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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.
Ghost Ensemble, permutations, and Indexical celebrate the release of Ghost Ensemble’s debut LP, We Who Walk Again, arriving May 18 on Indexical. This evening features the album’s recorded works alongside the world premiere of Liisa Hirsch’s new work Imprint, as well as Teodora Stepancic’s Harp N Ropes No. 4 and Andrew Christopher Smith’s we remember not the word, but the sound of the word, both commissioned by the ensemble in 2016.
Indexical and Idea Fab Labs present a workshop and talk with artist and educator Casey Anderson. Join us at 8pm for an overview of radio technologies, the construction of simple transmitters, and a group performance of Anderson’s own compositions for radios.
Bridging the worlds of Baroque and experimental practices, Andrew Nathaniel McIntosh performs selections from Heinrich Biber’s “Rosary Sonatas,” a series of works each with different violin tunings that was all but lost from their composition in c. 1676 until the 20th century. Interspersed with these sonatas are pieces by experimental tuning theorist and practitioner Wolfgang Von Schweinitz, the delicate scordatura harmonics of Catherine Lamb’s solo violin work open-scape, and the full expanse of violin techniques from Anahita Abbasi. McIntosh will be accompanied on the Biber sonatas by Ian Pritchard, an early music keyboardist and musicologist.
Nestled on the edge of the Monterey Bay between the Pacific Ocean and the redwoods, a strong sense of place emanates throughout Santa Cruz. Melt Me Into The Ocean (MMIO) is a day-long event that uses sound to connect participants to this sense of place. MMIO features participatory works by local and nationally renowned artists that use sound, images, technology, and their bodies to activate public spaces including the West Jetty Walkway, Seabright Beach, and Ocean View Park, to reveal new facets of our relationships to local ecosystems and environments.
Microtonal tuba and bass duo Reidemeister Move perform a program of long tones in natural harmonies for low instruments, including Arcanum 17 by Christopher Williams & Charlie Morrow and Borromean Rings by Robin Hayward.
furniture Daniel is a solo electronic project of David Dominique, combining analog synthesizers and voice to create colorful patchworks of polyphonic vocal harmonies. Robert Schwarz is a modular synthesist who blends diverse field recordings with pulsing abstract soundscapes.