March 20, 2015

Friday night live at Transistor: ambient/industrial improvisation from NoiseTheorem and moody improvised electronics from Dead Man'z Kassette. Sound by Jon Monteverde. 

Tony Scharf (aka NoiseTheorem) began his artistic life as a keyboardist in the post-industrial days of the early ‘90s, working in a number of unheard projects including Carbon Haze and Cryostate. With bandmates Ryan Whittlinger and Jason Weaver (Dead Manz Kassette, Invasive Species Radio) he formed the industrial label Negative Gain Productions. The label name turned out to be a prophetic description of the label’s finances, despite signing such artists as Cruciform Injection, Alaska Highway and Filament 38. Tony left the label business in 2005 to pursue a life of positive credit, and thought he was done with the industry for good, handing the label to Micah Skaritka, who has actually managed to turn it into something (though no one is really sure what).

In 2009, Cryostate vocalist Brian Twadell convinced Tony to give fame and fortune via industrial music one last chance and Short To Ground was formed, along with guitarist/keyboardist/guy with lots of video equipment Sean Czaja. Lacking a drummer, they added ex-Carbon Haze vocalist Jason Waver (he couldn’t play drums, but he could scratch records, and we would take what we could get). An album, an EP and a number of shows played for exactly no money left Mr. Scharf tired of industrial and suffering a lot pain in his aging knees. Time had taken its toll, and it was time to do something different. Tony took the news that Jason was leaving the band and moving to Michigan as his cue to exit STG and pursue NoiseTheorem full time.

Tony’s Transistor set was “a mix of fully improvised and partially pre-recorded electronic material making use of of several hardware devices, FX and an array of pedals. The only software involved is the squishy gray stuff between my ears. More musical than noise, and difficult to define.”

Visit NoiseTheorem on Bandcamp.

Also available: a previous NoiseTheorem Transistor performance from November 8, 2013.

Jason Weaver (aka Dead Man'z Kassette) was the voice and keyboardist for Carbon Haze almost two decades ago. More recently he’s been found DJing and producing for industrial outfit Short to Ground. He created Dead Man'z Kassette as a vehicle for his solo works. Taking influences from hip-hop, drum 'n’ bass, ambient, dub, industrial and other electronic textures, D.M.K. is the interior soundtrack to this guy’s misshapen head.

For his Transistor set Jason test-drove tracks of moody electronics from an upcoming EP in an improvisational mix.

Visit the Dead Man'z Kassette website.

Find more live performance recordings on our archive page.