Joe & Joe is the duo of Los Angeles Free Music Society
staples Joe Potts and Joseph Hammer. Utilizing the Chopped
Optigan and phonomontage techniques respectively, they
create an immersive environment of great detail and gravity.
Their performance at this year’s No Response Festival in
Cincinnati marked the project’s first excursion outside LA.
Their subsequent midwest tour is documented by this release.
Joe Potts has composed electro-acoustic music exclusively
since 1973, creating art/sound installations and performances
internationally. A founding member of the LAFMS, he is also
the man behind the curtain in Airway, combining walls of sound
with subliminal treatments, utilizing both live musicians and the
audience itself as electronic signals which are processed and
manipulated. For the past 20 years he has been composing
for an instrument known as the Chopped Optigan, a seventies
optical sampling console organ that he has customized and
rewired in order to create dense undulating chords of up to 64
notes at a time.
Joseph Hammer has focused on tape loops since the early
80s, using phonomontage as a live process to assemble
source material by hand with vintage magnetic audio gear. As
part of the LAFMS, his groups Solid Eye, Points of Friction,
Dimmer, and Dinosaurs with Horns have had an active
presence alongside his constant solo practice.