Our December 2014 Frequency Fridays show features experimental electronic performer Zaimph (NYC), experimental electric guitarist Mike Shiflet (CMH), experimental electronic musician Bbob Drake (CLE) and electronic RnB artist TRILL KHIDR (CMH). Date: Friday, December 5, 2014. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Av., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2014-2015 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
About our performers:
Zaïmph is the solo project of artist, musician and performer Marcia Bassett. Zaimph’s recordings and performances shimmer with a dense, dissonant and often unsettling electronic aura, shot through with flashes of meditative beauty. Her preferred sonic toolkit includes prepared guitar, keyboard, cracked drum machines, custom-built noise/drone boxes, processed environmental sounds and tabletop effects. Bassett’s releases have appeared on a variety of underground labels including Hospital Productions, Utech Records, Volcanic Tongue and No Fun. Although Bassett has released a number of recordings on her now-retired Heavy Blossom imprint, she continues to showcase Zaïmph and other aesthetically allied projects on Yew, a label she founded in 2012. As a co-founder of Philadelphia’s shambolic psychonauts un and tectonic drone pioneers Double Leopards, Bassett is deeply entwined with the American noise underground, and has mapped regions still only dimly understood by subsequent sonic travelers. From 2003-2008, Bassett joined Matthew Bower in Hototogisu, where her mastery of cacophonous eardrum shred achieved monolithic proportions. In addition to her work with Zaïmph, Bassett continues to collaborate with a wide spectrum of musicians including Samara Lubelski, Barry Weisblat, Andrew Lafkas, and Jenny Graf.
NOISE project Ohio based noise upsetter Mike Shiflet has amassed an enviable amount of releases in the last decade. Tapes, vinyl, cdrs – you name it, he’s done it, but it’s taken until now for Shiflet to weld together what he regards as his defining work. The first in a series of two ‘proper’ albums, ‘Sufferers’ takes the listener to the very heart of Shiflet’s sound – through the abrasive noise heard on his early releases all the way to the shimmering ambience that made up his breakthrough album ‘Llanos’.
bbob drake is a Cleveland-based electroacoustic musician and instrument builder. His musical work focuses on non-idiomatic improvisation, free jazz, indeterminacy, timberal manipulation, melodic noise, and collaboration. Trained as a traditional luthier, he also builds original electronic instruments and “clones” of classic synthesizers (such as Buchla), as well as hybrid acoustic/electronic instruments and installation pieces. He likes to listen.
Henry Corbin on Khidr: “… he who has attained the source of life, has drunk of the water of immortality, and consequently knows neither old age nor death. He is the ‘Eternal Youth,’ … ‘the Verdant One.’ He in indeed associated with every aspect of Nature’s greenness.” (Alone with the Alone 55).