Friday, December 14, 2012

SANF4 phog masheeen audio and video up!

The recording of the phog masheeen performance and William Almas video have been fused together and are available on YouTube;

And is available from the internet archive as well.

William's video is well presented, perhaps better presented than in the live setting. You be the judge.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

One of the highlights of the Santa Ana noise festival was the opportunity for Emmy Collins and Lisa Black to be in the same room at the same time. Emmy and Lisa lent their voices to the characters of Entropy and Cold on the phog masheeen CD "The Eternal Battle of Heat and Cold." Emmy recorded his parts in Landers California and Lisa recorded her's in Costa Mesa. They had not met till the noise fest.

You can see the trailer for "The Eternal Battle of Heat and Cold" here:

Monday, December 10, 2012

SANF4! Tiki Bar!

The Santa Ana Noise festival #4 was an unqualified success!
The recordings of the sets are here:

Photos are here:

The gallery staff had been straitening the pictures all night long. By the end of the evening they had been vibrated to a new "level." Evidence of good sub-woofers.
A grand time was had by all. The Hall was great. Sound was great. Snacks were plentiful. It was all good.

This coming Friday I am performing with Big Enjoyers as bass guitar operator. It is their record release party. Free CDs to the first 50 guests.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

This is the weekend for the Santa Ana Noise Festival #4!
At the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
117 North Sycamore, 
Santa Ana, CA. 92701 USA

Here is the Google maps link for the OCCCA:

The OCCCA site has detailed information on the parking options in the area.

Here is the link to that page: http://www.OCCCA.ORG/GALLERY-INFO.html

SANF4, 12-8-2012: LINEUP

11:00 PM Noise Circle

11- Yard Goat:
10- Cold Grey Eye:
9:30 PM++++

9- +DOG+:
8- Grizzly:
7- Six Mystic Points:
8:00 PM++++

6- Craig Sibley:
5- Endometrium Cuntplow:
4- Randy Jim
6:30 PM++++

2- Jesus is Dead:
1- phog masheeen:
5:00 PM START+

Also the new phog masheeen DVD will be available for sale!

Big fun, Don't miss it! Bring Ear Plugs!

Friday, November 23, 2012

New developments at phog masheeen headquarters.

Great fun stuff is happening here,

Sunday 11-25-12 at 3:00 pm Dr. Kaplan and I will be performing at the OCCCA in Santa Ana in a tent for a fall festival. We will ofcourse be hyping the upcoming Santa Ana Noise Fest on Dec. 8 at the same venue.

We are in discussions regarding a trip to the east coast in March and OUR NEW DVD will be delivered next week. This DVD documents recent Tinnitus 2 Go! shows and has the trailer for the Eternal Battle of Heat and Cold CD. It will be available at shows only.

I just posted a remix for a contest. If glitch hop is your thing you can check it out here....

That it for now!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What we are working on here at phog masheeen central and the Henry Rollins article...

Here at phog masheeen central we have a variety of irons in the fire.
Eric Strauss with two early versions of the Shambler,
William is building a DVD of performances featuring HD renditions of his hand crafted videos to be seen with actual recordings of the gigs. We are very excited about this and it documents the Tinnitus 2 Go series of shows. Included will be the Norcal Noisefest Set as well as MeowMeow's one stop Rock Shop. For these sets Eric Strauss was laying down swaths of sound with the Shambler. The Shambler being the sonic tool that Eric fabricated.

The DVD offers a way to see Bill's video they way they were intended. The projections at some of the venues were at best, sub-prime.

We are working on setting up gigs into 2013 and continue to promote the Eternal Battle of Heat and Cold.

On the gig front the next event is the Santa Ana Noise Fest on December 8th. This promises to be an epic night of experimental music. Fun and FREE! If you are in So-cal it is not to be missed!

On a different note, Eric Strauss tipped me to this:

Henry Rollins weighing in on the noise scene. I liked it.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New Widget, SANF4

Yes the new widget for order the new phog masheeen CD the Eternal Battle of Heat and Cold act one is not available to the right of this post. Use it and enjoy the results.

The march toward SANF4 is in full swing. Here is a snip from the press release:

Santa Ana Noise Festival Returns December 8th 2012.

The Santa Ana Noise Fest (SANF 4) returns for its fourth installment to the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art at 117 North Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Festivities begin at 5:00 PM on Saturday December 8th, 2012. This event is FREE!

This celebration of all things experimental, improvised, distorted and loud offers an opportunity for interested parties to test their earplugs with performances from: Brutal Poodle, Cold Grey Eye, Craig Sibley, +DOG+, Endometrium Cuntplow, Grizzly, Jesus Is Dead, phog masheeen, Six Mystic Points, Wire Here, XSXCXEXBX and Yard Goat.

A unique feature of the Santa Ana Noise Fest is the “Noise Circle” at the end of the event. This offers an opportunity for all the performers to play together blending their unique approaches to sound production into a swirling vortex of sound. The proximity of the date of the SANF 4 to the end of the Mayan Calendar prompted the promoters to suggest that the “Noise Circle” could be used in a ritual manner for “Opening a rift to the end of the world.” 

Directions to the venue can be found at OCCCA.ORG.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Heading out to NorCal Noisefest!

The day has come! We are heading up to Sacramento for the NorCal Noisefest! We will be up there for three days. We perform on Saturday. If you are in town check it out.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

phog masheeen visits the Soundwalk Video up now!

William Almas has completed work on the video documentation of the phog masheeen participation in Soundwalk 2012.

Pumped up, high octane visuals communicate the energy that the Soundwalk brings to the streets of Long Beach.

Available streaming and Hi-Def here:


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Soundwalk 2012 recap, Monk notes...

Another festive Soundwalk has come and gone. Thanks to Ken Huntington for documenting my set in front of the Mystery Cave/Glow Room with this fine picture. I like the mobility aspect of being able to find interesting spots at interesting times. Andy Sykora was cruising the event on his bike and stopped to jam. We threw down in front of a metal gate (which was clearly marked "No Loitering" much to my delight!) things got interesting when we started playing the gate.

On a different note: I got this scan of notes from Thelonious Monk. It is part rant, part journal. I think it is interesting to see how much handwriting contributes to your knowledge of a personality. In Monk's case, print not cursive, underlining for emphasis.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Soundwalk tonight! First phog set 6:00...

Tonight is the Soundwalk. The first phog masheeen set will be at 6:00 pm on the Northeast corner of 3rd and Elm. It will be a short set before the Cerial Box Orchestra (CBO). Then we are off to the races moving about the area. Hit the twitter button to follow the tweets of where the performances are. Or look for the phog masheeen sign. Come on down! It will be fun!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Follow phog to find perfomances Saturday at SoundWalk!

Twitter buttion to Follow phog masheeen performances this Saturday at Soundwalk 2012 in Long Beach!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Meowmeow's recording and video now available.

It was a spectacular evening at Meowmeow's One Stop Rock Shop! With +DOG+ and Marlo Eggplant. Meowmeow's is ripe with ambiance and some of that interfered with the projection of the video. But now you can view the video in all it's splendor here:


Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Trailer for The Eternal Battle of Heat and Cold has arrived!

The trailer for the upcoming phog masheeen CD The Eternal Battle of Heat and Cold is out now! Tell your friends! There is a narrative, three characters and lots of rage. Spread it around!

here's the YouTube link

Here is the internet archive link for HD

And a Qr code for your mobile pleasure:

Monday, July 2, 2012

August 10, Meowmeowz Rock Shop, Pasadena, "Tinnitus 2 GO!"

You dear reader, can catch a dry run of the !NEW!, MORE BRUTAL, MORE RUTHLESS phog masheeen assault on Aug. 10 at Meowmeowz Rock Shop in Pasadena. The name of the new show is "Tinnitus 2 GO!" You heard it here first! But you wont hear it for long if you don't use earplugs. Scathing, Cavernous and Transformative.

August 10, 2012, 8pm
Pasadena, CA 91107

Google maps link:

$4.00 at door.

Monday, June 25, 2012

What has phog masheeen been doing?

Here at the Coastal Lair we have been hard at work writing material for a variety of open calls.

Here is one you can check out. It is titled Henry Miller's in the House.
It is scored for voice, viola, cello, contra-bass,trumpet and percussion. It features a lovely Fixed Audio Track that highlights some confrontational commentary from Mr. Miller himself.
Check it out, score, notes, bio and recording.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

phog masheeen live at Dung Mummy VI w/dirt and fire!

Here is the recording of the phog masheeen performance  May 18, 2012 at the
OAK SPRINGS RANCH RIDINGSTABLES in the hills above Victorville. The event was put on by the Hop-Frog Collective and was named Dung Mummy VI w/dirt and fire.

There is little doubt that the road to the event sorted out the adventurers from the Sunday drivers. It was daunting.

We sorted our circuitry in a differently, I was pleased with the results, check it out!

The Stage

Residual material from the ranch being used as a paintball course. 

The Fire ring, Note the Mannequins standing guard.

Henry Barnes, inventor, guitarist, visionary. By speaking in a language of guitars and circuitry he is a roll model for modern man.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dung Mummy w/ Dirt and Fire VI (Jawbone Style)

Heading out to Apple Valley. For noise in the dirt.
Look for phog masheeen after sundown Friday 5-18-2012

Dung Mummy w/ Dirt and Fire VI (Jawbone Style) at the 

182 Fawnskin rdApple Valley, CA 92308

It is a great line up for two days! Check it out:


Phog Masheeen
Amps for Christ
Sleepwalkers Local
Pretty Agony
Mantle Sound Core


Shams93 Vs. Liquid Space Music
Deglet Noor Fakirs
Bill Wesley
Swords of Fatima
Invisible Path


More data here:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Road to Wonder Valley....

Today is the day that we load the truck and start on our way to Wonder Valley for the Wonder Valley Experimental Music Festival.

It promises to be hours of mirth and merriment!  Located in the Beautiful surroundings of Wonder Valley in spring. It is the prime time to be in the desert!

It is Fun and FREE and an excellent reason to come to the desert!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Merge in Long Beach and WVE4 in Wonder Valley

We are rolling right up to Merge in Long Beach next Saturday the 31st of March. The phog masheeen team (William Almas, Dr. Kaplan and Mr. Masheeen) will be performing with Eric Strauss for his project "Cerulian Cheer." For this event the sound of horns are featured. The Shambler, the Shambone, the Pick-0-Phone and Dr. Kaplan's household percussion will be featured. We will be performing at 350 3rd st. from 5:30 to 10:00 PM. Look for LOUD in our performance. As one might expect from a band that references bands with Cheer in the name. Please bring ear protection.

Don't put the earplugs away just yet. On April 14th Wonder Valley Experimental 4 rolls into the Palms in Wonder Valley. Perhaps the press release states it best...

The Wonder Valley Experimental Music Festival Returns to The Palms in Wonder Valley!
Saturday April 14 2012 the fourth annual Desert Experimental Music Festival kicks off at 3:00 PM. Bringing a challenging line up of experimental performers to the legendary concert venue in Wonder Valley, The Palms Bar & Restaurant, 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277.
Drawing performers from all over the state of California as well as desert locals, the festival is free and open to the public. 
The evening promises to be festive and noisy! For noise aficionados it promises, to be a must-go event. 
Ear protection is suggested.
What: Wonder Valley Experimental Music Festival
When: Saturday April 14 2012 3:00 PM Till Midnight and beyond.
Where: The Palms Bar & Restauant, 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277
Who: Wonder Valley Experimental Music Festival 2011 line-up (NOT  in order of performance )
CONFIRMED Performers
Astro (from Japan)
phog masheeen
The Sibley’s
Brutal Poodle
Overdose the Katatonic
Nopse (from France)
Heating  Metallurigal Schions
Yard Goat
New Brutalists
Sleepwalkers Local

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recording of Palm Springs performance, Video of My Funny Valentine!

Stimulating the Steel with Dry Ice.
The Recording of the Palm Springs Museum of Art performance is available now at  The four story high atrium is an active participant in this performance. Enjoy! Thank you to Eric Strauss for the pictures! Thank you to Brother Andy and Shawn Savage for hosting the reception at the Savage Gallery. Thank you to Glen and the staff of the Palm Springs Museum of Art for making things so smooth!

Palm Springs film maker Brother Andy has released a video of My Funny Valentine recorded at the Savage Gallery Reception! You can find it here: It is a spectacular work! Check it out now.
Sawing on the pick heads with a threaded bolt.

Aerophone in operation.

Ariel view of the application of Dry Ice.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Palm Springs Museum of Art and Savage Gallery Reception Sunday 3-11-12

Imagine our surprise and delight when we were invited to have a reception after the Palm Springs Museum of Art show (1:00 PM) at the Savage Gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday 3-11-12.

Here are some of their comments.

Experimental musicians Phog Masheen will attend a reception in their honor at the Savage Gallery on Sunday March 11, 2012 from 5 pm to 7 pm, following a live performance at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Phog Masheen is a sound art/video collective from Costa MesaCalifornia, who use aerophones, idiophones and electronics for performance and sound design. They have performed at large venues such as Disney Hall.  Please RSVP.
"What other gallery in the Coachella Valley is offering experimental or avant guard arts?"  announces Savage, gallery owner and fine artist. "We are becoming THE cutting-edge venue for artists of all kinds and we are proud to be able to host this reception for Phog Masheen."
"No idea is off-limits with this group," explains Brother Andy, who has produced several music videos for them.  "There is freedom when not confined to format and these are the kinds of artists who create the future."
Free admission.  Free parking.  Free refreshments.  Event produced and hosted by Savage and Brother Andy.
Where: Savage Gallery and Boutique 870 Research Drive, Suite 1, Palm Springs, California 92262 760.464.5978 
Regular Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 4 pm.
When: Saturday March 11, 2012 5 pm - 7 pm.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Palm Springs Museum of Art work file

Pick-0-phone, Samplers in operation for the Palm Springs Museum layout.
The great work has begun on creating the sound sculpture for the Palm Springs Museum of art.
Listen to the works in progress here. Remember, a swimming pool is a living thing.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The great work continues, Palm Springs, Heat and Cold, WVE4 Flyer!

The view up.
Preparations for the Palm Springs Art Museum show have shifted into high gear. After careful evaluation of the site and a full review of the "Backyard Oasis" show that is running and will be up when phog masheeen performs for the free second Sunday on March 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm. A flurry of activity has ensued. Field recordings of the inner workings of swimming pools has occurred and new videos are in production for the March 11th performance. If you are in the neighborhood or out to the desert for the day. The show has the additional selling point of being FREE!

the Atrium at ground level. Look for us here!

Work on the Eternal Battle of Heat and Cold continues with recordings of the character of Cold. Voiced by the eminent actress Lisa Black. More Recordings of the Shambler and the newest addition to the Shambler class of instruments, the Shambone occurred at the phog masheeen desert enclave in Joshua Tree.
Shambone on left and Shambler on right with their creator Eric Strauss in the background.

Coming to a Wonder Valley near you, WVE4!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Performing with Daylight Bats 2-11-12

Performing with Daylight Bats 2-11-12 at Fingerprints Music, 420 E. 4th St. LB, 90802, 9PM

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Palm Springs Museum, ongoning work...

Work has begun on the next CD from phog masheeen, titled "The Eternal Battle of Heat and Cold." So far we have had outstanding recording sessions with Bobby Almon from Liver Cancer and Emmy Collins from Brutal Poodle. Both Bobby and Emmy made brilliant contributions and thank you does not express our gratitude for their participation in the project. More work is underway and we are weaving in tracks from all of our different tools. The Pick-0-Phone and The Shambler being represented among them.

Unique to this production is the fact that William Almas is working in parallel with the audio recordings creating video content and his experiments are informing the audio production. There is some back and forth there.

On the performance front, phog masheeen will be performing at the Palm Springs Art Museum on March 11th as part of their free. Second Sunday series. They are running a great show that will still be up when we perform. Titled Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982   We will be performing from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in the James and Jackie Lee Houston Atrium on March 11, 2012.