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on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 21:58

Check out these newly released unboxing videos made by THE BOX LA for the LAFMS BOX BOX. Fun to make and fun to watch.






Thomas Bayrle/Bernhard Schreiner Record Launch Featuring Dennis Duck & Ted Byrnes Thurs. Oct. 20

on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 19:06

On Thursday October 20, 2016 at 356 Mission/Ooga Booga, join the Small World record label in launching their latest LP releases by Thomas Bayrle and Bernhard Schreiner. This free event will feature a performance of WARP WEFT with live drum accompaniment by LAFMS co-founder Dennis Duck and Ted Byrnes. The event begins at 7 PM. For more info visit

BENEATH UNDERGROUND: LAFMS in Old Town Pasadena 10/21/16

on Sat, 10/15/2016 - 13:35, October 21, 2016 / 6-10pm

dublab proudly presents an ArtNight Pasadena 2016 happening…


The Los Angeles Free Music Society in Old Town Pasadena

6PM: Walking tour of Old Town Pasadena featuring 70s era LAFMS music sites. *Departs from Armory

8PM: Live performance by LAFMS

6:30 / 7:30 / 9:30PM: Film screening – LAFMS: how low can you go?


• Light Bulb inspired hands-on ‘zine making station

• Indoor and outdoor projections of LAFMS archival photos, flyers, albums and more.

Free / All Ages


Armory Center for the Arts

145 North Raymond Avenue

Pasadena, California 91103

Facebook event page

Produced by Maryam Hosseinzadeh in collaboration with dublab and Armory Center for the Arts.

This is part of Pasadena ArtNight 2016 ( and made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

Jackie Stewart, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Marta Zapparoli (Berlin) & others in Portland, Sept. 24, 2016

on Sat, 09/10/2016 - 14:47

Saturday, September 24, 2016

8317 N. Interstate
Portland OR 97217

doors 8:30 PM

$5.00 - $15.00

Marta Zapparoli/Jackie Stewart duo
Hisham Mayet/Ju Suk Reet Meate
Chiara Giovando
Madelyn Villano
Super 8 film visuals by Mia Ferm

Marta Zapparoli/Jackie Stewart duo

Premiere of new compositions by Marta Zapparoli and Jackie Stewart.

Marta Zapparoli is an Italian experimental sound artist, improviser, performer, and musician. She has worked and lived in Berlin since 2007. Her music mainly consists in strongly narrative sonic pieces that she builds using a wide variety of recording techniques. Although it could be qualified as abstract, Zapparoli’s music reveals an accurate sense of nativity, her soundscapes—built using real-time tape manipulation and mixing, creating sounds that are considered non-musical or overheard—are usually qualified as dense, tense & strongly emotional.

Jackie “Oblivia” Stewart started performing sound in 1979 in Portland, Oregon. Mostly performing within groups until 2001, when she performed a DJ “throw down” of sorts (both DJ’s performed at the same time) and it ended up as a collaboration. Groups Jackie has performed in include the improvs (1979), Spy vs. Spy (1980), Babylon 2000 (1981-83), and Smegma (1982-present). Though Stewart experimented on guitar and very much enjoys vocals, she has found her focus with turntables. Her visual art medium is assemblage or collage, so it comes naturally to Jackie to assemble sounds. She enjoys hearing how beautiful or humorous “mixing” can be, in the same way things come together visually when assembling her cut-up art pieces.

With Smegma she says “I can enjoy a freedom of expression, totally unrestricted and of my own: as in I choose to interpret what my part will sound like. It has enabled me to learn much about recording and live performance.”

Jackie’s sounds have appeared on dozens of releases, both solo and in group formats, in addition to her work with video.

Hisham Mayet/Ju Suk Reet Meate

Hisham Mayet is not a musician. He is also not an artist. He lives on the "other side" of 82nd Ave. It is all these things that he will bring to an event that should inspire to free the shackles of the mental prison that seems to perpetuate the ironic cages of Portland, Oregon.

Ju Suk Reet Meate was born in 1952, to a non-musical family in Covina CA and began playing trumpet (not very well) in public school marching bands from 4th Grade through high school. Shortly after moving to Pasadena in 1972, and with no further musical training "the artist" Ju Suk Reet Meate was born, and with lots of help from friends started the band Smegma (the band without musicians) in 1973 which continues to this day. 

Moving to Portland, in 1975 he started Pigface Records putting out tiny editions of 45s, EPs, LPs and cassettes—some with hand drawn covers that are now very collectible. Since 1975 he has been playing live gigs (mostly in Portland) a few times a year as one-half of The Tenses with Rock and Roll Jackie (also of Smegma). In the last few years, Smegma has had successful shows in Vasteras, Sweden, London, Paris, and at The Getty Center in Los Angeles.

Chiara Giovando

Chiara Giovando plays violin, guitar, voice and electronics.

Madelyn Villano

Madelyn Villano is a Portland based musician, member of Smegma and solo project GUZO, She plays violin, voice and electronics and enjoys the rich DIY community of Portland through performance and event planning. She has performed in Paris, London, Brussels, Newcastle, Lausanne and Vasteras.

Photo by Fredrik Nilsen

BOXstock - Weekend of free music and noise - July 16 & 17, 2016 at The Box LA

on Sun, 07/10/2016 - 20:54

Enjoy a weekend of free music at The Box LA on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. Featured line ups:


  • Artificial Art Ensemble
  • Telecaves
  • Gabie Strong
  • Jorge Martin & Greg Lenczycki
  • Rick Potts & Joe Potts
  • Fat & Fucked Up
  • Extended Organ


  • The Tenses
  • Metal Rouge
  • Mem1
  • Waxy
  • Dinosaurs With Horns
  • Smegma

And yes, it's FREE, i.e. NO COST!

Curated by Joe Potts, LAFMS. Poster design by Tom Recchion


Joe Pott, Rick Potts & Vetza shows this June in the UK

on Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:50

14 June 2016 in LONDON: 

LAFMS documentary - ‘how low can you go?’ (short film)
Tuesday 14 June
Servant Jazz Quarters, 10A Bradbury Street, Dalston, London N16 8JN
7.30pm | £6 |

16 June 2016 in BRIGHTON:

LAFMS documentary - ‘how low can you go?’ (short film)
Thursday 16 June
6pm start | £5 |



Free Tom Recchion piano performance @ Blum & Poe Thurs May 5, 2016

on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:38

Blum and Poe and Three Day Weekend are pleased to present Two Pianos, an evening of piano-based compositions.

On Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at Blum & Poe Los Angeles, Jim Brown will perform Raphael Montañez Ortiz' "Piano Destruction Concert", followed by Tom Recchion performing his own "Drishti Point."

Originally presented in 1966 at the Destruction in Art Symposium in London, "Piano Destruction Concert" is a musical piece in which the artist dismantles a piano using an axe. This is the first time that Ortiz has permitted another artist to perform the piece.

In "Drishti Point" Tom Recchion manipulates the strings of a concert grand piano from inside the instrument, creating a sound without using the keys. A rich drone results, seemingly altering time and space for the audience.


Jim Brown is a Los Angeles based artist/musician who performs and records music internationally. 

Raphael Montañez Ortiz is an American artist, educator, and founder of El Museo del Barrio in Brooklyn, NY.

Tom Recchion has been an artist/composer/art director in Southern California since the 1970s. He is the co-creator of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS). His early practice in low-tech sonic exploration presaged many of the genre's exciting developments of the last quarter-century: record manipulation, live tape loops, found and invented instruments, installation and free improvisation.

Three Day Weekend is a roving project space operated by Dave Muller.


Seating is limited, RSVP is essential

Email: before Tuesday, May 3

Parking and entrance at the rear of the building via Alvira Street

Facebook event page:

UNCANNY VALLEY: LAFMS Festival in Gent Belgium June 8-11

on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:53

"UNCANNY VALLEY: The Los Angeles Free Music Society and their legacy"

June 8 – June 11 in Gent Belgium 

The LAFMS is pleased announce UNCANNY VALLEY, a new festival this June in collaboration with Kraak, SMAK and 019, celebrating the open marriage between underground music and the visual arts. For this first edition the focus is on the legacy of the legendary neo-dada art pranksters of The Los Angeles Free Music Society.

The festival will see the only European show by Extended Organ, the project of (in)famous visual artist Paul McCarthy with Joe Potts,Tom Recchion, Fredrik Nilsen, David Toop and Alex Stevens. The only Belgian show of Wolf Eyes, who will also join LAFMS supergroup AIRWAY (with Aaron Moore), Volcano The Bear and many, many more. There will be an expo at 019 focusing on the LAFMS flyers and posters archive, a panel talk at SMAK with all present members moderated by David Toop and screenings of LAFMS video work curated by Floris van Hoof. Check the complete line-up below and book your travel now for this one time only happening of avant-garde weirdness. 


Shows by Extended Organ / Wolf Eyes / Volcano The Bear / Waxy / David Toop & Tom Recchion / AIRWAY (featuring Wolf Eyes, Vetza & Aaron Moore) / Calhau! / Nate Young / Human Heads / Rick Potts & Joe Potts / 696 Blues Band / Manuel Padding / John Olson / Vom Grill + Artforms In Nature (expo at 019) + panel talk moderated by David Toop (at SMAK). Weektickets are 30 euro in presale.

Facebook event page with detailed line-up, ticketing information, and other useful info.

The LAFMS wishes to thank lead organizer Wouter Vanhaelemeesch for all his hard work and dedication to make this event happen!


New short LAFMS documentary film plus performance Tues. 1-26-16

on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 17:13

LAFMS: how low can you go? Documentary Premiere + Performance Happening

LAFMS: how low can you go?

A short film portrait of the Los Angeles Free Music Society in which members of the long running experimental music collective shine light on their fearless exploration of sound.

Film screens promptly at 10pm. 
¡¡¡ Music all night by LAFMS !!!

Live performances by Dinosaurs With Horns + Joe Potts & Vetza (duet debut)

DJ sets by Ace Farren Ford + Nanny Cantaloupe

Film directed by Holly Thompson & Mark "Frosty" McNeill

Tuesday, January 26 at 9 PM - 2 AM in PST
Hyperion Tavern
1941 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, California 90027

Tickets available here

Facebook event page:

Interview: Chip Chapman discusses upcoming art exhibit, ‘May Cause Dizziness’

on Wed, 12/02/2015 - 18:31

In this article, Chip Chapman, LAFMS co-founder, chats about his solo painting show and relates some little known LAFMS history: The Utah Independent.

Stimmung by Chip Chapman