Performance: Elka Bong (NY) + T & T (CMH) + Ann B Klorox (CLE)
October 02, 2016

Al Margolis, Walter Wright, and Steve Norton performing Tough Day Tubing at the Red Room in Baltimore, MD March 2014

The Fuse Factory is proud to present Al Margolis and Walter Wright’s duo project Elka Bong (NY), alt-folk guitarist T & T (CMH), and experimental electronic musician Ann B Klorox (CLE). Doors 8pm, suggested donation $5-$10. All ages, BYOB.


About the performers

Elka Bong is Al Margolis and Walter Wright. Al Margolis (viola/violin/clarinet) was active in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music and is co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, his works swing between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. It has been said “that Al Margolis/If, Bwana is some sort of evil genius working with raw materials which are never adapted to a genre or a context, because they create one in that very moment. Those sources are radically altered up to an utterly unrecognizable state, anarchic manifestations moving in compact determination.” It’s all true…

Walter Wright (small electronics/amplified drum kit) is an interdisciplinary artist; his practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on “improvisation as a way of being present in the world.” Wright was one of the first video animators. At Computer Image Corp he animated letters, words, and titles for Children’s Television Workshop. He was a video animator for Ed Emshwiller’s Thermogenesis and Scapemates, aired by WNET’s Artists Television Workshop. Scapemates was the first computer graphics video nominated for an Emmy Award (1971). He showed his work at the first computer art conference at the Kitchen (NYC, 1973). In 1973-76, as artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, he pioneered video performance touring public access centers, colleges, and galleries with the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer. Wright has developed software and hardware for artists including the Video Shredder, a desktop video processor for the TARGA2K. Currently he works with Max/MSP, softVNS, and Processing. His programs and sketches are available on his blog – nohtv.wordpress.com Wright performs with several groups including LOS CONDENADOS, Egregoros, and ensemble inedit. He plays a Bugbrand Board Weevil, a Flower Electronics Little Blue Boy, contact mics by Crank Sturgeon, drums and percussion. He recently toured with an amplified drum kit and is experimenting Martin Freeman’s Horndog and Peter Blasser’s Shnth. Wright is a co-founder of 119 Gallery, the first digital art gallery on the World Wide Web, located in Lowell MA.

T & T began as 4-track recording project in 2005. Though T & T occasionally expands to include other musicians, they perform and record mostly solo, with a soulful croon that relates stories both mournful and beautiful. The music has a timeless, folk-noir feel; one gets the sense that these songs are beings of their own accord, birthed by magic into the air. The guitarwork is deliberate but takes its time, weaving through the songs’ intimate narratives with confident ease.

Ann B Klorox is a one woman band of Voice, Vowel, Nostril & Analog Synthesizer & other ready noisemakers.

Frequency Fridays: Battle Trance (NYC) + Rough Housing (PHIL) + Doctah X (CMH)
October 07, 2016

Our October 2016 Frequency Fridays show features experimental tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance (NYC), jazz improv trio Rough Housing (Jack Wright + Evan Lipson + Zach Darrup (PHIL)), and experimental electronic musician/producer Doctah X Room (OH). Date: Friday, October 7 2016. 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 2016-2017 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About the performers:

Tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance is proud to announce their sophomore album Blade of Love, which will be released digitally and on CD August 26 on New Amsterdam Records, with a vinyl edition released by NNA Tapes. The follow-up to their widely acclaimed debut Palace of Wind (2014), Blade of Love is an elemental composition that aims to fulfill the tenor saxophone’s expansive potential as an ensemble instrument. Working within the intimate intersection of the human body/breath and the saxophone, Blade of Love is a spiritual and enigmatic work with a deep emotional resonance. Since forming in 2012, the four saxophonists in Battle Trance (Travis Laplante, Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson, Jeremy Viner) have spent hundreds of hours deepening their musical connection with each other, maturing as an ensemble through relentless touring everywhere from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, Montreal to Vancouver, and most places in between. The three movements of Blade of Love were composed by Battle Trance leader Travis Laplante and recorded by the group in a wooden room with soaring ceilings in the Vermont forest, after spending two years of rigorous rehearsals working to perfect the array of extended techniques, both virtuosic and primal, required to bring the challenging piece to life. Blade of Love’s central focus is on the physical and spiritual intersection of the saxophone and the human body. The saxophone is one of the few instruments that literally enters the body of the person playing it, and Blade of Love is a medium for this sacred meeting place, with each member of Battle Trance using the saxophone as a vessel for the human spirit.

Roughhousing is Jack Wright, saxophones, Evan Lipson, double bass, and Zach Darrup, guitar and objects. Roughhousing is the right word for the free improv this group does. At first you might think this is pure dissonance, until you realize it’s all synchronized close listening to each other from years of playing together. The part of the country most responsive to this music is the Midwest and Southeast, where they are presently touring – Columbus is the last of fifteen gigs.

These three have all been residents of the Spring Garden Music House in Philadelphia, Zach presently. Jack and Evan have been playing for over ten years, most recently in Wrest, with percussionist Ben Bennett, originally from Columbus and now living in Philadelphia. Zach and Jack started playing in the June of 2014, an intense engagement since then, the most regular musical activity for both of them, releasing Meet and Greet. Here is a recording of Rough Housing performing at XFEST 2015 in Holyoke MA, a 2015 recording taken at Wave Farm in Hudson NY, and a more recent Jack and Zach recording taken in 2016.

Doctah X’s aka Tony Harrington’s musical inspiration began in Lexington, KY in the 1950′s by watching and listening with great fascination to his blind Aunt and blind Uncle play Gospel on the guitar and piano. His other early musical influences included The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck. Like many others it was the European musicians that introduced him to and awakened in him an appreciation for his own American Blues. Currently, Doctah X resides in Columbus, Ohio where he maintains his same passionate pursuit of learning music as he did as a youth with the pawn shop guitar. He continues to play guitar, perform solo, and collaborate with local and international artists both on stage and in the studio. His solo work includes DJing and Live PA sets. His collaborative work includes touring the Midwest and East Coast with SkArob- a live dub partnership with the ever brilliant Bogdan Ghenea aka Rekloos that is signed with NYC based label Subatomic Sound. Presently, he is represented by Boom One Records and has enjoyed working with label mates Boom One Soundsystem, B. Davis, Dubsmith, Riverside Rockers, Jim the Boss, and Mechanik Project. In his studio he records and produces solo tracks as well as tracks for other local and international artists. Mr. Harrington also continues to provide innovative programming, as he has over the last fifteen years through the Columbus Metropolitan Library system, giving youth an opportunity to create sound, put poetry and spoken word to music, and learn more about their rich American music history.

Workshop: Live Improv with Jack Wright
October 08, 2016


 

About the workshop
We are pleased to offer a live improv workshop with renowned saxophone player Jack Wright. Described twenty years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Wright has been a saxophone improviser traveling through the United States and Europe since the early 1980s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. He is well known for having brought improvised music into the heartland of America at a time when it was totally unknown. Now at age 72, his musical range continues to span the width of his geographic explorations, from fiery, breathless free jazz to quiet, breath-filled, and often animalistic sounds. His work has been documented extensively on underground labels since the early 1980s. (See links below.) “Jack is utterly one-of-a-kind,” says Tom Orange, New Ghosts co-founder and Jazz Director for WCSB 89.3 FM. “Much of his playing would outrage a traditional sax instructor, but no one shows how much beauty and intrigue can be found by playing the ‘wrong’ way. Listeners with open ears and minds are going to be in for a treat.”

Required
An instrument of your choice, or your voice.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using one of the links below – the workshop is being offered on a $10-$20 sliding scale. If you wish to pay at the door, please contact Fuse Factory executive director Alison Colman so she can reserve a spot for you.

Live Improv with Jack Wright
Registration for one
$10.00
Live Improv with Jack Wright
Registration for one
$15.00
Live Improv with Jack Wright
Registration for one
$20.00

Workshop: Looper Pedals for Live Performance Part I
October 22, 2016


 

About the workshop
In this two-part workshop, Kevin Holland teaches participants how to utilize looper pedals as serious live performance tools by deconstructing what goes into a successful looping session. Attendees learn a simple method that codifes the four main stages of live looping. Kevin discusses the pitfalls most likely encountered while crafting live loops, and reveals the secrets to sonic success learned from years of live improvised solo looping performances.

Part one (10/22)
Kevin will go over the basics of the looper pedal, discuss the four main stages of live looping, and help attendees ensure a solid looping foundation to build upon in a live setting.

Part two (11/12)
Kevin will build upon the foundation discussed in part one, and delve into more advanced tricks and techniques to create unique live sonic tapestries.

Required
Your instrument, a looper pedal, and a small amplifier.

(NOTE: if you are interested in taking this workshop but do not have a looper of your own, we will have a very limited number of loopers available. If you would like to use our looper for the workshop, please contact Alison Colman, Fuse Factory executive director.)

About the instructor
Kevin P. Holland (sineqube) is a classically trained musician, artist, software engineer, and educator. He has written 700+ pieces of music, shipped seven music applications written in Max/MSP, helped develop and ship six iOS apps, and co-created the NTH Music Synthesizer and Luminth Generative Music System at NTHSynth, LLC. Kevin has taught private music lessons for 20 years, and offers workshops on improvisation and live looping through jandkmusic.com. He has worked in various genres including classical, jazz, blues, punk, rock, ambient, electronic, and experimental, and has scored for film, television, web, and video games. Kevin’s current work focuses on improvised live looping using electric guitar.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using the link below. If you wish to pay at the door, please contact Fuse Factory executive director Alison Colman so she can reserve a spot for you.

Starving artist? We get it. Pay the student price and let’s jam!
One workshop Both workshops
Looper Pedals for Live Performance part I - student price
Registration for one
$30.00
Looper Pedals for Live Performance part I+II - student price
Registration for one
$50.00
Are you a patron of the arts? We appreciate the extra support!
One workshop Both workshops (includes a free one-on-one
private lesson with Kevin; time/location TBD)
Looper Pedals for Live Performance part I - patron price
Registration for one
$40.00
Looper Pedals for Live Performance part I+II - patron price
Registration for one
$70.00

Workshop: Ableton Live for Absolute Beginners
November 05, 2016

About the workshop
While much has changed since the birth of electronic music, the spirit of the music that connects composers of today with those of the late 60s and early 70s remains. Tools such as Ableton Live allow contemporary electronic music composers to channel this spirit while exploring the possibilities new technologies have to offer. This workshop is being taught primarily from an artistic perspective, rather than that of a technician. In other words, the philosophy behind this workshop is about making the most of what you know as an artist and musician who uses technology, rather than acquiring technical knowledge for its own sake.

Workshop topics include:

  • basic MIDI functions
  • Ableton Intro’s library of sounds
  • editing audio clips
  • effects and equalization within Ableton
  • exporting tips for master-ready mixes
  • using Ableton in live performance

Required
No previous experience in Ableton Live is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop with a trial or purchased copy of Ableton installed.

About the instructor
John Daniel (b.1989 in Hemet, CA) is an American musician currently living in Chicago, Illinois. His current project, Forest Management, began in 2011 in Daniel’s hometown of Westlake, Ohio. His newest release, ‘Shifting’, will be out on October 7th on White Reeves Productions.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register the link below. If you wish to pay at the door, please contact Fuse Factory executive director Alison Colman so she can reserve a spot for you.

Ableton Live for Absolute Beginners
Registration for one
$35.00

Workshop: Looper Pedals for Live Performance Part II
November 12, 2016

About the workshop

In this two-part workshop, Kevin Holland teaches participants how to utilize looper pedals as serious live performance tools by deconstructing what goes into a successful looping session. Attendees learn a simple method that codifes the four main stages of live looping. Kevin discusses the pitfalls most likely encountered while crafting live loops, and reveals the secrets to sonic success learned from years of live improvised solo looping performances.

Part one (10/22)
Kevin will go over the basics of the looper pedal, discuss the four main stages of live looping, and help attendees ensure a solid looping foundation to build upon in a live setting.

Part two (11/12)
Kevin will build upon the foundation discussed in part one, and delve into more advanced tricks and techniques to create unique live sonic tapestries.

Required
Your instrument, a looper pedal, and a small amplifier.

(NOTE: if you are interested in taking this workshop but do not have a looper of your own, we will have a very limited number of loopers available. If you would like to use our looper for the workshop, please contact Alison Colman, Fuse Factory executive director.)

About the instructor
Kevin P. Holland (sineqube) is a classically trained musician, artist, software engineer, and educator. He has written 700+ pieces of music, shipped seven music applications written in Max/MSP, helped develop and ship six iOS apps, and co-created the NTH Music Synthesizer and Luminth Generative Music System at NTHSynth, LLC. Kevin has taught private music lessons for 20 years, and offers workshops on improvisation and live looping through jandkmusic.com. He has worked in various genres including classical, jazz, blues, punk, rock, ambient, electronic, and experimental, and has scored for film, television, web, and video games. Kevin’s current work focuses on improvised live looping using electric guitar.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using the link below. If you wish to pay at the door, please contact Fuse Factory executive director Alison Colman so she can reserve a spot for you.

Starving artist? We get it. Pay the student price and let’s jam!
One workshop Both workshops
Looper Pedals for Live Performance part II - student price
Registration for one
$30.00
Looper Pedals for Live Performance part I+II - student price
Registration for one
$50.00
Are you a patron of the arts? We appreciate the extra support!
One workshop Both workshops (includes a free one-on-one
private lesson with Kevin; time/location TBD)
Looper Pedals for Live Performance part II - patron price
Registration for one
$40.00
Looper Pedals for Live Performance part I+II - patron price
Registration for one
$70.00

Workshop: Intro to Designing Virtual Experiences
November 20, 2016

About the workshop
Virtual experiences allow us to be elsewhere while at the same time, being present: you are here, but you are also there. Within virtual experiences, the relationship between time and space becomes altered, sometimes to the point where the real and the virtual become indistinguishable.

In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to experience virtual environments with the Oculus Rift. Then, using a 360-degree video camera, workshop participants will then collaborate with one another to film and edit a collective virtual experience of their own, which they will be able to view with a Google Cardboard headset and their smartphones.

Required
This is an introductory-level workshop. No previous experience using Oculus Rift, Google cardboard, or a 360 video camera is required, but it is strongly suggested that all participants bring a smart phone.

About the instructor
Chris Summers is a new media artist currently residing in Columbus, Ohio. Having a BFA in Art & Technology from The Ohio State University, Chris serves as the Media Manager and the Instructional Technologist in the Department of Dance and ASC Tech at OSU. When not creating artwork, Chris enjoys coffee, being outside with his newfie, playing soccer, and coming up with reasons to have pizza for dinner as often as possible.

Workshop location
The workshop will take place in 180A Hopkins Hall, which is located on the South Oval mall on the Ohio State University campus.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using the link below – the workshop is being offered for $35 to members of the general public. If you wish to pay at the door, please contact Fuse Factory executive director Alison Colman so she can reserve a spot for you.

Intro to Designing Virtual Experiences
Registration for one
$35.00

Workshop: Sound and Movement with Muyassar Kurdi
December 03, 2016

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About the workshop
Kurdi’s engaging, lively workshops are focused on motion, voice and theatrical techniques with an emphasis on freedom of movement, spontaneity, meditative improvisation and the relationship between body and voice. She encourages participants to free their voices with wordless song and phonemes and builds interdependence between sound and movement through exercises built on trust, listening and slow, concentrated, ‘soul’-generated theatrics.

Required
No previous experience in sound art, dance, or theater is required – the workshop is open to all.

About the instructor
Muyassar Kurdi is a musician, performance artist, dancer, filmmaker and educator from Chicago, Illinois, and currently living in NYC.

In performance, she explores the relationship between abstract sound and meta­primordial movement, obliquely confronting ideas of masculine subjugation by re­appropriating and then distorting hegemonically sexualised figurative motion and juxtaposing it with random, abrasive and jarring acoustic and electronic sound components along with wordless vocalisations.

A joyfully self-­exorcising ritualist, Kurdi studied voice and dance with legendary vocalist, dancer and ECM recording artist Meredith Monk via The House Foundation for the Arts as well as learning Japanese dance tradition Butoh with Tadashi Endo, director of the Butoh Center MAMU and Butoh Festivals in Germany, and Mexican master of the form Diego Piñon.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using one of the links below – the workshop is being offered on a $15-$20 sliding scale. If you wish to pay at the door, please contact Fuse Factory executive director Alison Colman so she can reserve a spot for you.

Sound and Movement: student price
Registration for one
$15.00
Sound and Movement: patron price
Registration for one
$20.00