Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Recording: Kenton Smith

Artist: Kenton Smith

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Milk Glass ("Casual Drones 11"), May 21, 2015.

Kenton Smith - [excerpt]

Although this was the eleventh instalment of this series curated by Lowell Sostomi (formerly of Great Bloomers), circumstance had hitherto kept me from checking it out. Intended as "a non-precious environment" at the fairly tiny Milk Glass, the series is both a space for musicians (mostly from the local indie rock scene) to experiment and for audiences to take in those experiments in a relaxed atmosphere — "casual" in all directions, then, and relatively catholic in its interpretation of that genre, open as it is to a wise range of drone-y, ambient and even noisy forms. The series also includes visuals, which on this night included some dodecagonal hangings and projections from Romar L. Johnson.

Using a Casio keyboard as a tone generator being manipulated by an effects pedal, this set from P0ST3RB0Y's Kenton Smith (whose usual gig doesn't tend towards live instrumentation) was the night's least drone-adherent, relying on bursts of whipsawing soundzworps.

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