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DSE Noise Action at Island of Misfit Toys #27
La Cita Bar, Los Angeles, CA

With X EYES, DSE, BURNT DOT, SOUNDSHOPPE, VJ Astralviolet, dj DYSKITTEN, and dj Maneesh Raj Madahar.

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March 6, 2014

DSE  performed live at the event DEFERRED ACTION at Silent Barn in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.

The DEFERRED ACTION poster is in an edition of 100 off-set litho prints.

Other performers were Richard Garet, Private Language, & Nathan Cearley.

http://www.silentbarn.org

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Solo show and live performance at Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles CA.

The installation included “Four Letters to Mahler” and “DSENOISE” box set installation. Performances the night of the opening included DSE, David Galbraith, and Dewey Ambrosino with Jacqueline Gordon. Samuel Freeman Gallery is host to three simultaneous solo shows of sound and sculptural installation by David Schafer, David Galbraith, and a collaboration by Dewey Ambrosino & Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon.

http://samuelfreeman.com/exhibitions/ambrosino-galbraith-gordon-schafer/

Performance Photo Credit Steven Hall.

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Studio 10
Brooklyn, NY
December 2, 2013

David Schafer performed the third in a trilogy of electronically processed Schoenberg compositions. This performance references Arnold Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nachte” from 1899. Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4, is a string sextet in one movement; a composition inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name along with Schoenberg’s strong feelings upon meeting his future wife Mathilde von Zemlinsky (the sister of his teacher Alexander von Zemlinsky). Dehmel’s poem describes a man and a woman walking through a dark forest on a moonlit night, wherein she reveals to her new lover that she bears the child of another man. The stages of the poem are mirrored throughout the composition, beginning with the sadness of the woman’s confession, a neutral interlude wherein he reflects upon the confession, and a finale, in which he forgives her and accepts the child as his own.

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An evening of six live noise performances by

DSE
Chelsea Rector
Shane Stritesky
Unica
Crowhurst
Witches of Malibu

David Schafer was invited by David Kordansky to perform and curate an evening of live noise entitled INTERSIST at the David Kordansky Gallery on Smiley Drive, Culver City.

In Sartre’s “Nausea”, the character Roquentin experiences an existential crisis that is referenced as interstitial. To coexist, resist, subsist, persist, obsist. To intersist – and live in between signification. Similar to Roquentin’s crisis, Jacques Atalli wrote in “Noise: A Political Economy of Music” to think of the idea of noise as the mutation of code, a carrier of death, but simultaneously a carrier of new information. “The absence of meaning is in this case the presence of all meaning”.

DSE live-processed Arnold Schoenberg’s work entitled “Erwartung”. Erwartung (translation: Expectation), Op. 17, 1909. A one-act 30 minute monodrama, an opera for a single soprano with orchestra, epitomizes Schoenberg’s early atonal style. The story is a psychological snapshot of the moment a woman comes across the dead body of her lover in the woods. Schoenberg’s description of Erwartung was as follows: “In Erwartung the aim is to represent in slow motion everything that occurs during a single second of maximum spiritual excitement, stretching it out to half an hour”.

Photo Credits Zaid Yousef and Kristina King

 

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Live Performance at L.A.C.E., Hollywood, CA.

08-22-2012

Live performance with Yann Marussich and Dominic Fernow.

In Bleu Remix, Marussich invited David Schafer and Dominic Fernow to accompany him with a live sound performance. An installation comprised of a mysterious blue liquid oozes through the layers of  Yann Marussich’s skin and one hour live sound performance.

DSE’s live performance is available for download on iTunes, BandcampSpotify, and CDBaby.com.

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“MUSICIRCUS”

06-24-2012

DSE performed as part of MUSICIRCUS at Roulette, Brooklyn, NY.

http://roulette.org

Live performance track available on DSE June album available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, and CDBaby.

Roulette presents a carnival of all things experimental, the Roulette MUSICIRCUS returns for a second annual celebration of chaos and the harmonies of simultaneity. MUSICIRCUS will unfold over the course of six hours with the audience invited to wander freely and choose their own sonic and visual relationships. First performed in 1967, John Cage’s MUSICIRCUS is simply an invitation for perfomers to assemble and play together.

06-24-12

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ForYourArt
April 14-27

Two weekends of artists’ low-power radio transmissions and live performances. Curated by USC Roski School of Fine Arts, M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere 2012.

Radio Break is an exhibition on the air, presenting twelve artworks in locations throughout Los Angeles conveyed through low-power radio transmissions during two weeks and live events held on two consecutive weekends. Radio Break connects participants with the ambient sounds of the city, inviting them to tune in to its history, noise, narratives, and music.

Featuring: Brandon LaBelle, Alyce Santoro, Lincoln Tobier, Pedro Reyes, Brendan Threadgill, Arnoldo Vargas, 2 Headed Dog, Vanessa Place, Lucy Raven, Elana Mann and ARLA, David Schafer, Richard T. Walker.

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Control Room
2006 East 7th Street 
Downtown LA 90021
4/20/12

NEURO is a one night event of harsh noise, processed vocals, electronics and percussion, abstract sound textures, and compressed drones. Organized by David Schafer for Control Room in Los Angeles, NEURO includes DSE,  Two Legged, Pedestrian Deposit, Chelsea Rector, and Damion Romero.

 

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Glendale College Art Gallery
Glendale, California
March 10th – April 28th, 2012

“What Should an Astronaut Painter Do?” includes two sculptures that have accompanying sound with text and graphic work. Each sculpture has to do with a male figure of history, the astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and the painter Barnett Newman, both from the late 60’s. The space of the gallery becomes a walk in sound collage with both sculptures’ activating the gallery with sounds emitting and overlapping. Newman and Aldrin talking over each other about their challenges, successes, and doubts.