Apr 092017
 

Tim Kaiser, maker supreme, ambient maestro, and two-time Circuit Benders’ Ball performer, is returning to Nashville on Friday, April 14th to perform a special set at Make Nashville. On Saturday afternoon, he will lead a piezoelectric pick-up workshop.

Based out of Duluth, Minnesota, Tim creates his own instruments out of thrift store finds, children’s musical toys, automotive parts, and in a few cases, snow plows! He plucks, bows, loops, and bends the instruments into melodic, otherworldly ambient music. This profile by Make TV is a great introduction:

Opening the Friday evening show is Nashville keyboardist and circuit bender No Stress (Paul Horton). Paul plays in the jazz duo Concurrence and is a touring member of the Alabama Shakes. As the solo act No Stress, Paul uses circuit-bent toys, keyboards, and looping pedals to make music unlike anything you’ve heard.

Here’s Paul at the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball (under the moniker The Tree is Base):

Saturday afternoon from 12pm to 3pm, Tim Kaiser will lead a workshop on making piezoelectric pick-ups, the very same kind he puts in his kalimbas and bowed instruments.

Tickets are on sale now for both events. Details below.

Friday, April 14, 8pm
An Evening with Tim Kaiser and No Stress
@ Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
All ages, $10 in advance, $15 at door.
Buy tickets here.

Saturday, April 15, 12pm to 3pm
Create a Piezo Electric Pick-up with Tim Kaiser
@ Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
All ages, $15 for Make Nashville members, $20 for general public
Buy tickets here.

Mar 172017
 

CircuitBendersBall2017

I’m happy to announce that the Circuit Benders Ball will be coming back to Nashville, August 25th to 27th, 2017!

CBB is a biennial festival of hardware hacking, art, music, and the creative spirit. I ran the first three. This year, Tyler Blankenship will be taking over as Festival Director, and I’m excited for his vision of the fest!

Submissions are now open for performers, visual artists, multimedia artists, presenters, workshop instructors, and volunteers. To apply, head on over to the brand spankin’ new website, built by CBB participant Morgan Higby-Flowers.

The Ball will take place at the East Nashville art collective The Complex. We’re still working out the details will provide an address and showtimes soon.

Nov 022016
 

shadowbody

I apologize for the radio silence. It’s been a busy few months. (Btw, anyone want to write for an experimental music blog?)

I just wanted to plug a show at Blackbird Tattoo on Thursday, November 3 at 9pm. It’s organized by FMRL Arts, and it features Shadowbody, a duo comprised of Cher Von on percussion, vocals, and loops and Adam Koan performing butoh-based body movement. As I’ve mentioned a few times before, Cher Von is one of my favorite performers. If you’d like to learn more about butoh, check out this Wikipedia entry.

The show also features Brady Sharp performing extended technique guitar and … well … me! I’ll be performing “scoop & loop” audio pluckings under the moniker Adventure Bomb. This will be my first show in something around 3 years. This past week, I’ve been on a gear manhunt in my basement, remembering what buttons do, and practicing. It should be “interesting.” 🙂

Check out the streams below and see if it’s your thing. More info on the Facebook event page.

FMRL presents Shadowbody/Adventure Bomb/Brady Sharp
Thursday, November 3, 9 p.m.
all ages, $10 to $15 sliding scale
@ Blackbird Tattoo, 515 W Thompson Ln, Nashville, Tennessee 37211

Aug 122016
 

Make Nashville is a local maker’s group that recently launched an East Nashville makerspace. Each month, they host a public meetup centered around a particular topic. This month, the topic is circuit-bending!

What the heck is circuit-bending? It’s the art of re-purposing old electronic toys and transforming them into musical and visual instruments. Here’s the Wikipedia entry.

If you dabble in bending, bring your creations to show off. If not, come learn about the practice. Tyler Blankenship will be on hand to talk about the 2017 Circuit Benders’ Ball and Modular Art Pods @ Queen Ave.

The FREE meeting happens August 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the makerspace, which is located at 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN. It’s also a great opportunity to tour the space and inquire about membership. More info at the Meetup.com event page.

Intro to Circuit Bending class at the 2012 Circuit Benders' Ball. Photo by Angelina Castillo.

Intro to Circuit Bending class at the 2012 Circuit Benders’ Ball. Photo by Angelina Castillo.