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Gigs November, 2017

November 30, 2017

November 5 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Bianca Beneduzi, Katerine Gagnon, Yaqi Wu – movement
Scott Getchell, Christos Koulendrous, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

November 9 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Sidrassi
Heather Noecker – guitar
Walter Wright – drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

November 12 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Kristiana Hubley, Andrea West, Yaqi Wu – movement
John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

November 14 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Sidrassi, delay
Heather Noecker – guitar
Walter Wright – drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

November 16 at Jeanie Johnston Pub, Jamaica Plain MA
LOS CONDENADOS:
Bonnie Kane – flute, sax, electronics
Andrea Pensado – laptop, voice
Chris Strunk – drums
Walter Wright – Boardweevil

November 18 at The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Sidrassi
Walter Wright – drums, percussion
with
special guest Heather Noecker – guitar
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Rick Breault – solo laptop, field recordings
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Joe Brown – solo modular synth
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Robert Edge [Thumbknuckle] – solo bass, electronics
+
id m theft able – voix & table of audio delights !!!
+
Alex Swan presents Giraffe Goes Back To School: The Musical!

November 19 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Kristiana Hubley, Ofri Rieger– movement
Lou Bunk, Scott Getchell, Christos Koulendrous, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

November 21 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – accordion, delay
Walter Wright – drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

THANGSGIVING
November 24 at The Armory, Somerville MA
Dei Xhrist – voice
Walter Wright – Boardweevil
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Joe Burgio – electronic gizmos
Walter Wright – Boardweevil
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Katerine Gagnon – movement
Walter Wright – contact mic
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ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Bianca Beneduzi, Katerine Gagnon, Kristiana Hubley, Ofri Rieger – movement
Lou Bunk, Walter Wright – sound

with
Mitch Ahern, Jim Banta, Joe Brown, Lou Bunk, Mark Chenevert, Eric Dahlman, EMU, Lynn Frederiksen, Katerine Gagnon, Joan Green, EJ Hampson, Holly Hess, Duane Ingalls, Liza Kitchell, Gregory Kowalski, Stephen Marotto, Tamlin Neville, Peanut Butter & Jelly Dance Company, Small Feets Dance Company, Jeanne Traxler, Andrea Pensado, Carla Schwartz, Melissa Shook, Bert Stern, Dei Xhrist

November 28 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – accordion
Walter Wright – drums, percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

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Gigs June, 2017

June 30, 2017

June 4 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Ofri Rieger- movement
Emilio Gonzalez, Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, Walter Wright – sound
Working on score for Dance Complex

June 6 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz, sampler
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

The Motherlode
June 11 at Elks Lodge, Cambridge MA
Germaine Wright Duo
Stepahanie Marie Germaine – Steph Stuph
Walter Wright – AVSynth
with
lot’s of other noisy people

June 11 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Ofri Rieger, Charlotte Wagner – movement
Christos Koulendros, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound
plus
Stu Vandermark & his wife

June 13 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz, sampler
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

June 16 at ALL Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – saz, modules
Walter Wright – acoustic percussion
with
Katerine Gagnon & Ofri Reiger – movement

June 17 at The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Disembodied Poetics:
Rick Breault – field recordings
Christos Koulendros – modular synth
Walter Wright – amplified drums, percussion
and
Ben Hersey – reading
with
Bella Birds, Rick Breault, Ben Hersey

June 18 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Ofri Rieger – movement
Emilio Gonzalez, Christos Koulendrous, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound

June 22 at UnchARTed Gallery
Germaine Wright Duo:
Stephanie Marie Germaine – Steph stuph
Walter Wright – AVSynth, video
with
Factory Quartet, President Soup

June 23 at 114 Grand St, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – all things modular
Walter Wright – acoustic drumkit
Open rehearsal, all welcome!

The Festival of Us, You, We & Them
June 25 at Dance Complex, Somerville MA
ensemble inédit ?!:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
– movement
Walter Wright – sound
Parameters, Quiet, Powers of 2 – 30 min structured improv

Sound Installation, September 1, 2016

September 1, 2016

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Canalways Soundscape
Thursday September 1, 2016
Merrimack Canal, Lowell MA

I originally proposed a John Cage score based on sound samples collected at random locations in downtown Lowell. Cage’s score includes periods of silence, not suitable for the site. I stuck with idea of gathering sound samples and switched to a time-based score.

You can listen here.

I collected sound samples from in and around the Merrimack River and the downtown canals. I selected these eleven samples –

Sample 01 – Lawrence Mills HVAC Unit on Riverwalk
Sample 02 – under the Aiken Street Bridge
Sample 03 – Lower Locks
Sample 04 – birds along Eastern Canal
Sample 05 – Lower Locks
Sample 06 – outside Market St parking garage
Sample 07 – Swamp Locks
Sample 08 – Swamp Locks
Sample 09 – trolley stop at Swamp Locks
Sample 10 – another HVAC unit on Western Canal
Sample 11 – birds along Western Canal

Listening to the samples, in order, I realized that they represent not just locations on the ground but over time. That is, they occur as separate events over a longer time frame, the life of the canals.

I needed a constant presence to represent that time period. Coincidentally, I was part of A Midsummer Night’s Drone, produced by Edward Sears Read at The Hearing Room. I took the first 45min of the recording as my underlying sound track. For me, it represents the both the historical presence of the canal system as well as it’s geographical presence in the daily life of downtown Lowell.

Back to the timeline, a couple of years ago I recorded the pile driver working along the Hamilton Canal. Its sound amplified and modulated by the Appleton Mills complex.

Sample 21 – pile driver along Hamilton Canal
Sample 22 – pile driver along Hamilton Canal
Sample 23 – pile driver along Hamilton Canal

The pile driver samples represent the building of the canals, their original use to power the mills, and finally, the rebuilding of the canal system.

I have sounds representing the canal system as a physical presence and over time. Listening the samples over the backing track, I realized that was missing, at least, two additional elements, the water and people. By water i don’t just mean the ‘sound’ of the water itself but the sounds of the canals themselves, the birds, the trees, the patterns of light produced on the water’s surface and along the banks of the canals. By people I mean existing and potential activity along the canal walkways. The sounds of people in the small parks. And, historically, the network of streets, roads and sidewalks that overlay the canals. The counterpoint between movement patterns along the canals themselves and over them on the various streets that have displaced, in a sense, the canals themselves.

Back to the timeline, I had recorded some car radio samples, that I could use to represent both people and, over top the canal samples, the newer system of movement that is now downtown Lowell.

Sample 31 – car radio, almost music with a strong industrial undertone
Sample 32 – car radio, more daily life, skipping from conversation to conversation
Sample 33 – car radio, more daily life
Sample 34 – car radio, atmospheric and spatial, resolves nicely
Sample 35 – car radio, a tune and gps navigation

How to represent the ‘sound’ of the canals within the totality of the city? I decided to include a recent recording made using my AVSynth, a modular synthesizer that i’m developing.

To put it all together, I place Samples 1-11, in order, over the electronics and drone tracks. In the process I ‘bowtie’ the samples and repeat the loops until I have approximately 2min duration for each sample. I have a total of 11 x 2min = 22min of samples, that is 50% of the total time. I also boosted the treble for these samples, to bring them forward in the mix.

I add Samples 21-23, the pile driver, ‘book ending’ the timeline. I put the first two samples at the beginning of the track to represent both building the canals and the early hydro-powered mills of the American Industrial Revolution. The third sample I put close the end end of the timeline as an ‘echo’ of the initial sounds of industry, now in the past, and to represent the rebuilding of the canal system. After placing the pile driver samples, I slide the original 11 samples right, a little further along the timeline. This allows for a slower, simpler intro and a more complex conclusion.

I add Samples 31-35, the car radio samples, equally spaced on the existing tracks. After listening, I swap the last two samples in order to more effectively resolve the piece.

Here is final timeline –

00:00 – start electronics and drone backing tracks
01:30 – start Sample 21, pile driver
02:00 – start Sample 01, Lawrence Mills HVAC Unit on Riverwalk
03:00 – end Sample 21
04:00 – end Sample 01
05:00 – start Sample 22, pile driver
05:45 – start Sample 02, under the Aiken Street Bridge
06:45 – end Sample 22
08:15 – end Sample 02
09:30 – start Sample 03, Lower Locks
09:45 – start Sample 31, car radio, almost music with a strong industrial undertone
12:15 – end Sample 31
12:30 – end Sample 03
14:00 – start Sample 04, birds along Eastern Canal
16:00 – end Sample 04
18:00 – start Sample 05, Lower Locks
20:00 – end Sample 05
21:15 – start Sample 32, car radio, more daily life, skipping from conversation to conversation
22:00 – start Sample 06, outside Market St parking garage
23:45 – end Sample 32
24:00 – end Sample 06
26:00 – start Sample 07, Swamp Locks
28:00 – end Sample 07
30:00 – start Sample 08, Swamp Locks
32:00 – end Sample 08
32:30 – start Sample 33, car radio, more daily life
33:45 – start Sample 09, trolley stop at Swamp Locks
36:15 – end Sample 09
37:30 – start Sample 35, car radio, a tune and gps navigation
38:00 – start Sample 10, another HVAC unit on Western Canal
38:30 – end Sample 35
40:00 – end Sample 10
42:00 – start Sample 11, birds along Western Canal
44:00 – end Sample 11
– start Sample 34, car radio, atmospheric and spatial, resolves nicely
45:00 – end Sample 34
– end electronics and drone backing tracks

Finally, I tweak the mix. The electronics track is a little dry, I add a small amount of reverb and do some volume editing. I fix glitches in the sample loops, remove clicks from the drone track. Done !!!

You can listen here.

Musicians:
Rick Breault – drone
Joe Brown – drone
Michael F Dailey Jr – in car vocals
Stephanie Marie Germaine – in car vocals, radio
Bill T Miller – drone
Edward Sears Read – drone
Walter Wright – drone, field recordings, AVSynth

Thanks:
The Hearing Room
Lowell Heritage Partnership

Gigs, February 2016

February 29, 2016

February 2 at 119 Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Terazzi, anlog synth, samplers
Walter Wright – drums, percussion

Jam Session on MFDJr Birthday
February 3 at UnchARTed Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Michael F Dailey Jr – drums
Christos Koulendros – analog synth, Tetrazzi, samplers
Walter Wright – drums, percussion

February 7 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inedit:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Shoshi Moyer, Ofri Rieger, Andrea Rios, Andrea West – movement
Kevin Dacey, Emilio Gonzalez, Joshua Hahn, David Kontak, Steve Norton, Matt Samolis, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound
A full house, rehearsing for the performance at XFest 2016

February 9 at 119 Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros – Bag of llamas, Tetrazzi, sampler
Walter Wright – drums, percussion

February 14 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inedit:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Shoshi Moyer, Ofri Rieger, Andrea Rios – movement
David Kontak, Steve Norton, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound
with
Katerine Gagnon – brownies

February 16 at 119 Gallery, Lowell MA
Egregoros:
Christos Koulendros –
Walter Wright – drums, percussion

Composed Music :: Performance
February 17 at Uncharted Gallery, Lowell MA
Compositions using traditional and experimental instruments, video, and movement.
2kjb, Rick Breault, Lou Bunk, Forbes Graham, Joshua Hahn, Christos Koulendros, Steve Norton, Elaine Wood, and Walter Wright with Joe Burgio, Nick Sterner

February 21 at Third Life Studios, Somerville MA
ensemble inedit:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Kristiana Hubley, Shoshi Moyer, Ofri Rieger, Andrea Rios – movement– movement
Kevin Dacey, Emilio Gonzalez, Joshua Hahn, Steve Norton, Walter Wright – sound

Talent Show
February 23 at UnchARTed Gallery, Lowell MA
Walter Wright – “interpretive dance”

XFest 2016
February 26-28 at Holyoke City Hall, Holyoke MA
ensemble inedit:
Joe Burgio – artistic director
Katerine Gagnon, Kristiana Hubley, Shoshi Moyer, Ofri Rieger, Andrea Rios – movement
Kevin Dacey, Joshua Hahn, David Kontak, John Voigt, Walter Wright – sound
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Dobbins Matlock Wright:
Kat Dobbins – trombone
Adam Matlock – accordion
Walter Wright – Boardweevil, contact mics

CD Release, January 2013

January 25, 2013

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WFR097“Los Condenados” (@Jules Vasylenko/@Andrea Pensado/@Walter Wright) / “Major League” (@Arkm Foam, Andy Allen, Con Tex, Mark Johnson) Split CD-R. Edition of 30.

Thanks to Whitehouse Family Record, Arkm & Mark. Get yours today 8^)

2012 in review

December 30, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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