Sunday 9 September 2018, 3pm
Please note that this is a matinee show – doors will open at 3pm and the performance will start shortly after.
"One of the most important figures in sound art of this decade." – Resident Advisor on Jeff Witscher
"Frye's Seattle set was one of the most mind-bending I've seen since Ryoji Ikeda ca' 07." – Dave Segal, The Stranger Seattle
Jeff Witscher was born in 1983 in Long Beach, California and currently manages his own cleaning company Vincent's Expert Cleaners in Portland, Or. He has recorded under a few different names, Rene Hell perhaps being the most known. He is an avid chess player & spends most of his time working, cleaning, & reading. He focuses on making sound composition with his computer, merging organic field recordings with computer generated synthesis, attempting strong narratives for his live performances. Recent solo recordings include Bifurcating a Resounding No!, 2014; Meclu, 2013; Vanilla Call Option, 2013.
“Witscher is a notoriously unique artist, a magnetic and nomadic SoCal intellectual everyman. An avid chess player, he occupies the role of both trickster and aesthete, an embodied example of a time where experimental ideas and attitudes travel fluidly between the club and gallery.” – Bill Kouligas / PAN
“Witscher works minimally and sonically with hyperactive gestures, long streams of transforming material and pointillist events. Space, volume, timing and movement are all treated with equal importance to the material used, resulting in constantly moving, sliding activity.” – FACT
Eric Frye is a composer, artist, and curator. Exploring non-orientable sonic surfaces, Frye operates between the disciplinary boundaries of sound, philosophy, linguistics, and mathematics. His live performances and installations are focused towards a recalibrated layering of multi-channel diffusions. Simultaneously dissociative and palpable, Frye’s compositions activate an interplay between material and immaterial. His latest recording, On Small Differences in Sensation, which includes texts by Fernando Zalamea, Inigo Wilkins, Andrée Ehresmann and Mathias Béjean, was released by Copenhagen-based imprint, Cejero.
Frye’s work has been shown at Hangar Art Centre, Barcelona; Audio Visual Arts, New York City; Rochester Art Center, Minnesota; Variform Gallery, Oregon: and more. He has performed extensively in the US, UK, Europe, and Asia alongside artists such as Beatriz Ferreyra, Rashad Becker, Curtis Roads, Jeff Witscher, Ben Vida, at venues including Berghain Kantine (DE), ISSUE Project Room (NY), Cafe OTO (UK), Les Instants Chavirés (FR), WWWβ (JP). In October 2016 Frye was artist in residence at EMS Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm. He has forthcoming releases on Anòmia, and Further Records.
"Frye presents a suite of uncompromising, fractured electronics at once recalling the spattered tangle of Keith Fullerton Whitman's recent generations, the chess-like stratagem of Rene Hell, and the incisive freakiness of Florian Hecker." – Boomkat
"I feel like I’ve been subjected to some form of clinical trials / research on how sound can alter one's spatial awareness. Unless you happen to have a deathwish - do not attempt to listen to this whilst driving." – Norman Records