Above is a video of experimental musician Christian Pincock performing his "Modifications of the Mind Part 4” — a lot of which sounds a tiny bit like The Battle of Hoth — at Albuequerque’s Experimental Music Festival from back in October. On Thursday, Jan. 13, Pincock and a handful of other experimental artists — including Aaron Hoke Doenges, Malocchio, Chris Davis and Brady Sharp — will be playing (at 9 p.m. sharp!) at local noise/experimental bastion and five-star dive Betty’s. From a press release:
Christian Pincock performs improvised and composed music on valve trombone and a computer-based instrument of his own creation with MAX/MSP. Using a keyboard controller and a system of sensors attached to his trombone he is able to control sampled sounds and integrate them expressively and musically. His work is both dynamic and subtle, drawing from diverse styles such as improvised experimental music, contemporary classical, avant-garde jazz, noise, and electronica.
Pincock’s rig certainly sounds like an ingenious, fascinatingly constructed one. While some folks have a difficult time wrapping their domes around the somewhat challenging aesthetic of improvised and/or composed experimental music of this ilk, it’s good to have a challenge every once in a while, no? It’s an opportunity to break away from the strict confines of contemporary Western performance and try to answer the question, “What is music, anyway?” Unless you just can’t stand rogue tootling and strange electronic bloops — in which case, this just might not be your bag.
Either way, $5 donations are recommended, though performer Brady Sharp says, “No one will be turned away for lack of funds.” They're a welcoming bunch, those experimenters, and we appreciate that.