Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis Presents: Drew McDowall + Florence To [Time Machines / Live AV], Pod Blotz [Live] & Scallywag

Pod Blotz and Scallywag

Friday 31 Jan, 2020

Doors: 7:00 PM

#electronic #live-electronic #techno #experimental-electronic

Located in The Hall

AGE 16+

Quo Vadis’s first event of the new decade will traverse both cerebral and physical realms, guided by technology and electronics that culminate in two mesmerizing and immersive A/V collaborative performances.

Drew McDowall + Florence To - Time Machine [Live A/V]
Pod Blotz [Live A/V w/ Chelley Sherman]
Scallywag [DJ set]

We open with a set from venerable DJ and scene staple Scallywag, who will set the tone for the evening ahead with his wild and mind-bending selections.

Celebrating the release of her excellent new album on Dais Records, Los Angeles’s Pod Blotz will hurtle us into her world where churning noise and frenetic rhythms combine with haunting vocals in complex and cathartic ways. Started in 2002, Pod Blotz has had more than twenty five releases out on labels such as L.I.E.S. and Clan Destine, and has incorporated many guests throughout the project’s existence. Chelley Sherman is an audiovisual researcher whose work focuses on the optical and sonic transmutations of chaotic fluxes and organizations from the psychological, dynamical, biophysiological and transdimensional perspective. These two incredible artists will be collaborating as a special live A/V project for this show.

Legendary musician Drew McDowall teamed up with esteemed visual artist Florence To to bring the masterpiece COIL album back to life with a live audio-visual collaboration in 2018. This piece has only been performed at a few select events since its premiere, and we are over the moon to be presenting its NYC debut. Florence To’s trance-inducing visuals mesh with Drew McDowall’s hallucinogenic drones to create a deeply psychedelic and immersive journey, pushing the boundaries of time and space by toying with our senses.

A little ‘Time Machines’ history for those that fancy it:

“4 Tones to facilitate travel through time.” So begins the listeners’ journey into what has become one of the most treasured and revered pieces of COIL history ever released.

Each of the four pieces on Time Machines is named after the chemical compound of the hallucinogenic drug that they were composed for, and the album was meticulously crafted to enable what John Balance referred to as "temporal slips" in time and space, allowing both the artist and audience to figuratively "dissolve time".

Inspired by long form ceremonial music of Tibet and other religions, where the intent is to lose oneself in the music – to meditate or achieve a trance state – Time Machines became Drew McDowall, John Balance, and Peter Christopherson’s “electronic punk-primitive” answer to this tribal concept.

Starting as a rough demo tape recorded solely by Coil member Drew McDowall, Time Machines started to take full form when McDowall enthusiastically delivered these demo recordings to Balance and Christopherson as sketches for a new Coil project with the primary goal of shifting Coil’s sound further into a more conceptually abstract direction. Largely recorded in 1997 using single takes with minimal post production, these four drones contain every intended fluctuation and tone, along with every glitch of the original – “Artifacts generated by your listening environment are an intrinsic part of the experience.”