Thursday, October 15, 2015

new cassette available NOW

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

if you happen to be in vancouver soon...

october 22 – 24, 2015
nomadic streams festival of ambient music
october 22 – 24, 2015; doors at 8pm, show at 9pm each night
vivo media arts (2625 kaslo street, vancouver)
nick storrings, steve roden, crys cole, dj olive,souns, loscil, marina rosenfeld, lawrence english, rafael anton irisarri, flux quartet.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

new drawing at parallel vienna 2015


We cordially invite you to the opening of our exhibition on
Tuesday, September 22nd, 6 pm.
23. - 27.09.2015, 12 am - 7 pm
Alte Post, Dominikanerbastei, 1010 Vienna.
In September 2015 czirp czirp is participating in the art show PARALLEL VIENNA with a group presentation. The artists FÉLICIA ATKINSON (FR)JONÁŠ GRUSKA (SK),ANTONIA KUO (USA)MERJA KOKKONEN (FIN) and STEVE RODEN (USA) express themselves both through sound and visual art.
The selection of artworks and artists approaches is of heterogeneous character. The intention in this exhibition is to emphasize on the plurality of concepts dealing with sound aesthetics.
As the focus in past projects had mainly been on live music performance and sound installations with ephemeral character, czirp czirp now turned to choosing works from a representational angle addressing the possibilities of visual artistic expression developed through sound.
These visualizations of sonic perception are to be seen in relation to the predominantly visual or context based conceptions and attempts to understand art as well as current aesthetic approaches. What unfolds are questions directing to accessibility and distribution of art works, poetics and language as well as a Materialist understanding of sound embedded in the process of artist's work.
Looking forward to see you!

Monday, September 14, 2015

september 19 at mare island... simon scott, steve roden, mark van hoen, touch “live mix”

september 19, 2015

re:sound presents touch:
co-presented by 23five incorporated and touch

simon scott, 
steve roden, 
mark van hoen, 
touch “live mix”
doors open at 3pm • $10.00 • advanced tickets
magazine a-168 • railroad ave. & mercado ct. • mare island,vallejo

Monday, September 07, 2015

free download new record with glenn bach

water in the hollow eyes of the blue, finally

by Steve Roden & Glenn Bach

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. 

Friday, September 04, 2015

coming soon: a new cassette

Thursday, August 27, 2015

performance sunday evening FREE

Sunday August 30, 2015 @ 6:00PM

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive
2245 E Washington Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90021

performances by Yann Novak and Steve Roden

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

from an unknown radio station playlist...

Steve Roden - Forms of Paper
Dr. Dre - Compton

um... doesn't get any better than that... 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

a nice long conversation with "infinite grain" with some sound clips, a video, etc.
click here

Thursday, July 30, 2015

upcoming group show at LACA - a new video piece

The Recorder Was Left On, Or The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning[1]
Doa Aly, Alejandro Cesarco, Yann Novak, and Steve Roden
Curated by Suzy Halajian
Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)
Opening August 7th, 7-9pm
August 7 - September 26, 2015
It is much simpler to come to a conclusion, or a pause perhaps, rather than to return to the beginning again and again. The same is true of returning to a source, which appears new upon each inspection. It shifts, it reacts, it digresses, it is read differently and is experienced in unfamiliar ways. Perspectives on layered meanings evolve. As the artists in this project return to and re-read material, an affected consideration of words, sounds, and objects emerges. The original meaning is oftentimes made unclear, muffled, obliterated, and many times distanced from the source material.

That said, we do not aim to abandon our sources. This project allows artists to thoroughly consider and reconsider the study that urges the question. What can extended meditation on material achieve? What possibilities arise out of the arduous process of compulsive artistic research? The cross-references, new symbols, and variant languages make room for alternative subjects and accounts to materialize, even if only through the fissures. And the likeliness that a retelling through erasure, obfuscation, or misreading can advance certain possibilities once unanticipated, or deemed too mundane, to reach the surface.

The Recorder Was Left On, Or The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning[1] takes up artists’ practices that share a meditation on archival and source material — including historic, literary, and personal. These contemplative processes demand a slowing down to reconsider various subjects, such as James Joyce’s novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Marquis de Sade’s novella Justine, and Domus magazines from the 1960s. References serve as entry points to other kinds of personal stories, some more legible than others, and to allow a multiplicity of meanings to unfold through a suspension of knowing. New contradictions and constructions help us understand the established narratives that surround us and illuminate states of idleness, loss of communication, disturbance and upheaval in a revolutionary state, as well as abstract, reinterpreted images found in archives. Given this process, the subjects no longer occupy the space of the source material, but inhabit those imagined spaces, contrasting history with the present and layering various narratives.

This project insists the viewer stay present with the work at hand, to enter an artistic space of self-directed meditation. LACA provides an entry point. Works are dispersed throughout the site, colliding with the physical archives and suspending the viewer within a non-conclusive space, including a workspace, artists’ books, documentation, and ephemera, collectively offering a site of production and dissemination. Most importantly, it invites the individual to enter a mode of reflection that understands that the work that initiates this process will only escape us, that it will later shift into another thing, and then another: “What we call texts escape us as the dream escapes us in waking, or the dream evades us in dreams…The text will end up by beginning.”[2]

Doa Aly's (Cairo) video work, Hysterical Choir of the Frightened (HCF) (2014), borrows from Marquis de Sade’s 1791 text Justine, and also takes up an Egyptian newspaper article on the most recent protests in Cairo during which opposition protesters’ efforts were immediately halted in Tahrir Square on January 25, 2014 — the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. What is being said and to what means remains unclear given the references are not made apparent, as Aly sets up a theatrical scene a choir of four women quietly stating passages from the text, shot in a slow, circular pace and advocating violence through a shared desire.
Alejandro Cesarco's (New York) three prints, A Portrait of the Artist Approaching Forty (I-III) (2013)[3], capture a subtle, slowing down of the artist through the close-ups of holes, scratches, and fillings that mark the surfaces of the artist’s studio and the artist’s body. Yet the traces visible on the prints remain indiscernible from one another. James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man offers Cesarco his departure point along with other works in this series. Cesarco’s video work, If in Time (2012), portrays two characters from his previous video, Methodology, now found sitting and reading texts aloud to one another as their only form of communication. An estranged scene is dramatized, yet the role of the text is never understood: she reads her own text and he reads a text he is writing about her work.

Yann Novak’s (Los Angeles) sound installation, Idleness, Endlessness (2015), deliberates multiples sites and moments in time, drawing from the environment Novak recorded while attending the Parkfield Artist Residency in 2012, and the material he later processed in his studio over a three-year period and also used in live performances. The final compositions were created through improvisation with the insertion of periods of inactivity to simply contemplate where the piece had come and where it should go. Altered photographs of the sky taken at his residency frame the single two-hour composition, and offer a personal, nostalgic encounter with a more leisurely moment — one that sets up a tension within the LACA workspace.

Steve Roden’s (Pasadena) video work, knockin on heaven’s door (2015), expands upon a series of works — photographs, collages, and paintings — that began in 2014, during a residency, exploring a group of Domus magazines from the 1960s that belonged to Roden’s father. The silent video presents a simple visual motif — an opening and closing of a door — revealing a series of images. While many images are found images, others are personal, such as a pair of paper chairs that were in his grandparents house, a small Italian radio, and Robert Rauschenberg. The collection can be seen as an archive of orphaned images, not necessarily derived from the artist’s past. The title alludes to Roden's father's death and his love of Bob Dylan.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

get your tickets for resonant forms NOW!!!!!!!!!!!


VOLUME and LACE present the second Resonant Forms festival 

for three days from September 11 through 13, 2015.

This year’s festival will present unique performances

 by a range of artists in the emergent fields of 

experimental electronic music, sound, and performance art. 

The artists featured in this festival represent 

varied approaches to the interplay of artistic mediums, and take risks 

not frequently observed in traditional creative modalities.

Lineup subject to change, visit for the most current schedule.

September 11 – 13, 2015
6522 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tickets $20 – $70
Click here to purchase tickets

Resonant Forms will take place
inside i have never been here before,
an immersive
installation by Los Angeles based
artist Rafa Esparza. The artist has transformed
 the architecture of the gallery into a
space absent of corners, unified by curve,
and made out 5,000 adobe bricks that he
has produced with the help of his father
and extended family members.

September 11
8:00PM - 11:00PM
Simon Scott
Bethan Parkes
Jen Boyd
Touch (live mix)

September 12
8:00PM - 11:00PM
Lawrence English
John Chantler
Paul Clipson
Steve Roden

September 13
8:00PM - 11:00PM
Rafa Esparza
Raquel Gutierrez w/ Adam Garcia
Nikki Darling

September 13
12:00PM - 4:00PM
The Radical Listener
Field recording, Workshop

September 11
Resonant Forms opens with an
evening of performances by
three artists associated with
acclaimed UK experimental
sound label, Touch. Organized by Touch
label head Mike Harding, this evening
features a rare performance
bySimon Scott, a multi-instrumentalist, sound 
ecologist and drummer (formerly ofSlowdive
from Cambridge, UK. 
Glasgow based sound artist 
Bethan Parkes explores the inherent 
dimensionality of sound through 
compositions and installations.
 Jen Boyd is a sound artist and 
curator based in Northern 
California who works with 
field recordings of the natural 
world, forgotten spaces, 
and the environment. The evening 
will also feature a DJ set by Mike Harding

September 12
In celebration of their 15th Anniversary, 
Australian music label Room40 will 
present performances by Lawrence English, 
John Chantler, Steve Roden, and film 
projections by Paul Clipson. 
Lawrence English, who founded the label, 
is a composer, media artist and curator 
based in Australia. He investigates the 
politics of perception to create works 
that ask audiences to become 
aware of that which exists at the 
edge of perception. UK based artist
 John Chantleruses technology to 
exploit the inner zones of audible 
electricity, exploring texture 
and dimension with a relentless 
ferocity. Paul Clipson is a 
filmmaker who often collaborates 
with sound artists and musicians 
on films, live performances, and 
installations. His Super 8 and 
16mm films aim to bring to light 
subconscious visual preoccupations 
that reveal themselves while 
working in a stream of consciousness 
manner, responding to and conversing 
with the temporal qualities of musical 
composition and live performance. Steve Roden
is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles. Roden’s
 working process uses various forms of specific 
notation and translates them through self 
invented systems into scores, 
which then influence the 
process of painting, drawing, sculpture, 
and composition.

September 13
Resonant Forms will conclude 
with a series of performances 
organized in collaboration with 
LACE Assistant Director Shoghig Halajian. 
For the closing night of both the festival and 
Esparza’s i have never 
been here before, these artists 
will explore notions of race, 
identity and belonging in 
response to the installation. 
Rafa Esparza is a multidisciplinary 
artist whose work ranges in medium from 
installation, sculpture to 
drawing, painting, and most 
predominantly live performance. 
Woven into his many bodies 
of work are his interests in 
history, personal narratives, 
and kinship. Raquel Gutiérrez is 
a film actor, curator, publisher, 
playwright, arts administrator, 
and community organizer. 
She writes about art, culture, 
music, film, performance and 
community building and creates 
original solo and ensemble 
performance compositions.
 Nikki Darling is 
a third generation Angelino 
on her father’s side and 
Neomexicano on her mother’s. 
She is a feminist, womanist, 
transcendentalist, Unitarian Universalist. 
She believes in Henry David 
Thoreau, Elizabeth 
Taylor, Gloria Anzaldua, 
and Joseph Campbell. She believes 
in people, and she believes in you.

September 13 Workshop
The beauty of field recording 
is that it can happen anywhere. 
This September, join Lawrence 
English as he casts his ears 
towards Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood Blvd. 
is one of the iconic visual landmarks
 of the city, and it also happens to 
contain a diverse sound world. 
Join us as we explore various 
“sound locations” in the 
neighborhood, collect 
recordings, share techniques/methods 
and discuss the ways in which field 
recordings can be used in 
sound art and music practices.

Resonant Forms is made possible 
by the generous support of 
mediaThe foundation Inc. Additional support provided by 

Friday, July 10, 2015

free performance at the pasadena museum of california art this sunday, july 12 2 PM with mem1

performance at the pasadena museum of california art july 12 at 2pm, in conjunction with my exhibition with alexandra grant. mem1 are old friends and great musicians and i'm very happy to be able to perform with them here (since they live on the other coast!)...

while the performance is "free" bear in mind the museum does have an admission fee...

Friday, May 15, 2015

a new cassette release on farpoint recordings...

just got the word that my cassette for farpoint recordings is going to the place where cassettes are made... it should be released in a month or so. it will be available from farpoint's site. you can get info there, as well about their other artists, and i would also suggest taking an ear peek at their output. great stuff... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

you can find their website here

the release is not yet on their website yet.

all of the music is from a cassette that belonged to my father, featuring two well known 70's bands... the music was processed via the modular synth, mainly with filters, and controlled voltage.... 

Monday, May 11, 2015

live 2 hour DJ set for dublab THURSDAY 10 AM - 12PM

Frosty with guest Steve Roden "Celsius Drop" – Live from the Proton Drive

Thursday, May 14 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 dublab co-founder Frosty brings you “Celsius Drop” live from dublab’s Proton Drive with special guest Steve Roden! WHO WILL BE SHARING A BUNCH OF VERY VERY RARE VINYL FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND ALL KINDS OF MUSIC... 
dublab’s Spring 2015 Proton Drive is live May 8-29. This Fundraiser Broadcast is your opportunity to support dublab’s positive music mission. Give today at!
This special edition of the Proton Drive is beaming live from a Pop-Up at Space 15 Twenty, a creative hub in the heart of Hollywood that we are activating in the form of a radio studio, record shop and event salon.
We will broadcast live daily and host special events each weekend. The studio will be open to the public, so if you’re in Los Angeles, swing by Space 15 Twenty to listen, make a donation and pick up exclusive dublab merchandise. If you’re elsewhere in the world, you can enjoy the experience through the Proton Drive portal at
Support @dublab by donating at during the #ProtonDrive fundraiser broadcasting live May 8-29!


Saturday, May 02, 2015

some upcomings...

may 5 at cal state fullerton university: 

Film as Collaborative Art on May 5, 2015
Music, art and video will be blended into live performances at the May 5 "Film as Collaborative Art Symposium: Image-Music-Text."The program will feature lectures and Q&As by guest artists Steven Roden and Jimena Sarno along with the screening of collaborative multimedia projects created by students under the guidance of Julie Orser, assistant professor of art, and Pamela Madsen, professor of music. A reception, discussion and critique of the projects will conclude the evening. The symposium will be held from 2-8:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Clayes Performing Arts Center at Cal State Fullerton. For more information, contact Pamela Madsen, 657-278-2152

may 9, at 4 pm... i will be performing a sound performance at Monte vista gallery for james  boulton's exhibition. james was a former student and is a really wonderful painter so go see the show...Monte Vista Projects is located at 5442 Monte Vista St. Los Angeles , CA. 90042

something with dublab on may 14... even i don't know what it will be :-)

june 14, opening reception for the exhibition June 14, 2015–November 1, 2015 Alexandra Grant and Steve Roden: “These Carnations Defy Language” at the pasadena museum of california art...  solo works and collaborative works... new paintings, works on paper, video, and lord knows what else.. ALSO A PERFORMANCE IN THE MUSEUM WITH MEM 1 ON JULY 12 - FREE W/ MUSEUM ADMISSION

JUN. 19 - AUG. 30, 2015

BY THIS RIVER: CURATED BY MICHAEL SOLWAY WESTON ART GALLERY cincinnati OH (new body of paintings, drawings and sound)

Friday, April 17, 2015

the sound of the bat!

romising to be one of 2015's most spectacular power displays. This may be sacrilege, but I ... ... it reminded me of this story told by the incomparable Buck O'Neil:"I heard Ruth hit the ball. I'd never heard that sound before, and I was outside the fence but it was the sound of the bat that I had never heard before in my life. And the next time I heard that sound, I'm in Washington, D.C., in the dressing room and I heard that sound of a bat hitting the ball—sounded just like when Ruth hit the ball. I rushed out, got on nothing but a jockstrap, I rushed out -- we were playing the Homestead Grays and it was Josh Gibson hitting the ball. And so I heard this sound again.
"Now I didn't hear it anymore. I'm in Kansas City. I'm working for the Cubs at the time, and I was upstairs and I was coming down for batting practice. And before I could get out there, I heard the sound one more time that I had heard only twice in my life. Now, you know who this is? Bo Jackson. Bo Jackson swinging the bat."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

sad day for comic book fans...

just got an email that, sadly, herb trimpe has passed away. while kirby created the incredible hulk, it was herb trimpe's hulk pages that i read and collected as a kid, as well as spending an inordinate time trying to copy his drawings (which, of course i could never do).  i will always think of trimpe's hulk as THE TRUE incredible hulk. he will be missed most certainly.

Monday, March 02, 2015

when up is down.....

Thursday, February 19, 2015

help fund harry bertoia's archive of unreleased recordings...

important records is collaborating with the harry bertoia estate on a kickstarter to archive all of harry's recordings of his sonambient / sound sculpture. if you know bertoia's LPs that he self-released, you know they are some of the most incredible sound sculpture recordings that exist. 

many years ago i was fortunate to visit the bertoia studio/barn with friends, and what scared the hell out of us was the condition of harry's unreleased recordings. and after leaving the studio, we spoke a lot about someone stepping in to archive and save these unreleased works. FINALLY john from important records is attempting to finally take care of harry's audio legacy... and i would encourage you to help.

anyone who knows me and/or my work will know that i am an enormous geeky fan of bertoia's work - and i consider his work to be a major inspiration for my own work. while many people know harry's "bertoia chairs" - his work as a sound sculptor and sound artist is vastly under-recognized, and the kickstarter should also help to get his work better known

aside with helping the archive, the kickstarter also offers some great and rare "rewards" including original LPs from harry's self - released sonambient records, rare books of his drawings, and a bunch of new things, including important's CD box set of the original released recordings... 

so take a gander at the site:

click here 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

when magazines had zine prices...

from the october 1969 issue of artforum...  can you imagine a full page ad in artforum for a $5 book!