December 2015 Frequency Fridays: Bhob Rainey (Philly) + Ryan Jewell (CMH) + Tone Elevator (CMH) + KBD(uo) (OH)
December 04, 2015

Our December 2015 Frequency Fridays show features experimental/improv musician Bhob Rainey (MI), experimental percussionist Ryan Jewell (CMH), experimental space rock trio Tone Elevator (CMH), and experimental electronic music duo Gabriel Beam + Michael Kimaid (OH). Date: Friday, December 4 2015. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Av., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. BYOB, all ages. Our Frequency Fridays 2015-2016 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About the performers:

Bhob Rainey is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, he founded the duo Nmperign, which quickly became a model for a new phase of non-idiomatic improvisation often referred to as “lowercase” or “EAI” (Electroacoustic Improvisation). In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. Throughout the late 1990′s and early 2000′s he performed globally and collaborated with numerous improvisers of both the (then) current and previous generations, including Axel Dörner, Andrea Neumann, Günter Müller, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, and many others. More about Bhob Rainey

Ryan Jewell is a musician, improviser and sound artist currently living in Columbus, Ohio. He studied percussion and electronic composition techniques at Capital University and has since studied drum set with Susie Ibarra and tabla with Dr. Lowell Lybarger. In addition to being a frequent traveler of the US, he has toured extensively as a soloist and collaborator in Europe, United Kingdom,Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Jewell has also performed at a number of international festivals including the SOWIESO 1 and Les Sciences Bruitistes festivals in Paris, the International Noise Conference in Miami, SXSW in Austin, Neon Marshmallow in Chicago and the Kraak Festival in Brussels. He has had the honor to perform, collaborate and record with a diverse array of artists such as Greg Kelley, C. Spencer Yeh, Nate Wooley, Christine Sehnaoui, Bhob Rainey, Jandek, Mike Shiflet, Envenomist, Larry Marotta, Vic Rawlings, Fossils, Rafael Toral, Psychedelic Horseshit, Pink Reason, Jason Zeh, Wasteland Jazz Unit, and many more.

tone eLevator is a semi-regular, free-form, cathartic noise event improvised and captured live using an ever changing arsenal of instruments, machines, and gadgets. The trio (Kaswan, synthesizer; Ad/M, electronics; Lucky Dog, guitar) is based in Columbus, Ohio.

KBD is a trio of experimental musicians who have been playing together since 2006. Its members are Michael Kimaid -drums and electronics, Gabriel Beam- guitar and electronics, and Ryan Dohm- trumpet and electronics. In 2007, KBD released their debut full length: [four plus one], on the Eh? Music Label.  Although Ryan Dohm moved to Los Angeles a year later, they maintain a musical relationship based on those first formative years together.  Not long after Dohm’s departure, Kimaid and Beam carried on and continue to play as KBD(uo), releasing an EP called Candid on FTAM and follow up full length on Eh?, Any Port In A Storm.  In 2013, KBD(uo)released a DVD entitled Drop The Remainder on the New Orleans based multimedia label The Language Foundry, and a cassette release entitled Loss/Gain on the RCN label from Akron, Ohio. 2015 sees the release of a KBD(uo) recording on the Skell tape label and a solo release by Michael Kimaid on the Factotum Tapes label. In 2015, KBD returned as a full trio for a Midwest Summer tour.

Workshop: How the Squid Sings (It Screams)
December 05, 2015

Workshop instructor: Bhob Rainey
Workshop fee: $17.50
This workshop will focus on sonification. In particular, we’ll look at translating the electrical behavior of squid neurons into sound waves. We’ll see how this particular translation carries its own, idiomatic timbres and phrasing, and we’ll make a musical piece focusing on these qualities. For context, we’ll examine some historical sonification techniques and talk about what goals one might be pursuing when employing sonification.

No previous experience in electronics, computer programming, or playing an instrument is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own headphones and laptop.

How the Squid Sings
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Workshop: Introduction to SuperCollider
December 05, 2015

Instructor: Bhob Rainey
Workshop fee: $37.50

SuperCollider is a powerful environment for sound synthesis and algorithmic composition, but many newcomers encounter a steep learning curve. This hands-on workshop will get you up and running with SuperCollider, exploring classic synthesis techniques and, tying into the previous lecture, implementing some sonification strategies. Attendees will get a sense of what particular strengths SuperCollider has in comparison to Max/MSP, PD, etc.

No previous experience with electronics, computer programming, or playing an instrument is required, although some experience with sound editing is helpful. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a pair of headphones and a laptop with SuperCollider installed.

Introduction to SuperCollider
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