Thanks to everybody who helped Flux Factory raise over $7500. Smiling Hogshead Ranch has already invited us back, so you'll see us next spring. Til then, check out 60 photos in the Village Voice, as well as evidence Lady Gaga accidentally showed up and donated, and think up what you'd like to bring to the parade next year.
To most ears, the police siren is simply a cacophonous necessity. But Mexico-born musician Lazaro Valiente – better described as a purveyor of funky, found sounds – appropriates that wail and other cop-car noises for an amusing, chaotic, and unusual experiment in composition. For example, in Police Car Quartet – the first of nine public happenings with similarly pithy titles like muchos Mexican barrel organs and visual concerts at red lights – Valiente turns variously pitched slides and blips from four cars into a symphonic siren-ade. Of course, the question remains: how did he sweet-talk the authorities? Tonight, the artist speaks, performs, and doles out some artworks.
– Jason Jude Chan