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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.

Aug 242012

I’m fascinated by tape loops. We experimented with really long tape loops on T.I. episodes Stone in Stream and Attrition. I even attempted to make a slot car tape loop. (Needs refinement.)

So it’s no surprise that I’m excited about tape loop master Jason Lescalleet coming to Brick Factory Nashville, Saturday, August 25th. As Chris Davis writes on the Facebook event page:

Jason Lescalleet is a high level musique concrete artist performing his music on reel-to-reel tape machines. His live performances are a fascinating journey down a rabbithole of sound…one of Lescalleet’s most striking talents is his ability to extract and build upon singular aspects of a sound…a microtonal universe of exploded details. Lescalleet is also an imaginative collaborator, having worked with some of the greatest contemporary sound artists–Aaron Dilloway, Joe Colley, John Hudak, Graham Lambkin, Greg Kelley and Bhob Rainey of nmperign and with Ron Lessard as a member of Due Process.

Watch a video of Jason performing live in Paris at the end of this post.

Also on the bill are lo-fi looper Todd Gerber and Ephemeral Throne, the new project by Aether Jag’s Bridget Venuti and local noisemaker Reid Campbell.

Todd makes ambient loops generated by the legendary Casio SK-1 keyboard. I interviewed him and his brother Tony Gerber on T.I. episode 90. Todd tells me that he won’t be breaking out the SK-1s for this show, but he will be bringing some of his current battery-operated favorites.

Bridget Venuti is a brilliant circuit bender and instrument designer. Check her out on T.I. episode 79.

Jason Lescalleet, Todd Gerber, Ephemeral Throne
Saturday, August 25th, 9pm
$7-$10 suggested donation to touring band

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

Enter street level, walk to center of building
Take Elevator B to lower level
Turn right, you’re there.

May 172012

The Tim Kaiser show on May 7th brought out a huge crowd and, in particular, some talented photographers. Here’s a media repository of their work. I’ll update as new photos come in.

Big thanks to Pimpdaddysupreme for filling in an open spot on the schedule at the last minute with an AMAZING set.


Brick Factory Nashville. Photo by Andy Alexander.


Aether Jag. Photo by John Brassil


Pimpdaddysupreme. Photo by John Brassil


Good Rester. Photo by Skipp Frazier.


Gerber & Gerber. Photo by Skipp Frazier


Tim Kaiser. Photo by Skipp Frazier.



“Tim Kaiser, Gerber & Gerber, Good Rester, Aether Jag, and Pimpdaddysupreme live at Brick Factory Nashville 2012-05-07. Photos by Skipp Frazier and Andy Alexander. More coming soon.”

From Tim Kaiser, Gerber & Gerber, Good Rester, Aether Jag, posted by Tony Youngblood on 5/10/2012 (51 items)

Generated by Facebook Photo Fetcher

Apr 282012

Tim Kaiser live in Pittsburgh. Photo by Larry Rippel

An Evening of Experimental, Ambient, and Space music at Brick Factory Nashville

Folks, I’m incredibly excited to announce this TIM KAISER show at Brick Factory. When I sought out other artists for the bill, I decided to aim high and ask a dream list. To my ecstatic surprise, they all said yes!

TIM KAISER (Duluth, MN) – Instrument designer extraordinaire and ambient experimental wunderkind. Ask anyone who has seen Tim perform live, and they’ll tell you he is not to be missed! Tim was featured on Make TV. Check out the video below.

GERBER & GERBER (Tony Gerber & Todd Gerber, Nashville) – Space music pioneers and Nashville music scene trailblazers. A rare treat to see the brothers Gerber performing together!

GOOD RESTER (Brian Siskind, Andy Alexander, Jason Goforth, Nashville) – New York producer and beat-maker Brian Siskind’s ambient project. Brian recently performed a solo commission at Houston’s famed Rothko Chapel.

AETHER JAG (Nashville) – Circuit bender and instrument designer Bridget Venuti’s textural noise soundscapes.

Monday, May 7th, 8pm sharp
$5 cover to touring band

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

Enter Cummins Station, walk towards center, take elevator B to level one, you’re there. If you arrive after 9pm, take the outside steps leading to the loading dock and enter through the dock doors. Follow hallway to Brick Factory.

More info on the Facebook event page.

Tim Kaiser:

Tim Kaiser is a Minnesota-based musician, inventor, and artist who has been making experimental art for the past 25 years. He designs and builds his own instruments, both acoustic and electronic, using toys, vintage electronic gear, and other found materials. Tim’s work was featured in Make Magazine and presented in Germany, Brazil, Sweden, Hong Kong, Cuba, Canada, and more. He tours across America performing ambient improvised music incorporating his inventions. http://tim-kaiser.org/

Gerber & Gerber:

Musician, visual artist, and record-label entrepreneur — Tony Gerber has proven to be the Renaissance man of Nashville’s music underground. As a member of the trailblazing electronic music band Spacecraft and as the owner of the Internet-based Space for Music record label, Gerber has helped popularize space music both across the United States and in Europe. His music has appeared in soundtracks (including Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky”), planetarium shows, and on the NPR program “Hearts of Space.” He also breaks boundaries in the virtual world as “Cypress Rosewood,” his avatar who performs concerts in the virtual reality world of Second Life. http://tonygerber.com/

Todd Gerber has been experimenting with the Casio SK-1 keyboard for over 20 years. In bands such as UMLAUT, Dinah Shore Jr and drrdrr, Todd & his bandmates create bizarre worlds of sound using SK -1’s, gongs, drums, synthesizers, and more, performing on bills with Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn, The Amazing Delores, and Trans Am. http://spaceformusic.com/toddgerber.html

Good Rester:

Fresh off a commissioned solo ambient performance at Houston’s famed Rothko Chapel, Brian Siskind is an acclaimed producer, musician, photographer, and ace beat-maker, recently transplanted from New York City to Nashville. He’s worked with artists such as Bela Fleck, Bill Frisell, Michael Shrieve, and Jeff Coffin. He creates ambient electronic music with his alter ego Fognode, of which Brian Eno said, “It has to me, a seductive quality. . . I want to listen to what’s going to happen” http://fognode.virb.com/

Aether Jag:

Nashville circuit bender and electrical engineer Bridget Venuti coaxes textural noise soundscapes out of instruments she designs and builds. She’s a staple on the Nashville experimental scene and has performed at the International Noise Conference, Bloodfest, and the Geek Media Expo. http://www.myspace.com/aetherjag