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Tape saturated sounds, from international talents for an afternoon into an evening. Originally a Live in person event located at The James Black Gallery, it was reconfigured during this time to an Online format for your pleasure.


ROBIN LOUGH (Smithers, BC)
Robin Lough is a queer interdisciplinary artist from Wetsuwet'en territory (Smithers, BC). Robin creates installations and sound environments, using objects, tape recordings, and various experimental sythentized modes of sound. Every creation is a site specific experiment in learning and listening. Robin also performed as part of the Vancouver Low Frequency Festival in 2019. For further examples of sound/installation work, see
Robin's vimeo
Robin's soundcloud

Graham uses a variety of analog instruments, synthesizers, tape loops, floppy disks, and samples to create semi-improvised lofi soundscapes with a focus on the mood and tone of a moment.
Graham Peterson's bandcamp

Victoria Gibson's website

Carlos Botello is a electronic music producer and drummer from Dallas Texas. Botello has been a Dj since 1996 and producing since 2001. Botello currently has 6 modular synth EP's out on Spotify, Apple Music, You Tube Music and available for purchase at Botello's music is a combination of rich chord structures and smooth melodies with a hiphop/ drum and bass flavor to it all. In the 20 minute live set recorded for the tape heads 1 event, Botello uses a combination of cassette tape loop, reel to reel tape machine, korg volca, native instruments maschine and modular synth. All of the music you hear is original and produced by Botello. Botello is currently releasing his 7th modular synth ep on Feb 1, 2020. You can find Carlos on Spotify and on the links below.
Carlos Botello's instagram
Carlos Botello's bandcamp

IFFER (Campbell River, BC)
I was born in Vancouver, BC Canada, and am now a producer and performer living and loving with My daughter Vivi, on Vancouver Island. I have been dabbling in music production since the late 90s, lit afire with passion for sound by the now legendary festivals and artists who defined the soundtrack my early Youth. I have always been fascinated by the voice, and how it intersects with every facet of our waking lives. The diversity and vast span of expression vocalization represents is my obsession, along with manipulating and complimenting my own intonations, inner or otherwise, with electronic experiments that are more improvisation than composition. I love field recordings, synthesizers, looping, and sampling as a means to express that 'je ne sais quoi' that compels so many of us to create.

HUGO PARIS (France/Portland)
a French artist based in Portland, OR. I make finely crafted hardware electronic music under my birth name Hugo R.A. Paris. My music has wide dynamics ranging from peaceful ambient to dacefloor techno and is best described as moody and textural with a strong analog tape flavor to it.
Threaded Habitat is my third LP. It was released over the summer by Beacon Sound (Terry Riley, Colleen, Benoit Pioulard, Amulets,...) and Jacktone Records (Fact top 10 labels of 2018), it is my fist album on vinyl and I am quite excited to share it with you now!

Bent electricity, musique concrète, pillow beats, sci-fi FX, fluid situations and surprise >> beauty : Lee Hutzulak plays synths, samplers, guitar pedals and sometimes sings. Some of his other projects include: Zen Escalator, Moth Mouth, Dixie's Death Pool, Hot Towers. Tape heads will showcase his latest album, Forgiveness divided by an atom of truth., now available on bandcamp.
Plus, the new album by LEISURE THIEF, Psychology Today.

Meteoric Twin (Caitlin Pencarrick Hertzman and Amos Hertzman) are an electronic music duo based on what is now known as Galiano Island. They use altered voice, field recordings, modular synthesis and rhythm to create ambient fourth world music. They are the curators/producers of Active/Passive, an ambient music series and day-long mini-festival on Galiano Island celebrating artists from the Pacific Northwest. Past performances include Biomass (Oct 19) at the Bloedel Conservatory and Active /Passive vol.1 (Aug 19) on Galiano Island.

mAIsIE (Victoria, BC)
Using the Japanese voice synthesis software, UTAU, Maisie defines melodies and cadences, in turn driving hardware and modular synths in real time, forging a sonic expression both visceral and unreal. Maisie is a youth performance artist, poet and musician who is in her third year presenting and performing with the Victoria Pride Society’s Trans Tipping Point project, and has released and performed as one half of the sound art duo, Cnoc:n:conC (Unheard Records).
mAIsIE's bandcamp

live coding - composition - new media medicine - software engineering. Norah brings a bumpier ride for the darker end of the techno tinged spectrum.
NORAH LORWAY's website

Merlyn Chipman's artwork spans live improvisational audio/video, print and installation art but he identifies himself as a "feedback artist." Video feedback is the phenomena that occurs when a video signal is passed from a video camera to a monitor while the camera and monitor are pointed at each other. Soon after stumbling upon video feedback in 1998, Merlyn started collecting old television sets. These television sets were instruments he used to visually interpret the music of improvisational musicians and DJs in collaborative projects. Within 5 years, he had collected over 100 working television sets. Merlyn's live video feedback performance is an exercise in maintaining attention, i.e. an openeyed meditation.

Merlyn will be presenting the first installment of his 2020 WALL PAPER STUDIES project as visuals.
100s of matching wall paper patterns, different from your own, for you to stare at while you're stuck at home! All recorded on VHS tape. Easy to play while you hit the vape!
Drawing from strobing patterns in previously released (and unreleased) PSYCHEDELIC ATTACK DVDs, curated analog video feedback clips were selected for their aesthetic appeal as still images. Using software, the form is re-conceptualized as matching, non-repeating, scrolling wall paper patterns and re-recorded back on to VHS tape. Why tape? To preserve the ability to control the patterns with the same analog techniques that created them. Mwah ah ah! - Merlyn

Merlyn Chipman

Sara Gold

The James Black Gallery


link to Merlyn Chipmans video feedback page homepage