We are giving away a pair of tickets to Mark Hosler (of Negativland) @ Lola’s Room on June 26. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, June 23.
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Mark Hosler (of Negativland) w/ Office Products + Fox Dye
June 26, 2014
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $12 Doors | All Ages
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR
Mark Hosler is a founding member of the American audio visual collage group Negativland. Since 1980 Negativland have been creating records, video, visual art works, radio, and live performance, using appropriated sound, image and text. Taken mostly from corporately owned mass culture, Negativland re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and “culture jamming” (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement.
Mark takes a break from his Negativland duties to perform live and solo for the first time in his 34 years of making music. Using a performance set-up built around various homemade one-of-a-kind electronic noise making devices (including two of Negativland’s original “Boopers”), Mark creates an engaging and musical soundscape performance with devices that are intentionally unstable analog feedback boxes.
Sometimes sounding like insane, alien, electronic insects fighting each other, the Boopers create a non-linear dynamic “living” system of sound for Mark to interact with that ends up being a performance dynamic where the musician is a fellow collaborator with the devices, encouraged to converse instead of merely transmit. The Boopers used in this show go way back to 1975, when Negativland founding member David Wills created the first one, adding multiple transistors to a simple FM radio receiver, and sending its output back into its input. Various knobs control the amount of signal through the transistors, but the sound that emerges remains wildly variable, and incredibly fun to listen to. Using multiple Boopers (all based on Wills’s original design) and other homemade electronics as primary sound sources, Mark manipulates and augments the raw sound sources into a choral rainforest of pure electronic ear candy, erasing any easy distinction between the machine and the human. He might also rock out a little bit, too.
After trying to come up with the most monotonous name possible in 1996, the duo of Doug Theriault: guitar- live sampling, and David Chandler: percussion, sampler, records, “Office Products” was born. They have tried to push the boundaries of Electro-Acoustic improvisation and Comedy ever since.
Working with Negativland, and sharing singles with Boards of Canada and People Like Us, Office Products comes more from Free Jazz and cutup music then anything else. They rarely play outside of the studio now so this is a rare chance to catch them live.
Foxdye will be bringing the very latest in wankadelic bangery and sigh-tech poop-trance to Lola’s Room. Having international recognition for her jovially obnoxious breakcore tomfoolery and sophisticated midi controller finger-banging techniques, Foxdye has taken an techno-fueled turn towards mid-tempo, four-on-the-floor chill out space bangers that will surely appeal to your inner chode. Now that’s what I call downtempo! Excellent seller, would buy from again!! A+++!