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Future Perfect 6
Drop the Needle
Intermedia arts
Nov 14,1998

(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 up.

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 soon.

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.


Group Shot "Drop the Needle"

Io(Pre Show 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 anti-social behavior.

Throb Pod 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.

Rob Walsh is a composer performer, a native of Athens Ga. Mr. Walsh was the drummer for the critically acclaimed group "Colfax Abbey"

FETIK3 (AKA 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"

Paul Horn 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."

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. 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.

Pleasant Stitch (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.

Chuck Zwickyis 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.

Radar Threat 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.

TS(the atrist 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 listening to.

Mindphaseone 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

Rod Smithis 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."

David Bryan (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.

Andy Cox(Resource 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.

Video:Keri 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.

Chris Strouth (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 Mo...
This work is commissioned for the Sonic Circuits Festival by the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.