Mar 082016
 

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The Nashville Electronic Music & Synthesizer Group is a new meetup organized by Bill Vincent, Mike Hiegemann, and others. Basically, once a month we bring our favorite gear to SAE Nashville, talk about it, and play with it. The group has something very special planned for the next meeting on March 10th: a Skype Q&A with analog synthesizer pioneer Dave Smith.

Smith is the founder of Sequential Circuits and the inventor of the Prophet-5, which was, as his Wikipedia entry states, “the world’s first microprocessor-based musical instrument and also the first programmable polyphonic synth.” He’s a co-inventor of MIDI. While working at Korg, he led the team that produced the Wavestation synthesizer.

His company Dave Smith Instruments has released several successful products including the Prophet-6, the Tempest drum machine, and the OB-6.

So yeah. This is kind of a big deal.

If you’d like to attend, join the Nashville Electronic Music & Synthesizer Facebook group and RSVP here. Big thanks to Mike Hiegemann for organizing this event.

The general show & tell begins at 6 p.m. and the Dave Smith Q&A starts at 7.

While you’re whiling away the hours, listen to the Theatre Intangible episode Prong & Spittle featuring Bobobobobob on the Prophet-5.

Dave Smith Q&A presented by the Nashville Electronic Music & Synthesizer Group
Thursday, March 10th, 6 p.m., free show, all ages
@ SAE Nashville, 7 Music Cir N, Nashville, TN 37203

Feb 162016
 
Valerie Kuehne. Photo by Anya Liftig.

Valerie Kuehne. Photo by Anya Liftig.

Drkmttr has another great show tonight, this one feature Brooklyn, New York’s experimental string/percussion ensemble Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests. Pretty spectacular stuff.

The show also features The Holy Mountain Top Removers and Justin Clark. Listen to the streams below to see if it’s your thing.

Show starts at 9 p.m.  $5 to $7 sliding scale admission. More details on the Facebook event page.

FMRL presents Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests, Justin Clark, and Holy Mountain Top Removers
February 16th, 2016, 9 p.m., $5-$7
Drkmttr, 1116 3rd Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Nov 042015
 

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FMRL is presenting a great show tomorrow evening at the 12 South Portland Brew featuring veteran tape loop artist Jason Lescalleet, this time duetting with sound manipulator Kevin Drumm. The New York Times posted a review of one of their recent shows here. (Thanks to FMRL for referring me to this article.)

Nashville’s Harvest Team will open. More info on the Facebook event page.

FMRL presents Jason Lescalleet & Kevin Drumm Duo with Harvest Team
Thursday, November 5th, 9 p.m., $10-$15 sliding scale.
@ 12 South Portland Brew, 2605 12th Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee 37204

Oct 142015
 

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So many great things to do in Nashville in October.

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 14 at 8 p.m., head over to Third Man Records to view the Short Films of Curtis Harrington, presented by the Light & Sound Machine.

On Saturday, October 17, check out post punk band Shadow Age at the new Wedgewood/Houston venue Drkmttr. Or head over to East Nashville to see the Druid Underground Film Festival at Queen Ave.

On Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m., don’t miss Wu Fei & Friends presented by FMRL Arts at the 12th South Portland Brew. FMRL says,

Fei is a master of the guzheng or zheng, a Chinese zither. She plays zheng beautifully in the instrument’s vernacular–a musical language which is 2,000 to 3,000 years old–and in a contemporary idiosyncratic, experimental dialect began during years spent at Mills College and immersed in the Downtown improvising scene which revolved around NYC clubs like The Stone, which Fei curated for the month of Oct. 2008. Given the folks Fei has collaborated with which ranges from Abigail Washburn to John Zorn, you never know who might show up to jam.

Also on Friday at 8 p.m. but at the East Room … Dan Deacon with Hypochondriak & Madwarrior and Circuit Benders’ Ball alums Pineapple Explode.

On Saturday, October 31st from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., visit Track One for what is potentially the coolest art show of the year: Deep Play Fun House Video Art Show, presented by Seed Space, the Rymer Gallery, and Track One. The Facebook event page says,

As an immersive video and sound environment, the viewer defines the narrative sequence by negotiating labyrinthine pathways in a large, formerly industrial environment alongside live sound performances for a one night event on Halloween.

Lose yourself in video, literally and figuratively.

See you out and about!