Our March Experimental Coffee House
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
TOOMS is a noise project founded by Philip Fryer and Ryan Stanis in May 2012. Using cassette tape loops, guitars, electronics and effects pedals, TOOMS renders dark sonic landscapes. In the words of Chris Collins of the Boston Hassle: “TOOMS takes it dark and slow, looping tapes for serene ambient soundscapes with dystopic, serrated edge.” Their first performance took place at the All Visual Slideshow at Spectacle in Jamaica Plain as a live sound component to the work of over 30 Photographers. They have scored All Visual (now called Carousel) twice since then. Visuals are frequently included in TOOMS performances, both from their own work and from collaborative works with other artists, most recently Rhode Island based installation artist Sophia Sobers. Both Phil and Ryan received degrees from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where they first worked together. In addition to TOOMS, Ryan has been active with the hardcore band Curmudgeon, the sound project Strigiform, and various other visual projects. Phil is active as a performance artist, a curator, and one half of The Present Tense.
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.