Thursday, April 14, 2016

Recording: David Jones + APA

Artist: David Jones + APA

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Dundas Video (Track Could Bend #13), April 5, 2016.

David Jones + APA - [excerpt]

To my great surprise and delight, Track Could Bend has survived and thrived for a full year. To celebrate, I invited everyone who played the series' first twelve months (more than seventy people!) back for a birthday party. In the end, the night consisted of twenty-seven musicians collaborating over eight short sets, most of which were spontaneous "bands from a hat", drawn by lot before the set started. Given the wide range of musical practices and backgrounds, it was quite exciting to see how much coherence and excellence resulted.

There are electromagnetic fields all around us, moved by us and passing through us. Are they ghosts, in but not quite of our world — or is it the other way around? Maybe it's our clumsy bodies and crude tools that are the impositions on a realm of pure energy. That mysterious zone between the two was tentatively mapped out in an exploratory joint expedition from APA (who played at TCB#8) and David Jones (TCB#11). APA tore some sonic fragments from the physical world while Jones (via a homemade Elektrosluch) tugged the invisible waves from a table full of of cellphones and electronic devices into the audible spectrum. Not overtly concerned with obvious musicality, this sonic sculpture created a faint sense of dislocation — like standing beside a hydro pole and feeling the hairs on the back of your neck bristle.

[The next Track Could Bend will be at Dundas Video on Tuesday, May 3rd, featuring Kosher Dill Spears, Terms Of Venery (Mike Smith, solo electronics) and Glamour Nails (Lina Allemano + Justin Haynes).]

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