San Diego Symphony's second night of the Masterworks season showcased the power of place and personality
Garrett Harris noon, Oct. 13
Randy Chiurazzi: Electronics, Guitar (electric) | Marcelo Radulovich: Electronics, Guitar (electric) | Frank Melendez: Electronics, Guitar (electric), Keyboards | Bobby Bray: Electronics, Guitar (electric), Percussion
The League of Assholes is an experimental noise group which has at various times featured Marcelo Radulovich (Nicey Nice World), Randy Chiurazzi, Frank Melendez (Riververb), Bobby Bray (Innerds, the Locust), MJ Stevens (who play a 100-string guitar), Esteban Flores, Peter Graves, and others.
“Frank, Marcello, and Bobby are like a three headed sonic super genius that I get to work with,” says Randy Chiurazzi, a former member of King Crimson virtuoso guitarist Robert Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists who has come full circle in joining forces with the League of Assholes.
“The idea is to do sonic alchemy. We want to vary textures and dynamics from piece to piece as we build to the wall of sound. A player gives a short concept phrase or just a word that suggests a kind of texture, then we see where it takes us. We will probably create a short list from the longer list we come up with. We have tried, ‘build down’, ’Riververb cave bed’, ‘slomo’, ‘the gentle one’, and some others. So, it could get rambunctious!
“Bobby has designed some primo effects using a digital signal process designer called pure data, two players feeding off one suit into one master effect filter. Marcello is doing unheard of things to a radio, and Frank is finding the right shit at the right time. Bobby came up with the League...mantra?-‘the league of assholes never takes a shit.’”