Jun 072015
 

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Our house venue Noa Noa opens its doors again (temporarily) on Tuesday, June 9th at 9:30pm to host the triumphant return of instrument designer, circuit bender, and ambient composer Tim Kaiser. Also performing are fellow Circuit Benders’ Ball alums Carl Oliver (improvised Eurorack synthesis) and Brady Sharp (PureData-manipulated guitar). Don’t miss it! The chances to see a show at Noa Noa are few and far between. Come to think of it, we need to clean the basement.

More info on the Facebook event page. Check out the videos below to see if it’s your thing.

Tim Kaiser, Carl Oliver, and Brady Sharp
June 9th, 2015, doors at 9 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. sharp, $10, all ages, byob

@ Noa Noa (house), 620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Park in front lot and surrounding business lots.

Nov 102014
 

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Ok folks, here’s another must-see FMRL Arts show. Paul Metzger is a Minneapolis-based guitar, banjo, violin, and anything-with-strings improviser and instrument maker. Hearing him perform on his modified string instruments is, as FMRL Arts’ says on the Facebook event page, “nothing short of sublime.” Tim Kaiser is a Duluth-based instrument maker, circuit bender, and ambient experimental musician. He last passed through Nashville for the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball. Paul and Tim are two of the most creative musicians on the scene, and the opportunities to see them together are rare. The only time they played Nashville on the same bill (that I know of) was a 2012 performance at Noa Noa house on Halloween night. That was one of my favorite shows of my life. Don’t miss this one!

Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at door or $8 in advance at FMRLArts.org. Check out the videos below for good introductions to their work.

FMRL Arts presents Paul Metzger & Tim Kaiser
Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 8:00pm, $10
@ Emma Bistro, 11 Lea Avenue, Nashville, TN

Sep 262014
 
Michael Chapman

Michael Chapman

Chris Davis and Tate Eskew’s experimental arts organization FMRL Arts recently announced their fall lineup, and it’s spectacular. The season kicks off with Michael Chapman and William Tyler on Monday, September 29th. Shows in October and November feature Lakha Khan, Paul Metzger, Tim Kaiser, and “Italian occult psychedelia” band Father Murphy. All shows take place at Emma Bistro located at 11 Lea Avenue, Nashville, TN 37210.

Here’s the schedule so far. Check out FMRLArts.org for more info.

September 29th, 2014, 8 p.m.
Michael Chapman & William Tyler

October 10th, 2014, 9 p.m.
An Evening with Lakha Khan

October 26th, 2014, 8 p.m.
Father Murphy

November 13th, 2014, 8 p.m.
Paul Metzger & Tim Kaiser

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.