August 2018 Music

August 2018 Music

Silence Presents: Aidan Baker w/ Hymns57 & Modo Koagon

August 17, 2018

Doors at 7:30 PM
Show at 8:00 PM

Tickets $15 at Eventbrite or at the door

Aidan Baker 

Visiting all the way from Berlin, Germany, Aidan Baker is a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist using the electric guitar as his primary instrument. Using prepared and alternate methods of playing the guitar, along with various electronic effects, Baker creates music which generally falls within the ambient/experimental genre but draws on influences from rock, electronic, classical, and jazz.

A highly prolific artist, Baker has released numerous recorded works, both solo and with various group projects, like Nadja, B/B/S/, and Caudal, on such independent labels as Gizeh Records, Pleasence Records, Important Records, Alien8 Recordings, and his own imprint, Broken Spine Productions.

Baker is also the author of several books of poetry. A regular live performer, Baker has toured extensively around the world, including appearances at such international festivals as FIMAV, SXSW, Incubate, Unsound, and Mutek, among others. Baker is originally from Toronto, Canada.

Opening support performance duties will be in the hands of 2 of Guelph’s very own experimental sound sculptors.

Modo Koagon and Hymns57 
The pair of musicians intend to perform separate sets that overlap in the middle at some point. Creating an extra layer to each of their already improvised styles.

Modo Koagon brings his eclectic trove of trinket-collage, field recordings, cling-clang, jazzy sax, synthery and percussive blips and rips that make the sound the land makes as you pass through it, insects in trees, blades on ice, the gutters melting, tapping typewriter, the beep of the life support machine, the clock on the wall. Offering nothing shy of a lucid dream-like experience.

Hymns57 is a soundscape venture project. Working with field recordings and samples. Tape loops, guitar and a multitude of effects create lush waves of static, rolling tones, and haunting textures that crest and wash over you. Decaying and dissolving in the mix like a glowing, faded memory. Formulated to immerse you, under a wall of sound that leads your ears astray.

This promises to be an unforgettable night of soundscapes. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to be sonically bathed by a line up this diverse and in such an intimate setting.

**capacity permitting cash at the door will be accepted (but don’t chance it)

Silence Presents: Sonic Luz – A Live Performance of Noid and Klaus Filip

August 10, 2018

Doors at 7:30 PM
Performance at 8 PM
Tickets $10/PWYC at door

Silence presents the comeback of the optosonic synthesizer with a live performance by Noid and Klaus Filip who are bringing the technology of optosonic synthesizers into the era of DIY.

Most traditional synthesizers emphasize reproducibility and the stability of pitch. Therefore,  they need big and complex mechanisms usually realized inside a black box. For Sonic Luz the priority is a maximum of flexibility and the possibility for haptic interaction on all the parts of the tone production.

By moving the lamps, tone wheels and light sensors on the table, or changing the discs,
the composition of the sounds are manipulated, quickly and intuitively.

The machine has no interior that could possibly be hidden – everything is laid open for the audience and generates a performative aspect of great beauty.

Optosonics is a forgotten technology that was widely in use to store, transmit or manipulate information in the beginning of the 20th century. In fact, most early synthesizers were based on optical generated sound.

Click here for a look into a brief history of optical synthesis.

Click here for information about this project.