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The Los Angeles Free Music Society

The Los Angeles Free Music Society

You don’t really think of Los Angeles as a hub for experimental music and noise rock, do you? Well, sure, you could call Health, No Age, and Black Flag two big bands in that field coming from Los Angeles, but do you know about bands like Smegma? What about Le Forte Four? Extended Organ? Do you know who Tom Recchion is? These people are a part of the “experimental-music” anarchists that are the Los Angeles Free Music Society.

The influential collective has been around for the past forty (plus) years and can be attributed with much of the creation of the West coast experimental music scene. The groups all had great overlap and championed a free form, anti-music-but-music experimentation that was what the LAFMS stood for. This Saturday, as a part of Pacific Standard Time, The Getty is welcoming Extended Organ, Le Forte Four, Smegma, and Tom Recchion to perform.

You can catch videos of the bands below, but this event is a great time to swing by the Getty for a one-two punch of both music and art, as The Getty has some great Pacific Standard Time happenings going on. You have to check out (in between sets, perhaps) Bruce Nauman’s Four Corner Piece, a camera/television installation where you can watch yourself and others…watch yourself; From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column, a look at the construction of Valentine’s Gray Column (which is also on display for the first time ever); Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics 1945-1980, a comprehensive historical context and tracing of Los Angeles art; and Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents In LA Painting And Sculpture, 1950 – 1970, the “thesis” show of sorts for the citywide show.

For more on the event and musicians, check out Pacific Standard Time’s blog. You can also check out Smegma, Extended Organ, and Le Forte Four in the videos below.

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