A Slow Unraveling

September 1, 2012, 7 - 9 pm

VOLUME and Vacation Vinyl present A Slow Unraveling, an evening of performances by Hive Mind, Aaron Bradford Turner and William Fowler Collins, Steve Roden, and Marc Manning. Each of these artists embrace an exploratory practice, investigating pace, dissonance, volume, and noise.

If Faust were the initiates of noise than Greh Holger’s Hive Mind project shares a common conscience: to exist both inside and outside the path of contemporaneous synth travelers. Holger’s been around the block a few times, his Chondritic Sound label — of which you’ll find something like 35 Hive Mind releases — has been undoubtedly important in the molding of the American cassette culture phenomenon.

Both known for their intense musical output, the pairing of Aaron Bradford Turner and William Fowler Collins seems only natural. While both of their sound worlds may be filled with darkness and even beauty, this collaborative effort seeks to explore new territories. The two are currently at work on their debut album.

Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist based in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation and performance. Roden’s working process uses various forms of specific notation (words, musical scores, maps, etc.) and translates them through self-invented systems into scores; which then influence the process of painting, drawing, sculpture, and sound composition. These scores, rigid in terms of their parameters and rules, are also full of holes for intuitive decisions and left turns. The inspirational source material becomes a kind of formal skeleton for the finished abstract works. In his visual works, translations of information such as text and maps become rules and systems for generating visual actions such as color choices, number of elements, and image building.

Since his first recording under the name “everything is fine” in 2000,  Marc Manning has been using his guitar to slowly churn a bubbling sonic cauldron. Conducting a strange decades long dark reverb ritual that pulls inspiration from the weird dark energies of his past homes of Philadelphia and Portland Oregon, and his current home in San Francisco. What is the purpose of all this? To help you realize that there most likely is none.