Matron Records presents:
Smomid / Tone Ranger / The Free Associates
Wednesday, September 5th
8pm / $5-10 Suggested Donation
Ghost. --- 2889 Trades West Rd
- - - Smomid - - -
Smomid is a project by Nick Demopoulos, who is a performer, musician and instrument builder. Smomid only utilizes instruments he has designed and built to perform interactive computer music. The name is derived from an acronym of his primary instrument: “String Modeling Midi Device.” Smomid music often features glitchy and scattered beats, sampling, abstract textures, ambient spaces, and improvisation. Smomid music draws on many varied influences and creates bizarre juxtapositions with deft sonic versatility, with samples of heavy beats, Gregorian Monks chanting and Taiko drum sounds all coexisting comfortably.
After listening to several Smomid tracks one gets the impression that anything is possible and all sound universes can exist together. One thing that doesn’t come across in an audio transmission is that there is also a visual aspect to Smomid Music. All the instruments emit light through high powered LEDs, and some illuminate visual animations and secret messages through several LED display embedded in the instruments.
As a guitarist Nick worked with Chico Hamilton and recorded on the albums The Inquiring Mind, Revelation and Euphoric. He also released recordings with Exegesis, a group that mixes jazz and electronic music.
- - - Tone Ranger - - -
Tone Ranger makes dance and ambient music that reflects the supernatural beauty of the American Southwest. Filled with light and shadow, speed and stillness, chaos and order, the music moves you into realms of free expression and wild imagination.
Tone Ranger’s self-titled debut is an invitation to explore nature and the cosmos through movement. He blends sweet melodies and dynamic textures with full-blown psychedelic elements, like a Dali painting that dances. There is a spiritual element that permeates these songs, which you hear in the Native flutes, natural percussion, field recordings, and signature cosmic lap steel - all electrified, all magically interwoven.
- - - The Free Associates - - -
A brand new improvisational set led by Ben Montgomery and friends.