Ende Tymes VII Opening Night: Joe Colley / Jenny Gräf / TRNSGNDR/VHS / Denis Rollet & Francisco Meirino

ISSUE Project Room co-­presents the opening evening performance of Ende Tymes VII on Thursday, April 27th. The festival is well-known for balancing cutting-edge avant-garde music traditions with street-level aesthetics made possible by deep DIY gear manipulations.

The event opens with Swiss artists Denis Rollet and Francisco Meirino continuing their explorative duo utilizing homemade electronic devices, quotidian objects, modular synthesis and pensive soundscapes.

Following, sonic and performance artist Jenny Gräf performs her unique style of experimental electronica -- invoking immersion and rupture and exploring changing perceptions of diegesis and space.

The evening continues with visual artist and composer Joe Colley presenting visceral electronics that concentrate on the instigation of unstable situations unique to the composition of random sound.

Closing the night, Alexandra Brandon presents her TRNSGNDR/VHS project -- a sound combining noise and pop music sampling that thematically addresses questions of gender, race, and identity. Her performance follows recent works released on Halcyon Veil and DISCWOMAN, a New York-based platform, collective, and booking agency representing and showcasing cis women, trans women and genderqueer talent in electronic music.

Please consider crowdfunding Ende Tymes VII. Check out the festival’s full line-up here.

The 2017 Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation is the seventh ­annual celebration of Noise, Experimental Music, and Sound Art in outer NYC. Ende Tymes VII presents ~50 artists over the course of four nights April 27th - 30th, in Brooklyn NY at ISSUE Project Room and Silent Barn (where it was born in 2011). The schedule is a densely packed lineup featuring a wide variety of street-­level experimental music and noise art: abstract / experimental / avant-garde music, harsh noise, drone, and "unclassifiable" sound artists.

Curated by Bob Bellerue

Joe Colley is a visual artist and composer based in San Francisco, CA. He investigates audio phenomena, using field recordings and electronics. He records also under the name Crawl Unit. He is the founder of the label Povertech Industries. Joe has spent many years exploring the multiple conceptual possibilities of sound, through music production, installations, or collaborations with video artists, dancers, and even prisoners. His latest installations attempted to dissimulate the artist by concentrating on the instigation of unstable situations unique to the composition of random sound. Colley first began recording under the moniker Crawl Unit in 1993, and later dropped the name in favor of his given name in 2001. He's released numerous recordings for Auscultare, Antifrost, ERS, Manifold, C.I.P, and his own Povertech Industries. In 2006, Colley won an Award of Distinction for the 2006 Prix Ars Electronica in Digital Music for his album Psychic Stress Soundtracks.

Jenny Gräf (US/DK) is a Copenhagen-based sound, video and performance artist who explores peripheral places and states through composition, improvisation and participatory works. In Gräf’s music and art she invokes immersion and rupture to explore changing perceptions of diegesis and space. An active participant in the US and European avant-sound underworlds, her performances of live electronic synthesis and vocals weave sonic environments that teeter between song structure and avalanches of raw sound.

TRNSGNDR/VHS is the solo project of Alexandra Brandon, currently based in Baltimore, MD. She began performing and recording under the moniker TRNSGNDR/VHS in early 2015, with a sound combining noise and pop music sampling, thematically addressing questions of gender, race, and identity. TRNSGNDR/VHS has been described as “a hot mess of Nine Inch Nails pulse-pop percussion, Swans-like lurch, and power electronics screech and hiss, all artfully arranged and somehow more desperate and unpretentious than those two art-bro heroes’ jams.” To date she has released one EP Condominium, with a new record expected on Ehse Records this year.

Denis Rollet is a sound artist based in Geneva, Switzerland. Rollet’s work has included numerous live installations across Europe, often featuring homemade electronic devices, producing pensive experimental soundscapes. Rollet is also the co-founder of the well-known venue Cave12 in Geneva.

Francisco Meirino, hailing from Lausanne, Switzerland, is a prolific experimental musician, whose work investigates the aesthetics of malfunctioning electronic equipment through the use of homemade electronic instruments, modular synthesizers, and taped field recordings. Meirino’s work began in 1994, in which time he has recorded numerous releases under both his own name as well as under the moniker phroq, conducted over 200 live performances, as well as collaborated with the likes of veteran noise musicians Lasse Marhaug and Zbigniew Karkowski. In 2003, Meirino was recognized with an award for his contributions to electronic music composition by the Swiss Arts Council.