Experimental music

Stylus + Astatine live recording from Sonic Circuits 2017 concert released on Soundcloud

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Stylus director Jim Adams posted the recording from the latest Stylus concert at Sonic Circuits 2017 to Soundcloud. This was a collaboration with French artist Astatine, involving an ensemble playing vinyl 7″ supplied by Astatine, supplemented by guitarists and video projections. Stylus exclusively uses Califone turntables sourced from elementary schools that updated their A/V equipment. As one of the turntablists, I find the description “pratfalls for multiple turntables” rather appropriate! More on the personnel and recording details below. You can check out the track on Soundcloud here.

STYLUS + ASTATINE
AT TO ER // APT TO ERR // WHO AM THE ONLY ONE
Live @ 2017 Sonic Circuits Festival
Rhizome DC . Washington DC USA . Sunday 17 September 2017

periodontic tablatures + pratfalls for multiple turntables, vinyl recordings, guitars + digital malfeasance

001 TWIN FORKS
002 UNFINISHED PLOT
003 REQUIREMENT FOR LOCAL CONTENT
004 SOUNDS FROM THE ATTIC

STYLUS turntable ensemble
JS Adams, artistic director + score . Califone . processing . visuals
Jeff Bagato, Califone
Chester Hawkins, Califone
Janel Leppin, Califone
RA Martini, Califone
Gary Rouzer, Califone
Keith Sinzinger, Califone
Chris Videll, Califone
Bianca Williford, Califone

Stéphane Récrosio / Astatine, vinyl + original source recordings

Jeff Barsky, guitar
Josh McDonald, guitar
Guillermo Pizarro, digital contributor

Mei Mei Chang, live infrared visuals

Steve Sanders, recording
Joseph Dress, video

Turntable ensemble STYLUS at Sonic Circuits 2017 this Sunday, 9/17

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It’s time again for the annual Sonic Circuits, DC’s festival for experimental, improvised, and outside musics, held this year at Rhizome from Sept 15-17. That’s three nights of local, national, and international freak jams. Turntable ensemble Stylus will be performing a new work by band leader Jim Adams on Sunday, Sept 17. As one of the turntablists, I’ll be appearing with the group. The ensemble will be expanded with a guitar section and feature visual projections. If you’re into “difficult” music, don’t miss this!

This official word about the group (from the festival website) will describe it better than I could: “STYLUS is a Washington DC-based turntable ensemble that performs with multiple vintage classroom turntables as their instruments, using locked-groove + prepared vinyl to create a sound that is minimalist, pulse-like + hypnotic yet also dynamic + punctuated. STYLUS performers to date include mainstays of the Washington, D.C. avant-garde, free improvisation, modern composition, noise, + electronic music scene….STYLUS performers for the 2017 SCDC Festival are JS Adams, Jeff Bagato, Chester Hawkins, Janel Leppin, Ryan Martini, Gary Rouzer, Keith Sinzinger, Stéphane Récrosio, vinyl, Jeff Barsky, guitar, John Howard, guitar, Guillermo Pizarro, digital, Mei Mei Chang, visuals.”

“STYLUS will perform “(AT to ER) Apt to Err_Who am the Only One,” a new composition in collaboration with French lo-fi guitarist, Stéphane Récrosio (astatine / acetate z e r o), utilizing commissioned, limited-edition lathe acetates. The performance will include live infrared-video work from Mei Mei Chang and be dedicated to former STYLUS performer, Andrew McCarry (1984 – 2016) . STYLUS warmly embraces the modern compositional elements of turntablism + the contemporary sound-art of Christian Marclay + Philip Jeck. Other influences include such historic constructs as the Futurist manifesto L’arte dei Rumori, Dadaism, Automatism + Russian Constructivism along with Louis Braille, Samuel F.B. Morse, Milan Knížák’s Broken Music, the graphic scores of Cornelius Cardew + Fluxus performance, plus the prepared instrumentation + happenstance of John Cage.”