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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.”


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

Jul 102012

Soundcrawl 2011, The Feedback Project by Derek Webb

I can’t say enough great things about Soundcrawl Nashville, the yearly sound festival that curates experimental compositions from around the globe. This year’s event will take place October 6th at Brick Factory Nashville and the First Saturday Art Crawl at the downtown Arcade.

If you can’t wait that long, Brick Factory will host a special Soundcrawl free sneak preview Thursday, July 12th from 6:30-8:30pm. You can listen to submissions alongside the judges who will be selecting the works for Soundcrawl 2012. Nashville Public Television and Nashville Arts will be on hand videotaping the event. Warning: You may be on TV!

Soundcrawl Preview
July 12th, 6:30pm, free event

Brick Factory Nashville
Suite 126 @ Cummins Station
209 10th Ave South
Nashville, TN

Apr 112012

The second Indeterminacies show of the season looks amazing! KYLE BAKER, who curates the experimental audio gallery SoundCrawl each October, will moderate.

The Indeterminacies Facebook event page has the details:

MICHAEL GARDINER is a music theorist and a laptop composer/improviser. His research interests include aspects of musical space in 12th century chant (with an analytic dissertation on Hildegard von Bingen), Japanese noh theater, and computer generated images of musical sound. Michael’s articles have appeared in Current Musicology and Sonus and his recordings are available on Centaur and Visceral Media labels. His project for the postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh involves the separate analytic space (or heterotopia) that emerges when theory looks at processes in place of musical works through unlikely, even incongruous pairings of genres. Some of these pairings include: overlain vector-screens in jazz pianist Art Tatum’s improvisations and Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture; Francois & Louis Couperin’s 17th century conception of the keyboard suite and the iPod’s modular construction; and sonic-landscape studies through the field recordings of Francisco Lopez and the orchestral works of Gustav Mahler and Olivier Messiaen. He also looks forward to many wonderful conversations…

This FREE event happens at 6pm on Thursday, April 12 at Zeitgeist Gallery in Hillsboro Village. See you there!

1819 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212
Feb 112012

Soundcrawl 2011 Listening Room

Kyle Baker, co-founder of the Nashville sound art festival Soundcrawl, gave Theatre Intangible an exclusive scoop on an upcoming contest:

“Soundcrawl Minicrawl:

Sponsored by Zoom, Sennheiser, and Electronic Musician.

In an effort to raise funds for Soundcrawl’s 501c3 incorporation, Soundcrawl is hosting its first contest. Sound artists and composers are invited to submit audio miniatures (aiff/wav) of less than than 90 seconds. The entry fee is $10, and there are some awesome prize packages:

First Prize: 1 year digital subscription to Electronic Musician and a Zoom H4n
Second Prize: 1 year digital subscription to Electronic Musician and Sennheiser HD280 Headphones
Third Prize: 1 year digital subscription to Electronic Musician.

Additionally, the top 7 (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd)  selections will be included in a compilation EP distributed on Noisetrade.

The contest has a uniquely Soundcrawl format:

Feb 14 – Mar 26: Artists submit works via soundcrawl.org, complete the submission forms and fees:
March 26-April 1:  The top ten works are posted to Soundcrawl’s Soundcloud page for online “favoriting.” (open to the public)
The works with the most favoritings will win the prizes.
April 2: winners announced on Soundcrawl.org, prizes sent out.”

Kyle says the submissions should be aiff or wav. The call for submissions is not yet open. Join the mailing list at soundcrawl.org to be alerted when the call opens. A Zoom H4n would be a nice addition to any sound artist’s arsenal! Sound artists, get crackin’!