If you hate Halloween, you’ll be safe this Saturday at the debut of Chelsea Sound, the neighborhood’s art and music block party. It’s one of the few parties this weekend where costumes are not required. Thank you, Printed Matter, Eyebeam, Family Business, and Electronic Arts Intermix, the four non-profits taking part in this quad-party for giving an option to people who don’t feel like dressing up like pumpkins, sexy nurses, or Zombie Obama.
In case you don’t know anything about the dozens of artists involved with Chelsea Sound, we’ve picked out some choice tracks by each of the artists and musicians on YouTube (and Vimeo, since that’s how artists roll). Chelsea Sound wants to mix up the borders between music and art, so that alone is reason to go.
Electronic Arts Intermix
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
EAI will screen videos from its archive in which music plays a central role. We don’t know what they’ll be showing, but we hope they’ll screen Cory Arcangel’s “Super Mario Bros. Movie”, which might be the best narrative hack video ever: it begins with a lonely Mario, hanging out on one of his puzzle blocks, like an albatross lost at sea. Then he goes to a rave.
Cory Arcangel, “Super Mario Bros. Movie” (2005)
Dara Birnbaum, “Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman” (1978)
195 10th Avenue
The artist bookstore Printed Matter will host a lot of bands playing really close to their bookshelves. Self-promotion alert: You can also buy our album “The Sound of Art” there or online.
Megafortress, “Green Child”
E.S.P. Lab performance at Vaudeville Park
540 West 21st Street
Who knows what this is, but it sounds like a horror flick. From the press release: “CeraSite™, has a mind of its own. It has been freed from the human license agreements and suppression algorithms that once shackled it to a state of civic servitude.”
Kari Altmann, “Mind Reader”, video for New York-based DJ Kingdom
520 West 21st Street
Family Business’s closing party will include a few musicians playing. The gallery is the size of a closet though, so that’s a prospect we find a little worrying, but whatever. It’s a block party and it’s the weekend, people can have fun however they want.
Alexandra Duvekot & Thijs Havens, “Saelors // Two Faced”
Brent Arnold, “Bright So to Blind Me”