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  • West Magazine, Pamela Z Article
    happening in the Bay Area A while back at Blasthaus I came across a performance by Pamela Z who really is a blast She s a composer performance musician extended vocalist audio artist and sound designer living and working in San Francisco all this courtesy of her Web page which the digitally enabled can check out at http www pamelaz com I caught Pamela Z again at The Lab where she headlined Z Program 40 a show done for her 40th birthday The thing that strikes me most about Pamela Z is how her work combines opposites of high and low tech into a synthesis that echoes life at the post industrial post postmodern post everything end of the 20th century On the one hand she uses simple elements like found sound texts her own excellent voice and noises generated on stage by hitting a stick or a water bottle or whatever On the other she s literally wired up to all sorts of high tech gizmos and widgets that record and transform fundamentally straightforward sounds into textured layers that she weaves together on the fly in real time Pamela Z waves an arm and a sound or a word emerges from an amplified sound system She stamps her foot and you hear something else When she starts waving her arms stamping her feel shaking her head and singing all a once it s amazing Like a minimalist she creates a piece out of a small set of sounds sampled or created live and joined by a series of overlapping intersecting loops But from a simple beginning she builds up layer upon layer of sound until she s created a bewildering memorizing highly organized cacophony that taps deeply into the infosaturated dataoverloaded hyperventilated psyches of urban life The result is

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  • DATEBOOK review of Andriessen's M
    BBC for the Mozart bicentennial To judge from the still slides projected during the performance this seems to have been one of the film maker s characteristic exercises in bizarre formalism Andriessen s music boasts a similar blend of opacity and animated beauty Scored for an ensemble of 13 instruments mostly saxophones and brass it chugs along like some 1930s vision of modernism in chrome all gleaming surfaces and jazzy juxtapositions Mozart does come into the picture one of the piece s seven movements includes snippets of two piano sonatas but the dominant figure is Stravinsky whose crisp extra dry strain of neo classicism is Andriessen s most evident model This is music that requires an extraordinary level of ensemble precision Andriessen s own performing group the Orkest de Volharding is legendary in that regard and Monday s performance didn t quite measure up perhaps only a longstanding ensemble could do the piece justice But the score s essential points still came through clearly Pamela Z miked to be heard over the brassy clangor offered splendid renditions of the score s four vocal numbers in between she busied herself with such stage business as sticking knitting needles in her topknot or tying tiny dolls to her corset After the opening Alphabet Song which traces its way from A is for Adam to the threshold of M the piece offers imagistic and frankly impenetrable homages to the 16th century anatomist Andreas Vesalius the Polish Jewish writer Bruno Schultz and the Russian film maker Sergei Eisenstein Of these perhaps the loveliest is the tiny finale which concludes with an elegant four note figure over shifting harmonies as the singer hymns Eisenstein s genius The text with its paean to melody and mathematics brought into perfect and enviable proportions applies equally to Andriessen

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  • Houston Chronicle Sonicworks Review
    defense offense For SonicWorks the main practitioners were Houston s Aaart Guize ink or Art Guys Inc take your choice Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing don t care They poke fun in their deadpan way They also have developed fans who seems to know the guys so well they start to laugh before the routines begin In Wrap Music the Guys gave in to pop culture they said They took two industrial size rolls of plastic wrap the kind used in sandwich shops and began to wrap two stacks of boxes sited several dozen feet away The fun continued until Galbreth s roll accidentally tore Laughter is one result of such pieces but they offer lessons in perceptions as well The sound of the plastic separating from the roll itself became an objective of perception even beauty if the viewer wanted That happened graphically in the video Music of the Spheres 1987 In it the Art Guys took close up pictures of spherical objects rolling down the bass strings of a slightly tilted grand piano The fun was anticipating the dark bowling ball sized object that inevitably came to blast away the tiny translucent ones preceding it But the beauty was seeing the shimmering glimmer of these small balls rolling in slow motion down the strings and hearing the slowed down sound Sight for sight s sake and sound for sound s sake as it were Other performers organized sound in a more traditional way using untraditional techniques Pamela Z a vocalist from San Francisco was the dynamite act of the three concerts I saw I missed the Sunday afternoon finale Using electronic tape loops she created her own accompaniment from simple sounds vocal or otherwise One came from hitting an empty plastic water bottle with a gloved open hand Over and around these accompaniments she wove funny sad melancholic and otherworldly songs The songs were polished and her performances electric And with Richard Zvonar she made fun of Tipper Gore Jesse Helms and the people who found supposed mental manipulations in rock albums Yes she had her own subliminal messages One comprised her and Zvonar s names pronounced backward The Los Angeles based Zvonar typified another aspect of new music the use of computers He sampled various sorts of sound such as a CD recording of Beethoven s Fifth Symphony and then manipulated the sounds live using his own computer software He didn t always have luck getting the machinery to work so awkward gaps stalled his performance More substantially the resulting pieces sounded mechanistic as if the use of software still had to be transformed by an aesthetic dimension David Weinstein used computer technology in a more limited and successful way His keyboards included a disc drive for reading types of sounds stored on 3 1 2 inch floppy discs His one brief solo was almost pure noise but he used it in a highly appealing way Despite his allegiance to new music principles he knew the fundamentally

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  • Quotes
    Pamela Z s vocal dominated work is like Meredith Monk gone wild I particularly enjoyed her Obsession Addiction and the Aristotelian Curve David Patrick Stearns home MICROTIMES June 28 1993 Issue 110 Dream Encoding Pamela Z w Zakros Interarts New Music Theatre Apple Expo West 1993 Click here for full text of article The best thing at the Apple Expo West was Dream Encoding a performance piece by a local San Francisco Bay Area artist Pamela Z Dream Encoding started with a conservatively dressed young woman giving a markenting demonstraiton of a new product Art O Matic Why bother with practicing claimed the presenter The product promised to bestow instant art to the user No matter how dull or uninteresting your life has been Art O Matic will bring an instant lifestyle change The demonstration featured a series of professional looking packaged computer and video screen displays Suddenly the displays were filled with a woman with wild dreadlocked hair who peered about and then disappeared This apparition disturbed the demonstration and the poor marketing representative s composure She kept trying to get things back on track but the strange video character who looked remarkably similar to the presenter kept returning interfering and finally taking over the demonstration The displays went wild changing colors picturing natural scenes and strange effects The presenter herself was transformed suddenly singing opera and then merging with the video version of herself Of course the video perosnality and the markeing representative were one and the same person the singer performance artist Pamela Z The work sponsored by Media Tree a San Francisco video services company and Zakros Interarts New Music Theatre a nonprofit art organization was very complex in execution and relied upon many different computer and video technologies The performance was supported by a crew running several live video cameras video controllers MIDI synthesizers and Macintosh computers The primary hardware for video display and control were from Fast Electronics a German company Pamela Z was able to adjust some of the music and video effects through a BodySynth controller invented by local e music guru Ed Severinghaus Some onlookers thought that Art O Matic was a real product which flabbergasted Pamela Z She thought it totally bogus when audience members inquired where and when Art O Matic would be available to the public Other viewers maintained there were two different women credit to Pamela Z s acting ability and that the nice saleswoman couldn t possibly be Pamela in a wig David Morgenstern home HOUSTON CHRONICLE February 4 1992 Click here for full text of article SonicWorks The Art Guys Jerry Hunt Joan LaBarbara David Moss Pamela Z and Richard Zvonar at DiversWorks Houston 1992 Pamela Z a vocalist from San Francisco was the dynamite act of the three concerts I saw Using electronic tape loops she created her own accompaniment from simple sounds vocal or otherwise One came from hitting an empty plastic water bottle with a gloved open hand Over and around these

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  • Wunderkabinet Images
    from WUNDERKABINET 09 15 05 The LAB San Francisco Pamela Z in collaboration with Matthew Brubeck co composer cellist Christina McPhee video If I die my knowledge may die with

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  • The BodySynth(tm)
    to the body over various muscles The tiny electrical signals generated by muscle contractions are measured and analyzed by a microprocessor A variety of processing algorithms are available through the keypad on the Processor Unit These algorithms translate effort into MIDI commands thus causing the body to become a controller for an electronic sound module such as a synthesizer or a sampler You can find out more about The BodySynth

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  • PZ-Baggage1-Oliviero
    any of the photos The photographers have given permission to use the images for press and promotional purposes but please contact Pamela Z or the photographers directly if you want to use them for any other purpose SCROLL DOWN FOR LINK TO HIGH RES PRINT QUALITY VERSION contact home Pamela Z BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE PHOTOS Pamela Z in BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE Hi Resolution Download PZ Baggage1 Oliveiro jpg dimensions 1800 x 2837

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  • PZ-Baggage1-Oliviero
    link to high res print quality version contact home Pamela Z BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE PHOTOS Hi Resolution Download BagChestXray jpg dimensions 1993 x 1400 MORE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE IMAGES PZ Baggage1 Oliveiro

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