Wayward in Limbo #71: Dangerknife

Dangerknife was formed by Nico Sophiea (drums) and Brad Rouda (guitars) out of a mutual fondness of improvised music, film and poor decisions. One’s love of Pop and Harsh Noise and the other’s love of Balkan folk and 70s rock has created a band with a great sound for a discount record bin. They are joined here by Joe Kaufman (bass) and Mack Fisher (modular synth). Watch for upcoming releases on BandCamp.

This online concert was recorded live in one take. As Dangerknife typically performs to silent films of the past 110 years (homemade to major studios) as our guideline, we played while watching films the guitarist made years ago. That said, this is perfect for staring off into the void of 2020 and just wondering “What the hell,” or playing video of your own! We look forward to the day we can all do this in person again, safely.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.

Wayward in Limbo #70: Pink Void

Pink Void is the immersive solo project of Crystal Perez. She uses her guitar, keyboard and samples to create sprawling soundscapes of slow building, hazy guitar drone capable of lulling and consuming the listener in a nightmarish aural fog.

This piece is an exploration of creativity, endurance and strength as a cocoon we must sometimes create for ourselves in order to survive the isolation and pain of life. Getting through difficult times might require us to reach inside ourselves as we often find there is no other who can save us.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.

Wayward in Limbo #69: Rob Angus

Rob Angus has been composing and performing in Seattle since the early 1980s. Having studied electronic music at the Boston School of Electronic Music and Penn State University, he became more interested in manipulating acoustic sounds. These days he tends to make acoustic music that often sounds like electronic music. Listen on BandCamp.

This is a live recording in four parts – actually, four live recordings.
The first two are older pieces played on two Mirage sampling keyboards, the third combines sampler with winds and horns, and the fourth uses a bell, gong, cymbal, percussion, trombone and cello, but no sampler.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.

Wayward in Limbo #68: Samantha Boshnack & Chris Credit

Samantha Boshnack (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Chris Credit (tenor & baritone saxophones) have worked together for 13 years. They played together for five years in the modern jazz sextet Reptet, which featured all-original compositions from each member of the band, released two albums and a single, and toured extensively. In 2011, Boshnack started creating her own ensembles featuring her compositions exclusively. Credit is a member of Boshnack’s 14-piece alternative chamber orchestra, B’shnorkestra, which has released two albums and played many NW performances including Earshot Jazz Festival; he also plays in Boshnack’s group Seismic Belt, whose performances include Festival of New Trumpet Music and Winter Jazzfest in NYC.

This duo project draws on their rich musical relationship, exploring compositions and improvisations in an intimate, agile, and unconfined setting. This performance, recorded at the Chapel by Steve Peters, features three previously un-released Boshnack compositions and concludes with a free improvisation.

(00:00) Small Beast
(08:55) Little Ball of Energy
(17:10) Song for the People’s
(22:35) Improvisation

(photo: Chris Davis)

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.

Wayward in Limbo #67: Nital Etch

Nital Etch is Kevin Lewis. Primarily a string player, operating out of Seattle. He enjoys hard labor, paying bills, and sleeping.

Desperation
Compiled 11/19/2020: Cello, lap steel guitar, synth/electronics. Dark neoclassical, ambient, drone seasoned with doom.

00:00 Onward Forever
01:58 Persona Non Grata
07:00 Cloth Mother
09:25 Feed The Crows (Tweed Session)
19:40 Despondence
23:23 Wednesday 6:16 PM
24:48 Hurrah Hurrah

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.

Wayward in Limbo #66: Heather Bentley & Dio Jean-Baptiste

First meeting in Seattle’s lost iconic venue, Cafe Racer, Heather Bentley (viola) and Dio Jean-Baptiste (drums) have been celebrating their ongoing experimental listening fest for audiences of one to hundreds. In live streams, VJ collaborations, recordings, dance collaborations, concert halls, and house concerts, they’ve been locking ears and wielding sounds for over five years and have no plans to stop. (Venmo: @Heather-Bentley)

(Photo: Alissa Jean-Baptiste)

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.

Wayward in Limbo #65: Gyre

Gyre is an experimental electronics trio formed by Michael Shannon (Eye Music, Aono Jikken Ensemble, Yuan, Earnerve), David Stanford (Eye Music, Aono Jikken Ensemble, Gamelan Pacifica), and Carl Lierman (Eye Music) in January of 2012.

Gyre’s sound making practice is inspired by the helical swirls found both in nature as well as the philosophical ideas of the Gyre by writers such as W.B. Yeats; spirals and cycles of creation and disintegration, forming currents and shapes of sound that can take on a life of their own. We work entirely with electronics: Oscillators, internal and external feedback circuits, transducers, misused effects. As such, instability plays an important roll in our exploration; a commitment to realizing the creative power of unpredictable connections: present in the moment, everything is next.

Recorded at the Baumhaus 11-14-2020

(00:00) Session 1: A Method of a Cloak

“A single climb to a line, a straight exchange to a cane, a desperate adventure and courage and a clock, all this which is a system, which has feeling, which has resignation and success, all makes an attractive black silver.” Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons

The sudden (straight exchange) intersections in the opening few minutes, followed by the emergent forms (all of which [are] a system), the embedded feeling of the three of us rediscovering and reactivating our practice after a lengthy, forced hiatus.

(28:14) Session 2: Curves

The revelation of phase, over time, frames. What will the future shape be?

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.

Wayward in Limbo #64: Robert Millis

A sound artist, Fulbright scholar, and Guggenheim fellow, Robert Millis has authored or co-authored books (Indian Talking Machine and Victrola Favorites) produced compilations and documentaries for the Sublime Frequencies record label, (including Paris to Calcutta: Men and Music on the Desert Road and This World is Unreal Like A Snake in a Rope), composed for radio (“The Gramophone Effect” for Documenta14) and film (the cult horror film Session 9), and released numerous recordings as a solo artist, as Climax Golden Twins, as Telescoping or as Idol Ko Si. Recently he was part of A Slightly Curving Place at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

This work is about wind up gramophones, Victrolas and Edison cylinder players. I use them as chambers for feedback resonances alongside deconstructed fragments of 78rpm records, and reconfigured surface noise. Related to my Related Ephemera LP, recently released on the Helen Scarsdale Agency, it’s about fragility, overtones, texture, and memory; an insomniac falling asleep.

A few found sounds, a Japanese sho, and a guitar make appearances, but otherwise all the sounds were derived from old phonographs and recordings. Some sections were performed live, and some assembled in my studio. Ko Ishikawa played the sho.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.

Wayward in Limbo #63: Doug Haire

Doug Haire lives on NoBeHi and is generally associated with music.

Here are three pieces inspired by our lives in 2020. The first is a complex drone soaked in an ether bath. I’m finding that all the elements of drone music say the most when the nights grow long. The second track is about all that can happen between 11 beats per minute. It’s this larghissimo thinking that I bring to the Oregon desert. And finally, the sound of the end of town. A place where the street dead-ends and the countryside returns. A place where you find yourself just thinking about stuff. The local and the cosmic.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.

Wayward in Limbo #62: Joshua Limanjaya Lim

Joshua Limanjaya Lim is an experimental, electronic artist who uses modular and hardware synthesizers to create ambient / lofi music. He embraces minimalism, as well as the beauty contained within a sound’s imperfections.

This 3-movement piece makes use of sounds both natural and synthetic – from pianos, oscillators, and wind chimes. Elements are mangled and stretched to create slow-moving and meditative soundscapes, while melodies interweave and blend into interesting harmonic relationships. This minimal ambient improvisation acts as a guide through self-reflection and contemplation.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.