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GFX + Caustic Castle @ Charlottesville Experimental Music Showcase, Pt II

Grapefruit Experiment did a two-part improvisational set with our friends (colleagues of HzCollective) at the Charlottesville Experimental Music Showcase at The Bridge PAI on 3/19/10. This performance is the part II of an ongoing series organized by Jacob Wolf of Holy Smokes and co-presented by HzCollective.

This time, we first played with Kenneth Yates (AKA Caustic Castle) developing on a concept emerged from our FFMUP performance at Princeton. Then Erik DeLuca joined us for a quartet. Everyone seemed thrilled by the harsh-noise-electronics and no-wave-inspired thrashy guitar and drums. The color shifts in the background came from the a live video projection by Ultra Aesthetics Committee.

Video by David Eklund

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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 Archive.org [~18 min]

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 Archive.org.