This year's conference
will be unlike any other UFO event. Each night there will be ufo researchers
and a panel discussion just like during the day but after dark there will
be live ParaUFO music, Flying Saucer Film Festival and Psychotronic Entertainment.
Music is an amazingly mind altering
technology. With simple beats and rhythms a person's heart rate and brainwave
activity can be 'entrained' to a specific frequency. Music can change your
mood. It can put you on the edge of your seat in suspenseful anticipation
and it can exalt the very fabric of your soul.
Some people have suggested that
the creative artistic types often seem to be experiencers of paranormal
and contact phenomena. Many a musician has wrestled with the various issues
associated with UFOs, aliens and the paranormal. Austin has played host
to a number of such artists like Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators
and Jon Sanchez of the Flying Saucers. There are tons of UFO songs out
there in the ether.
Good examples of intuitive psychics
and/or experiencers are scheduled presenters Eugenia Macer-Story and Pamela
Stonebrooke. Besides giving their ufo lectures both Eugenia and Pamela
will be gracing us with their own musical stylings. Eugenia plays guitar
and rights songs for the numerous plays she has written. She will be performing
her own style of "Interdimensional Music" Friday evening before that nights
film festival. Then on Sunday night Pamela Stonebrooke, an accomplished
jazz singer, will belt out several of her own tunes.
At the end of each night we will
be featuring a taste of Austin's own anomalous music community; first on
Friday night with veteran Austin rockers PONG then Saturday night with
ethereal feedback artists Experimental Aircraft and finally Sunday night
with garageband rockers SciBorg Sam & the Automatons.
See what others are saying about
these awesome Austin musicians:
"The name fits the retro-futuristic
kind of mood we're in," explains guitarist and vocalist Gary Chester.
Joining Chester are Jason Craig
(guitar, vocals), Lyman Hardy (drums), Shane Shelton (keyboards, vocals),
and Larry Strub (bass, vocals). Craig and Shelton have spent time in local
punk rock bands Pocket FishRmen and Moist Fist, respectively. The remaining
three created one of Austin's most important post-punk bands, the mighty
modernist rock trio Ed Hall.
After releasing a handful of
albums and touring the U.S. and Europe, Ed Hall -- like their last label,
Trance Syndicate -- called it quits in 1996. Personality clashes didn't
break up the band, but rather the familiar story of years of hard work
with less-than-desired rewards. Bassist Strub moved to Thailand for a few
years and taught English. Chester stayed in town, playing with Moist Fist
and fashioning Gold, the band that became Pong.
Checking out the band's rough
mixes prove the point. "Incapacitated" is a toe-tapping disco-rock jam
that announces "aliens have landed at the White House, California has fallen
into the ocean," that last word delivered in a fatalistic falsetto drop.
"Foot Foot" begins with Stonesy "whooo-hooo" harmonies mixed with Warm
Jets-era Eno vocals and an upbeat rhythm. The flowing, flowering intro
of "Bubble Jungle" morphs into a cavernous shuffle groove, full of melodic
stalactites and weird vocal stalagmites. Pong songs are often like Dali
paintings, at once organized, inviting, and scary."
"Dramatically switching gears,
Austin's Pong sludges up on stage. For those of you who were fans of Ed
Hall, Pong is all three members of this former seminal Austin band, along
with two other chaps adding keyboards and another guitar into the mix.
These veterans not only put on a stellar show, but have some great material
to go along with their antics."
"Another chance to lay back and
drift easy as Austin, Texas' Eperimental Aircraft put the shimmer on and
start glistening. Ten tracks of blissy and sonic pop and rock combinations
driven by fuzzed guitars, lush female vocals, and an occasional Moog/synth
sound. Dynamic, jam-ready, and spaced."
"Dreamy, narcotic, trance-inducing,
space landscape of sounds. T.J. O'Leary, guitar and vocals; Rachel Staggs,
guitar and vocals; Mark Smith, bass; and Jason Ferguson, drums."
"These Austin-nauts drift through
the ether with beautifully fuzzy guitars and lush girl vocals. The odd
Moog and organ slinks through as spaced-out hooks expand into Sonic Youth-style
jams. Shimmering moments of quiet provide valleys to match the band's loudest
"With neutron stars in their eyes
and a new self-titled EP in hand, Experimental Aircraft phases their brand
of ballsy bliss-rock into an Austin landscape woefully short on shoegazerdom.
References to drone masters Bailter Space might be more apt, but when the
band hits its stride, they're evocative of the seemingly Precambrian days
when My Bloody Valentine walked the earth."
- Michael Chamy, The
and noise enthusiasts Experimental Aircraft weave through Indie Rock
signatures with alarming dexterity. From Their Sonic Youth-inspired
string noise and two-note dissonance to Swervedriver’s hollow, NASA-approved
screech (“Sci-Flyer”, “Son of Mustang Ford”), and finally Lush/MBV,
Doppler-effected grooves, it’s obvious they’ve done their homework.
While an ability to mirror and medley some of ‘90s Alt-Rock’s greatest
moments deserves some respect, it’s Experimental Aircraft’s own style
and kinetic flair that remains most impressive.”
"And lo, a great deal of drinking
then took place at Opal's. A whole lot. There were discussions of camping
and Mississippi and the feared "Zachsquatch". And over all of this debauchery
spun the gorgeous music of Experimental Aircraft, another Devil in the
Woods band. Their self-titled album is simultaneously a tribute to the
our shoegazing past and a hint at some sort of blissed-out sonic future.
Sure, there are traces of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive and Chapterhouse,
(how couldn't there be?), but Ex-Air have moved past the early 90's hip-hopped
percussion and focused more exclusively on guitars and what distortion
does to them. Lead singer Rachel's dreamy vocals and lyrics remind you
that music is safe when the world isn't. Theirs is beautifully controlled
noise that can pretty much insulate you from whatever attacks. It hasn't
left Squid's discman since she left Austin. There's really never been a
more perfect end to an evening."
& THE ROBOPIMPS
Alexander Uriostegui, the leader
of SciBorg Sam & The Automatons, is both musician and author. His book
SciBorg Sam & The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence is 'a journey
of nonstop action, adventure, mystery, chaos, corruption, gratuitous violence,
controversial issues, eroticism, and sick humor.'
SciBorg Sam designs cyborg outfits
for his band and is totally into UFOs and Extraterrestrial Intelligences.
Read an excerpt from the book: