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Poster for LAFMS Exhibition at The Box LA

on Tue, 01/03/2012 - 21:13

Designed by Tom Recchion for The Box exhibition entitled “Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society (1972-2012)” opening January 14, 2011.


Schedule of LAFMS events Jan-Feb 2012

on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 16:27

Line up of LAFMS-related events between now and February 2012:

  • Through January 15, 2011 – “The Experimental Impulse” exhibition explores the pivotal role of experimentation in Los Angeles art by examining networks of exchange and support structures that underlie Los Angeles art at REDCAT Gallery.  Featuring historical documentation by the LAFMS including photos and audio. (Part of Pacific Standard Time) (
  • January 20, 2012 – Free outdoor concert at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, featuring the LAFMS Shoe, comprised of many of the core members of the LAFMS, who play a series of duets that seamlessly morph from musician to musician exposing a constantly evolving palette of musical voices. Reservations required. (Part of Pacific Standard Time) (
  • January 14, 2012 – February 25, 2012 – “Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music, 1972-2012” exhibition at The Box LA, downtown Los Angeles.  Exhibition features original artwork, home made instruments, ephemera, installations, films, videos, panels, and performances during the six week run celebrating the 40 years of The Los Angeles Free Music Society. (Part of Pacific Standard Time) (
  • January 28, 2012 – free performances with line up TBD at The Box LA.
  • February 11, 2012 – free performances with line up TBD at The Box LA.
  • February 16, 2012 – panel discussion at The Box LA.
  • January 29, 2012 – “Welcome Inn Time Machine” free event produced by The Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound (SASSAS) will transform a motel—the Welcome Inn—into a six-hour tour through key moments in LA’s experimental music history. “Pyramid Headphones”, originally produced by the LAFMS in 1976, will be staged as one of over a dozen concurrent micro concerts held in individual motel rooms. (

Reminder: LAFMS featured in The Experimental Impulse exhibit at REDCAT Gallery

on Thu, 12/15/2011 - 16:02

The Experimental Impulse, part of Pacific Standard Time, looks at explores the pivotal role of experimentation in Los Angeles in the years immediately following the city’s emergence as a vital artistic center. The exhibition offers new insights into the understanding of developments in critical art practice after 1965 and bridges the gap between these histories and more recent approaches to artmaking.

Consisting exclusively of reproductions and facsimiles of materials culled from publications, institutions, and personal collections, as well as a series of recent video and audio interviews conducted for the exhibition, The Experimental Impulse reflects on the networks of exchange and support structures that underlie the history of art in Los Angeles.  The LAFMS contributions include rare photos from the archives of Fredrik Nilsen and various recordings from members of the LAFMS. The exhibition run until January 15, 2012.

This Saturday, December 17 at 3pm at REDCAT, join Thomas Lawson, Aram Moshayedi, Fiona Connor, and Benjamin Tong as they discuss the research process behind The Experimental Impulse.

For more information check out the exhibition webpage.


FREE Getty Center concert ticket reservations open in 2 days

on Sun, 11/20/2011 - 14:26

TWO DAYS until reservations open for the FREE LAFMS concert at the Getty on 12/3.11. On 11/22 go to to reserve tickets!!!  The concert features in rare appearances:

Extended Organ (Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Tom Recchion)

Tom Recchion solo

Smegma (Ace Farren Ford, Dennis Duck, Oblivia, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Donkey Flybye, Rogue Iniki, Vetza)

Le Forte Four (Chip Chapman, Susan Farthing-Chapman, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Potts) - First apperance of all original members in 30+ years

LAFMS Exhibition opens Jan. 14 at The Box in Los Angeles

on Sun, 11/13/2011 - 15:17


January 14 - February 25, 2012
Opening Reception: January 14, 6-9 PM

Exhibition, panel discussion, installations, film/video,  and performances throughout the run of the show featuring Chip Chapman, Susan Farthing Chapman, Dennis Duck, John Duncan, Ace Farren Ford, Joseph Hammer, Doug Henry, Michael Intriere, Paul McCarthy, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Fredrik Nilsen, Oblivia, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, Takuya Sakaguchi, Vetza, Ace & Duce, Airway, Artificial Art Ensemble, Doo-Dooettes, Extended Organ, Smegma, The Tenses, and much more TBA.

The Box (new location)
805 Traction Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90013

Historic reformation of Le Forte Four at Getty Center, Dec. 3, 2011

on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 01:38

Chip Chapman, Susan Farthing Chapman, and Tom Potts (via recording) will join Rick Potts and Joe Potts for a historic reformation of the original line up of Le Forte Four.  This combo has not played together in over 30 years!  This performance, along with appearances by Extended Organ, Smegma, and Tom Recchion will be an unforgettable experience.  For FREE tickets to this concert sponsored by the Getty Center, please visit the Getty website starting November 22.

Chip sent us a photo of his set up:

LAFMS Top Ten for UbuWeb

on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 12:07

LAFMS provides the November 2011 Top Ten for UbuWeb.

Free LAFMS live extravaganza at The Getty, Dec. 3, 2011

on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 14:14

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 3. when a FREE concert will be held at the Getty Center in Los Angeles featuring LAFMS stalwarts Extended Organ, Tom Recchion, Smegma, and Le Forte Four.

The concert is free and reservations can be made via the Getty website starting on November 22, 2011. Details below:

(c) Don Lewis/Fredrik Nilsen

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Limit of 4 seats per reservation. Reservations available beginning Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Call (310) 440-7300 or return to the Getty's webpage then for tickets

Line-up for the evenings event:

  • Extended Organ: Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Tom Recchion
  • Tom Recchion solo
  • Smegma: Ace Farren Ford, Dennis Duck, Donkey Flybye, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Oblivia, Rogue Iniki, Vetza
  • Le Forte Four: Chip Chapman, Susan Farthing Chapman, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Potts via recording (original line-up first performance in 30+ years)


on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:36

 Rick Potts is having a solo art exhibition and will play some concerts in Japan this November.

In Tokyo, on November 4th, Rick will play with Tori Kudo (Maher Shalal Hash Baz) at Super Deluxe.

A custom limited edition CD-R by Tori Kudo and Rick Potts titled “Ka-Bella-Binsky-Bungo” (AKA “How Beautiful the Choreographer’s Stew”) was released this July by dependent direct sales (dds) in Tokyo. Each copy is different with special surprises inside and one of five different drawings by Rick on the disc. It was recorded at Rick’s house when Maher Shalal Hash Baz visited LA in 2003 and were his guests. The duo album seems to have been almost sold out but there are plans for a US version to be released some time in the future. This release prompted the invitation for Rick to visit Japan and perform with Tori Kudo at Super-Deluxe. The show will be recorded and plans are to release this as well.

FUKUGAN GALLERY co-sponsored the trip with Super-Deluxe by booking a solo art exhibition and performances in Osaka. 

His paintings and drawings will be exhibited at FUKUGAN GALLERY in Osaka and the show runs from November 5th and lasts until the 19th.

At the opening reception on Nov. 5th there will be a presentation conducted by Takuya Sakaguchi, a long-time supporter of the LAFMS, entitled "Slow... Life Avant-Garde - the Wonderland of Rick Potts". Tak will deliver a slide-show presentation introducing Rick and the LAFMS.Rick will demonstrate his homemade and reconfigured musical instruments. Special guest guitarist Reizen will perform and Rick Potts related videos will also be screened.

This program has been organized as a benefit with fifty percent of the proceeds donated to people suffering from the tsumani and earthquake that devastated a large area of Japan.

A show collaborating with Osaka noise creators is being organized. This noise session is scheduled for November 11th in Osaka (venue TBD). Master noise veterans Jojo Hiroshige and Masahiko Ohno (Solmania) will collaborate with Rick along with Kazuya Ishigami (aka Daruin).


BEYOND MUSIC - RICK POTTS at Beyond Baroque September 24, Saturday 9:00 PM

on Sat, 09/24/2011 - 16:34

RICK POTTS is an improviser and sound maker who has been on the musical edge of Los Angeles for more than 30 years. A founding member of the L.A. FREE MUSIC SOCIETY (L.A.F.M.S.), Potts played in some of its premier units, Le Forte Four and Airway, and in numerous spinoff ensembles includingSolid Eye and Dinosaurs with Horns. He is a homemade sound scientist with custom hinge-neck guitars, musical saw, samplers and random objects, who produces unique sounds, as alarming as they are funny.

Admission $10/$5 students & seniors, members free.