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Machine Shop & Key West @ SIMM Series
Musicians Union Hall
San Francisco, CA
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Machine Shop & Key West @ SIMM Series
7:30 Key West - drone unit
8:30 Machine Shop
Karen Stackpole & Die Elektrischen

Machine Shop is a live amplified gong duo that was formed in 2003 when Die Elektrischen recorded an album of Karen Stackpole playing improvised gongs and percussion. While mixing the record, he took one small piece of the performance and created a song from it by subtly processing, editing and arranging it.

That song became the inspiration for a live amplified gong/electronics duo that took shape, quite literally, in a machine shop. At once visceral, muscular, musical, droning, soothing and surprising, Machine Shop takes the amazing sounds of vibrating metal that Karen conjures and then amplifies them through vintage tube amplifiers and cabinets. The songs are composed, not improvisational, though they have the flexibility to vary a bit from gig to gig. Some of the gong sounds are live-processed and subtly tweaked via effects to be blended in against the sound of the unprocessed gongs.

The results are truly unique, both sonically and visually. Not only is Karen a gongist-extraordinaire, but the live setup with Machine Shop ensures the audience is fully immersed in even the quietest of her gestures, revealing the amazing sonic spectrum of gongs and vibrating metals that she can conjure. Not heavy metal in any sense you've heard it before, but not for the faint of heart either.

Opening the night will be the ever amorphous Key West. Like a chameleon blended with an amoeba this group shifts and adjusts its directive energy from harsh noise, skronk, free jazz to drone. Tonight they'll be in full drone mode featuring the inventions of master builder Sung Kim along with saxophonists Brian Pedersen and Rent Romus



Musicians Union Hall (View)
116 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

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Music > Experimental
Music > World

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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