Experimental Music Festival resonates in New Brunswick art gallery
Over fifteen innovative acts will perform at the bleeding edge of sound on April 20th & 21st at Omega Sound Fix II at the Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ. The festival began in 2010 when curators Mark Weinberg and Michael Durek sought to fill a void for a spirited festival of new and innovative music in central NJ.
Among the performers this year is spoken word artist, Brick, who was born deaf but now expresses himself with inspirational tones that he has created to cope with adversity. Brooklyn- based experimental trio Prehistoric Horse, and danceable ambient artist $50 trumpet (also hailing from Brooklyn) will be generously sharing their skills on the bill. Avant-garde vets ArtCrime will take the stage on the opening night. And Chester Hawkins, playing as Blue Sausage Infant, will be there from Washington D.C., hypnotizing and stimulating with loops, arpeggiated vibrations, and everything in between.
The local element at the festival promises to be powerful. Blithe(doll), excavating their innovative electro/trip-hop siren calls, will be returning for their second Omega Sound Fix appearance, as will part-techno-part-down-tempo atmospheric laptop guru, Borne. Asbury Park’s rising Wreaths will headline the first night, displaying their warm and mystifying saturated drones. Fairychaser will stop you in your tracks with their heartbreaking combination of ethereal percussion and starkly classic vocal stylings. STRNGLV’s multimedia demonstration of nebulous pulses will take you on a trip to the astral plane, but don’t float away…
…because you don’t want to miss festival curators Mark Weinberg and Michael Durek, who will combine sonic forces on day two for a memorable Trinitron/CloudCloud set. Trevor Pennsylvania and Jim Schmidt’s foray into no-wave, a movement swaying you to the left of the proverbial dial, will take shape as The Summer Dresses. 2673 will intrigue with his blissfully oppressive sound worlds, ranging from barely there zero ambiance to speaker shredding walls of noise static.
Open your mind. Allow these unique transmissions to wash over you. There is water everywhere. This is the Omega Sound Fix. Your perfect prescription awaits.
Tickets are $6 for one day, $10 for a two-day pass. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
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