Dec 022010
 

The Circuit Benders’ Ball went off without a hitch on October 23rd, 2010 at Open Lot in Nashville, Tennessee. This page is a repository of video, audio, and photography from the festival. Check back for new content, and stay tuned for next year’s Circuit Benders’ Ball!

If you’d like to performer at the 2011 Circuit Benders’ Ball, send your info to tony@theatreintangible.com

Audio from the Ball. Right click to save-as or left-click to stream.

Blight Side of Life
Robbie Hunsinger
Jeremy Walker
CMKT4
DaveX
Thriftsore Boratorium
Ben Marcantel
Tim Kaiser
Theatre Intangible Live Improv w/ Tim Kaiser, Mark Shafer (1/2 Mang from Thriftsore Boratorium), Jeremy Walker, Lola Wilson (AKA Lola Kueune, I Am Pazuzu), and DaveX.

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Blight Side of Life started off the night with an hypnotic set, incorporating a bent Nintendo DS. Devin Lamp provided the visuals.
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Robbie Hunsinger next took the stage and threw down some incredible Oboe/Wii-mote improvs.

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Robbie Hunsinger – Video for Song 4 “Improv”

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Burlesque star Freya West wowed the audience with her electronic fan dance. She performed in collaboration with video artist Devin Lamp (Ascent of Everest and Meltface.net) and composer Aaron Doenges (co-founder of the Sound Crawl). The performance featured some of the coolest visuals of the night!

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Jeremy Walker creates unconventional instruments by altering found electrical circuits. His collaboration with visual artist Matt Christy was amazing!

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Next up, my old co-host DaveX helped Open Lot sell a few pairs of earplugs with his room-shaking noise set. Kelli Shay Hix provided some great visuals.
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Cincinnati’s Thriftsore Boratorium brought the crowd outside with their ambitious set. They handed out transistor radios to various audience members. The audience tuned the radios to a signal which was broadcasting the very set they were listening to!
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After Thriftsore, Forest Bride’s Ben Marcantel coaxed a lot of sound out of one tiny amplifier! He collaborated on visuals with Austin Alexander.
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Northern Illinois’ CMKT4 may have been the audience favorite with their cargo-cult throwdown. They emerged from a smokey sliding van door, and the rest is history!

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Tim Kaiser‘s ever-evolving ambient set was really breathtaking. I feel very fortunate to have witnessed his performance (or parts of it, as I was running around organizing the show!). After the set, he took questions from the audience about his amazing hand-made gear.

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We ended the night with what may become an annual Benders’ Ball closing ceremony — an improv. Tim Kaiser, Mark Shafer (1/2 Mang from Thriftsore Boratorium), Jeremy Walker, and DaveX all returned, joined by the vocalist Lola Wilson (I Am Pazuzu, A Parade). I did the live mixing. The performers really found each other’s wavelength with some particularly beautiful dances by Tim and Lola. Lola’s knack for on-the-spot melody-making never ceases to amaze me.
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