For 2011, I've cut back the live music (though not necessarily the special guests—stay tuned) to once a month on the My Castle of Quiet radio show. The tremendous amount of work that goes into promoting and organizing a live radio concert, the volunteer time on the part of both myself and the audio engineer, and the personal need I had to devote more of my free time to the Prison Tatt record label led me to this decision. What this means to you, the listener, is that our monthly live music sets will now be anvil-weighted events, heavy stuff, larger than large, and not to be missed. We started the new-year's lineup last month, with two very powerful sets by Lussuria. This week, February's star is Kyle Clyde.
Kyle Clyde is "an eponymous noise and performance project ... (that) explores the areas of folk electronics, garbage noise, the urban sublime, post-industrial recovery, the science of the mind, and aesthetic asceticism. Kyle has performed solo at PPOW Gallery (NY); Saint Mark's Poetry Project (NY); Death By Audio (NY); Enemy (Chicago); Monument II (Chicago); et al., and has toured the US. In addition, she has been a featured performer for Joan Jonas at the Guggenheim (NY). Kyle also books (live music) and curates art shows—formerly organizing events at AC Temple in Birmingham, AL, Goodview in Baltimore, MD, and Silent Barn in New York City. She currently runs the venue/art space Port d'Or with Dylan Hay (Isa) from their storefront studio in Crown Heights, Brooklyn."
"Folk electronics" describes the appeal of Kyle's Clyde's Beyond the Meniscus perfectly. The self-released CDr was one of my favorites last year, for its clever marriage of harsh sound scrabble and floating, membranous space-melody. Her recordings, including a 7"-inch lathe split with Isa Christ, and two CDrs, reveal a sonic intelligence and complexity that stands apart and together with the site- and idea-specific performances she creates.
Sometimes Kyle sounds like vintage Tangerine Dream (think Alpha Centauri and Zeit), at other times like thoughtfully layered, more-than-meets-the-ear wall noise. You can see and hear a lot more of Kyle's work at her myspace page.
Kyle presents us with two live, in-the-moment sets, formulated especially for this broadcast.
I ascend into the DISC-JOCKEY'S chair, hara-kiri sword trailing from my hip, @ 12 midnight.
KC set one @ 12:30 a.m. approx.
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