ISSUE presents composer and multi-instrumentalist John Krausbauer in collaboration with Tokyo-born composer Kaori Suzuki. Intensely ritualistic, the duo’s free drone music originates from a shared interest in ecstatic and spiritual musics. The inimitable Lary 7 performs a live version of his “droney tone” film piece, an unrepeatable sound and light “rewind” piece which borrows from the arcane technological worlds of film, light, and sound mechanisms combined to create a hypnotic environment.
For the first time in New York, John Krausbauer and Kaori Suzuki present their free ecstatic durational music for voices, amplified strings, electronics, and bell percussion. High-volume, sustained tones, and stroboscopic lighting build a collective, radiating, ur-drone in exploration of psychotropic sensorial experience.
Lary 7’s “droney tone” piece is a hybridization of the worlds of film editing (rewinds) and repurposed light sensor tubes originally intended as synchronizers for photo studio flashbulbs. The technology converts light into very detailed sound textures, functioning as a microscope for sound. The light source is derived from two strobotac laboratory oscillator-driven neon tubes originally designed under contract of Harold Eugene Edgerton, known as “Papa Flash,” the inventor of the modern day strobe in the 1930s. The result of this highly technical unison technologies is quite hypnotic, atmospheric, and, in Lary’s words “pretty hard to describe without seeing-hearing.”
Born in Buffalo, New York, Lary 7 is a multimedia artist who coaxes profane, inscrutable sounds and images from various mysterious devices. Eschewing the digital, his work mainly features vintage and forgotten electronic instruments and technologies. In the past he has taken the unique approach of modifying household appliances in order to give them a musical voice. Lary is a co-founder of Plastickville Records and has been a major figure in the New York experimental underground music scene since 1970. He has worked on exceptional musical projects with diverse artists including Jimi Tenor, Jarboe, Foetus, Tony Conrad, Alexander Hacke, Larry Mullins, Dorit Chrysler, Bernhard Gal, Jacob Kirkegaard, Gen Ken Montgomery, and Gordon Monahan. In 2016, ISSUE commissioned Lary 7 to create Owl Movie, his first-ever fixed media film.