Dead Voices on Air

by Kyle Silfer


December 2 - December 8, 1999

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Dead Voices on Air
with Not Breathing

Friday, Dec. 3; Harwood Art Center (all ages, films 7 p.m., show 9 p.m.): With the ascendancy of electronic culture comes the inevitable rise of electronic music. You may have noticed that "drum and bass" is now the soundtrack to every other car commercial on television. Weird spasms of hyperaccelerated beats, a sound once considered "experimental" by the listening public, are now part of the dominant culture stream. And as civilization becomes increasingly mediated by electronic interfaces, you can reasonably expect that much of our shared culture will become completely electronic. Therefore, in order to be a reasonably literate citizen, you must imbibe some of this material. Music is a good place to start.

Zoviet France alumnus and prolific collaborator (with Genesis P. Orridge, Ryan Moore, Dieter Moebius) Mark Spybey pursues his own tangent of sonorous, enveloping electronic music as Dead Voices on Air. The latest double-CD release, Piss Frond, ranges from short, semi-pop, goth/rock compositions (file between Throbbing Gristle and Bauhaus) to long, shimmering atonal drones (c.f. La Monte Young or Terry Riley). Spybey brings to bear an excellent vocabulary of electronic tropes, creating a variety of soundscapes for the open ear. DVOA is joined by Not Breathing, an analogous "dark ambient" project.

If you value the drone state of mind, you may do well to attend. Basement Films plays host, so DVOA and Not Breathing will be preceded at 7 p.m. by the films Rainbow Man and Andre the Giant Has a Posse.


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