Wednesday, April 15, 2009

[HvEXAS] Sat April 25th in Albany: Three great acts from Troy, NYC, Boston!




       247 Lark St. 

       Albany, NY

CORRIDORS [Brooklyn]
sound + video by byron westbrook

Anne Guthrie / Billy Gomberg / Richard Kammerman TRIO [Troy and Brooklyn]
French Horn and electronics

Benny Nelson / Jay Sullivan DUO [Boston]
Analog synth, turntable and harmonium

Here's some info on one of the acts, CORRIDORS, aka Byron Westbrook: (sound and video samples)

Byron Westbrook (b. 1977) is an artist working with the dynamic quality of physical space using multi-channel sound and images. His audio/video performances under the name CORRIDORS involve the distribution of processed instrumental and environmental recordings through a multi-channel environment with a focus on energy distilled from sound and light. He has shared performance bills with Tony Conrad, Sawako, Stefan Tcherepnin, Lichens, Alessandro Bosetti, Jason Kahn, James Blackshaw, Anette Krebs, and Soft Circle, among many others. He has presented at venues such as The Stone, Tonic, Roulette, ParisLondonWestNile, NonEvent (Boston), Les Voûtes (FR), Issue Project Room, Institute of Intermedia (CZ), Experimental Intermedia, Exit Art Gallery. Westbrook has also collaborated with Paris-based composer and former Kitchen curator Rhys Chatham in the drone metal group Essentialist (Table of the Elements), as well as performed in the ensembles of Phill Niblock, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Duane Pitre and Jonathan Kane. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Commission through Roulette Intermedium and is currently the technical coordinator at Experimental Intermedia Foundation, NYC. Releases are forthcoming for both Corridors and Essentialist. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

CORRIDORS is a multi-channel audio/video environment that uses video projections, amplifiers and speakers strategically placed within a performance space. It was originally developed as a distribution system for improvised guitar feedback and has evolved over the last three years into composed works using varied sound sources through the system, which is also customized for the individual works.  The project emphasizes how redistributed energy of sound and light in space to alter perception.

Audio elements consist of either guitar feedback processed live, pre-recorded instrumental performances and/or found sounds.  These recordings are pre-processed to reduce the sounds to the pure energy of the source material (as opposed to referencing the source). They are then redistributed live through the performance space via the multi-channel system with additional processing to cater to the composition and space.

Following the audio concept, the video elements are sources of light processed to reduce identification of form, object and location, thus highlighting the essential energy and its movement.


"To call Byron Westbrook a composer of breathtakingly beautiful ambient pieces and drone works is reasonably accurate but painfully reductive; Westbrook, whose work under the name Corridors has involved acoustic instruments, field recordings, spatialized playback and lighting, is the kind of artist for whom the old, mostly disused term intermedia was coined."  -TimeOut New York


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