Audience tunes in to eclectic Sonic Circuits Festival
by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer | Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009
For 20 minutes prior to his set Friday night, German experimental musician Odal rearranges the mass of wires, pedals, sound mixers, effects boxes and cassette players that will somehow create his strange brand of electronic music. His fingers work quickly, pressing buttons, tossing around wires and adjusting sound levels like a mad scientist.
Hunched over a midsized table, every inch of which is covered by his "instruments," he occasionally rolls his eyes or sighs in frustration if his equipment doesn't yield the precise sound he needs.
It's no easy task to ensure his set of blips, ominous tones and the occasional 10-second block of feedback will go off without a hitch, but eventually Odal is ready to perform.
"Two more minutes," Odal, whose real name is Peter Zincken, tells the crowd around 11:30 p.m. He then disappears into a supply room at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, which by day is an art gallery.