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PNME Solo Showcase: Violinist Nathalie Shaw

Nathalie Shaw will give a solo showcase performance as part of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 summer season. Her program will include both acoustic works by Alain Celo, David Stock, and Roger Zahab and electroacoustic works by French composer Sébastien Béranger and Mario Davidovsky. The concert takes place Wednesday, July 23 at City Theatre. Nathalie talked with me on PNME “media day” and here’s what she had to say about the program.


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July 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm Comments (0)

Robert Dick Lecture, Aidan Baker and Insect Ark at Garfield Artworks

I’ve been so busy putting together the video interviews with Robert Dick that I’ve neglected a couple things that are happening real soon.

First off, there’s a noise/post-rock/ambient… show happening at Garfield Artworks featuring Aidan Baker and Insect Ark (AKA Dana Schecter) happening at Garfield Artworks TONIGHT at 8 p.m., so check it out if you can.

Second, in between his performances with Alia Musica, Robert Dick is giving a free lecture at Pitt on Friday at 4 p.m. It’s titled Successful Composition with Extended Techniques, sumpin’ he knows a little about. Come on over to Pitt to hear him.

April 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm Comments (0)


March 3, 2013
8:00 pm

Cover Photo

A night of various freak music at The Shadow Lounge with:

DOLORES BOYS [Brooklyn, NY | Psychic Mule]

“a DIY junction between industrial, goth rock and contemporary noise… the duo sustains the angst as the soundtrack to their horror scenario drifts from chaos to eerie calm.” – Deli Magazine

“The way the Dolores Boys straddle the nu-Goth and neo-Surf vibes is well done…the atmosphere of the music isn’t some foggy graveyard on a cold autumn night, its hot, claustrophic and urban. Unending daylight, blinding hot sun.” – Cassette Gods

HUNTED CREATURES [Dynamo Sound | 905 Tapes]

Cosmic psychedelia inspired by the Grateful Dead, Jan Hammer and Judas Priest.

8CYLINDER [Rhinoplex | Unmapped North]

Gameboy audio software and music.

“Early 8cylinder material was fast, aggressive breakcore ‘people would move to it; it’s not really dancing, it’s more of a freak-out kind of thing’ — but the most recent 8cylinder releases, on [Unmapped North], is more downtempo and cerebral. There are beats, but there’s also noise and sound sculpture.” – Pittsburgh City Paper

ONEWAYNESS [Erie, PA | Onomastic]

“Onewayness is the synth-drone guise of Erie, PA’s Adam Holquist, whose output has been steady growing via radioplay and mostly self-released work. His debut full-length is released on his own Onomastic label in an attractively yet simply printed CD-R. Holquist is resourceful, citing synths, field recordings, and live instrumentation among other things as sources; all of these show up on Blue Star. While wearing its influences pretty heavily on its sleeve, this is som.e interesting stuff that should bode well for what I imagine will be a bevy of future releases.” – Travis Bird/Foxy Digitalis

February 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm Comments (0)

Aaron Dilloway at The Shop

November 1, 2012 8:00 pmtoNovember 30, 2012 11:00 pm

The Shop
$8, All Ages

tcrps and Dynamo Sound Collective Present:



“Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician. He has been releasing and recording music since the age of 16. He was a member of experimental bands Couch, Galen and Universal Indians. He is a former guitarist and tape manipulator for the experimental band Wolf Eyes, which he left in 2005 to live most of that year in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently he runs the noise record label, record store and mailorder Hanson Records, which he began in Brighton, Michigan in 1994. Hanson then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for several years, before finally settling in Oberlin, Ohio, after a brief return to Ann Arbor. He performs solo using eight track tapes and vocal sounds, and records modular synthesizer music as Spine Scavenger. Recently, he has played with an ever-changing cast of sound artists under the name The Nevari Butchers. He is a major enthusiast of urine recycling.” — MTV.com



“Keeping up with Wolf Eyes’ myriad side projects has always been a losing battle, so we’ll save you some time by saying this: Nate Young’s recent run of Regression records is worth a listen even if you despise noise music. That’s because it’s not really noise at all. More like extended episodes of pure dread, true to Wolf Eyes’ unsettling ethos, yet eminently listenable if you enjoy feeling a little creeped out…” — Self-Titled Mag



Joe Roemer, Nick Painter and Edgar Um gettin’ bizzay. Historic reunion show.


Haunted loops, drones, sounds and beer.

November 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm Comments (0)

A Night of Audible Stunts

September 15, 2012
8:00 pm

The Shop
Admission TBA soon.

Jack Wright – saxophones. from philadelphia and ny, born in pgh in 1942. “the johnny appleseed of improvised music”. you may have heard him play with tatsuya nakatani and michel doneda. and you may not have.

in duo and trio with:

Evan Lipson – contrabass, from montreal, maybe philadelphia. also plays in normal love and satanized.

Ben Bennett – percussion, from columbus ohio. secret ingredient.

and if that ain’t enough, there’s:

Anthony Levin-decanini – magnetic card readers and tapes, from chicago, now pgh.

8cylinder – synthesizers, circuit bent effects pedals, drum machines. carries big stick.

September 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm Comments (0)

Thu 4/19 @ Garfield Artworks: CHRIS CORSANO (NYC exp. percussionist..w/Bjork, Sonic Youth, etc)

Thursday April 19 8 pm all ages welcome $7.00
Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Avenue

New York City-based experimental percussionist

with special guests
CAPA Antithesis (high school New Music ensemble)
and Satyr/Elfheim (solo guitar improv…releasing new CD)

Corsano’s CV:
Bjork’s touring drummer (appeared on her 2007 album ‘Volta’). Member of psych-drone trio Rangda (Drag City Records) with Ben Chasny (of Six Organs) & Richard Bishop (of Sun City Girls). Avant-jazz duos with saxophonist Paul Flaherty and Bill Nace (as Vampire Belt). Recordings and collaborations with Nels Cline (of Wilco), Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore (as Northampton Wools), Kim Gordon and Jim O’Rourke, UK saxophonist Evan Parker, outsider legend Jandek, and Italian bassist Massimo Pupillo, etc.

Here are some videos Corsano posted last week to help spread the word about his solo tour:

NYC percussionist Chris Corsano returns once again to Garfield Artworks for a solo performance.

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April 16, 2012 at 12:16 am Comments (0)

Waiting for the Singularity

So apparently, according to Patrick Burke anyway, once the Singularity emerges, we will be able to copy and paste our consciousness to multiple locations simultaneously. Which would be nice, because we wouldn’t have to choose between so many great new music events happening this weekend. I mean, don’t ask me! Do I look all sciency? In any case, there are once again, several excellent events happening all on Saturday night. You can check out a concert at Future Tenant by Matt Aelmore and Mike Purdue, head over to Garfield to here 8Cylinder et al unleash noise/electroacoustic/improv, or possibly catch the uber-amazing JACK Quartet at the Warhol. (FYI, the JACK concert was nearly sold out at 10 a.m., so emphasis on the possibly.) Is this a great problem to have or what?

February 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm Comments (0)

8Cylinder, Notaform, Maenads, Margaret Cox, and RJ Myato

February 25, 2012
7:30 pm

Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery
$5, all ages
Doors at 7:30

Ready for an evening of solid-state slugde, noise, dark ambient, space beach minaret, hard-to-hear sounds, finally-found sounds, and born-to-be-bad sounds like freezes, stutters, lags, crashes, slips, a variety of other sound mistakes, and junk noise metal? We knew you were. All to be found at Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery when Toronto’s Notaform joins Pittsburgh artists 8Cylinder, Maenads (Amy Hoffmann’s solo venture), Margaret Cox, and RJ Myato in a concert of experimental music encompassing all of the aforementioned descriptors. And more. Be there.


February 14, 2012 at 8:33 am Comments (0)

Cut Hands (William Bennett/Whitehouse), TM Eye, and Trogpite

February 21, 2012
8:00 pm

The Shop
Tickets: $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Pre-sales available at Sound Cat Records and Mind Cure Records.


Cut Hands

The newest project of William Bennett of UK noise/industrial legends Whitehouse.

“William Bennett, with or without Whitehouse, is a complicated man. Cut Hands, his latest project, might initially seem like a departure from the harassing Noise-critique of Whitehouse, but there are continuities….Cut Hands is one of the only truly thoughtful responses to the question of where Noise can go next, because it at once breaks with and continues it so profoundly. Afro Noise I is a remarkable record, whichever way you look at it, and it will be interesting to see how Bennett’s dedicated fans react to it. If he no longer says anything out loud, it’s because he doesn’t need to. Menacing, intricate and every bit as cerebrally scarring as any viciously dark synthpolemic, the sound does the work for him.”

The Wire Magazine, June 2011


TM Eye  and Trogpite

sets between acts from:

DJs Slinky and Tesco Jane

The Cut Hands US Tour is a project of Tesco USA

February 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm Comments (0)