Byron Westbrook + Scy1e
Radius Gallery: 1050 River St. #127, Santa Cruz
Tickets: $15 / $10 Students
Byron Westbrook and Scy1e present performances of modular synthesizer creations, artificial field recordings, and cyclical rhythms.
Byron Westbrook will present a performance of recent electronic sound compositions in a customized multi-channel audio format, featuring artificial field recordings, experiments with phase relationships, synthesized ASMR and vague rhythm. The works focus on perception of presence; exploring a dynamic between sounds intended to highlight the listening space versus sounds that represent or fabricate external, imaginary spaces.
Scy1e (‘Sighwonee”) is a new direction for Raub Roy, formerly known as Horaflora. Electronic in nature, the character of Scy1e is more supple, more simpatico, than that of Horaflora. This music deals in interrelated cycles, or Relabi; “the self-erasing pulse”. Field recordings mingle with limping, stately, rhythms, together forming a rich community of sound. Preview on Bandcamp.
Byron Westbrook (b. 1977) is an artist and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. He has been performing and showing experimental sound work internationally since 2008, and has shared bills with Tony Conrad, Oren Ambarchi, Rhys Chatham, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Eliane Radigue, Lawrence English among many others. He has an MFA from Bard College, where he studied with Marina Rosenfeld, Marcus Schmickler and David Behrman and worked with Phill Niblock’s Experimental Intermedia Foundation from 2005-2014. Following two well-received releases under the moniker Corridors, his debut LP under his given name (Precipice on Root Strata) was named #4 Best Experimental Album of 2015 by Pitchfork Magazine. He has had solo shows of installation work at Human Resources in Los Angeles and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR in 2015. His work has also been presented at ICA London, Fridman Gallery, ISSUE Project Room, PS1 Annex, Abrons Arts Center, Pioneer Works, Instants Chavires Art Space, the LAB, among many others. He has been in residence at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Clocktower Gallery, Diapason Gallery, EMS Stockholm. He is currently Visiting Faculty in the Fine Arts Department at Pratt Institute.
Raub has performed electroacoustic noise music as horaflora since 2005. He, with partner Dianne Lynn, founded Weird Ear Records, a record label reveling in disparate forms of experimental music. Their slogan, “The Weird Ear, The Better,” serves as a guideline to the curatorial themes across all of these projects. Raub is from Western Mass. but has lived in the Bay Area since 2007.