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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


Playing bikes, plants, dirt, water, and combs with Erik DeLuca

Grapefruit Experiment did a two-part improvisational set with our friend Erik DeLuca at the Charlottesville Experimental Music Showcase at The Bridge PAI on 12/16/09. The first part features Wendy and Carey on amplified bikes; the second part features Carey on an amplified cactus, Wendy on mic’ed pine cones and combs, and Erik on an amplified small leafy, easy-to-care-for plant with some dirt and water.

Video by David Eklund.

Documentation from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Insane trip. Our ride from DC to New York took 8 hours – the police along with homeland security vehicles blocked off two stretches near air force bases on I-95. We arrived way behind schedule and had to set up in 10 minutes. We didn’t even have time for refresh ourselves and say hi to our friends. We then jumped right into playing our duo noise set fully utilizing the sound, equipment, and the space of a rock venue. I thought my bike sounded great through the PA system. Jack Tung said that our set was ‘brutal.’ 🙂

Thanks to Kite Operations for inviting us play and again, congratulations to your new album Festival. It’s breathtaking. It’s a feat!

We didn’t even have to set up our recording devices. Thanks to Dave Yang of K.O. and many other for documenting our set!

pictures by Tom Lin

**Bikes bikes bikes!**


“N+1 to the Floor”

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.