Olivia Block, Adam Sonderberg, and Christian Weber; Asimina Chremos, Carol Genetti, and Aaron Zarzutzki; Joseph Clayton Mills & Jason Stein | Enemy | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Olivia Block, Adam Sonderberg, and Christian Weber; Asimina Chremos, Carol Genetti, and Aaron Zarzutzki; Joseph Clayton Mills & Jason Stein Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Nov. 7, 8:30 p.m. 2008

Lately Olivia Block has been blurring the line between environmental recordings and music with her meticulous electronic re-creations of natural sounds—howling wind, crashing waves, rustling leaves, gurgling water. But for her latest work, an untitled DVD with filmmakers Luis Recoder and Sandra Gibson released by SOS Editions, she instead devised a process-based approach to parallel the one that created the visuals. Her collaborators used projected film as their source material, creating ghostly effects with puffs of steam or fog and the inherent artifacts of video recording; Block used what she calls the “halos of static” generated when she subjected cheap phone pickups to the electromagnetic disturbances around her CD player and computer, adding digital effects, bits of prerecorded music, and lots of edits to shape a flowing stream of sound that constantly shifts in density and color. In the first of two rare performances this week, she’ll manipulate field recordings and “acoustic objects” with Swiss bassist Christian Weber and Chicago experimenter Adam Sonderberg, who’ll create buzzing drones by applying low tones to a snare drum. Dancer Asimina Chremos, vocalist Carol Genetti, and sound artist Aaron Zarzutzki perform second; sound artist Joseph Clayton Mills and reedist Jason Stein open. A surround-sound installation called Train Time, which Block created with Shawn Decker, Ryan Ingebritsen, and Lou Mallozzi, will run from 10 AM till 10 PM at Pritzker Pavilion; it’s free, and along with Sunday’s show it’s part of this year’s Outer Ear Festival of Sound. —Peter Margasak

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