February 2018 Frequency Fridays: Wiktor Podgorski (NYC) + Valerie Kuehne (PGH) + Wasteland Jazz Unit (OH) + Sea Tone (CMH)
February 02, 2018

Our February 2018 Frequency Fridays show features sound/video artist Wiktor Podgorski/VTR (NYC), cellist/performance artist Valerie Kuehne (PGH), Jon Lorenz and John Rich’s experimental/free jazz project Wasteland Jazz Unit (OH), and experimental electronic musician Danielle Milam’s solo project Sea Tone (CMH). Date: Friday, February 3 2018. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Rd., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. BYOB, all ages. Our Frequency Fridays 2017-2018 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the performers:

VTR works at the intersection of sound and moving image. His work encompasses collaborative and solo projects spanning video, live projections, animation, and installation art. VTR’s audio projects include sound design and music for video and documentary film, as well as numerous experimental music collaborations. His work has been presented in galleries, as well as at music, animation and art festivals, both at home and abroad.

Valerie Kuehne is a cross-pollinated work of chaos. Fusing music, performance art, narrative, and experimental curation, she has been told that, “if this music thing doesn’t work out, she’d probably make an awesome cult leader.” (Boston Public Space). Ms. Kuehne has systematically split her time between touring the planet, performing in as many unexpected settings as possible, and building a community for experimental music and performance art. Her series, The Super Coda, is an experimental cabaret that has united electrifying performers 9 years running.

Ms. Kuehne’s work operates under principles of surprise, and focuses on expanding all possible forms of intimacy between performer and audience. she aspires to confront absolute transparency and brutal honesty in her work, as necessary models for performance, especially participatory ones. She has worked as a resident artist/curator at Panoply Performance Laboratory, Spectrum, JACK, Small Beast and Ange Noir. Ms. Kuehne operates a blog of music reviews and performance philosophy (www.thesupercoda.com) and frequently releases albums that blur the line between comfort and discomfort (www.dreamzoo.bandcamp.com). Ms Kuehne has performed and helped curate many festivals, including the brooklyn experimental song carnival, bipaf, the mpa-b, PAF, the hitparaden international festival for performance kunst, the experiMENTAL festival, Sonic Circuits, jazzPeru, and the Boise Creative & Experimental music festival, to name a few. Ms. Kuehne is also the creator/curator of Trauma Salon, a platform for artists to collectively and individually process trauma or, if necessary, create it. She is an advocate for those suffering from addiction, incessantly seeking new ways to break down stigma and misconceptions about both. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

“What little there was in the way of the afternoon audience, Wasteland Jazz Unit managed to clear out half of it. The duo’s screeching walls of feedback and distortion emanating from their stacks of amplifiers and reeds was enough to crust over your eyes in dried blood. Those who remained were immediate converts.” – NPR “The extreme improv-noise of the Wasteland Jazz Unit continues to blast beyond the limits of agony explored by Borbetomagus, who were hardly easy on the ears themselves. Like the mighty Borbeto, the Unit takes free-jazz instrumentation (clarinet and sax) and use it to crack open the gates of hell by manipulating them using electronic signal processing and overloaded FX, unleashing skull-scraping eruptions of high-end reed abuse and extreme skronk that threaten to send blood geysering from your eyeballs.” – Crucial Blast

Sea Tone is Danielle Milam playing different pc applications and synth hardware. This music can be described as experimental electronic for fans of early 2000s laptop glitch sampling and synth noodling.

Make a Mini Glowie Monster or Glowie Heart
February 10, 2018

In this fun, hands-on workshop participants make a small felt monster with LED eyes that light up when you squeeze its tummy. In this workshop, participants will Learn some basic electronics and soft circuits concepts. No previous experience with electronics or sewing is required. This workshop is fun for all ages and suitable for children aged 6 and up, although younger children are welcome if they are accompanied by a parent. This is a great DIY gift or stocking stuffer!

About the Instructor
Dr. Alison Colman’s first venture into new media and digital art was as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University. She continued on this path as a freelance computer animator and graduate student at The Ohio State University, where she received her MA and Ph.D. Most of her coursework was through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design at The Ohio State University, where she developed a strong interest in 3D animation, digital art, cyberculture studies, art criticism, and education. She has published scholarly articles on digital art and theory in journals such as Visual Arts Research, Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, written artist reviews for the Tate Gallery Online and Furtherfield.com, and has lectured on digital art and art criticism nationally and internationally. Her work has also been screened at Siggraph, the Parsons School of Art and Design, and the Big Muddy Film Festival.

After teaching in the School of Art at Ohio University, Athens from 2002-2007, Dr. Colman founded the Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts, where she has served as its founding director up to the present. Under her direction, the Fuse Factory has served hundreds of new media and sound artists and experimental electronic musicians from around the U.S. and Ohio, along with thousands of people around central Ohio, through its performances, exhibitions, and workshops.

Workshop fees
The price of the workshop is per glowie monster kit, not per person. To reserve one or more seats in the workshop, please register using the link below:

Make a Mini Glowie Monster
Registration for one kit
$15.00

Introduction to 3D printing and modeling
February 17, 2018 - February 24, 2018

About the workshop

[NOTE: This is a two-session workshop. Session one runs from 10am - 1pm on Saturday, February 17th and Saturday, February 24th.]

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the basics of 3D modeling and 3D printing, and will become familiar enough with both to create a small, simple 3D printed object utilizing Tinkercad (an intro-level online 3D modeling program which can be found at tinkercad.com), Cura (a “slicing” program), and a Lulzbot Mini.

More specifically, participants will:

  • Become familiar with and learn how to navigate the Tinkercad interface in order to create simple 3D models
  • Become familiar with Cura, a “slicer” program that “translates” files of 3D modeled objects for the 3D printer
  • Learn about the boolean operators fundamental to 3D modeling and printing
  • Learn basic 3D printing techniques and troubleshooting tips
  • Create and print one or several objects to take home

No previous experience with 3D printing or 3D modeling is required. This workshop is most suitable for adults and youth aged 10 and up. We recommend that youth ages 10-13 be accompanied by an adult. We strongly recommend that participants bring a laptop. While no special software will need to be installed, the laptop should be wifi-enabled and have the capability to run Tinkercad.

About the Instructor
Dr. Alison Colman’s first venture into new media and digital art was as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University. She continued on this path as a freelance computer animator and graduate student at The Ohio State University, where she received her MA and Ph.D. Most of her coursework was through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design at The Ohio State University, where she developed a strong interest in 3D animation, digital art, cyberculture studies, art criticism, and education. She has published scholarly articles on digital art and theory in journals such as Visual Arts Research, Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, written artist reviews for the Tate Gallery Online and Furtherfield.com, and has lectured on digital art and art criticism nationally and internationally. Her work has also been screened at Siggraph, the Parsons School of Art and Design, and the Big Muddy Film Festival.

After teaching in the School of Art at Ohio University, Athens from 2002-2007, Dr. Colman founded the Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts, where she has served as its founding director up to the present. Under her direction, the Fuse Factory has served hundreds of new media and sound artists and experimental electronic musicians from around the U.S. and Ohio, along with thousands of people around central Ohio, through its performances, exhibitions, and workshops.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using the link below:

Intro to 3D printing and modeling (student price)
Registration for one
$35.00
Intro to 3D printing and modeling (regular price)
Registration for one
$65.00

March 2018 Frequency Fridays: Ava Mendoza (NYC) + Kristin Ban Drake (CLE) + Mike Shiflet (CMH) + Istvan Medgyesi (CLE)
March 02, 2018

Our March 2018 Frequency Fridays show features experimental electric guitarist Ava Mendoza (NYC), performance/spoken word artist Kristin Ban Drake (CLE), experimental electric guitarist Mike Shiflet (CMH), and experimental musician Istvan Medgyesi (CLE). Date: Friday, March 2 2018. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Rd., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. BYOB, all ages. Our Frequency Fridays 2017-2018 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the performers:

Ava Mendoza is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a sidewoman and collaborator in many different projects, as soon as she was old enough to get into 18+ venues. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer on guitar/voice. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Mick Barr, Nels Cline, Jon Irabagon, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Tune-Yards, the Violent Femmes, Mike Watt, and more. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Weird Forest, Clean Feed, NotTwo, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis. Friendly critics have quoted: “It’s… Ava Mendoza’s deconstructing of blues and punk into brutal shredfests that’s causing a ruckus in NYC’s DIY hubs” (Brad Cohan, Noisey.Vice). “A wizard on a semi-circle of effects pedals, but… equally adept with FX-less technique,” (Lars Gotrich, NPR). She was featured as one of Guitar World‘s “10 Female Guitarists You Should Know”.

Kristen Ban Drake performs as Ann B Klorox, a one woman band of Voice, Vowel, Nostril & Analog Synthesizer & other ready noisemakers categories.

Columbus, Ohio-based guitarist Mike Shiflet started Gameboy Records in the late 1990s, releasing limited tapes, 7″s, and CD-Rs by dozens of noise and experimental artists, including John Wiese, Cock E.S.P., Lasse Marhaug, Sudden Infant, and Crank Sturgeon. Shiflet’s myriad recordings and performances explored harsh noise and drone, often focusing on high frequencies. He joined violinist C. Spencer Yeh’s ensemble Burning Star Core in 2004, appearing on several of the group’s recordings, including Operator Dead… Post Abandoned and Papercuts Theater. Shiflet relocated to Japan in 2006, continuing to operate Gameboy Records until 2008, when he moved back to America. He released collaborations and splits with a number of artists, including Aaron Dilloway, Daniel Menche, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and Ryan Jewell, and released a pair of solo albums on Type, 2011′s Sufferers and 2012′s Merciless. He returned to Type in 2015 with his most atmospheric, melodic album to date, Awake, a collaboration with Rhode Island-based High Aura’d.

Inspired by a wide range of music, Istvan Medgyesi‘s sound echoes of an array of American musical traditions intertwined with modal explorations and occasional forays into noise and drone.

Intro to Electronics and Soldering: LED Graffiti
March 10, 2018 - March 24, 2018

About the workshop

[NOTE: This is a three-session workshop. Session one runs from 10am - 1pm on Saturday, March 10th, session two runs from 10am - 1pm on Saturday, March 17th, and session three runs from 10am - 1pm on Saturday, March 24th]

In this intensive hands-on workshop, participants will learn about resistors, Ohm’s Law, and LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes), as well as gain practical experience in soldering, through the creation of a small (roughly 8″ square) LED “drawing” that can be plugged in and placed anywhere indoors. The breakdown of the workshop series is as follows:

  • Session one: Participants will design their LED “drawing” while learning about LEDs, circuits, and polarity.
  • Session two: Instructors will lead participants in a soldering tutorial, after which participants will solder their own projects.
  • Session three: Instructors will lead participants in a basic electronics tutorial covering voltage, current, resistance, and Ohm’s Law, which will enable participants to adjust and complete their projects.

No previous experience with electronics and/or soldering is required. This workshop is most suitable for adults and youth aged 10 and up. We recommend that youth ages 10-13 be accompanied by an adult. This workshop has been made possible with support for the Ohio Arts Council.

About the Instructors
Dr. Alison Colman’s first venture into new media and digital art was as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University. She continued on this path as a freelance computer animator and graduate student at The Ohio State University, where she received her MA and Ph.D. Most of her coursework was through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design at The Ohio State University, where she developed a strong interest in 3D animation, digital art, cyberculture studies, art criticism, and education. She has published scholarly articles on digital art and theory in journals such as Visual Arts Research, Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, written artist reviews for the Tate Gallery Online and Furtherfield.com, and has lectured on digital art and art criticism nationally and internationally. Her work has also been screened at Siggraph, the Parsons School of Art and Design, and the Big Muddy Film Festival.

After teaching in the School of Art at Ohio University, Athens from 2002-2007, Dr. Colman founded the Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts, where she has served as its founding director up to the present. Under her direction, the Fuse Factory has served hundreds of new media and sound artists and experimental electronic musicians from around the U.S. and Ohio, along with thousands of people around central Ohio, through its performances, exhibitions, and workshops.

Jesse Hemminger is a true renaissance man, jack of all trades master of none. Jesse received his BFA in Art and Technology from OSU in 2001 and his MFA in Public Art from the Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany, in 2008. He is also a self taught computer programmer and when Jesse is not at his day job programming databases and websites you can find him building Sauerkraut Powered Robots or making Glowie Monsters at his studio at ILLIO.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please reserve one or more spots by using the link below:

Intro to electronics and soldering (student price)
Reservation for one
$45.00
Intro to electronics and soldering (regular price)
Reservation for one
$75.00

Performance: John Trudeau (MA) + Lisa Bella Donna (CMH) + The Jesus Fish Experience (CMH)
March 23, 2018

On Friday, March 23rd, we are proud to present experimental synth musician John Trudeau (MA), multi-instrumentalist/composer Lisa Bella Donna (CMH), and experimental/ambient project The Jesus Fish Experience (CMH). Doors 7pm, cover $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

Hailing from the forests of Western Massachusetts, John Trudeau combines classical training with Berlin-style sequencing of analog synthesizers to create transfixing melodies and hypnotic soundscapes. From an early age, John had undergone rigorous classical training, and has since combined his early influences with the more contemporary stylings of progressive rock. With an impressive array of keyboards in tow, he will be performing an arrangement of his latest album, “Ascent”.

Lisa Bella Donna is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, modular synthesist, clinician, all around sonic sorceress. She currently works with EYE, Descendre, Earthquaker Devices, Simone Weißenfels, Scotty Bottcher, Elliot Levin, Juan Alderate, Jamie Stillman, and many musicians and artists all throughout USA and Europe.

The Jesus Fish Experience presents a lush marriage of dissonance and harmony, where otherworldly soundscapes blend seamlessly with hypnotic rhythms and haunting melodies. Minimalist, and yet still intense and emotive, their most recent album “Magnitudes Of Infinity” eschews (to a degree) the nihilism found in previous releases, and instead looks outward towards a strange reality, in which empiricism, mythology, spiritualism, and the cold reach of science uneasily reside together. There may be more philosophical questions than answers presented by this album, but trust me, gnosis has never sounded this good.

Performance: Secret Drum Band (OR) + Gnothi Seauton (CMH) + Wild EmbeddingS (NYC)
March 30, 2018

On Friday, March 30th, we are proud to present experimental percussion ensemble Secret Drum Band (OR), performance art ensemble Gnothi Seauton (CMH), and performance art duo Wild EmbeddingS (NYC). Doors 8pm, cover $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

SECRET DRUM BAND is a percussion ensemble based in Portland, Oregon. Lisa Schonberg started the band in 2006 as a experimental quartet for Ladyfest Olympia. It’s current incarnation features five percussionists and two ambient musicians. Many of SDB’s works were composed in response to soundscape and form in locations chosen to draw attention to issues concerning endangered species, ecosystem function, and habitat loss.

GNOTHI SEAUTON EPHEMERAL PERFORMANCE ART ENSEMBLE makes live interventions inspired by punk, comics, cinema, science, nightmares & dreams by live soundscaping & our own style of visceral movement theater & dance. our work is a catharsis through collision and conflict challenging how we see audience, architecture, music, history, myth, and reality. it comes out of a deep desire for conspiracy, soul-exchange, and transformation.

Performance: Benjamin Miller (NYC) + Fatal Gaze (CMH) + TBD
April 13, 2018

On Friday, April 13th we are proud to present experimental musician/composer/performance artist Benjamin Miller and experimental electronic musicians David Reed and Ty Owen’s duo project Fatal Gaze. Additional performers TBD. Doors 7pm, admission $5-$10. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

Ben Miller is an American rock and avant garde guitarist born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and now based in the NYC-metro area. He has formerly been a member of such Detroit/Ann Arbor bands as Sproton Layer, Destroy All Monsters,[1] and non-fiction. Destroy All Monsters, in particular, still a cult favorite, was a big part of the proto-punk, punk, and post-punk Detroit rock scene, featuring such bands as the MC5, the Stooges, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, and Up. Currently Miller performs solo with his self-deconstructed multiphonic guitar (picture) and conducts / composes for NYC’s Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra.

Columbus experimentalists David Reed and Ty Owen bring their decades of solo experiments together for the first time as Fatal Gaze. Combining analog synthesis and computer based sound manipulations Fatal Gaze projects an enveloping field of dark lingering gloom inspired by horror films, music concrete, and the anxiety of the modern world.

Performance: Thollem (NM) + Sound Trash (CMH) + TBD
April 20, 2018

On the evening of Friday, April 20th, we are proud to present keyboardist/songwriter Thollem, who will perform his newest work Hot Pursuit of Happiness, featuring the films of Martha Colburn, ACVilla and Tuia Cherici. Joining Thollem on the bill is Caleb Miller and Nick Weckman’s free jazz project Sun Trash (CMH). Additional performers TBD. Doors 7pm, admission $5-$10. BYOB, all ages.

About Hot Pursuit of Happiness: Thollem has worked with each of these three filmmakers separately on various projects for years, including live performances, music videos and documentaries throughout North America and Europe including Maxxi Museum in Rome, Philadelphia Museum of Art, New Museum, SF MOMA, Crowley Theater, San Diego Institute of Art, Crystal Bridges, Toledo Museum of Art, Trinosophes, Pioneer Works, Northwest Film Forum, Sundance, Rotterdam Film Festival and more. This will be an unforgettable show, undoubtedly, bringing together the work of these 3 unique filmmakers. Thollem will accompany them with songs composed and arranged specifically for the films on a new analog synth, percussion and a microphone.

About the performers:

Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He’s spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Though Thollem’s widely known as an acoustic piano player, he’s also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects.

Sun Trash is a free music/ friendship duo of Nick Weckman (clarinet, trombone, voice, loops, uke, trash) and Caleb Miller (sax, MS-20, keys, clarinet, laptop, trash) based in Columbus, OH. They simply strive to make something together.

Workshop: Sound/Listening
April 21, 2018

Listening without playing, utilizing our voices and sounding naturally existing objects, participants will explore the elements that define differences of sound and our perception of them: timbre, acoustical properties of a space/environment, consistent and periodic sounds, nuances of dynamics, etc.

About the Instructor
Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He’s spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Though Thollem’s widely known as an acoustic piano player, he’s also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects.

Thollem was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, studying the standard classical piano repertoire, composing and improvising since he was a young child and absorbing the myriad of sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. After dedicating his 20s and 30s to grassroots political activism, he’s refocused his attention these last 15 years on a breadth of musics that incorporate his myriad experiences and curiosities. In this last decade alone, he has played well over 1,000 concerts throughout N. America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. As leader or co-leader, he has released over 60 albums in that span on 21 different vanguard labels to international critical acclaim. “Thollem is an astounding pianist who understands the huge scope of the instrument” (Terry Riley) and who continues to delve into the furthest reaches and sub-genres of Post-Classical, Free Jazz, Noise, Punk, dance and film. A brief cross section of his many recent collaborators include William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Yuka C Honda and Rob Mazurek. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a Mexican-American cross border ensemble for musical exchange as well as a published author about art, politics and his travels in The Anthology of Essays On Deep Listening, Full Moon Magazine (Prague) and First American Art Magazine.

Workshop fees
To reserve one or more seats in the workshop, please register using the link below:

Sound/Listening
Registration for one kit
$35.00