Three Legged Race | Lampo | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Three Legged Race All Ages Soundboard Recommended

When: Sat., Oct. 11, 9 p.m. 2008

Robert Beatty, an experimental musician from Lexington, Kentucky, is best known as an instigator of mayhem in Hair Police, but when he performs solo as Three Legged Race there’s a relative surface calm to his sounds. Earlier this year he released the LP Living Order/Mourning Order (Tone Filth), where each side is a long, mesmerizing piece made with the same sort of cheap, hijacked, or handmade electronics he enlists to help make the unhinged din of his main band. On “Living Order” he punctures an otherwise serene high-frequency sound field (a mix of science-fiction bleeps and minimalist accordionlike drones) with well-timed spurts of noise, creating an engaging ebb and flow; on the flip side he arranges a descending analog-synth riff, ominously pealing bells, and jarring electronic crackles with stunning compositional logic. Tonight Beatty presents a new two-movement piece called “Falling Order I and II,” which he says was conceived with the narrative quality of film soundtracks in mind. —Peter Margasak

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