This bill of Wisconsin experimental acts explores tape collages, psychedelic guitar, and abrasive noise. Info
The Madison/Mankato, Minnesota duo of Maths Balance Volumes has been weaving together haunting and tape-hiss-edged cassette collages since the mid-2000s, becoming a vital part of a healthy but obscure Midwestern experimental music community. Clay Kolbinger and Jameson Sweiger manipulate bits of found sound, sampled music, and field recordings into pieces that prod the listener's consciousness from an oblique angle, sometimes developing a harmonic through-line but just as often delving deep into layers of abstract texture, as if exposing a nether dimension of sound that surrounds us every day. The track "For Some Hour," from 2017's Absence, threads a mournful vocal through woozily twisting currents of strings and scuffling low end. In addition to their work together as Maths Balance Volumes, Kolbinger has been focusing on his solo projects, one-person punk outlet Private Anarchy and the sparse, tape-manipulating Termite Acropolis, and Sweiger has been working on his own minimalist experimental electronic project, Final Seed.
MBV share the bill here with three Wisconsin acts working other abstract corners of sound. Tony Endless, a longtime local experimental musician whose projects have included the spaced-out drone project Drunjus and the improvisational Second Family Band, performs here as Research Products Corporation, which will be largely focused on tape loops. Hideous Replica is an abrasive noise outfit from Milwaukee, and Terran is the wide-ranging synth and guitar-focused solo project from Terrance Barrett of Madison psych-rock band Carbon Bangle. —Scott Gordon