The Squid's Ear Magazine


T. Mikawa x Victoria Shen: Personality Chrysler (Love Earth Music)

A duo recorded in Tokyo in 2019 as a live performance, and through remote collaboration on the internet, between NY sound artist Victoria Shen, who focuses her work on extreme textures and gestural tones, using "chaotic sound" to oppose signal and information to elude traditionally embedded meaning, and Japanese noisician Toshiji Mikawa of Hijokaidan & Incapacitants fame.
 

Price: $8.95



Quantity:

In Stock

Quantity in Basket: None

Log In to use our Wish List
Shipping Weight: 2.00 units

Sample The Album:





product information:

Personnel:



Toshiji Mikawa-composer, performer

Victoria Shen-composer, performer


Click an artist name above to see in-stock items for that artist.




Label: Love Earth Music
Catalog ID: LEM-226
Squidco Product Code: 34129

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Live collaboration in Tokyo 2019 and remote collaboration on the internet 2020 between T. MIkawa of The Incapacitants and Victoria Shen of evicshen."-LEM


Artist Biographies

Toshiji Mikawa, born in 1960, in a "noisician", performing solo, in various collaborations, and most notably, as the founder of the Japanese noise group Incapacitants, originally a solo project and then a duo with Fumio Kosakai. He is also known for his work with the groups Abe Kaii, Acid Mothers Kaidan, Annon, Atsuta Jingu, BiS Kaidan, E.G.KAIDAN, Fumio Tommikawa, Gomikawa, Gomikawa Fumio, Great Muda, Hankyu Brainticket, Hatsune Kaidan, Heian Jingu, Hijokaidan, Incapacitants, Jazz Hijokaidan, Mikamikaidan, MikaTen, mn, MNK, S.O.B.階段, Shen x Mikawa Duo, Soundings, Two Assistant Deputy Mikawa, Under-T, 彩階段.

Influenced as a young ma by improvisers like Derek Bailey, in college he met JOJO Hiroshige, with whom he started 'Fushoku No Marie', later know as Hijokaidan. Incapacitants followed as a solo project, and then expanded as a duo.

-Squidco 4/10/2024

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.

"Victoria Shen is a sound artist, experimental music performer, and instrument-maker based in San Francisco.

Shen's sound practice is concerned with the spatiality/physicality of sound and its relationship to the human body. Her music features analog modular synthesizers, vinyl/resin records, and self-built electronics. Eschewing conventions in harmony and rhythm in favor of extreme textures and gestural tones, Shen uses what she calls "chaotic sound" to oppose signal and information, eluding traditionally embedded meaning.

Her personal identity; her body; is the space her work utilizes to restructure sonic meaning. In her live performances, she proposes an exploration between meaning and non-meaning through the physical activation of noise tropes. Her probing into these melodic voids interrogate the ways we perceive value within aural experiences. The appendage-like instruments and objects she makes, exemplify Shen's ability to embody through sound her interest in the tension created by opposition: control and chaos, the unique and the mass produced, the practical and the absurd.

Shen's multimedia practice extends beyond musical composition and performance to include installation and non-traditional methods of distribution. Her DIY approach to deconstructing the concepts of "materiality, value and mass production" both integrate and re-contextualize the formats of the readymade and assemblage techniques. For example, the album art for her debut LP, Hair Birth, utilizes copper to transform the cover into a loudspeaker through which the record can be played. In 2021, Shen produced a series of cut-up records in cast resin embedded with found materials, functioning not only as playable music media but as unique art objects. For recent performances, she pioneered the use of Needle Nails, acrylic nails with embedded turntable styluses, which allow her to play up to 5 tracks of a record at once. Needle Nails, Levitating speaker, and her Noise Combs are some of the objects created by her as part of an extensive repertoire of innovations in the design of sound augmentation. These sculptural elements invite the viewer to unpack one's relationship with the material possibilities for creating sound.

Shen has performed solo across North America, Japan, Mexico, and Europe, and in Europe as a member of a turntable trio with Mariam Rezaei and Maria Chavez, as a member of hip hop group 1 Above Minus Underground, and as a collaborator with the Kronos Quartet. Some notable venues in which she has performed include Boston City Hall, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ISSUE Project Room NY, DOMMUNE Tokyo, Petreon Sculpture Park Cyprus, MUNCH Museum Oslo, and Museo d'Arte Orientale Turin. Shen has also been an artist in residence at Elektronmusikstudion EMS Stockholm SE, WORM Rotterdam NL, Kurimanzutto New York US, The Royal Danish Academy Copenhagen DK, and AUDIUM San Francisco, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Omaha, and Headlands Center for the Arts.

Shen currently works at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics Stanford and School of Visual Arts NY."

-Victoria Shen Website (https://evicshen.com/)
4/10/2024

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.


Track Listing:



1. T. Mikawa - Won't go home during Bon vacation because of ascites 07:59

2. Victoria Shen - Arbeiter II 08:41

3. Shen x Mikawa Duo, Live at Club Goodman Tokyo 2019 15:12

4. Shen x Mikawa - It should be renamed 09:06

5. Mikawa x Shen - Lick of Sense 08:06

Related Categories of Interest:


Electro-Acoustic
Sound, Noise, &c.
Electronic Forms
Japanese & Asian Improv/Rock
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Duo Recordings
New in Experimental & Electronic Music
Recent Releases and Best Sellers

Search for other titles on the label:
Love Earth Music.


Recommended & Related Releases:
Borbetomagus / Hijokaidan
Both Noises End Burning
(Les Disques Victo)
Two monster proponents of noise esthetics, representing two continents whose cultures have often been described as incompatible, meet in the celebration of noise.
Other Recommended Releases:
+DOG+ / Bastard Noise
Desecration Tales [VINYL]
(Love Earth Music)
Two long-standing experimental sound projects join together as Legendary Bastard Noise, aka Eric Wood and +DOG+, aka Steve Davis, combine for two extended and well-paced works of dark sonics and electronics, the first piece "Misery Milestone" a haunting and desolate soundscape with disruptive punctuation; the 2nd "Beneficiary: Earth" adds agonizing voice to a work of global arpeggiation and destruction.
Awkward Geisha / Eugene Chadbourne
Awkward Geisha / Eugene Chadbourne [7'' VINYL]
(Love Earth Music)
A split 7" vinyl between UK collage artist Ade Rowe, also known as Awkward Geisha, in a country & western song of improvised guitar & sax titled "Psycho"; and somewhat appropriately backed with a quartet of guitar, harmonica, mandolin & trumpet from avant country eccentric Eugene Chadbourne, poking fun through a song titled "Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother".
Elka Bong
Elektro Locution [VINYL]
(Love Earth Music)
Elka Bong is the experimental sound art duo of Al Margolis and Walter Wright, here joined by guests Andrea Pensado on voice and electronics and Steve Davis on electronics, Margolis performing on synth, electric guitar & objects, and Weiss on Board Weevil and drum kit, in a mix of improvisation, extended technique, cacophony and indeterminacy.
L'eclipse Nue
Degradation Bliss [VINYL]
(Love Earth Music)
Daniel Sine, aka L'eclipse Nue, in his third releases on Love Earth Music and his first on vinyl, the title evoking the sense of joyful noise and ritual aspects to his work through eight pieces of divergent sonic experiments, recalling the work he participated in Japan through bands with Le Chien Nu and SHROUD OF VAPOUR.
Jupitter-Larsen, GX
Ross Distracted [VINYL]
(Love Earth Music)
Each side of this LP from The Haters mastermind GX Jupitter-Larsen is a minimalistic noise work in the style of The Haters, built from loops and extraneous sounds, obscure and curious and each side ending with a giggle; you either need more of this kind of sonic opaqueness, or perhaps you too are a Hater.
Juice Machine
Broken And Dilapidated
(Love Earth Music)
An apt description for the layers of sonic decay and deteriorated sounds, loops and errata that underpin each of the five tracks on this elusively restrained noise album, Juice Machine, aka Roger H. Smith (Chefkirk) and Heather Chessman, use mangled field recordings and concrete elements of blurred looping structures and aberrant interjection, each unique work a fascinating curiosity.
+DOG+
To Share Forever With You
(Love Earth Music)
Love Earth Music label leader and sound artist Steve Davis' +DOG+ project is joined by a cast of noise and sound artists--Bobby Almon, Chuck Foster, Edward Giles, Jack Szymczak, LOB, Mackenzie Kourie, Ron Karlin--for a mix of rich sonic assaults, collage constructions and possibly some live captures, in an interesting and well-produced collection of diverse approaches to sound.
+DOG+
The Family Music Book Vol. 4 [2 CDs]
(Love Earth Music)
Two CDs presenting a series of recordings captured live in venues throughout northeast America between 2021 and 2023, led by +DOG+ sound artist Steve Davis with Bobby Almon, Chuck Foster, Edward Giles, Jack Szymczak, LOB, Mackenzie Kourie, Ron Karlin, at venues and festivals including Sonorium at SATV, Buddyfest, Milwaukee's Jazz Gallery Center, &c. &c.
Modelbau
Inlets
(Love Earth Music)
A journey through drone, abstract sound and concrete elements from Netherlands sound artists and writer Frans de Waard (Vital Weekly), mixed from recordings sessions in 2022 and sourced from small electronics, shortwave radio, aqueous recordings, iPad synths, Walkman and "whatever else", the work suggesting 11 movements through various textures and sonic environments.
Gintas K
Sound & Spaces #2
(Love Earth Music)
With albums on Creative Sources, Bolt and esc.rec., &c., Lithuanian sound artist working in the digital electronic realm Gintas K. releases a solo album of nine compositions for computer, midi keyboard & controller, using glitch, oddly punctuated rhythmic elements and alien sound sources for an oddly compelling album of slippery electronics and strange sonic environments.
L'eclipse Nue
Faces From Dreams
(Love Earth Music)
Eight illusory and ethereal sound and noise works from Daniel Sine, aka Le Chien Nu, from beautiful sonic environments to raspy nightmares, putting special emphasis on the latter, with enough diversity between each work to make a complete REM cycle of unsettling sleep offset by moments of beauty.
Ego Death / Astro
Crossing The Line Between Life And Death
(Love Earth Music)
A split release between two noise artists from opposite sides of the planet: first Greek sound artist Manos Michaelides, aka Ego Death, in a brutal assault of abrasive sound recorded over a decade; then an amalgamation of a live recording from Hiroshi Hasegawa (C.C.C.C.) performing at IAF shop in Fukuoka, Japan and in the studio at Koenji-Minami Studio, in Tokyo, Japan.
Chefkirk / Crank Sturgeon
Nice To Err With You (2 CDs)
(Love Earth Music)
Bringing together two aberrant sound artist--Chefkirk, aka Roger Smith, based in Oregon; and Crank Sturgeon, aka Matt Anderson currently based in Massachusetts--for two CDs of rhythmic mayhem layered and punctuated with electronics and mutilated sounds from objects & voice, with beats that feign steadiness but derail in amusing and embraceable ways; weird fun! Mastered by Squidco's own Carl Kruger.



Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Mazurek, Rob
Psychotropic Electric Eel Dreams IV
(Astral Spirits)
Recordings from the 4-channel sound composition for the ESS Florasonic installation series at Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago, of Rob Mazurek's work using recordings of electric eels from National Institute of Research and Technology in Manaus, Brazil, combined with analog/digital synthesis to create environments of beautiful undulating and radiant sonic textures.



The Squid's Ear Magazine

The Squid's Ear Magazine

© 2002-, Squidco LLC