Driven to explore the meaning and value of sound and memory, buffalo MRI constructs avant compositions crafted from snippets of sound taken from audio cassette. Isolating these diverse fragments of audio detritus, field recordings and music, the end result is a musique concrète for the modern age.
Alexander studied piano and music theory as a child and as a teenager she was exposed to the cut-up experimentalism of Brion Gysin. She began experimenting with a Walkman recorder, taking field recordings of places, people and music to create audio collages which eventually turned into an obsession. Having worked with Montréal collective Never Apart and also been a member of several avant-noise outfits such as Urlapse and Wasted Nymph she has also used the pseudonym Vera Brim. Through recontextualisation, repetition and juxtaposition her work forces the listener to reevaluate their relationship with familiar sounds in unfamiliar contexts. Timeless, transporting and wilfully wonky, her work is both academic and playful, running from unsettling, sparse soundscapes to rhythmic, looping avant-garde mayhem incorporating everything from detuned piano, spliced jungle beats, foley effects and spoken word.
buffalo MRI brings her mind-warping and live-curated cassette tape set to MUTEK as part of a lineup that takes dubbing to extremes.