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- Time Out New York
...creative new music cabal...
- Time Out New York
...haunting, gorgeous, and disturbingly timely...
- Brooklyn Vegan
"...a stunningly effective mélange of singing, acting, electronics, and extended vocal techniques...I was consistently caught up in a conviction that I have rarely, if ever, seen an encyclopedic array of experimental effects so intimately linked with their expressive potential."
- Jennifer Stock (I CARE IF YOU LISTEN)
“blackly amusing, sonically rich...provocative, often hilarious performance”
-Alan Young (Lucid Culture)
ADDDDDDDDD takes rapid-fire, largely spoken-word lyrical content and plays it out across a pulseraising background constructed of sonic accents like dinging bells and remote control channel changing—multiple streams of content flashing by at warp speed. Even in its audio-only CD release format, it’s somehow all consuming. I bet no one feels the urge to check their email during a live performance...ADDDDDDDDD is packaged with a fun, quirky, comic book libretto. A lovely item that takes the album a step beyond the usual CD release, it makes the physical object in the digital age an interesting piece of art in and of itself, worthy of shelf space and providing plenty of additional visual stimulation.
– New Music Box
...as avant-garde as anything I’ve seen recently – by which term I inexactly mean that it was more focused on how we live at this exact moment than on the traditional conventions of concert-giving.
– Kyle Gann (PostClassical)
thingNY catapulted a slew of notes and words from the stage and we laughed at snatches of the hysteria.
– Rebecca Lentjes (Bachtrack)
When I attend a live show, the question I most often find myself asking when I walk out was whether it left me thinking or feeling something strong. And this collaboration left me feeling something — something just as inscrutable, strange and beautiful as the show itself. I genuinely hope the collaboration continues between thingNY and Orange Theatre, because I’m excited to see where it may go.
- Molly Bilker (Downtown Devil)
If nothing else, thingNY’s show at Lilypad on Saturday will confuse you, make you lightheaded, and strike up a new strange joy. They’re an aptly named collective, bashing the boundaries of concert music and gargling out social commentary in a way that can only be described as “that thing.”
– The Weekly Dig
90 minutes may not seem like enough, ahem, time for Time, but this thoughtful work explores each moment to the fullest. It also has a most stunning performance book of the program, script, score, and production notes that is well worth a donation. The deft mixing of video, music, and word-play allows audience members to take in whatever they wish, along with ideas on making use of their own time. We loved the original hymns, games, and very cool mention of John Cage. thingNY and Panoply have come up with an idea that they can return to or revise, because Time is a constant that is always changing.
– Patricia Contino (Flavorpill)
Truly a thing of great beauty, and wonder. Thank god there are groups like thingNY (or maybe you’re the only one)
– Art Jarvinen (composer/author)