April 17, 2015
Friday night live at Transistor: Theron Humiston, hicksoncompactgroup. Sound by Jon Monteverde.
Theron Humiston is an improvising noise musician and composer from Chicago. He uses his modular synthesizer to explore his fear of aliens. Theron studied composition and improvisation under Stephen Syverud at Northwestern University. Past works include Music for Guitar and Chainsaw, Texas Double Whopper, Antagonism #1: Europop, and several performances and recordings with electroacoustic improv outfit backGammon. Theron also produces the ‘Classical & Beyond’ and 'This is Hell’ radio programs, Saturdays on 89.3 FM WNUR. Listen to his music on Soundcloud.
hicksoncompactgroup is the solo project of Chicago-area musician Matt Pataky. Taking influence from minimalist and experimental music to various forms of roots music, while using various instruments and self-taught recording techniques, HCG makes abstract songs which are timeless in sound.
For this Transistor performance, HCG performed solo guitar through a string of effects pedals and amplifiers. Creating live loops and sound manipulations with prepared guitar and contact microphones, songs go from gradual finger-picked melodies to spaced-out drone and beyond.