Gates/Dunn/Fix have given Jammerzine an exclusive sneak peek at their upcoming album titled ‘Deliriant Modifier’, dropping October 20th via Riverworm Records and officially announced their upcoming release show.
The brainchild of Sally Gates (Titan to Tachyons), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle) and Greg Fox, Gates/Dunn/Fox lends no mystery as to how they got their name, but lends many an ear to how they got their sound. A vicious set of soundscapes meant for the avant gard and released to the masses, this is the growing of an experimental supergroup that paints with their instruments and takes that art to a new level we have yet to fully comprehend. Music for the mind and sound for the soul.
I’m excited to present this collaboration with these two very unique and virtuosic musicians. This was a wonderful process spending time together in the studio exploring various approaches to improvisation; using cues, forms, and different parameters to reflect the limitations (or lack thereof) of perception and the role that hallucinations play in defining our reality (according to neuroscience.)
Creating music is a very visual process for me, and these concepts and collaborative nature extend to the cover art. Trevor and I designed this in a similar intuitive and abstract process, passing the piece back and forth to create imagery that reflects and compliments our individual styles.
We’re looking forward to sharing this album with you, and will be playing live together very soon in NYC to celebrate its release, see you there!
Release Show Details
- Sundown Bar
- October 20th, 2023
- 68-38 Forest Ave storefront B, Queens, NY 11385
- Special guests Wendy Eisenberg and Antinomie
About ‘Deliriant Modifier’
“Reflecting the insular circumstances of the last few years, I had been reading a lot about the inner worlds of consciousness, the subjective nature of reality, and quantum physics.” explains Sally Gates talking about the conceptual side of the collaboration. Coming across the lecture of a critically recognized neuroscientist, Anil Seth, Sally discovered a thesis saying: “Perception = controlled hallucinations. Hallucinations = uncontrolled perception”. Gates explains that relying on the information around us, perception is generated and controlled through a number of factors.
“Essentially, we only perceive the information necessary to function and survive. If our perception were entirely uncontrolled, it would seem as if we were constantly hallucinating, which wouldn’t give us much of a survival rate.” To reflect this concept musically, this record explores the effect of controls on creativity, asking the question. “Do limitations aid or hinder the functionality in composition?” Exploring the scientific concept of the music field, the trio decided to go with the most boundless form of composition – improvisation. Delving deep into the recesses of consciousness, ‘Deliriant Modifier’ takes the listener on a transcendent journey, skillfully navigating between control and spontaneity, our perception of reality and the intricate web of information that shapes it.
“Improvising is the result of a natural outpouring of everything you absorb.” – explains Sally Gates. “Whatever you’ve been listening to, practicing, or even reading, watching.”
- Dissolve And Surveil
- Shifting Squares
- Nobody, And Nothing
- Limits Of A Circle
- Retinal States
- Angular Isolation
- Excise Spurious Time
The trio’s nimble mastery draws inspiration from the enigmatic realms of quantum physics, subjective realities, and controlled hallucinations. The auditory tapestry woven in ‘Deliriant Modifier’ resonates not only through its captivating melodies but also in the visual expressions that accompany it. Getting together in Colin Marston’s studio, Sally Gates, Trevor Dunn and Greg Fox devised different parameters and cues for each improvised composition, with set duration times as one of the key factors.
According to Trevor Dunn: “Using limitations as a framework for improvisation is one way to set goals, think about form, and harness the freedom. Anarchy is ok some of the time, but it’s also nice, for the listener and the performer as well, to keep things from going off the rails all the time.” While all the members contributed to the musical part, Trevor Dunn and Sally Gates reflected on the initial concept developing the artwork for ‘Deliriant Modifier’.
‘The biggest correlation between the artwork and music was the intuitive and collaborative nature of the work. Music and painting are intertwined for me; both are expressing whatever conceptual images or feelings I may have about a particular project.’ – reflects Sally Gates. According to Dunn: “Improvisation is by nature collaborative so we took our individual modes within the plastic arts (acrylic painting and paper collage) and combined them without overthinking it.” The listeners are invited to embark on a dual journey – immersing themselves in the enchanting melodies and meditating over the symbiotic relationship between sound and sight.