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March 23, 2019 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Saturday, March 23, 4–7pm
Admission: $5 (Free for MOCAD Members)


Music or melodic sound can be made from anything, even objects that one might consider useless. Enjoy an afternoon of sound activation across our galleries and cafe as regional bands and artists use non-traditional objects to make music and soundscapes. From noise to rhythm, Generating Sound invites guests on a journey into alternative production of sound as a performative artistic gesture that actives all of the senses. Performers include River Spirit, members of Saajtak including Alex Koi, Jonathan Taylor and Simon Alexander-Adams, Especially Good and an activation of Osman Kahn’s MEHFIL:RAAG O/D1++(VERSION) .

Especially Good is a band composed of  metro Detroit based multimedia artists that blend industrial, experimental, new wave, Detroit techno, and improvisational stylings to form a new type of music. The band has collaborated with artists and collectives in the area,  such as Detroit Carbon Arts, Aki Choklat, Biba Bell, Adult., and many others for ten years. They have recorded with Aaron Siegel’s Fit Sound label. The sound has been described as raw, brutal, and honest. The sound of Especially Good exists in a space of its own, but one can hear influences of Throbbing Gristle, Factory Records bands, and Detroit techno in the rhythms and sonic textures.  

River Spirit has been active in the Detroit music scene since 2010. the trio is comprised of Vanessa Reynolds, Dan Steadman, and Paul Wilcox. Their music has been featured on Audiofemme, Detroit Music Mag, Grand Circus Mag/ She Shreds, and Afro Punk, and Earmilk. After spending a few years testing their ideas around Detroit, River Spirit has delivered their full-length debut “Me I Fall”, available on all streaming platforms. Moving seamlessly through pop genres, the album has a sound that is refined. The songs are short and compact, filled with sharp corners and hooks. Thematically the album explores what it means to fall apart and what can be created when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to unravel; spaces of transition, the feeling of being submerged, literally and metaphorically.

Saajtak is a Detroit based art-rock band, its members drawing on years of experience performing free jazz, improvisation, electronic music, and chamber music. Touted as a major up-and-coming Detroit band, saajtak has a growing repertoire of songs and robust performance history. They have played at the A2SF, New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music Festival, Dally in the Alley, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, MOCAD, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra CUBE, Sonic Circuits Festival at Rhizome, Secret Project Robot, and Machines with Magnets. saajtak and its members have shared the stage with Xiu Xiu, ONO, Gaelynn Lea, Vicky Chow, Laurie Amat, Brian Ritchie, Alan Licht, and more.

Osman Khan is an artist interested in constructing artifacts and experiences for social criticism and aesthetic expression. His work plays and subverts the materiality behind themes of identity, home/land, social and public space through participatory & performative installations and site-specific interventions.Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University. He completed his MFA from UCLA in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the MFA Program at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. For Generating Sound, his piece MEHFIL:RAAG O/D1++(VERSION)  which is presented in the exhibition Useless Utility will be activated by a performer.