September 23, 2016

It is with great pleasure that I introduce two new releases from two forward thinking Minneapolis experimental musicians Eric Frye & Michael Flora. Each release is limited to 100 copies and available with matching limited lapel pins. Order Here.

SYM007 Eric Frye “Observables” CD

Eric Frye is a composer, artist, and curator. Exploring non-orientable sonic surfaces, Frye operates between the disciplinary boundaries of sound, philosophy, linguistics, and mathematics. His live performances and installations are focused towards a recalibrated layering of multi-channel diffusions. Simultaneously dissociative and palpable, Frye’s compositions activate an interplay between material and immaterial. His first solo exhibition, a 12-channel sonic diffusion titled Zenzizenzizenzic, was installed at Rochester Art Center in Minnesota during October and November 2015. Frye will be an artist in residence at EMS Stockholm during October 2016.

In January 2015 Frye organized the series, Exploring Compositional Epistemologies, which included an installation by Florian Hecker as well as lectures and performances by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Curtis Roads, Guerino Mazzola, Reza Negarestani, and James Hoff, at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis. Currently, he is developing a multisensory performance with researcher Simone Niquille in addition to preparing material for a full length LP which will include texts by French mathematician Andrée Ehresmann, Colombian philosopher Fernando Zalamea, and researcher Inigo Wilkins. The next exhibition of Frye’s work will be in September 2016 as part of a group show at Hangar Art Centre in Barcelona curated by Julio Cesar Palacio and Lina Bautista. He has forthcoming albums on Cejero, and Anòmia.

Frye's latest release, “Observables”, realized with custom software developed by Sam Wolk, is Frye's most ambitious and accessible material yet—at times reminiscent of the work of Mark Fell and Florian Hecker. Rich polyphonic sonic textures and patterns are explored until their reasonable end ascending to the apex of the release, the title track, "Observables". An edition of 100 in custom gatefold sleeves available with matching lapel pin.

SYM008 Michael Flora “Xi” Cassette

“ of the most radical voices of formal abstraction in contemporary American computer music.” - computer musician, Robert Francis

Michael Flora is a Minneapolis-based artist interested in exploring sound via research and artistic practice. Through performance, installation, and recording he creates pieces that examine sonic morphology, spatialization, and human perception.

In 2016, he was commissioned by the Cedar Cultural Center to create “Nothing” a new performance piece for sound and movement in collaboration with Butoh artist Gadu.

His multi-channel installations have been described disparately as: “elegant”,“beautiful”, “awful”, and “nasty”. In 2015 his sound and light installation “Chord Study” was exhibited at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics(CCRMA).

Since founding the micro-label Nada in 2011, he has released music by Austrian computer music virtuoso Tim Blechmann, Basque sound artist Miguel A. García, and Bay Area multi-disciplinary artist Collin McKelvey. Additionally, Nada has served as a platform for the curation of various concerts, multimedia events and podcasts.

Flora’s latest work, “Xi”, contains nine compositions exploring techniques to tame microscopic details in sound generation to achieve a uniquely textured whole. Influenced equally by the brutal digital synthesis methods of Florian Hecker and the masterful electroacoustic work of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). Xi’s pointillistic convolutions deploy a disorienting array of sharp glisson synthesis, granular disfigurement, droning FM tones, and arabesque pulsar synthesis. An edition of 100 pro-duplicated Chrome cassette tapes available with matching lapel pin.