Brian Olewnick on “mothlight”
the wulf.’s rounds LP
“Ordinary people sing, because singing is one of the most ordinary things we humans do. We evolved to do it. Over the years these rounds have made musicians and non-musicians into singers. Students, friends, fellow musicians, all kinds of people have sung these rounds together. We’ve sung about healthy platypi, cows on vacation, tofurkey, ze wudka, ending war, salvia, scarlet tanagers, one more day, and the town of Paradox New York. We’ve asked David Mahler’s big question about why we sing, and my more practical ‘what time does the bell ring?’ I can’t remember a single case of someone regretting having sung. Nobody’s ever the worse for having sung with another human being.”
from Larry Polansky’s liner notes to the wulf.’s first record, Rounds, available soon here. My piece, possible round(s), is featured alongside work by a bunch of other friends.
Upcoming shows (LA and NY), 11/17, 11/23, 12/8
James Klopfleisch presents…
the wulf., Los Angeles, CA
James Klopfleisch presents a varietal cornucopia of new, and old, (and borrowed) experimental musics. Some deal with work/labor, some deal with the definition of the word ‘something’, some deal with possibly the most syphilitic of Schumann’s melodies. Also, Mike Winter has a piece, to converge (abstract), where component intervals of a harmonic series converge towards their natural placement. If you’re terribly confused by all this, come anyways. just staring at this website won’t help you.
Todd Lerew & Conal Ryan present…
the wulf., Los Angeles, CA
Todd Lerew & Conal Ryan present new meditations on the substance of sound.
theatre of echo (Ryan)
for two acoustic guitars
performed by David Paha and Conal Ryan
for five sustaining instruments and percussion
performed by Jenica Anderson, Steven Feiler, Christopher Foss, Ben Levinson, David Paha, Evan Spacht, and Andy Young
polyrhythms induced by drumming at speeds in excess of 180,000 beats per minute (Lerew)
for self-resonating piezos and objects
performers: Conal Ryan, Aidan Reynolds, and Todd Lerew
interval for bass (Lerew)
performed by James Klopfleisch
radial quiet in weightless noise (Lerew)
for sustaining instruments and high intensity white noise
performered by Casey Anderson, Stephanie Smith, John Eagle, James Klopfleisch, Christine Tavolacci, and Evan Spacht
Brooks Frederickson and TRANSIT
the firehouse space, Brooklyn, NY
TRANSIT will be performing two of my pieces for radios, TALK RADIO and snow, among other pieces on this concert. More info here.
“casual encounters” (etc.) screens at USC, 11/7
An Evening with Rick Bahto and the Echo Park Film Center
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Reserve a seat here
A survey of some recent work made by young artists affiliated with the Echo Park Film Center—as teachers or students, curators in the microcinema or artists-in-residence. The works were created on a variety of small gauge film formats—16mm, Super 8mm, and 8mm—many existing only as reversal originals (all shown here in video reproductions). Ranging from diary films, playful narratives, formal abstractions, and performance-based work, the program highlights the work of a loose community of artists actively expanding the possibilities of analog filmmaking in the avant-garde tradition.
Programmed by Rick Bahto, an artist working primarily with 8mm / Super 8mm film, photography, sound, and performance currently living in Los Angeles. Featuring recent films by Rick Bahto, Hayley Elliott, Eve LaFountain, Alee Peoples, Mike Stoltz, Penelope Uribe-Abee, pablo valencia, and/or Walter Vargas, and others. All films originating on 16mm, Super 8mm, or 8mm, shown on video.
Followed by a Q&A with Rick Bahto, moderated by Dr. David E. James, Ph.D., Professor of Critical Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Film Screenings to Include
LA Rising – fm (2012) 13 ½ minutes, 16mm, color & b/w, sound.
Perforated Damage (2012) 3 minutes, 8mm, color & b/w, silent.
Still Life part I (2012) 3 ½ minutes
Bubbles (2012) 18 seconds
ENERGIZE (2012) 1 minute
Still Life part II (2012) 3 ½ minutes
All films Super 8mm, color, silent.
Aviary (2013) 3 ½ minutes, unslit 8mm, b/w, silent.
Casual Encounters (2012) 19 ½ minutes, Super 8mm, b/w, sound by Casey Anderson.
Solar Flares (2010) 4 minutes, Super 8, color, silent, two projectors.
With Pluses and Minuses (2013) 5 minutes, 16mm, color, sound.
Indabaabasaan (I Smudge It, I cleanse It) (2013) 2 minutes, 16mm, color, sound.
Soda Lake (2013) 3 minutes, 16mm, color, sound.
Boozhoo Jiibayag (Hello Ghosts) (2013) 1 minute, 16mm, color, sound.
Them Oracles (2012) 7 ½ minutes, 16mm, color, sound.
Dear Diary (2012) 5 minutes, 8mm, color & b/w, sound.
streaming audio, soundcloud, solo/many (digital) on bandcamp, etc.
i’ve been slowly transitioning all the streaming audio on this site to soundcloud widgets, most recently by adding a lot of older pieces that have not been streamable for the last couple of years. at this point, a majority of the pieces listed under the “all work” sidebar category (to the left) have been updated. additionally, there is a ton of stuff which has been added my soundcloud page (here).
my first tape of 2013 (solo/many), which was put out as a limited run by John Wiese’s Tape Room label, has been put back up on my bandcamp page (here) and is once again available for purchase (digital only, the physical copies are sold out at source). mothlight is still available in its physical form also.
mothlight is here, shipping immediately
“mothlight” is here! one can purchase it from me (here) or from the khalija site (here). it turned out really, really well (im very fond of the salmon colored tapes and the nice, cream-white colored back, not to mention the great work by dicky bahto and raphael arar on the cover/layout), and ships immediately.
“mothlight” available for preorder, ships circa 9/29
“mothlight,” my tape for khalija, is available for preorder now. the tapes will ship around September 29th.
Review: Christian Wolff’s ‘Changing the System’ Performed in Los Angeles
Sequenza21 recently published a review of a concert I participated in last Friday in Los Angeles here.
khalija news: mark trayle / jason kahn, ben tinker
khalija, the tape label that I co-run with Wyatt Keusch, recently put out this tape by Mark Trayle and Jason Kahn:
we also just announced the pre-order for our next release, by Ben Tinker, which you can stream here:
“fronts” is available for purchase now (via bandcamp), and “transcriptions of tributaries” (available for pre-order + download, also on bandcamp) should start shipping in the near future.
the wulf. fundraiser
Posted: July 26th, 2013