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Nov 262011

“The Conglomeration,” James Perrin, Exhibited at Gallery F, Scientists & Artists Picture the Intangible

 TWO podcasts in one weekend! Have I gone mad?!? Nope, just trying to catch up.

Here’s podcast 75: SANTA’S WORKSHOP Artist Showcase.

Jeremy Bennett and Grant Parker formed Santa’s Workshop in late 2010 on the campus of University of Tennessee Knoxville. The two friends decided to form a band in order to stretch beyond the creative boundaries of their very different musical backgrounds. Grant’s primary instrument is bass, and he studies jazz and classical performance at UT. Jeremy makes experimental electronic music and plays drums and piano. Their goal with Santa’s Workshop is to establish a cohesive musical dialogue between their two seemingly-unrelated disciplines.

For Santa’s Workshop, Grant performs on guitar and bass, culling feedback from his amplifier and an assortment of pedals and analog devices. Jeremy triggers and manipulates self-recorded audio samples using Ableton Live. Jeremy currently lives in Nashville. Grant lives in Knoxville, two hours away. They tell me the separation is in some ways useful as it keeps each focused on his respective path. Bridging those paths, after all, is what defines Santa’s Workshop.

The performance you’re about to hear was recorded at Gallery F on October 10th 2011 as part of the exhibition Scientists and Artists Picture the Intangible. TIM KAISER, JEREMY WALKER, and CENOBIUM also performed. You can download the Jeremy Walker performance here. Look for the Cenobium audio as an upcoming podcast.

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