Bottom Feeder is a duet between PEK and Craig Schildhauer from the mid/late 90s period of Leap of Faith. All Bottom Feeder performances were on Craig's WMFO radio show, Mental Notes. Usually Bottom Feeder played with electronics, other musicians and a crazy studio mix: This one album, Barnacles, is a duet with Double Bass and Contrabass Clarinet performed without other sounds in the live acoustic space of the radio station stairwell. For other Bottom Feeder performances see the Mental Notes page on the Evil Clown Site.
Mental Notes was a different kind of Radio Show than I have ever experienced as a performer or listener. I would call it a Radio Broadcast Performance (with mad genius Craig Schildhauer using the entire Radio Station as an instrument). When I met Craig he had been doing this for years most every Saturday night at midnight. He would make a single uninterrupted mix for the entire length of his program. His show was 2 hours, but he would do it until the next DJ arrived - sometimes for 5 or 6 hours in a row. WMFO had three studios and Craig would use all three of them at the same time. He created loops and tapes in advance, he set up huge analog tape loops... with two reel-to-reel decks, he sampled albums of all kinds from the library, he set up his bass and then he ran around between the three studios all night like a crazed fiend. He invited all kinds of different improvising musicians to come and play both as ensembles and as ensembles with Radio Station accompaniment. I was fortunate to participate about 20 times between 1996 and 1997 and I always brought blank DAT tapes with me so I could document the results. This disc is from one of those performances.
On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation." - Squidco website staff