Jun 072015
 

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Our house venue Noa Noa opens its doors again (temporarily) on Tuesday, June 9th at 9:30pm to host the triumphant return of instrument designer, circuit bender, and ambient composer Tim Kaiser. Also performing are fellow Circuit Benders’ Ball alums Carl Oliver (improvised Eurorack synthesis) and Brady Sharp (PureData-manipulated guitar). Don’t miss it! The chances to see a show at Noa Noa are few and far between. Come to think of it, we need to clean the basement.

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

Tim Kaiser, Carl Oliver, and Brady Sharp
June 9th, 2015, doors at 9 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. sharp, $10, all ages, byob

@ Noa Noa (house), 620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Park in front lot and surrounding business lots.

May 012015
 

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Watkins professor Morgan Higby-Flowers organized a weekend residency with School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor James Connolly, who creates instruments by hacking old audio/visual equipment. On Saturday, May 2nd at Coop Gallery in the Arcade, Connolly will perform RGB.VGA.VOLT, a work performed on a synthesizer made from cathode ray tube monitors. According to Connolly, the synthesizer was inspired by Nam June Paik’s television synthesizers and the early video synth, the Sandin Image Processor.

There will be two performances: one at 7 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. While you’re at the Arcade, enjoy the rest of the Downtown Art Crawl. Joe Nolan at the Nashville Scene has the details on the rest here.

Jan 132015
 

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Hey, the Beastie Boys shot a video in Nashville, and it features the 8th Avenue South / Franklin Pike Monroe Street / Rosa Parks or Green Hills Kroger Supermarket that I shop at! A fan just discovered the “Too Many Rappers” video on editor Neal Usatin’s website. Who knows how long its been there. [UPDATE: I jumped the gun on it being the 8th Avenue South Kroger. Bad Facebook intel. Now some people are swearing it’s the Monroe Street Kroger near Germantown. Others are saying it’s the Green Hills Kroger. Your guess is as good as mine.]

The video was directed by Roman Coppola and features Nas. In addition to Kroger, the boys strutted around the Nashville Parthenon, the 12th Avenue polar bears throwing snowballs, Arby’s, some train tracks, a recording studio, and Lee’s HAIR & DOLLAR.

Ad Rock even gives a shout-out to circuit benders! Or maybe it’s a diss, but I’ll take it either way:

To all you crab rappers, and hackers
And circuit benders, two-tone splendor
I.. take the cake, I stole the mold
The golden microphone, well that’s mine to hold

Big thanks to Pimpdaddysupreme for tipping me off to this. The video won’t allow embedding, so go check it out here. [UPDATE: It seems Usatin’s site got hit with too much traffic, so he took the video down. But I found another copy, which I expect will also get taken down soon. Embedded below.]

Oct 302014
 

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Calling all hackers, makers, science nerds, and 3D printing enthusiasts! The newly-rebooted PhreakNIC technology conference kicks off today and runs throughout the weekend. Head on over to the con website to register and check the schedule.

Don’t miss Circuit Benders’ Ball participant Arnie Holder (Abandoned On Fire) give a talk on making music with a Gameboy. I’m also excited about tonight’s listening/call-in party for Over the Edge radio’s Halloween episode (hosted by Negativland’s Don Joyce). Other highlights include presentations on planetarium techhow 3d printers will be the death of us all, starting a hackerspace by a Freeside Atlanta member, and confessions of a Black hat hacker by Alex Berta. And then, for the truly adventurous (and/or brave and/or foolhardy), check out panels on DIY nuclear fusion experiments and 3D-printed gunmaking (yikes). 

It all goes down at the Millenium Maxwell House hotel Thursday, October 30th through Sunday November 2nd.

And now, here’s a video from PhreakNIC 13 of a tesla coil playing the theme to the Addams Family.

PhreakNIC 18
October 30th – November 2nd
@  Millenium Maxwell House
2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard