Wednesday, December 26, 2007

End of the Year stuff

So 2007 is rapidly drawing to a close. We'd like to post some year-end lists, so please submit them if you have them! No rules, no boundaries, just list some stuff that impacted you this year and that you'd like to share your perspective on. We'll try to get 'em compiled and posted ASAP.

A full announcement will follow soon, but for now, make sure to hold SATURDAY JANUARY 5th open on your calendars for the next ASAC event. It'll be the first in our monthly series for 2008, and will feature a solo set by Holland Hopson on banjo + electronics. Also playing a solo set that night will be Jason Cosco on turntables, percussion, and electronics. It'll all go down at the UAG gallery on Lark St. again, a wonderful space.

Don't forget your lists, have a great end of the year, and we'll be seeing you all soon!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

KILLER show in Troy on Sunday night!

Hi everyone - We're not sponsoring it (though we would if Ross hadn't beat us the punch!), but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you simply CANNOT miss this show in Troy on Sunday night. What better way to end yr weekend and prepare for another week?!? Even if you don't know these artists, by all means check out their myspace pages - this show promises to be a secret treat of the highest order. You know, one of those shows that people talk about years later and you WISH you had been there?!? And even better, it features Barkhausen, with two of our favorite ASAC members Mike Bullock and Linda Aubrey Bullock! YEAH!!

So here's the full scoop...

Ross Goldstein presents:

Sunday December 16th @ 8:00 pmLIVE ELECTRONICS fromLEXINGTON,KENTUCKY !
at 51 3rd Street garage in Troy!

Three Legged Race (
Caboladies (
And from Troy, NY:Barkhausen (

(Linda + Mike = Noise. Do the math!)

Plus a special video screening by Takeshi Murata !!

It's going to be AWESOME! Please come out for this one!
Suggested donation $5

Be seeing you.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Pictures from First Friday

Here are a few shots from last night's First Friday event with Century Plants, Sleepy Demons, and Grab Ass Cowboys. An excellent time was had by all, many thanks to the bands and the video guys as well.
Also - if you want to be added to the ASAC email announcement list, just shoot us a quick email ( First few shows in the 2008 series to be announced any day now!!
RIP Stockhausen...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Century Plants in Albany on Friday night!

Hope everyone's well and managing to navigate the ice... We're busy working on the 2008 performance series, and we know you'll dig it - lots of exciting things happening soon, so check here often. We don't want you to miss any of the action!

Also - A last minute news bulletin - this Friday night (12/7), Century Plants will be playing as part of the First Friday series. The show is happening at 217 Lark St. in Albany. Also on the bill are Albany's own Grab Ass Cowboys and Sleepy Demons will be making the journey up from Hudson. There will be art on the walls, some video projections as well, and a guaranteed good time to be had by all. We hope you can make it out for this show and start your holiday season right. Stop over and introduce yourself if you get the chance.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Area C to play Albany

December's almost here, and there's a good show in the works this coming Saturday (12/1). Sponsored by The Capital District Federation of Ideas, (383.5 Madison Avenue, Albany). We're big fans of Area C, and it's bound to be a good time. Try to make this one if you can!

Saturday, December 1 at 4pm Michael Peters and Area C

Michael Peters: The "writing" attributable to "Michael Peters"--his poetry, his visual poetry, his fiction, his critical writing--has appeared in SleepingFish, Wordfor/Word, Lungfull, Xtant, Spell, Tool a Magazine, Rhino, Spinning Jenny, Posted, Generator Press, American Weddings, and Kostelanetz's Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, among many others. His visual poetry has appeared innumerous galleries and exhibits, and can be found in the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry,as well as in the Special Collections/Avante-Garde Libraries of both the Ohio State University and the University at Buffalo, among others. As a musician, most notably in Poem Rocket, Michael Peters has released recordings on a number of independent labels. In 2007, Atavistic (the avant jazz and rock label based out of Chicago), released Poem Rocket's fourth full-length recording, a double CD titled Invasion! Peters also performs and records with the sound-text performance group: The Be Blank Consort. In 2005, he performed at the Subtropics Experimental Music Festival in Miami both independently and as a member of the Consort. VAAST B1n; n Ephemerisi (Calamari, 2007) is his first book. Calamari Press:

Area C: A vertical of error; a transplant to the chamber. Dubbed "space rock for the information age" by WIRE magazine, AREA C weaves a complicated web of sound from minimal sources, mainly guitar, field recordings, Farfisa organand harmonium, sometimes with an old Hammond drum machine thrown to the wall. Drawing on remnants of other times and places, outdated and untested technologies, signals sent out but never received, AREA C was formed by Erik Carlson in 2003 as a means to examine the texture and tonal characteristics of sound. He also works with audio art, installations,and soundtracks and his work has been featured at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum and Terrastock. AREA C recently completed a permanent interactive installation titled "Low Rez / Hi Fi" on Vermont Avenue in Washington DC, a collaboration with architect J. Meejin Yoon. AREA C also has a new trance-like cd called "haunt" out on Last Visible Dog.
Stay tuned here for announcements about upcoming Albany Sonic Arts Collective shows - we've got some really exciting things happening in the Spring!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

First Event

Thanks to everyone who attended our first event. The Albany Sonic Arts Collective (ASAC) is off to a good start. It was great meeting everybody, and we hope you enjoyed the music and food. We certainly did!

More pictures from the evening are available for viewing on the Upstate Artists Guild website:

Special thanks to Rebecca, Colin, and Jason from UAG for helping us put the show on. And thanks to all the musicians who played - Grant, Cory, Jen, Ray, Eric, Cyrus, Ged, Noah, Kyle, and Jeremy.

Please send us an email at ASAC if you'd like to get on our announcement list for upcoming events, or to get involved with the collective in other ways. We can be reached at

See you all soon for the next event! And drop us a line anytime, especially if you have ideas or would like to get involved...

Thursday, October 18, 2007


An evening of experimental and improvised music, this will be the inaugural event for the Albany Sonic Arts Collective. Come find out about our collective and hear some wonderfully intriguing and mysterious sounds!

SUNDAY Nov. 11th


247 Lark St. Albany, NY

Century Plants (Albany NY)
Experimental/psychedelic/minimalist guitar-based improvisation

Stone Baby (Rochester, NY)
Ambient chamber noise

Antique Brothers (Los Angeles, CA & Hudson, NY)
Acoustic improvisation and “gritty industrial folk music”

Sleepwalkers Local 242 (Los Angeles, CA)
Tonal layering in hyperspace, moody rags in waltz time

We're thrilled to be presenting this first performance with the support of the wonderful Upstate Artists Guild Gallery (

We also hope you'll consider getting involved - if you are a musician, performer, composer, listener, or simply anyone who's interested in helping us build a community, get in touch with us here. We'll have plenty of opportunities to participate, volunteer, and be a part of our collective group.


Welcome to the brand new blog for the ALBANY SONIC ARTS COLLECTIVE. This is where we'll post information about upcoming events, share news, links, resources, and much more. Check back often. Don't hesitate to get in touch!

Who are we?

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is a new grassroots organization dedicated to building a thriving community of listeners and performers of music that exists outside of traditional boundaries. The Collective will strive to support a wide variety of music and sonic art forms, with a special emphasis on those that stress freedom and exploration of new ideas. Styles may include free improvisation, drone, noise, electroacoustic improvisation, electronic music, avant jazz, and many others.

We'll be starting off things with a monthly series of live performances in various venues around Albany. Stay tuned for details!