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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.

Nov 212013

Future Night

Mike Kluge’s incredible electronic art and music series Future Night is happening again on Saturday, November 23rd at Boheme Collectif. The show includes new art installations by Theatre Intangible participants Zach Adams (CMKT4, Nashville Robotic Philharmonic), Josh GumielaRobbie Lynn Hunsinger, Ryan HoganDevin LampMorgan Higby-Flowers and Tyler Blankenship. The Watkins University Company H artist collective will also exhibit works.

The music lineup features underground legend R. Stevie Moore, the talented experimental artist Dylan Ethier, the electronic rock band Nudity (who are finally getting the national exposure they deserve), Devin Lamp’s immersive 8-piece orchestral rock band The Ascent of Everest and the four-piece rock band Chalaxy.

If you happen to be a Facebook user, you can RSVP and find out more on the Facebook event page.

Here’s a video of the installations at a previous Future Night:

Future Night
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, 7 p.m.
$5, BYOB

@ Boheme Collectif
919 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN

Park in the Boheme lot or at Hairworld next door.

Oct 292012

Here’s a fantastic lineup coming to Nashville on Halloween night: Paul Metzger, Tim Kaiser, and Robbie Lynn Hunsinger. This is going down at 7pm sharp at Noa Noa (house), 620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203. This is an early show, so you’ll still have time for Halloween parties, haunted houses, etc.

Minneapolis’ Paul Metzger hears sounds conventional string instruments can’t fully realize, so he modifies instruments to suit his needs. You’ll often see Paul performing on a modified banjo or guitar with sympathetic strings added, or more recently on electro-organic conflaborations like an optical Theremin gourd. Paul is considered one of the finest American instrumentalists alive today, and rare is the opportunity to see him perform in the South. Do not miss this for anything!

ISSUE @ 110 Livingston: Jozef van Wissem (Paul Metzger excerpt) from Damian Calvo on Vimeo.

Duluth’s Tim Kaiser makes custom acoustic and electronic instruments out of material he finds at salvage yards, thrift stores, and yard sales. He comes up with incredibly elegant ideas like using metal leaf rake tines and an electrical ground bar to make custom kalimbas and snowmobile drive-track gears as circular bridges for electric khotos and other bowed string instruments. But he doesn’t rest on the laurels of cool sounding (and looking) instruments. The best part is the ambient experimental music itself: intricate, melodic, and breathtaking. He is the modern day Harry Partch.

Nashville by way of Chicago’s Robbie Lynn Hunsinger is a classically trained oboist and new media artist who combines acoustic music and technology to make innovative art. She most recently played to a packed house at this year’s Soundcrawl. Her experiments include dueting with an Arduino controlled vibrating motor attached to a snare drum, using a hacked Xbox Kinect to control visuals and sound effect parameters, and conducting a Wii-mote armed audience in an interactive visual symphony. I’ve been talking with Robbie about the Halloween show, and I can tell you that she has some VERY cool things planned.

Microphone controlled multimedia performance “Bees” from Robbie Lynn Hunsinger on Vimeo.

Duet for Arduino & Soprano Sax from Robbie Lynn Hunsinger on Vimeo.

Update: Yazoo Brewing Company has very generously donated their beer for the event. Bottles of Pale Ale will be available for those over 21 for a small donation to the bands. Very special thanks to Chris Davis for facilitating this and for helping organize / promote this show.

More info on the Facebook event page.

Wednesday, October 31st, 7pm, $10
Paul Metzger, Tim Kaiser, Robbie Lynn Hunsinger
Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

This is an early show that will start promptly at 7pm. Music ends around 9:30pm. Park on street or in surrounding business lots. Come casual or costumed. We’ll accept you either way.