Self Released (2018)
Bindi-Eye is an experimental/ psychedelic/ post-punk project out of Chandler from the mind of Zach Wubbena (Sun Conscious) along a few familiar friends on the newest effort, Soapbox Synthesis.
“That motherfucker played a ball of string…”
I met Crank Sturgeon at his merch table, where he was selling CDs, field tape recorders, and home-made contact mics. An older fellow on tour with other experimental music-weirdo partners in crime The Haters, Styrofoam Sanchez, and Matt Taggart, Crank was at the Trunk Space on April 20th to perform as part of a night of Dadaist/Fluxus/noise/weird shit/performance art/music.
It’s not often that Phoenix is privy to the national premiere of an experimental music composition, but that’s exactly what it’ll witness when internationally-renowned sound artist Gordon Monahan unveils Sauerkraut Synthesizer during a special First Fridays After Hours show, at the .anti_space venue, on February 4th.
The composition, previously performed in Toronto and Kitchener, Ontario, uses naturally-occurring voltages in fruits and vegetables “to control parameters of a software synthesizer designed in Max/MSP”.
Monahan will also be performing his seminal piece Speaker Swinging, in which loudspeakers, attached to cables while broadcasting simple sine tones, are swung in a circular fashion by three performers. It’s the trajectory of the speakers through the performance space that sculpts the sound, and causes the audience to hear a dramatic Doppler effect.
Below, Monahan answers some questions for us about his work and upcoming performance.