Nov 022016
 

shadowbody

I apologize for the radio silence. It’s been a busy few months. (Btw, anyone want to write for an experimental music blog?)

I just wanted to plug a show at Blackbird Tattoo on Thursday, November 3 at 9pm. It’s organized by FMRL Arts, and it features Shadowbody, a duo comprised of Cher Von on percussion, vocals, and loops and Adam Koan performing butoh-based body movement. As I’ve mentioned a few times before, Cher Von is one of my favorite performers. If you’d like to learn more about butoh, check out this Wikipedia entry.

The show also features Brady Sharp performing extended technique guitar and … well … me! I’ll be performing “scoop & loop” audio pluckings under the moniker Adventure Bomb. This will be my first show in something around 3 years. This past week, I’ve been on a gear manhunt in my basement, remembering what buttons do, and practicing. It should be “interesting.” 🙂

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

FMRL presents Shadowbody/Adventure Bomb/Brady Sharp
Thursday, November 3, 9 p.m.
all ages, $10 to $15 sliding scale
@ Blackbird Tattoo, 515 W Thompson Ln, Nashville, Tennessee 37211

Jun 222013
 

All of the performers at the last Noa Noa experimental show are techheads. So when Pimpdaddysupreme informed me that Vine, the 6-second video app from Twitter,  had just been released on Android devices, I hurriedly downloaded it and Vined away. So did Shane, Matt, Aric, and Mara. With all this media lurking about, I decided to make a repository.

Various Vines by Mara Bissell, Matt the PM, Pimpdaddysupreme, and Tony Youngblood. Btw, the movie screening behind EBNC is an endearing Japanese classic called Zombie Ass.

EBNC

Vine 1
Vine 2
Vine 3

Workshoppe Radio Phonik

Vine 1
Vine 2
Vine 3

Adventure Bomb

Vine 1
Vine 2
Vine 3

Jun 212013
 
Still from a/v synth performance at Transcinema, 1999, Benton C. Bainbridge

Still from a/v synth performance at Transcinema, 1999, Benton C. Bainbridge

Here’s episode 104: Adventure Bomb: Projecting, a revised and expanded edition of the set I performed at Soundcrawl in collaboration with Benton-C Bainbridge’s live video projection mapping (“Fast-mapping”). Recorded at Brick Factory Nashville. Best experienced through headphones.

Adventure Bomb is my experimental “scoop & loop” solo project.  “Scoop & loop” is a performance-style that involves scooping out sections of recordings and looping them live … basically, audio juggling.

Benton-C Bainbridge is a media artist based in The Bronx, working with custom systems of his own design. Benton has presented immersive environments, screenings, installations and live performances across five continents, collaborating with scores of artists around the world. He even has a Wikipedia page! (Someone should add this collaboration!)

Soundcrawl is a sound art and new media organization led by Kyle Baker presenting works by the best and brightest new media artists and composers in a unique “opt in” gallery format.

“Projecting” is comprised of:

  • Interviews with Soundcrawl attendees. As they listened to Soundcrawl “sound art” selections via headphones, they were asked to describe what they were hearing. The central idea to this experiment was seeing if I could “map” their descriptions onto the music I was generating live.
  • Snippets of live musical performances occurring at Soundcrawl 2012.
  • Instruments performed by Adventure Bomb live, including a Casio Sk-1 keyboard, circuit-bent toys and various effects.
  • Sound effects and field recordings from Freesound.org. Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, etc … released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Listeners are encouraged to donate to Freesound.

The interviewees (in order of appearance):

  • Lesley Beeman
  • Unknown (Let me know if you can identify this person)
  • Antonia Oakes
  • Joe Nolan
  • Tony Youngblood
  • Ilana Morgan
  • Ryan Hogan
  • Unknown (Let me know if you can identify this person)

The 2012 Soundcrawl performers sampled (in alphabetical order):

  • Jason Fick
  • Timothy Harenda
  • Ilana Morgan
  • Adam Vidiksis
  • Sally Williams
  • Mark Zanter

Freesound.org collaborators and the names of the samples used:

Big thanks to the participants and to the Freesound artists! Thanks for listening!

Jun 122013
 
Suspended by Aric Vance (EBNC)

Suspended by Aric Vance (EBNC)

This Friday if you’re not attending that obscure little music festival in the backwoods of Tennessee, consider coming to Noa Noa for an evening of experimental music.

The theme of Noa Noa Experimental Series #3 is “Loops & Bends,” three artists exploring circuit bending, sound collage, and creative looping.

Asheville, North Carolina’s EBNC (Aric Vance) headlines the evening. Aric last played Nashville at Betty’s Bar & Grill, and he was absolutely amazing. If you attended the 2012 Circuit Benders’ Ball Nashville, you saw Aric’s hypnotic video art, which explores extreme video compression, keyframe dumping, and frame concatenation. EBNC’s bio promises “an unusual mix of field recordings, samples, modular DSP programming, and hand-built/modified electronic instruments/effects to create a sound that ranges from a soothing, ambient wash to extremely harsh noise.”

Next up is Workshoppe Radio Phonik, the joint project of Pimpdaddysupreme and Matt the PM. They last worked together for Noa Noa Experimental Series #2 where Matt the PM projected live visuals as Pimpdaddysupreme played warped records on 6 simultaneous turntables. Matt took the board audio from that performance, recreated the visuals, and posted the results as a brilliant Youtube video. Matt and Pimpdaddysupreme also appeared together on this Theatre Intangible podcast.

Rounding out the bill is Adventure Bomb aka Tony Youngblood aka me. It’s my scoop & loop / arrhythmic sampling / circuit-bending project. Check out these two Adventure Bomb sets: Forecasting and Adventure Bomb Halloween Special.

More info on the Facebook event page. Hope to see you at Noa Noa on Friday!

Noa Noa Experimental Series #3: Loops & Bends featuring:

EBNC, Workshoppe Radio Phonik, Adventure Bomb

Friday, June 14th, 2013, doors at 8:3pm, first band at 9pm, $5 suggested donation to touring band
Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

BYOB. Park in front yard and surrounding business lots.