High Zero’s DIFFUSION Festival presents the artists below, who pleasured us by simply asking for a show…we asked them to play the Music Easels in two separate stereo fields and we could call it quadrophonic and it could be part of DIFFUSION, and so it is!

Here is information about this amazing trio :

MARCIA BASSETT & TED GORDON / JEFFREY PERKINS play Buchla Music Easels with filmmaker and light artist Jeffrey Perkins projecting analog color slide strobe projections

Artist/musician Marcia Bassett works in areas of sound, improvisation, live composition and visual creations. Bassett’s work is equal parts trance and critique. Her sound pieces thread the needle between the conceptual and the sensual, between ritual invocation and cold semiotic gaze. Using handmade electronic instruments, prepared guitar, synthesizer, field recordings and tape explorations, Bassett deftly wields philosophical systems to produce heady, experiential clouds; pushing through drones into provocative soundscapes – the intangible narratives of dreams. Recent solo and collaborative presentations of her work include “Time_Untime” with Ursula Scherrer at Roulette Intermedia;  “Interwoven” a site-specific installation and performance in collaboration with Ursula Scherrer at Interference 2018, Tunisia; “Survival Of Laments” a live improvisation with Margarida Garcia and Manuel Mota at Festival Oude Muziek 2018, Utrecht; “Transitory Freezing of Perpetual Motion” improvised sound performance with Jenny Graf and dancers at Here-10 Evenings Festival, Sweden and “Out of Line: Narcissister” live improvised sound interaction with the performance, High Line, NYC. Her latest solo release, Zaïmph / ‘Rhizomatic Gaze’ is currently available through Drawing Room Records.

Jeffery Perkins is an experimental filmmaker and Fluxus artist. Perkins was born in New York and attended high school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Perkins met Yoko Ono when stationed in Tokyo as an Air Force medic and temporarily lived with her when he returned to New York in 1966, a period when he also became actively involved in New York’s Fluxus community. He made the Fluxus film “Shout” 1966, with Tony Cox & Jeff Perkins performing and shot Yoko Ono’s film BOTTOMS (Fluxus Film # 4), collaborated on the multimedia environment THE STONE at the Judson Gallery in NYC. In the late 1960s he moved to Los Angeles with SKI PARTY star Bobbi Shaw. He was the director & programmer of the Cinematheque 16 theater on Sunset Strip in LA from 1967-1969, where he met Peter Mays. He performed in Mays’ film SISTER MIDNIGHT and collaborated with Mays, David Lebrun, Michael Scroggins and Larry Janss on Single Wing Turquoise Bird, a popular psychedelic light show. His more recent works include a series of taxicab recordings called MOVIES FOR THE BLIND, 1995-2003, and the films THE PAINTER SAM FRANCIS, 2008 and “George, the story of George Maciunas & Fluxus” now distributed by Kino Lorber films, and premiered with 7 invited screenings in the MoMA Doc fortnight festival in 2018.

Ted Gordon is a musician and musicologist. His dissertation research on the San Fransisco Tape Music Center led him to study and work with the instruments of Don Buchla, and he has performed with the Buchla Music Easel since 2016 in Chicago and New York. He is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University.


Also, High Zero Collective member Tom Boram will premiere a “7-8 minute” piece with “24 equal-tempered harpsichord...and thought (he’d) try a somewhat invasive edit of (his) home recordings with the intent to play back in multi-channel”


Jeffrey Perkins at The Schoolhouse

Event location:

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.