RAFT is PAT NOECKER

Marking the milestones of RAFT and PAT NOECKER
RAFT in IMPOSE MAG…

RAFT in IMPOSE MAG…

RAFT’s TRANSMISSIONS/ASSEMBLE XI Piece in Paper Mag’s Top 10 CMJ Picks…

RAFT’s TRANSMISSIONS/ASSEMBLE XI Piece in Paper Mag’s Top 10 CMJ Picks…

RAFT is playing on East Village Radio tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. EST.  I hope you can tune in!

RAFT is playing on East Village Radio tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. EST.  I hope you can tune in!

RAFT wrote an essay for Periscope Magazine called the Invisible Vision. Click here to read.

The editor Yumi Sakuma’s intro:

A few months ago, I asked Pat Noecker, aka RAFT, if he would contribute to Periscope. He elaborated on how over the last 5 years or so, live visual elements at music and sound shows and live music and sound at art shows have become commonplace.  He explored the notion that perhaps they at times cancel each other out and discussed how leaving music and sound invisible may evoke a deeper, more transformative experience. After that night, I started to close my eyes at shows and realized darkness transformed me into more of an active listener. It almost felt like my heart beat became a part of the vibrations. Pat and I debated about the kind of visuals we could provide to go with his essay since Periscope is a visual oriented magazine and his essay is about invisible matters.  Video artist Sofy Yuditskaya kindly agreed to modify the video she composed for a piano piece Pat did at Spectrum in Manhattan where he combined the grand piano with his John Cage Prepared Piano app.  The essay written by Pat is not a manifesto.  It is, however, a revelation of one person’s desire to reduce environments, thus illuminating something larger, like the necessity of separating music and art for the sake of active listening.  Finally, these thoughts lay bare the impetus behind an inward migration by the mass to once again recalibrate the city, the city here being our ever expanding consciousness and intellect.   (Yumiko Sakuma)

ACE HOTEL HAS COMMISSIONED RAFT for an ASSEMBLE event and I’m bringing them my ensemble piece, “Transmissions, Long Tones in A and E. ”  It’s Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. in the Ace Hotel Lobby and is free to the public.  I’m grateful to these amazing folks who are playing in the ensemble:  Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Sabisha Friedberg, Dana Schechter, Greg Fox (Guardian Alien/Z’s), JG Thirlwell (Foetus), Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Melissa Moore, Rachel Mason, Daniel Schlett and Pat Spadine (Ash Can Orchestra).  Matthew Caron will be projecting as well!  Please come.  I think it will be memorable in every aspect.

ACE HOTEL HAS COMMISSIONED RAFT for an ASSEMBLE event and I’m bringing them my ensemble piece, “Transmissions, Long Tones in A and E. ”  It’s Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. in the Ace Hotel Lobby and is free to the public.  I’m grateful to these amazing folks who are playing in the ensemble:  Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Sabisha Friedberg, Dana Schechter, Greg Fox (Guardian Alien/Z’s), JG Thirlwell (Foetus), Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Melissa Moore, Rachel Mason, Daniel Schlett and Pat Spadine (Ash Can Orchestra).  Matthew Caron will be projecting as well!  Please come.  I think it will be memorable in every aspect.

CagePiano Play and Share

Headed to Providence on the bus and just
made this short piece on my John Cage
Prepared Piano App.

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO READ THE LATEST RAFT INTERVIEW!  THANKS TO GABRIELLA TARANTELLA for paying attention!  

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO READ THE LATEST RAFT INTERVIEW!  THANKS TO GABRIELLA TARANTELLA for paying attention!  

RAFT getting some print, “College Issue” 

RAFT getting some print, “College Issue” 

Tonight’s show was diverse in its performers, underscored by Angus and Johanna from In Context Music who just released Shelley Burgon’s new record.  Small batch vinyl.  What could be more satisfying.  Laura brought some really rich overtones with her guitar expressions and followed it up with a digital/analog rendering of violin talking to sampler.  Per usual, Laura’s music was genuine and from the heavens.  RAFT set went pretty well.  I had “Rachel” my programmed band mate, speak to the audience about the piece I would be performing.  I programmed her to repeatedly recite my number so people could text me sound clips while I played.  Some people texted me unsolicited as well, which was fantastic.  I felt like maybe some people are getting this Cell Phonist thing I’m doing.  I played lotsa thunder clips tonight, among other outdoor sounds sent to me by audience members and fans, which I made into a little sound library that I could reference while I play.  I filed through it tonight as I played.  Sampled lots of it in my loops.  There was a four channel system, moved left and right on it with a lot of panning.  And alas there was Shelley, I’m unsure what she was doing with her harp, lap top and key board, but it was moving, transformative and that kind of listenable that naturally triggers your eyes to shut and your ears to open.  I’m grateful for this life, especially for nights like this.

Another flyer for tonight’s show at Cantina La Sala with Laura Ortman to celebrate Shelley Burgon’s album release party.

Another flyer for tonight’s show at Cantina La Sala with Laura Ortman to celebrate Shelley Burgon’s album release party.