For this edition of PIM we’re bringing back the mix that Diego Aguilar-C., editor of Bay City Beacon and a Chief Tax Evasion Officer at The Noriegas, made for us last year. This one focuses on Bay Area of San Francisco and brings together material by 11 artists including The Noriegas themselves!
Never failing in their unending search for the unfindable, the siiick “scuz-techno duo of Claire Staples and Alex Cargile (CCR Headcleaner) are the inventors of typo metal, never a hit!
Further Reading: Houston Press
Julia Mazawa is an artist in Oakland whose work consists of drawings, wall sculpture, and improv electronic noise. She began doodling, sewing, and sculpting when her hands developed sufficient dexterity as a child. In 2002 she earned a BA in Studio Arts from Bard College. In 2010 she began experimenting with audio. looping samples and creating raga-like meditations from the resulting rhythms. Currently, Julia is interested in themes of survival: how do the myriad creatures of the universe each navigate space and time to live another day, and why do they bother? There are countless variations, but none escape the rule that what goes up must come down. Activity requires rest, which requires activity, which requires rest. When Julia builds intricate sculptures and drawings, her mind is sprinting at full tilt. When she sits down to record a noise piece, her mind takes the most luxurious of cat naps.
Greg Gorlen is an experimental musician living in San Francisco. He produces music and noise using junk, found tapes, and home made cassette loops. He runs the cassette label Turmeric Magnitudes and writing about music for demagnetization blog.
Amiable agent of pure chaos, Ryan King, moves like an animated line drawing, a high voltage wireframe that arcs easily and often, tazing or enlightening those around him. Musical instruments were invented for characters like this. King will hover towards a table of circuits the way a big bug gravitates to smaller bugs, their mere presence amplifying whatever freak plasma surges through his limbs. Once he sets to work, shedding his chrysalis to reveal wet shuddering wings, the whole living world offers itself up to loving devourment.
Las Sucias is a duo formed by Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman, mixing anti-patriarchal riotgrrrl lyrics, afro–caribbean rhythms, brujería noise and possessed vocals. Each performance is a ritual that combines all of the senses and elevates into a higher realm, inspiring the listener to dance, speak in tongues, laugh hysterically and get possessed by the spirits awoken.
It’s not punk. It’s not art. It’s not even music. And it’s definitely not a haircut.
Malocculsion explores the negative spaces of our perceived realities, and the social and physical spaces that surround us. Malocculsion also curates the RATSKIN Records imprint, founded in 2005, which focuses on documenting and releasing important audio based works in the phonographic, cassette , CD and download formats. as well as co founding the Styrofoam Sanchez project, which is a mobile sound and performance art unit since 2010 , as well as curating numerous experimental sound events,art shows, video screenings including the Occular Eyeplugs series as well as many other underground happenings.
BN is Sharmi Basu’s primary performing project. She utilizes an unwavering depression & restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. While simultaneously clearing and entering, the sewage pipes of the body and the patriarchy congeal into watery soundscapes as a vehicle for achieving liberation through the darkest of fears.
All music composed, produced, and performed by Sharmi Basu.
Further Reading: Studio Grand
Harsh Noise, not necessarily a wall though.