Generator RVA: Now Playing

Arranged by Ken Montgomery

Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 29


GENERATOR is the brainchild of New York based artist Gen Ken Montgomery. Known as “New York’s first sound art gallery”, Generator existed in the East Village and then in Chelsea from 1989-1992.

For the month of October, Ken Gen and Sediment will host Generator RVA, a hybrid homage to the 1989 Generator in New York, and celebration of local sound and experimental artists. Gen Ken will host performances and listening experiences by local artists, and octophonic Cassette Concerts by the late Berlin artist/composer Conrad Schnitzler, to whom this exhibition was dedicated.

The Pop-up Generator Store and Archive will be re-activated for 3 days in the Sediment Arts Storefront. Featuring contemporary and historical, local and non-local, noise and experimental sound works for sale and distribution, including unique handmade cassette tapes, cd-rs, records, zines, posters, video, art, laminations, ephemera, and more.


Generator RVA


10/06 - 10/08 Generator RVA: Now Playing - POP-UP STORE WEEKEND
with Ken Montgomery, Chris Penalosa, Sean Julian, and Tommy Birchett.
10/06 Friday 6-9pm
10/07 Saturday 1-6pm
10/08 Sunday 1-6p

10/06 First Friday Opening Reception  6-9pm
Inaugural Remote Call-In Proclamation by 
The Kings of Elgaland-Vargaland: CM von Hausswolf & Leif Elggren (from Stockhom)
Octophonic Concert by Gen Ken at 8pm

10/07 - Saturday 5-7pm Live performances
Remote Poem Call-In Steve Dalachinsky (from Paris)
Cassette Concert: Music of Conrad Schnitzler performed by Gen Ken
Live performances:
Sean Julian
Chris Penalosa
Tommy Birchett

10/14 - Saturday 5-7pm Live performances
Remote Audio Performance by  BLACKHUMOUR from Seattle)
Cassette Concert: Music of Conrad Schnitzler performed by Tommy Birchett
Live performances:
Will O’Donavan
Ben Scott

10/21 - Saturday 5-7pm Live performances
RemoteCall-In Performance by Anna Homler  (from Los Angeles)
Cassette Concert: Music of Conrad Schnitzler performed by  Elizabeth Nall
Live octophonic performances by:
Elizabeth Nall
Fred McGann



10/28 - Saturday
Listening Event ONE
1:00 -1:15pmRemote Call In Performance by Rod Summers (from Maastricht)
1:15 -1:30pm Remote Call In Performance simultaneously live-on-air WGXC by Gregory Whitehead
1:30 - 1:45pm   Octophonic Concert by Nigel Ayers  - Aquarius Suirauqa performed by Gen Ken  
2:15 - 2:30 Remote Drama by Rod Summers  - Hjalteyri Scale(d own) performed by Gen Ken
2:30 - 3:00pm  Radio without the Radio - recordings from Generator Archives live mix by Gen Ken
featuring: Sound Dog • Mental Anguish & Allegory Chapel •  Alvin Lucier• If, Bwana

Listening Event TWO
3:30pm  Remote Call In Performance by Dylan Nyoukis (from Brighton)
3:45 -4:15pm ICEBREAKER Octophonic Concert by Gen Ken
4:30 -5pm Octophonic Concert by Stephen Vitiello
5:15 - 5:45pm Radio without the Radio - recordings from Generator Archives
featuring:  Gregory Whitehead • Randy Fairbanks • Willem De Ridder

10/29 - Sunday
Listening Event ONE
1:00 -1:30pm Octophonic Concert by DJ Olive -CON Tribute performed by Gen Ken
1:30pm  Remote Call In Performance by Sam Ashley (from Berlin)
1:45 -2:15pm Conrad Schnitzler Cassette CONcertCONducted by Gen Ken
2:30 -3:00pm Radio without the Radio - recordings from Generator Archives
featuring:   Stv Jns • Nocturnal Emissions • John Hudak • Abo  

Listening Event TWO
3:30pm  Remote Call In Performance by GX Jupitter Larsen (Los Angeles)
3:45 -4:00pm Octophonic Concert performed by Tommy Birchett
4:15- 4:45pm Radio without the Radio - recordings from Generator Archives featuring: Blackhumour •  Sean Meehan (Helmholtz) • AMK
5:00- 5:30pm   Octophonic Concert by Gen Ken
5:30pm Final Remote Performance by small cruel party (from Paris)

Anna Homler
Anna Homler is a vocal, visual and performance artist based in Los Angeles. She has performed and exhibited her workin venues around the world. With a sensibility that is both ancient and post-modern, Homler sings in an improvised melodic language. Her work explores alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary things. She creates perceptual interventions by using language as music and objects as instruments.
Since 1982 she has collaborated in America with composer/musicians Steve Moshier, David Moss, Ethan James, Steve Roden, and Steve Peters; and in Europe, with the Voices of Kwahn, Steve Beresford, Peter Kowald, Frank Schulte, Richard Sanderson, Geert Waegeman, and Sylvia Hallett, among others.

Ben Scott
Ben Scott collects and manipulates audio in the Union Hill neighborhood of Richmond VA. He has recordings available on the Winds Measure label and has been a chief participant in various sound projects, including Ting Ting Jahe, Sock Puppets, and New Loft. 

Since 1983, blackhumour audio has used the sound of found object spoken human voice - no effects, no reverb, no speed- or back-masking - to create a four-dimensional poetry. blackhumour's concerns are abidinly literary. participants are encouraged to listen to the work in that spirit. 

David Lee Myers
David Lee Myers is a sound and visual artist living in New York City.  He has had thirty recordings released by Generator, Recommended, Line, Silent, Pogus, RRRecords, Staalplaat, Monochrome Vision, and many other labels.  Collaborations have been produced with Gen Ken Montgomery, Thomas Dimuzio, Ellen Band, guitarist Marco Oppedisano, and Dirk Serries (VidnaObmana.)  Two Albums were created with legendary electronic pioneer Tod Dockstader, and with Hamburg’s master sound manipulator Asmus Tietchens four projects have been released, with a fifth in progress.  Myers has performed his sounds and visuals at New York’s Generator,
The Kitchen, Roulette, Experimental Media Foundation, the Knitting Factory, Clocktower, MoMA/PS1, Outpost Artists Resources, Trans Pecos and Silent Barn, as well as the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Boston Museum of Modern art and Gallerie Abriss (Hamburg) and the Klang Avantgarde Music Festival (Copenhagen), among others.

Dylan Nyoukis
Dylan Nyoukis understands nothing if not the value of showmanship. Of course, a common pitfall in nurturing such a preoccupation is the squandering of the beefy content that must fortify it. People can’t be expected to cross the street for you (more than once) if there’s nothing waiting for them on the other side. Tempting though it may be to pursue a career in the vending of substances as wispy as a foul wind, Nyoukis’s vocation is solidly within the jurisdiction of Well Tempered Theatrics.
A native son from a northern area of The UK Of GB And NI, an obscure, little-talked-about quadrant of The Realm that locals claim created the modern world and everything in it, Nyoukis has been putting on the style since the early 1990s, first with Dora Doll in Prick Decay / Decaer Pinga, an experiment that transmogrified youthful no wave vigor into an exponentially larger and encompassing street brawl of visionary sound, later with painter / collage artist Karen Constance in Blood Stereo, a malleable unit that can stain with their very personal splat any avant canvas set in their way.

Elizabeth Nall / Feminacci
Classically trained violinist, Elizabeth Nall, began to experiment with electronic sound and composition while involved in a collective founded by German composer, Herbert Brun, School for Designing a Society. In her studio practice today she uses technology to test the expectations of her musical ideas, exploring method in search of inspiration in the previously unheard.  

GX Jupitter-Larsen
GX Jupitter-Larsen is based in Los Angeles. Since 1979, he has worked as a performance artist, sound artist, writer, and filmmaker. He also collects stamps, and is a devout psammologist. Much of his work is a self-created lexicon consisting mainly of personalized units of measurement.
www.jupitter-larsen.com  |  www.noisyvideo.com

Ken Montgomery
Gen Ken Montgomery is a New York-based artist whose involvement in the cassette-culture and mail-art movements of the late seventies led to the creation of Generations Unlimited with David Prescott and Conrad Schnitzler in 1987. In 1989, Montgomery opened the first sound art gallery in New York City: Generator. Generator’s wide scope and novel approach toward sound and music made it a vector-point for some of the most interesting artists from around the world. Generator re-incarnated at AVA gallery in 2013 (http://audiovisualarts.org/5973/generator) and in the Print Shop at MoMA PS1 in 2014. Montgomery re-launched Generations Unlimited in 2014.
After living in Berlin in 1985 and working with Conrad Schnitzler, Montgomery has composed and performed multi-speaker concerts using amplified appliances, field recordings and electronic instruments. Montgomery’s approach to creating listening spaces gives audiences a dramatic immersive audio experience, often performed in total darkness. 
Montgomery also creates visual art using photography, clippings, debris and lamination to make books to make postcards. As the Minister of Lamination (a.k.a. Egnekn) Montgomery is the world’s foremost practitioner of sonic Lamination Rituals. 
Montgomery’s music has been released on some of the most respected music labels in the world: Noise Below (Greece), Chocolate Monk and Touch (UK), VOD Records (Germany), Esplendor Geometrico, (Spain), Staalplaat and De Fabriek (The Netherlands), Firework Editions (Sweden), XV Parowek (Poland), Monovision (Russia) and XI Records, Banned Productions, GD Stereo, Pogus, and Tellus in the US.

Stephen Vitiello
Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. CD releases have been published by New Albion Records, Sub Rosa, 12k and Room 40. His sound installations and multi-channel works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon. Exhibitions include a site-specific work for NYC’s High Line, “Soundings: A Contemporary Score,” at the Museum of Modern Art; the 2002 Whitney Biennial; and the 2006 Biennial of Sydney. Over the last 25 years, Vitiello has collaborated with such artists and musicians as Pauline Oliveros, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, Joan Jonas, Julie Mehretu, Scanner and Steve Roden. Originally from New York, Vitiello is now based in Richmond, VA where he is a professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tommy Birchett
When Tommy Birchett is not taking out the trash in Oregon Hill, he can be found in his workshop playing with sounds and images. Using a variety of homemade instruments, found objects, discarded technology, and electronic toys, Tommy improvises alone as well as with ensembles like Ting Ting Jahe, New Loft, and Chart Junk. Tommy has recordings littered around his home, scattered across various websites, and on fine labels like Winds Measure, Wifflefist, and Generator.

Will O'Donovan
Will O'Donovan is a sound artist who creates unique instruments using custom software, electronics, sheet metal, glass, leaf blowers and more. Will has been a chief participant in various sound projects, including Pataphonic, Chart Junk, and Gen Ken Montgomery's 8-Track Magic Orchestra.