NEW MUSIC SERIES, French Radio/Thomas DeMuzzio

locationthe luggage storedateThursday, Mar 30 2006 8:00 PM

8pm: French Radio
Andy Way-turntable,mic,etc
Bruce Anderson-guitar,etc
Jim Kaiser-bowed spokes,etc

9pm: Dimmer
Joseph Hammer (reel-to-reel tape/electronics)
Thomas Dimuzio(sampler/electronics)

Radio is a Bay Area aggregation of sound projection facilitating urban fear as it’s power source to broadcast black utopian uncanniness to all devoted listeners. French Radio rejects the fascist conveyer belt of rhythm. Instead it embraces stasis and unimpeded movement. French Radio loves you.”

Dimmer is a duo comprising sonic extremist Thomas Dimuzio and tape-loop maestro Joseph Hammer. Captivating audiences with their dark explorations of sound, Dimmer specializes in a symbiotic sound
process as they continually loop, reloop, sample and resample within an interactive feedback circuit linking both artists.

Joseph Hammer:
“Perhaps the only living musicians whose musical instrument is simply the Cross-Fade, low-fi tape-loop manipulator Joseph Hammer is a legendary member of the eerie entity known as L.A.F.M.S. (the Los Angeles Free Music Society) and a living, breathing ball of sensibility. Wearing a white cotton glove, Hammer subliminally “gooses” the position of his well-worn circular recording media in and out of proximity to the fields of oscillating magnetism. This interface, in combination with
his fevered imagination, acts as a kind of Dali-esque-soft-cheese-grater to his sentimental musical source material, revealing or creating a psychiatrist’s bedside drawer of crawling sonic subtexts through a process that can only be considered SOUND CELL GRAFTING. Hammer is also a co-founder of many influential and cryptic groups, including Dinosaurs with Horns, Points of Friction, Steaming Coils, and the active unit Solid Eye–none of whom really sound like anything else.” (from the High Zero Festival notes)

Thomas Dimuzio is one of those unsung artistic figures whose influence and abilities have substantially outstripped his visibility. Composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, experimental electronic musician, sideman and recording studio owner-Dimuzio has been busy doing his thing(s) since the late 1980’s, but is still only known to a small circle of electronic music enthusiasts. A true sonic alchemist who can seemingly create music events out of almost anything, Dimuzio’s listed sound sources on his various CDs include everything from ‘modified 10 speed bicycle’ and ‘resonating water pipe’ to short-wave radios, loops, samplers and even normal instruments such as clarinet and trumpet. And while his wide range of musical interests make it impossible to pin a label on him, Dimuzio clearly has an insider’s knowledge of older experimental musical forms such as musique concrete and electroacoustic, and well as more current ambient industrial styles as promoted by artists/groups such as Lustmord, Lull and Main.” -All Music Guide

For more information on Creative Music venues, musicians, please see
Bay Area Improviser