[Microsound-announce] 07.09. ROGER ROTOR + BIG CITY ORCHESTRA live

Till Kniola yves_tk at gmx.net
Thu Sep 6 11:53:45 EDT 2007

please excuse x-post. for those in germany....

Fr. 07.09.2007
Einlass: 20.00h, Beginn: 20.30h

aufabwegen praesentiert:

Geraeuschwelten #39

Big City Orchestra
(USA, Noise/Collage, Sound-Poetry, Psychoacoustics)
Roger Rotor
(CH, Analogue Electro Experiments)

Achtermannstr. 12, 48143 Münster

Und wieder verspricht diese Geräuschwelten-Folge ein äußerst
abwechslungsreicher Abend zu werden. Das Freek Out Performance Kollektiv BIG
CITY PORCEHSTRA aus der Bay Area trifft auf den Schweizer Rhythmusexperten
Roger Rotor auf das es kracht!. BCO haben über 100 Releases in alle Welt
verstreut und haben ihre Stylistik von Trash Folk über Spoken Word bis hin
zu Dada-Noise stetig erweitert. Roger Rotor hat in den letzten Jahren durch
verschiedenste Kollaborationen für Furore gesorgt: gemeinsam mit
Telepherique spielt er bohrenden Industrial-Beat und als Catholic Boys in
Heavy Leather covert er mit Sudden Infant Gay Pop und präsentiert diesen als
Bondage/Fetish-Karaoke-Trash. Solo wird er an diesem Abend vertrackte
Knister-Geräusch-Analogue-Experimente präsentieren.

Weitere Informationen/Infoline & Bildmaterial



Big City Orchestrae is based in the California Bay area (USA).
Along with its core group of four members, BCO has an ever-rotating cast of
musician and non-musician members. Working from specific themes, current
projects include: Salty Sea Shanties For Young Pirates (an upcoming UBUIBI
release), El Amor Brujo ("Love, The Magician") by Manuel de Falla, which is
the followup to In A Persian Market (recently released on Suggestion
Records) -- and Replayer, a collection of prog-rock favorites with many
special guest musicians (upcoming UBUIBI release).
While in Europe, BCO will be performing as a four-piece ensemble, creating
textural noise-scapes using traditional, acoustic/organic elements combined
with laptop/digital, electrified and circuit-bent/modified instruments. The
live presentation will blend sonic drones and harsh noise with adaptations
of classical and modern compositions.

* * * * * REVIEWS * * * * *

IN A PERSIAN MARKET (Suggestion Records)
"One of CRUCIAL BLAST's favorite drone/sound experiment albums, EVER.

In A Persian Market is one of the finest works ever from legendary sound
manipulators BIG CITY ORCHESTRA, a dim, surreal, occult vision of Morocco as
seen through the eyes of an opium addict. A surreal, fictional, instrumental
journey through the shadowy backstreets and alleyways of a Persian Market.
This album consists of sounds of the marketplace intermingling with
evocative Middle Eastern-esque jazz, beautiful orchestral parts, dark
ambient textures, found sounds,antique, almost cartoon-like music... But
there's nothing "funny" or whimsical about this at all... this is dark,
forebidding, absolutely engrossing sound/music cloaked in hashish-smoke,
howling desert winds, and midnight drones. Totally stunning, amazingly
beautiful, and essential for fans of superior
drone/neoclassical/experimental music. "

BCO on PENDU SOUND (www.psr.pendugallery.com)
Big City Orchestra is a wild romp through sound and broadcast media that
isn't afraid to kick commercialism where it counts while rubbing salt in the
wounds of the RIAA. This band of self proclaimed "mutant folk" artists have
been around since 1979 commenting on society in a variety of musical styles.
At times their music is little more than dark ambient, built with ominous
sounds and eerie atmospheres. But, there are times when Big City Orchestra
overlays those tracks with samples that add vicious biting commentary.
Revamping commercial moments of nostalgia, reworking The Beatles, and
producing recordings of animal sounds is just a small tidbit of what Big
City Orchestra has done to tweak the musical perspective of folks
everywhere. Big City Orchestra should hold great appeal for just about
anyone with a warped sense of humor and major distaste for today's
commercial tactics and America's political state. From creeping ambient
tracks to noise intermingled with amusing use of samples, Big City
Orchestra's tongue in cheek humor have people gasping and giggling across
the nations.

BAND REVIEW (Comfortstand Records)
One of the most idiosyncratic and original groups of the past two decades,
BCO is not your standard Orchestra. Situated in the greater San Francisco
Bay Area, the band has released an enormous catalog of recorded material
over the past two decades. Formed in the late 1970's the ensemble continues
to maintain a free-flowing roster of artists from around the world that
collaborate on specific projects.
Categorizing the Orchestra into any given genre can be a task, as releases
continue to surprise even the most devout listener. There is never any way
to precisely classify the next BCO release. An album of authentic
sea-shanties? A wall of noise? A shimmering downpour of lullabies whispered
to the wind? A humorous or thought-provoking album of Sound Collages? Vocal
excursions set to make Rod McKuen
blush? We press play, leaning forward with slight apprehension. We await the
first wave of blissful deception. We are perpetually rewarded.
- Dr. Edgar C. Whirlsplat


Der Schweizer Roger Rotor ist mit den verschiedensten musikalischen
Projekten seit den frühen 80er Jahren aktiv, sogar in den Gefilden des Death
Metal war er in Jungen Jahren aktiv.
Sein zunehmendes Interesse in andere Formen der Musik hatte Zahlreiche
Projekte mit anderen Musikern zur Folge. So u.a. mit Free Noise Gurus Joke
Lanz (Sudden Infant) und Christian Weber, mit Zürcher Punk Oldies wie Alan
'Cane' Forrer aber auch Elektronikern wie Batchas oder Telepherique.
Zusammen mit diesen und vielen anderen sind 'Catholic Boys in Heavy
Leather', 'the eye of aaarrrggghhh', Myiase, Telerotor und 'the Seniles'

Seit 1997 nunmehr ist Rotor auch und vornehmlich als Solo-Artist auf den
Brettern Europas zu sehen! Oft beschrieben als "das klingt zwar nicht wie
Punk, aber es fühlt sich so an". Stilistisch wohl eher ein ferner Schrei aus
den Jugendjahren des Punk und Metal, inzwischen allerdings eher im Reich des
minimalen IDM/Distortion Techno. Allerdings wird auch experimentiert, nicht
jeder seiner Auftritte soll eine Tanzveranstaltung werden.

Die Tracks pulsieren mit dichten, rhythmischen elektronischen Klängen.
Perkussiv, meist in monotoner und hypnotischer Atmosphäre. Aufgebaut auf
einfachen Sequenzen wird Schicht um Schicht hinzugefügt, bis das Spektrum
gefüllt ist mit Sounds aus den unterschiedlichsten Quellen.


a u f a b w e g e n
p.o.box 100152
50441 cologne

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