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Jun 212013

Instrument-maker, circuit-bender, ambient musician and one of the coolest people on the planet Tim Kaiser is returning to Noa Noa on Saturday, June 29th for a very special performance. He’ll be in the area for the Louisville Experimental Festival. We’re very fortunate that he agreed to make a stop in Nashville.

You NEED to be at this show. I know I say that a lot, but seriously. This time. NEED.

Who is Tim Kaiser?

Tim Kaiser is well known in the atmospheric experimental music scene for his blending of acousto-electric contraptions and Frankenstein electronics to create ethereal, layered drones. His sonic landscapes have been called “experiments in adventurous art” and “eclectic genius” by the likes of Make Magazine, Wired, the New Art Examiner and the Associated Press. Mr. Kaiser was featured on the PBS program MakeTV and has headlined numerous experimental music festivals in the US.

Check out his appearance on MakeTV where he discusses his instrument building:

Incredibly cool.

This will be the fourth in a new series of experimental concerts at Noa Noa. The theme for the night is “Inner Space — three acts building their own private fantasy world through instrument design, hardware hacking, and music. ”

Dylan Simon & Amy Blackburn Simon will blend voice, synthesizer, and hurdy gurdy into a tapestry-gilded gateway to the dream world.

Devin Bell (Blight Side of Life) will harness the power of audience smart phones and use them as multi-channel speakers in which to broadcast his circuit-bent drone set. That’s right, your phones are the speakers!

Incidentally, all three acts are Circuit Benders’ Ball alums.

More info on the Facebook event page. Don’t miss this very special show!

Noa Noa Experimental Series #4: Inner Space
Tim Kaiser, Dylan Simon & Amy Blackburn Simon, Devin Bell
Doors at 8:30pm, show at 9pm sharp
Suggested donation $7 to $10 to touring band.
BYOB. Park in front yard and surrounding business lots.

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

Jun 122013
Suspended by Aric Vance (EBNC)

Suspended by Aric Vance (EBNC)

This Friday if you’re not attending that obscure little music festival in the backwoods of Tennessee, consider coming to Noa Noa for an evening of experimental music.

The theme of Noa Noa Experimental Series #3 is “Loops & Bends,” three artists exploring circuit bending, sound collage, and creative looping.

Asheville, North Carolina’s EBNC (Aric Vance) headlines the evening. Aric last played Nashville at Betty’s Bar & Grill, and he was absolutely amazing. If you attended the 2012 Circuit Benders’ Ball Nashville, you saw Aric’s hypnotic video art, which explores extreme video compression, keyframe dumping, and frame concatenation. EBNC’s bio promises “an unusual mix of field recordings, samples, modular DSP programming, and hand-built/modified electronic instruments/effects to create a sound that ranges from a soothing, ambient wash to extremely harsh noise.”

Next up is Workshoppe Radio Phonik, the joint project of Pimpdaddysupreme and Matt the PM. They last worked together for Noa Noa Experimental Series #2 where Matt the PM projected live visuals as Pimpdaddysupreme played warped records on 6 simultaneous turntables. Matt took the board audio from that performance, recreated the visuals, and posted the results as a brilliant Youtube video. Matt and Pimpdaddysupreme also appeared together on this Theatre Intangible podcast.

Rounding out the bill is Adventure Bomb aka Tony Youngblood aka me. It’s my scoop & loop / arrhythmic sampling / circuit-bending project. Check out these two Adventure Bomb sets: Forecasting and Adventure Bomb Halloween Special.

More info on the Facebook event page. Hope to see you at Noa Noa on Friday!

Noa Noa Experimental Series #3: Loops & Bends featuring:

EBNC, Workshoppe Radio Phonik, Adventure Bomb

Friday, June 14th, 2013, doors at 8:3pm, first band at 9pm, $5 suggested donation to touring band
Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

BYOB. Park in front yard and surrounding business lots.

May 082013
Morgan Higby-Flowers

Morgan Higby-Flowers

For those not attending the Matthew Shipp Trio at VFW Post 1970 this Saturday night, consider checking out Noa Noa’s second entry in our new experimental series. This one explores the theme “Defacing Purity,” which we define as “taking something pure and gradually degrading, defacing, or destroying it.” Four artists will interpret that theme as they see fit.

Multimedia artist and Watkins professor Adán De La Garza will push hi-fi audio test records to their lo-fi extremes.

Theatre Intangible participant, instrument-maker, and experimental musician Josh Gumiela with shorten short-wave radio. Weather permitting, we’ll do the show on the back porch. Word has it Josh may physically carry the radio antenna to unexpected outdoor heights.

Visiting assistant professor of New Media Art at Austin Peay, experimental musician, artist, and hacker Morgan Higby-Flowers will wring output (audio and video) from a no-input system.

Theatre Intangible participant, sound-collage artist, DJ, and musician Pimpdaddysupreme will breath unholy life into broken and abused vinyl records.

These descriptions are merely the initial ideas we discussed. The final performance details are, of course, subject to change (and further subversion).

Check out some of Adán’s and Morgan’s previous work in the videos below.

More info on the Facebook event page.

Defacing Purity
Saturday, May 11th, doors 8:30, show 9pm
BYOB. Park in front yard and surrounding business lots.

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