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Every so often, Indexical has a chance to interview some of the wonderful artists who come through Santa Cruz. We'll post those here, along with live recordings of those artists' shows.
||CleanLaura Steenberge takes a walk through the woods with Jon Myers and Madison Heying||Laura Steenberge (https://www.indexical.org/artists/laura-steenberge) is a composer and performer based in LA who has performed on a number of Indexical concerts, on instruments ranging from viola da gamba, to miscellaneous objects hanging from the rafters, to harmonica, to the clear plastic tubing pictured above. Her work often seems to engage with the physical limits of the material, and likewise takes conceptual inclinations to their (often absurd) logical ends. In this podcast, Laura takes a walk through the woods with producer Madison Heying and Jon Myers. They discuss her work, alongside thoughts surrounding language, myth, and song. We'll hear a number of musical excerpts of Laura's work throughout the podcast: Lampstands (for 2 voices and keyboard) (w/ Julia Holter singing) Alleluia Caligula (solo voice and lap harp) Victory Over the Sun (solo contrabass and voice) The King and Queen (solo voice) Earthworms (piano and voice) Special thanks to Jake Foley for assistance editing this podcast. From a May 2016 event in Santa Cruz Laura Steenberge Laura Steenberge is based in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. As a performer, she sings and plays viola da gamba, contrabass, piano, guitar and other things, in traditional and untraditional song styles. As a composer, she primarily writes vocal music. As a scholar she researches connections between music and language. Her current research is about the compositional practices of medieval composers of Byzantine chant, a study that has inspired a body of creative work about ritual and metaphors of the supernatural. She will be graduating from Stanford University in June 2016 with a DMA in music composition.||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJon Leidecker, David Kant, Andrew C. Smith, with music by Wobbly and the Happy Valley Band||In this episode of the Indexical Podcast, Andrew Smith talks with David Kant of the Happy Valley Band and Jon Leidecker (AKA) Wobbly. They discuss Wobbly’s use of networked mobile devices for making live electronic music and how surveillance and labor is implicated in the use of these devices. They also talk about The Happy Valley Band, how it has influenced David’s understanding of machine hearing, and what it’s like to perform the arbitrarily complex music. Check out Jon Leidecker's own podcast Variations, for more (http://rwm.macba.cat/en/variations_tag/). Throughout the podcast we will play several pieces by Wobbly and the Happy Valley Band: It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World, Happy Valley Band Monitress, Except from Wobbly’s live set Monitress, Except from Wobbly’s live set In the Air Tonight, Happy Valley Band||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanbass2bass: Michelle Lou and Scott Worthington with music by Weston Olencki, Michelle Lou, and Scott Worthington||In this episode of the Indexical podcast, Madison Heying, Jon Myers, and Andrew C. Smith talk to Michelle Lou and Scott Worthington of the duo bass2bass. They talk about how bass2bass formed, and how they came up with their name, as well as their similar backgrounds studying jazz and classical bass technique.The conversation gets pretty nerdy as Michelle and Scott debate the ideal bass supergroup and the bassists with the best chops. Speaking of which, make sure you stick around to the end to hear Jon Myers’s James Jamerson and Jaco Pastorius mashup. Throughout the podcast you will hear clips from: stanchions by Weston Olencki HoneyDripper by Michelle Lou A Flame that Could Go Out by Scott Worthington||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnne La Berge with music by David Dramm, Anne La Berge, Yannis Kyriakides||In this episode, Jon Myers and Madison Heying talk to composer/flautist Anne La Berge. They discuss the program for her March 10th concert with Indexical and the various characters she assumes in each piece. In their conversation, Anne considers her flexible roles as composer, performer, and improviser. Lastly, they discuss Anne’s evolving relationship with technology: over the last 30 years, Anne has used a range of technologies as both a performer and composer, including synthesizers, HMSL, MAX/MSP, and most recently Kyma. The following pieces will be heard throughout the interview: David Dramm, Telemachus Anne LaBerge, Utter Yannis Kyriakides, oneirocriticon||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJack Callahan aka die Reihe, with music by die Reihe, Michael Pisaro & Greg Stuart, and Jürg Frey||In this episode of the Indexical podcast, Jon Myers, Andrew C. Smith, and Madison Heying talk to composer Jack Callahan who operates under the moniker die Reihe. They discuss his piece Housed, which consists of various arrangements of sampled chords from house music. Jack talks about a composition by Michael Pisaro that he released though his imprint Báhn Mì Verlag. And lastly Jack talks about studying with Jürg Frey and his connection to Wandelweiser. Just like Callahan, the conversation maintains serious undertones even as it strays into the silly or ridiculous. The following pieces will be heard through the interview: "Housed (Side B)" from Housed by die Reihe, on NNA Tapes (https://nnatapes.bandcamp.com/album/housed) "Add Red(Grey Series No. 3)" from a split LP with Matthew Sullivan, on Báhn Mì Verlag (http://www.banhmiverlag.com/releases) "Les tréfonds inexplorés des signes 36-39 and 40-43" by Jurg Frey, performed by The Dream Team. From an Indexical concert curated by Jack Callahan, Jan. 26, 2013, at Willow Place Auditorium (https://www.indexical.org/events/2013-01-26-ii-1-jurg-frey-unhorbare-zeit)||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZachary James Watkins & RAGE Thormbones, Ma'ayan Tsadka||Madison Heying and Jon Myers take us through a few excerpts of performances from January 2017. Zachary James Watkins and RAGE THORMBONES perform their first-ever trio set, with all three artists on electronic and acoustic setups. Ma'ayan Tsadka's Underwater Museum of Extinct Sounds and Imaginary Water Creatures explores a post-human Earth through hydrophones, narrated by George Lucas.||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|