Actual Music

Great idea: CalArts’ comfortable and good-sounding satellite performance space, REDCAT at Disney Hall, is presenting a series of live sight & sound knockdowns called “See Hear Now” as an outgrown toenail of MOCA’s “Visual Music” exhibit. The press release is full of art words we dumb music people don’t understand, like amorphic, non-prescriptive, symbiosis and books. But it looks like hot meat.

Fri., Feb. 25. Carter Tutti is the latest transmogrification of Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti. Some locals will retain fond memories of the pair, as two-thirds of Throbbing Gristle, stomping electronic effects boxes into fragments while vintage Brit porn flicks played behind them in some Culver City barn around 1979 — possibly the loudest concert ever staged. These days, with a long art-world conceptual track record, they’re more non-prescriptive. Also with an audio-visual laptop chess war between Richard Chartier and Ivan Pavlov. Sold out, dammit.

Sat., Feb. 26. Skoltz_Kogen are Montreal sense-confusers. Tom Recchion is one of our own region’s longest-running manipulators of machines, toys and ideas. And William Basinski and James Elaine are well-traveled conceptualists who abuse tape loops and films.

Also in this issue

To read Holly Willis' article about L.A.'s graphics scene, click here.

To read Doug Harvey's article about MOCA's "Visual Music" exhibit, click here.

To read Holly Willis' article about L.A.'s Whitney brothers and their animations, click here.

Fri., March 4. Olaf Bender (a.k.a. Byetone) and Frank Bretschneider of the German label Raster-Noton get minimal and possibly danceable.

Thurs.–Sat., April 7–9. CalArts’ David Rosenboom collaborates with theatrical exploder Travis Preston on a piano-and-ambulatory-video conception,

Bell Solaris.

Thurs.–Sat., April 14–16. Musicians go at it like cranked gerbils when confronted with the films of Stan Brakhage, Ed Emshwiller and others.,,

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