At Eyedrum Downtown
At Fuse Arts Center
115 MLK Jr. Dr.
between Pryor and Peachtree St.
Washington DC's Jeff Barsky offers up...an incredibly full and rich sounding platter that delivers on every level. Barsky has been a key figure in the DC experimental/DIY scene for the last few years, and is also a member of kraut-influenced DC combo the Plums. In his solo guise as Insect Factory, Barsky traverses the worlds of guitar improvisation and subtle sound manipulation...What separates Insect Factory from other projects in the ambient and/or quieter realms of guitar improvisation are the remarkable displays of patience and impeccable timing...Barsky balances light and dark, tension and resolution in his pieces, but never in obvious ways. Instead, his music surrounds and envelops in a gauzy, cloudy warmth while still retaining an interest in shaking things up. The record's title is apt too - Barsky's music alludes to static transmissions, garbled communication via invisible airwaves, alien landscapes, and dying technologies, while still retaining an interest in melody and traditional beauty. The juxtaposition of these ideas and approaches lends the record a complexity that goes deep beyond its shiny surfaces.
"A voice magnificent and morose, lost in a world of single being in performance." [Deli Magazine] Public Speaking is the music of Brooklyn solo artist Jason Anthony Harris. Utilizing found objects, radio, tape recorder, and vocoder, he pores over pedals to loop, warp and augment these sources. He sings on his knees, in a semicircle of these devices and percussive clutter. The result is a soulful and rhythmically dense experimental music. His performances are highly improvisational, with an emphasis on immediacy and site-specific actions.
Public Speaking's live experiments with radio noise, guitar pedals, and loop manipulation have provided new methods for delivering songs of warmth, vitriol, and desperation. The electronic capturing and mangling of acoustic sounds is an obsession for Public Speaking. Pieces of metal, wood, plastic, and other detritus are stricken to the pulses of polyrhythmic, textural compositions. A microphone is pummeled against the floor in place of a bass drum and slashed across speakers to create reprocessed digital sweeps. One performance found him beating and scraping a wooden chair across the stage to create a bed of dissonant clatter to croon over. The influences of noise, minimalism, musique concréte, ambient, kosmische musik, IDM and R&B have helped to evolve his work, creating percussive, layered and electronic pieces - sometimes completely improvised before an audience.
Absence of Ocean
Absence of Ocean is a shoegaze band from Atlanta, that incorporates both post-rock and electronic elements to create lush soundscapes within hypnotic songs.
Absence of Ocean is curretly working on their debut album out 2013.
The mostly-analog duo of Tyler Keen and Robert Hayes Kee. A mix of found sounds, feedback, cd skips and field recordings. 7