Dec 022014
 

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Last year, I wrote an article profiling Scott Sanders, Radio Free Nashville board president and one of the many staff members working to extend WRFN’s coverage citywide. I’m happy to hear that they’ve reached that goal.

Randy Fox at the Nashville Scene has the details:

Since going on the air in April 2005, the low-power community station’s broadcast area has been limited to the west side of Nashville, along with Internet broadcasts. With the translator frequency now broadcasting at 103.7 FM, in addition to the original West Side frequency of 107.1 FM, RFN’s unusual and eclectic mix of programming should be available to most of the metropolitan Nashville area. It means that great shows like Cat Beast Party, Hold the Funk,Mando Blues and Rocknbilly Hot Rod & Blues Review will be rattling the speakers of transistor radios all over town.

Check out Randy’s full article here:

Congratulations to Scott and WRFN! I’m going to go out to my car now and try to pick up the new frequency.

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 122013
 

 

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I had some time this week to finish up five new podcasts that I’ll be cranking out in the coming weeks. I also recently treated my room with homemade sound absorption panels, and the new podcast intros are my first tests of the panels. I normally record the spoken intros with an SM58 dynamic microphone.  I wanted to really test the limits of my absorption panels, so for the these intros, I decided to use the ultra-sensitive Rode NT1000 condenser mic. The result is pretty nice with higher fidelity and WAY less room reflections than the previous intros.

My new homemade sound absorption panels.

My new homemade sound absorption panels.

Today’s podcast is episode 106: Dig Deep.

On July 22nd, 2013 the Dig Deep Light Show performed an improvised light show in the basement of Noa Noa house. Members Scott Sanders, Dave Shamban and Brian Miles use overhead projectors, clear glass serving plates, transparencies, and multi-colored liquids to create beautiful abstract images at concerts and multimedia shows. Normally, they’re taking cues from whatever band they accompany, but for this show, we wanted the visual artists to take the lead for a change. So Scott and Dave performed an improvised light show (Brian attended but did not participate that night) while a group of musicians sat in the back of the room and created a score to the visuals. That musical improv is what you’re about to hear.

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This was part of a lineup that also included the bands Insect Factory and Public Speaking. I also recorded their performances, and I’m offering those recordings as free downloads. Download the Insect Factory set here and the Public Speaking set here. Note that these are mixing board recordings. There may be some un-mic-ed acoustic portions that are not very present on the recordings. You can also check out video clips below.

The Dig Deep Light show improv featured Tim Carey (84001) on synths and guitar, Alan Fey on Marimba, Matt Hamilton on guitar and effects, Mike Hiegemann on Analog Synths and Bass guitar, Craig Schenker on Alto Sax and Flute, and Chris Watts (Most Amazing Century of Science) on Alto Sax and Glockenspiel.

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Tyler Blankenship put together a wonderful video that links the music recording with video of the light show. Check it out below.

Nov 262013
 

My 13 week work project ended five weeks early, which means I finally had time to finish editing the Bring Your Own Beamer Nashville highlight video, posted below. I’m also including pictures from the show and links to some of the short films screened. If you’re one of the artists and your video is online, send me the link and I’ll post it.

 

Bring Your Own Beamer Nashville #2
September 7th, 2013 at Track One
Part of Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston

Organized by Tony Youngblood

Artists:
Mika Agari
Tim Carey
Liz Clayton Scofield
Dylan Ethier
Rhendi Greenwell
Josh Gumiela
Michael Hampton
Morgan Higby-Flowers
Megan Kelley & Stephen Zerne
Devin Lamp
Sarah McDonald
Brian Miles, Scott Sanders & Dave Shambam (Dig Deep Light Show)
Chris Murray
Antonia Oakes
Bill Vincent
Tony Youngblood

Works from the show:
Liz Clayton-Scofield It’s Not Terrible But I Don’t Like It
Josh Gumiela Untitled (Work in Progress)
Michael Hampton That’s All Folks

Footage of the show:
Devin Lamp
Tyler Blankenship
Skipp Frazier

The original Bring Your Own Beamer Nashville was organized by Adan De La Garza. It took place on April 27th, 2013 at Chestnut Square.

BYOB is an idea by Rafaël Rozendaal. The first edition of BYOB was initiated by Anne de Vries & Rafael Rozendaal in Berlin.

 

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