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Trancending the xperince
Fredrick R. Weisman Musum of Art
May 18,1998

It's two AM when I write this... well not here but somewhere, you know how it is. Anyway... I've got this friend, possibly the nicest guy in the world...I mean I have never taken a poll or anything but if I had to hazard a guess I'd say he'd be up there. He's one of these people that I would say is one of my best friends, yet he's a the guy I feel that I never spend enough quality time with, you know doing guy stuff like shooting at things (real and virtual). He's one of the reasons that Future Perfect exists it gives me an excuse to hang out with him. Well about a month before the show he got pretty sick, and when I say pretty sick I mean sicker than you ever want to be or have any one you know be. So he's not here tonight amazing you the way I know he would (yea he is that good , but he'd never own up to that fact that's just him) to be honest I thought about canceling, but that'd be wrong .... plus I'd have to go back to my job working the fry timer at Mickey D's.

Then some other stuff happened another friend and performer here had a pretty bad bike accident that's put him on his back for a while, Yet another performer had a bad motorcycle accident, and yet another had a bad car accident. Quite frankly the show kinda seemed cursed. I mean it's not or anything , how I was supposed to know to not go into the Pharaoh's tomb, and that your not supposed to dance around in the ancient Egyptian headdress, hell who say's mummies don't make good dancing partners...but I digress.

A while ago when we first planed this show, we came upon the name Trancending the Experience (and yes smarty pants it's supposed to be misspelled, in part it's a ironic statement about overcoming flaws and problems, in part an inside joke about my inability to spell) at the time we needed a name at it sounded good enough. But like one Buddhist probably once said "You get a name for a reason" and this seems to be no exception. A lot of this show seems to be about taking what your given and dealing to it with the best of your ability and rising above it. Which when you think about it , ain't all that easy. If you think of life as card game (and unfortunately it isn't rules according to Hoyles) we all get cards from the same deck, the trick is playing them as well as you can. A royal flush in the hands of an idiot is fortune without value, likewise a pair of deuces played well can sometimes get "baby a pair of new shoes". You get dealt , you do the best you can and go on, transcend the experience suppose it's pretty simple, really...but still... What's it all mean ? beats me I just work here, you suss it out for yourself , you'll do fine.

Io Howard Ryan is that nice fellow in the hallway playing short-wave radios, synthesis and assorted stuff. go say hi to him.

Mike Croswell is a Musician and Composer, the kingpin of Mpls artcore favorites Metaphor. He also makes an appearance tonight with Ousia.

A Most Happy Sound Is a collaboration between, McKnight wining composer Lorren Stafford (Richard For Cerebellum) and Chris Strouth. 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.
This piece uses Sample from Larry Long a folk singer and social historian. Who travels the US recording stories and songs of rural elders. He captures some truly amazing stuff and you are truly missing something great if you don't rush right out and purchase his "Here I Stand" record on Smithstoian Folkways. Plus he's a jim dandy singer/songwriter himself.

Satoshi Shinozaki 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.
Sherri Flagg, composer/vocalist/modern dancer was recently commissioned by the American Composers Forum to produce an evening of her work with "Urban Motet" Her recent expansions of musical idioms are, but not limited to, Rock and Jazz. This is her first collaboration in electronic music and she plans to expand her collaborations with other noted musicians, poets and visual artists, which include, sculptor/poet Scott Frensel, Jazz pianist, Richard Paske, and percussionist, Christopher McGuire, among others.

J Wix Is a Mpls based mix master. he has self released one record of his compositions, was featured on the Future Perfect Music For Listening record. He is a frequent guest at new Alantis.

Nameless a work in progress with Jim Anton, Aaron Barnell and Jeremy Ylvisaker.

Aumana Letters a new group with featuring Terry Hannen, Jason Ducklinski, and Tim Ritter

Dylan Hicks is a composer and performer, he has two albums available "Won" and his most recent "Poughkeepsie" a blending of lots of genres, this is an amazing disc and you are a fool if you don't pick it up.

Purrotika iis a collaboration Between Jason Shapiro and Ana Voog Jason Shapiro is a composer and performer. one fourth of Ousia, a collaborator on the pop side of the Ana fence. he is also a semi-frequent guest with the Milo Fine Free Jazz ensemble. Ana Voog is a Musician/ Recording Artist (Radioactive Records) a performer, the Fairie Queen and a new media experimentalist. She is the star of, a twenty four hours a day, seven days a week view into her spectacular and mundane life.

Chuck Zwicky is 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. Chuck performed regularly as part of Red Eye's Uneasy Listening Series, and has worked on records that would really surprise you.

Ousia (Pronounced "ooh - SEE - ah") ..Ambient Noise. Entity.. Realizing. Collective. Sounds.Within.An.Anonymous.Environment..
Originally known as Blue Shift, Ousia continues the documentation of ambiEnt.nOisE.dRonE.eLecTrOniCa compositions in the form of both recorded and live mediums. In realizing these documentations, a criteria has been established with regard to the utilization of technology. Ousia focuses on exploiting technology which allows for flux, improvisation, and control. Sonic structures are constructed around keys and dynamics; all material recorded is able to be reproduced live, yet the live performances are not limited to a mere cloning of the recordings.

Video:Keri Halverson is a self taught video monster. proving that good things can come from cable access. A long time collaborator of Curator 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.

Magic Lantern Light Show:
Richard Tatge: He studied art at MCAD and the U of M. In 1968 he learned light show techniques in Boston, doing shows with such bands as Sun-Ra, Velvet Underground and the Doors. Back in Minneapolis, he did shows at Dania Hall, The Labor Temple and Cedar Theater with the Center of Consciousness. He formed the Magic Lantern Traveling Light Show in 1988 and has performed at raves and rock festivals across the upper midwest.
Chuck Schlensig: Born in 1952 in Gary, Indiana. Learned light show techniques at the Syndrome in Chicago and at the Music Box in Omaha with the Moose family. Did shows with Pink Floyd, Uriah Heap and Jethro Tull. Joined Magic Lantern in '92 .

Chris Strouth 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 four years he has been on the curatorial panel of the American Composers Forum's Sonic Circuits. He founded Red Eye Collaboration's Difficult Music series. Strouth was the curator for many years for Club Scandofari/ Hair Police. He was also a producer/writer/ and host of the experimental TV program "What." He is currently the head of artist and product for TRG records (Twin Tone Record Group), and writes a weekly column on music and youth culture for America On-line (keyword="new breed") as well as a regular column on electronic music for Pulse. He has recorded with groups: A Most Happy Sound(With Carty Fox, & Lorren Stafford), Seduction of Timothy (with Geoff Seelinger & Bob DeMaa), Ex-Boyfriends of Pamela (with Jim Reay) , and King Paisley. Strouth at one time or another has been involved with the following projects in varying capacities: Rifle Sport art (the one on E Block!), U.X.B. Hair Police, House Nation, House of Fun, Depth Probe, Cyber Church, and a host of other things he simply can't remember.

Words of thanks and Praise: to Phil Ford and all of the Weisman staff, The fine folks at Tierney Brothers , the equally fine people @ Slamhammer, Larry Long, The American Composers Forum, in particular Dr. Philip Blackburn. The Staff of TRG:Paul Stark, Kool-Aid,Roz, Lea, Everyone in the Future Perfect Camp,In particular Lorren and Keri, who take this stuff to new levels of greatness, our new friend David, who came at just the right time. the staff of Allied Chemical. Ren & Stimpy, the Music of Sakamato, Dylan Hicks, Neubaten, Othar Turner Jesus and Mary Chain. and as always Mo...