Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

January 16, 2011

Floating Drones: A Night of Ambient Bliss

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Saturday 15 January 2011

Cherrywood Coffeehouse, East of I-35 on 38 1/2 in Austin, TX

curated by Derek Rogers


opening set by Marcus Striplin


second set by Lee Dockery


closing set by Derek Rogers


video projections for all three sets by Katie Rose Pipkin

Each set was bathed with video projections by KATIE ROSE PIPKIN, and as great as each diverse set was, each exploring different aspects of the drone/noise/ambient territory, Ms. Pipkin’s video work (the room was darkened and the video was projected onto both the performer and the wall behind…this is captured not so well by my mediocre photography…) elevated the music onto another plane, making this an ecstatic multi-sensory evening that took the audience into an artistic red zone and is probably about as close as we can get today to a kind of Exploding Plastic Inevitable experience, yet way beyond that. It was a kind of visual free-improv, much like today’s improvising musician might do with a laptop full of samples and effects, sliced and diced and action-painted live for us; that’s what she was doing with the visuals. Sitting two seats behind her, I could see her working her laptop like a painter or a keyboard player or a percussionist. Will definitely be catching her work in the future. I have been talking to anyone who would listen over the last year about combining poetry and improv music and improv visuals to create a multi-textured, multi-sensory experience, something I definitely want to do in the future when I can, and last night’s performance definitely gave me some great ideas along those lines.

Derek Rogers hopes to curate some more evenings such as this one but moving in some new directions, and always keeping the freshness and spontaneity and edginess. I look forward to those…

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