Non-Event and the Waterworks Museum present
NEW ENGLAND PHONOGRAPHERS UNION
(Matt Azevedo, Ernst Karel, and Jed Speare)
This concert is an official Together Festival and Arts Brookline event
The New England Phonographers Union — for this concert, MATT AZEVEDO, ERNST KAREL, and JED SPEARE — continues its MWRA cycle with a concert of new recordings of structural vibration and airborne sound made at Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant, operated by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The trio performance will be presented via a multichannel speaker array installed throughout the Great Engines Hall at the Boston Waterworks Museum.
The New England Phonographers Union has been making location recordings at Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant and the five MWRA pump stations that serve it, and performing using these recordings, since 2010. For this concert, they will make extended use of new recordings made with accelerometers of seismic phenomena whose sounds are often undetectable to the human ear, in combination with new air recordings of the already dense sonic planes and complex machine arrays of the waste water processing environment. At the Waterworks Museum, which preserves the original pump station that provided clean water to the city of Boston, Azevedo, Karel, and Speare will take advantage of the unique acoustic properties of the cavernous Richardsonian romanesque structure and massive Victorian and industrial-era pumps to diffuse their recordings throughout the space.
Prior concerts in this MWRA cycle have occurred at the historic Deer Island Reception Hall, outdoors in Nut Island Park in Quincy, in the Boston University Art Gallery, and at Studio Soto.
MATT AZEVEDO performs and records under the name Retribution Body; his music explores the intersection of sound, vibration, and Zen meditation. He received a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell (Magna Cum Laude) in 1999, and then spent the next 11 years as a staff engineer at M Works Mastering studio. He later earned a Masters in Acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Currently, he is a Consultant in Acoustics at Acentech, where he is involved in a wide range of projects and continues his work as a mastering engineer and producer as a freelancer.
ERNST KAREL’s multidimensional audio work includes electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, sound for nonfiction film, and solo and collaborative sound installations. Using analog electronics and location recordings, either separately or in combination, Karel creates audio pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary.
JED SPEARE is an artist working in a variety of media and settings. Called “a pioneer of multimedia presentation” by Wire magazine, he has presented sound, video, performance and multidisciplinary work, locally, nationally, and internationally for over thirty years. His music and sound work includes extensive location recording, sound transformation, composition, and advocacy projects pertaining to the sound environment.
He is the creator of the record album Cable Car Soundscapes (1982) on Smithsonian Folkways Records and the double album, Sound Works 1982 - 1987, (2008) on Family Vineyard Records. In Boston, he has been a member of the Mobius Artists Group since 1995 and until recently has served as Director of both Mobius and Studio Soto for a combined twenty years.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.