So, if you’re like me, you probably get invitations to donate money to people’s Kickstarter campaigns fairly constantly. But the truth is, I’ve been meaning to post something about these guys for a while, and the fact that they currently have a Kickstarter campaign to finance a tour of Europe makes now as good a time as any to do so.
Experimental Half-Hour is a bi-weekly television show of experimental music and performance art based in Portland, Oregon. The show thrives at the surprisingly fertile intersection of Portland’s world-class experimental music scene and the aesthetics of cable-access programming, found footage and VHS culture. Memorable episodes include a feedback-perfumed performance by psych-jammers Eternal Tapestry that recalls televised performances of bands like Can and Amon Düül II from the early 70s, and a recent appearance by ‘Merv,’ the hilariously deadpan self-help guru/alter-ego of modular synth minor deity Matt Carlson, posted below for your metaphysical betterment.
Experimental Half-Hour co-founders Eva Aguila and Brock Fansler are currently planning a European tour, which will no doubt result in some exciting new collaborations and contexts for their project. They have a Kickstarter campaign that expires on May 31, if you are so inclined to help out. (And it’s not just a one-sided helping out, mind you…they’re pressing up DVD rewards for contributors!)