Tim Feeney/Vic Rawlings

Friday, February 26
Fairchild Chapel
50 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH
9pm, free admission

Tim Feeney and Vic Rawlings have performed as a duo since 2005. Their music explores an unpredictable relationship with making sounds, achieved by elaborate preparation of acoustic soundboxes, such as drums or cello, and expanded via original electronic instruments, ranging from naked circuit boards to amplified kitchen objects. They focus on the meta-musical potential of unstable sounds and silences, exploring austere combinations of sound and the otherworldly ripple effects that pulse through a silent space or alert ears. The group has toured throughout the eastern United States, and released its first CD, In Six Parts, on the Sedimental label in Fall 2007.

Tim Feeney treats his percussion setup as a friction instrument, using bows, scrapers, and rosined drum heads as implements and sympathetic resonators to capture and amplify frequencies that go unheard when an object is struck with a mallet. He amplifies this acoustic console with an electronic instrument, arranged from mixers, contact microphones, and effects pedals, that further alters its spectral characteristics.

Tim collaborates with musicians including James Coleman, Howard Stelzer, Jack Wright, and the trio Onda, with whom he has performed at venues such as the Red Room in Baltimore, Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art, Firehouse 12 in New Haven, Connecticut, the Knitting Factory New York, Princeton University, Harvard University, CNMAT at UC-Berkeley, and the inaugural Counter Fit Festival in Rochester, New York.

As an interpreter of contemporary compositions, Tim has performed at venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, with the So Percussion group. With Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, Tim has appeared at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, and as part of Tonic’s 50th birthday celebration for John Zorn. He has recorded for the Sedimental, Soul on Rice, lildisc, Audiobot, and Brassland labels.

Vic Rawlings is active as an improviser and instrument builder, specializing in modifications of existing instruments, creating extensive cello preparations. He also continually develops an electronic instrument from extant exposed circuitry, producing, in effect, a modular analog synthesizer with a highly unstable interface. This electronic instrument is paired with a flexible array of exposed speaker elements, chosen for their often unpredictable and idiosyncratic acoustic qualities.

He performs as a soloist and as a member of undr quartet, the BSC, and in duo and trio ensembles with Mike Bullock, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Sean Meehan, Jason Lescalleet, James Coleman, Liz Tonne, Tatsuya Nakatani, and Howard Stelzer, among others. Collaborators have included musicians as diverse as Eddie Prévost (AMM), Donald Miller (Borbetomagus), Daniel Carter (Other Dimensions in Music), Laurence Cook, Jaap Blonk, Masashi Harada, and Stephen Drury.

He has recorded for the Grob, Sedimental, Emanem, Boxmedia, Chloe, Absurd, and Rykodisc labels. He has performed as a soloist/composer with the Nicola Hawkins Dance Company, and has composed scores for films by Alla Kovgan and Jeff Silva. He has appeared on the Music Action and Victoriaville International Festivals, and has toured the United States and France.

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