Archive for audio

Rock the Eating Club

Early Tuesday morning, GFX and Caustic Castle packed ourselves amongst our gear and drove to Princeton, New Jersey for our second collaboration as a trio. Everyone but the driver had to carry gear on their lap and wind their feet around hi-hat stands and guitars. We had to make it fit, even my 24-in bass drum.  We were trying something new to us that focused on creating gestures in time (rhythm by another name) and fluctuations of texture. We worked some structural ideas out over email amidst our busy weeks, but had never tried it face to face.

We were invited to play at Princeton University as part of FFMUP (Free Form Mash Up) series curated by Charity Chan. The set also included the cricket and fiddle drone-scape of Travis Johns and Liz Meredith as well as the dynamic free guitar/drum improv of Not the Wind, Not the Flag on tour from Toronto.

The series took place in Terrace Eating Club, which is better known for its support of alternative culture than for its food (or so we were told). Princeton organizes undergraduate dining after the second year through subsidizing private eating clubs whose social function replaces or at least references the greek fraternity system found at other universities. Our GPS first sent us to the other end of Washington Street, where we found only private houses and warehouses. We began to imagine the eating club as an underground alternative secret society. After searching for too long with that image, (and sing “Eternal Flame” a capella,) we went toward the campus and stopped at the first fancy English-style house we saw. And we were there.

After the show, Charity invited us all to hang out at a graduate student bar subsidized by the university. Debasement Bar is located in the basement of a cathedral-like grad student residence hall. We had a few drinks, some wasabi peas, and chatted about music and grad student life before driving to New Brunswick to stay with Wendy’s cousins.

We enjoyed our short time the immensely – thanks to Charity and the other bands for creating such a wonderful night.

Download audio recording (wav + mp3) from [~18 min]


GFX @ Silence and Coincidence

Carey and I participated in a HzCollective improvised music event called Silence and Coincidence at The Bridge PAI in Charlottesville last night. The show was curated by our friend Jonathan Zorn. In addition to us, the participants included: Jonathan Zorn, Bob Holub, Lanier Sammons, Sarah O’Halloran, Megan England, Matt Lerner, and Erik DeLuca. The event lasted 60 minutes and our objective was to limit each of our playing time to be 30 minutes throughout the session. I performed on my new instrument – an amplified bike. Carey used a combination of Lander (built by Zach Mason) and her snare drum.

Audio documentation of the entire set [~60 min]


Shhhh! – Private Noise Show in Richmond

We played at a private show in a warehouse studio in downtown Richmond on Sunday, September 20, 2009, sharing a bill with Jonathan Zorn + Erik DeLuca; Caustic Castle (Kenneth Yates) + Philip White.  Carey posted about this show on her blog. Here’s the portion related to our set:


In our set as Grapefruit Experiment, Wendy and I were working out a new set up. Our theme was futurism of the past and our ethos was “work.” I used a new instrument built by Softpieces (Zach Mason) which is a pill bottle with a contact mic on the bottom and paper clip “feet” designed to pick up the resonance of containers. It looks like a moon lander. Wendy had a broken accordion (mailed to her from Craig’s List in a broken box without any packing materials) and she wanted to play it as a shell of a deceased instrument.


Read entire post detailing the back story about the show and the other sets on Carey’s blog.

Listen to entire set [mp3, 10:26]

The video footage here – consisting of the second half of the 10-minute set – is partially distorted due to a video recording glitch. It looks like we need to get a new camcorder.

Access Benefit Comp Is Out

The Access Comp benefiting the DC Abortion Fund (DCAF) is now available. This compilation features BLK w/ BEAR, Layne Garrett, Grapefruit Experiment, Sandy Marshall, and Soft Pieces. GFX’s contribution is “Irigaray.”

You can order the CDR from Zach Mason (Soft Pieces).

Documentation: collaboration with Nigel Brown in Taipei

We played a set at Nanhai Gallery in Taipei on 6.27.2008. This set includes one piece by the duo and two collaborative tracks with Nigel Brown (12 Dog Cycle).


GFX @ Nanhai Gallery, Taipei

Live tracks from the show posted on

Track 3 “Untitled”

Documentation: collaboration with Kenneth Yates

We played a duo piece and a trio piece with Kenneth Yates (Caustic Castle) at NanoHz No.9, the “Opening Rejection” to the Bridge’s Audio January on 1/4/08 in Charlottesville, VA. The recording featured Wendy Hsu (accordion + electronics), Carey Sargent (Percussion + electronics), and Kenneth Yates (electronics).

The audio recording of this set can be downloaded from