effects concert series||
December 2001 and February 2005 I hosted a concert series in San Francisco premised
on presenting found sound and field recording-based sound art in as comfortable
an environment as possible.
series, Field Effects, featured work from sound and
media artists from the West Coast, other parts of the United States, and beyond.
Effects was awarded a a Best
of San Francisco award in 2003 from the SF
a Best of the Bay
award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian
series is now concluded and the name retired, as I lost the warehouse home where
concerts were held to the forces of accumulated capital.
handpans and the hang
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day, a week, a year
field effects concert series
memories in sound
Willits and Scott Pagano
Effects was hosted in my home, a brick-and-timber warehouse in the South of Market
district of San Francisco, now lost to the forces of accumulated capital. The
audience was encouraged to sprawl and relax on futons, pillows, and beanbags,
and to bring blankets and pillows.
intent was to free the mind for deep listening.
series averaged a show every six weeks, typically on Friday nights. Doors opened
at 8 p.m.; we asked a sliding scale donation, $6-10, but no one was turned away.
curatorial efforts are currently on hold until I find a new
venue to host events at. Write
me if you would like to be on the announcement mailing
list (very low traffic) so as to hear when the next series
Haynes (left), Kenneth Atchley
series strived to offer the listener as comfortable an environment as possible.
It sought to be a unique home for quiet, subtle, or lovely sound art that is best
appreciated in such an environment. I hoped to broaden the audience for experimental
soundwork by presenting challenging work in a welcoming environment.
tried to provide the best possible sound for the space, often using full-range
PA speaker systems underwritten by DJ Vordo or Mobilization
Records in conjunction with multiple pairs of room speakers to fill the room
with sound: not loud, but everywhere. I also used four-channel systems with the
assistance of Bay Area sound artist Sean Rooney.
principals evolved in a dialog between Bay Area sound artist and curator Matt
Davignon and myself. We presented the first Field Effects as a one-night event,
but community response was so encouraging that we decided to keep the series going.
Leonard and players (left), Glenn
is an archive of promotional materials for the Field Effects series and related
concerts I have curated.
time allows, I hope to post photos and excerpts from recordings I and others have
made of the shows.
18 , 2002||Infrasound
effects 3: tape music||April
Ortega & Mitchell Brown|
Effects 5: Depth of Field
SK Reimers, Seth Warren & Dave
Effects 6: Far Afield||August
Old Instruments, New Tricks||September
Zoe & Jhno
Effects 7: Japan-US Relations||October
Bill Thompson (installation)
Effects 8: Concrete Origins ||December
is the New Loud
Christopher Willits & Scott Pagano
Kristin Miltner & James
Elliot Lessing (interactive installation)
Effects 9: the Rest of the West||February
Effects 10: Four Corners
Stephen Ruiz (Zygote)
Effects 11 ||May
Effects 12: Strung Up, Thrown Out||June
Effects 15: Field Trips ||October
Bischoff and Tim Perkis|
Effects 18: One, Two, Three, Four||January
Beet Stretch |
radio spot on event: original
15MB; as aired 13MB
Effects 19: Tape Take Two||June
Passage Night One|
of a festival
curated by Tom Welsh
special encore: Zoë
gratitude to the volunteers who made the series possible, particularly Matt Davignon,
who co-founded the series. Matt curated and co-hosted the first concert, and without
him I would could not have presented many of the shows that have followed.
now curating experimental sound shows at San Francisco's venerable Luggage
should mention that the inspiration for me for Field Effects was a night of quiet
sound art I'd participated in, Quiet Night, Holy Noise,
organized with Kathy Kennedy, Jim Haynes, and Loren Chasse at the
Lab in September, 2000. I consider the evening my prototype; among other things,
audience members were encouraged to bring pillows and blankets.