Jul 242014
 

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Just a few short years ago, it was really difficult to find experimental programming in Nashville. But now our city has one of the most active experimental scenes in the country, thanks to the hard work and passion of people like Chris Davis, Leslie Keffer, Brady Sharp, Greg Bryant, Cody Bottoms, and Crom Giguere.

Take for example the evening of Friday, July 25th. Nashville hosts two must-see experimental lineups. At the new Wedgewood/Houston arts venue abrasiveMedia (I wrote about the space in Nashville Arts here), we have the duo Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones. Thorpe performs on flute, electronics, and laptop, and Jones performs on circuit-bent electronics and spoken word. They’re in town for an electronics workshop at Southern Girls Rock Camp, which I think is fantastic.

Stephen Trageser did a wonderful job of describing the event over at the Nashville Scene. Here’s an excerpt:

If you’ve ever been interested in experimental or improvisational music but found yourself intimidated by technology, jargon, or the prospect of successfully navigating a male-dominated field as a woman, don’t miss this show featuring cutting-edge female performers. Besides having several shelves of awards and advanced music degrees between them, Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones founded Techne, an organization that offers young women workshops in DIY electronics and instrument design.

The Voight-Kampff Duo (Brady Sharp on prepared guitar and Stephen Seifert  on synthesizers) will open. The event, which begins at 8:30 p.m., is organized by Brady Sharp.

On the same evening at Emma Bistro, Chris Davis and Tate Eskew’s experimental art company FMRL is presenting Jeremy Bible, Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew. Bible is an Ohio sound artist and founder of the label Experimedia. Here’s what Aquarius Records had to say about him:

Bible’s jittery splutter of tone into jagged sawtooth patterns and erratic squiggle recalls some of the polydactyl, generative work from Keith Fullerton Whitman or the scabrous digital errata of Florian Hecker. At times, it’s a frenzied, furious work; and at others, it can be austerely designed in the vein of Tietchens.

Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew are all amazing local musicians. Dig Deep Light Show will provide the visuals. The FMRL show begins at 9 p.m. I recommend starting the evening at abrasiveMedia and then high-tailing it over to Emma to catch as much of this as you can.

Over at Cult Fiction Underground, they’re screening the silent film The Temptress, starring Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, and Lionel Barrymore. What makes this a must-see is the live hammered-dulcimer score by Ricko Donovan. The Temptress is playing at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Of course, I recommend seeing the abrasiveMedia and Emma shows on Friday and catching this Saturday night.

 

An Evening with Suzanne Thorpe & Bonnie Jones, w/ The Voight-Kampff Duo
Friday, July 25th, 8:30 p.m., $6 – $10 donation.
@ abrasiveMedia
434 Houston St. in Houston Station, Nashville, TN 37203

FMRL Presents Jeremy Bible, Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew
Friday, July 25th, 9 p.m., $7. Purchase tickets at http://fmrlarts.org.
@ Emma Bistro
9 Lea Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37210

Cult Fiction Underground: The Temptress Feat. Live Score by Ricko Donovan
July 25th & 26th, 8 p.m.
@ Logue’s Black Raven Emporium
2915 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN

May 152014
 
Coupler (Ryan Norris)

Coupler (Ryan Norris)

Noa Noa is hosting an ambient electronic show tomorrow night with Coupler (Ryan Norris from Lambchop!), sugar sk*-*llsLogickal, and Future Daze. It starts at 10 p.m. which means you’ll be able to catch Free Form Friday at Centennial Park at 8 p.m. and then head over to Noa Noa for this.

Full details from the Facebook event page:

Ryan Norris plays guitar and keyboards for Lambchop, Kort, Cortney Tidwell, Hands Off Cuba and others. As Coupler he makes deliberate ambient music.

With krautrock sensibilities, Future Daze (Jonathan Miller and Charlie Davis), features drums/droning synths/guitar/violin.

sugar sk*-*lls is Ben Marcantel’s ambient electronic chiptune / Gameboy opera.

Logickal is the electronic/synth project of Nashville producer and engineer Jeremy Dickens.

This is the first Noa Noa show of the season. We won’t be doing quite as many shows as we used to, but we have a couple more up our sleeves in the coming months. Stream the artists below to see what you’ll be in for.

 

Coupler, sugar sk*-*lls, Logickal, Future Daze
May 16th, 2014, doors at 9:30 p.m., show at 10:00 p.m., $5 cover, all ages

@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Park in front yard and surrounding business lots.

We want Noa Noa to be a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. You don’t have to know the Noa Noa house owners to attend. If you feel harassed or threatened in any way, let one of the house owners know and we will take care of the situation.

Apr 282014
 

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There’s a Horsehair Everywhere reunion of sorts on Tuesday, April 29th at Betty’s Bar & Grill. Horsehair Everywhere is the Murfreesboro experimental collective that appeared on Theatre Intangible episode 73, Cuatro Ninos.

Tuesday’s bill features Horsehair members Lee Noble, Stephen Molyneux, and Sparkling Wide Pressure and guest artist Coupler. Horsehair member TJ Richards from Trabajo will be DJing the event. Stephen Molyneux tells me he recorded a new album this past weekend and will playing some songs from it at the show.

Look below for streams from all the artists. More info on the Facebook event page.

Lee Noble, Stephen Molyneux, Sparkling Wide Pressure, Coupler
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, 9:30 p.m.

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Jan 282012
 

NO KINGS Records is a vital part of the local lo-fi and noise scenes. Sunday night, check out an intimate show at No Kings founder Stephen Molyneux’s place, featuring a roster of the label’s many talents: Ben Marcantel’s chip-tuned SUGAR SK*-*LLS, Ryan Norris’ ambient melodia COUPLER, STEPHEN MOLYNEUX himself, and Derek Schartung’s cardboard noise machine MALOCCHIO. Nearly all have appeared on Theatre Intangible at one point or another, most recently Stepehen in Episode 73: Cuatro Ninos starring HORSEHAIR EVERYWHERE.

The show on Sunday is FREE and starts at 8:3opm, on-schedule so Stephen tells me.

More info on the Facebook event page.

SUGAR SK*-*LLS : (Ben Marcantel) of Hands off Cuba, Forrest Bride
COUPLER : (Ryan Norris) of Lambchop, Kort, Hands off Cuba, etc.
STEPHEN MOLYNEUX : of Horsehair Everywhere, Poet Named Revolver, etc.
MALOCCHIO : (Derek Schartung) of Taiwan Deth, etc.

BYOB, & if you’d like to bring food to share that would be lovely.

Park at the Shell gas station on the corner, or secondarily on Murphy Rd. Carpooling and bikes are encouraged!

Richland Ballroom
4208 Murphy Road, Nashville, TN