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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.


Queering Sound Photos Posted

Finally, I posted all the arty photos taken at Queering Sound 2009 by our friend Hong “Waldo” Nguyen. Our set was joined by Martin Terrazas on guitar. Thanks for these kicking photos, Waldo!

More from this Flickr set by Hong Nguyen.

Audio Documentation: Queering Sound 09

I finally got around to posting the live audio tracks from Queering Sound 09. This setlist includes a “cover” of “AOS” by Yoko Ono and Ornette Coleman on the Plastic Ono Band’s self-titled album. Also it includes an improvised set with our friend Martin Terrazas on guitar.

Here are the tracks in the order of the setlist.

1. Untitled Introduction
2. “Irigaray”
3. Improv with Martin Terrazas
4. “AOS” [a cover of Yoko Ono and Ornette Coleman]

All the tracks are cateloged on

These tracks were recorded by Steve Sanford. Thanks, Steve!

Press on Grapefruit Experiment @ Queering Sound 09

We played at Queering Sound 09 at Pyramid Atlantic in downtown Silver Spring on Saturday. Along with a few of self-composed numbers, we played a cover of “AOS”, an instructional piece written by Yoko Ono for her collaboration with Ornette Coleman. We also played a short improvised piece with our friend Martin Terrazas. It was super fun!

This great two-day event was organized by Jim Adams and made possible by Triangle Artists Group and Sonic Circuits. The Saturday portion features experimental DC’ers including: BLK w/ BEAR + VJ Poppins, Dead Violets, Grapefruit Experiment, Nick Lopata, and Elite Barbarian.

The Silver Spring Penguin covered the event with a nice photo and description of GFX.

Two photos taken by Chester Hawkins:

Beautiful pictures taken by our friend Hong “Waldo” Nguyen will soon be posted.

Press Release: Queering Sound Festival 09

The press release for Queering Sound 09 just came out. Grapefruit Experiment will be performing on day 1 of the 2-day fest, June 6, 09. Spread the word!


7:00 PM


  • BLK w/ BEAR + VJ Poppins
  • Dead Violets
  • Grapefruit Experiment
  • Nick Lopata
  • Elite Barbarian

  • Arthur Loves Plastic
  • Regie Cabico
  • Danielle Evennou
  • Eryca Kasse
  • Dan Vera
  • The Window Shoppers
  • Pyramid Atlantic

    8230 Georgia Avenue
    Silver Spring MD 20910 USA

    The 2009 installment of Queering Sound again gathers together artists – with a non-exclusive curatorial focus towards gay, lesbian and post-gender-identified participants – who explore alternative avenues of expression through sound, the digital arts, noise and spoken word. Pyramid Atlantic will host two evenings of both established and upcoming local talents as well as serve to introduce Washington audiences to new sounds and visions. Compact discs, recordings, publications and other merchandise from contributors will be available for sale. Admission is $5.00 each night and available at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before performance. Pyramid Atlantic is located a three blocks south of the Silver Spring Metro (Red Line); Gated parking is available for free in front of the building. Please enter on the Ripley Street, side entrance.

    For more information about the performers.