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I just wanted to let it be known that Peter Seckler—with his Hey Kid, Nice Robot! project (“Game Over,” 9/24)—doesn’t have to go to New York City (let alone Vienna, Austria) to play his Game Boy on stage. As a matter of fact, local electronic musician Derek Morton (Mikroknytes, etc.) has played Game Boy beats at his own TechClub Open MiniJax events (http://techclub-dc.alkem.org) and at my Electric Possible series (www.panicresearch.com). At El Possible IV, on July 6, 2003, Morton performed as “D. Thumbski” on a bill with Baltimore’s Neil Feather (playing his homemade instruments) and local duo Violet Panic (also playing homemade electro-acoustic devices).
Both Open MiniJax and El Possible are open to musicians like Seckler. Although his events are infrequent, Morton manages to get them in higher-profile clubs. (The most recent one, on Sept. 20, was held at Black Cat.) As a regular monthly series, Electric Possible is more frequent, but its profile isn’t as high, because the shows are held in the music recital room of George Washington University’s Phillips Hall. I like that room because it’s a noncommercial space (meaning all the door money goes to the artists), but just because it’s on campus, don’t confuse El Possible with a “student event.” Although GWU students are welcome to perform and attend, El Possible shows are a laboratory for local musicians to present experimental groups and works, and a venue for out-of-town performers.
The upcoming El Possible, on Oct. 3, features free improvising soloists Matt Weston, from Northampton, Mass.; Damon Holzborn, from San Diego; and local ensemble the Picture is Dead, whose musicians use circuit-bent electronics as part of their musical arsenal.
I’d welcome Seckler—and anyone else who thinks there’s not a home for his unclassifiable musical projects and experiments—to come on down and check it out.
Falls Church, Va.