A live improvisation integrating contrabass, field recordings, and synthesis.
Mike is a resident at Harvestworks this year designing and building a Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) system that will be portable and flexible.
Join us at: Twitch.TV/harvestworks
Note: to chat with Mike, you need to have a twitch account.
Tuesday, May 19th 2020, 5 pm
Mike Bullock is a composer, improviser, visual artist, and writer based in Western Massachusetts.
Bullock has been performing since the mid 90s at venues across the US and in Europe, including Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden; Instants Chavirés in Paris; Café OTO in London; Experimental Intermedia and ISSUE Project Room in New York City; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and EMPAC in Troy, NY. In June 2015, Bullock received a Performance Grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.
Bullock is an Ambassador for The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland [KREV] and also serves as the KREV Minister of Fine Noise and Light.
Recent work for bass and electronics: “Constructions for Network Delays” collaboration with Linda Gale Aubry
“listened to your LP Figures Without Ground -actually listened to it a few time recently – I juts wish it would go on and on and on.” -Gen Ken Montgomery
“I have always witnessed [Bullock’s] restlessly energetic explorations with amazement. The guy just doesn’t sit still! In 1998, he was 1/3 of FETISH, a confrontational anti-jazz trio with David Gross and Tatsuya Nakatani that managed to frustrate and alienate just about everyone within earshot. They were one of my favorite bands. After FETISH parted ways, Bullock embraced absurd theatricality, performing entire concerts where he lifted his contrabass over his head and let it feed back brutally. Mike’s duo with Vic Rawlings resulted in fabulously baffling performances of rewired electronics, unstable feedback, and provocatively awkward pauses. Subsequent years saw Mike embracing video art, computer music, and large group improvisation as part of The BSC (with Rawlings, Bhob Rainey, Greg Kelley, etc). Like I said, the guy is in constant motion. [Mild Disappearances CD] pushes the bass even further to the background, though traces of vibrating strings remain beneath the din. Mild Disappearances finds Bullock wrestling with analog and digital synthesis for five slabs of grimy, subterranean rumble. At this point, I never know what to expect from Mike’s records, except that they won’t sound like the previous one. This is no exception. Think of the gravity-free improvisations of Keith Rowe, the inner-space depression meditations of Maurizio Bianchi, or perhaps… ah, forget it. It only sounds like Mike Bullock after all.” – Howard Stelzer https://intransitive.bandcamp.com/album/mild-disappearances
“…a bassist with a highly personal voice.” – François Couture, allmusic.com
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Studios & Satellites Mazen Kerbaj & Mike Bullock