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Oct 142015


Circuit Benders’ Ball alumn Datathrash Arnie is starting a semi-regular electronic music showcase called Live Computer Sex! The first edition happens tonight at the Springwater and features Arnie’s band Abandoned on Fire, fellow CBB alumn Sugar Sk*-*lls, Hypnogram, and Zyvoxx2, the new project of CBB alumn Tim Carey.

More info on the Facebook event page. Check the streams below.

Live Computer Sex! featuring Abandoned on Fire, Sugar Sk*-*lls, Hypnogram, Zyvoxx2
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 9 p.m., $5
@ Springwater Supper Club & Lounge, 115 27th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

May 102014


Betty’s Grill on the west side has been kicking ass lately. When artist and promoter Leslie Keffer stopped working there, everyone assumed Betty’s would stop booking experimental music. But now thanks to the efforts of Betty’s booker Crom Giguere, they’re booking more great shows than ever before.

Case in point: Tonight’s show with Chicago’s The Humminbird. Singer Muyassar Kurdi channels spirits with  harmonium, autoharp, Raagini, and other instruments. sugar sk*-*lls‘ Ben Marcantel creates melodies with a Nintendo Gameboy. Voight Kampff Duo (Brady Sharp and Stephen Seifert) create experimental improv music with prepared guitar and synthesizers. Peggy and John play in The Cherry Blossoms and will be performing as a duo tonight.

Listen to the songs below to see if it’s your thing. More info on the Facebook event page.

The Humminbird, sugar sk*-*lls, Voight Kampff Duo, Peggy & John
Saturday, May 10th, 2014, 10 p.m.
$5, 21+

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

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.


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.