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Nameless Sound was established in 2001 to present the best of international contemporary music and to support the exploration of new methods in arts education

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Aurora Picture Show and Nameless Sound Present
Text of Light


Text of Light 

Saturday, September 22, 7:30pm
Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston, Houston [map]


Lee Ranaldo (New York): guitar
Alan Licht (New York): guitar
Ulrich Krieger (Los Angeles): saxophone, electronics
Tim Barnes (Louisville): drums

$15 general admission | $10 for members of Nameless Sound and Aurora Picture Show | 18 and under, free!

Click here to reserve advance tickets.

This event is part of Aurora Picture Show's 9th Annual Media Archaeology Festival

"The Text of Light, a stunning 71-minute montage of rays reflected through a glass ashtray, might be Stan Brakhage's most abstract work ... Text of Light explores similar spaces -- the area between sound and picture, and between finished work and live improvisation -- as well as the infinite ways those elements can interact." The Wire

Text of Light was formed in 1999 to perform improvised music to the films of Stan Brakhage and other members of the American Cinema avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s. "Our view is that the music and the film are two events happening simultaneously," says Lee Ranaldo, also a member of the venerated experimental rock group Sonic Youth. As such, Text of Light does not perform soundtracks; rather the group uses the film as a further element to fuel their improvisation, with the resulting juxtaposition being a real-time, mixed-media collage. Any of the Text of Light members may or may not be viewing the film as it unspools, and may or may not be reacting to the sounds of any of the other performers. The Stan Brakhage films featured in this program are Mammals of Victoria, Beautiful Funerals, and Aftermath.

Alan Licht (b. New Jersey, 1968) has released five albums of compositions for tape and guitar and has exhibited his sound and video installations in the US and Europe. His diverse musical associations range from titans of the avant-garde (Peter Brotzmann, Rashied Ali) to electonicians and experimental DJs (Fennesz, Christian Marclay) to cult figures from the world of outsider rock and roll (Tom Verlaine, Arthur Lee, Jandek). He's also well-known as a writer, who's criticism has appeared in such publications as The Wire, Village Voice, Artforum, and Modern Painters.

Lee Ranaldo (b. Glen Cove, Long Island, 1956) is best-known as the guitarist and founding member of Sonic Youth, but he's lived concurrent lives as a cutting-edge solo musician, as a painter, and as a poet.

Ulrich Krieger (b. Frieberg, Germany, 1962) calls his approach to playing the saxophone "acoustic electronics," using the instrument as an "analogue sampler" with which to produce quasi-electronic sounds with are then electronically processed and amplified. He's toured and recorded as a solo performer, as a composer, and as an ensemble and orchestra member, and has collaborated with figures throughout the landscape of modern music, including Lou Reed, Merzbow, and LaMonte Young.

Tim Barnes is a sound designer, composer, and archivist as well as an accomplished drummer who's gestural and pointallistic style has enlivened the work of John Zorn, Jim O'Rourke and Tower Recordings. Barnes is equally at home on country-folk sessions as he is on expansive elctro-acoustic drone pieces; these wide-ranging interests and activities have prompted Time Out New York to call him "the missing piece of the New York avant-garde puzzle."