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10thA 'Weird Garden' evening of live original sound & vision. Jeff Surak, Rinus Van Alebeek, Girls On Tape, Experimental Sonic Machines. Decimal Place 10 Burton Rd Lincoln LN1 3LB. 6-10pm. Free entry

Jeff Surakstarted in the early 80s participating in the international hometaper network. He released his music under the name -1348- on his own Watergate Tapes imprint along with other artists such as Controlled Bleeding, Kapotte Musik, Odal, F.A.R. and collaborations with John Hudak, Crawling With Tarts, Zan Hoffman and others. Surak also performed and toured with his live unit New Carrollton creating improvised post industrial soundscapes. During the early 1990s Surak spent most of his time living in Russia, where he formed the noise group Sovmestnoye Predpriyatiye (Joint Venture), which did site specific performances. In the late 90s, Surak returned to recording and live performance with the free music duo V. After releasing numerous recordings and touring the USA, V. disbanded and Surak focused on solo works under the name of Violet, creating organic irrational compositions, using electro-acoustic instruments and tape/cd/vinyl manipulations.

As well as being part of the duo Girls On Tape, Jeff 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 are at hand. He has collaborated with other artists: Alexei Borisov, Zan Hoffman, Frans De Waard, and Michael Gendreau. Surak runs the Zeromoon label and directs the annual Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music in Washington DC, presenting performances by a wide range of artists from Phil Niblock, Magma, Univers Zero, Merzbow, Faust, Odal, Andrea Parkins, David Behrman, and hundreds of others.

The other member of Girls On Tape is Rinus Van Alebeek, a writer and dictaphone experimentalist. He is the curator of the revived (since 2010) Staalplaat’s cassette label, Staaltape. He is also alongside Adrian Shephard the founder of the Berlin-based radio Radio On.

Girls On Tape sees Surak & Alebeek creating sounds with Walkman tape players, vocals, & bizarre ideas such as Alebeek’s ‘acoustc laptop’ & Surak’s ‘lentil crisps’. Sometimes they don’t use amplification, just the on-board speakers in the tape players. Chaotic elements such as chanson, sound art, whisper culture, plunderphonics, archaic ceremonies, voodoo, trad avant-garde music, Soviet realism, musique concrete, laws of Leo Stassberg, geo-dating & journalism are skilfully brought together in their sonic creations.

The evening starts at 6pm with an outdoor performance near Decimal Place byExperimental Sonic Machines & robot drummer Ernie. Peter K Rollings makes most of his instruments & music machines from scrap materials & some are solar powered. In his shows he metamorphoses into a series of bizarre costumed characters, with highly imaginative, original electro-acoustic music to go with them.