“The Hacked Playhouse”
April 15/16, 2011 between 7pm-10pm
with performances at 730 and 9 pm
at The Playhouse (10545-87 Avenue)
admission by donation
Join us for an event that allows you to create your own experience using technology.
Four artists from music and dance backgrounds have been experimenting with interactive sound and motion systems in a collaborative venture under the guidance of professor Scott Smallwood. The outcome of this experimentation is “The Hacked Playhouse,” a complete fantasy exploring the idea of transformed spaces. By combining technology with found objects and household materials, each artist has “hacked” a different room within the house. The resulting interactive sculptures invite the audience to interact with the space, using their bodily movements to affect the evolving soundscape.
We present “The Hacked Playhouse” in an open-house format. Visitors are free to roam around the house, exploring each room at their own pace. Each of the two evenings will also feature two performances by the artists, demonstrating their own interpretation of interaction with the hacked sculptures and the living space itself.
What you are about to listen to is the reworking of dozens of tapes recorded in Sludge House, circa 2007. It was a cold house. It was home to the first noise parties in that prairie hell-scape of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. There are ghosts on our tapes: fragments of voices filtering in off the street, caught with microphones pointed out our windows. A drunk douchebag pissing in our garden was fuel for the noise as much as any guitar solo or buzzing amplifier. A friend once referred to our house as a beacon blasting noise and light into the night time. I remember it also as a receptacle. We sucked in any and all information in the form of stolen voices, dumpstered 4-tracks and tin can and plastic jug drums. What we gave back was not so much a noise beacon for the cars speeding along the freeway beside Sludge House, but something I think we hoped would be destructive, or at the very least, disruptive to the grey buildings, wide roads, harsh winds, drunk assholes. If you’ve lived in Edmonton you’d know why.
Since moving to the West Coast, we have been compiling and remixing (live with multiple tape decks) those original cassettes. This is the culmination of one such night. Locked in at Solder and Sons book store, we rocked a small PA hard behind the shop’s thin pane of glass. The voices and ghosts of Vancouver have made it in as well. Drug deals and angry yells of the run down east side are all too easy to hear through such a flimsy, transparent barrier. Listen in the dark and listen carefully. This recording is the abridged story of Sludge House.
they brought the noise! from looplocked crunkin funkin multichannel noise to dirty drone soundscapes to pure analog mini moog to circuit bent/interpretive danced chaos… it was effin sweet!
Download these tracks:
01. e.q. tweaker – live @ ramshackle day parade [march 22nd, 2010].mp3
02. a happy cosmonaut – live @ ramshackle day parade [february 22nd, 2010].mp3
03. wind rose – live @ ramshackle day parade [march 22nd, 2010].mp3
03. shawn pinchbeck – live @ ramshackle day parade [march 22nd, 2010].mp3
There were only like ten of you at this show that happened at wunderbar a little while ago, Zebra Pulse opened for Shawn Pinchbeck. The next day an unnamed Zebra Pulse member woke up with pink eye, coming to the natural conclusion that this was indeed caused by the music.
The second release on RDP Records: ZEBRA PULSE “Pink Eye”