February 26th, 2010, 2:49 pm by Greg
February 22nd, 2010, 11:05 am by Greg
Saratoga Arts launched its 2010 music series “Music@Saratoga Arts” on Tuesday night, with headliners Blissed Out capping off a trio of experimental music performances.
Blissed Out – the Brooklyn-based electronic music duo of Alex Winter and Sasha Winn – sat on the floor and played a variety of synthesizers, drum machines and sound-effects boxes, as they wove together a continuous sound tapestry made up of different compositions ranging from dance-club grooves to new-age drones.
Starting off the evening Fossils From the Sun (aka, Ray Hare) blended electronically manipulated vocals with electric guitar and a wide variety of sound effects to deliver several interesting and diverse compositions.
Following the intermission, Eric Hardiman’s solo project Rambutan combined electronic keyboards, synthesizers, electric guitar effects and distorted vocals to create unique soundscapes that transported the Arts Center Gallery into an alternate musical dimension.
And while the snow flew outside, video artist 1983 supplied plenty of indoor visual stimulus, as an array of video images rhythmically flashed onto the screen behind the performers, who were nestled in and around Margo Mensing’s exhibit “It’s Not Unusual,” filled with found objects, unique sculptures and installations.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Ray Hare (left ) and video artist 1983 (right)
The Saratoga Arts Center
has been presenting experimental and underground music of various genres since 2007, when they received a New York State Music Fund grant for their ArtSounds series, and more recently as Music@SaratogaArts.
The New York City-based electronic duo Blissed Out will be joined by Nippertown’s own Rambutan and Fossils From the Sun at 7:30pm Tuesday.
Initially coming together last summer as the sonic element of a video installation, Blissed Out has evolved into its own joyous, glitchy thing. In December, the duo released their debut recording, “Secrets,” on the Tropical Fantasy label – on vinyl in a limited edition pressing of 350. Maybe they’ll still have some for sale by the time they land in Saratoga…
“Blissed Out’s connections to the visual arts are especially appropriate for our venue,” explains Saratoga Arts’ director Joel Reed. “They’ll be performing in the gallery amidst the installation ‘It’s Not Unusual’ by artist Margo Mensing. Despite the title of Margo’s exhibition, we do expect the evening to be more than a bit unusual.”
Rambutan is one of the many noms-de-musique of Eric Hardiman, co-founder of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective, while Fossils From the Sun is Ray Hare, who happens to be Hardiman’s musical partner in Century Plants.
The musicians will be joined by video artist 1983, who will be mixing and projecting video clips on the spot, in response to the sounds.
Admission is $5.