bLectom from bLechdom + Zachary James Watkins + Happy Valley Band

4/20/18 at 12:00 am
Idea Fab Labs: 2879 Mission St. Ext., Santa Cruz

Indexical, Idea Fab Labs, and Unintelligible: Noise Against Capture present the deconstructed pop songs of the Happy Valley Band, glitchy techno of bLectum from bLechdom, and long-form drones of Oakland-based composer and electronic musician Zachary James Watkins.

The Happy Valley Band is pop music as heard by a computer algorithm. Bay Area composer and performer David Kant translates machine learning analyses of pop songs into music notation in order to explore the biases and assumptions inherent in digital automation. The transcriptions, which are impossibly over-specific, microtonal, and brimming with artifacts of the machine listening process, are performed by the Happy Valley Band, a group of Bay Area and New York City musicians.