Trancending the xperince
Fredrick R. Weisman Musum of Art
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.
Ryan is that nice fellow in the hallway playing short-wave radios,
synthesis and assorted stuff. go say hi to him.
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
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.
a work in progress with Jim Anton, Aaron Barnell and Jeremy Ylvisaker.
a new group with featuring Terry Hannen, Jason Ducklinski, and Tim
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.
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 anacam.com, a twenty
four hours a day, seven days a week view into her spectacular and
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.
"ooh - SEE - ah") ..Ambient Noise. Entity.. Realizing. Collective.
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.
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.
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 .
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...