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Test Tone vol. 49

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Sound Experiments

Test Tone Vol. 49: DIY Night!

September 8, 2009 (Tuesday) 20:00 to 25:00 at Super Deluxe, Nishi Azabu, Tokyo.

An Arts and Crafts Movement for the New Millennium.


Lead Sister II

Lead Sister IIWhile not exactly following in the footsteps of the original Lead Sister (aka Karen Carpenter), Lead Sister II (aka Joshua Hume) could very well hold the key to unlocking the next pop sensation.

Using a collection of self-crafted musical instruments, Lead Sister II exorcises swampy rhythms, barrelhouse melodies, and the whirr and whizz of clocks arranged in a kalimba countdown. The performance could be likened to something part circus-tout delivery, part gospel preacher, and the sounds are thick indeed. This night, Lead Sister II will be bringing some rarified spring contraptions to the stage, while he echoes the remains of the muggy summer in a creaky carnivalesque romp.

Come be the first to dance.

Lead Sister II


OnnacodomoTaking their inspiration from moments and objects from everyday life, visual unit Onnacodomo make the ordinary decidedly extraordinary. Eschewing computer-generated graphics or recorded material, the three members (DJ Codomo, Yasuko Seki and Ruka Noguchi) perform in real time using a video camera to capture their spontaneous creations.

Shimmering projections are created using water, mirrors and an array of lights, while a world of fantastic images is constructed with found photos, kitchen utensils, toys, stationary and improvised artwork. Kaleidoscopic, absurd and unreal, Onnacodomo takes you into a slightly-unhinged world that is absolutely original in its conception.

On this special night, Onnacodomo will be performing a rare live performance using their own original sound manipulations.



ScriptonesStan Eberlein once again steps out of the loosely composed bounce of Legofriendly and into a slightly more improvised setting with Scriptones, his solo incarnation. Armed with an old Yamaha drum machine, a crappy effector, and some deftly chosen field recordings, Stan looks deep into the the world of interrupted sound, and sound as interruption.

By attaching cables and using his hands in the open circuits of the electronics, he is able to throw well-conceived, yet seemingly random, elements of noise into our living spaces.

One might imagine it's a little bit like walking around this big old city, but without the pressing engagements.


Ningen Dog Orchestra

Ningen Dog OrchestraEverybody knows that if humans live with animals long enough, they eventually start to resemble each other. These anthropomorphic circuit-bent canines take it one step further. Not only do they creepily resemble their human counterparts, but they've been loaded with twisted electronics that have them flipping, barking, and chasing their transistor tails.

Conducted by super utako, 23N! & Yosei (two of whom make up modified-instrument noise-improv unit No Fork Droise), the noise should meld with the yip and the yap of this singular orchestra for an altogether different kind of petting zoo.

Ningen Dog Orchestra

Evil Penguin

Evil Penguin Grand wizard of vinyl and interstellar treasure hunter, the Evil Penguin extracts the tastiest gems from his cosmic vat of recordings long forgotten. Pure listening pleasure.

01.09.2009. 10:29