Thomas Simon Atmospheric, Of Earth, Changing Modes, Baby Teardrops, Petty Nobles

Thomas Simon Atmospheric

Of Earth

Changing Modes

Baby Teardrops

Petty Nobles

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Free

Thomas Simon Atmospheric - (Set time: 12:00 AM)
Thomas Simon Atmospheric
"Simon’s intense guitar playing highlighted his performance. His instrument had an ominous, jungle-like sound, as if a tiger would burst through the stage at any moment."
-Deli Magazine, New York City, (CMJ 2012 review)

"In just under an hour onstage he managed to evoke Bauhaus, Pink Floyd, the Church, My Bloody Valentine and Philip Glass, sometimes within seconds of each other. It’s rare that a solo performer can be this interesting to watch." - NY Music Daily
Of Earth - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Of Earth
"Of Earth" is a multimedia communication utilizing compositions of sight and sound being performed simultaneously. In the lab: ROB DE LUCA makes sounds by using his diaphragm to push air over his larynx. His vocal chords open and close in a delicate or violent fashion, producing somewhat unnerving, but occasionally pleasant sounds. He simultaneously produces deeper noises from an apparatus made of wood and four long wrapped wires, which he attacks with his fingers or a plectrum. This apparatus is fitted with magnets coiled with hair thin copper wire, creating an electromagnetic field. This field picks up the vibrations made by Mr. De Luca's unorthodox attacking and delivers them through a cord to an electrical amplifier. Despite being labeled a heretic by critics, his peculiar ritual has now (d)evolved into an underground movement, which has been labeled "Staring At Sound".

PAUL CASANOVA plays a similar wood contraption that has six thin metal wires. He attacks this exclusively with a plectrum and produces a much wider, and far more interesting array of sounds. His contraption also transmits vibrations to an electrical amplifier. This amplifier is connected to paper cones fitted with magnets that somehow transform electric energy into sonic energy. We're not quite sure how he does it either, but it causes Professor Casanova to jump around uncontrollably. This often leaves us wondering if something is going drastically right, or drastically wrong.

Never one to be outdone, RIK DE LUCA uses absolutely no electrical energy to create his aural experiment. Armed only with the energy of sheer human force, Dr. De Luca beats on curved tubes of wood or plastic producing tones of different pitches. By beating on these with thin pieces of wood, he can alter and mix the rhythms and dynamics of the tones. He intersperses this frenzy with similar beatings of flat metal spheres to produce very high frequencies that upset all canines and mothers within 167 square feet.

Although most of his distinguished colleagues can't pronounce his name correctly, MATTHEW BARAM is very respected among his peers. With all their combined experience in studies of art, acoustics, and physics, they can't quite comprehend his choice of expression. Professor Baram creates sounds from no vibrations whatsoever! He moves his fingers, sometimes amazingly quickly, over the white and black pieces of a plastic and metal computer machine. Each of these pieces coincide with a particular pitch that is created within the apparatus. It's further outfitted with lots of fancy push/pull knobs and levers that can instantly change all aspects of the sound's dimensions. We attempted disassembling this machine to try and understand it, but Prof. Baram must have sensed this, and has since kept it locked and secure.

When all these processes coincide, "Of Earth" is truly a marvel of art and science.
Changing Modes - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Changing Modes
The music of New York City based rock band Changing Modes began quietly in the mid-90's when the principal songwriter of the band Wendy Griffiths (keyboards, voice) started making her "bedroom tapes." Since then the band has released 4 albums and 2 EPs and have been actively performing their strangely catchy and complex music in New York, Chicago, Boston and D.C.

The Lucid Culture review of their latest album HERE describes their music quite well: "Changing Modes leap from one radically dissimilar style to another with gusto, guile and a tunefulness that won't quit. Blending classical flourishes, punk energy, playful and clever lyrics that draw on 80s new wave and a ubiquitous element of surprise, every time you think you've got them figured out, they drop something new on you".
Baby Teardrops - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Baby Teardrops
Baby Teardrops produces a poppy collection of songs that sound like that of a grunged out New Pornographers if they met The Pixies. These NYC rockers deliver edgy hypnotic elements and recurrent mantras, rooted with the fundamental belief of loving what was originally created and driving their songs around solid riffs. While the music is propulsive and steady, it allows for Dunehoo's songwriting to relish in the spotlight. "I like the idea of taking a simple idea, something that exists whether we care about it or not, and glorifying it. And more than that, I love language and the magical power language possesses to cut through and open up and be foul and sexy. The possibilities are endless," adds Dunehoo.

Originally forming in 2007, March of 2010 resolutely affirms the band's desire to work together. All three members were previously involved in other projects that came to a halt once they reunited. "We decided it was fated that we play together no matter how hard it sometimes is," says Matthew Dunehoo. "I demanded a band and Gerry and Megan came down the pipe direct from God and the Devil."
Petty Nobles - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Petty Nobles