Our November Experimental Coffee House
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
ROB FORMAN, a founding member of Non-Event, emerges from his Western Mass garrison for a rare performance of creative sound generation. Whether as a member of Non-Event, the head of the Sedimental record label (now in its 20th year) or as a radio DJ (KOOP in Austin, Texas in the 90s, WZBC in the oughts, and WMUA currently), Rob has always focused his attention on the curatorial side of the experimental music scene. Outside of a few performances with the Abrasion Ensemble (with Rick Reed) in Austin in the late 90s, Rob had not played live until this year, when a fellow Austinite. Josh Ronson, encouraged him to join a quintet for a concert in Boston.
This opportunity allowed him to indulge a long-gestating musical idea that was based on a conversation he and Paul Collegio (a fellow WZBC DJ) had many years ago regarding their love for and fascination with lock grooves. As an avid vinyl collector with a diverse taste in music, he has identified dozens of lock grooves throughout his record collection to draw from. The project is both highly personal, riffing on his collection and his DJ work, and also one that taps into a rather arcane form of “sampling.” Working exclusively with these hidden run-out lock grooves on pre-existing recordings as source material, he creates hypnotic and unpredictable sound collages that work both sides of the familiar and preternatural. This show will be Rob’s first solo performance in which he explores this idea.
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.