Steve Hauschildt | Graham Foundation | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Steve Hauschildt 

When: Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m. 2013
Last year Steve Hauschildt, at the time still a member of recently disbanded Cleveland experimental trio Emeralds, released the most lush and developed work of his career. The credits to his album Sequitur (Kranky) list voice and 18 pieces of electronic gear, and its richly layered songs push forward his fusion of post-Tangerine Dream kosmiche and meandering retro-New Age music by injecting it with Technicolor pop. Hauschildt’s voice, disguised by vocoder, often occupies the foreground, and according to the album’s press materials its neutered sound is meant to suggest the androgyny fostered by high technology—a stale conceit I could’ve done without, given that the music’s plasticine hedonism does all its own messaging. More recently Hauschildt released S/H (Editions Mego), a sprawling double CD of relatively minimal material made between 2005 and 2012, and most of its 37 pieces—some previously unreleased, all of them hard to find—feel like sketches or experiments, in contrast with the meticulous compositions on Sequitur. “Thumbprints,” from October 2012, shares the pulsing, beat-driven feel of the Sequitur tracks, but it’s leaner and rawer. For this solo performance, the final concert in Lampo’s fall season, Hauschildt will be in experimental mode, performing publicly for the first time with the Buchla Lightning, a MIDI controller designed by synth pioneer Don Buchla that translates the movements of two wands into signals Hauschildt can use to manipulate his rig. —Peter Margasak Free with RSVP at



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