It’s mostly the latter group, made up of Hudson residents like filmmakers Zia Anger and performance artist turned record store owner Dan Bunny, who populate Basilica and its sister bar, the Half Moon, just down Front Street. Bolstered by such locals with an appetite for the creatively daring, Soundscape has earned a distinction from other festivals following its trend, living up to the term “anti-festival” once bestowed upon it by Billboard.
Unlike Day for Night, Soundscape hasn’t stressed about securing huge headliners to boost ticket sales. Unlike Solid Sound, their programming isn’t especially family friendly: noise, sludge, and other bouts of experimentation are featured prominently. Reclaimed industrial space aside, the only other similarity Soundscape has to Solid Sound might be an exclusive contract with Lagunitas Brewing Company – and with all beers priced at five dollars a pop, you heard no complaints. (Have you tried the Lagunitas sour?)
Despite the focus on folding multiple disciplines into its programming, Soundscape remains, as its name suggests, focused on the power of sounds. “The only true logic is sound,” poet Eileen Myles read from hew new book, Afterglow (a dog memoir), in Basilica’s North Hall on night one. “If you don’t know, listen.”
Afterglow swaps “god” for “dog” with nary a hint of blasphemy, transcending any of the overwrought sentimentality that might expected from words written in the first-person by an animal, in favor of deeper meditations on the nature of love, death, and consciousness.