Imagine 8 Different Music Channels Over 2 Days At B/ IAS. Stop Imagining Things – It'll Be Live Aug. 15th & 16th!

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Just when you thought the hot part of summer was over comes news that the Burien Interim Art Space is hosting “Pieces of 8,” a FREE “urban concert presented in 8 channels over 2 days and a city block” on Saturday, Aug. 15th and Sunday, Aug. 16th.

That’s right – this is going to be a live performance of compositions written for 8 channels over 8 speaker stacks cranked up and placed throughout the B/ IAS site (see diagram below for details).

So basically, you’re going to enjoy a two-day cutting edge musical “Burien Man”-styled eargasm happening stretched over the one acre site.

This event will not only enable artists to create sound performances on a scale deeper, larger and in a truly unique environment…it will Rock. Burien. Out.

The schedule is:

  • Pre-Recorded compositions Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Live 8 Channel performances from 6:30 pm to 11:00 PM both days

Pieces of Eight appears to have been inspired by “The Parking Lot Experiments,” a show that The Flaming Lips did in 1996-97 that was inspired by an incident in Wayne Coyne’s youth, where he noticed that car radios in the parking lot at a concert were playing the same songs at the same time. Coyne created 40 cassette tapes to be played in synchronization. The band invited people to bring their cars to parking lots, where they would be given one of the tapes and then instructed when to start them. The music was “a strange, fluid 20 minute sound composition”.

Pieces of Eight will be playing the Flaming Lips eight channel experiment called ZAIREEKA in its entirety. This is a wonderful opportunity for Flaming Lips fans and experimental music fans to hear this epic piece in its entirety the way it was envisioned.

Here’s a video of one “Parking Lot Experiment” to give you an idea of what to expect (it may look/sound like a buncha noise in this video, but trust us…once you’re there it’ll be an immersive happening…):

Artists will include:

Here’s a diagram of the speaker placement:

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