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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.

Jun 212013
Still from a/v synth performance at Transcinema, 1999, Benton C. Bainbridge

Still from a/v synth performance at Transcinema, 1999, Benton C. Bainbridge

Here’s episode 104: Adventure Bomb: Projecting, a revised and expanded edition of the set I performed at Soundcrawl in collaboration with Benton-C Bainbridge’s live video projection mapping (“Fast-mapping”). Recorded at Brick Factory Nashville. Best experienced through headphones.

Adventure Bomb is my experimental “scoop & loop” solo project.  “Scoop & loop” is a performance-style that involves scooping out sections of recordings and looping them live … basically, audio juggling.

Benton-C Bainbridge is a media artist based in The Bronx, working with custom systems of his own design. Benton has presented immersive environments, screenings, installations and live performances across five continents, collaborating with scores of artists around the world. He even has a Wikipedia page! (Someone should add this collaboration!)

Soundcrawl is a sound art and new media organization led by Kyle Baker presenting works by the best and brightest new media artists and composers in a unique “opt in” gallery format.

“Projecting” is comprised of:

  • Interviews with Soundcrawl attendees. As they listened to Soundcrawl “sound art” selections via headphones, they were asked to describe what they were hearing. The central idea to this experiment was seeing if I could “map” their descriptions onto the music I was generating live.
  • Snippets of live musical performances occurring at Soundcrawl 2012.
  • Instruments performed by Adventure Bomb live, including a Casio Sk-1 keyboard, circuit-bent toys and various effects.
  • Sound effects and field recordings from Freesound.org. Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, etc … released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Listeners are encouraged to donate to Freesound.

The interviewees (in order of appearance):

  • Lesley Beeman
  • Unknown (Let me know if you can identify this person)
  • Antonia Oakes
  • Joe Nolan
  • Tony Youngblood
  • Ilana Morgan
  • Ryan Hogan
  • Unknown (Let me know if you can identify this person)

The 2012 Soundcrawl performers sampled (in alphabetical order):

  • Jason Fick
  • Timothy Harenda
  • Ilana Morgan
  • Adam Vidiksis
  • Sally Williams
  • Mark Zanter

Freesound.org collaborators and the names of the samples used:

Big thanks to the participants and to the Freesound artists! Thanks for listening!

Jun 092013

Kyle Baker from Soundcrawl is borrowing Theatre Intangible H.Q. (that is, Noa Noa) tonight for a viewing party of highlights from the New Dischord Festival. As I blogged about here, New Dischord is a multi-day experimental arts festival in Chattanooga, TN. Kyle videotaped portions of the fest, and tonight, he’ll present the highlights in my living room. He’ll also be sharing some juicy details about Soundcrawl 2013.

Things go down at 7pm and should be over by 8:30 at the latest. Yes, I know the Game of Thrones finale is at 8. That’s what HBOGo is for.

More details on the Facebook event page.

Highlights from New Dischord
June 9, 2013, 7pm, $10 suggested donation

Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Feb 282013

boheme collectif

Local artist Mike Kluge continues an experimental media series at Boheme Collectif on Friday, March 1st at 9pm. I haven’t been able to attend an event yet (and I won’t be able to attend this one because I’m out of town), but Kluge continues to book some of the most talented experimental artists in Nashville. The previous event featured Soundcrawl co-founder Kyle Baker doing a live looping set.

The March 1st event features Circuit Benders’ Ball alumni Andrew Morrill on circuit bent toys and Josh Gumiela with a new sound installation. Other artists on the bill include Crissy Crater, Amber Duarte, Russ White on 4D mapping and color organ, and Hank Pruett on the intriguing-sounding “Hallucination Box.”

Josh Gumiela sent me a brief description of his installation, and it sounds amazing:

Water slowly drips from the ceiling and falls into an old metal pan (think dilapidated house with a leaky roof). The sound of each droplet hitting the pan is scattered into rhythmic echoes of the initial event. As more and more droplets are collected–no two events sound exactly alike–the sound gradually crescendos to a cacophonous cadence representing the inexorable march of decay.

In addition to sound art, Future Night also features live music, visuals, and more. The full schedule is below. More info on the Facebook event page.

Future Night @ Boheme Collectif
919 Gallatin Ave., Suite 8, Nashville, Tennessee 37206
9pm, $5, byob

Experimental Art and Music Showcase including:

Body of Light
Fake Brad
Crayons and Antidotes

Grayson Carroll
Fraiser Baudry
Brian Bailey

Andrew Morill-Circuit Bent toys
Russ White- 4d mapping and color organ
Hank Pruett-Hallucination Box
Josh Gumiela
Crissy Crater
Amber Duarte

Karla Lozano
T’Ana Overton- CVR//CHRG Photobooth

$5! BYOB!