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Premier of Aphonia Recordings Voice/Strings Ensemble: Fri, May 1st @ Gallery 1412

Hello Everyone!
I am super pleased to announce that I will be premiering a brand new piece (Thamnophis sirtals: 2.25 Incantations & Spectral Taxonomy) at the upcoming Aphonia Recordings showcase on Friday, May 1st. Thamnophis sirtalis.

It is a taxonomically-themed, microtonal composition written for a voice & strings ensemble consisting of a number of active NW performers & Aphonia artists (ie. Amy Denio, Derek M. Johnson, Emily Pothast, members of Problems, Mood Organ, Midday Veil, etc..) I’m pretty excited to get all of these folks under one roof & feel extremely honored to have them performing my piece.

be there or be square-rooted!
-Ben Robertson (Aphonia Recordings Co-Founder)
Friday, May 1st @ Gallery 1412
1412 18th ave – Seattle
8:00 PM sharp!
Thamnophis sirtalis: 2.25 Incantations & Spectral Taxonomy for voices, electric bass guitar, cello, amplified viola, & amplified violin

Composed & Produced by:
Ben L. Robertson Aphonia Recordings co-founder, The Precambrian

Performed by:<
Emily Pothast (Mezzo-Soprano; Midday Veil)
Amy Denio (Alto; The Tiptons, Kultur Shock, etc..)
Jackie Ahn (Violin)
Ian Ackerman (Violin; Problems, Romanteek, The Strangers)
Gabriel Will (Viola; Problems)
Derek M. Johnson (Cello, Bloodclot, The Dead Air Fresheners, etc..)
Timm Mason (Fretless Bass; Mood Organ, Midday Veil, Eldridge Gravy, etc.)

Traditionally, biological disciplines, such as Taxonomy, & the arts have been viewed as, more-or-less, distinct from one another. Intersections between these two seemingly disparate practices are often more figurative than structural. Perhaps the clinically macabre imagery particularly associated with taxonomy, complete with shelves full of dead plants & animals preserved in bottles of formaldehyde, has done little to marry biological sciences to the expressive arts. However, the parallels in methodology that unite these two disciplines offer great potential.

By definition, a taxonomist gathers empirical observations regarding the physiology & behavior of organisms (both living and deceased) to craft an explicit vernacular that definitively describes his or her biological subjects. Through a similar methodology, the spectral composer may gather relevant acoustic data, classify this data in the form of a literal or symbolic language, & establish a protocol of musical conditions that reflect the nature of data collected. Within the piece, this process entails the development of a proprietary vocabulary, or spectral taxonomy, to describe & classify the individual harmonic phenomenon and spectral behaviors exhibited in the context of Frequency Modulation (FM) synthesis. The resultant spectral taxonomy is the maturation of a system of microtonal tuning & counterpoint that effectively exploits the unique timbres produced by specific FM algorithms.

Phonetically, the piece adopts the aesthetic of an Audubon field guide, as each vocalist recites a series of incantations documenting the Latin names of various North American subspecies of the ubiquitous Common Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis.


Check Out These Artists on iTunes & Elsewhere!!!

These new (and older-ish) releases have been been released worldwide through the iTunes Music Store and Amazon – and some other subscription online music stores as well (Rhapsody, Napster, etc.) Below are links through the iTunes Music Store to these lovely folks. Check ‘em out… You can also go to our website to listen to full length samples or purchase as well. Click
for all our Amazon listings or click on the releases below to go directly to the iTunes Music Store.

Desolation Wilderness – In Love With Anything

Desolation Wilderness - In Love With Anything

Dokuro – The Black Room
Dokuro - The Black Room - EP

Amy Denio – sub-Rosa
Amy Denio - Sub-Rosa

Nucular Aminals – Nucular Aminals
Nucular Aminals - Nucular Aminals

Agnes Szelag - No Summer Or Winter
Agnes Szelag – No Summer Or Winter
Agnes Szelag - No Summer or Winter


Gallery 1412 4th Anniversary Extravaganza

Our primary performance space is having a special event on Saturday night. So if you can’t come to our showcase tonight, than you damn well better go to this lovely event here in Seattle. Read on…

Gallery 1412 fourth anniversary celebration more info:
featuring performances by:

Gust Burns Quartet,
Jesse Canterbury,
Amy Denio

This fall, Gallery 1412 celebrates its fourth year of activity as a focal point of creative performance in Seattle. Gallery 1412 is a collectively run all-ages venue which opened in the fall of 2004 with the intention of continuing and broadening the work of Polestar Music Gallery, the space’s previous inhabitants. Since then, Gallery 1412 has proved itself to be a unique and vital hub of artistic activity on
local, national, and international levels, as well as a sustainable model of artist-run infrastructure. Come help kick off 4 more years of innovation!

The anniversary show will feature musical performances from members of the Gallery
1412 collective, highlighting the diversity and inspiration of this amazing group of artists.

Gust Burns Quartet:
Gust Burns – inside piano
Mara Sedlins – viola
Mark Collins – bass
Wilson Shook – alto saxophone

An acoustic quartet led by seattle pianist/ inside pianist Gust Burns developing directions from and to form, structure, duration, and silence.

Greg Campbell – percussion, french horn
Wally Shoup – alto saxophone

The Campbell/Shoup duo is known for its cans of soul stew and bitches brew, all done up in day-glo Warholian colors. Spontaneous, fiery and ever-ready to boil over, this sax/drum sonic polyglot has more flavors than the rainbow.

Jesse Canterbury:
solo clarinet improvisation

Jesse Canterbury is a clarinetist living and working in Seattle, Washington, USA. He
composes and performs creative music, especially jazz, free improvisation, and
contemporary classical music. Throughout his performing career, he has worked and
performed with many of the luminaries of creative music, including George Lewis,
Butch Morris, Derek Bailey, Walter Thompson, Wayne Horvitz, Daniel Carter, and John

Amy Denio:
solo accordion and voice

Amy Denio is a Seattle-based composer and multi-instrumentalist known world-wide for her unconventional songwriting, and incredible musicianship. She has worked with countless artists, including Bill Frisell, Danny Barnes, Kultur Shock, the Pat Graney Dance Company and even Chuck D. With a catalog of over 35 CDs to her name, Denio has performed all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to Taiwan to the Metro buses in downtown Seattle. In addition to her solo work, she currently plays with the Tipton Saxophone Quartet, Quintetto alla Busara and her accordion quartet, Hell’s Bellows. Since 1986, Denio has operated her own Seattle-based record label, Spoot Music.


Check Out All Our New Releases

We have been busy lately. All of these releases have come out in the last two months or so. We are expecting a few more, including Nucular Aminals self titled debut on the label as well as well Mangled Bohemians’ Degeneration. Also in the works is a special limited release with Derek M. Johnson and Rachel Carns of The Need performing a live improvised score to the silent film classic, The Phantom of the Opera. Stay tuned for these exciting releases… and also if you would like to catch up with The Need and Mr. Johnson, they will be playing a special one time only concert Friday December 12th at Gallery 1412 – make sure to catch them! More on this later!

Paintings For Animals – Cistern Air [AR023]
buy now


Dokuro – The Black Room
[AR020] buy now


L.A. Lungs – Most of the Time We Do Not Realize that We Are Shedding Our Skin [AR018]


Amy Denio – sub-Rosa
[AR019] buy now


Shows: November 2008

Nov 02 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ Church of the Friendly Ghost (Austin, TX)

Nov 03 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ ACFM (Lafayette, LA)

Nov 04 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ The Engine Room (Tallahassee, FL)

Nov 05 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ Flicker Theater (Athens, GA)

Nov 07 – 8:00P – Thunder Grey Pilgrim, Wehrwolve @ Gallery 1412 (Seattle, Wa)

Nov 07 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ the milestone (Charlotte, NC)

Nov 08 – 8:00P – takedown uav, daedelum, more @ Intl. Noise Conference (Object Space) (Spokane, Wa)

Nov 08 – 8:00P – nucular aminals @ the know bar (Portland, Or)

Nov 08 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ the pilot light (knoxville, Tn)

Nov 09 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ Al’s bar (Lexington, KY)

Nov 10 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ garfield artworks (Pittsburg, PA)

Nov 11 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ the cake shop New York, NY)

Nov 12 – 8:00P – Amy Denio @ Musiquarium (Triple Door) (Seattle, WA)

Nov 13 – 8:00P – Amy Denio @ Henry Art Museum (Seattle, WA)

Nov 13 – 8:00P – Derek M. Johnson @ Capital Theatre (Olympia, WA)

Nov 13 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ the bug jar (Rochester, NY)

Nov 15 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ oberlin college (Oberlin, OH)

Nov 16 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ DAAC (Grand Rapids, MI)

Nov 17 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ cinemat (bloomington, IN)

Nov 18 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ shubas (Chicago, IL)

Nov 19 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ Vaudeville News (Des Moines, IA)

Nov 19 – 8:00P – Amy Denio @ the Rendezvous-jewelbox theatre (Seattle, WA)

Nov 21 – 9:00P – Paintings for Animals @ the Josephine (Seattle, WA)

Nov 21 – 8:00P – desolation wilderness @ Rhinoceropolis (Denver, CO)

Nov 22 – 7:00P – Hell’s Bellows! (w/ Amy Denio) @ Blue Heron Arts Center (Vashon Island, WA)


Podcast #18 – Amy Denio and Aphonia Supergroup

Just a short three weeks ago Amy Denio released her first digital only release on Aphonia Recordings. The release entitled, sub-Rosa, is a soundtrack for a multimedia and dance piece of the same name. Directed by Cheronne Wong at produced at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center exactly one year ago today, September 18th, 2008. This podcast gives an overview of sub-Rosa’s inspiration and we hope you will listen in for a track from sub-Rosa.

This is also kind of a double header as the second part of this podcast is the recording of our Aphonia Recordings Supergroup. For the Olympia Experimental Music Festival benefit show in June we assembled an all star cast of recording artists from the label including, Derek M. Johnson, The Precambrian, Ph0n0n, KRGA and Gabe Will of Problems. We hope you enjoy.

Podcast #18 – Amy Denio and Aphonia Supergroup


Shows: September 2008

Sept 05 – 8:00P myrmyr @ San Francisco Electronic Music (San Francisco, Ca)

Sept 05 – 8:00P Problems, Amy Denio, nucular aminals @ Aphonia Rec. 9 (Gallery 1412) (Seattle, Wa)

Sept 05 – 8:00P Desolation Wilderness @ the treehouse (Arcata, Ca)

Sept 06 – 7:30P Amy Denio (w/ yellow hat band) @ Burien Lantern Fest (Burien, Wa)

Sept 06 – 8:00P Desolation Wilderness @ Rererato (Portland, Or)

Sept 06 – 8:00P Agnes Szelag @ Project Artaud Theater (San francisco, Ca)

Sept 06 – 8:00P Nucular Aminals @ The Red House (Olympia, Wa)

Sept 07- 8:00P Daedelum @ The Empyrean (Spokane, Wa)

Sept 07 – 8:00P Desolation Wilderness @ Matt’s house (Olympia, Wa)

Sept 11 – 8:00P Paintings for Animals, VxPxC, Warm Climates, Wind Swept Planes @ Galley 1412 (Seattle, Wa)

Sept 13 – 8:00P Nucular Aminals @ SCRAP Benefit (Portland, Or)

Sept 19 – 7:00P Derek M. Johnson & mangled bohemians @ Rererato (Portland, Or)

Sept 21 – 8:00P Amy Denio @ El Corazon (Seattle, Wa)

Sept 26-28 – 8:00P Derek M. Johnson @ Midnight Sun (3 day festival) (Olympia, Wa)


Come celebrate Amy Denio’s debut release on Aphonia Recordings this Friday!!!!!

Amy Denio: Subrosa release show/party (w/ Nucular Aminals + Problems)@ Gallery 1412

Amy Denio – subrosa: AR017
amy denio - subrosa

click here to preview tracks / purchase this release



Shows: July 2008

Jul 06 – 8:00P Paintings for Animals @ 20/20 Cycle (Seattle, Wa)

Jul 09 – 8:00P Amy Denio @ Rendezvous Jewelbox (Seattle, Wa)

Jul 10 – 8:00P The Precambrian, aye aye/navigator @ le voyeur (Olympia, wa)

Jul 11 – 8:00P Aye Aye, Navigator, KRGA, thunder grey pilgrim @ Gallery 1412 (Seattle, Wa)

Jul 12 – 9:00P Derek M. Johnson @ le voyeur (Olympia, Wa)

Jul 13 2008 6:00P
Paitings for Animals @ Mr. Spot’s Chai House (Seattle, Wa)

Jul 15 – 8:00P Derek M. Johnson @ the Royal (Olympia, Wa)

Jul 17 – 8:00P Amy Denio @ The Red Umbrella (Everett, Wa)

Jul 17 – 8:00P darwinsbitch @ Mission Creek Music Fest (San Francisco, ca)

Jul 18 – 9:00P Paintings for Animals @ S.S. Josephine (Seattle, Wa)

Jul 19 – 12:00P Desolation Wilderness @ What the Heck? Fest (Anacortes, Wa)

Jul 22 – 8:00P Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, the Precambrian @ Gallery 1412 (Seattle, Wa)

Jul 31 – 8:00P Amy Denio @ Gallery 1412 (Seattle, Wa)


Shows: March 2008

Mar 06 – 9:00P – Derek M. Johnson @ Le Voyeur (Olympia, WA)

Mar 07 – 8:00P – Aphonia Rec. Monthly Series: Pt 3 @ Gallery 1412 (Seattle, WA)

Mar 08 – 2:00P – Desolation Wilderness @ Hall of the Woods (Olympia, WA)

Mar 15 – 8:00P – Darwinsbitch @ Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut (Oakland, CA)

Mar 20 – 8:00P – Desolation Wilderness @ Black Front Gallery (Olympia, WA)

Mar 20 – 8:00P – Derek M. Johnson @ The Skylark Cafe (Seattle, WA)

Mar 20 – 8:00P – Die Resonanz (Amy Denio) @ Accordian Festival (Vienna, Austria)

Mar 21 – 8:00P – Darwinsbitch @ 21 Grand (Oakland, CA)

Mar 22 – 8:00P – Desolation Wilderness @ Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA)

Mar 30 – 10:30A – Die Resonanz (Amy Denio) @ Bolanzo (Bolanzo, Italy)