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The ashcan “Orchestra” is simultaneously the work of composer p. spadine, a large collection of toy and real instruments, and a revolving performance ensemble based in brooklyn, ny. this is it's online home. above in the title bar you'll find the next show dates. below in the posts are various video, and audio examples of ashcan, free for your pleasure. reach ashcan at pspadine@gmail.com ***************************************************************************************************************************** Out of print albums are available for free dwnld on right side of page.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ashcan on the Radio

Listen to a talk with Eve Essex on the Issue Project Room Radio Show on Clocktower Radio. Talking about Apollo's Accidental Answer, with some tape audio from rehearsals HERE.

Also tune your radio dials to WKCR 89.9 at 10pm Sunday the 22nd for more radio Ashcan fun.

One week til AAA.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Video stills from making of AAA

Stills taken in the process of making the video for Apollo's Accidental Answer. Entirely analog video feedback, no computers were bothered.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Video From Roulette

From a wonderful evening with David First at Roulette.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Scream Piece # 2

thee apocalypse
is too easy.
a Future is hard.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014


From the Roulette website:

“music that’s as spooky as it is scientific”—The New York Times

“a bizarre cross between Hendrix and La Monte Young”—The Village Voice

Tonight’s program has developed quite naturally out of the contrasting, yet highly complementary, organizational methods and performing forces employed by the composers, David First and Pat Spadine to realize their ultimately very like-minded goals. This will be an evening of immersive sonic cooperation and porous media interaction that will utilize the full extent of Roulette’s technical capabilities as well as the entirety of its physical space. Both groups will present self-contained works from their unique repertoires as well as premiere a collaboration by First and Spadine for their combined ensembles, created especially for the occasion.

David First’s musical career is filled with opposites and extremes. As a composer he is known for his dense, mesmerizing drone structures which he performs sitting trance-like without seeming to move a muscle. At other times, he can be found playing guitar with his psychedelic punk band, Notekillers, where he is a whirling blur of hyperactive energy. His ensemble, The Western Enisphere, is comprised of specially selected players trained in the exploration of First’s concepts of Gestural Improvisation — a hypno-acoustical mix of microtonal drones, poly-rhythmic ratios, AM radio transmissions, power animal invocations, and hallucinogenic visuals with the intention of causing a molecular transduction inside all those in attendance.

The Ashcan Orchestra is simultaneously the audio/visual work of composer P. Spadine, a large collection of toy, re-appropriated, and “real” instruments, and a revolving performance ensemble based in Bushwick, NY. Since 2007 the ensemble has been popping up in D.I.Y. style  and art house venues thoughout NYC and the eastern seaboard, employing everything from children’s handbells, prepared tape recorders, stacks of discarded televisions, homemade circuitry, colored lightbulbs, mirrors, to more widely accepted noisemakers to create new music in forms more familiar than the instrumentation would lead the listener to believe. This process from humble and understandable beginnings to grander and more complex ends, has been a vehicle to both celebrate and emulate the physics that bind the known universe.