LOCATION: the Mothlight AVL.NC
SUBJECT: Mark Hosler
I have to admit, I haven’t heard that much Negativland. While they are an institution and a foundational plunderphonics group, like most people, I became most aware of them while they were waist-deep in a legal tussle with a certain band that rhymes with ‘you, too.’ By the time they extricated themselves from said kerfuffle, I guess my own interests had moved on. In truth, the early 90s—as I just starting to travel the outer limits with Zoviet*France and John Oswald—would have been the perfect timing. But, like ships in the night, as they say.
I’ve also moved on from New York City (to remote North Carolina) and I don’t get nearly as many opportunities to catch gonzo stuff, live—especially an artist like Mark Hossler, who, through Negativland, has a 40+ year history in the avant garde.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out it wasn’t just plunderphonics—which can be fun but also always strikes me with an air of either ironic distance or heavy-handed politics (or both). Most of his sounds were far more pure electronics: generated tones + effects and filters. If their origins lay in sampling, they’d been scrubbed clean. Hosler’s rig of devices was interesting, shimmed so his boards were tilted slightly towards the audience, giving us a window into how he was creating what we heard.
NOTES: Mark Hosler; Toybox; Okapi
PRESENT: AMS; Lily M.; Jackson A.