Performance: C.J. Boyd (everywhere) + Doctah X (CMH) + Abghyr (CMH) + Sea Tone (CMH)
December 17, 2016

On the evening of Saturday, December 17, we are proud to present experimental musician/composer C.J. Boyd (upright bass/voice/electronics), along with local experimental electronic musicians Doctah X (guitar/electronics), Abghyr (Brian Werstler (lap steel/electronics) + Eoin Bell-Games (guitar/electronics)), and Sea Tone (electronics). The performance will take place at the It Looks Like Its Open gallery (13 E. Tulane Rd, cmh 43202). Admission: $5. Doors 8pm. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

Bassist/composer C.J. Boyd uses bass, voice, and loops in order to try and stop time. Oceans of sound become naked, lonely melodies become something not yet determined. Since March 2008, this low-end vagabond has been on a perpetual tour throughout North America and Europe. On his native soil he travels by way of the Jambulance, a repurposed ambulance that has been converted to run on vegetable oil. In Europe, trains, buses, ferries, planes, and occasional car have been his steeds. Though solo recording and performance take up the bulk of his time and effort, he also plays in the following active projects: Kurva Choir (Anchorage, AK/St. Louis, MO), Cairo (Rochester, NY), Rhonya (Brussels, Belgium), Move (Austin, TX), Ways to Walk (Stockholm, Sweden), Shy Hunters (Brooklyn, NY). He frequently improvises with musicians from all over the place, and has recorded with Sandro Perri in Toronto, Chris Schlarb in Long Beach, DMA in Indianapolis, Danny Grody in San Francisco, and many others. In addition to touring non-stop year-round, C.J. runs the music label Obsolete Media Objects.

Tony Harrington, better known as Doctah X, is a DJ, singer, and musician who operates the House of Dub Studio in Columbus, Ohio, and hosts a radio program on WCRS Columbus. His music is firmly rooted in Jamaican Reggae, and he ventures deeply into the realm of Reggae known as Dub music and Dubstep. His music encompasses Eastern and African sounds. He performs at clubs throughout the Midwest, in his native Kentucky, and in New York City at Roberta’s,Tonic and The Knitting Factory. In the 1970s and 80s, as a blues guitarist, he recorded and toured in Europe with Cream drummer Ginger Baker and played with blues legends John Lee Hooker and Albert Collins, Lele Gaudi and recorded more with Umar Bin Hassan on Stay Focused Records.

Sea tone is Danielle Milam playing different pc software and synth hardware. experimental electronic for fans of early 2000s laptop glitch sampling and synth noodling.

Abgyhr is a collaboration between a beamed gelling rose and Young Herkimer. They create an improvised, flowing, sound tapestry to stir your imagination.

Workshop: Exploring Algorithmic Music with Sonic Pi (Part I)
January 21, 2017

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 second session of the workshop will be held on Saturday, January 28 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 instructor
Michael Perkins is a technologist, musician and philosopher with special interests in Buddhist philosophy, discrete mathematics, data science, contemporary jazz, and algorithmic music. 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. Currently, Michael is Chief Scientist for Prosper Technologies, where he designs and implements software systems for integrating, analyzing and visualizing complex sets of data.

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

Workshop: Exploring Algorithmic Music with Sonic Pi (Part II)
January 28, 2017

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 instructor
Michael Perkins is a technologist, musician and philosopher with special interests in Buddhist philosophy, discrete mathematics, data science, contemporary jazz, and algorithmic music. 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. Currently, Michael is Chief Scientist for Prosper Technologies, where he designs and implements software systems for integrating, analyzing and visualizing complex sets of data.

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