Vocalists employ extended techniques to humanize the highly transient and diverse cacophony. Musical constructs such as composition and melody are set aside as we travel toward the fringes of sound.

Performances often incorporate additional layers of audience interaction, such as improvisational comedy, body movement, and live scoring to films.

Cost: $5-20