fotofono


120115 + 120216 (an improbable tree)

One thing I really enjoy about documenting the meetings at Fotofono is the opportunity to observe firsthand the group dynamics which unfold in and around the studio. As I read the _participants abc list (here at left) I see a loose collective of artists that keeps growing and mutating like an organism. What I like is the unpredictability of its crossings and bifurcations, and the eclectic range of its sonic manifestations.


120115, first set: Doron Sadja


120115, second set: Tyler Wilcox


120115, third set: Andy Hayleck and Ben Owen

This plurality is well reflected in the present post, which includes recordings from two recent events roughly separated by a month of time. The first three tracks are from the latest open doors event of January the 15th, which featured solo sets by Doron Sadja and Tyler Wilcox and a duet by Andy Hayleck and Ben Owen.
A fourth recording was made when a nine-piece ensemble gathered again in the studio just about a month later.

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Doron Sadja (computer) [27 min. 13 sec.].
With firm hands in the flickering candlelight and a resolute evil shine in his eye Doron tames his quadraphonic beast to a lush culmination. Wonderful opening set.

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Tyler shows the score of the piece he’s just performed

Tyler Wilcox (soprano saxophone, field recording)
In this meditative, very quiet set Tyler performs his new composition “4hk4ak 2012”. Field recordings from Coney Island and Rockaway Park Beach are looped into brief sequences, constructing a  carefully paced structure over which Tyler lays out his soprano sax playing.  A sense of fragility permeates the piece, beautifully enhanced by the absolute stillness held by the audience tightly packed in the studio during the performance [32 min. 28 sec.].
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Andy and Ben chilling during sound check.

Andy Hayleck and Ben Owen (computer and electronics)[25 min. 59 sec.].
Ben and Andy have known each other for years, but to my knowledge this is the first time that they have performed together as a duo. This low-frequency dialogue constitutes a brilliant study on poise and understatement. While the listener’s imagination (at least in my case) drifts in the mystery of the spectral elision, Andy’s and Ben’s sound creature slowly fills the room, finds a comfortable place in it and then slowly dissolves. It takes a few silent minutes before an applause follows and marks the end of the concert.

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mpld projection

Gill Arno (mpld setup), Carver Audain (computer), Mike Bullock (acoustic bass), Bryan Eubanks (electronics), Tim Feeney (percussion), Andrew Lafkas  (acoustic bass), Catherine Lamb (viola), Ben Owen (electronics), Keiko Uenishi (computer and microphone) [36 min. 10 sec.].
The last piece of this post shows the other side of fotofono – the last-minute coming together of regular “closed doors” studio sessions.

On February 16th a bunch of improvisers got together when Mike Bullock and Tim Feeney briefly stopped by in Brooklyn while on transit towards New Jersey. This is the first piece of two that were played that night, and I think  the recording translates quite well the excitement that I felt at the time for the nice group that had gathered in the studio. For a nine-participant improvised session, there is  quite some space for everybody to explore unconstrainedly. As I listen back to this recording I really enjoy finding each participant’s signature sound to define the contour of the collective exploration.

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Download all sets as zipped files:
flac [444.8 MB]
mp3 320 kbps [268.7 MB]

Recorded and prepared by Gill Arno.
Thanks for the photos to Derek Morton and Theres Wegmann.



110912 (September Ff)

2012 already.. whew!
The time to run Fotofono has been sharply decreasing in the last year. But not the beauty of the concerts and the warmth of the gatherings. This post covers the event of last September, with the lineup brought together by Andrew Lafkas and Bryan Eubanks. It also included Cat Lamb, Jason Kahn, Radu Malfatti and Tucker Dulin.

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First set
Bryan Eubanks (electronics), Jason Kahn (modular synthesizer) [32 min. 25 sec.].

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Second set, performing Radu Malfatti’s composition “Nariyamu”
Andrew Lafkas (bass), Cat Lamb (viola), Radu Malfatti (trombone) Tucker Dulin (trombone) [49 min. 13 sec.].
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First set: Bryan Eubanks


First set: Jason Kahn


Second set: in the studio Malfatti, Dulin, Lamb, Lafkas


and just outside…

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Download both sets as zipped files: flac [334.6 MB]; 320 kbps mp3 [180.3 MB]

First set recorded and mastered by Jason Kahn. Second set recorded by Bryan Eubanks. Thank you guys!
Additional thanks to Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, for partially supporting Jason Kahn’s tour.



September Ff
September 9, 2011, 9:08 am
Filed under: Andrew Lafkas, Bryan Eubanks, Catherine Lamb, Jason Kahn, news, Radu Malfatti, Tucker Dulin

Summer is almost over – I am back in town, just in time to announce a fantastic Fotofono event this Monday, September 12. Two sets, with some of the best Ff’s usual suspects: Andrew Lafkas, Bryan Eubanks, and Tucker Dulin, who will be joined by Jason Kahn (with whom Bryan is touring the Southern U.S. and West coast) and Radu Malfatti (in town for the Amplify: stones festival). I am also excited to introduce to the Ff event series Cat Lamb, who is relocating to NY from the West coast. Cat is a woderful addition to this concert and to the NY experimental music community, and I would like to think of this event also as a welcome party in her honor.

In three lines:
Monday, September 12, 9:30 pm
Bryan Eubanks and Jason Kahn duo
Andrew Lafkas, Cat Lamb, Radu Malfatti and Tucker Dulin quartet

As always, this is a free admission, RSVP event. Please email gill@unframedrecordings.net for more information.

Jason Kahn’s U.S. tour is partially supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. Radu Malfatti’s participation would not have been possible without Erstwile Records and the Amplify 2011: Stones Festival. Fotofono and Unframed Recordings are supported by a few anonymous donors in the U.S., Europe and Oceania. All other participants to this event are supporting themselves autonomously. Our deepest gratitude goes out to each and all.



Brooklyn steam

As anticipated in the previous post, this summer was going to be hot at Fotofono. It’s good to think about it, now that brisk winds are blowing it away. Um.. I am probably the only one around who’s missing NYC’s summer steam…. so let’s just talk about music.

The initial idea for the event documented here came up after I listened to Andrew Lafkas and Mike Bullock playing together at Middle Press last May, at the release party for their duo release on Winds Measure Recordings. Both the release and their set were such a treat. I just wanted to try and somehow extend the scope of their collaboration, see where it would lead up to. So I asked if they were into curating together one Fotofono night. The following recordings are the outcome — indeed, more goodies came out of that encounter.

Fast forward to July 23. The tiny Fotofono studio was packed, and some people had to stay in the hallway for the concert. But the doors and windows were full open, as the heat inside was quite extreme. The boundary between the studio and the outside world became fuzzy, and the street noise overlapped with the improvised music coming from inside. Particularly in the first set one can clearly hear the various vehicles passing, a doorbell ringing, and my neighbor’s dog barking and barking, among other things. In the summer heat, everything seemed to melt together.

After the concert I tried to apologize to Vic for the noisy environment. He just replied: ‘Oh, no. We were digging it’!
I liked that. And I liked his choice of words. In retrospect, I can see how the music that he and Tim were playing was meant to open up wide expanses, allowing the sounds of the Brooklyn summer to fill the room, and their music.
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Vic Rawlings  (cello, electronics), Tim Feeney (percussion) [24 min. 36 sec.].
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Mike Bullock (bass + electronics), C. Spencer Yeh (violin/voice) [15 min. 10 sec.].
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Andrew Lafkas (bass/electronics), Bryan Eubanks (soprano sax/electronics), Todd Capp (drums) [35 min. 43 sec.].
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Download zipped files: ogg [244.9 MB]; 320 kbps mp3 [164.6 MB].

Recorded by Gill Arno at Fotofono, July 23 2010.
Thanks to Vic Rawlings for the images of this post.



100418, b/e party

Next week Bryan and Eleanor Eubanks will be packing up and relocating to Florida. Looks like a great pretext to throw a Fotofono party and get to play together again. So — Theres bakes some pita bread, ice tea and wine flow, and after the dinner party the studio gets filled up almost over capacity with a small crowd of friends, for the most part artists themselves. The first set has Bryan with Andrew Lafkas, Tucker Dulin and myself (as mpld).
Second set is the first time as a duo for Aki Onda and Margarida Garcia. Margarida plays her electric double bass while Aki instead of the compact cassette table has a minimal setup with one tube amp, a Line Six and a hand-held radio.
Byron Westbrook ends it all with a gorgeous Corridors set. Using  multiple speakers and video projections he builds up a multidimensional space in which the perception of time becomes supple, and the audience is transfixed.

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set 1 – Tucker Dulin (trombone), Bryan Eubanks (electronics), Andrew Lafkas (double bass), mpld (light and processed sound  from slide projectors).

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set 2 – Margarida Garcia (double bass), Aki Onda (electronics).

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set 3 – Corridors (Byron Westbrook – electronics, sound and  video projection)

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Download zipped files of all three pieces: ogg; 320 kbps mp3.

The three images above are from the mpld projection.
Special thanks to Byron Westbrook for bringing down his recording equipment and documenting the concert.



100313 – lucre trio and daniel neumann
March 18, 2010, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Bryan Eubanks, Chris Cogburn, Daniel Neumann, events, Lucre trio, Vic Rawlings


Lucre (L to R: Eubanks, Cogburn, Rawlings)

The last event here was the kickstart of an East Coast tour by Chris Cogburn, Bryan Eubanks and Vic Rawlings. The three have been friends and collaborators for some time now, however the two improvisations that they recorded last week document their first time together as a trio. As Bryan wrote, “Building on lengthly playing relationships as duos and in larger groups, we’ll be discovering common ground and developing our music throughout [the tour] through improvisations”.
See the tour page for the trio here.

The evening was opened by Daniel Neumann who presented his piece titled “The Sound of 500 Speer 9 mm. Luger Shells & O Between Fans plus Modular Extensions”, a concert for stereo speakers, room microphone, computer and tape or other extensions.

In Daniel’s own words: “In the electroacoustic live concert The Sound of 500 Speer 9 mm. Luger Shells & O Between Fans two initial sounds are played back. The playback is recorded with a room microphone on to a multitrack sampling tool. From there it repeatedly processes through different modules, one being the room itself, which functions as a filter and is used as an instrument. Other Modular Extensions are carefully added as simultaneous external processes, which influence the narrative. As the two initial sounds are both very aggressive, but in opposite ways, the process of the concert is the struggle between those two sounds about which one gets established in the room. Daniel Neumann leads this struggle between The Sound of 500 Speer 9 mm. Luger Shells Dropped from a Height of 119 Inches at 550 West 21st Street New York, NY, 10011, on April 8th, 2009, 10:37 p.m. – an installation by Ben Turner and a recording of Zilvinas Kempinas’ sculpture O Between Fans.”


Daniel Neumann
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1. Daniel Neumann
2. Chris Cogburn, Bryan Eubanks and Vic Rawlings (a.k.a. Lucre);
3. Chris Cogburn, Bryan Eubanks and Vic Rawlings (a.k.a. Lucre)

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Download zipped files of all three pieces: ogg; 320 kbps mp3.



more 091114

An update to the post of the November 14 2009 show.
Added zipped files of the four sets:

Steve Flato and David Kirby
Eric Laska and Reed Evan Rosenberg
Richard Kamerman, Tom Mulligan and Ben Owen
Bryan Eubanks and mpld.

Click to download:  mp3 or ogg file format.
Also, added a few images from the event – scroll below to see them.
Thanks to Andrea, Ben, and Theres for  the photos.

Vera's graffiti on fotofono door (photo: Ben Owen)

David Kirby and Steven Flato #1 (photo: Ben Owen)

Steve and David #2 (photo: Andrea Sanders)

Eric Laska setting up (photo: Andrea Sanders)

Eric #2 (photo: Ben Owen)

Reed Evan Rosenberg (photo: Gill Arno)

Richard Kamerman's setup (photo: Theres Wegmann)

RK in action (photo: Gill Arno)

Tom Mulligan (photo: Gill Arno)

Tom's sculptural instrument (photo: Andrea Sanders)

Bryan Eubanks gets ready for the final set (photo: Andrea Sanders)

mpld's projection (photo: Ben Owen)