Screaming Claws

hey there.. I wanna tell you about something really great! There are people over the world making touching, intense, fluorescent music.. some of them are part of the collective Screaming Claws … Natalie Chami (Chicago), Brian Griffith (LA) and Steffi Neuhuber (Vienna) wanna bring some good stuff to you! lay down and listen to….

“A collection of interesting folk and peculiar sounds. Tingling up your spine and out your eyes; may cause euphoria and fear, but always worth a listen.

The philosophy of ScreamingClaws extends to the history of Philosophy itself: because we cannot exist in the past nor the future, we may only exist in what we are conscious of currently, at the present moment. Memories are imagined remembrances of what was and the future is a prophecy and clairvoyant hope of our destination. We exist only in the unmeasurable abyss of Now and improvisational music is a way to explain it. As a bridge from the past to the future, every time you follow your bliss you fortify its strength. Improvisational music is why ScreamingClaws came into being. Listen. Contribute. Expand.”

http://www.screamingclaws.com
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http://screamingclaws.bandcamp.com

 

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chaotic memory…

time flies bye.. 12 days left in Chicago.. the last few days I was volunteering at the 48th Chicago International Film Festival great movies.. I saw Off-White Lies, a Israeli film and The Weekend, a German Film. It was really nice watching a movie in German.

Yesterday I finally had Chicago Deep Dish pizza.. ’cause everyone was telling me that I have to try it before I leave again.

I don’t know where to start now.. hm… right now I’m listening to classical voice lessons at home.. one girl was just singing “Ave Maria” .. what a nice saturday afternoon.

Last sunday Natalie Chami (TAL) and I played some ambient, experimental, noise music at Rodan. You would love it 😉 watch out for more.. maybe next June somewhere in Europe!
I also did some recording with Kg Price … my first drum+recorder encounter… nice sounds!

One Week ago we also went to HCL where Vice presented the Fourth Dimension film screening. “Three visionary filmmakers – Alexy Fedorchenko, Harmony Korine and Jan Kwiecinski– have created three unique stories that represent their interpretation of the higher plane of existence known as the Fourth Dimension. As viewers, we are given a glimpse of enlightenment through the eyes of three one-of-a-kind characters who are each on a journey that changes the way they see the world and themselves. Each Filmmaker provides a different perspective on what the Fourth Dimension is while keeping a common theme—by broadening your mind and changing your perspective on life, you can pave your own path to enlightenment.” I preferred FAWNS by Michal Kwiecinski I was caught by the story and the characters.. and liked the unpredictabilty of the story..

ha and I totally forgot about the Good Willsmith show at saki record store… where Angel Eyes from Australia played first followed by Good Willsmith. Both sets were very noisy. Good Willsmith use synths, voice, guitar, bass and electronics.

Tonight there’s an Outer Ear performance at ESS with Joseph Clayton Mills, Olivia Block, Noe Cuellar, Steven Hess and Jason Stein.. I think that’s going to be great.

whatever.. a lot is going on… I don’t know where to start 🙂 I forget about a lot of things that happen.. but it’s amazing!


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nd watched jurrasic park …


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nd it’s fall.. yeah…

Wicker Park

A few days ago I lived in Lakeview.. it was a nice neighborhood.. I could walk to the lake in 15 minutes and it was beautiful. but I had to leave. the apartment was so tiny, there was noise everywhere.. I love noise.. as you know, but I love silence even more! silence is an important part of my live.. in the old apartment I felt surrounded by constant noise! So I moved to Wicker Park last week.

Where, how.. what.. do I want to tell you? hm..
two weeks ago I went to Myopic bookstore to see a show, Katherine Young (bassoon), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) were playing. On wednesday I went to the flat iron building to see another show at collaboration. There are lot’s of ateliers and a performance space, where the show took place. The line up was very variable but all more or less in the context of experimental music. I liked some bands more, some less. One  band was called video bug.. voice, keys, samples and drum… could be played on fm4 ..I quite liked this band. An other more experimental and more noisy band, that was playing, were Forts+Passerby… followed by Dear Rabbit, a crazy guy.. performing solo with his accordion, singing and sometimes using his trumpet. he had a great stage presence. The last band was El Is A Sound of Joy, I liked the development of their music.. first the sound was a little bit blurry, but then it got very dynamic, precise and you could feel that they are playing together for some time now!

When I was going to this show I met Andrea and Natalie, she is an experimental musician too, plays drone and ambient music. We decided to play together and this is what we did on saturday. So Natalie and I played together and I think it is great.. it felt good, fluent, we listen to each other, but are also totaly into the music… so I moved in last week.

On Monday Oct 1st I played with Brian Labycz (modular synthesizer) and George Larson (guitars) at Myopic.  I enjoyed playing improvised music again.

however.. I’m in wicker park now.. live at a great flat with two great roommates, squid the cat and a garden.. play music.. went to school with natalie to talk to her students.. met her bandmates..went to the empty bottle to see a bad show and to The Dustbowl, a warehouse, squadded place, that reminded me of the warehouse in Oakland and Moe in Vienna.. weird but great place!

I have to say I really like it here!

forts + passerby

Forts + Passerby @ Collaboraction

good morning my Polish plumbers

nearly every day I wake up because of heavy noise from some working next door. one day the walls were moving and some dirt fall from the wall.. I was really afraid that they would break a hole into the wall. today I woke up ’cause of long never ending knocking on the door, there they were again.. my friends the polish plumbers, they ask me to turn on the water and then told me that they have to shut down the water for two hours. oh yes two hours.. that was about three hours ago and when I left they told me.. we change the whole pipe.. yeah.. so no water for me I guess…

I’m in Chicago now for more then two weeks. after my John Cage experience I spent a lot of time with a french couchsurfer Axelle.. she is a great cook.. I miss that someone is cooking for me 😉

On Friday and half through Saturday I was waiting for an other couchsurfer to arrive but she changed plans a lot and finally didn’t show up.. I was really bored.. and a little bit offended so I started playing. Here you can listen to the outcome of my waiting waiting.. waiting…     waiting….

This weekend my experimental music experience in Chicago started. On Saturday I was at the ESS (experimental sound studio) where Michael Thieke a german clarinetist and composer played a solo concert. Sunday I went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory where the opening of the sound installation “wood music/Holzmusik” from Michael in cooperation with ESS took place. I think the ESS is a great place, a place for music and interdisciplinary artwork. They have a whole house and a nice garden in the backyard for concerts and where for example next Sunday a wine tasting paired with music takes place. One of their aims is to build an archive of experimental music in Chicago. I’m happy that I found this place and I’m going to spend some time there while I’m in Chicago. Through the amazing people at ESS I also get to know lot’s of interesting people, artists and venues for sure. And I want to add that I feel very comfortable at ESS.

So yesterday evening I went to a weekly concert series at the hungry brain. Two bands were playing

SET I: Summerfield/Lonberg-Holm/Kirchner/Rosaly
SET II: Thieke/Gregorio/Baker/Zerang

Both sets were very energetic and I enjoyed listening to them. I had the impression that the second set was  more calm, although there was a lot going on too. I felt that there was a different kind of listening in both sets and for sure for every musician too. They seemed to enjoy themselves and I felt a desire to play myself.

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at the hungry brain before the show

steffi

John Cage and cupcakes

my first day in Chicago and I already had some great experiences. I’m staying here with John, he’s really good to talk to.. this is what we did all saturday morning. afterwards I went to the (new) corpse performance space where readings and performances in celebration of John Cages 100th birthday took place. I got lost on my way there and was walking round in wicker park in Chicago. When I arrived there was silence and I totally crashed it.. hm.. no it was not that bad 🙂 the performance was in the apartment of two people in N. Millwaukee and it was really great. The flat was full of people who were really interested. there were lectures by Devin King, a toy piano performance by Keven Kalay, one minute pieces from ‘Indeterminacy’ and performances by Troy Schafer, Ira Murfin and Emmy Bean, Elizabeth Metzger Sampson and Eric VanDenmark and Meghan McGrath. I really like the performing of ‘Radio Music’ (1965) by The Speers and the performance of Stephen Germana, that reminded me of the substrata festival in Seattle. One other highlight was a silent birthday song for John Cage and blowing out 100 candles on beautiful, homemade (afterwards yessica told me, they were out of a box) cupcakes – my first cupcakes ever…

One thing I really liked was that people took the performances serious but were also able to laugh.. I could not imagine this in Vienna. great!

Afterwards I was walking home, set up my equipment and did some recordings … and acutally I’m in the middle of reading ‘Mixing with your mind’ from Michael Paul Stavrou and until now I think it is really a good book and I can draw some lines between my ‘learning by doing’ experience at the Amannstudio and some really good (written) information by Stavrou.

the (new) corpse performance space

cupcakes .. yummy

steffi

 

Torn between NYC and Chicago

it’s getting colder.. and hotter at once. how can this be happening.. I don’t get it.. I was melting when I waited for the A train… outside there should have been a thunderstorm.. but not really.

there s noise everywhere, it s great. your bedded in sound. on sunday bernd and I had a listening session of his recordings.. I loved it.. I felt like I could sit there and listen to his sounds and music forever. I got tired he woke up and vice versa… I put my zoom to my window.. I hear the air-condition and the water drops.. perfect sunday ..

I’m still in NYC but also some part of me is in Chicago.. I’m torn…

friday I’m heading to the windy city.. I was just writing to some hosts on couchsurfing (great project by the way) and I stumbled over more and more great and interesting people… musicians, artists of live, personalities, weirdos, technique nerds.. recording and video .. sound.. artists.. families  yoga teachers.. whatever.. I had to stop.. I hope I ll find a couch to crash, a place to stay.. where I can set up my stuff and where I can focus on my inspiration, motivation.. and build whatever s coming out of it…

Steffi