RAFT is PAT NOECKER

Marking the milestones of RAFT and PAT NOECKER
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.

RAFT’s Transmissions in A and E commissioned by Ace Hotel for CMJ

Super siked that Ace Hotel has asked RAFT to do an ASSEMBLE project in their lobby for CMJ week. I’ve assembled a great ensemble to perform a piece I built last spring called “TRANSMISSIONS” Long tones in A and E. The crew is Brian Chase, Sabisha Friedberg, JG Thirwell, Daniel Schlett, Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Dana Schechter, Greg Fox, Rachel Mason, Melissa Moore, Pat Spadine. More to come!

These pictures are from the Friday the 13th show I was asked to curate for the Spectrum in Manhattan.  Sto Len and Beatrice did a movement/sound piece together for the first time.  They met each other in the airport two weeks earlier on the way back from Berlin.  And they’re 10 minutes of earth shaking thunder improv movement was nothing short of striking, shocking and beautiful.  Shelley Burgon, (ROWAN) played a lovely piece on her key board that reminded me of Eno.  Her music is transformative for all ears in ear-shot.  It definitely takes you to a place that is ultimately a deep expression from her.  RAFT did the text-based piece with sounds from summer travel.  The audience sent in a lot of RAFT-solicited summer travel clips during the show, all of which worked quite well as the sounds were looped and collaged.  The room was transformed from an indoor space in Manhattan to a dark then sun rise-drenched river valley where a lot of the sounds were taken by RAFT.  Alexandra Drewchin played her art damaged noise folk that reminded me of a more daring Cat Power.  And last was the always mind-blowing Ash Can Orchestra.  They lit a bunch of candles and each one triggered a light sensor that generated corresponding sine waves.  It was so creative and technically innovative.  Eric Barry Drasin and Sofy Yuditskaya brought the visuals, Will Stanton ran sound.  And the crowd was strong.  Very cool night.  Superb place.  Spectrum.  121 Ludlow.  Now it’s on to play Shelley Burgon’s record release party on Thursday night.