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OSCILLATIONS: Noisée le Seque + Ben Zucker

  • Experimental Sound Studio 5925 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)
OSCILLATIONS: Noisée le Seque + Ben Zucker
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Noisée le Seque is an outsider performance artist and DIY noise musician. She used to bury cassette tapes in the DIY basements where she would perform with her cast of salvaged hybrid electronic instruments. Noisée le Seque (born Ruth Edwards) furiously forages the city for electronic equipment that could be broken into and hacked for their lurking electronic sounds. Noisée then transforms her instruments into fantastical hyper-dimensional hybrids - part sculpture, part machine, part animal.

"Hello. I’m your host, Ben Zucker. You’re listening to a special live episode O UR GAB, a composition in the shape of a podcast. Or maybe it’s a podcast in the shape of a composition. Who knows. You will hear words in the shape of music, and music in the shape of words. These words may be about things. We are here to offer you a listening experience where you will take nothing for granted, to learn and hear and question. There will be stories, there will be interviews with special guests, there will be things neither of us can anticipate. All that’s left to do now is to begin. You are encouraged to sit back, turn the volume up, and make a cup of coffee, the way you might listen to another podcast. But this is not another special live episode of a podcast. This is O. UR. GAB."

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Noisée le Seque is an outsider performance artist and DIY noise musician. She buries cassette tape recordings of her improvisations in the yards where she performs live with her cast of salvaged hybrid electronic instruments - planting analog seeds into the transforming digital earth.  Noisée le Seque furiously forages the city for electronic equipment that could be broken into and hacked for their lurking electronic sounds. She then transforms her instruments into fantastical hyper-dimensional hybrids - part sculpture, part machine, part animal.

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Interested in the possibilities of musical relationality amongst people, objects, and histories, Ben Zucker's work crosses and intentionally plays with genre and discipline, and has been performed by the Mivos Quartet, Apartment House, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Distractfold Ensemble, and Rinde Eckert. He was recognized as a "New Composer Talent" by the International Audio Branding Academy, and his work has won awards from the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, C4 Collective, San Francisco Choral Artists, and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Additionally, he maintains an active career as a vocalist, trumpeter, pianist, and percussionist performing jazz, new music, and improvisations solo and with bands around the world, including two solo albums on Not Art Records and Verz Imprint, the former deemed “a testament to the power of restraint and arrangement” (Decoder Magazine). Ben received a BA in music and critical theory at Wesleyan University, and recently completed postgraduate studies at Brunel University London with Jennifer Walshe and Christopher Fox. Currently, he resides outside Berkeley, California and will begin doctoral studies at Northwestern University in the fall.

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