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Elka Bong

Elektro Locution [VINYL]

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.
 

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Al Margolis-synthesizer, electric guitar, objects

Walter Wright-Board Weevil, acoustic drum kit

Andrea Pensado-voice, electronics

Steve Davis-electronics


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Label: Love Earth Music
Catalog ID: LEM-293
Squidco Product Code: 34244

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Gatefold LP
Recorded Summer of 2022.

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"More generally noise music may contain aspects such as improvisation, extended technique, cacophony and indeterminacy. In many instances, conventional use of melody, harmony, rhythm or pulse is dispensed with. Thanks Steve...."-Elka Bong


Artist Biographies

"Al Margolis (viola/violin/clarinet) was active in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music and is co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, his works swing between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. It has been said "that Al Margolis/If, Bwana is some sort of evil genius working with raw materials which are never adapted to a genre or a context, because they create one in that very moment. Those sources are radically altered up to an utterly unrecognizable state, anarchic manifestations moving in compact determination." It's all true....."

-Al Margolis (If Bwana) Website (http://www.ifbwana.com/)
2/21/2024

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"Walter Wright is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on "improvisation as a way of being present in the world."

Walter was one of the first video animators. At Computer Image Corp he animated letters, words, and titles for Children's Television Workshop. He was a video animator for Ed Emshwiller's Thermogenesis and Scapemates, aired by WNET's Artists Television Workshop. Scapemates was the first computer graphics video nominated for an Emmy Award (1971). He showed his work at the first computer art conference at the Kitchen (NYC, 1973). In 1973-76, as artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, he pioneered video performance touring public access centers, colleges, and galleries with the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer.

Walter has developed software and hardware for artists including the Video Shredder, a desktop video processor for the TARGA2K. Currently he works with Max/MSP, softVNS, and Processing. His programs and sketches are available on his blog.

Walter performs with several groups including Apocalypso, Ensemble indent, and Los Condenados. He uses a Bugbrand Board Weevil, a Flower Electronics Little Blue Boy, intact mics by Crank Sturgeon and sometime plays drums. He recently toured with an amplified drum kit and is experimenting Martin Freeman's Horndog and Peter Blasser's Shnth.

Walter is a co-founder of 119 Gallery, the first digital art gallery on the World Wide Web, which is located in Lowell MA."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/2812018-Walter-Wright-2)
2/21/2024

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"Andrea Pensado began playing piano as a girl, with private instruction.

She obtained her BA in Music Education from the University of La Plata in 1987. Immediately following, she moved to Poland where she continued her studies at the Krakow Academy of Music. Pensado graduated in Conducting of Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles in 1992 and in Composition with honors in 1995. Her professors were Barbara Buczek and Boguslaw Schaeffer in composition and Marek Choloniewski in computer music.

The music of that time shows a wide variety of interests, from pure instrumental to mixed genres such as instrumental theatre, live electronics and text sound compositions. During this period, she was invited to participate in numerous festivals and workshops, as a result of which her music was programmed in Poland, Austria, Germany and Holland.

"In 1997, she moved back to Buenos Aires. In 1998, she cofounded an interdisciplinary duo (Qfwfq) along, with Gregory Kowalski (in charge of the images). While still in Buenos Aires, the duo often worked with the collaboration of solo performers (Martín Moore, Lucio Capece, Adriana de los Santos, among others). They presented their work in many events in Buenos Aires, including the Cycle of Electronic and Experimental Music (in the Museum of Modern Art); the International Sound Art Festival EXPERIMENTA; the Cycle of Contemporary Music at the San Martin Theatre; the Experimental Video Festival (in the Museum of Fine Arts) and the Ricardo Rojas Arts Center.

In 2002, Pensado moved to the USA. At first, she continued performing with Qfwfq, mainly in the Boston area. The duo channeled most of her artistic work from 1999 to 2009.

Presently, Pensado performs extensively in the US, both as a solo artist and in frequent collaborations with other musicians. She also tours outside the US and has been featured in Brazil, Poland, Germany, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, UK, Portugal, Hungary, Canada, Italy and Austria.

She continues using Max as her main programming tool. The approach to programming and performance is highly intuitive. Occasionally, the combination of the performance situation, the often abrasive sounds, the irrational use of the voice and the inherent uncertainty of improvisations contributes to discoveries of unknown places in her mind."

-Andrea Pensado Website (https://www.andreapensado.com/Andrea_Pensado/Bio.html)
2/21/2024

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Steve Davis, aka S. Standfish Davis. +DOG+ has been a central project of Steve Davis' Love Earth Music label, the noise project formed 1990 in Osaka, later in Massachusetts (and, for a time, Southern California) since 1997.

Davis is a member of the groups +DOG+, Blue, Dogshit, Expando Brain, Intensive Studies, Le Chien Nu, Shit Brothers, and Reality Challenged.

2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Improvisation 10:28

2. Extended Technique 10:21

SIDE B



1. Cacophony 10:32

2. Indeterminacy 10:23

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