This is the website for the improvised music label Balance Point Acoustics and the double bassist Damon Smith
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"Quiet Sleepers (Erik Seaver and Reshad) is an audio visual collaboration born from the desire to explore the intersection between narrative visuals and musical performance. Set to original video compositions, the duo creates live soundtracks that find the spaces between the real and the synthetic, using modular synthesis, computers, and analog effects.
Quiet Sleepers’ short, “In Terror of Murder,” stitches together scenes and images from a Bela Lugosi classic to form an entirely new comedic horror staged in three brutal acts. A Frankensteinian tale of corruption, journalistic integrity, and scientific madness, the film and soundtrack will have you… screeching with delight."
SCUZZ REPORT *LIVE*
A special audio/video presentation from the twisted minds behind Scuzz Report.
This will be the 5th year of Mister Ben's zine featuring artists from the St. Louis region. The zine will be accompanied by a Scuzz film series, curated by Chizmo.tv. The videos will be theatrically projected from a VHS tape for this release date along with a live music performance.
SANDY EWEN, DAMON SMITH & ALEX CUNNINGHAM
First time trio featuring:
"Sandy Ewen is a sound artist, visual artist and architect who has recently relocated to NYC from Houston, TX. Ewen’s audio practice focuses on extended guitar techniques, improvisation, graphic scores and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her unique approach to guitar incorporates a wide array of implements – railroad spikes, sidewalk chalk, threaded bolts, steel wool and other items become an arsenal of abstraction. In years past, Ewen has performed alongside Roscoe Mitchell, Keith Rowe, Lydia Lunch and many others, and has performed and recorded with Jaap Blonk, Henry Kaiser and more."
"Damon Smith studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson’s Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Keith Rowe, Jaap Blonk,Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Weasel Walter, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald.”
"Alex Cunningham is a violinist, improviser, and visual artist based in St. Louis, MO. His work explores free improvisation, drone, noise, and minimalist composition. Cunningham’s current ongoing collaborations include a duo with electronic musician Kevin Harris, a trio with saxophonist Bob Bucko Jr (Dubuque, Iowa) and drummer Alexander Adams (Chicago, Illinois), and the free improvised duo Apathist! with guitarist Chris Trull (Yowie, Grand Ulena). Past collaborations include the groups Vernacular String Trio, Hess/Cunningham Duo, and Hardbody."
Featuring large-scale projections by Chizmo.tv.
Scuzz film series 2019: with audio/visual pieces by ICE (Jennifer McDaniel), 18andCounting, NNN Cook, Janet (Grace Smith), Heavy Pauses and Ra Child. Video synthesis experiments by Kevin Harris, 877-Cash-NVR along with early home video feedback test by John Mallaire circa 1972. There will be videos for each performance.
Plays underground tapes laced with digital interludes all night!
Scuzz Report zine and VHS (digital download included).
Limited edition of 100. Only 15 will be given away at this event.