As music access today is dominated by streaming formats mediated by industry distributors and algorithm curation, Ebbing Sounds is a three-day interdisciplinary symposium and concert series investigating new ways of music production, listening, and critique. For its closing night, Gray Area in San Francisco will host four international artists.
Ebbing Sounds is being held from May 24 to May 26, 2018 at Gray Area in San Francisco. It’s organized by zweikommasieben in cooperation with marcella faustini, DeForrest Brown Jr. and swissnex San Francisco.
9:00pm — DJ-set: zweikommasieben DJs [CH; Präsens Editionen]
10:00pm — Live-set: Beast Nest [US; Ratskin]
11:00pm — Live-set: Don’t DJ [DE; Diskant, Berceuse Heroique]
12:00am —Live-set: Low Jack [FR; Editions Gravats, L.I.E.S., Modern Love]
zweikommasieben is a bilingual Swiss music magazine in print that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary music and sound since 2011. The magazine is distributed worldwide by Motto Books, SRD and Antenne books in a edition of 1800 copies. In addition, zweikommasieben runs a successful blog as well as several social media outlets. zweikommasieben also organizes concerts, club nights and other events in Switzerland and various European cities. Under the roof of Lucerne based publisher Präsens Editionen, zweikommasieben is part of a broader publishing effort for several fanzines and books, but also music and sound art published on analogue (vinyl, tape) and digital formats (download, stream).
Sharmi Basu, aka Beast Nest, is an Oakland-born and based South Asian woman of color creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing musical language. She attempts to catalyze a political, yet ethereal aesthetic by combining her anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. Beast Nest, Sharmi’s primary performing project, utilizes an unwavering depression and restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. She is an MFA graduate from the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media and has worked with Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, Maggi Payne, and more. Her workshops on “Decolonizing Sound” have been featured at the International Society for Improvised Music, the Empowering Women of Color Conference, and have reached international audiences.
The DJ-producer Florian Meyer, aka Don’t DJ, former member of Institut für Feinmotorik and The Durian Brothers, is interested in what he calls “musique acéphale” – a metric which has no distinct starting nor ending point and thus encourages the listener to constantly switch his* or her* metric focus to discover different “points of listening” within the same arrangement. These Euclidian polymetric soundlayerings or minimalist-gamelanian-kraut-tekks seek to inspire consciousness to wander beyond culturally suggested boundaries of the perception of reality. Don’t DJ recently released on Berceuse Heroique, Emotional Response, and Fullfridge, amongst others, and co-runs the Labels Sexes and Disk Records.
Philippe Hallais, aka Low Jack, is a French electronic music artist born in 1985 in Tegucigalpa (Honduras) and living in Paris. His music plays with the re-appropriation of sonic clichés, media folklores, and the multiplicity of musical languages associated with dance subcultures. He has published three albums under the pseudonym Low Jack (Garifuna Variations, L.I.E.S, 2014 ; Sewing Machine, In Paradisum, 2015 ; Lighthouse Stories, Modern Love, 2016) and one under his own name, An American Hero (Modern Love, 2017). His live performances include collaborations with musicians Ghédalia Tazartès and Dominick Fernow (Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement). Hallais’s work has been commissionned by the Quai Branly museum, the Swiss Cultural Center, the Société des Arts in Geneva and the Ricard Foundation in Paris. He also co-runs Editions Gravats with Jean Carval since 2014, releasing music by Èlg, Clara!, Black Zone Myth Chant, JiFlure and DJ David Coquelin.