Thursday Sep 8th 2016 @Rhizome
Pre-SCDC Fest - The Sloth Ensemble + Ben Bennett
RhizomeDC + Sonic Circuits present
T H E S L O T H E N S E M B L E : A S P E C I F I C S E Q U E N C E O F E V E N T S O N E A F T E R A N O T H E R T H A T L E A D I N E X O R A B L Y T O T H E F I N A L O U T C O M E
(a specific sequence of events/one after another/that lead inexorably to the final outcome)
A slower-music ensemble - under the direction of JS Adams - comprised of cello, guitars, electronics, voice, Morse code, text-to-voice programming, static visuals, prepared vinyl + vintage Califone turntables present an audio-visual examination based on the 27 August 1955 Standard Oil refinery explosion, Whiting Indiana.
[S]omething had gone horribly wrong at the Standard Oil refinery..."The end of the world," as one witness described it...The deafening explosion crushed nearby houses, broke windows miles away and hurtled steel fragments into nearby homes. The fireball spawned a towering mushroom cloud visible for 30 miles. Walls of flame burned out of control. [The Chicago Tribune]
"I thought the sun had exploded..." [The Times of Northwest Indiana]
The Sloth Ensemble: CK Barlow (sampler); Jeff Barsky (guitar); Pat Gillis (electronics); Sarah O'Halloran (voice + electronics); Guillermo Pizarro (guitar + percussion); Doug Poplin (cello + effects); JL Roth (midi transcription); PD Sexton (digital contributor); and JS Adams (artistic director; visuals; loops + turntables).
AUDIO : Thursday 08 September 2016 : 8:00 p.m.
VISUALS : GHOST REFINERIES : 03 - 30 September 2016
Ben Bennett [ Philadelphia PA ]
INSTALLATION : Second Floor @ RhizomeDC
Thursday 08 September 2016 : 9:00 p.m.
6950 Maple Street NW, Washington DC, DC