Jason Lescalleet, Olivia Block, Coppice, MT Coast with Michael Una | Univ. of Chicago Film Studies Center | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Jason Lescalleet, Olivia Block, Coppice, MT Coast with Michael Una 

When: Sat., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. 2014
This fall Maine sound artist Jason Lescalleet released Photographs (Erstwhile), the final installment in a trilogy of profoundly personal albums he’s made with Graham Lambkin, a Brit who used to play in experimental rock band Shadow Ring and now lives in upstate New York. The double-CD set mixes musique concrete with field recordings—you can hear the artists and their families at home, talking over meals or tea, interspersed with the sounds of a church service, the noises of traveling by car and train, nature recordings, and other material. Childhood photos of Lescalleet and Lambkin in the packaging make more explicit the connection between the music and the experience of going back home to visit. As is often the case with Lescalleet, I find it hard to assign specific meanings to the sounds and their arrangements, but his choices clearly aren’t random or arbitrary. At any rate, I enjoy the challenge, and Lescalleet’s enigmatic braiding of dialogue and abstract sound works just fine even if I can’t decode it. He returns to Chicago this weekend to participate in WHPK’s annual Pictures & Sounds event, revisiting his 2012 double-CD set Songs About Nothing—since its release, he’s commissioned 13 diverse artists (including Olivia Block, Robert Beatty, Aaron Dilloway, and C. Spencer Yeh) to create videos for each track of the first disc, and he’ll screen them all here. He’ll also play along with a new video he made himself—in fact, all the other performers this year will use their own videos, rather than accompanying someone else’s previously existing work. —Peter Margasak Lescalleet headlines; Olivia Block, Coppice, and a duo of MT Coast and Michael Una also perform, accompanying their own video pieces.

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