Walking into an Unfamiliar Place You Already Know: A Sound Performance and Installation By Cinchel

February 24, 2017

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High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S. Throop St., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60608


Walking into an Unfamiliar Place You Already Know: A Sound Performance and Installation By Cinchel

Julien Prévieux,  Patterns of Life  ,  film still, 2015. Courtesy Jousse Entreprise Gallery (Paris)

Walking into an Unfamiliar Place You Already Know is a site-specific sound work and meditation on what it means to listen by High Concept Labs’ Fall 2016 Sponsored Artist Cinchel. Live guitar improvisation, feedback, and audience participation are embedded within a quad-speaker sound system to create an interactive performance of sonic disorientation.

This presentation will blur the lines between performance and installation by inviting those in attendance to actively participate in the hour-long piece. Listeners are encouraged to clang the bells, hammer out notes on the xylophone, sing, tap the contact mic, walk around the space, or contemplatively listen. The performance only asks that you listen deeply and not be afraid to participate.

The result of Walking into an Unfamiliar Place You Already Know will be a decoupling of sound from image, the heard from the seen. The distinctive experience, similar to an interactive version of La Monte Young’s Dreamhouse, presents an opportunity to change our relation to others and the world at large and shape who we are as people and creative entities. In that way the process of positive change, self development, and relationships with others can continue to grow and prosper.

About Cinchel:
Cinchel creates dense musical experiences that convey complex emotions through abstracted sound. Cinchel began playing guitar at the age of 15, influenced by Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and Glenn Branca. 20 years of experimentation with delay pedals, four-track recorders, feedback, layering, and improvisation has resulted in an internal language of musical emotion, aided by a philosophy of imperfection.

Cinchel has performed around Chicago at various music venues (The Burlington, Subt, Elastic, Hideout, Whistler), record stores (Saki, Laurie’s Planet of Sound), and DIY/art spaces (Enemy, tritriangle, dfbrl8r, Young Camelot, Comfort Station). Cinchel was selected to be one of the eight performers for Experimental Sound Studio’s Oscillations Series in the winter of 2013. Cinchel has self-released a number of digital releases as well as small run of Tapes, photo-zines, and an LP. Cinchel has had music released on tape/cd through Notes & Bolts, Time Released Sound, and Twice Removed and a number of digital releases on various netlabel sites around the world (Public Spaces lab, feedback Loop, vaporcake).


Image: Courtesy of High Concept Labs