Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway | Oberlin, OH - November 17 2012

Q: How do you get 200 noise music fans from multiple states to pack into a small bar in a remote college town in Ohio? 

A: Put living legend and industrial pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and one of the modern king’s of noise Aaron Dilloway on stage together.

The video here is a montage of excerpts from the performance edited down from roughly an hour of footage.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (b. Neil Megson) is a musician and artist whose career began in Hull, England in 1969. She was a founding member of the hugely influential bands Throbbing Gristle (founders of Industrial music) and Psychic TV. In 1993, P-Orridge began the art/life project of becoming a single pandrogynous entity along with her (now late) wife Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge. - genesisbreyerporridge.com

Aaron Dilloway has been releasing and recording music since the age of 16. He was a member of experimental bands Couch, Galen and Universal Indians. He is a former guitarist and tape manipulator for the experimental band Wolf Eyes, which he left in 2005 to live most of that year in Kathmandu, Nepal. While his wife did her graduate work there, he roamed the streets recording every sound he could, many of which are used in his recent recordings and performances. Currently he runs the noise record label, record store and mailorder Hanson Records, which he began in Brighton, Michigan in 1994. Hanson then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for several years, before finally settling in Oberlin, Ohio, after a brief return to Ann Arbor. He performs solo using eight track tapes and vocal sounds, and records modular synthesizer music as Spine Scavenger. Recently, he has played with an ever-changing cast of sound artists under the name The Nevari Butchers. - hansonrecords.net

Opening the show was a collaborative performance by Robert Turman, Stephen Petrus, and Wyatt Howland.  Look for video from that performance in the weeks ahead.

Further info on the event can be found here.

*On November 18th this event was followed up with a lecture by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge at Oberlin College. Listen to the Q&A segment of the lecture below as recorded by Aaron Dilloway.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge to appear in Oberlin, OH Nov 16 & 17

A Performance and Lecture by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
November 16 at 10:00pm until November 17 at 5:00pm
The Oberlin Sco
135 W Lorain St
Oberlin, OH 44074 

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (b. Neil Megson) is a musician and artist whose career began in Hull, England in 1969. She was a founding member of the hugely influential bands Throbbing Gristle (founders of Industrial music) and Psychic TV. In 1993, P-Orridge began the art/life project of becoming a single pandrogynous entity along with her (now late) wife Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge.

The two events are as follows:

Friday Nov 16 
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (w/ A. Dilloway) at the ‘Sco
Opening set by Robert Turman
10pm / Free

Saturday, Nov 17 
Lecture by Genesis: “Breaking Sex”
Mudd Library 050 (A-Level auditorium)
4pm / Free

Aaron Dilloway & Jason LescalleetGrapes and SnakesPan
2012 has been something of a ‘coming out’ year for Maine-based sound artist Jason Lescalleet. I first became aware of Jason’s work by way of stellar collaborative releases such as “Love me Two Times,” his 2006 double-disc suite collaboration with Nmperign for Intransitive Recordings. More recently, of course, his superlative duos with Graham Lambkin have made my ears stand at attention. To date though, “The Pilgrim” remains my favorite release in Lescalleet’s oeuvre, a quite personal and beautiful album that I return to often and highly recommend. It’s interesting then to see this usually somewhat hermetic musician release a (audaciously titled) double-disc on NYC’s eai clearing house Erstwhile and now this relatively high-profile outing for the always fantastic PAN imprint within the same month, all the while touring extensively. Of the many collaboration records I’ve heard him on, Lescalleet’s work here with Dilloway is some of the most menacing and bleak, largely favoring low-end tones, hissing static and negative space. “Burning Nest,” my favorite of the two sides, opens with seething drones and rolling, deep, low end sounds. Over the course of its 20-minute duration it blooms into a mechanized, rhythmic monster, somewhat akin to earlier Wolf Eyes material but much more detailed, less spare. Overall, this is a fantastic, dark set of recordings that fans of any of the aforementioned acts, or, really, experimental music as such, would do well to check out. - Alex Cobb, Experimedia 

Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet
Grapes and Snakes

Pan

2012 has been something of a ‘coming out’ year for Maine-based sound artist Jason Lescalleet. I first became aware of Jason’s work by way of stellar collaborative releases such as “Love me Two Times,” his 2006 double-disc suite collaboration with Nmperign for Intransitive Recordings. More recently, of course, his superlative duos with Graham Lambkin have made my ears stand at attention. To date though, “The Pilgrim” remains my favorite release in Lescalleet’s oeuvre, a quite personal and beautiful album that I return to often and highly recommend. It’s interesting then to see this usually somewhat hermetic musician release a (audaciously titled) double-disc on NYC’s eai clearing house Erstwhile and now this relatively high-profile outing for the always fantastic PAN imprint within the same month, all the while touring extensively. Of the many collaboration records I’ve heard him on, Lescalleet’s work here with Dilloway is some of the most menacing and bleak, largely favoring low-end tones, hissing static and negative space. “Burning Nest,” my favorite of the two sides, opens with seething drones and rolling, deep, low end sounds. Over the course of its 20-minute duration it blooms into a mechanized, rhythmic monster, somewhat akin to earlier Wolf Eyes material but much more detailed, less spare. Overall, this is a fantastic, dark set of recordings that fans of any of the aforementioned acts, or, really, experimental music as such, would do well to check out. - Alex Cobb, Experimedia 

Spine Scavenger (Aaron Dilloway) - Weighted Ghost
Thank the heavens! We have more Spine Scavenger Vinyl! I’ll be honest about two things: 1) Aaron Dilloway’s “Modern Jester” 2LP is probably my favorite thing to come out, so far, in 2012. 2) Spine Scavenger has, generally, been my favorite stuff that Dilloway has done. So with that in mind I am utterly thrilled that Spine Scavenger’s “Weighted Ghost” album has been given the proper vinyl treatment. It’s no secret that Dilloway is one of the best around. Opening with some seriously demented synth growl, “Weighted Ghost” gets down to business in no time at all. Stoically repetitive sequences build and build until the pressure in your skull reaches the breaking point. Dilloway pushes past the point of no return, scowling all the way until each layer is sufficiently soaked in dirt and brine. This isn’t pretty and it isn’t meant to be. The flipside fakes you out in the beginning, but there is no breather; there is no let up. Each successive runthrough gets higher and higher - the saw-waves colliding with each other until there’s nothing left but ugly, jagged edges. It’s almost too much. Almost. And then, when you least expect it, the whole excursion gets buried underground by heavy, static bass filth. This is oppressive nature. The jig is up at the end, though, as the death-spiral sequences return and everything is turned to sonic black. Spine Scavenger is no laughing matter. This is the stuff of legend… the best kind of nightmares around. - Brad Rose for Experimedia

Spine Scavenger (Aaron Dilloway) - Weighted Ghost

Thank the heavens! We have more Spine Scavenger Vinyl! I’ll be honest about two things: 1) Aaron Dilloway’s “Modern Jester” 2LP is probably my favorite thing to come out, so far, in 2012. 2) Spine Scavenger has, generally, been my favorite stuff that Dilloway has done. So with that in mind I am utterly thrilled that Spine Scavenger’s “Weighted Ghost” album has been given the proper vinyl treatment. It’s no secret that Dilloway is one of the best around. Opening with some seriously demented synth growl, “Weighted Ghost” gets down to business in no time at all. Stoically repetitive sequences build and build until the pressure in your skull reaches the breaking point. Dilloway pushes past the point of no return, scowling all the way until each layer is sufficiently soaked in dirt and brine. This isn’t pretty and it isn’t meant to be. The flipside fakes you out in the beginning, but there is no breather; there is no let up. Each successive runthrough gets higher and higher - the saw-waves colliding with each other until there’s nothing left but ugly, jagged edges. It’s almost too much. Almost. And then, when you least expect it, the whole excursion gets buried underground by heavy, static bass filth. This is oppressive nature. The jig is up at the end, though, as the death-spiral sequences return and everything is turned to sonic black. Spine Scavenger is no laughing matter. This is the stuff of legend… the best kind of nightmares around. - Brad Rose for Experimedia

February 2012 Edition of Experimedia’s Monthly Mix Series

00:00 - Ben Vida - Track 3 - Esstends-Esstends-Esstends - PAN
04:35 - FRAK - In Order to Create - Muzika Electronic - Digitalis
10:00 - Marcus Fjellstrom - LM-118 - Library Music 1 - Kafkagarden
12:20 - Kyoka - 23 Ish - Ish - Raster-Noton
16:20 - Dimlite - Pour Some Blood, We Got This - Grimm Reality - Now-Again
21:32 - The Drum - Euthanasia - Heavy Liquid - Audraglint
25:10 - Aaron Dilloway - Labyrinths & Jokes (Reversed) - Modern Jester - Hanson
26:50 - Demdike Stare - Meets Shangaan Electro - A1 - Honest Jon’s
31:50 - NHK’Koyxen - B4 - Dance Classics Vol.I - PAN
35:30 - Concessionaires - Sparkler - Artificial Interface - Under The Spire
30:28 - Alva Noto - Uni Deform - Univrs - Raster-Noton
42:59 - Alva Noto - Uni Asymmetric Lll-Llll - Univrs - Raster-Noton
43:02 - Aaron Dilloway - Tremors - Modern Jester - Hanson
45:31 - NHKYX - 257 - Yx Aka 1ch Aka Solo - Skam
48:50 - Kyoka - Hadue - Ish - Raster-Noton
52:48 - NHK’Koyxen - B3 - Dance Classics Vol.I - PAN
55:20 - High Wolf - Kenya Sunset - Atlas Nation - Holy Mountain
60:28 - Venetian Snares - Seqsy - Affectionate - Self Released
63:40 - Felix Kubin - No.5 - TXRF - IT’s
68:10 - Jim O’Rourke - Natural Bonbon Killers - Old News #7 - Old News
72:02 - NHKYX - 475 - Yx Aka 1ch Aka Solo - Skam
74:50 - Robert Turman - Flux 3 - Flux - Spectrum Spools