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10 Jun 16 20:00 |

Vooruit Balzaal (gent)

Uncanny Valley - day 3

Airway (ft. Aaron Moore, Vetza, Tom Recchion, Frederik Nilsen, Paul McCarthy, Alex Stevens, Joe & Rick Potts, Wolf Eyes)
Nate Young (us)
John Olson (us)
Human Heads (uk)
+ a selection of LAFMS videos curated by Floris Vanhoof

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Tickets: € 14 / 17

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THE L.A. FREE MUSIC SOCIETY AND THEIR LEGACY
“The only way to be absolutely free is to invent your own language.” — Genesis P-Orridge

Uncanny Valley is a new festival celebrating the open marriage between underground music/culture and the visual arts. Central guests for this first edition are the Los Angeles Free Music Society and a selection of contemporary avant-garde heroes who happily embrace the chaos, freedom en energy of those legendary neo-dada artpranksters.

It could be said that The Los Angeles Free Music Society was born from the dissillusionment of the seventies US Westcoast art scene. Consisting of a a band of artist friends, they giddily blended high art and trashy DIY-attitude with a completely unique sensibility. The otherwise too serious worlds of visual art and music were taken as a playground where B-movies, bad cartoons, fluxus, avant-garde, proto-noise, freejazz and collage got trashed and mixed into something new and something wild. Forty years later their deconstructions of popculture and sound/ video experiments still remain as vibrant and challenging as ever.

Core members like Tom Recchion, Rick and Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen, Joseph Hammer, Dennis Duck and notorious visual artists as Paul McCarthy en Mike Kelley formed several bands and projects that took aim at high minded avant-garde and the pittfalls of consumer society. Their collective, freewheeling way of creating influenced a great number of artists and musicians who took up the DIY approach to art and life, like noisecombo Wolf Eyes, dada improv group Volcano The Bear or outsider electronics and performance duo Calhau.

The 4 day Uncanny Valley Festival aims to show that this weird and wonderful world of the LAFMS hasn’t lost any of its bite nor it’s power to inspire. While the catalogue of LAFMS music projects is vast and endless (think of Smegma, The Doo-Dooettes, Dinosaurs With Horns…) , we chose to focus on a couple of specific projects and formations – like Extended Organ (with Paul McCarthy, Tom Recchion, David Toop…), AIRWAY (with Wolf Eyes & Aaron Moore) and Waxy and teamed them up with some of the best postmillenium avant-noise acts around, thus linking up with the here and now.

Next to many music performances we will also host an exhibition of the LAFMS flyer and poster archive at the 019 venue, have a paneltalk with all the artists moderated by David Toop at the SMAK museum and do a screening of LAFMS video work curated by Floris Van Hoof.

“The unearthing of the LAFMS recordings is experimental rock history at it’s most historical and hysterical - a completely bizarro and further-out counterpart to the L.A. punk scene.” (Thurston Moore)

AIRWAY (us)
AIRWAY is the rarely live playing noise bigband of musician Joe Potts, photographer Frederik Nilsen and vocalist Vetza. For each performance they choose another line-up, and so create a unique concert experience every time. This time, Paul McCarthy, Tom Recchion, Aaron Moore (Volcano The Bear) and Wolf Eyes are present. You can describe an AIRWAY concert as a messy deconstruction of basal punkrock with long mantra-esque improvisations and absurd lyrics that makes Half Japanese sound like The Dire Straits.

AIRWAY originated in the late 70s as a project of Joe Potts. In his wall of sound of tape delay he concealed subliminal messages, motivating the crowd to sexual acts. It was a tactic that worked so well live that AIRWAY was put on hold one year after its formation. The album ‘Live at Lace’ is kind of a ‘ground zero’ of the avant-mess noise. The record had a gigantic influence on the japanese extremo acts like Incapacitants en Hijokaidan.

Nate Young (us)
Nate Young started in the late 90s Wolf Eyes as a solo project. In the past he worked under the monikers Regression, Demons and Stare Case, but right now he mostly uses his own name. Young comes to the Uncanny Valley Festival with a toolbox full of scorching, demonic hymns. Live, he transforms dark, analogue synth soundscapes à la Fabio Frizzi, fragmented library music and handmade electronica into primitive, LSD-powered drones.

John Olson
Besides his performances with Wolf Eyes and AIRWAY, John Olson plays on friday a solo saxophone set. Olson is the inventor of the trip metal philosphy, parttime saker, parttime Wolf Eyes musician and electronica wizard whose destructive utterings mix together violently punk, freejazz and psychedelica.

Human Heads don’t make clean, coherent poetry. They make an amalgam of lost tropes, shapes and sounds. A distorted male voice, chopped field recordings, scarce casio melodies and drones: this duo creates psychedelic collages pur sang. Think of the screamy vocals of Wolf Eyes, but thrown through a concrete mixer. The Wire on their last tape ‘The Beauticinist’: “Equally funny and unsettling… cheap analogue keyboards, primitive percussion presets and cut-up vocals blurting private anxieties.”

A selection of LAFMS videos curated by Floris Vanhoof
Artist in residence Floris Vanhoof shows in one of the Vooruit offices an installation and curates also a selection of videos out of the immense LAFMS archive.

 

 

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