Tristan Perich and Lesley Flanigan - the "it couple," if you will, of the experimental electronic music scene - have been hosting parties in the apartment they share on East 24th Street for years now. Recently, however, they decided to turn these informal gatherings into a (roughly) monthly new music series called Stepgaard: basically a BYOB house party, with a performance taking place sometime between 11pm and midnight. On a wet and windy Saturday night, it felt like just the place to hang out, stay late.
Last night's event/party featured Danish sound artist Jacob Kierkegaard, who Lesley met when she spent some time in Amsterdam last year. Kierkegaard performed AION (2006): a spacious, hour-long drone while haunting images of abandoned churches and factories in the Chernobyl radioactive zone were projected onto the wall. Kierkegaard personally made the field recordings in four abandoned spaces: he made a 10 minute sample, then recorded over the playback multiple times until it eventually became a single humming sound with multiple overtones. With the recent nuclear disaster in Japan still very much in the headlines, the relevance was all-too-creepy.
But, this being a party, Jacob switched immediately after to being DJ, playing West African dance music into the wee hours. Or, at least until the beer ran out.
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