Transmission

Sunday, August 29, 8 PM
A Green Kill livestream

In collaboration with Green Kill, Kingston’s premier peer-to-peer arts space, the Intermedia Lab presents the livestream “Transmission,”a combination of the live sound processing and groove-making machinery/artistry of Joshua Fried’s RADIO WONDERLAND with the spoken text of writer/musician Jon Fried. Through software and hardware of his own creation, Joshua’s RADIO WONDERLAND takes live local FM radio—and in this case an additional audio feed of spoken text—and slices and dices sampled bits into spontaneously created dance grooves. Over and through these wave patterns Jon will read/improvise from two short works of his fiction: “Confessions of a Virus” and “Summa Paranoia,” a tale of COVID lockdown. Jon and Joshua are brothers and long-time collaborators.

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About Joshua and Jon Fried

Composer-performer Joshua Fried‘s work spans experimental music, DJ culture and live art. Known to some for his They Might Be Giants remixes, to others for RADIO WONDERLAND’s shoes and wheel computer controllers, and to still others for putting headphones on some of downtown New York’s mercurial stars, Fried has performed solo at Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, CBGB, a Stuttgart disco, a former East Village bathhouse, a Tokyo museum, and the Dutch Royal Palace. His production credits include the aforementioned TMBG as well as Chaka Khan, Ofra Haza, and avant drone-master David First. His headphone-driven performance pieces have been presented at the Bang On A Can Festival, Music Now Prague, Lincoln Center, Venice Biennale 2003 (Teatro Piccolo Arsenale), The Israel Festival (Jerusalem) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Fried is a recipient of a 1994 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship, 1995 and 2001 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowships and multiple residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. Fried won two large commissions from American Composers Forum: to create live music for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and to compose for the robotic instruments of New York’s League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR). RADIO WONDERLAND’s debut album came out in 2016 (clang recordings, http://clang.dk)

Jon Fried has collected his short stories into three books: stories about work and life in the corporate age, called Transcendent Guide to Corporate America, stories about romance and relationships called Useless Guide to Modern Romance, and stories in neither category called Guide for the Unguidable, also the name of his blog. He has published many of these stories in journals and e-zines, including Third Bed, Eclectica, Bartleby Snopes, Map Literary, Scissors & Spackle, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Prick of the Spindle and others as well as feature stories on New Jersey culture and nightlife in The New York Times. His story “There’s No Such Things as Accidents” was the 2017 Writers@Work Fellowship Winner for fiction. Fried is also working on a series of novels based on some colorful characters in his family tree. A musician, he wrote and produced many songs for the Cucumbers, a rock band he co-founded with his wife, Deena Shoshkes. The Cucumbers toured nationally in the 80s and 90s and appeared in the pages of Rolling Stone, People Magazine and elsewhere. He was a main songwriter and the driving force behind “SingSOS,” a collection of songs about autism that were performed by Jackson Browne, Marshall Crenshaw, Dar Williams and others. His current musical project is The Campfire Flies, a mostly acoustic band that includes an all-star lineup of New Jersey indie musicians (John and Toni Baumgartrner of Speed the Plough, Matt Davis of the Vestrymen and the Thousand Pities, Ed Seifert of the Stimulus Package, and Shoshkes). A videographer, Fried has made videos for his own bands and for Shoshkes’s solo work.