Lx Rudis: DJ rig, Two copies of "Crashing The Russian Renaissance" (CRR).
Andre Custodio: Nord Modular Synthesizer, Microphone, Darbuka, Voice.
Ernesto Diaz-Infante: Amplified Acoustic Steelstring Guitar (extended technique).
The Production Team:
Marjorie Sturm: Executive Producer.
Tomas Hassan: Liaison to PAX Recordings
Lx Rudis: Field Recording, Edits.
Darwin Grosse: Mastering Engineer, Edits.
Tohru Kanayama: Graphics and Product Design.
Special Thanks to:
Sarah Lockhart and Darren Jenkins: 21 Grand, Oakland, Ca.
Rent Romus: The Luggage Store, S.F., Ca.
...most importantly: All those who came to see us perform.
The CD "CRR Live" is a follow-up, companion piece to "Crashing The Russian Renaissance," the studio album by San Francisco Bay Area artists Lx Rudis, Andre Custodio and Ernesto Diaz-Infante.
This trio re-assembled for two memorable concerts in 2002, but the circuitous road of this production didn't reach completion until 2007. With relief and excitement, PAX Recordings celebrates sharing this unique document to a wider audience. This exorcism of soundscapes is an eclectic mix of instruments and their uses. Darbuka, voice, extended guitar techniques, nord modular synthesizer along with the live DJing of two copies of the first CD "Crashing the Russian Rennaisance" creates a truly avant-garde listening experience. This challenging work ranges in textures and tones from abrasive noise, hallucinogenic contemplation, ambient relief, provocative empty spaces, and hardcore collage.
All three artists embarked on radically different creative paths shortly after the performances documented on this disc. Ernesto developed a new minimal performance style, 'mantra strumming.' Andre formed a two piece punk band. Lx reinvented himself as a DJ, focusing on live remix.
"CRR Live" is a recording that captures these shifts in style and vision as they occurred and were witnessed by live audience.
a translated review of CRR:
"Interesting this work of improvisation acoustic-electronic that without to resort to continuously makes up of free effect a sonorous flow in evolution, all to follow. A veicolata remarkable sonic-structural analysis from a will and a talent express to you acknowledges behind these brani that they guide to us exactly to gradevole ones I listen. Computer science-electronic means come used like acquired instrument, calmly in order to catch up the own scopes and a perfect equilibrium between the electronic aspect and that acoustic of the job is demonstrated, therefore, to essential thing, guaranteeing, sure without to degrade to role of shoulder for debatable emphases of banal materials...
It would remain to comprise the title ago it that reference between the other to a restaurant verosimilmente of Saint Francisco (city where it has happened the recording) represented to the inside of the simple booklet from the beautiful one, originates them and intrigued graphical, but I prefer to leave the divertimento to others. On a often granular land, to times close to wireless atmospheres from bands little practiced, lie down sonorous events of every type. From the ropes scratched or pizzicate of the guitar or of violino of Ernesto Diaz-Infante to its voice, than in trace 24 it is even made alarming...
The percussions of André Custodio between which the Darbuka (drum African to goblet shape) and Linens 6 [ green pods ] that beyond to the reference vegetable it does not say to me null (!), but listened to also the monetina of trace 10 that comes made to fall on purpose on its guitar. Still other "concrete" sounds as it deals break you of wireless voices, but also the remarkable electronic elaborations of the multimediale artist Lx Rudis who converses with the two companions through its Matrix 12, the superflexible analogic sintetizzatore produced from the Oberheim beginning from half of years 80 and not more in production. Softer traces and little sgranate like from the 15 do not lack to the 17 even "more musical ones", but that they yield endured the step to other "more noisy ones" and complex. The material comes distributed slowly along the fast brani without search of and roboanti alternations, with delicacy therefore. In any case an alloy coherence deep the several traces offering to us I listen soothed seppur complex. Also in seat we find ourselves to times in the interstellar space to capture with one mysterious radios electromagnetic events for tradurli in sonorous events, but sooner or later it vocalizes of Diaz-Infante or the pizzicate ropes of the guitar us risvegliano and bring back us to the inside of the small boat where the three authors are performando..." --Iganzio Prignano, All About Jazz Italia
Lx Rudis works comfortably in both commercial and underground art, usually within context of emerging technology, frequently on creative terrain which is difficult to define with the buzzwords of the time. from early work in what came to be known as 'synthpunk' and 'industrial' music to more recent accomplishments in Augmented Reality and socially networked gaming, Mr. Rudis works at the forefront of speculative art, gleefully exploiting a constantly evolving palette of ideas and tools.
His previous collaborations include work with: The Units, SRL, negativland, George Coates Performance Works, United Satanic Apache Front, Winston Tong and many others. His professional alliances include: National Public Radio, American Broadcasting Company , Atari, Sega of America, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Konami of America, Ultracade/hyperware and many others.
for more information on mr. rudis, including interviews and examples of his work, enter the text 'lx rudis' into any Internet connected search engine.
Andre Custodio is a veteran Drummer and Abstract Sound Designer living/working in San Francisco. Custodio's live and recorded collaborations are a "who's who" of the San Francisco Bay Area experimental/improvisatory set.
Born in Salinas, California, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, is Chicano (of Mexican descent). He received his MFA in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts and has created musical compositions that span a broad perspective: transcendental piano, noise, avant-garde guitar, field recordings, lo-fi four-track manipulations, and experimental song. ED-I has performed throughout Europe and the United States, and his music has been broadcasted internationally. He has recorded more than 15 CDs of music and collaborated with numerous musicans. In 2000, his composition, I/O (for chamber ensemble), was performed by the California EAR Unit. He has been awarded residencies at the Centre International de Recherche Musicale (CIRM) in Nice, France, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Villa Montalvo, The Ucross Foundation, among others. He lives in San Francisco with the filmmaker/video artist Marjorie Sturm and their son and daughter.