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Tracking The Odds: Bob Ostertag

Jun 24, 2019: 3pm - 4pm
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Produced by Roulette Intermedium.

Composed entirely from fragments of music from computer games, Bob Ostertag created w00t, with custom software enabling a live interactive montage with Quebecois filmmaker Pierre Hébert’s animation. This recording captures the audio from the Roulette presentation of 27 March 2008. Ostertag is an admired and influential electronic music artist as well as an activist for labor and musicians’ rights whose writings and lectures have been recognized by departments of state worldwide. Ostertag’s work with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, David Wojnarowicz, and others is legend, as is his sojourn to El Salvador where he abandoned music for political activism for seven years in the 80s. After returning to the USA and engaging in new projects to this day, Ostertag also made all of his recordings available as digital downloads under a Creative Commons license.

Tracking The Odds: The Roulette Concert Archive is a monthly hour-long radio special produced by Roulette Intermedium (roulette.org) and broadcast in partnership with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM and Standing Wave Radio. The broadcasts feature selected highlights from Roulette’s New York experimental music space dating from the early 1980s to the present. Thousands of rare, formative, and often unheard recordings by innovators and adventurous musicians populate the archive. Tracking The Odds airs the third Thursday of each month at 1 a.m. ET and is archived at wavefarm.org.

Founded in 1978, Roulette operates a 400-seat concert hall on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn with a focus on experimental and unorthodox music and performance across all genres and media. It's archive of thousands of audio and video recordings is currently being restored.

Pictured: A screening, reading, and performance for Henry Hills' film "Money" at Roulette (1985) with dancer Pooh Kaye surrounded by (L-R) John Zorn, Tom Cora, Ciro Baptiste, (obstructed, possibly Sally Silvers), Abigail Child, Diane Ward, Susie Timmons, Alan Davies, Bruce Andrews, Ikue Mori, Jim Staley, Butch Morris. Photo: Lona Foote.