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ECC:05.2009: Bootie SF / Foibles Mench Opera / Radio archives

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Monday, 04 May 2009 16:35

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Welcome to May -- the big month with the shortest name.

For The Evolution Control Committee this should be a productive month.  With our travels to Europe, Seattle, and Los Angeles are out of the way we have 7 weeks until The ECC goes down under to Australia for the Liquid Architecture and On Edge festivals, followed quickly by the Ingenuity Cleveland festival.  During those 7 weeks work on our new album "All Rights Reserved" becomes top priority!  The majority of tracks are done, but there's still a lot of producing, mastering, artwork, promotion, and more to do before a release date is even in site.  Our rough target: this fall.

So if that's our top priority, why the heck did we agree to perform every single weekend this month?  oops?

If you're in San Francisco, don't miss Saturday's show!  Bootie is the biggest mashup music club night in the world -- this will be massive!

SHAKE YOUR BOOTIE: The ECC Returns to the Mashup Mecca this Saturday

Bootie's mashup empire has been growing with imperial zeal, reaching many major cities in the US, Europe, and even Australia and now in Beijing.  Although The ECC performed at Bootie's LA night just a couple months ago, it's been a couple years since The ECC headlined at Bootie's mothership night here in San Francisco.  And it is MASSIVE!  They had to make their monthly night twice monthly because they were regularly selling out the 1,500-ish capacity DNA Lounge every month.

That means this will easily be the largest US audience yet to see our new VidiMasher 3000, which has been dropping jaws everywhere.  The VidiMasher shares our mashup secrets with you -- watch and see how all of our live, improvised mashups are cut and pasted right on the spot.  It's made our Wheel Of Mashup shows really fun, really amazing, and really unique.

WHAT: The Wheel Of Mashup & VidiMasher 3000 @ Bootie SF
              w/Adrian & the Mysterious D, Dada, Tim Barsky, DJs Malderor & Mad Murdock
WHEN: This Saturday, May 9th, 2009 / 9pm / ECC @ 11pm
WHERE: DNA Lounge / 375 11th @ Harrison / San Francisco, CA
HOW MUCH: $12 / Half price before 10pm / 21+

RADIO ACTIVE: Archives of Recent ECC Visits from Radio

The ECC recently paid another visit to the ubRadio Salon, the weekly internet radio show of Big City Orchestra on DFM Radio International.  We believe this collaboration made for the best show yet!  Joined once again by Univac, the two-hour show of improvised sounds and music had a handful of memorable moments.  But don't take our word for it:  Listen to the archive of that episode (as well as other episodes ECC has participated in) thanks to

Our interview on Another Nice Mess with DJ Marcelle was quite good, and we thought it a shame that the archive would only be available on her site for one week.  So:  Now for your permanent listening pleasure, our complete interview (aired April 14th, 2009).

The ECC has our own radio show too: The Sound Of Plaid airs every Thursday on Shouting Fire:

10a PST / 1p EST
 2p PST / 5p EST   (repeat)
 6p PST / 9p EST   (repeat)

OPERATRON: "Foibles Mench" Mashes Up Opera, Robots, Dance, and ECC

Longtime collaborator (Gaga; Cheese & Pants Theater), friend, and fellow Ohio ex-pat Gary Xaoui is producing an opera (as it were) to be performed one night only, Saturday May 16th 2009, with music produced and directed by The ECC's TradeMark G.  While talking with Xaoui he summed up the show in this quip:

"Think SRL... but with a plot."

THE OPERA NEEDS:  Drummers / Dancers / Set Builders
... and robots too, in case you have some... or are one.

For more info, email Gary Xaoui < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > or TradeMark G. < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >.

Foibles Mench - Opera! Robots! Fire!
Live Mixed Arts Performance Depicts Man's Evolution and Destruction

HOW: Live performers, robots and clever props; tell the tale of the evolution of humanity from primitive to modern and beyond. Humans use machines first to improve and then to unwittingly destroy their environment, with the machines eventually taking over and destroying everything including themselves.

WHAT: "Foibles Mench" (man's folly) is a combination of performance, robots and live music that synthesizes opera, modern dance, and fire/machine art to present a narrative of the birth, destruction, and rebirth of civilization.
WHY: Everyone loves fire and robots - this event combines a variety of performance art styles with a strong plot and well planned sight-lines so that everyone can see the action!
WHERE: NIMBY, 8410 Amelia Street, Oakland CA 94621 (
WHEN: Saturday, MAY 16th at 10pm (Doors open at 8pm).
COST: Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door (

- TradeMark G. / The Evolution Control Committee


Foibles Mench: A robot opera

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Thursday, 14 May 2009 10:51

This Saturday brings the realization of Gary Xaoui's long-planned robot opera Foibles Mench It's a major production and the crew is hard at work preparing NIMBY for the show, while Justin Gray builds some incredible robots, the show's main characters.  The ECC is busy too, gathering sounds and gear that will become the soundtrack for this production.  Joining The ECC is opera singer Kerry Walsh, the talented Big City Orchestra, and drummers/percussionists from the Cataclysmic Megashear Ranch

Foibles Mench (man’s folly) is a robot opera which tells the story of man’s evolution and destruction brought about by technology and exploitation of the environment. Humanity emerges from nature to build their own environment, creating tools and technology to help their progress.  Robots that start out as helpful tools later turn on their human creators and destroy humanity's creations, and eventually destroy themselves. Is this the end of humanity?

WHAT: Foibles Mench - A Robot Opera
WHEN: This Saturday, May 16th 2009 / 10pm show / 8pm doors
WHERE: NIMBY / 8410 Amelia Street / Oakland, CA 94621
HOW MUCH: $15 advance / $20 at the door

P.S.: The opera is still in need of some improvisational movement performers/dancers (no speaking/singing) to participate in the show.  Interested?  Contact Christy:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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New Videos of ECC and Gaga

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Friday, 19 June 2009 14:31

It took a month, but looky this:  We got some decent video (thanks Brooke & Owen!) from The ECC's great show at the DNA Lounge for the Bootie San Francisco mashup club night, which synched very nicely with DNA Lounge's audio archive of the show.  The best videos were our two final numbers:

One thing we like to do at shows is to see just how many sounds we can mashup together at the same time on the VidiMasher 3000, with The ECC's Mashettes Frillypants and Fancypants keeping count. We call this our 7-Up Mashdown, and it's also titled that on our Ritalin Ruckus album.


Then to finish things off, an ECC first -- a coordinated dance routine by The Mashettes (Fancypants and Frillypants) joined by TradeMark G.


And now, back into ECC history:  Through the 1990's The ECC had a sister, of sorts -- the band Gaga.  Gaga was Columbus Ohio's answer to Crash Worship and Einstuerzende Neubauten -- an industrial band relying heavily on junk persussion, fire-making toys, and beating props into a pulp. This is a clip from Gaga's most infamous show, where a fuel accident caused a fireball (at 7:05) that engulfed our keyboards and our singer! Maybe having her read/sing the Unabomber Manifesto was tempting fate...


ECC in Australia, part 1

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General ECC News

Monday, 29 June 2009 17:17

Hello from The Evolution Control Committee... in Sydney, Australia!

Big thanks to Shannon, Jen, and all those that made the Liquid Architecture festival in Sydney such a success.  The ECC rocked it with a great show at Hermann's Bar that shook Aussie asses mercilessly!  A great end to a great festival.

Above: a friendly face that we spotted at the Sydney Aquarium

Below: a warning sign at the aquarium... and good advice in general

Next Stop: Cairns, for the On Edge festival.  Can't wait!


- The ECC


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