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Brainstorming Song Titles

With Pinkos, we were never good with naming tracks. Maybe this has something to do with the abstract sounds and anti-conventional methods of sound-making that Pinkos strive for. But the process of naming happens with much ease with GX. Yesterday after practice, Carey and I looked at our materials and began discoursing (briefly) about the meanings of these songs to us.

With the piece featuring feedback as a sound-making method and an aesthetic, we cited the Belgian feminist literary critic Lucy Irigaray. With the title of “Irigaray”, we deploy feedback centralizing its quality of non-distinguishable dynamics between two or more sources. We borrow from Écriture féminine to use feedback to create a kind of non-singular subjectivity against the masculinist subjectivity written into the history of text (in the western hemisphere). Emphasizing the body, this piece outputs sound from bodily-engaged gestures.

With the “disco noise” piece, we’re calling it “n+1 to the Floor.” This titles brings us back to the mid-1970s disco era, referencing the persistant pulse of club music articulated by the bass drum, also know as “four to the floor.” Implementing this idea while inserting math-y (rock) rhythmic elements and randomizing noisy timbres (via bit reduction) into the system, we bring forth a kind of semi-rationalized aesthetics highlighting the tension between structure and freedom. We call it “n+1”. The guitar part of the piece also uses “chicken scratch”, a disco technique used by rhythm guitarists who mute the sound by pressing against the strings with the palm.


Ideas are ideas. Practice makes perfect.


Field Performance / Recording Ideas

We’ve also got some field performance/recording ideas cooking for May and the rest of the summer months. This project involves an interaction with the sonic and semiotic (historical, social, and cultural) qualities of various unconventional performance spaces. The series will begin with Carey’s hometown in Rochester, New Hampshire. Maybe Carey’s dad, her first drum teacher, will join us for collaboration!

Here’s one site we’re considering: A fort in Kittery, ME (southeast Maine).

fort in kittery

Disco Noise, Anyone?

Carey and I are prepping for Queer Noise (6/6 @ Pyramid Atlantic). We’re trying out some ideas about rhythm, pulse, and the body that have been simmering. Any takers for some “disco noise”? We will post some work-in-progress tracks soon.