Frankly, it sucks hardcore that all of these technologies that work just fine analog TVs, VCRs, and landline phones are getting tossed out of mainstream society like yesterdays newspaper. (Newspapers. Another piece of art that may go extinct soon. Sigh.)
A light in this deep, dark cloud of vanishing typewriters and cassette tape decks is and arguably always has been happening among creative types. Consider Glenna Van Nostrand, an East Coast performance artist whose Omnivore sound-art project collects what most people today would consider useless rubbish (telegraph machines, a 1950s Sylvania radio), circuit-bends and amplifies the items, and creates vitalizing noise-based soundscapes that the Cambridge-based artist layers pop vocals over.
Omnivores methodology can be looked at like an old-timey version of Jessica Rylan (a.k.a. Cant) another East Coast experimentalist who builds one-of-a-kind synthesizers but Van Nostrands sound differs, leaning toward ambient stylings that tip their hat a bit to Cocteau Twins.
Omnivore performs at Trunk Space. Supporting is Providence-based singer/songwriter Liz Isenberg, whose salubrious songs will grab your being like a tool shed full of cloud-coated Vise-Grip pliers. Locals on the bill include James Fella, Owl-Out, and The Best Friends.
Mon., April 13, 8 p.m., 2009
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