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Epsilon Spires hosts a night of experimental electronic music, visual art

BRATTLEBORO—Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St., will present the closing ceremony for Lauren Pakradooni’s multimedia exhibition, “Describing a Sunset to a Robocaller,” on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Pakradooni describes the work in her show as an exploration of the concept of “scanning,” which she explains as “a place of actively charged looking, in which searching for rhythm and repetition is interrupted by objects and images that do not behave in turn.”

The evening will feature a live performance by Pakradooni — playing under the moniker “Tether” — in which she will construct music from handmade cassette tape loops.

These fragments of recorded sound, augmented by vocals and electronics, are designed to investigate the same ideas as the kinetic sculptures on display.

By “scanning” tape loops in a process of actively charged listening, Pakradooni finds repetition, only for it to drift and splinter in the push and pull of controlled disintegration.

Also playing the closing reception will be Jeff Hartford, a Western Massachusetts legend in the underground music scene, who has been producing his own brand of psychedelic harsh noise for the past 20 years as Noise Nomads.

Always primal, visceral, and keenly instinctive, each Noise Nomads performance is unique to the time and place that it occurs. Past manifestations of Hartford’s constantly-evolving project have incorporated car doors, trash cans, home appliances, solo harmonica, homemade synthesizers, tape measures, scrap metal, and costumes — all employed to create a “terribly beautiful cacophony,” according to a news release.

Tickets will be available at the door for a $15-$20 suggested donation.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #543 (Wednesday, January 8, 2020). This story appeared on page B4.

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