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Ace Farren Ford solo show opens July 7

on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:14

ACE FARREN FORD SHOW - "Random Selections - 30 Collages"

OPENING RECEPTION - Saturday July 7 - 3:00 PM with a short set by John Weise
On display through Tuesday, 31 July 2012 in the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque
Open Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday & others by appointment 
ACE FARREN FORD has spent more than 40 of his 55 years being, what he Calls, an Artificial Artist. A founding member of the Los Angeles Free Music Society and original member of the noise group Smegma, he has appeared on countless lps and cds globally, many featuring his visual art as well. He has published several books of poems, and continues to draw, paint, and in the last decade, has developed a technique for collage, which is both very personal and totally random. A selection of these was recently shown at the Box in downtown's Art District for LAFMS: Beyond the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music. 
Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

Michael LeDonne-Bhennet passes

on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 12:49

Michael LeDonne-Bhennet passed away.  Mike played in the BDR Ensemble with John Duncan and Tom Recchion, as well as Stillife with Dennis Duck, Michael Jon Fink, Tom Recchion and Chas Smith.

John Duncan: 
"Michael LeDonne-Bhennet, a.k.a. Mike Bennet, is gone. After a 20+ year hiatus, he got in contact again last year only to disappear again, as he tended to do. A cut-paste from Chas Smith: 'back in the late 80's, he just disappeared and ended up teaching in the public school system. The last time I had seen him was at a party... and he showed up covered with tattoos, a Mohawk and a pony tail braid that went down his back. He looked fucking scary. Then nothing for over 20 years. A couple years ago, there's knock on my front door and it's Bennett, he wants to go for lunch and we ended up laughing for about 3 hrs. He was looking for work and we kept in touch with e-mail, then 6 months ago he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With that cancer, you're usually gone in 3, he lasted 6 and was still upbeat last week.' "I learned so much from this man, hope he was aware at least a little of how much. Much of the first music I ever made was together with him and Tom Recchion. When he wasn't actually part of it, he encouraged it. Or didn't. Chas says his ashes are to be released at sea, without ceremony. Mike talked about this decades ago, pointing to the ring in his ear as the way to pay for the service." 

Tom Recchion:
"Mike was great indeed. A rapid intellect and seeker. We would talk about music and art for hours as you do when you're young and have that time. The BDR Ensemble (Bhennet/Duncan/Recchion) is for me some of the best sound work I was ever part of. The Station Event had magic moments musically and kinetically with the ether and electricity of the city. A brilliant idea of John's to have Mike and I cloistered in the KPFK studios unable to hear him where he was taking calls of people phoning in commenting or participating in what Mike and I were playing. John couldn't hear what we were playing ... the group was united and divided. The only person who heard the entire mix that went out to the air was the engineer and the people tuning in to the program. The callers ranged from people loving the alchemy of what was happening to people clearly disturbed by it all or poking fun. One such caller ran to a phone booth and asked if he could play along, him not being able to hear us. He contributed drones on his harmonica just as Mike and I were moving in that direction. Another caller expressed his displeasure of the event and John calmly asked him why he stayed on listening, the old man clearly flustered by the action accused us of being Hippie Communists trying to take over the God-damn world. This was eerie and one of the most satisfying music encounters of my life. Mike and I played together in Stillife, and several times after that, until he disappeared and it all became legend. He was a formidable presence and very gentle. I could go on and on. I'm grateful to him for being part of it all."

Joseph Hammer in NYC this weekend

on Fri, 05/18/2012 - 12:56

As part of Ende Tymes--a 4 day experimental music and video fest--Joseph Hammer will be performing Friday, May 18 and with Thomas Dimuzio as Dimmer on Saturday, May 19 at Outpost Artists Resources (1665 Norman St, Ridgewood, NYC.

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Tom Recchion time machine - 1978 photo and article

on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 14:30

Take a trip in musical history all the way back to 1978... Tom Recchion is featured in LA musician David Ocker's blog about a 1978 concert series. Check out the photos and program from The Second Second Story Series, Concert One.

LAFMS apparel and Steve Thomsen CDs added to the store

on Sat, 05/05/2012 - 21:12

A very nice t-shirt design by Ron Stivers, the proprietor of Poobah, is now available in the LAFMS store, along with some really neat Steve Thomsen CDs (from Solid Eye, Monitor).

Ltd Ed Smegma LP available now

on Sat, 05/05/2012 - 14:21

Limited to 100 copies. The new Smegma LP is an amazing musical trip. Six songs and featuring Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Donkey Flybye, Ju Suk Reet Meate and Rock and Roll Jackie with John Wiese, Samek Cosmano, Rogue Iniki, Madelyn Villano and William Cyrus Ford.

Handcolored covers. All different!!! Hand numbered. Go to Ideal Records to order!


Tom Recchion in Oneohtrix Point Never's Top 13 list

on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 16:19

Daniel Lopatin, the mind behind Oneohtrix Point Never and one half of Ford & Lopatin, takes Quietus blog readers through his 13 favorite albums. In his top 13 is "Chaotica", Tom Recchion's 1996 album recorded primarily in 1985 and 1986.

Says Lopatin:

"Tom Recchion was a leading member of the L.A. Free Music Society and this is his 1996 album. He is somewhat overlooked in conversations pertaining to 20th century experimental sound people, which is unfortunate because the material on Chaotica is some of the most beautiful tape music (and best synth music) out there, and it has had a lasting affect on me. 'Enormous Horses' has almost a proto [William Basinski's] Disintegration Loops or Caretaker vibe to it, with its microsleep induced engorged pedals going in and out of focus ad infinitum. Drooooool."

While Chaotica is currently out of print. Poo-Bah Records plans a double vinyl reissue later this year. 

LAFMS show reviewed in ARTFORUM

on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 14:58

The PRINT EDITION of the April 2012 edition of ARTFORUM magazine features an in-depth review of the LAFMS exhibition that ran earlier this year at The Box.  We''l try to get a scan of the article posted here soon.

LAFMS veteran VETZA makes video appearance on Ear Meal

on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 19:34

Vetza is a multi-talented artist who has full control over a range of disciplines including classical instrumentation, experimental sound improvisation, voice and theater. She is an innovator representing the LA Arts community in the international art world. Vetza is an original member of the LAFMS. She is a writer, composer and so much more. Check out her recent appearance with multi-talented percussionist Ted Byrnes on Ear Meal.

“What if I have nothing to say? Sing play cello act write love and lovers home children a husband read and write that’s evident even spell if I want to and in a few languages…..ocassionally wrote not the needed rewrites of plays that hide or are hidden a journal secrets I can act Oregon Shakespeare South Coast Rep. Minneapolis San Francisco San Jose New York San Diego LA My cats my garden call to me now I am experimenting concocting loving my life always the music”.

Visit her new website too:

LAFMS supports KDVS FM fundraiser

on Tue, 04/24/2012 - 13:42

Go to KDVS and donate to their annual fundraising campign to help support free form radio.  KDVS broadcasts out of UC Davis and also streams on the web. The fundraiser runs April 23 through 29.

DJ Loren has curated a compilation CD premium and will play tracks during his show "Sounds Like Work" on Friday, April 23 from 6am - 8 am PST. "Out-of-Work Experience Vol. 1 - Los Angeles Free Music Society" compilation CD was culled from the out of print 10CD box set (last copies available in the LAFMS store), (de)arranged for your listening pleasure!!