Finally settling in to life back in The States, & everything has been beautiful. As a break from my normal seasonal back & forth between home & Europe, I’m taking a hiatus from the summer festival circuit this year to work on recorded music, teaching, performance, domesticities, laughter, and light retail at home.
The first of two events surrounding Tarek Atoui’s Organ Within - a week-long residency at Kurimanzutto’s Madison Avenue cabinet space capped by the premiere performance of a commissioned piece for it - went beautifully, and now I get to look forward to playing the piece again (albeit in concatenated form) in an ensemble setting at the Rotunda of the Guggenheim on the 27th of June. But long before then, I’ll be realizing a “Playthrough” as part of fantastic show at the newly re-opened Schoolhouse (i.e. the venue in the living room of the home of Forma’s Mark Dwinell & John Also Bennett; can’t recommend his Shelter Press LP enough, easily one of my favorite records in recent times) on May 18th with a twin-Buchla Music Easel performance by Marcia Bassett & Ted Gordon (featuring real-time video projections by none other than Jeffrey Perkins & Barry Weisblat) and the duo of Cecilia Lopez on synth & Sandy Ewen on guitar. Then, a few weeks later, I’ll be proffering a “Shredding” Generator as part of a great bill at my favorite local metal bar St. Vitus on June 3rd alongside Nuclear Death Wish, Bob Bellerue, & Chris LiButti. Things are just warming up.
Also, on perhaps the note I’ve been asked about the most since moving back; YES I have begun Selling Records again, although, at first, my activities are limited to contending with the sizable collection of second-hand LPs acquired while living down under, then paid to have shipped back to The States after my 1-3 year exclusionary period went into effect, all largely to fund said shipment (just absurd compared to the move over) and/or the monthly expense of it living in an accessible storage space around the corner in Brooklyn. All said & done, if I keep my 200-listings-a-week stride (unlikely) I should have everything up for sale by the end of August, with around 4k really, really great records all ripe for the plucking. If you’re at all interested in (specifically) Early Electronic & Avant-Garde music, Sound Art & “Artists Records”, Modern & Contemporary Classical, regional & genre Electronic Music, and every conceivable & neighboring strand within, you’ll want to check the Alpha State NYC page at Discogs on the regular. Note that I am also open to record fairs & the occasional record-hang, so please get in touch if you’re involved in a going concern.
As of yet I haven’t decided if I’ll launch a canonic replacement of Mimaroglu Music / Sales / Broken-Music, mainly as I’m not convinced that getting my hair tangled into the contemporary reality of all-risk, no-return tangible-object music retail is in any way a viable notion, despite the sudden proliferation of excellent music & editions. That said, I am regularly & consistently nostalgic for the days when this worked (well) and perhaps offering it at a small scale wouldn’t be that much of a hustle on a one-day-a-week scale. To this effect I have reserved the alphastate.nyc domain & have parked the old Broken-Music infrastructure onto it as a placeholder. Have an opinion regarding any of this? Feel free to fill out the poll below; if I get, say, 1,000 swing votes (I love the internet in the 21st Century; so much groveling) on the “for”, I’ll turn the key in the ignition & start it up, whether there’s gas in the tank or not…