Last night at BAM, the Brooklyn Next Festival presented a program of artists associated with Galapagos, the performance space/cafe in Williamsburg. First up was Bora Yoon, who played various instruments (including a violin, acoustic guitar, cell phone, and Tibetan singing bowl) into a sampler, and then sang vocalise over the loop. The effect was delicate and ethereal, though perhaps a bit too pretty for a late Saturday night.
For me, though, the most fascinating discovery of the evening was Radio Wonderland, who, taking a page from the UK's Scanner, took live samples from FM radio and turned them into an extended dance remix. Probably the only time I'll ever hear Mozart mixed with a "Filet O' Fish" commercial. Unfortunately, Wonderland went on about 20 minutes too long, losing some of the crowd. But, this is definitely someone to watch.
In all, a fun night of new sounds from the borough that never sleeps. (And, no, I don't mean Manhattan ;)