May 222013
 

New-Dischord

You may know Chattanooga, TN experimental artist Tim Hinck from his 2012 Soundcrawl performance at Brick Factory Nashville. Or from his involvement in the wonderful Chattanooga art residency series Easy Lemon.

Tim is currently organizing the third annual New Dischord, an experimental arts festival in multiple venues around Chattanooga June 6th through 9th.

The whole thing sounds absolutely incredible! From the festival website:

This four-day festival represents a satellite collective of experimental arts communities throughout the country, gathering to form a common text of visual, sonic, and performance-based works. Our growing list of participants, from a variety of cities, includes: Mark Bradley-Shoup, Ron Buffington, Adam Clay, Isaac Duncan, Malcolm Goldstein, Ruth Grover, Ashley Hamilton, Blake Harris, Tim Hinck, Michael Kallstrom, Nathan King, Alyse Knorr, Ann Law, Aubrey Lenahan, Ada Limon, Nolan McGuire, Jerome Meadows, Kate Partridge, Paul Pinto, Meg Ronan, Julian Tan, Aggie Toppins, Jeffrey Young, and others. Performers will each draw from multiple mediums, including musical composition; 2D-,3D-, and digital art; theatre; movement; and poetry. Witness Chattanooga’s continued interaction in the world of experimental arts.

The New Dischord is not an open-ended experimental arts collective, but rather a focused conversation between those who wish to do work outside their specific discipline. Participants in New Dischord are asked to–
1) Create new work that utilizes one or more disciplines outside of their primary discipline.
2) Engage in continued conversations and reactions to others in this collective by responding to and reviewing work, particularly that of our colleagues in other communities.
These goals are to be achieved by participation in our online review publication, and through a commitment to physically visit our colleagues in these other experimental arts communities and respond to their work in person.  These goals are rooted in a belief that our best work is inspired by – and consequently challenged by – real conversation in response to the latest work of our peers.

I’m sold. As if I need another excuse for a Chattanooga road trip. I find it to be one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S.

Check the New Dischord website to see the full schedule and list of venues. Experience four days of experimental art. And while you’re there, explore Ruby Falls and See Rock City!

Oct 042012
 
Robbie Hunsinger

Robbie Hunsinger

I don’t know how Soundcrawl director and co-founder Kyle Baker does it. I have enough trouble organizing a one day festival. Soundcrawl 2012’s schedule spans five continuous days! And every single event is a major attraction for lovers of sound art and avant garde music.

As the Soundcrawl home page states, “Soundcrawl is a sound art and new media organization presenting works by best and brightest new media artists and composers in a unique ‘opt in’ gallery format. Since 2009 we’ve received 450+ works by 90 composers in 43 countries on 6 continents, and presented 72 to audiences in Nashville, Tennessee.”

Check out our 2011 interview with Kyle Baker. The really cool thing about Soundcrawl is that it’s interlocked with the October 6th First Saturday Art Crawl. As you roam from gallery to gallery, you’ll discover sound stations playing Soundcrawl official selections.

But this year, that’s just the beginning. Here’s the schedule of events:

Saturday Oct 6th

First Saturday Art Crawl, 6-8pm The Arcade

Tracy Silverman, 9:30pm Brick Factory

Sunday Oct 7th

 Soundcrawl: Art of the Future, 5PM – 8PM

Monday Oct 8th

Soundcrawl Presents Benton-C Bainbridge & Tony Youngblood,  7PM

Tuesday Oct 9th

Soundcrawl Presents Tim Hinck, 7PM – 9PM

Wednesday Oct 10th

Soundcrawl Presents Robbie Lynn Hunsinger,  7PM – 9PM

I’m really looking forward to Robbie Hunsinger‘s performance. The Facebook event page states, “This concert will feature opportunities for audience participation along with several premieres: a duet for arduino and soprano sax, a composition for alto sax and vocoder, and a multimedia composition for two English Horns and Bass. This last piece is her third project in a multimedia series based on source material captured from a canoe in Ebenezer Creek, an eerie, historic black water swamp in Georgia. This will be Hunsinger’s first composition for multiple player interactive multimedia and each player will independently control imagery in real-time.”

VERY COOL!

There’s also video artist Benton C Bainbridge‘s collaboration with some young ruffian. 😉

That event’s Facebook event page states, “An evening of FastMappin’; wherein video artist extrodinaire Benton-C will map projections onto what you bring while Tony Youngblood provides mind-expanding musical accompaniment. Put it in the Beam and Benton-C will Map it.” Guaranteed fun.

There’s also electric violinist extraordinaire Tracy Silverman (whom Terry Riley liked so much he wrote a symphony for), digital media manipulator Tim Hinck, and the carnivalesque symposium known as Art of the Future:

Grab your interesting friends and head down to downtown for a great night of sounds and wonders as Soundcrawl presents Art of the Future, an eclectic mix of live performances and innovative media installations in a carnival atmosphere.  Stroll through cutting edge new media from 5 until 8pm: interact with a video, listen to sound art from a world away,  tweak the knobs on a sound sculpture, lose yourself in an electric haze of sound from accomplished performers, take in new visual art, experience what’s possible when imagination and technology mix.

Every event except the Art Crawl is happening at my favorite Nashville creative space Brick Factory Nashville. Don’t miss it!

Joe Nolan wrote a great SoundCrawl preview over at the Nashville Scene.

Brick Factory Nashville
(Inside Cummins Station)
Suite 126
209 10th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203