Ben Vida | Experimental Sound Studio | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Ben Vida All Ages Soundboard

When: Sat., March 12, 8 p.m. 2011

On 2010's superb Bird Show Band (Amish), former Chicagoan Ben Vida put down his guitar for a Moog, playing squelchy, squiggly shapes that range delightfully over lean, loping grooves contributed by folks like Joshua Abrams, John Herndon, Dan Bitney, and Jim Baker. In the past few years Vida has also released an eponymous collection of analog-synth duets with fellow Chicago expat Greg Davis and a solo cassette, Patchworks, on Davis's label Autumn. Vida's electronic music doesn't travel back to the 80s a la Emeralds or Oneohtrix Point Never, but rather recalls the pioneering sounds of Morton Subotnick or the League of Automatic Composers. For this concert he'll perform a new work called Piece for Difference Tones (Interrupted) & (Computer Controlled) Analog Sound Objects. Part of the setup involves preset analog patches that intersect digital output to produce what he calls "non-representational sound objects" in the listener's inner ear—waves coaxed into being within the ear canal itself. However dry Vida's terminology, his synth music is an ear-tingling blast, and these exercises in difference tones promise to play tricks on your mind as well as your cochlea. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10, $7 members and students

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