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Day of Noise

About

All things strange and beautiful. Twenty-four hours straight of live experimentation and improvisation, featuring experimental/noise/drone bands and artists from the Bay Area and beyond. A KZSU tradition since the '90s: this is the 18th Day of Noise. Listen in on 90.1 FM in the Bay Area and kzsulive.stanford.edu around the world.

As the founder of Day of Noise, KZSU DJ Voice of Doom puts it:
Noise is the liberation of sound from the narrow rules of conventional music, calling a project noise frees you up to include any kind of sound in the artwork. The Day of Noise event has always been about the freedom of non-commercial radio to deviate from the standardized conceptions of what the audience wants or needs. It exploits the immediacy of the radio format with live performance (which really includes live DJing), there are always actual human beings in the loop making off-the-cuff decisions about what sounds should come next. The listener has the feeling that at any moment, anything might happen, because anything can. The point is to embrace all kinds of creative sounds, not to rule out some types of music for not being noisy enough.

Schedule

Midnight to Noon

  • 12:00 AM - 12:30 AM - Derek Scott
  • 12:30 AM - 1:00 AM - Lachlan Fletcher
  • 1:00 AM - 2:00 AM - Ruined Another Sofa
  • 2:00 AM - 2:30 AM - Patrick Talesfore, Jr.
  • 2:30 AM - 3:00 AM - Cultured Meat
  • 3:00 AM - 3:30 AM - Distant Reader
  • 3:30 AM - 4:00 AM - Schedule II
  • 4:00 AM - 4:30 AM - Skullture
  • 4:30 AM - 5:00 AM - Sobbing Honey
  • 5:00 AM - 5:30 AM - Torture Tones
  • 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM - Daniel Blomquist
  • 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM - Mit Darm
  • 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM - electric.kitchen
  • 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM - Franck Martin
  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM - Dry Patch
  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM - RK Faulhaber
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Lost Planet
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Captains
  • 10:30 AM - 11:00 - San Kazakgascar
  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Aestral Orient
  • 11:30 AM -12:00PM - Ernesto Diaz-Infante
Noon to Midnight

  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Different Bird
  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Doug Lynner
  • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - The Lickets
  • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Tangled Web
  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - John Davis
  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - R Duck
  • 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Polygloss
  • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Blood of Chhinnamastika
  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM - Analogous
  • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Antimatter
  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Subspectral
  • 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase
  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Boyle
  • 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Hauras
  • 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Tender Buttons
  • 3:00 PM -3:30 PM - loophole
  • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Taste of Sin
  • 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Tom Djill, Bill Hsu, Matt Ingalls
  • 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM - Vilarsia
  • 9:30 PM - 10:00 PM - Talasa
  • 10:00 PM - 10:30 PM - TanukiSpiderCat
  • 10:30 PM - 11:00 PM - The Deletist
  • 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM - Julia Mazawa
  • 11:30 PM - 11:59 PM - Desolation Wildebeest

Artists

Derek Scott

12:00 AM - 12:30 AM

Since 1987, Derek has been making various types of electronic music including industrial, techno, electro, ambient and experimental soundscapes. He has created music for releases on record labels like Resource, Silent Records, as well as his own netlabel, Dobox Recordings. Nowadays his focus has been on performing live improvisational Techno as part of the group Haptic Synapses, and recording experiments utilizing various leftfield electronic instruments and effects. Starting with the recordings used for the album 'Loose Memories' in 2012 and a contribution to 'The Big California Noise Compilation' in 2014, Derek continues to explore the more experimental side of sound.

Lachlan Fletcher

12:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Lachlan Fletcher composes music for Serge and Eurorack modular synthesizers that makes timbre its primary focal point, drawing upon ideas from cognitive psychology, phenomenology, deep listening, and the tradition of tape music. It's inviting but dense, physically impactful while exercising restraint.

Ruined Another Sofa

1:00 AM - 2:00 AM

KFJC crackheads and NoiseHaus producers explore the studio space.

Patrick Talesfore, Jr.

2:00 AM - 2:30 AM

Patrick Talesfore, Jr. is a drum set artist from Sunnyvale, CA
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Cultured Meat

2:30 AM - 3:00 AM

Cultured Meat is generally recognized as safe when used as instructed.

Distant Reader

3:00 AM - 3:30 AM

Distant Reader is based in Berkeley and plays slow, pensive music. A full-length release, Home Power, is available from Lily Tapes & Discs, and more recent works are available at bandcamp
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Schedule II

3:30 AM - 4:00 AM

Relying on the beauty of serendipity, chance, error, accident, Schedule II began in 1984 using various found sound sources and guitar related experimentations layered into daisy-chained cassette decks. Little has changed since besides access to better tape technologies, entry level ProTools, as well as tracking drones, guitars, looper pedals and other sources live, mic'ed. Limited to an in-studio project, KZSU's Day of Noise February 8th 2020 marks a long intent to perform such pieces live.

Skullture

4:00 AM - 4:30 AM

Skullture is the sculpture band of Chris Sollars and Lee Lavy. Started in the wake of Nov. 2016, Skullture rides the melt of political failure and climate destruction. Site specific song sets in volume and form played on location.

Sobbing Honey

4:30 AM - 5:00 AM

Sobbing Honey hails from LA, by way of many taped over cassette loops and constantly buzzing oscillation cycles. Add in the occasional broken beat or distorted howl and you have a fair assessment of at least the last time we played.

Torture Tones

5:00 AM - 5:30 AM


Daniel Blomquist

5:30 AM - 6:00 AM

Daniel lives and works in San Francisco, Ca. He has had releases on Audiotalaia, Jack Tone Records, Glacial Movements, Tectorum Tapes, Edgetone Records and Geographic North. His music is a balance between warm tones, hiss, and noise. He brings these different elements together into textural landscapes of sound.

Mit Darm

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Mit Darm is equal parts open ocean and rocky shore creates with Edward Schocker on triggering glass and shō and Suki O'Kane on contact mics, Jurassic pedals, and samples of early 20th century gagaku recordings. More commonly appearing with the composer's ensemble Thingamajigs Performance Group (and it's just-intoned, psychedelic rock alter ego ‘Fraid o Freyja), Edward and Suki reserve Mit Darm for those inquiries left over from the inquiry.

electric.kitchen

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

electric.kitchen is an electronic music project focusing on timbre and rhythm. Most works are conceived for live improvisational performance, aiming to take the listener on a journey rather than stick to a genre.

Franck Martin

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Franck Martin, born in France, draws his inspiration from the works of Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and also from various artists like Iannis Xenakis and Hughes Le Bars. His first album, released in 2016, is an exploration of Electronic Music Production. Some tracks are influenced by the years he spent in Fiji and in the Pacific Islands and were often composed during his travels. His more recent albums are sonic experiments using an ever evolving modular synthesizer, often recorded in live conditions. Franck Martin continues his exploration in the creation and production of electronic music, whilst meeting other fellow artists from San Francisco and the world. Lately he is exploring spatial sound with a quadraphonic modular synthesizer then rendering the result as an ambisonic 360 video or 5.1 surround sound.
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Dry Patch

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

The rarely-heard harsh noise duo of Oakland-based musicians Michael Zelner and Suki O'Kane
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RK Faulhaber

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

RK Faulhaber has been making his own electro-acoustic texture music for over 30 years, most of which he keeps entirely to himself. Rarely playing solo, he has performed in such ensembles as irr. app. (ext.), Xambuca, Nurse With Wound, Vacuum Tree Head and others.
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Lost Planet

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Lost Planet was known as Pluto in the last century. They are purveyors of spontaneous group composition and pan-idiomatic improvisation. For this presentation, electronics will be at the fore. David Slusser, perennial Day of Noise participant, has had a career in film sound (Lucas, Pixar, Coppola, David Lynch) and music (John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Rubber City, the Stray Horns). Stephen B. Clarke, a founding Plutonion multi-instrumentalist, is also an Oakland teacher. John Hanes: “I’ve been living and drumming in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977. In the last few years, I’ve developed an interest in computer-assisted sound-play.” Tim Perkis replace Andre Custodio. Ben Paterson was not available for this performance.
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Captains

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

captains is an electronics and contrabass duo of Kim Nucci and kip kipperman. captains have charted a course across sonic waters, exploring the timbres wind whipping through rigging, waves, jibes, engines, and other nautical klangfarbenmelodie.
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San Kazakgascar

10:30 AM - 11:00

San Kazakgascar is a Sacramento based band that formed in 2006. The band takes Middle-Eastern influences and sprinkles them on its American underground foundation. While the band held 4 regular members for most of its time, it has recently become more of a collective. For the Day of Noise set, guitarist Jed Brewer will be joined by SF-based musicians Colleen Kelly (cello) and Jaroba James (sax/clarinet) for some deep drones.

Aestral Orient

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Aestral Orient is a solo electroacoustic music project by Stephanie Sherriff that fuses field recordings, voice, software, and experimental processes to create asynchronous ambient soundscapes.

Ernesto Diaz-Infante

11:30 AM -12:00PM

Ernesto will be doing a solo free improvisation set on an eleven string fretless guitar. Ernesto Diaz-Infante's musical compositions span a broad perspective: transcendental piano, noise, free improvisation, avant- garde guitar, field recordings, lo-fi four-track manipulations, and experimental song. He received his MFA from CalArts in Music Composition. He lives in San Francisco with filmmaker Marjorie Sturm, whose films he has composed music for, along with their son and daughter.
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Different Bird

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Different Bird is SF artist Anne McGuire on guitar. She's never taken lessons, so what could go wrong? Nothing. McGuire is also half of The Freddy McGuire Show, an intermittent, ongoing vocal improvisation with Jon Leidecker/Wobbly on electronics.

Doug Lynner

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

American modular synthesist, Doug Lynner, performs experimental electronic music internationally, teaches music composition and synthesis, and, creates modular synthesizer tutorials for the electronic music community. Doug is known for his intimate, “In-The-Circuit” performance style. That style has given birth to his “Living Synthesis” compositions - part fixed composition, part improvisation, and part circuit immersion.

The Lickets

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Lickets are two audio-visual artists (Mitch Greer and Rachel Smith) from Berkeley, who play electroacoustic ambient music, described as a “transcendental mini orchestra.” Recordings and performances are adventurous, unpredictable and have included different combinations of instruments, including electronics, minimoog, woodwinds, sitar, guitar, classical strings, and harmonium. Lestrygonian, former KZSU DJ, says of the experimental folk duo: "Sentient beings of all ages are guaranteed to fall in love with the sunshiney, blissful waves of ethereal, hushed tones looping into what feels like infinity..."

Tangled Web

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

CHRIS BROWN, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, makes music with self- designed sonic systems that include acoustic and electroacoustic instruments, interactive software, computer networks, microtonal tunings, and improvisation. His compositions are designs for performances in which people bring to life the musical structures embedded in scores, instruments, and machines. He has been a member since 1986 of the pioneering computer network music band The Hub, which received the Giga-Hertz Prize for Electroacoustic Music in Nov. 2018 from ZKM, Karlsruhe. Recordings of his music are available on New World, Tzadik, Pogus, Intakt, Ecstatic Peace, Red Toucan, Leo, and Artifact Recordings. He is a Professor Emeritus of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California, where he taught for 30 years. "Tangled Web" is a new project for solo laptop that uses data-feedback paths to generate chaotic streams of sound.
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John Davis

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

John Davis is a Northern California musician and visual artist whose work builds on the relationship between moving image and sound through live performance and studio-based works. As a musician, John incorporates stringed and percussive instruments, keyboards, field recordings, magnetic tape manipulations, radio and electronic circuits to generate carefully crafted sonic environments. In addition to his imprint Bimodal Press, John has released music on the Root Strata, Digitalis, Students of Decay and Peasant Magik labels in the US.

R Duck

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Doing less and less with more and more. Music!

Polygloss

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Polygloss is drifting, disorienting, woozy, broken, gritty, lush, ugly, and lovely. Polygloss demands different outcomes, or at least different ways of thinking about the same outcomes. Polygloss hopes that you are willing to work for exposure, in the passive sense of being exposed. Polygloss understands that exploration leads to increasing uncertainty. Polygloss doesn't judge, at least until the day you manage to prove yourself judgment-worthy.
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Blood of Chhinnamastika

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


Analogous

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The music duo Analogous was created three years ago when Silvia Matheus and Thomas Miley got together to jam informally at SweetPea Studios in San Francisco. They loved the sounds they were making with analog instruments, the instruments that once were so familiar to both and that have always been part of their musical background. Later they decided to act and revisit the rich organic textured and ambient domain of analog music by creating new works to perform live and in the studio Analogous music celebrates the fusion of styles - electroacoustic, electronic, ambient and noise by applying analog and digital technologies with bold and progressive approaches.

Antimatter

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ANTIMATTER is the sound recording of Christopher [aka.Xopher] Davidson : an ongoing exploration into the material of sound. Exploring a multiverse of of sound worlds from the subatomic drift to the subharmonic long wave. He has performed as a member of the groups Splendor Generator, Circular Firing Squad, Citizen Band, Jesus Wept and 45/102. His collaborations with Zbigniew Karkowski include concerts from Isla Vista, California to Venice, Italy and a series of recording projects: the seminal Function Generator, KHz, Divide by Zero, & Processor. He has, to date, released 7 solo albums as ANTIMATTER : Transfixion, Antimatter Vs. Antimatter, Block Error, Our Lady of the Skies, Air Museum, Reset, Drift Compensator.
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Subspectral

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Subspectral, by Gabriel Dunne, is a sonic architecture created by acoustic phasing, subharmonic deep-earth frequencies, spectral rhythms, and natural overtones that result in somatic, grounding and meditative structures of spacetime. Gabriel Dunne (b.1981 San Francisco) is an audiovisual artist who creates works that explore visual, audible, and physical frequencies, drawing influence from natural systems, sensory patterns, structures and rhythms of the perceivable and imperceivable universe. He integrates a wide range of mediums including sculpture, music, sound, visualization/sonification, digital manufacturing and fabrication, parametric software, and site-specific installation. He has performed and shown his work internationally at venues including Barcelona Festival Sonar, Gray Area Festival, Interferenze Italia, and is featured in the permanent collection of NY MoMA.

Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase (Chris Cooper, often Jess Goddard) is a jackdaw chasing glowing worms through collapsing tunnels of luminous rust. Frequently there's an electric guitar and lots of effects involved, though sometimes it's just wires and junk. Prior musical affiliations include Fat Worm of Error, The BSC, White Limo, and more seemingly arbitrary combinations of words and letters (ie, A: Pfeffer Kwitter).

Boyle

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Boyle is a Wisconsin based composer, multi instrumentalist, and music theorist. Boyle is currently working on a Musical entitled: "Minnesota" . Boyle will be playing a flute piece for the 2020 Day of Noise

Hauras

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Crescendo as road trip.

Tender Buttons

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Tania Caroline Chen is based in New York and London. She has made a name as a compelling and unpredictable sound artist utilising the material worlds of piano, astro-electronics, and the intrinsic sonorities of objects, words, and dream landscapes. Her commissioned video, acoustic and electronic compositions have been performed in USA, Asia and broadcast on KPFA radio, Berkeley and BBC Radio 3. She has also revisited scores from a 21st century perspective. Her recent album John Cage’s “Electronic Music for Piano” was nominated in 2018 for a Grammy award. Gino Robair has created music for dance, theater, radio, television, silent film, and gamelan orchestra, and his works have been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, John Butcher, Terry Riley, and Lou Harrison, and he is one of the "25 innovative percussionists" included in the book Percussion Profiles. Tom Djll is a composer, improviser, and occasional writer on music, educated at the Colorado College, the Creative Music Studio and the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music. He has worked with Pauline Oliveros, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, James Tenney, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Fred Frith, Vladimir Tarasov, and Frank Gratkowski. Djll’s Grosse Abfahrt project is documented on recordings from the EMANEM, Setola di Maiale, and Creative Sources labels.

loophole

3:00 PM -3:30 PM


Taste of Sin

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Music /non music / soundtracks to not made yet films by members of Unpopular Electronics, Lords of Outland, & Other Cinema. Exp trio of terror play other worldly electronic devices, & sensuous horns meet hacked 16mm film loops, & booper. Gino Robair, Lori Varga, Rent Romus - audio- creeping from Contra Costa County until you shiver , salivate and shake.
Ingalls-Hsu-Djll played once before, in November 2019, formed due to a cancellation. The memory of this accident is fresh. Bill Hsu works with electronics and interactive video. He is based in San Francisco. Reviled for his "shapeless sonic tinkering" by the Los Angeles Times, oakland musician matt ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. Often incorporating elements of improvisation, his music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Matt is the founder and co-director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.
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Vilarsia

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM

A tale of earthquakes, meteorites and hurricanes. The relief that we are all in this together. Tropical noise based on actual events.

Talasa

9:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Channeled messages from the coldest ghost in the Puerto Rico Trench.

TanukiSpiderCat

10:00 PM - 10:30 PM

TanukiSpiderCat (SF) is looping, layered, and staggering ever forward. It's a fragmented, unlikely animal, searching relentlessly for the next noise. Sound may include cello, samples, and synthesizers.
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The Deletist

10:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Deletist has been producing no-field electronica, neo-classical minimalist soundtracks, industrial ambient angst and lofi analogue piano ballads since 1999. Over 25 albums including comps & collaborations have been released on cd, cassette tape, vinyl & digitally without the consistent aid of any established record labels or distribution. Currently embraces hopelessness with a rescued dog named Sadie while living/working/touring inside a 20 ton diesel box truck converted into an off-grid art & recording studio affectionately dubbed BleakHausTruk. Deleting the elite since 2003
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Julia Mazawa

11:00 PM - 11:30 PM


Desolation Wildebeest

11:30 PM - 11:59 PM

Atmospheric cornet, bass, guitar and percussion.
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