netcat

As netcat, Brandon Lucia (drums, Chango, computers), David Balatero (cello, computers), and Andrew Olmstead (synthesizer, computers) explore the intersection between technology, complexity, and free improvisation. netcat's music brings together seasoned performance on conventional instruments -- cello, synthesizers, and drums -- combining it with computer generated sounds and computer instruments, like the Chango, a novel synthesizer that is played with light.

The mixture of these ingredients is textural, long-form structured improvisations. netcat's music is the kind that calls for laying down on the floor with expensive headphones on and enjoying the solipsism. The flow of the round, sinusoidal bass of the Chango and synthesizer carry the listener on an electric current, through a confluence of sweeping, dramatic arcs on the cello and tympanic drumming. Among it all manifests speaking computers attempting, with futility, to master spoken langugage and a sonic embodiment of the flurry of bits and bytes traversing a computer network.

netcat's music is soothing and human, even as it careens through esoteric electric soundscapes. As if despite the technology and complexity, netcat's sound is organic and approachable. It affords structure and cohesion to the listener, alluding to the profusion of technology and its relationship with humanity in the world today.