Metapatterns: Processes in Time
ACT Cube at MIT
Friday, September 2, 2016

Non-Event + MIT’s Program in Arts, Culture and Technology present
An evening of experimental sound works by

ANDREA PENSADO
FORREST LARSON
JOSE RIVERA
JAKE MEGINSKY
VICTORIA SHEN

ACT CUBE at MIT
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
7-9pm | FREE

About the performers

JAKE MEGINSKY is an electronic musician, percussionist, and composer based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Though best known for his solo work (both under his own name and as Vapor Gourds), he has also been active in a number of collaborative projects, including Slaughterhouse Percussion with John Truscinski and F/I/P with guitarist Bill Nace. Other collaborators include: Milford Graves, Alvin Lucier, Joan Labarbara, Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey Joe McPhee, and Thurston Moore. His newest solo release, Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes, was listed in “FACT Magazine’s top 25 albums of 2016 so far.”

ANDREA PENSADO works with sound as a performer and programer. She has been using digital media and live interactive musical systems since 1995. She studied in Argentina and Poland. At first, she composed mainly for acoustic instruments. However, she felt gradually more attracted by different sound realms. Today, the abrasive digital noise of her improvisations is far away from her earlier pieces. Harsh dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice, combine hybrid synthesis techniques to create a highly personal sound language, which reflects an intuitive, emotional and paradoxically also logical approach to music making. She currently lives in the US.

Electroacoustic composer, electronic musician and multimedia artist JOSE RIVERA (Proxemia) is interested in exploring the intersections of aural and spatial experience. Trained in architecture, his sound practice often incorporates processed field recordings and various musical elements that are used in the shaping of an augmented acoustic reality. His current work is primarily expressed through the disciplines of experimental music, multi­channel installation and performance, sound design, acoustic ecology, cartography, art, and architectural design. Recent works have been exhibited at the ICA Boston as part of the Leap Before You Look/Black Mountain College Exhibition, MIT’s List Visual Arts Building, and Le Laboratoire Cambridge. Along with numerous sound projects, performances and collaborations, his fluid body of work also includes an open­air performance space for a youth dance and drumming group in rural Ghana.

VICTORIA SHEN is a Somerville­-based multimedia artist and musician whose visual work is positioned at the intersection of art history, pop culture, and identity politics. Through a process of visual exaggeration and effacement, her video work holds up a mirror to the absurd side of images we consume.

Shen’s music heavily features analog modular synthesizers, contact microphones, and other hand­built electronics. Her approach to music is sculptural in both the shaping/texturing of audio waveforms and the design of the sound objects themselves. In addition to her solo work, she is also a member of the duo Trim.

Composer, electronic musician, and violist FORREST LARSON has had a life­long love of old pre­digital analog electronic instruments, and of collecting “found sounds” from both natural as well as urban landscapes. He has written many pieces that combine electronic/found sounds and solo live acoustic instruments such as flute, violin, cello, organ and tuba. There also pieces for string orchestra, and wind ensemble that incorporate found sounds, as well as acoustic music for unaccompanied violin, viola, cello, string quartet and percussion ensemble. Other music includes electronic scores for abstract films. In live electronic music performance he uses an intricate network of vintage and modern analog non­modular synthesizers, filters and signal processors to create rich fluid sound tapestries. This work ranges from solo performance with many different acoustic instruments as well as collaborations with other electronic/sound artists.

His music has been performed locally at various venues in the Boston area such as Mobius, Outpost 186, MIT, Brandeis University, in Providence, RI. Other performances have been at Carnegie ­Mellon University, Washington and Jefferson University (PA), Mansfield University (PA), Southern Oregon University, Ithaca College, and in Iceland. He has lectured and given workshops on electronic music at MIT, Bates College, Ithaca College, Southern Oregon University and The New Directions Cello Festival.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.