Workshop series: Introduction to Programming using JavaScript and p5.js
February 27, 2019 - April 03, 2019

About the workshop
Introduction to Programming is a six-week course that introduces students to basic programming concepts and prepares them for intermediate and advanced programming instruction in Fuse Factory classes and workshops, or elsewhere. Introduction to Programming covers the concepts of types, values, expressions, conditional execution, looping, functions, and data structures. These concepts will be taught using a creative, graphical programming system called p5.js. P5.js, based on Processing, is a JavaScript library that facilitates the creation and manipulation of images and audio in a modern web environment. It is used by artists, designers, and educators to create art, animations, data visualizations, and simulations. It is a lot of fun to work with, and it is often used to teach basic programming concepts.

All course examples and exercises will use the JavaScript programming language. Since all of the concepts discussed apply equally well to other modern programming languages, this course provides a good foundation for the exploration of a variety of programming languages and environments. There are no prerequisites for this course. Students are not be expected to have any prior programming experience. Students should bring their laptops to class. Otherwise, all materials and tools required to complete the course will be provided. The class will meet for six weeks at the following dates and times:

February 27, 7-9pm
March 6, 7-9pm
March 13, 7-9pm
March 20, 7-8pm [note early dismissal!]
March 27, 7-9pm
April 4, 7-9pm

Class time will consist of approximately half lecture and half individual practice. Optional homework assignments will be provided for extra practice.

About the instructors
Michael Perkins, Ph.D. is a technologist, musician and philosopher with special interests in discrete mathematics, data science, and algorithmic music and art. He is a graduate of Georgia State University where he studied music and philosophy and The Ohio State University where he studied philosophy and computer science. He completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at The Ohio State University in 1983. For 35 years, Michael has developed advanced software systems for some of the world’s leading software vendors. He has designed and implemented special-purpose programming languages, data management tools, application generators, cross-platform networking software, and IT systems management software.

Noah Kumar Wotring is a software developer with experience in JavaScript, Ruby, C# and .Net. Upon graduating from the Ohio State University with a B.A. in Strategic Communications, Noah quickly found himself fascinated with software development. Compelled to learn more about this field incredibly foreign to him, he kickstarted his unorthodox journey into programming with the completion of several coding bootcamps. Now a software developer with Prosper Insights and Analytics, Noah works with data management and visualization systems. In his free time, he can be found honing his programming skills by working on a number of web-based applications.

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

Intro to Programming
Reservation for one
$60.00

Workshop: Personal Digital Security Basics
March 23, 2019

About the workshop
With the never ending stream of bad news regarding the privacy and security of our digital lives it might seem like there is nothing that can be done to mitigate the risks. In reality, there are basic steps that can be taken that can help to dramatically improve your digital security. Join us to learn about:

- Password managers
- 2 Factor Authentication (SMS, Authenticator App, and U2F Keys)
- Encrypted Messaging Apps

Bring your devices for this two hour course which features 1.5 hours worth of instruction and a half hour hands on lab for you to install any of the tools discussed in the course.

About the Instructor
Ryan Mason studied Security and Intelligence & Criminology at The Ohio State University. Ryan, a Certifed Protection Professional (CPP) and board certified in security management through ASIS International, has attended hundreds of hours worth of training conducted by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the areas of security, investigations, and intelligence gathering & analysis. Ryan currently holds the designation of certified fraud examiner (CFE), and has held positions in the corporate security divisions of several Fortunate 500 corporations and specializes in complex fraud investigations.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using one of the links below:

Digital security basics workshop
Registration for one
$10.00

Pie for Two (ATL) + O(f)verandas (CMH) + VERSIONING (CMH)
March 23, 2019

On Saturday, March 23rd, we are proud to present experimental woodwind/percussion duo Pie for Two (ATL) and Bernard Iannone’s solo experimental electric guitar project O(f)verandas (CMH), and Danielle Milam’s solo experimental electronics project VERSIONING (CMH). Doors 7:30pm, cover $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performances and performers:

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Pie for Two are a woodwind and percussion duo determined to sweeten up your life. Conceived in 2017, Pie for Two has assembled a program of unique works written specifically for them. The music, often virtuosic in nature, explores the boundaries between intricately composed acoustic pieces, and the strange and edgy sound-worlds of Nuevo EDM. The duo has previously been featured at the Atlanta SoundNOW festival, and are excited to begin a new touring season in Spring 2019.

O(f)verandas, based in Columbus OH, features experimental drone panoramas, otherworldly guitar loops, and psychedelic ambient collage.

VERSIONING is Danielle Milam, previously known as Sea Tone. VERSIONING can be described as experimental electronic that flirts between ambient and noise soundscapes.

Tatsuya Nakatani (NM) + Adam McKinley (CMH) + beautyofmyland (CMH)
March 28, 2019

On Thursday, March 28th, we are proud to present experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani (NM), along with experimental electronic musician Adam McKinley (CMH) and beautyofmyland (CMH). Doors 7:30pm, cover $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performances and performers:

Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde sound artist and master percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. Based in the USA since 1994, he lives in Truth or Consequences, NM. Since the late 1990’s, Nakatani has released over 80 recordings in the USA and Europe and has toured extensively; performing solo, in collaboration with other artists, and with his large ensemble project – the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. He presents masterclasses, workshops, and lectures across the USA and around the world.

Nakatani’s approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while resisting genre. He creates sound with both traditional and extended percussion techniques. Utilizing his adapted bowed gong, drums, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools, and his breath he manifests an intense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world. His approach is steeped in the sensibilities of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, metal and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussive instruments can imitate the sound of a trumpet, a stringed instrument, an electronic device…to the extent that it becomes difficult to recognize the source of the sound. He has devoted himself to a musical aesthetic where rhythm gives way to pulse, often in a way that is not always audible or visible, in currents that incorporate silence and texture. Nakatani’s primary music activities include solo percussive performance, his Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO), and collaborations with musicians and dancers both in live performance and recordings.

Tatsuya Nakatani has spent the last 20 years traveling and performing extensively throughout the United States and beyond. His constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale.

Adam McKinley is a Columbus based electronic musician and visual artist, and one third of the ambient improv trio Tone Elevator. Subduction is an audio visual project that pairs dark dronescapes with hypnotic, abstract, analog style video synthesis. (See: subduction.adammckinley.com).

Dairdre Scriven’s beautyofmyland is her ‘world’ as she sees it. She believes everything in life, all the good and bad IS beautiful. It feels like her responsibility to creatively open the spaces for feeling, speaking and being heard. Throughout life, her struggles have been a building block for growth and forward thinking. Welcome to My World. It’s all I have to give. beautyofmyland represents all of my artistic expressions, music/art/hair. My goal with music is: to create a conversation that in turn motivates the persons listening. She has had the privilege of playing with musicians like Stan Smith, Billy Zehnal, David Ornette Cherry, Prasanna Bishop, Alex Burgoyne, Roger Hines, Danny Augiar, Kyra Curenton, Nicole Rachelle, Adam Smith, Justin Campbell, Aaron Quinn, Chad Greenwald, and many more.

Diamond Soul (STL) + Blank Thomas (STL) + Galen Tipton (CMH)
March 30, 2019

On Saturday, March 30th, we are proud to present footwork/glitch artist Diamond Soul, electronic/synth musician Blank Thomas, and experimental electronic musician Galen Tipton (CMH). Doors 7:30pm, cover $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performances and performers:

Diamond Soul aka Alex Colombo finds footwork music at it’s most warped and abstracted, the underlying triplet rhythms often acting as a ghost floating below the sonics above.

Blank Thomas is Blake Butler, Blake Butler is Blank Thomas. Under this moniker, Butler creates wandering and woozy synthscapes under the intermittent glow of a central control panel glow. Pulling the thread of weary synth lines – sometimes tuned to a trumpet in the lone and dreary wilderness but often unadorned or pitch shifted just below the threshold of our hearing – that float through compositions like ghosts of former tenants with no knowledge that they are dead through the needle of clamoring, clanging post-industrial beats and auxiliary percussion.

galen tipton is a queer nonbinary artist currently based out of Columbus, Ohio. Their work explores relationships between the assumed-to-be “natural” and the “unnatural,” queerness and identity, ethical utopias and eco futurism, the repurposing of waste and excess, as well as the nuances of intimacy between things living and not living. Their work is often childish and triumphant, embracing minimalism and maximalism simultaneously— always with a strong sense of play.

April 2019 Frequency Fridays: Louise Bock (NYC) + Stephan Haluszka (CLE) + Toby Kauffmann-Buehler (IN) + Gerard Cox (CMH)
April 05, 2019

Our April 2019 Frequency Fridays show features experimental multi-instrumentalist Louise Bock (NYC), harpist Stephan Haluszka (CLE), sound/video artist Toby Kauffmann-Buehler (IN), and free jazz musician Gerard Cox (CMH). Accompanying Gerard on visuals is Columbus-based video artist Joey Pigg. Date: Friday, April 5th 2019. Location: 13 E. Tulane Rd. 43202. Admission: $10 for one, $15 for two. Doors open 8pm. All ages, BYOB. Our Frequency Fridays 2018-2019 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Columbus Foundation.

About the artists:

Louise Bock‘s other known solo work includes Taralie Peterson, Tar Pet and the legendary psych band Spires that in the Sunset Rise. Taralie works with mainly sax, clarinet, cello, voice, and denatured lap harp. Her work combines the rarely explored territories of conceptual atonal/repetitive ideas with personal infection. Mystical, ecstatic, spiritual, dark, otherworldly explorations.

Stephan Haluska is a harpist, composer, and improviser based in Cleveland, OH. His music for harp examines the instrument’s unique textural, harmonic, and percussive qualities. Much of his music focuses on blending traditional and non-traditional harp playing through extended techniques, preparation, tools, electronics, and effects pedals. The harp has developed a mystical identity in western culture as the sound of angels in heaven, magic, and dream sequences. Considering these stereotypes, Haluska attempts to expand the instrument beyond its preconceived notions, creating new roles and opportunities for it, and to (de)mystify the harp. Haluska holds an MFA in Harp Performance with a concentration in Improvisation from Mills College and a BA in Music Composition from Bowling Green State University. He currently works as a freelance harpist performing standard harp repertory and original compositions and arrangements for solo harp. He teaches harp at The Music School Settlement in Cleveland and the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood.

In his current practice, much of Kauffmann-Buehler‘s work explores the difference between the output of electronic media signals (images, video, sound) and what is perceived at the input. The journey and path of the signal (and how it is transformed by different processes) is very important, and has real-world implications which he explores in different types of work. Most of this work is in video and sound media, along with expanded installation and performance work.

Gerard Cox (b. 1976) is a pianist and drummer from Columbus with a keen interest in musical surrealism and the percussive nature of the piano. Born to a piano teacher Mom and a jazz saxophone hobbyist father, clear “rockstar” inclinations were shown at age 8 in an appearance as J.S. Bach at an OMTA music festival and at 10 as Billy Idol in a look-a-like contest for the national pop/rock magazine Star Hits. Cox developed a love for jazz in high school on through college, studying both jazz piano and B3 organ. While initially taken with the straight-ahead jazz of Art Blakey and Clifford Brown, he followed John Coltrane’s discography into his later period music and this proved to be the gateway for a fascination with free jazz and all kinds of other outsider/experimental music.

Joey Pigg has been one of the most active and prolific VJs in Columbus for about seven years, playing and/or putting on hundreds of shows. His residencies include: LeBoom at Skullys, Ignyte Events at Skullys 2015-2018, Sugar Bar 2 for 2012, Future Maudit at Cafe Bourbon Street/The Summit 2012-2014, Avalon 2013-2014. He currently VJ’s for Fleischgewehr and Relic and occasionally 3Teeth (in addition to their shows in Columbus, he’s been flown out to VJ for them in Los Angeles a couple of times). He has done visuals at Number Fest in Athens, Haunted Fest, Breakaway Fest, The Werkout, All Good, Resonance, Farm on Fire, Trauma, Drauma, and his own Vanguard shows at the Milo Arts gym in 2016 & 2017. Underground or commercial, small rooms or huge crowds in the 1000s, metal shows, EDM, Techno, Industrial, Hip Hop: he’s VJed a wide array of music and parties. In addition to conventional projection work, he is proficient at mapping, LED screens, and analogue CRT TV work.