free103point9 performances for Frequencies

Feb 04, 2007: 2am- 6pm
Black & White Gallery

483 Driggs Ave. | Brooklyn, NY 11211

CD release for The Dust Dive Flash's "Tens of Thousands" CD, plus Radio 4x4: Tune (In))) with 31 Down + Anna Friz + Todd Merrell + Tom Roe, and solo performances from Todd Merrell, Joshua Fried, and a performance from ben owen + gil arno. Donation at the door for musicians tba.

Release show for Tens of Thousands CD from The Dust Dive Flash. All songs written and performed by Laura Ortman (violin, vocals, electric guitar, piano, chord organ, casio) of The Dust Dive. CD recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, etc.).

No amplified sound; audience members will get loaned radios with headphones to choose to listen to the four individual performances or the mixed group performance on five radio channels. The performers will each use radio frequencies in this performance: 31 Down (receiving phone calls via web) + Anna Friz (performing by phone from Montreal) + Todd Merrell (using shortwave receptions) + Tom Roe (using FM, AM, police scanner, and other frequencies). Friz will be phoning in "a live outdoor transmission for story, instruments, and weather," from Canada. A phone number will be available to call-in to the 31 Down portion of the performance. And Merrell and Roe will add the sounds of the local frequencies.

Shoes, steering wheel, boombox, laptop: turning live radio into recombinant funk. From Joshua Fried: remixer, performance artist and the youngest composer in Schirmer's American Music in the 20th Century.

Since 1978, Todd Merrell has been fascinated with the imperceptible environment of electromagnetic radiation that shortwave radio and processing can capture, and transform into an immersive, musical environment. "The focus of the work is not on acheiving any particular musical moment, but on the ephemerality of sonic transformation itself. Unlike compositions that utilize radio in part for its referential or signifying qualities, [Merrell] is more in the minimalist tradition of relying on the primacy of the material itself. The work is a celebration of the radio as material and of the belief that minutiae and limited systems can yield rich results. Merrell studied music composition and voice at Berklee College of Music, and with composer James Sellars of the Hartt School. His works have been performed by The New York Festival Of Song, Chicago A Capella, and double bassist Robert Black of Bang On A Can Allstars.

ben owen + Gill Arno

free103point9 Dispatches for sale
free103point9 Audio Dispatch series available for sale at Black & White Gallery during the entire show.

Frequencies (a series of exhbitions and events taking place February 2 - March 5, 2007) is artist Jordon Schranz's curatorial debut, which was inspired by the culmination of experiences and people encountered during five years of touring and performing within the avant-rock and free-jazz scenes. He owes much to his partnership with artist/musician Marie Evelyn, and to Steve Trimboli of Goodbye Blue Monday -- who have helped greatly in the conceptualization and creation of this show.

Frequencies is about connectedness -- a scene, a community.

Frequencies is an experiential and holistic exhibition which captures facets of the DIY community and extends outside the physical bounds of the gallery -- referencing both "public art" and "life as art" movements. It questions the artist-viewer vs. musician-audience relationships, and thus the cognitive division between visual art and music, gallery and rock venue. The Black & White Gallery in Williamsburg will be visually and functionally converted into an experimental music space; and over twenty performances will take place within and outside the gallery throughout the month, further blurring the division between staged performance and living art. Additional venues -- including Goodbye Blue Monday, Cake Shop, Glasslands, free103point9 Project Space, The Tank @ Collective:Unconscious, The Tooth, and Raven's Den -- will serve both as galleries and as concrete manifestations of the intangible music community.

Other "frequencies" contributors include: Ahnfinod, Amy Bagwell, Blaise Siwula, Brian Osborne, Cakes of Light, Cake Shop, Carolina Caycedo, Carrie Villines, Chris Lawson, Coloursounds (Adam Kriney), Daniel Carter, Deborah Johnson, Diana Nowitsky, Drayton Sawyer Gang, Dysrhythmia, the eASTERN sEABOARD, Extra Life (Charlie Looker), free103point9, Ganung Sari, George Steeltoe Ensemble, Glasslands, Goodbye Blue Monday (Steve Trimboli), Gregory Reynolds, Hundred Eyes, ID M Theftable, James Smith, Jason Ajemian, Jason Smallwood, Jay Dunbar, Jen Campbell, Jim Wright, John Mitchell, Jordanna Kalman, Jordon & Marie, Jordon Schranz, Joy Kennedy, Julianna Barwick, Kate Henderson, The KillMeTrio, Lara Kohl, Lauren Luloff, Lay All Over It, Magnets for Teeth, Maria Chavez, Marie Evelyn, Matt Hart, Matt Mottel, Matt Varvil, Mercat, Mike Pride, Mothguts, Nate Plotkin, Necking, Orbis Tertius, Pendu Sound Recordings (Todd Brooks), Quaker Meeting, QUIVERS, Raven's Den, Rebecca Clemencia Adams, Robert Whitman, ROTC, Serge FJ Levey, Shawn L. Smith, Sparks, Spin-17, Stanley Ruiz, Talibam!, The Tank @ Collective:Unconscious, This Frontier Needs Heroes, Tianna Kennedy, Todd Rosenbaum, Tom Vanderwall, Tony Miller, The Tooth / Houndstooth, Travis Laplant, Tyler Baum, Unicornicopia, Violence Jazz, Violent Raid (M.V. Carbon), and Who Cares How Long You Sink.

"Memory Fountain," site-specific installation by Michael Dominick, will continue in the outdoor space.