Arts Desk

Tonight: Sonic Circuits Benefit IV

Jackie's Restaurant in Silver Spring will play host to the fourth and final benefit for the rapidly-approaching Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music tonight, which officially kicks off on Sunday, September 28th at the Velvet Lounge. Visit the Festival's Web site to peruse the event's eclectic schedule, which includes everything from the twisted glitch of Baltimore duo Matmos, to the tormented pomp of Cleveland's Baby Dee.

I've never been to Jackie's, but the place seems like a promising venue for the evening's festivities; there's a large "back room" adjoining the restaurant with high-ceilings and hip decor. Details for tonight's lineup are listed below — descriptions courtesy of the Sonic Circuits site:

Blue Sausage Infant
BSI (a/k/a Chester Hawkins) takes inspiration from the European pioneers of “difficult music” and has created sets of orchestrated feedback, tape loops, and amplified ductwork at the DC Arts Center, BBQ Iguana, DC Space and in Dupont Circle as part of the Alternatives Festival. Using electronics, acoustics, lo-fi gadgets and found sounds, the results blend nightmare noise, spacious trance and surreal weirdness. 2008 marks BSI’s 20th anniversary and a new surge of activity.

Kuschty Rye Ergot
New project from long-time DC area multi-instrumentalist/vocalist John Stanton. A collective as opposed to a fixed lineup, performances range from drifty slowburn watercolour solo guitar/synth constructs to full blown ensemble sonic exhaust blasts, along with occasional stripped down acoustic folk musings. Stanton sometimes performs as a member of DC improv-psych band Kouhotek, playing guitar, synth, electric piano and other instruments.

Corpus Callosum
Doug S. (amplified cello & effects) and Scott N. (ARP analog synth + effects) focus on a mix of melodic and atonal drones. The music is inspired by musicians who have explored the impact of frequencies on the conscious and unconscious mind, as well as feelings of despair triggered by empathy for those who suffer day in and day out, often as a result of third world exploitation.

Also just added to the bill:
True Womanhood
Read Underwater

Doors: 8:30pm
Music: 9:00pm sharp!
$6 at the Door; All proceeds fund the Sonic Circuits Festival

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  • Aradia

    This event is going to be great! I always enjoy Sonic Circuits events and look forward to the weeklong festival later this month.

  • Tommy

    sounds awesome. sonic circuits always presents some great new stuff.

  • Sean

    A truly awesome night and good warm up to the Sonic Circuits festival later this month!

  • zeromoon

    the sonic circuits website link is

  • js adams

    One of the best things about SONIC CIRCUITS for me and its audiences is the chance to be exposed to previously great artists ... looking forward to catching Skull Defekts (Sweden) and Barbuja (Spain).

  • js adams

    d'oh .... make that previously *unheard*

    me bad.

  • Kuske