F/I/P, Joshua Abrams | Hungry Brain | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Jake Meginsky and Bill Nace

Jake Meginsky and Bill Nace

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F/I/P, Joshua Abrams 

When: Tue., June 28, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10
On their recent solo recordings electric guitarist Bill Nace (Body/Head, Vampire Belt) and electronic musician Jake Meginsky (Vapor Gourds) both set up repetitive systems only to disrupt them. Apocalypse Rose (Lenka Lente), the three-inch CD Nace contributed to accompany a tiny, pocket-size book by poet Charles Plymell, features the signal of his strummed guitar separated into bands of blurry sound by multiple passes through a delay. And on Meginsky’s recent cassette Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes (NNA Tapes) bursts of white noise, quivering sine tones, and sporadic beats from an 808 kick drum take turns sidetracking each other—the piece sounds like it’s searching for the dance floor but keeps ending up in a bird sanctuary or racquetball court. The two men have been improvising together since the early 2000s, first in X.O.4, a trio with percussionist John Truscinski, and more recently as the duo F/I/P. They’ve released just one half-hour-long cassette, but YouTube videos of recent performances reveal that while neither man has completely forsaken playing against the grain, their rapport is so strong that the music they make together absorbs dissenting bursts of beats, echoes, or feedback into an inexorable flow of molten sound.
— Bill Meyer



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