An aural/visual cornucopia of layered sound, Solid Eye’s music is spatial and enigmatic. Rick Potts employs an assortment of instruments, objects and toys including musical saw, electric toothbrush, old turntables, analog synthesizer and electric guitar, Joseph Hammer blurs the boundries between digital and analog; his live “phonomontage” uses CD source abstracted by hand with vintage magnetic audio gear andSteve Thomsen uses organ and sampler towards the making of music reflecting the trio’s interest in “caves, strange, natural phenomenon and old, Sci-fi movies….wondrous things.” Their latest CD, “When the Snowman Starts to Talk” is on Senseworks.
Provisional Riviera is an acoustic-electronic group of two: William Leavitt on cello and Lisa Thackaberry on electronics. They mix analog and digital sound with acoustic modulations: a noise safari with investigation of timbres, some pure tones included at times with percussive detail. Lots of static.
Series organizer Cindy Bernard, an artist, last produced “angels gate. 8.16.98 dusk.” which featured art installations and improvisational trios formed by pulling names from a hat. About “sound.” she comments, “This music is about listening. I was tired of driving up and down the Harbor Freeway to sit on concrete floors in clubs with poor sound. I decided to bring the music to Sacred Grounds in Pedro which I hope will provide a setting more conducive to sustained listening. And at least I can sit on a couch.”