Saturday, August 23, 2014

a new soundtrack

very excited for an upcoming collaboration for an exhibition of my friend stas orlovski's animation work entitled 'chimera', at the pasadena museum of california art. stas has been making beautiful drawings inspired by soviet era children's books, japanese prints, and dutch botanical illustrations for many years. last year, last year he created an installation of animated drawings for lacma's surrealism exhibition. for this much longer work, stas invited me to create a soundtrack - which included an old harmonium, banjolele, strohviol, voice, and silence. there will be an opening reception on sept. 13 from 7-9 pm, and the exhibition will run until january 11. there will also be a panel discussion with the artist, animator (beau leduc), sound maker. 
more info, click here


Saturday, August 16, 2014

performance this sundAY at the echo park rising festival

i will be performing tomorrow night -
sunday august 17 at 8 pm at the:
JONATHON ROBERT RIOS ABELLA RIOS-ABELLA HOLLAND HULLOND XING HORNEDO GALLERY:
1952 Clinton St, Los Angeles, CA 90026 
(562) 822-8564 thehornedo@gmail.com 
Avocados is a three day event with artist-run bands, music, sound art performances, video projections, video installation, and dancing. Its avocado season and this tree is full, the avocados ripe. Take your pick or have them all.
schedule for sunday august 17:
12pm: tba
1pm: Ariel Alter, Character Design
5pm: Jorge Espinosa (sound/performance)
7pm: Patrick Shiroishi and Nisa Karnsomport,
White Sun Sutra (music, live visuals) 
8pm: Steve Roden (music/sound) 
In conjunction, and in collaboration with the Echo Park Rising Festival and Projector Projects, 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

my friends at the wrong speed....

saturday afternoon, i will be performing at the melody lounge in chinatown for the perform chinatown day/night long event.

i will be doing a two or three turntable record performance... iT will not be a DJ set, per se, but mixing of a bunch of records played simultaneously to create new sums from old parts - many of the records are by friends, so don't be offended if your record is played at the wrong speed - textures are king. it will be a quiet soundscape... something i like to call underphonics  as opposed to the frenetic noise of plunderphonics...

the performance will start at 4pm and last about an hour or so.

melody  lounge:
939 N Hill St

Los AngelesCA 90012

AND... most importantly, IT IS FREE...

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

FREE MUSIC

some new FREE music...




















1. steve roden & glenn bach
water in the hollow eyes of the blue, finally

on the .phonographiq label
click here FOR FREE DOWNLOAD
(the label also has a number of great free releases from kenneth kirschner, roel meelkop, etc.)

in 2012, Glenn Bach and Steve Roden were invited to create a live soundtrack to Bleu Remix, a performance-installation by Yann Marussich, where the artist reclines inside a glass box, and, over time, begins to sweat blue pigment from the pores in his skin, manifesting the act of movement by remaining perfectly still. 

Using source files provided by Marussich, Bach and Roden created a palette of sonic material for the evening's performance, transforming the original sounds beyond recognition. During the concert, Bach and Roden processed the sounds yet again, live, as the audience contemplated Marussich reclining, and sweating, in his glass vitrine. 

The resulting concert recordings inspired a subsequent studio session in Roden's garage, where the artists improvised an entirely new interpretation of the sound sources throughout the various stages of transformation. The resulting performance was recorded live with no overdubs. 



























2. flower & water CD on dragon's eye recordings
will be released in a few months

here's a link to one of the tracks on sound cloud

flower & water was made entirely by processing dragon's eye recordings first release - a red flexi-sound sheet bound into paul novak's book on making bread (and who is also the founder of the label). the soundsheet contains a track written for the book, composed and performed by george winston playing 1920's piano jazz. the recordings were manipulated physically - cutting up the thin red records and taping them back together, placing objects on top of them on the record player, and of course, using some manipulation with a sampler (using all of  my old school approach - such as recording the portable record player in different rooms, etc). 

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

june 14, free performance in an underground racquet ball court...!

yes, kids, you heard right... i'm doing a performance with two analog modular synthesizers in an underground racquet ball court... with the location inspiring a big nod to robert rauschenberg's EAT piece - "open score" (look it up if you don't know it... it is fantastic!) 

YOU MUST RESERVE TICKETS BEFORE THE SHOW.
SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. 

more info:

GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER
A Unit of California State University, Fullerton
College of the Arts
Downtown Santa Ana, CA
PRESENTS:
 
SANTA ANA SITES #5: STEVE RODEN 
a sound performance 

JUNE 14, 2014
7:30 - 8:15PM
Pre-Performance Reception / Mixer
*please arrive no later than 8pm

at
Q Art Salon
205 N. Sycamore St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

audience will be escorted to performance location

SEATING LIMITED, TICKETS REQUIRED, BUT ARE FREE TO PUBLIC 
ticket information below

Santa Ana Sites #5 presents an evening of sound performance by artist Steve Roden.  Performing through the use of two analog modular synthesizers, Roden will continue the Sites approach of presenting work in unique Santa Ana spaces, activating a subterranean racket ball court located in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana.

Tickets are free but reservations are required - RSVP info towards the bottom of this page

This event is anticipated to be at maximum capacity with reservations required.

Reserve FREE tickets through email with name and requested number of tickets with a maximum of two tickets per guest to:

PARKING
Structure on 3rd Street @ Sycamore
Additional Structures @ 4th St. & Spurgeon and 3rd St. & Birch St.
Surface Lot @ 3rd St. & Bush St.


Monday, June 02, 2014

revealed!!!

here are images of some the side-street project benefit prints.
yes, there are four different basic images.
and yes, each is unique with ink and pencil and other handwork added individually...
more nformation here...
they prints were silk-screen printed by maggie lomeli-white

here are some images:




Thursday, April 17, 2014

if you want a piece of my work and help a non-profit... you've come to the right place




this year i was invited by side street projects to create a print for their annual phantom ball. 

it is a phantom ball, because there is no event, just a print edition by an invited artist. 


while i am supposed to simply create a print, i am really happy to be working with maggie white  on a group of two color silkscreen prints and i will also be doing a fair amount of hand work (pencil, crayons, collage, etc.) so that each print is actually a unique work. having finished the silkscreen designs i can say these are going to be really NICE. 


How does it work?Supporters of Side Street Projects are invited to purchase the print beginning April 1st, at $175 each, and in return, will receive a souvenir print from a well-known contemporary artist. To be clear, the Phantom Ball, well, never happens. In lieu of attending, each patron of the ball receives a signed, limited-edition print created exclusively for the Phantom Ball in an edition of 150. This year, the Phantom Ball will feature a print edition by Los Angeles-based artist Steve Roden. The image remains a secret until June 1st. Once we reveal the image, the “ticket price” doubles to $350. Steve is doing something extra special this year so prints will not ship until the end of June. 


All proceeds benefit Side Street Projects’ programs in mobile youth education and artist services.

if you are interested - please contact side street projects

Side Street Projects Mobile HQ

730 North Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103.

(626) 798-7774 [office]
(626) 798-7747 [fax]

info@sidestreet.org

Friday, March 28, 2014

live video recording of roden & vitiello in bordeaux

click here to see the video

live improvised performance
at eclats in bordeaux,
february 22, 2014

first time performing
using a modular set-up.
Shooting and editing :
Etienne Coussirat

Graphics:
Antoine Calafat /
azfm.net

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

bobby kennedy's hip 1967 holiday card!


(from a postage size image in an auction catalog)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

from the twitter-verse...

"Is there any music that you would consider outside your comfort zone? Possibly stuff like Cecil Taylor or Steve Roden"

Monday, March 03, 2014

perec poster project too...










very happy this morning to discover
this wonderful video document of my perec posters
getting posted in various locations in madrid
during arco.
you can see the film
(with an older piece of my sound work)
here

Sunday, February 16, 2014

poster commission re: perec at the arco fair

TENTATIVE (S) D’EPUISEMENT/ ATEMPT (S) AT EXHAUTING
Part of the ART FAIR ARCO
The 19th to the 23th February, 2014
Opening the 18th February, 2014
With Benoît Fougeirol, Nicolas Aiello, stanley brown, On Kawara, Daniel Buren, David Lamelas and Gauthier Keyaerts, Yona Friedman, Jorge Macchi, Ingo Giezendanner, Gabriel Basilico , Toine Horvers, Christian Marclay, Matt Mulican, Francis Alys, Beat Streuli, Andrea Branzi, and Archigram.
Curator : Anne-Laure Chamboissier & Christophe Daviet-Thery
Co-production : Cham Projects & Daviet-Thery Editions
—————————————————————————————————————–
In 1974, for three days running and at different moments of the day, Georges Perec tried to record everything he could see in Place Saint-Sulpice, where he had set up home. This Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, which would be published in 1975, acts as a point of departure for this proposition, organized around the notion of recording and representing the urban space. While the etymology of the word representation gives “the act of replacing (something) before someone’s eyes”, which tends to give representation a restrictive definition, this proposition strives, on the contrary, to tackle its different forms, be it through image, word or sound.
This polymorphous project is incorporated in the actual space of the city around a fixed point, a place of contemporary art, Cruce, in Rue Docteur Fourquet, and is organized around a piece by Claire Morel and two in situ works by Benoît Fougeirol and Nicolas Aiello, which are echoed  by books by stanley brouwn, Daniel Buren, Peter Downsbrough, and On Kawara, a film by David Lamelas, and an acoustic environment by Gauthier Keyaerts based on different sources: Scanner, Bill Fontana, Steve Roden, and Rainier Lericolais…
Like an extension in the city’s actual space, and slipping into the city’s interstices, a poster commission was organized with Steve Roden. A way of thus raising the issue of art within the public place and the forms it should take.



Like an echo, Attempt(s) at Exhausting  is being developed actually within the ARCO, as part of the section As Tables are Shelves, in order to bring the urban space into an artistic context in the form of a bookshop with titles by Francis Alys, Andrea Branzi, Peter Downsbrough, Yona Friedman, Ingo Giezendanner, Toine Horvers, Jorge Macchi, Matt Mulican,, Beat Streuli …

Cruce Contemporaneo
Dr. Fourquet 5
28012 Madrid
ARCO
Pabellones 7 y 9 de la Feria de Madrid
www.ifema.es/arcomadrid_01
Anne-Laure Chamboissier
ChamProjects
9 rue Darwin
B-1190 Bruxelles
F-Mobile +32 479 35 38 28
B-Mobile +33 6 01 34 79 09
www.champrojects.com
Christophe Daviet-Thery
Livres et Editions d’Artistes
34 rue Louise Weiss
75013 Paris/France
F-Mobile +32 607718159
www.daviet-thery.com

Saturday, February 15, 2014

a pair of gigs in france...

i will be in france next week for a pair of concerts and a film screening with stephen vitiello:

steve roden & stephen vitiello
"bricks and mortar":

performance
february 20,
musees de strasbourg
auditorium
strasbourg, france

performance & film screening
Samedi 22 février 2014
à partir de 20h
monoquini
Éclats, 18 rue Vergniaud, 33000 Bordeaux

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

the challenge to painting...

talking once with waldo frank, i remember having faulted charlie chaplin for the concessions he often makes to commonplace sentimentality. "you must understand," frank said, "he plays the game." it is exactly that which is unacceptable. thought is not a sport. it cannot be the pretext for little successes rewarded by applause. the discoveries of all sustain the evolution of each. it is not with impunity that something or other happens at this moment. and if painting at this moment is no longer what is termed painting, all painters must take note. those who fail to shouldn't be astonished when they are judged as artisans manufacturing an overpriced product rendered useless simply by the reflection of a few contemporaries.

louis aragon

Thursday, January 02, 2014

as the new year begins...

















of all words
the greatest:
whatever.

hate whatever,
embrace whatever,
sing whatever.

love whatever.

(henry parland, 1929)

Monday, December 23, 2013

holiday dog

here is the holiday dog, hoping that 2014 will find this blog a bit more active than it has been lately... happy holidays to those who follow the blog, as well as those who don't...

Friday, December 06, 2013

          “Take any sentence and print it backwards !
            sdrawkcab ti tnirp dna ecnetnes yna ekat !
            now redistribute the sentence on different lines
            sdrawkcab
            ti tnirp dna
            ecnetnes yna
            ekat!

            and that’s how to write a phonetic poem !

i’ve always been interested in turning words around and repeating simple sentences. this probably comes from hearing my father sing nonsense songs from his native village of stcheleeves near prague, where his family  settled in the wake of napoleon’s russian campaign. stcheleeves means ‘o’bourg du chardonneret’ (i.e. goldfinch town) and that was something i was unlikely to forget.”


raoul housmann

Friday, November 29, 2013

INTIMATE CONCERT on december 7...

An Evening of New Music by the Seaside

At the Venice Beach home of Renee Petropuolos and Roger White

Saturday December 7th, 2013 at 7PM

Featuring solo works by Steve Roden, Robert Millis (from CLIMAX GOLDEN TWINS)
and the trio of Gregory Lenczycki, Jorge Martin and Nicholas Vincent Sky Walsh.

RSVP to gregorylenczycki@gmail.com for the address

Donations welcomed...!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

if you are bored during the holidays...

place a pile of pencils, crayons, pens or markers on a sheet of paper.
turn on a radio.
wait for the beginning of a song.
when the song begins, turn out the lights and begin drawing.
when the song is over, stop drawing and turn on the lights.


emett williams, drawing game with radio, 1960's

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

where it all began...