The Science of Sound: Exploring Algorithmic Music with Sonic Pi (Part II)
February 01, 2020

About the workshop
About the workshop: this two-session workshop explores the creation and performance of computer-generated music utilizing the free music programming language, Sonic Pi. The workshop provides a very gentle introduction to both computer programming and digital music production. Sonic Pi is fun and easy to learn. Consequently, it is a great first step for anyone interested in computer-generated music. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Basic computer programming with Sonic Pi
  • Samples
  • Software Synthesizers
  • Audio Effects
  • Randomization
  • Algorithmic composition and improvisation using live coding

Required
Workshop attendees should bring a laptop with Sonic Pi installed. Sonic Pi is available free for Windows, Mac and Linux systems at http://sonic-pi.net. The workshop will not assume any specific knowledge of computer programming or music theory. The workshop is appropriate for adults as well as younger learners (middle school and up). NOTE: The first session of the workshop will be held on Saturday, January 21 from 1-3pm.

About Sonic Pi
Sonic Pi is an open source music programming language designed specifically for live coding and other algorithmic music performances. It provides an elegant and easy-to-use environment for writing computer code that manipulates sounds generated from a library of samples and a large set of built-in synthesizers. Sonic Pi was developed by Sam Aaron at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It is available free for the Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. It is part of the standard Raspberry Pi software distribution.

About the Science of Sound workshop series
The primary purposes of this series is to provide introductory-level, hands-on instruction in electronic music making over a range of approaches and to demystify electronic music and electronic music composition. This workshop series is not centered around learning specific technologies or electronic music generating equipment as such, or learning the newest technologies for their own sake; instead, they will learn how to learn new tools. Particular technologies and applications introduced in the series will play a supporting role in teaching participants the fundamentals of sound and the physics of sound as it pertains to experimental and electronic music making.

This workshop series is divided into four sections covering the various approaches contemporary electronic musicians and composers take regarding the technologies they prefer to utilize:

  • Fundamentals of physics, mathematics and music
  • Introduction to coding and open source computer applications
  • Exploring electronic music equipment and gear (pedals, controllers, field recording equipment, etc.)
  • Using the iPad to make music

This workshop series is supported by an Arts Partnership grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

About the instructor
Michael Perkins 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.

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

Exploring Algorithmic Music with Sonic Pi Parts I + II
Registration for one
$35.00

February 2020 Frequency Fridays: Truus de Groot (CA) + Drekka (IN) + Habiteur (CINCY) + 10-Speed Guillotine (CMH)
February 07, 2020

Our February 2020 Frequency Fridays show features experimental musician Truus de Groot, experimental electronic musician/composer Mkl Anderson’s solo project DREKKA, experimental electronic musician Jack Davidson’s solo project Habiteur, and dark ambient electronic musicians Jeff Chenault and Andrew Izold’s duo project 10-Speed Guillotine. Date: Friday, February 1, 2020. Location: 13 E. Tulane Rd. 43202. Admission: $10 for one, $15 for two. Doors open 7:30pm. All ages, BYOB. Our Frequency Fridays 2019-2020 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Columbus Foundation.

About the artists:

Starting out as a vocalist and lyric writer, Truus de Groot’s career started at the beginning of the Punk Rock craze in 1976 in The Netherlands. She became passionate about experimental electronic instruments, which led her to design her own instruments, something she continues to do to this day. Her path has been a long and winding road around the world, collaborating with all types of people in a variety of genres and cultures. She is always looking for a new challenge, as she continues to seek exciting ways to express herself creatively through music, words, photography and film. With today’s cyberspace there are no more borders and creativity is abundant! There is a freedom to work with anyone in the world on a multi-media level. Many of her recent projects have been developed this way – this is a brand new level of collaboration for her that has proven to be very fruitful indeed.

Working under the name DREKKA since 1996, composer Michael Anderson has toured, traveled, and collaborated extensively, collecting memories and building a personalized archive of sound that dates back to the mid-1980′s. He has recorded and toured as a member of Lovesliescrushing, Turn Pale, In Gowan Ring, Stone Breath, Jessica Bailiff and many more artists. Throughout years of performing and recording, Anderson has explored early industrial tape culture, fragile bedroom noise-folk, and expansive cinematic textures, releasing a large body of work on labels such as Auris Apothecary, Dais, and Anderson’s own label, Bluesanct. His music and performance touch on themes of silence, dreams and memory; though rather than obscuring his identity, as can often be the effect of experimental music, DREKKA offers a direct insight into Anderson’s working mind and his tenuous cache of recollections. The personal and the delicate are not obfuscated by poetic abstractions, but on vivid display. While the notions of the “haunting”, “etherial” and “hypnogogic” are easy recourse in describing ambient music and art, DREKKA unequivocally occupies and deals in those dark spaces which comprise the ephemeral province of memory and dreams, the real ghosts of time and sound.

Habiteur is the solo project of Cincinnati-based musician Jack Davidson. He uses objects, repurposed electronics, tapes, and voice to create abstract sound. Jack also plays in the band Daumier and runs the Eminent Observer label.

10-Speed Guillotine are Columbus, Ohio’s electronic music pioneers. The group formed in 1989 is the brainchild of Ohio based artists Jeff Chenault (Central) and Andy Izold. They were lumped together with other cyberpunk bands during the early 90’s for their dark ambient sounds, bizarre samples and high-octane noise driven rhythms. 10-Speed officially retired in 1994 but continued to record side projects as The Sex Musicians and Resonance. In May 2019 10-Speed Guillotine reformed to play a 30-year reunion show at the El Club in Detroit, Michigan. The Columbus show on February 7th, 2020 will be their first show in Columbus since reforming last year.

Performance: Jamison Williams (FL) + Chris Weldon (CMH) + O(f)Verandas (CMH)
February 09, 2020

On the evening of Sunday, February 9th we are proud to present experimental soprano saxophonist Jamison Williams (FL), multi-instrumentalist/improvisor Chris Weldon (CMH), and experimental electronic guitarist Bernard Iannone’s solo project O(f)Verandas (CMH). Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Jamison Williams is a soprano saxophone player specializing in experimental deconstructionism and extended techniques. Since 2005, Jamison Williams has been organizing, producing, and performing for Vantage Bulletin publishing, and had established and organized +SoLo Sound Gallery, a 1200 sq ft gallery in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville dedicated and designed as a platform to promote, and exchange, innovative and creative ideas, for those involved in the experimental and avant garde musical arts community; Jamison has also been relentlessly touring and performing throughout the state demonstrating the specialization of experimental deconstructionism, and extended techniques on soprano saxophone.

Chris Weldon has been crafting hands-on sonic experiences for his own spiritual health and enjoyment and, occasionally, for the enjoyment of others for several decades. He has been active in sound making experiments since 1975 and has engaged in various and sundry collaborations over the years. Please join him to hear what happens next!

O(f)verandas is the experimental ambient guitar and electronic music project of Bernard Iannone since 2011. His sounds have been described as Experimental drone panoramas, otherworldly guitar loops, and psychedelic ambient collage.

The Science of Sound: Community-based sound collaboration: Creating and defining the artifact
February 12, 2020

About the workshop
This workshop encourages critical thinking from participants and open opportunities to learn from one another – all while engaging in the process of playing music and recording. (The workshop is open to all – no previous experience with a musical instrument or music production is required.)

Explore the concept of Musical Artifacts – recording sound for the purpose of journaling, excavating, restructuring, creating and destroying. When we record something we are documenting a moment – or the process of the moment. The workshop instructors will provide live and digital instruments, along with loopers, effects pedals, and basic music production gear; participants may bring their own instruments, but this is optional.

In this introductory hands-on workshop, participants will:

  • Receive an introduced to sampling and recording techniques through community-based improvisation and audio journaling.
  • Work together and support one another in creating a community-based recording.
  • Come away with a recording of a complete song built from the manipulated sounds generated during the improvisation session

About the Science of Sound workshop series
The primary purposes of this series is to provide introductory-level, hands-on instruction in electronic music making over a range of approaches and to demystify electronic music and electronic music composition. This workshop series is not centered around learning specific technologies or electronic music generating equipment as such, or learning the newest technologies for their own sake; instead, they will learn how to learn new tools. Particular technologies and applications introduced in the series will play a supporting role in teaching participants the fundamentals of sound and the physics of sound as it pertains to experimental and electronic music making.

This workshop series is divided into four sections covering the various approaches contemporary electronic musicians and composers take regarding the technologies they prefer to utilize:

  • Fundamentals of physics, mathematics and music
  • Using the iPad to make music
  • Introduction to coding and open source computer applications
  • Exploring electronic music equipment and gear (pedals, controllers, field recording equipment, etc.)

This workshop series is supported by an Arts Partnership grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

About the Instructors
Kevin Cardoso is an analog hacker at heart and this nature has driven him to explore a variety of art forms that include wood, metal, paper, clay, music, and electronics. As a creative arts therapist, he has experience teaching people of various age groups and abilities. He feels that patience and flexibility is an important approach to help people loosen up, learn, engage with the process, and find satisfaction with their work.

Ben Turner is a musician and songwriter, and these interests have driven him to embrace the manipulation of sound in the home recording studio. He is a music therapist, with a background in various age groups and populations. He attended the College of Wooster and the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium. He believes that improvisation and audio recording are great platforms for embracing innate musicality, and integrating the head and the heart.

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

Creating and defining the artifact
Registration for one
$35.00

Performance: Ben Miller (DET) + Adam McKinley (CMH) + Doug Leed (CMH)
March 13, 2020

On the evening of Friday, March 13th we are proud to present avant-garde electric guitarist Ben Miller (DET), experimental electronic musician/moving image artist Adam McKinley (CMH), and experimental electronic musician Doug Leed. Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Ben Miller is an American rock and avant garde guitarist born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and now based in Detroit. 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. His current projects include the Sensorium Chamber Orchestra of Detroit and Porcelain Hammer.

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.

Doug Leed (a.k.a. Dogboy) is an extemporaneous instrumentalist from Columbus. Having played guitar in traditional rock bands for over 30 years, he now also plays a combination of touch pad synthesizers, loopers, and effects pedals to create psychedelic and experimental soundscapes. His music can be described as the space section of a live Grateful Dead performance meets improvised electronica.

Workshop: Found Sound and Composed Improvisation
March 14, 2020

About the workshop
Musician Ben Miller offers a found sound and composed improvisation workshop using simple structures to organize creative events.

Exploring the innate talent of all those who attend will be the focus. Attendees can bring a musical instrument, an obscure soundmaking device, or voice. Miller will provide two small tape machines and a transistor radio for sound sources, too. Found sound is encouraged!

Regarding musical technique, we will use whatever we know. If you can sight read, great. If you are unable to read music, no problem. Whatever abilities we have as a large ensemble, we will utilize accordingly. If an attendee is more interested in dance or painting, rather than sound, please feel free to attend. We can incorporate more than one medium. Musicians, vocalists, non-musicians, dancers, painters, anyone is welcome!

In a group setting, attendees will utilize both chance operations and deliberate decision-making to create a composed improvisation. Chance operations include rolling dice, use of random numerical sequences, etc. The difference between composition and improvisation is both wide and closely knit. Composition is pre-organized ideas. Improvisation is executing, or arranging anything without previous preparation. Our composed improvisation will be recorded and sent to all attendees as an MP3. Attendees may videotape, if they wish.

About the Instructor
Ben Miller is an American rock and avant garde guitarist born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and now based in Detroit. He has formerly been a member of such Detroit/Ann Arbor bands as Sproton Layer, Destroy All Monsters, 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. His current projects include the Sensorium Chamber Orchestra of Detroit and Porcelain Hammer.

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

Found Sound and Composed Improvisation
Registration for one
$35.00

Performance: Sean Holt (CLE) + 0r0bl (CMH) + TBD
March 27, 2020

On the evening of Friday, March 27th we are proud to present dark ambient electronic musician Sean Holt (CLE) and experimental electronic/ambient musician Shamus Donnelly’s solo project 0r0bl (CMH). Additional performers tbd. Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Sean Hølt has been making electronic music for the better part of 20+ years, mostly in the industrial, EBM, dark ambient, and noise scenes. After spending most the last decade in the Pacific Northwest, Sean Hølt now calls Cleveland, Ohio home. He is active with the noise and experimental music community, performing and curating the Cleveland Noise Series, Modular On The Spot, and Synth Ohio Events. His music ranges from dark, beautiful and moody, to harsh, brutal and punishing. He has two self released albums under his name, and is currently working on a 3rd album.

0r0bl began as thoughts pre 2000 era in Cleveland, Ohio and collides drum and bass with ambient noise and destroyed tones to create lush landscapes and realities.

Performance: Weinberg/Fraser duo (NYC) + Ongface (CMH) + Haas/Holland duo (CMH)
April 10, 2020

On the evening of Friday, April 10th we are proud to present the NYC-based Weinberg/Fraser duo (saxophone + double bass), William Ong’s (CMH) solo drum project Ongface, and improv jazz duo Haas/Holland (CMH). Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Sam Weinberg is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His active projects include W-2 (with Chris Welcome), BLOOR(with Andrew Smiley and Jason Nazary), Maestro Day (with Henry Fraser and Joe Moffett), and music for solo saxophone. Other improvised collaborations and projects are many and varied and include the likes of Ben Bennett, Jaimie Branch, Sandy Ewen, Weasel Walter, Brandon Seabrook, Mike Pride, Chris Pitsiokos, Ben Gerstein, Mark Morgan (Sightings), and many others. Henry Fraser (b.1991) is a bassist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. Henry’s work oscillates around established genres of music, polarized by his exhaustive solo double bass improvisations and the myriad, yet haunting, songs of The Full Salon. Henry has toured throughout the US, Europe, and South America, collaborating with Anthony Coleman, Brandon Seabrook, Sam Weinberg, Charmaine Lee, Carlo Costa, Ryan Power, Chris Pitsiokos, Axel Dörner, Mike Pride, Weasel Walter, Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri, Francisco Mela, Joe Morris, and many others.

ONGFACE is a Columbus, Ohio solo drummer performing vaporwave, lofi hip hop & future bass with heavy jazz influences.

The Ohio Independent Record Fair
May 02, 2020

On Saturday, May 2nd, we are excited to present our debut record label convention featuring Ohio-based independent labels specializing in all guises of experimental, electronic, and underground music. Record label vendors will make available all manner of CD’s, cassette tapes, vinyl, and an assortment of music merchandise.

The convention will take place from noon-4pm at the It Looks Like Its Open gallery (13 E. Tulane Rd). and Open Heart Art (17 E. Tulane Rd.). Admission is $5.

If you are an independent record label based in Ohio and you would like to participate, we would love to work with you! To reserve one or more spots, please register using the link below. The fee is $10 per spot (one spot = one 6- or 8-foot table; we strongly suggest that vendors bring their own tables, since we have a very limited number of tables available).

Questions or concerns? Please don’t hesitate to contact Fuse Factory ED Alison Colman at: alison@thefusefactory.org.

Vendor registration fees
To reserve one or more spots in the convention, please register using the links below:

Ohio record fair convention vendor registration
Registration for one spot
$10.00
Ohio record fair convention vendor registration
Registration for two spots
$20.00
Ohio record fair convention vendor registration
Registration for three spots
$30.00