Mar 262014
 
Logo by Rachel Briggs.

Logo by Rachel Briggs.

A few weeks ago, the Nashville Scene unveiled the first round of artist announcements for the Circuit Benders’ Ball, and now it is my pleasure to announce the full artist lineup as well as the panels, presentations, and workshops!

The submissions were so strong this year that we decided to expand to three full days of programming! The Ball will begin on Friday, April 11th and continue through Sunday, April 13th. All festival programming will take place at the premiere Nashville makerspace Fort Houston located at 500 Houston Street, Nashville, TN 37203.

Performers:

With special presentations by:

Art by:

Live visuals by:

Featuring the panels:

  • Introduction to Circuit Bending
  • Making Music by Code Alone
  • Society of the Spectacle: Culture Jamming, Détournement, and Tactical Media
  • Fair Use, Artistic Appropriating, and Culture Jamming (Pt. 2)
  • Glitch Art / Dirty New Media
  • Visual Bending
  • Structural Biases in Local Show Booking
  • Chiptune Art
  • Electronic Enclosures Design
  • Computer Models of Circuit Bending
  • Towards a Circuit Bending Standardization

Featuring the workshops:

  • Playdoh Vs. Lego: A Composer’s Take on Hacker-Culture by Kyle Baker (Soundcrawl co-founder)
  • Piezo Mic Making by Christopher Lavery
  • Hacking the Gameboy by Abandoned On Fire and b4by f4c3
  • Let’s Build a Hex-Schmitt Trigger Oscillator by Christopher Lavery
  • Subverting Google by Patrick Quinn
  • Bending with Photoresistors! by Jeff Boynton
  • Microcontrol of a Macroworld: Physical Computing with Arduino by Josh Gumiela

Three day passes, single day tickets, and workshop tickets will be available soon at FortHouston.com. The three day festival pass is $35 advance or $50 at door. Single day tickets are $15 advance or $20 at door. Workshops are $15 advance or $20 at door (if any slots remain). Those who purchase the festival pass in advance will get a sweet LED lanyard with their name on it. Because of the intimate size of the space, we’re limiting the total amount of tickets to 100, so be sure to scoop yours up as soon as they go on sale. (Tentatively, Saturday, March 29th.)

We are proud to have Yazoo Brewing Company back as a sponsor. If you’re interested in sponsoring the Ball, see our sponsor guide.

Watch this space for the full schedule, panel & workshop descriptions, and spotlights on the participants. Are you excited yet? I know I am.

Jan 302014
 

Pyramid Gallery Moving Forweird The East Room

I just found out about this experimental music show at the East Room on Friday, January 31st. It features Age (also performing the following Friday at Centennial Park), Morgan Higby-Flowers, Subtext, and two Chattanooga artists: Secret Guilt and Segamented Worms (sic).

The show is being billed as Pyramid Gallery, “an experimental electronic music night presented by the Moving Forweird collective.” Moving Forweird also hosts electronic music nights at The East Room. The next one is Friday, February 21st.

Age (Josh Gumiela and Luke Rainey), Morgan Higby-Flowers, and Subtext (Oliver Dodd) are three of the most interesting acts in Nashville, and I’m looking forward to hearing the Chattanooga artists for the first time. And I’m REALLY excited about the prospect of a new reoccurring experimental showcase!

Doors at 9 p.m. Music at 10 p.m. Free entry. Donations accepted for touring bands. More info on the Facebook event page.

Friday, January 31st, 10 p.m., free
Pyramid Gallery experimental showcase feat.
Age, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Subtext, Secret Guilt, Segamented Worms

@ The East Room
2412 Gallatin Ave.
Nashville, Tennessee 37206

amebas grains from gumi on Vimeo.

Subtext – Fitting Room from Konstructure Recordings on Vimeo.

Jan 282014
 

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Metro Parks’ Free Form Friday series returns to Centennial Park on Friday, February 7th with three experimental projects on the rise.

At 8 p.m. is Age, the infinite-sample-loop of Josh Gumiela and Luke Rainey. The duo is one of my favorite things in Nashville. Check them out on their Theatre Intangible artist showcase.

At 9 p.m. is the improvisational duo Regi Wooten and Robert Bond. Guitarist Regi Wooten is the elder sibling in the world famous Wooten Brothers band. Percussionist and electronic artist Robert Bond has worked with artists like The Yardbirds, Bo Diddly, Charlie McCoy and the London Symphony Orchestra. Together, they’re mesmerizing. Regi and Robert also appeared on a Theatre Intangible artist showcase.

Armed with three overhead projectors, liquids of many colors, plates, pans, and matted transparencies, Dig Deep Light Show will create live improv visuals all night. And my, aren’t you lucky, Dig Deep appeared on this Theatre Intangible episode.

Robert Bond & Regi Wooten

Robert Bond & Regi Wooten

Free Form Friday is a bimonthly improvised-arts series curated by Mike Teaney, music and theater program coordinator for Metro Parks. Previous editions featured ConcurrenceMark Volker, Carolyn Treybig, and Hyrkamonsta. This will be Dig Deep’s third appearance.

The concert is occurring at Centennial Park’s new black box theater, located inside the Arts Activity Center.

If you use Facebook, you can find more info on the Facebook event page.

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Freeform Friday feat.
Dig Deep Light Show
Friday, February 7th, 8 p.m., Free show

@ Centennial Black Box Theater
Centennial Park inside Centennial Arts Activity Center
On 27th Ave, the next building after Springwater Supper Club

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age • regi wooten + robert bond • 2-7-14 • 8pm • centennial black box theater • nashville from gumi on Vimeo.

Dec 192013
 
Still from Age video "0vent" https://vimeo.com/57746407

Still from Age video 0vent .

Here’s Theatre Intangible podcast 107: Age Artist showcase, recorded on March 30th, 2013.

Age is the “horizontal sound composition process” of Josh Gumiela and Luke Rainey, and it’s based around a very innovative technique. One artist presents a sound. The other samples that sound and alters it in some way – perhaps speeding it up, slowing it down, degrading it, or chopping it up. The first artist then samples the altered sound. The other artist then samples the altered altered sound. And so on. Soon the sound becomes unrecognizable and the improv progresses in an indeterminate direction, much like the pointer of a Ouija board.

Age performed this improv in the afternoon. They left their gear set up and performed live later in the evening as a part of a lineup also including Brady Sharp and Lyrebird. I also recorded Age’s live performance, and you can download it here.