C. Spencer Yeh | Graham Foundation | Experimental | Chicago Reader

C. Spencer Yeh All Ages Free Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m. 2012

C. Spencer Yeh has a reputation as an experimental noise polymath, but on his new album, Transitions (DeStijl), released under the name CS Yeh, he turns that on its head—in a kind of yin-yang Arthur Russell maneuver, he embraces brooding pop music. His songs ride on drum machines, synthesizers, and sometimes guitars, and his voice recalls the gloomy croon of Ian Curtis. Anyone who's been paying attention knows that Yeh's creativity is restless, and on last year's solo record, 1975 (Intransitive), he used completely different elements: long-tone electronic feedback, contact-miked experiments with plastic and dripping water, collaged ringing, stuttering static from electric guitars, and digitally chopped-up vocals. Over the course of an hour, the album's shifting textures and densities congeal into something strangely beautiful and almost meditative. Naturally, at this Lampo concert he'll do neither of the above, instead performing with new and recent video pieces that have their own audio. The videos function something like graphic scores for his live performance (mostly on voice and violin) while their soundtracks give him something to play to or against. —Peter Margasak

Price: RSVP at spenceryeh.eventbrite.com.


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