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Bettis, Chuck & Friends: Community Of Commotion (North East Indie)

NY downtown electronic artist and vocalist Chuck Bettis in a mostly-studio release of experimental works with artists Ikue Mori, DJ Toshio Kajiwara, Audrey Chen, Tim Barnes, &c. &c.

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Label: North East Indie
Catalog ID: 36
Squidco Product Code: 15542

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Studio Larry between November 2003 and May 2004, Brooklyn, NY. Except track 2 recorded live direct to minidisc during "Phonomena" at Tonic on August 7th, 2003. Track 7 recorded live at Roy's Loft, Brooklyn, NY on May 29th, 2004. Track 9 recorded live during "Phonomena" at Tonic on June 3rd, 2004 in NY, NY.


Chuck Bettis-electronics, throat

Ikue Mori-electronics

Toshio Kajiwara-turntables

Audrey Chen-cello

Tom Boram-synth, electronics

Chriss Sutherland-vocals, flute, hand-drums

Aaron Brenner-synth

Melissa Ip-poetry

Colleen Kinsella-vocals

Caleb Mulkerin-zither, xlyopone, wine bottle

Jerry Lim-beats, synth

Mick Barr-guitar

Tim Barnes-percussion

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track listing:

1. Playful Moaner 5:14

2. Mood Orifice 4:38

3. Bleeding Orphan 2:22

4. Deathmetal Dancehall 4:42

5. Atheist Revolt 1:50

6. Angry Rainbow 2:31

7. Holographic Universe 6:51

8. Doumbek Chanter 1:52

9. Sleep Terets 3:53

10. Motion Narcolepsy 3:40

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Mori, Ikue
Staff Picks & Recommended Items
Free Improvisation

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Chuck is a member of the downtown network, having worked with Ikue Mori and done a few of Zorn's monthly improv nights at The Stone. This is mostly a studio recording, with three lives pieces (two recorded at Tonic). The majority of musicians here play electronics/synth, vocals or the odd percussion instrument. Colleen Kinsella does some charming sung/spoken vocals on "Playful Moaner" with subtle electronics swirling around her voice. "Mood Orifice" features a fascinating trio with Chuck, Ikue Mori and DJ Toshio on laptops, electronics and/or turntables. All tracks are either duos or trios with Chuck on laptop and his own weird vocals on three tracks. You got to love a title called, "Deathmetal Dancehall", where Chuck does some twisted (manipulated) screaming over some great drum machine beats. On "Atheist Revolt", Chuck takes some drum n' bass grooves and high speed metal guitar and turns them inside out. On each piece the main instrument is improvised laptop and on each piece Chuck explores a different sonic approach. Hence, each piece is interesting in different ways, nothing is too dense or cluttered. Let's welcome Chuck Bettis to the ever-evolving downtown scene and pat him on the back for a fine new disc."-Bruce Gallanter

Artist Biographies:

"Chuck Bettis was raised in the fertile harDCore soil, nourished within Baltimore's enigmatic avant garde gatherings, and currently blossoming in New York's downtown musical tribe. His unique blend of electronics and throat has led him into various collaborations with great musicians from around the globe.

He has performed live collaborations with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Matmos,Yoshimio, Mephista and Afrirampo to name a few. Some of the musicians Bettis has recorded and played live with are as follows; Ikue Mori, Nautical Almanac, Audrey Chen, Yellow Swans, Toshio Kajiwara, Mick Barr, etc, plus a long history of punk bands he was in (most notably the experimental punk band Meta-matics as well as the enigmatic All Scars).

Current working groups are; Snake Union with Dave Grant, Die Trommel Fatale with Brandon Seabrook/Marika Hughes/Eivind Opsvik/Henry Fraser/Dave Treut/Sam Ospovat, Overishins with Mick Barr, Johnny DeBlase, Mike Pride and Mossenek with Mick Barr & Colin Marston, as well as improvising, recording, or composing with an array of musicians from around the world."

-Chuck Bettis Website (

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"Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO WAVE band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music.

In the mid 80's Ikue started in employ drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music. While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum machine, she has never the less forged her own highly sensitive signature style. Through out in 90's She has subsequently collaborated with numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music. 1998, She was invited to perform with Ensemble Modern as the soloist along with Zeena Parkins, and composer Fred Frith, also "One hundred Aspects of the Moon" commissioned by Roulette/Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 99.

In 2000 Ikue started using the laptop computer to expand on her already signature sound, thus broadening her scope of musical expression. 2000 commissioned by the KITCHEN ensemble, wrote and premired the piece "Aphorism" also awarded Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship. 2003 commissioned by RELACHE Ensemble to write a piece for film In the Street and premired in Philadelphia. Started working with visual played by the music since 2004. In 2005 Awarded Alphert/Ucross Residency.

Ikue received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2006. In 2007 the Tate Modern commissioned Ikue to create a live sound track for screenings of Maya Deren's silent films. In 2008 Ikue celebrated her 30th year in NY and performed at the Japan Society. Recent commissioners include the Montalvo Arts Center and SWR German radio program and Shajah Art foundation in UAE. Current working groups include MEPHISTA with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, PHANTOM ORCHARD with Zeena Parkins, project with Koichi Makigami and various ensembles of John Zorn. New duo Twindrums project with YoshimiO  workshop/lecture in various schools include University of Gothenburg, Dartmouth Collage, New England Conservatory, Mills Collage, Stanford University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago"

-Ikue Mori Website (

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"Tim Barnes is an internationally-known percussionist, electronic musician, and recording producer/engineer who has played and recorded with Sonic Youth, Wilco, Body/Head, Jim O'Rourke, Silver Jews, Neil Michael Hagerty and the Howling Hex, The Tower Recordings, The For Carnation, and MV+EE, as well as being featured in countless multiple other settings, from jazz-influenced free-improvisation to full-on rock n' roll. He is the Artistic Director of DREAMLAND, and also runs the newly-revived Quakebasket record label (best known for its mid-1990s archival releases of solo work by Angus MacLise, poet and original drummer for the Velvet Underground). A California native, Tim moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 2007 from his longtime musical base, New York City."

-The Other Side of Life (

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Recommended & Related Releases:
Mori, Ikue (w/ Jim Black / Okkyung Lee / Sylvie Courvoisier)
Taborn, Craig / Ikue Mori
Electric Ascension (2003)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
Mori, Ikue
Light In The Shadow
Knowles, Alison / Shimada, Taketo
Mori, Ikue & Steve Noble
Prediction and Warning
Lytton / Wooley + Ikue Mori and Ken Vandermark
The Nows [2 CDs]
(Clean Feed)
World War III
(Dogg N Pony)
Trance And The Arcade
Survival In Infinity
(Mass Particles)
Bettis, Chuck
Sonic Sigils [CD EP]
Maybe Monday
Scotch Of St James, The
Live at Amplify 2004
Smith, Wadada Leo
Luminous Axis
Parkins, Zeena
Ursa's Door
(Les Disques Victo)
Labrosse, Diane Ikue Mori, and Martin Tetreault
Ile bizarre
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
Other Recommended Releases:
Vogl + Bettis
Bobo Fossils [CASSETTE]
Smith, Wadada Leo / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori
Naphtali, Dafna / Gordon Beeferman
Pulsing Dot
Jerman / Barnes
Versatile Ambience [VINYL]
(IDEA Intermedia)
Bettis, Chuck
Pixel Bleed
(Living Myth)
Hell Hoarse (Chuck Bettis & Brendan Murray)
Cold Planet
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Barnes, Tim / Toshio Kajiwara / Marina Rosenfeld
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