Mobtown Laboratories
Microshows

Distilling all the kinetic energy and sonic kaboom of a large venue show into a teeny pint-sized house concert package, behold, the Mobtown Microshow.

Birth Defects

Microshow

Albert Bagman

Microshow
Albert Bagman - Microshow
Scroll Downers - Microshow
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The BSide Sessions

Revealing a distinctly intimate story narrated by song and sometimes-rowdy, sometimes-weary aftershow convo.

Drop Electric

The BSide Session
Drop Electric - The BSide Session

Guillermo Sexo

The BSide Session
Guillermo Sexo - The BSide Session

Starlight Girls

The BSide Session
Starlight Girls - The BSide Session
 

Tilted Arc Ghost In The Square

Tilted Arc is original electroacoustic music and installations created by pianist & multidisciplinary artist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and composer & saxophonist Sam Torres.

Sam first approached me saying he was in an “electroacoustic duo project”. Just the way it was worded was music to my ears. I wanted to hear more. Sam’s name and work was also mentioned a few times in the studio by our then-intern Matthew Sullivan who is an experimental musician, sound artist and engineer. So I trusted the good things Matthew had to say. It was all within a language we spoke. The thought that music can be more than just music itself. It can be more than just lyrics or a verse and chorus. That said, Ghost In The Square is just that. It’s intense pieces of music and sound strung together peacefully and strategically in a patchwork of beauty.

Tilted Arc was a massive public sculpture by American artist Richard Serra, installed in Federal Plaza, New York City, in 1981. Made of steel, Serra’s signature material, it curved directly across the entirety of the plaza, and was built as a site-specific work. Tilted Arc was commissioned by the United States General Services Administration as part of a program to install permanent art in public spaces for new government buildings. However, there was controversy surrounding the piece from the very beginning. Government employees who worked on Federal Plaza collected over a thousand signatures to have it removed because of its obtrusiveness and perceived ugliness. But the opposition to Tilted Arc did not gain any real traction until 1984, when a new head of the GSA was appointed. At this point, a public forum was held, in which hundreds of people spoke for and against the removal of the work. 122 spoke against the removal, and 58 spoke in favor. The jury voted to have it removed. In 1989, Tilted Arc was removed from Federal Plaza in pieces, and put into storage indefinitely. The piece, designed only and specifically for the plaza, was effectively destroyed.

Credits

Produced by Sophia Subbayya Vastek and Sam Torres

Mastered by Mat Leffler-Schulman

Artwork by Sarah Gallina