This random rhythm of notes and sounds by Viv Corringham
Since the late 1970s Viv Corringham has been singing a wide range of music: free improvisation, Greek Rembetika, Turkish folk and spontaneously created songs that often include field recordings. Walking has long been an essential part of her work. She leads group soundwalks and listening workshops based on her studying and working with Pauline Oliveros. On solo walks she improvises with environmental sounds, and in her ongoing series Shadow-walks she responds to the memory of walks that individuals chose as special for them. Her work has been presented in twenty six countries in venues including Hong Kong Arts Centre, Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico, Issue Project Room New York, Onassis Centre Athens, ICA London, Serralves Museum Portugal, Ohrenhoch Berlin, Arts University Taiwan, Shantou University China and Tempo Reale Florence. This work by Viv features improvisations for voice, voice processing with iPad apps and guitar pedals, and field recordings.
Viral Dances by Jeff Surak
The soundtrack for interesting times. Generated by electronics, guitar, prepared autoharp, zither, and tapes, unaided by digital tools. Composed March 2020.
by Bonnie Jones + Jeff Surak
A remarkable document of two musicians in their prime, Gymnastics is a split release from Baltimore based sound artist Bonnie Jones and veteran DC experimenter Jeff Surak, published by the Brooklyn, New York label Rat Route on cassette and digital download. Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and educator. Her work is committed to an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates text, sculpture, and video, but grounds itself in an improvised electronic noise and sound practice. Her side of Gymnastics documents a thrilling live performance recorded in Richmond, Virginia in 2017. Processed recordings collide interface with hacked delay pedals, carefully audio mixed with nuance and precision. Jeff Surak started his journey through sonic experimentation in the 80s, amassing a considerable discography of revered releases under myriad names and collaborations. Currently Surak performs under his own name, operating in the netherworld between composed and improvised music, moving between musique concrete, drone, noise, & free improvisation using whatever sound implements at hand. His side of Gymnastics features two distinct tracks composed with electronics, prepared autoharp, and tape sources.