Drop the Needle
(in conjunction with theSonic Circuits
Electronic Music Festival)
Hi, welcome to Future
Perfect 6, in case you haven't read it, the theme for tonight is...
well rather than tell you directly... I'll explain to you how it
came about. I was driving around the day after my birthday, listening
to a tape a friend of mine had give me. And weather it was coincidence
or one of those eerie little synchronicities that make life ever
so surreal. The song Freddys' Dead (off of the amazing album 'Super
Fly" by Curtis Mayfield) came on right as I was passing by the house
of some former friends. The friendship had ended because of Drugs.
That is the exact moment that the idea for tonight's theme came
This isn't to say
we are going to get preachy about drugs. Bad or good. they are an
influence and one that has touched all elements of music and culture
. It can be seen in the slow heroin-induced dirge of the grunge
movement, the crazed amphetamine-driven frenzy of the Early 60's
R&B sound the ecstasy fueled mayhem of Acid House and more genres
and sub-genres than you can shake a stick at. Heck, Sherlock Holmes
was a junkie, or that the original active ingredient in Coca Cola
was Cocaine. The point is its influence is not going away any time
But enough with the
diatribe, wander around, relax do what you will. This isn't , a
documentary. it's more like a cubist painting . viewing all sides
and angles simultaneously. and the interpretations are up to you.
Shot "Drop the Needle"
music"La Strega Bianca Della Luna" by Warren Burt)
Feeling and Numbingness
Jane Anfinson, currently of the band Own, has written for
and performed with groups including power improv trio Tribo, art-rockingest
band Exploding Head Trick, Afro-Cuban jazz group DRUMPAC, jazz improvisation
orchestra Imp Ork and dance troupe Flying Sisters Theater. She also
serves on the board of directors for the American Composers Forum.
Wallace Hill, percussion, is Artistic Director of the Cultural
Center of Minnesota and Founder of DRUMPAC. The Cultural Center
of Minnesota, located at Lake and Lyndale, utilizes of the art and
culture of the African diaspora to assist communities in curbing
Isis composed of three Twin Cities based musicians, Jim Anton (bass,
samples, kalimba, and vocals), Aaron Barnell (hand percussion, mouth
loops, samples, and vocals), and Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar, lap steel,
sound effects, and vocals). Their organic-techno elements combine
to create pulsating layers of space, rhythm, and melody.
Jim Anton-a native Bostonian has been living in Minnesota
since 1986. He is a bassist, producer, and composer who has worked
and recorder in a variety of musical environments (Greazy Meal,
Eight Head, Kalevala, Tarnished Doubloon Featuring Ed Volker from
the Radiators, Peter Ostrushko, Greg Brown, Jesse Johnson, John
Casey, Steve Tibbetts, and Dean Magraw).
Aaron Barnell-a lifetime Minnesota resident, a percussionist/composer.
Aaron works closely with former Pomo Afro Homo Djola Branner, for
whom he accompanies Haitian dance classes and composed original
music for the theater production "The House That Crack Built." He
has accompanied such acclaimed dancers as David Rousseve, Ron Brown,
and Bebe Miller, and performs regularly with 1996 National finger
picking guitar champion Tim Sparks McFerrin to perform at his home
jammin' with Bobby.
Jeremy Ylvisaker is a multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer
who has played with Marc Anderson, Barb Cohen and Little Lizard,
Dean Magraw, and Greazy Meal.
is a composer performer, a native of Athens Ga. Mr. Walsh was the
drummer for the critically acclaimed group "Colfax Abbey"
Jason Shapiro) is best known from his work with the now-defunct
ensemble OUSIA. Although FETIK3 has performed at every Future Perfect,
"DROP THE NEEDLE" marks his first solo appearance in the Twin Cities.
FETIK3's involvement in the avant- music scene range from projects
with ANA VOOG to the MILO FINE FREE JAZZ ENSEMBLE. Currently, FETIK3
is working on his first solo release "Conventions Considered Analogous"
does experiments in sound wave modulation using envelope laden guitar
work, analog synthesis, found percussion, and modern electronics.
Ambiance that may not be easy to listen to. Sounds may conjure images
of sci-fi horror or bring on relaxing bliss. Non-chemical mood alteration
may occur if the listener wishes to participate cerebrally. A former
member of Ousia and Shapeshifter and has recordings on the UltraModern,
Prospective. labels. He is currently: working with his ongoing home
studio recording project titled "Trancemitre Explorations". Regular
live appearances as a solo act or collaborating on ambiance, and
occasionally with the Enio Morricone influenced group "Di Dollari."
is a improv based guitarist who has played in such groups as Tribo,
and Exploding Head Trick. He has performed regularly as part of
Red Eye's Uneasy Listening Series. He was also featured as part
of Intermedia Arts' "You're My Guitar Hero" Show. appearing with
Tim Donahue(bass) has been a performer in the metro area
for four years. he now directs, performs and curates for The Stellar
Ensemble and the Minneapolis Improv Group and Plays in Midnight
Trelis. Tim had also performed with Skye Klad for several years.
Eddie Estrin (Percussion) displayed an early ability to produce
music by exciting various objects percussively. He has composed
and performed original music for theater, indie film/video, planetaria,
audio recordings and live performance. Sherri Flagg (Vox)
is a Composer/Artistic Director of Urban Motet, a physical vocal
music ensemble,. and has recently taken up collaborating with instrumentalists
who make lots of interesting noise.
(Bob DeMaa (keys, programming, production and guitar)Sarah-Jane
Hill(lyrics and vocal lines)Will Pierce (programming, percussion,
and keys))the sound...big motivations, textures from everywhere,
dark intro's, warm bottom beats for foundations and a constant fluidity
from voices--no top to be found in the sound--just reach up! It
evades easy descriptions. It's hard to pin down. It is fabulous
to hear, feel and watch.
one of the unsung superstars of the Minnesota music community, a
multi talented producer, engineer, and mix artist, as well as being
a talented composer in his own right. to quote him "As someone who
works professionally making records, I am attracted by the freedom
of playing spontaneous improvisational music. These performances
exist very much outside of the conventional music industry paradigm;
there is nothing for sale here, nothing being composed packaged
and presented. The music is born at the moment of performance, vibrates
the air briefly and disappears, hopefully resonating in the hearts
and minds of the audience."
A Most Happy
Sound iIs a collaboration between, McKnight wining composer
Lorren Stafford (Richard For Cerebellum) , Chris Strouth, and this
time around Bob DeMaa. Dedicated to smashing artistic and intellectual
barriers, they combine elements of Pop, electronica , and "New"
music to create a genre that can frighten everyone equally.
is Benjy Gross. an analog archivist, and sonic prankster. He is
frequent contibutior to the New Alantis. This is Mr. Gross first
apperance with Future Perfect.
formerly known as DJ SlantyEyedArtFuk) a cut and past wizard. the
treller of stories that you may not want to hear but can't help
is John Golden, Mike McClure and Dave Jarosz. The three have been
working together on various electronic music projects since the
early nineties. Many influences make up the sound of the group.
They range from jazz to techno, drum and bass to noise. A Wave Length
Away is the first album released by the group in 1997. Perhaps the
only recording that exists where a listener can hear the likes of
Popeye and Jim Morrison in the same song. The groups usage of traditional
analog instruments and sequencing devices combined with state of
the art sampling and digital editing, creates a unique fusion of
old and new.
Big Daddy Jr.
and the Spookis a group with featuring Terry Hannen (Lunar 9,
Shapeshifter),Jason Ducklinski (Lunar 9, Shapeshifter), and Tim
Ritter (Passage, Shapeshifter). They made this groups debut at Future
Perfect 5 as Aumana Letters
a : DJ, composer, musician, independent curator, and legitimate
psychonaut, the Co Founder and Co -director of the Polar Bear Club,
and the New Alantis.
Jace Krause (Lost In translation) "Lost In Translation is
one man in many forms. Operator for History of the Future: fractured
breaks to bizarre electronica to multidimensional noise. This is
the forth L*I*T appearance under the Future Perfect umbrella."
(Networks) worked on Future Perfect 5, and he is back again and
better then ever. He has had many years of experience in the computer
industry as well as in the video/multimedia realm. Despite having
just graduated high school this past spring.
management) Having no musical talent of his own, Andy has found
ways to support various musical projects over the years through
the sweat and toil of his brow. He has been the silent third member
of EBOP, the muscle behind the Bedrock Music Appreciation Society
and the guy who has humped the gear and stood at the door of a goodly
number of late night disco extravaganzas. Always handy with a razor
knife, cardboard and duct tape, Andy is guy you don't see who makes
sure its done.
Halverson is a self taught video monster. proving that good
things can come from cable access. A long time collaborator of Chris
Strouth. Keri was the resident video person for Red Eye's Uneasy
Listening Music Series, and has done video for Seduction of Timothy
and Richard for Cerebellum.
(where the Buck Stops) is a conceptual theorist, the director and
founder of Future Perfect. He is the Chief and sole employee of
UltraModern, a company based on furthering of new music. For the
past five years he has been on the curatorial panel of the American
Composers Forum's Sonic Circuits. Dr. Strouth is currently the head
of artist and product for TRG records (Twin Tone Record Group).
Words of thanks
and Praise: to Dr. Philip Blackburn and all of the American
Composers Forum, All the Organizations involved in Sonic Circuits,
The Science Museum, Leonardo, The Walker, ACF and Intermedia Arts
who deserve an extra special thanks for letting us have the room.
Chris Heigle, Diane Anderson, Doug Bendit, Dwyane Williams (for
the kick ass photos) and all the Intermedia staff that get mad when
you put their name in the thank yous. Radio K, and the M. Implex
Systems, for our webcasting, And St. Paul Cable Acess. Carty, whish
you were here...
A special thanks to the whole Future Perfect Posse, In particular
to Larry, who helps to keep it all in perspective, and stops me
from climbing a water tower. Keri, Whose patience and dedication
continues to astound me. David, who deals with all the unappreciated
tasks, and doesn't get mad when I yell at him. Andy, It's good to
have you back in the family, how did we ever get along without you
Ren, Stimpy, the Louis' Prima and Armstrong, Run DMC, Monk, Elvis
& Burt. And last but not least the one I can never thank enough
This work is commissioned for the Sonic Circuits Festival by
the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.