WHPK Pictures and Sounds 2014

WHPK is proud to host another installment of Pictures and Sounds, our perennial audio-visual concert featuring cream-of-the-crop experimental sound artists performing live accompaniments to visuals of their choosing. The concert this year will surely prove to be one our best yet, and will notably feature a large swath of original video work to accompany the sonic experience.

As always, this event will be free and open to the public. It will be held at the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago. Seating will be given on a first come, first serve basis. The concert will start at 8PM sharp, so we recommend arriving early.

The performers this year are as follows:

JASON LESCALLEET is a tape-music artist. Lescalleet's sound world occupies a space between noise, contemporary composition, and minimal electronics. Using decidedly primitive tactics and equipment (e.g. antiquated reel-to-reel recorders, damaged tape, etc.), his work focuses on extreme frequencies and microscopic audio detail.

He's been a member of Due Process, performed and recorded with Keith Rowe, Joe Colley, Jason Kahn, John Hudak, Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelley (both separately and as Nmperign), and most recently Graham Lambkin in their Breadwinner project which has yielded unprecedented and glorious results in the electroacoustic music of today. Lescalleet lives and works in the state of Maine. 

Lescalleet will be presenting BOTH a live performance over original work AND a screening of a yet-to-be released video series entitled: TROPHY TAPE - VIDEOS ABOUT NOTHING

TROPHY TAPE features original video work created for the first 13 tracks of Lescalleet's masterful 2x CD release SONGS ABOUT NOTHING. 13 internationally renowned artists have collaborated on this project: Aaron Dilloway, Ellen Francis, Annie Feldmeier Adams, Justin Meyers, Antony Milton, C Spencer Yeh, Olivia Block, Adel Souto, Neil Young, Todd Deal, Jubal Brown, Heidi Alasuvanto, and Robert Beatty.


OLIVIA BLOCK is a Chicago-based composer and sound artist. She creates original sound compositions for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, live cinema, and performance. Her work has been presented internationally and released through Sedimental, either/OAR, and Cut, among other labels.Her 2008 DVD release with expanded cinema artists Sandra Leah Gibson and Luis Recoder, Untitled, on SOS editions, has been screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the Expanded Cinema symposium at the Tate Modern in London. Her release Mobius Fuse was voted one of the best albums of the decade by Pitchfork. In a recent feature article in the April 2011 issue of The Wire magazine, Julian Cowley describes Block’s compositions as “finely nuanced textures of environmental material and occasional surges of sonic power blended with an elegant instrumental architecture.” Her compositions often include field recordings, musical scores, and electronic textures. Additionally, she performs her own partially improvised compositions for inside piano and electronics, and objects.


COPPICE is nexus. Since its foundation in 2009, Chicago-based Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer have departed from bellows and electronics to create original compositions, installations, discography, arrangements for performance, and sculptural objects.

Drawing from their expanding glossary of study, the duo is currently focused on live repertoire with custom instruments, prepared pump organ, and electronic processes.

Recently praised for “blurring sounds and centuries,” Coppice music has been released internationally, recently by Pilgrim Talk (US), Triple Bath (GR), Consumer Waste (UK), and Senufo Editions (IT).

Coppice has appeared at numerous settings and festivals in Chicago and the US, and internationally in Iceland, Sweden, Greece, and the Netherlands.


MT COAST is an experimental sound artist from Chicago, IL who uses computers to explore the limits of organic and acoustic sounds by processing field recordings, acoustic instruments and by mimicking organic sounds with software.


MICHAEL UNA designs electronics that make light and sound under the name Unatronics. His live video work uses handmade video synthesis, and found textures to explore spaces of reactive generativity. 

MT and Una will collaborate on a live performance combining computer-synthesized soundscapes and modular electronics for video processing

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