Born in Buffalo, New York, Lary 7 is a multimedia alchemist who coaxes profane, inscrutable sounds and images from various mysterious devices. His work mainly features vintage and forgotten electronic instruments and technologies. In the past he has taken the unique approach of modifying household appliances in order to give them a musical voice. As an artist, he uses analogue equipment whenever possible, steering away from digital.
Lary 7's work has been related to the uncertain outcomes of a magician or scientist determined to see his projects through to their (il)logical ends. He is a co-founder of Plastickville Records and has been a major figure in the New York experimental underground music scene since 1970. In the course of the past decades he has worked on exceptional musical projects with diverse artists, such as Jimi Tenor, Jarboe, Foetus, Tony Conrad, Alexander Hacke, Larry Mullins, Dorit Chrysler, Bernhard Gal, Jakob Kirkegard, Kent Montgomery, Michael Evans and Gordon Monahan.
A Tip of the Hat (to the 20th Century) is his evolving laboratory of sound and curiosities here at the Clocktower.
Through the month of September, Lary 7 will be a resident in our sound studio working on a selection of experimental sound recordings in collaboration with other sound artists. Come by to see his tower of rotating speakers and his strange and wonderful array of equipment.
Lary 7's Clocktower Gallery project is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.