eXperimental Intermedia, New York, N.Y.
March 9, 1997
Roger Klier is a guitarist of the free improvisation school. Using a red Epiphone SG, a Lexicon Jamman, various effect pedals and a black face Fender Champ (oh yeah!), he improvised avant soundscapes. He would create a loop of skronking harmonics and then improvise with an ebow (electronic bow). While the loop would fade away, a soundscape of sustaining ebow was layered. Objects like files and screwdrivers were used percussively and also jammed into the strings, creating an artificial bridge. The guitar was then played like a koto with the strings being pulled on one side of the artificial bridge and plucked on the other side. Strings were detuned and played behind the nut. Klier played this way for almost an hour, playing, looping, playing over the loop, creating another loop, juxtaposing and joining sections of texture. Klier would sometimes stop playing and enjoy the accompanying slide show. Phil Niblock’s slides from travels in the Szechuan provence of China were projected on a huge screen.
This concert was part of XI’s Seventh Annual Festival with no fancy name, part two. If history is any indication, part one of XI’s Eighth Annual Festival with no fancy name will continue the series in December 1997 and part two will be in March 1998. See you there!
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New York, N.Y. 10013
Originally published online at Juxtaposition Ezine.