Listen: Albums & Tracks


  • Performers: Channin Smith, Christopher Heston, Donald Hanson, Drew Mason, Laurie Buenafe, Thom Tamayo

  • Performers: Channin Smith, Christopher Heston, Donald Hanson, Laurie Buenafe, Thom Tamayo

  • Performers: Channin Smith, Christopher Heston, Donald Hanson, Drew Mason, Laurie Buenafe, Thom Tamayo

  • Performers: Channin Smith, Christopher Heston, Donald Hanson, Drew Mason, Laurie Buenafe, Thom Tamayo

  • Performers: Channin Smith, Christopher Heston, Donald Hanson, Drew Mason, Laurie Buenafe, Thom Tamayo

  •   Artwork: Donald Hanson

  • Performers: Channin Smith, Christopher Heston, Donald Hanson, Drew Mason, Laurie Buenafe, Thom Tamayo

  • Eurostache

    Godwaffle Noise Pancakes 07.24.2011, San Francisco, CA, 2011
    "Entire live performance at The Lab."
    Performers: Channin Smith, Christopher Heston, Donald Hanson, Drew Mason, Laurie Buenafe, Thom Tamayo.
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  • "The entire performance at the Kino Ear! exhibit curated by Christopher Heston at the CELLspace gallery in San Francisco. The piece is divided into two movements. The first movement is titled 'Cmd+Z' and the second, which begins at 7:45, is titled 'Antibacterial'."

  • Photo Credit: Profound Whatever

    Eurostache

    Rubber Room, San Francisco, CA, 2011
    "If you call me, don't bother leaving a message. I'm in a rubber room eating a soft pretzel and I am not leaving."
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  • Photo Credit: uʌ

    Eurostache

    Finder's Keepers, San Francisco, CA, 2011
    "A meandering journey through an abandoned mine.."
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  • Photo Credit: Christopher Heston

    Eurostache

    Poisoned Chimichangas [Live], San Francisco, CA, 2011
    "An excerpt from a live recording at the Kino Ear! sound exhibit curated by Christopher Heston at the CELLspace gallery in San Francisco. This portion is from the first movement titled 'Cmd+Z'. The entire recording is available for listening in this sound gallery."
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  • Photo Credit: TT

    Eurostache

    Malevolent Domesic Poultry [Live],
    San Francisco, CA, 2011
    "An excerpt from a live recording at the Kino Ear! sound exhibit curated by Christopher Heston at the CELLspace gallery in San Francisco. The entire recording is available for listening in this sound gallery."
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  • Photo Credit: Christopher Heston

    Eurostache

    Chaostache, San Francisco, CA, 2011
    "An excerpt from a recording session at CELLspace."
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  • Christopher Heston

    HellPhone, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2010
    "Made of enormous pieces of rusted metal, a trained priest (in secrecy) sits inside a hollowed-out portion of the HellPhone (much like a confession booth), with a microphone being fed through various chilling effects."
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  • Eurostache

    Upright Bass Dream, Oakland, CA, 2009
    "A man filled with many conflicting thoughts, finds some semblance of peace with an unwieldy upright bass..."
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  • Eurostache

    Got a whiff of your BO [live], Oakland, CA, 2009
    "Inspired by a fragrant car ride on the way to the Oakland Art Murmur. When all the euro-members cobbled together, they took this inspiration, along with other improvisational influences, to create a sonic ruction."
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  • Nara Denning and Eurostache

    The Pendulum Heart - Live Score,
    San Francisco, CA, 2011
    "Eurostache performed a live score to Nara Denning's The Pendulum Heart at Artists' Television Access and subsequently it was selected as an alternative soundtrack for the DVD release. The live score version was screened at Amnesia at Indie Cine Shack on 08.06.2011"
  • Eurostache on Look Mom I'm on TV

    Will There Ever Be a Rainbow?
    Santa Cruz, CA, 2011
    "Broadcasted live on CTV in Santa Cruz for the program Look Mom I'm On TV hosted by Richard Dussel."
  • Eurostache

    Uploaded Our Lives...
    San Francisco, CA, 2011
    "First movement of "Animal Behavior: Blackout at the Data Center" performed at the Luggage Store Gallery on August 18, 2011."
  • Eurostache

    Live at The Lost Church
    San Francisco, CA, 2011
    Excerpt of live performance at The Lost Church on November 19, 2011. Listen to the entire performance at here: || Lost Church Audio ||
  • Eurostache

    Godwaffle Noise Pankaces,
    San Francisco, CA, 2011
    "Live performance at The Lab, San Francisco, CA on July 24th, 2011 for the Godwaffle Noise Pancakes series curated by Grux."
  • Eurostache

    Olympia Experimental Music Festival,
    Olympia, WA, 2011
    "..Eurostache are an improv collective of an optimum eight members, melding musicians of purely electronic inclinations with scatter-brained bass, experimental vocals, percussion, and circuit bending.. the group performed their chosen instruments with certainty and discerning ears, leaving me expecting their performance to be completely through-composed, or completely pre-planned."

Mementos

About

The Eurostache group is a project centering around electro-acoustic real-time collaborative experiments in sound. The core ensemble is frequently augmented with guests from the San Francisco Bay Area.

We explore sound-space through the lens and energy of child-like wonderment. Listeners often comment on being drawn into a dreamy escape. Our key experimental technique is using novel instruments, found objects, meta-processing and sound recordings in unusual combinations with traditional instruments. Vocalists employ extended techniques to humanize the highly transient and diverse cacophony. Musical constructs such as composition and melody are set aside as we travel toward the fringes of sound.

Performances often incorporate additional layers of audience interaction, such as improvisational comedy, body movement, and live scoring to films.

Sewing by Paul Nosa
"...Disharmony... is simply a harmony to which many are unaccustomed." - John Cage

Press

  • SSG Music

    Olympia Experimental Music Festival: Paintings for Animals, LA Lungs, Eurostache, and More
    Olympia, WA, 06.16.2011
    "San Francisco’s Eurostache are an improv collective of an optimum eight members, melding musicians of purely electronic inclinations with scatter-brained bass, experimental vocals, percussion, and circuit bending."
  • CELLspace

    Welcome new Project 2048 artist Christopher Heston, San Francisco, CA, 11.06.2010
    "Having been raised in Santa Cruz, California I have always had a love for the sounds of the beaches, the beautiful mountain forests of the region and the eclectic personalities of its various residents."
  • CNET

    It's all DIY at Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA, 05.22.2010
    "Interactive noise makers and sound manipulators Sonic Nomadic on stage at their booth at Maker Faire on Saturday where musical instruments and toys are hacked to create new music and circuit-bending sounds."
  • Oakland North

    FIRST FIRST FRIDAY WON’T BE THE LAST, Oakland, CA, 07.15.2009
    "In the middle of 23rd street some blissed out band called Eurostache sat in a circle and beat on upside down buckets while a woman plinked notes on a sitar."
  • Alice Thelma

    ALICE THELMA GROOVES TO EUROSTACHE, Oakland, CA, 06.22.09
    "She’s wearing pink fishnets like the ones I used to wear in the 60’s."
  • Palo Alto Weekly

    Thousands visit Palo Alto World Music festival,
    Palto Alto, CA, 06.22.09
    "Thousands of people flooded downtown Palo Alto Sunday evening to hear dozens of bands and individual musicians... Patrizio Pellouchoud performs on the tabla while fellow musicians Thomas Tamayo and Sama'a Djomehri of Eurostache perform..."

Members of Eurostache

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Yoko UnoYoko Uno
JeanetteJeanette

Events

2013
Oct 4: NorCal NoiseFest, Sol Collective, Sacramento - 4pm [full schedule]
Aug 2: Tele-Event - Look Mom I'm on TV III, Santa Cruz - Airs live at 7pm
July 6: euroJam at John Henry's Farm, Palo Alto, Starts ~4pm
June 9: Godwaffle Noise Pancakes 12:30pm
March 17: Static Illusion Methodical Madness Music Series - Musicians Union Hall, San Francisco, CA - 7:30-10pm
Feb 17: UB Radio Salon
Feb 15: Incline Gallery
2012
Nov 28: Stork Club, Oakland, CA
Nov 2: Tele-Event - Look Mom I'm on TV! hosted by Richard Dussel on Community Access TV, Santa Cruz, CA - 7pm
Oct 7: NorCal NoiseFest - Bows & Arrows, Sacramento, CA
Aug 6 & 7: NOHspace - Sound is the Movement - A special two night only performance. - 8pm
Aug 2: Luggage Store Gallery - 9pm
July 7: ssshhhh - The Illuminated Corridor - 8pm
April 20: SFSU Art Walk - 3pm
April 27: SOMArts "Night Light" Multimedia Garden Party - Live-scoring of film with Stephen Parr - 10pm
March 10: Frankenart Mart - Mini concert and chowder tasting - 2:30pm
2011
Dec 26: Live Stream on UB Radio Salon #207: Big City Orchestra with Eurostache, Alameda, CA
Nov 17: Lost Church, San Francisco, CA
Nov 04: Televised Performance, Santa Cruz, CA, 7:00-8:00pm
Oct 22: Mama Buzz Cafe, Eurostache and TBA, Oakland, CA, 7:00-10:00pm
Oct 16: East Bay Mini Maker Faire, 1-1:45pm, Oakland, CA
Sept 17: Oddball Film, Eurostache live score at Oddball Film, San Francisco, CA, 8:00-9:30pm
August 18: Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 8:00-9:00pm
July 24: The Lab, San Francisco, CA, starts at 12:00pm
July 16: Artists' Television Access, with Cartoon Justice - San Francisco, CA, 8:00pm
July 1: Krowswork Gallery, Art Murmur, Oakland, CA, 8:30pm
June 26: Mama Buzz Cafe, Eurostache and RFCL, Oakland, CA, 7:00-9:45pm
June 10: Olympia Experimental Music Festival at The Northern Gallery, Olympia, WA, Starts at 7pm
May 21: Noise-O-Rama / Murmurama at Vessel Gallery, Oakland, CA, 7:00-10:00pm
May 22: Maker Faire at Digital Sound Stage, San Mateo Fair Grounds, CA, 2:30-3:00pm
April 23: SFSU Art Walk at the Fine Arts Building 1:30-2:30pm
January 20: CELLspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 7:00-10:00pm

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SonicNomadic

  • Sonic Nomadic is a branch-off project based around making collaborative sound portable through leveraging DIY skills, hacking and repurposing. Here you will find some of the projects that we have worked on to allow us to achieve our sonic goals. As we continue to learn, we will post our results here.


    Details on the projects can be found through the navigation below.

  • Oscillator in a 3-ring Binder

    This sonic noise generator makes use of a kit that is available on online. There are different kits available online, and if you find one, try to see if you can find some video or audio clips of it in action so that you know what you are getting. The kit was selected for its range of sound and modulation and the fact that it runs off of a 9V battery. The 3-ring binder is a great platform for prototyping user interfaces. I had a printout of the layout, and inserting it into the front clear cover pocket. The binder is a wedge shape, so it is easier to look at on a flat table or your lap. Another advantage is that the binder is easy to drill into.

    On the inside of the binder I used a sheet of aluminum foil to provide proper grounding to all of the pots and switches. The binder has a 1/4” mono jack to allow connection to an amplifier with a standard cable.

  • Contact Microphone

    This project creates a handy pickup that can be stuck onto almost anything. The main component comes from piezo-electric buzzers that can be repurposed to perform the opposite of their intended application. The buzzer element will be used to pick-up vibrations and convert them into electrical signals that can then be amplified and enjoyed by all.

    Parts: I used a piezo-electric buzzer, shielded coaxial cable, epoxy, poster putty, and a ¼” mono audio plug. I soldered two of the three wires coming from the piezo disk to the cable and then fully coated it with epoxy to protect the disk and the cable.

    The result is a very versatile piece of equipment that can be safely attached to anything. The buzzer I found had a fairly large piezo element and is very sensitive. I have used it with an Autoharp, baby toy piano, egg shaker, sitar, guitar, etc.

  • Cigar Box Microphone Preamp

    We needed a portable and inexpensive way to pickup vocals and the occasional wind instrument.

    I found a microphone amplifier kit intended to use with a headphone to listen in on things from a far distance. It included two microphones and stereo output, so with a little modification, I added 1/8” mono jacks to the PCB and then soldered the microphone elements to wires with a mono jack. The microphone element is attached to a clothespin using heat-shrink tubing. For for a hands-free microphone, I used a computer headset and replaced the mic element with one from the kit.

    The cigar box has two mic kits so I can connect 4 mics to the unit. The sidewall of the cigar box was a little thick for the potentiometers and jacks, so I milled some large access slots and drilled out an aluminum plate to mount the controls. The power of both units are tied together so it only needs 3 AA batteries to run both units.
  • Arduino Noisemaker using Direct Digital Synthesis

    The Arduino is an amazingly flexible platform that is gaining some traction in the area of sound. This is a work in progress, but the Arduino picture here has breadboarded on the prototype shield a filter and voltage divider to get the output to line level. How is it programmed to make sound?? Well, this is the part that is in progress, but I am working on using direct digital synthesis (DDS) to construct sounds. I have programmed into it various wavetables such as square wave, sine, noise and sawtooth. The reproduction of the waveforms at different frequencies is certainly impressive given the hardware being used. The design will use potentiometers or other analog sensors to change frequency and other modulating parameters.


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