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An Interview with Bruce Licher – Part 2

Introduction and Three Part Conversation with TQ’s Aram Yardumian and Graphic Artist-Musician Bruce Licher —   Prolegomenon, Part One, Part Three, A Graphics Composition   Aram Yardumian: After Neef, Project 197 and Bridge really took a very different direction, musically. What do you remember about this ‘transition’? Neef, "The Mean Free Path", Neef cassette, 1979   Bruce Licher: Neef was very collaborative and improvisational. Project 197 was my attempt at doing my own, well, project. I asked a couple of guys to come in, but most of the music on that was mine. Mark and Kevin added the drums and percussion. Brent Wilcox handled all the recording. Bridge just came out … [Read more...]

An Interview with Bruce Licher – Part 1

Introduction and Three Part Conversation with TQ's Aram Yardumian and Graphic Artist-Musician Bruce Licher — Prolegomenon, Part Two, Part Three, A Graphics Composition Aram Yardumian: Yours is a very intricate history, especially once all the editions of the records are considered. How did it all begin? Bruce Licher: When I was in college I had started going to see punk bands at the various clubs in Hollywood, and then eventually the earliest of the post-punk bands. It was really exciting, and there was a part of me that wanted to be part of that, too, so that's why I started to create music. But it was funny, even when I was going to see the punk bands in the clubs I kept thinking, well, I don't know … [Read more...]

An Interview with Bruce Licher – Prolegomenon

Introduction and Three Part Conversation with TQ's Aram Yardumian and Graphic Artist-Musician Bruce Licher — Part One, Part Two, Part Three, A Graphics Composition We are still tabulating the effects of the post-punk era on popular culture. Still drawing lines all over the genealogical surface, still overestimating Talking Heads, and still letting many of the real geniuses remain countersunken in the clutter. Mark E. who? Birthday what? If it’s less about aggressively capturing specific textures and more about tearing open the net wide enough for yet another generation of customers to swim in, the real innovators were too obsessed with the art to care. Among the many creative thunderclaps that burst over southern California in the … [Read more...]

Refugee Redux

Neelamjit Dhillon Quartet & Isaura String Quartet: Komagata Maru, REDCAT, Nov.24th The stories of people migrating from place to place on our planet are as old as the human race. Through ancient history, bible tales, perhaps immigrant narratives of our own families, we know that individuals, tribes, even entire populations of towns and countries can move--or be moved—to new, faraway places. Reasons for packing up and leaving are diverse: wars, weather, a need for food and water, religious beliefs, better-paying jobs, et al. Sadly, fear or hatred of The Other—humankind's ingrained "us versus them" mentality—has often complicated and at times thwarted migrations. This is not new. Today, refugee camps around the world are filled with … [Read more...]

Voices in Time and Space

The Lost Recordings of Kesarbai Kerkar — Kesarbai Kerkar passed away on 16 September 1977 at the age of 85. She never knew that the Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched on the 5th day of same month, carried a gold-coated copper phonograph record with samples of her voice, as recorded in April 1953: ‘Bhairavi Hori – Jaat Kahan Ho’. It was the only Indian music the Voyager contained. By the time Kesarbai died, she had long forgotten about her own disc recordings and no longer listened to them. Her dispute with HMV—for releasing her work without approval—had culminated in letters to Gramophone Company and radio stations requesting they not sell or play the records. Thus, the discs were not known to many, even in India. It is then … [Read more...]

An Interview with Eric Lunde – Part Three: The Aesthetics of the Crash

Eric Lunde: 33 Years of Assault & Chaos – A four part serial conversation with TQ’s Aram Yardumian and Wisconsinite Eric Lunde.  We talk about nonlinear dynamics, noise systems, auto racing, and the roots of the Industrial scene in America. We do not talk about Ed Gein. Serial Three-Part Interview Prolegomenon, Part One: Assaults on Culture, Part Two: The 80's Aram Yardumian: There is an interest in the concept of the collision, which I think of as akin to JG Ballard's but without the cloying sexual dimension. This is probably every old-time race fan's interest in the sport whether or not he admits it. How do you see—or how would you like to see—racing, performance, and sound art all coming together? Eric Lunde: Yeah, the … [Read more...]

An Interview with Eric Lunde – Part Two: The 80’s

Eric Lunde: 33 Years of Assault & Chaos – A three part serial conversation with TQ’s Aram Yardumian and Wisconsinite Eric Lunde.  We talk about nonlinear dynamics, noise systems, auto racing, and the roots of the Industrial scene in America. We do not talk about Ed Gein. Introduction and Serial Three-Part Interview Prolegomenon, Part One: Assaults on Culture, Part Three: The Aesthetics of the Crash Aram Yardumian: Regardless of my probably under-developed efforts to understand where you're coming from, what would you say are the artistic questions which interest you most these days? Eric Lunde: Neuroscience and Quantum Physics, I’ve been engaged for the last ten years in a study of both. Fascinating, intriguing. Immense … [Read more...]

An Interview with Eric Lunde – Part One: Assaults on Culture

Eric Lunde: 33 Years of Assault & Chaos – A three part serial conversation with TQ’s Aram Yardumian and Wisconsinite Eric Lunde.  We talk about nonlinear dynamics, noise systems, auto racing, and the roots of the Industrial scene in America. We do not talk about Ed Gein. Introduction and Serial Three-Part Interview Prolegomenon, Part Two: The 80s, Part Three: The Aesthetics of the Crash The following conversation with Eric Lunde took place via email in June of 2015. Aram Yardumian: Tell me about your time as a film student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee I believe you were running experiments in re-recording video through multiple generations to see what emerged from the information loss. In fact, I think I remember … [Read more...]

An Interview with Eric Lunde – Prolegomenon

Eric Lunde: 33 Years of Assault & Chaos – A four part serial conversation with TQ’s Aram Yardumian and Wisconsinite Eric Lunde.  We talk about nonlinear dynamics, noise systems, auto racing, and the roots of the Industrial scene in America. We do not talk about Ed Gein. Serial Three-Part Interview Part One: Assaults on Culture, Part Two: The 80's, Part Three: The Aesthetics of the Crash Aesthetic violence and assaults on culture have a long, deep-reaching history among both tyrants and the alienated. Destruction of iconography and memory, depictions of suffering, and staged assaults on institutions and values with intent to expose, displace, and destroy them. It is possible to argue that violent practice is counterproductive, … [Read more...]

Respirator

Mozart and Mendelssohn's Grand Tour, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Royce Hall, May 2015 — "The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1968", as their program states, "as an artistic outlet for the recording industry's most gifted musicians". Its first concert took place the following year led by the group's original music director, Sir Neville Marriner. For the past 18 seasons the ensemble has been under the baton of the energetic conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane. A performance on May 17th--the final offering in L.A.C.O.'s current season--illustrated that Kahane's players are some of the best, conservatory-trained "studio musicians" available. The concert was held at UCLA's Royce Hall. L.A.C.O.'s "Sound Investment" donors … [Read more...]