Paul Clipson, Shinya Sugimoto & Jeremy Young: Total Fiction / + Nathaniel Mann (Dead Rat Orchestra)
Paul Clipson / Shinya Sugimoto / Jeremy Young / Total Fiction (2017)
A 16mm film projection event with live improvised score
Taking it’s name from Shinya Sugimoto & Jeremy Young’s forthcoming LP featuring cellist Julia Kent, Total Fiction is live score performance to a 16mm film reel projection by Paul Clipson that will change night by night in reaction to the properties of each space. Like all of Clipson’s film collage works, this will be frenetic, it will span movements both in stark black and white and bright analog color, and the score will be disbursed in a series of chapters. Improvisation, for Sugimoto and Young, is like fiction, and they’ll work to bring out auditory characters, narratives, themes and transitional arcs from the celluloid, while also at times challenging the pictures to provide new meaning in new sonic contexts from space to space. Shinya Sugimoto performs on piano and Max MSP triggered processing, while Young will be utilizing his analog electronics such as reel-to-reel tape loops, oscillators, AM radio and contact mic’d objects and surfaces to build textural and tonal color palettes throughout the evening.
Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and experimental film artist whose work involves projected installation and live collaborative performances with sound artists and musicians. He is the Director of the Film Department at SFMoMA. His largely improvised, in-camera-edited films bring to light subconscious preoccupations and unexpected visual forms. His works have been exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally at such festivals as the New York Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. He has collaborated with many audio artists including Grouper, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Barn Owl, Felicia Atkinson, Tarentel, Gregg Kowalsky, Lau Nau and many others.
Jeremy Young is an artist and entrepreneurial strategist working predominantly within the flexible borders of sound media. His creative work includes compositions for recording and live performance, reel-to-reel tape collage, sound-poetry and audio-visual scoring. His main interests as a performer lie in the analog treatment of surface-based audio (piezo mic'd objects and surfaces, manipulating tape and tone via texture and voltage), as he is not concerned with what one hears but how it is heard and through what lens. He has performed and released material throughout Europe, Asia, the US, UK and Canada. In 2014, he was awarded a Media Artists' Assistance Grant by Wave Farm (NYSCA) to create 125 unique artist edition double-sided loop pieces towards developing sustainable audience engagement with the sonic arts, housing all the loops online in a freely streamable living archive and commissioning over 120 sound artists to create new work using each singular piece. Visit the project here to view the list of participating artists.
Young's main sonic project is a collaborative trio with Ian Temple and Jesse Perlstein called Sontag Shogun that makes use of analog sound treatments and nostalgic solo piano compositions in harmony to depict abstract places in our memory. However, Young recently released his debut duo album with cellist/multi-instrumentalist Aaron Martin entitled, A Pulse Passes from Hand to Hand on Chihei Hatakeyama's label White Paddy Mountain. He also performs in a trio with pianist Shinya Sugimoto and 16mm projectionist Joel Schlemowitz as well in a post-Celtic folk duo with Daniel Merrill called Foxout!. Young has shared the stage with notable artists such as Hauschka, Julia Kent, Aki Onda, Matana Roberts, Jason Lescalleet, Aaron Martin, Dead Rat Orchestra, Barn Owl, Sam Shalabi, Alexander Turnquist, Tom Carter, Noveller, Ben Vida & Koen Holtkamp among many others.
Shinya Sugimoto is a composer, pianist and improviser based in Osaka, Japan. He alchemizes samples and improvisational piano phrases into a slow moving polyphonic texture, creating beautifully catastrophic soundscapes. Although largely based on contemporary classical music, his style crosses over immensely broad fields such as Hip Hop and Free jazz. He started his performing career in Brooklyn, New York in 2009. Since then he has been featured worldwide in concerts, art exhibitions, films, and numerous recording projects both as a solo artist and a collaborator. Making his debut solo live performance at ISSUE Project Room, he has shared the stage with improvisors such as Jeremy Young (Sontag Shogun), Andy Couzens, Jerry Gordon, Yangjah Shin, Trever Hagen, Kou Yamamoto (Nous), Alexandre Maubert, Ally Mobbs, sleepland, Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat), Jeremy D. Slater and Kenya Kawaguchi. In 2010 New York Fashion Week, Sugimoto collaborated with Asher Levine, composing music for his runway show. Sugimoto also composed film scores for several independent films with collaborators including multi-award-winning Thai filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong. He has released two solo albums and a few collaborative albums from his own label MONKHAUS.
Nathaniel Mann is a composer, sound artist and performer. He was the Embedded Composer in Residence at Oxford University’s Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford Contemporary Music for 20 months. During this time he garnered a reputation for creating diverse and engaging responses to the museum and its collections. Described as “a fluid unfolding of the museum experience” (ATTN: Magazine) his wide reaching works incorporate site specific performances, interventions and installations. He is best known for his work with avant-folk ensemble Dead Rat Orchestra, who specialize in site specific performances and concept driven tours of unorthodox locations, challenging traditional concert settings. He has written for Tate, BBC Scotland & London Contemporary Orchestra. His Donkey Symphony (with Lara Baladi) won the Gran Nile Award at the Cairo Biennale 2008 and was performed by Ukraine’s State Camera Orchestra “Kievskaya Kamerata”.