MV Carbon

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M.V. Carbon is a Brooklyn based composer and sound artist who is recognized for her non-traditional approach to music.  She plays cello and other stringed instruments through electronics, and uses tape machines, vocals, electronic processes, analog synthesis, frequency, tone, and imagery.

She started her music career in Chicago with projects such as the electronic noise duo, Metalux (Hanson, Load, Rampage, 5RC) and the mysterious shrouded 4 piece known as Bride of No No. (Atavistic Records).  She relocated to the New York City area in 2005 and has continued writing and performing with Metalux (MV Carbon and Jenny Gräf Sheppard), while focusing on her solo work. Carbon’s solo record The Dislodged Perihelion is released on Ecstatic Peace (US), and her forthcoming LP, The Sun Will Turn on You, is set to be released on Discombobulate Records (UK) this fall.

Carbon has collaborated with artists including Aki Onda, Audrey Chen, Brian Chase, C. Spencer Yeh, Carlos Giffoni, Charlemagne Palestine, Evan Parker, Henrik Rylander, John Edwards, John Wiese, Larry 7, Lesley Flannigan, Maria Chavez, Mario Diaz de Leon, Nick Zinner, Okkyung Lee, Shelly Hirsh, Tony Conrad, Twig Harper, Zach Layton, and many more.  Her composition work has been premiered at St. Anne’s Church in Brooklyn, by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and at Roulette with Emily Manzo on piano.

She has received support from The Jerome Foundation, Roulette (NY), Issue Project Room (NY), The Clocktower Gallery (NY), and The City of Chicago Cultural Affairs (IL).  She has performed in the U.S. and internationally in venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), PS1 Moma (NY), The Guggenheim BMW Lab (NY), The Copenhagen Music Theater (DK), ULU (UK), Nefertiti Jazz Club (SE), Socrates Sculpture Park (NY), The Stone (NY), Performa 2011 (NY), The Sage (UK), Casa Des Artes, (PT), Worm (NL).

Carbon is also is a painter and sculptor and runs a clothing line called Lifted Myth.


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Upcoming Events:

2015
August 30
ALLGOLD, MOMA PS1 Printshop
September 12
Silent Barn,  NY
October 14th
The Museum of Morbid Anatomy, NY
live score  performed to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
December 8th 
Roulette, NY
with Ursula Scherrer and Shelley Hirsch

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Selected Exhibitions and Screenings:

RouletteNYC, “Long-Range Order and the Telekinesisynth”, performance and video projection
Filmakers Coop, NY, performance and video projection
Gene Frankel Theater, NY, “Lacrimal Groove”, screening
Clocktower Gallery, NY, AIR, performance, sound installation, residency
Cafe OTO and Electra Productions,” Which 7″, video screenings and performance
Louis V.E.S.PNYC, “Poor Traits”, group show, painting
Lucien Terras Gallery, NYC, “West Nile Style”,concept, painting, installation
Heliopolis, NYC, solo painting show
McCaigwelles Gallery, NYC, “Collide”, group show, painting
Elk Gallery, NYC, “MV Carbon and Edie Fake”, painting, sculpture
Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL, ”Pairs”, group show, painting
Women In the Director’s Chair, Chicago, IL, ”The Bridge”, 16mm film
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pgh, PA, group show, painting
Brew House Association, Pgh, PA, group show, painting Pittsburgh 3 Rivers Arts Festival, Pgh, PA, sculpture
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL, ”Fear, Implanation, Vapor Story”, 16mm film
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Past Events:

2015
August 12
The Stone, NY
 with Mario Diaz de Leon
July 31
“Virtues of Disequilibrium “,  Queens Museum of Art, NY
performance in Juan Betancurth’s installation
July 16
Fridman Gallery, NYC
June 12
Stadslimiet, Antwerp, Belgium, with Metalux
June 8
Studio Chanslös- Gothenburg, Sweden, with Metalux
June 10
The Student Paleizenstraat – Rue des Palais 76 Bruxelles, Belgium, with Metalux
May 25-June 6
EMS Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm, Sweden
Composer Residency
May 28
Kägelbanan,  Stockholm Sweden, with Liturgy
May 15
Ende Tymes Festival, NY, with Metalux
May 13
Roulette, NY
“Long Range- Order and the Telekinesisynth”
March 7
Greene Naftali Gallery, NY
“Tony Conrad’s 75th Birthday”, with Dan Conrad
March 6
Fridman Gallery, NY
“Permeable Rites”, with Richard Garet
2014
November 30-December 21
Invisible Exports, NY
“Botanica”, group show
November 19
Film-Maker’s Coop Benefit, NY
October 19
Sound/Source, Moma PS1, NY, with Lesley Flannigan, Maria Chavez and MV Carbon
October 24
Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
August 23
Fields Festival, Baltimore, MD, with Metalux
June 21
Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, with Lesley Flannigan, Maria Chavez and MV Carbon
April 22
Wharf Chambers, Leeds, UK
April 24
Audacious Space, Sheffield, UK
April 25
Fuse Art Space, Bradford, UK
April 26
The Hotspur Press, Manchester, UK
April 27
The Drippy Cave, Edinburgh, UK
April 30
New Castle, UK
May 1
Treize, Paris, France
May 3 and 4
Cafe Oto, London, UK
May 6
Mayhem, Copenhagen, Denmark, with Metalux
May 9
Ende Tymes Festival, NY, with MV Carbon and Bill Nace
March 14
Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY, with MV Carbon Phillip White
March 8
Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY
Mick Barr / Vampilia (Japan) / Kevin Hufnagel / MV Carbon
February 21
Grace Exhibition Space, NY
February 15
“Eighth White Columns Annual”, NY, NY, with Maria Chavez, Lesley Flannigan
January 18
285 Kent Ave, NY. with Wolf Eyes / Noveller / Alberich / MV Carbon / Lussuria / Sugarm
2013
“Beyond the Dimensional Slope”, Clocktower Gallery, NY – Artist in Residency
“Swedish Energies”, Issue Project Room, NY, with Henrik Rylander
“Volumes for Sound”, Zabludowicz Collection, NY – with Lesley Flannigan and Maria Chavez
2012
“String Theories”,  Issue Project Room and The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
     “If we Could see Out the Tomb”, new composer commission
—Dia Art Center, NYC – with Tony Conrad
—“Obelisk” -Knockdown Center, NYC – site specific installation
—“Precognition” -New York University, ITP Winter Show
“Lettered Address” -The Swiss Institute, NY- with MPA
Harvestworks, NY – with Lesley Flanigan and Maria Chavez
—The Kitchen, NY- with Bradley Eros and friends
—The Stone, NYC
—Roulette, NYC
2011
“Performa 2011”, Clemente Soto Velez, NYC Guggenheim BMW Lab, NYC
“Cinema 16”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
2010
—Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY – 3 month Artist in Residence
“Shattered Patterns”, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NY
2009
—“The Drone People”, Nefertiti Jazz Club, Sweden Kulturbolaget, Sweden
2008
—“Play the Building”, Maritime Building, NY-cello performance in David Byrne’s sound installation
The Tate Modern, London, UK
     “Tony Conrad: Unprojectable: Projection and Perspective” – cello performance
—Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, MA – with Tony Conrad
—High Zero Festival, Baltimore, MD – with Tony Conrad
—Café Oto, London, UK
2007
—Copenhagen Music Theater-Copenhagen, Denmark – with Tony Conrad
—RIXC, Latvia, Riga – with Tony Conrad
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI – with Tony Conrad
—Tesla, Berlin, Germany
     “Tony Conrad’s Forty Five years on the Infinite Plain (1972-2007)” – cello performance
—Argos/ Bozar- Belgium, Brussels
     “Tony Conrad’s Forty Five years on the Infinite Plain“ – cello performance
—Sonic Circuits, Washington, DC – with Tony Conrad
—Tryptych Festival, UK – Free Noise tour
—The Point- Cardiff- UK – Free Noise tour
—The Sage – Gateshead, UK – Free Noise tour
—Wardrobe, Leeds, UK – Free Noise tour
—Arnolfi, Bristol, UK – Free Noise tour
—ULU,London, UK – Free Noise tour
2006
—Extrapool- Nimegen, Holland – Metalux
—Worm, Rotterdam, Holland – Metalux
2005
—Zedosbois-Lisbon, Portugal – Metalux
—Casa des Artes, Familicao, Portugal – Metalux
—No Fun Fest, NY – Metalux – Roulette, NY
2004
—“Solo Show Solo Soul” -Vedanta Gallery – Chicago, IL, curated by Chris Johanson – Metalux
2003
—Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL, Community Arts Assistance Program
2002
—“Media Convergence on the future of the Digital Commons”, Museum of Cont. Art -Chicago, IL -Metalux
—“All Tomorrow’s Parties” -UCLA- CA -Bride of No No
Doc Films, University of Chicago- Chicago, IL, “The Bridge”, 16mm film

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FEAR IMPLANTATION VAPOR THEORY

Emerald Fix’s paranoia, mistrust and fear drive her into a mental feedback loop where she is forced to confront the Bandit who occupies her mind.

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Roulette

Swedish Energies

The Drone People

ArtForum

SoundSpill

Clocktower Gallery Residency A.I.R -press release

interview_Metalux

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review –Dislodged Perihelion

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Issue Project Room Residency 

article- Cinema 16 show at Metropolitan Museum of Art

review Metalux-Victim of Space

MV Carbon interviews David Lynch

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BEYOND THE DIMENSIONAL SLOPE

at Clocktower Gallery July-August 2013

Beyond the Dimensional Slope –

installation

http://artonair.org/residency/mv-carbon-beyond-the-dimensional-slope

Live recording of flute and the Clocktower bell from the upstairs gallery became an ongoing, changing component to the receiving space.

The “helmets”offer a different composition  to each – based on how they are approached by the explorer.

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In this work, the participants play a detrimental role in the formation of the piece. Their touch determines what sounds are drawn from a database of 1000 pre-recorded words. state is determined when tongue is touched.
Special thanks to Clocktower Gallery, Dan O’Sullivan, Red Burns, ITP, Brendan Reilly

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TV CELLO

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  Colored video feeds through the monitor and affects oscillations based on color and light .  Magnets are used to manipulate the electromagnetic waves on the television forming a vibrant visual / audio effect.  Photocells with RGB gels are used to read the color on the monitor.  

 

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THE HUMAN WISHING WELL

a chain around her waist lifts and lowers with each twist of the body

amplified objects within the wishing well form heavy metallic soundscapes

MV Carbon is joined with frequent collaborator Aki Onda during this 2010 artist in residency

Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY


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SPIRAL STABILIMENTA

the  audio on the reel to reel tape –gathered from chatboards on the web. subject matter of  chats revolved around arachnophobia.  Collected dialog, translated it into spoken text –  manipulated and recorded— conversations on magnetic tape. …

weave a tangled web

the piece is a homage to the spiders that were used in experiments that explored their  ability to fine tune the frequency of a the web.

CLICK HERE TO READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT THESE EXPERIMENTS

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METALUX 

Operating under the creativeness of esteemed avant-navigators, MV Carbon and J. Gräf, Metalux is undoubtedly responsible for some of the most distinctly unusual experimental music of the past decade.  Ever since banding together, the duo’s numerous recorded and live works have rendered a suitable explanation of all that encompasses their vanguard productions.  The disjointedly colliding yet ingeniously intersecting torrents of homemade electronics, tape delay, blaring riffs relayed via both guitar and synth, and subsonic rhythms are all masterfully rendered into a peculiarly riveting design which only Carbon and Gräf seem to hold the secret to.  While potentially resembling some of the mechanization of accustomed song-forms, Metalux’s inventive abstraction carries the finished exclamations past whatever barriers divide familiarity and innovation.  Metalux has 27 releases including LPs on Hanson, Load, 5rc, Rescipiscent and Veglia, and self-released limited edition pieces.

-thanks to Paul Haney for text contribution.

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Cinema 16 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Brian Chase, Nik Zinner, Shahin Motia, MV Carbon

curated by Molly Surno

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Sound Spill - Maria-Carbon-Lesley (1 of 1)

MV Carbon, Lesley Flannigan, Maria Chavez

performing together with Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson’s

‘Volumes for Sound’ installation at the Sound Spill exhibition

Zabludowicz Collection  

Presented in conjunction with Audio Visual Arts (AVA)

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Maria Chavez, MV Carbon, and Lesley Flanigan performing together at Harvestworks

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Aki Onda ,  MV Carbon, Larry 7

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sound… Aki Onda and MV Carbon – visuals by Larry 7…

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Tony Conrad and MV Carbon

Dia Art Foundation, NY, NY 2012

80 WE, NY, NY 2012

Audience at Ramiken Crucible, NY, NY, 2010

Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NY, NY-11/9, 2009

The Tate Modern, London, Tony Conrad’s exhibition, Unprojectable: Projection and Perspective, Turbine Room,  06/14/08,

No Fun Fest, Knitting Factory, NYC, 2009

Harvard Film Archive, Cambrige, MA- 03/05/08

Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY-01/03/08

WFMU, Live Radio Performance,  2007

Copenhagen’s Music Theatre,  Copenhagen, Denmark, 2007

RIXC, Latvia, Riga, 2007

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit,  Detroit, Michigan, 2007

Argos/Bozar, Belguim, Forty-Five years on the Infinite plain (1972-2007) by Tony Conrad, 2007

Sonic Circuits, Washington, DC, 2007

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