SF Electronic Music Festival: Looped Flutes and Singing Fish -- A Preview

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SF Weekly's culture blog 'All Shook Down' takes a look at some crazy antics in the Mish. Our money's on univac. -d2

By Scott Van Velsor
The 8th annual SF Electronic Music Festival happening in The Mission Wednesday through Sunday gives sometimes-sidelined experimentalists an opportunity to show ...

San Francisco what sonic manipulation is all about.

According to curator Matt Davignon, this year's anti-pop stylings include a lot of reworked classical gear enhanced by electronics; ie. delicate cello and violin honed with digital precision and fused with deep bass tracks.

Maybe electrified female angst and all the beautiful things that spring from it floats your kayak. Then Oakland local MaryClare Brzytwa ('brist wahh', Polish) will transport you to netherworlds containing dark and twisty dimensions on Thursday the 6th using a looped flute and custom computer programs that turn her devices into automaton improvisers, with a twist.

Says MaryClare, “It’s fun to compose something you can’t control. Really exciting because you just have to deal with it!”

Her co-headliner this night is univac, an eccentric that likes to take truly sucky cultural artifacts like the singing fish and transform them into noise factories.

Friday night will sonically zap your soul into atmospheric cirrus clouds and take you on a trip far beyond that found on the radio. Leticia Castaneda has the fuel, your ears will provide the vehicle. Prepare for liftoff. She plays with a few other sound artists this night, notably Zoe Keating, another musician –avant cello- that likes to play with noise constructs containing classical instruments and beautiful melodies.

Sunday evening will feature yet another classical electrified performance with the addition of Kadet Kuhne –do we detect a trend here?- that will feature visual accessories in the form of video installations. There are two things that are super stellar about these performances. Cost and convenience. With a student ID –most of us can dig out that musty plastic- it’s only 12 bucks.

And why is it convenient to drag your happy ass out to the heart of The Mission on a weeknight? The shows start at 8pm and end early so there is plenty of time to crash that local hipster joint, suck down something cold and act out like the reformed straight-edge that you wish you were.

All shows start promptly at 8pm and are at the Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida St., cross street 17th or Mariposa.

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