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Superlith & George Korein: Post-post-apocalyptic sounds

 

Superlith | Photo courtesy of the artist
Superlith | Photo courtesy of the artist

Superlith is the cyberpunk improv duo of trombonist Dan Blacksberg and circuit bender Julius Masri, two multifaceted sonic reducers with deep Philly roots. Blacksberg is regarded for incorporating music of the Hasidim into avant-metal and free jazz, having collaborated with Liturgy and Anthony Braxton. Masri switch-hits as a synthy noisenik with the likes of Joo Won Park and Charles Cohen, and as a versatile free drummer, often accompanying dance.

Together they traffic in dystopian soundscapes that evoke Paul Rutherford blowing through a writhing neurobiological mass or Bastard Noise devouring the Garritan Personal Orchestra horn section. Last year’s Plasma Clusters (Public Eyesore) is the sound of our world a few hundred millennia after Skynet becomes sentient, James Hansen’s predictions go unheeded, and saprotrophic bacteria are digesting the pixels from subaquatic Buzzfeed GIFs. Continue reading →

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Breaking down the elements of sound with Philly composer Bhob Rainey

Bhob Rainey | via bhobrainey.net
Bhob Rainey | via bhobrainey.net

Philadelphia performer/composer Bhob Rainey has developed a global reputation for his ability to reshape the raw material associated with sound— air, resonance, vibration, decay, silence—into delicately arranged sonic shrapnel with hallucinatory effects.

Whether improvising alongside trumpeter Greg Kelley in “lowercase” duo Nmperign, composing multichannel computer music inspired by the neural activity of squid, or designing sound for New Paradise Laboratories’ acclaimed 2014 Fringe Festival production, The Adults, Rainey’s M.O. is just as much about drawing connections between disciplines as it is about exposing “cracks in the symmetry of the world.” Continue reading →