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Sep 222014


Ambient bassist, vocalist, and Theatre Intangible participant C.J. Boyd will be back in Nashville tonight (Monday, September 22nd) and tomorrow for two great shows.

Tonight’s show is at Betty’s Grill, and it also features Circuit Benders’ Ball alumni Voight Kampff (Brady Sharp and Stephen Seifert) and Skoolgirl (Stan Richardson). More info on the Facebook event page.

On Tuesday, September 23rd, see C.J. at Queen Avenue Art Collective. This show also features Terror Pigeon, Infinity Fuck , What Moon Things, and Judah and the Spoox. More info on the Facebook event page.

To get an idea of what you’re in for, check out this awesome Theatre Intangible podcast we did with the C.J. Boyd Sextet and Cher Von (then called Lola).

CJ Boyd, Voight-Kampff Duo, and Skoolgirl
Monday, September 22nd, 9 p.m., $5
@ Betty’s Bar and Grill, 407 49th Ave. North, Nashville, TN

CJ Boyd, Terror Pigeon, Infinity Fuck, What Moon Things, Judah & The Spoox
Tuesday, September 23rd, 9 p.m., $5
@ Queen Ave Art Collective, E 178 Queen Ave, Nashville, TN 37207

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 242013


For those staying in Nashville over Thanksgiving weekend, there’s a great experimental show happening at Betty’s Grill on Saturday, November 30th at 10pm, and it’s FREE. The event features Panama City experimental improv guitarist Scott Bazar with Brady Sharp . The show was set up by the other two bands on the bill: Buddhist Pill (Blake Edward Conley / Joseph Allred) and Skoolgirl (Stan Richardson). When Scott’s original gig fell through, Blake generously offered him a spot on his. Hats off to him.

Scott Bazar has been making multimedia art as early as 1988, performing with artists such as Paul Barker (Hermes Pan of Ministry), Duane Denison (Legendary Shack ShakersThe Jesus Lizard), La Donna Smith (Fred Lane & the Debonaires, editor of The-Improviser), Greg GinnTatsuya NakataniLloyd Kaufman and Killick. Scott founded Pico Dorado, an “improv arcade” where the contestants improvise to projected videos serving as graphic notation. Check out Scott’s work in the videos below.

Although the show is free, Brady may pass around a donation bucket for Scott, who is currently on tour. Support touring artists and donate what you can.

Buddhist Pill is the psych duo of Blake Edward Conley (Droneroom) and Joseph Allred (Poor Faulkner). Joseph performed an absolutely-stunning set of instrumental guitar and harmonium at Noa Noa earlier this month. (See video of the performance here.)

Skoolgirl is the experimental rock solo project of Stan Richardson II. See below for videos of all the acts.

If you’re a Facebook user, RSVP and find out more on the Facebook event page.

Scott Bazar

Pico Dorado Improv Arcade

Brady Sharp

Buddhist Pill


Scott Bazar w/ Brady Sharp, Skoolgirl, Buddhist Pill
November 30th, 2013, 10 p.m.
Free show, 21 and up, cash only.

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209