Bridges Of Königsberg makes heady and primal experimental music. Info
How will the Tip Top hold up during a night of abstract, and often abrasive sounds? If this bill of two Midwestern projects works, then maybe the cozy north-side bar has a future as a noise venue. Headlining is Bridges Of Königsberg, a Milwaukee/Ann Arbor trio that draws on its members' experiences in power electronics, software-driven music, and jazz improvisation to create twisting instrumental pieces heavy on meticulous texture and warped harmonics. The music on two of the group's most recent releases, 2018's Mendacity and this year's Considered Parallel To Borders (Or Dividers) rarely settles into a sustained groove and rarely abandons rhythm altogether. Instead, it dwells on an uncomfortable border between structure and chaos. "Healthy Choices," from Considered Parallel, starts almost with the makings of a full-on noise track, but instead of taking its charred circuitry to punishing extremes it balances things out with percussive elements that evoke techno, in sound if not in their actual patterns.
Members David Collins, Peter J. Woods, and Christopher Burns bring a healthy interest in composition and process to Bridges Of Königsberg's music. Collins is a saxophonist and composer who has created his own sequencer programs for laptop-based music-making, and Burns, a lecturer at the University of Michigan who researches music technology, has also created some of his own music software. Woods, meanwhile, plays an essential role in Milwaukee's experimental music community, booking shows and festivals and creating projects that have included skin-crawling noise, free-jazz collaborations, and performances that combine experimental music with elements of theater. But for all the heady ideas that no doubt inform it, Bridges Of Königsberg feels grounded in raw and instinctual sounds. Sharing the bill here is Madison's DJ Speedsick, who spoke with us recently about his evolving mix of noise and techno. —Scott Gordon