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Dec 102011

In June of this year, I took a trip to Chicago, Illinois to attend the 4th annual Experimental Garage Sale, a gathering of circuit-benders, instrument makers, and musical innovators. I recorded interviews with ROTH MOBOT, TIM KAISER, ALEX DEEBA, CMKT4, THEJUNKYARD CATALYST from THRIFTSORE BORATORIUM, LOW-GAIN, and a number of other makers. What follows is my correspondence from the field. Special thanks to the makers, the Experimental Sound Studio (who hosted), and Katherine Guza for taking the incredible pictures you see below.

If you are enticed by any of the inventions mentioned in the podcast, support the designers by buying from their sites below. Christmas is just around the corner, and nothing says love like a custom-made piece of musical goodness!

Cosmic Blooper
Creme Dementia
Delptronics (Mickey Delp)
GetLoFi (Alex Deeba)
Low-Gain Electronics (Logan Erickson)
Roth Mobot(Patrick McCarthy / Tommy Stephenson).
Steven Buck
Tim Kaiser
Thejunkyard Catalyst (Thriftsore Boratorium)
Welcome Tomerica

“Podcast available for download or streaming at http://www.theatreintangible.com/e076-experimental-garage-sale-2011-12-10/
Photographs by Katherine Guza. Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, Illinois.”

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Aug 052010

CMKT4 in the Theatre Intangible Studios

You may remember CMKT4 — circuit-bent rock ‘n roll trio, GetLoFi writers, makers of the bottlecap contact mic, and members of the greater Chicago circuit-bending collective — from podcast 23, Artificial. While in Nashville, they were kind enough to come on T.I. again for an artist showcase. On episode 29, hear CMKT4 play their brand of off-kilter rock ‘n roll while discussing their 2010 tour, circuit-bending, and Abby the Spoon Lady. They even give us a live demonstration of the bottlecap contact mic. Although they use home-made and circuit-bending instruments, CMKT4 is really a rock ‘n roll and thus falls a bit outside the scope of T.I. Still, the deviation is quite worth it. Hope you enjoy!

I apologize for the clipped-vocals in some sections — with three vocalists, drums, bass, guitar, and a multitude of toys, we had to bring in a second mixer that I was unfamiliar with. To keep the duration under 45 minutes, I had to cut 2 songs; but you can download the concert in it’s entirety by following this link.

Check out CMT4’s video tour diary by visiting Creme Dementia’s Vimeo page.

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Jun 072010

Dekalb, Illinois experimental rock band CMKT4 stopped by Theatre Intangible for an improv and artist showcase while on tour.  You may know drummer Austin Cliffe as Creme Dementia on the circuit-bending blog GetLoFi.  We’ll release the artist showcase in the near future, but for podcast episode 23, we present to you the improv: Artificial.

Artificial stars CMKT4 (Austin Cliffe, Zach Adams, and Jeff Cox) and regulars Laurence Crow and Craig Schenker.  CMKT4 played a variety of circuit-bent toys, a guitar synth, and hand-made bottlecap contact mics (which they make and sell.)  Craig played saxophone and Larry played laptop synths and sampled Craig’s sax.  I did the live mixing, editing, and mastering.

This is a pretty insane improv, and it may turn out to be one of my favorites.  Enjoy.

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