brekekekexkoaxkoax

creative improvisation
electro-acoustics
performance art
image projection
bio

 

Josh Ronsen formed brekekekexkoaxkoax as a vehicle for solo prepared guitar performances in 1996, but collaborations with other artists as equals started on day one. Rick Reed first projected his film work at the first brekekekexkoaxkoax performance.
 
Other collaborators have been John Grzinich, Michael Northam, Jason Pierce, Steev Hise and three improvising quartets of multi-instrumentalists (Jacob Green, Bill Thompson, Vanessa Arn), (Jacob Green, Genevieve Walsh, Glen Nuckolls) and (Jacob Green, Thomas Fang and Greg Headley). Josh Russell, Travis Weller, Mari Akita, Alex Keller, Brent Fariss, and Nick Hennies have also contributed in special projects.
 
A brekekekexkoaxkoax experience can include noise, light, movement, blindfolds, handphones (hand-mounted speakers), literature, performance art, foil, string. There is no common thread of reason which links all brekekekexkoaxkoax events. Instead, each one opens new methods of creativity, exploring new modes of internal (unconscious?) desire.
 
The 67 brekekekexkoaxkoax performaces occured mostly in Texas, but also in Chicago and Buffalo. The Austin Chronicle called it "a free-jazz traffic jam" and "somewhat provocative, but carelessly assembled." Greek composer Costis Drygianakis remarked "the best example of minimalism I've heard in years." Ken Freidman wrote of the 2004 Flux Cafe event: "a unique presentation in the history of Fluxus."
 
Appearing on 2 dozen recordings and compilations, the music can be downloaded on a few web sites.
 
“It's like a Logical Positivist,” he said.
“What is?”
“That harpsichord.”
-Aldous Huxley, Island