Performance: KBD (OH) + Adam McKinley (CMH) + MƏMZ (CMH)
August 02, 2019

On the evening of Friday, August 2nd we are proud to present experimental trio KBD (OH), experimental electronic musician/video artist Adam McKinley (CMH), and Turner Matthews and Jordan Reed’s experimental music/video art project MƏMZ (CMH). Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

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 collaborated with Colin Helb, the result of which was a full length digital release in 2008 and a number of east coast/midwest dates through 2010. Afterwards, 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. In addition to self-released tour edition CDs, 2015 saw the release of Michael Kimaid’s solo percussion full length on the Factotum Tapes label. In 2016, KBD returned as a full trio for their ten year anniversary tour. Every year since, KBD has embarked on summer tours, bringing new configurations and new music with them along the way. This year, KBD hit the road again, continuing to explore new places and new sounds. We’re still playing. Thanks for listening.

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.

Performance: Pas Musique (NYC) + Memory Dregs (ORD) + Death Grippos (CMH)
August 12, 2019

On the evening of Monday, August 12th we are proud to present Robert Pepper’s experimental electronic music project Pas Musique (NYC), Chicago-based noise trio Memory Dregs (ORD), and noise art duo Death Grippos (CMH). Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Pas Musique emerged from Brooklyn, New York in 1995 as a solo project of founder Robert L. Pepper and has since gone through many variations of experimental, electronic iterations. In 2018, Pas Musique remain as a four piece consisting of Jon V Worthley, Michael Durek, Jesse Fairbairn, and Robert Pepper, pursuing the musical elements of electronic, experimental music with krautrock undertones. Pas Musique have collaborated with many great musicians which include Faust, Rapoon, ZEV, Philippe Petit, HATI, Chester Hawkins, Jim Tuite, and many more. Pas Musique have performed in 18 countries and all throughout the United States.

Memory Dregs is the trio of Alexander Adams, Alexander Maerbach, & Rush Falknor. A tripped-out guitar/drums/alto sax ruckus that scrapes the nerves itching to twitch. Battery work pummels us along with scraping guitar razorsharp gashes as fully automatic saxophone rips through – the pitch-shifts and the breath spirals into the void; atmospheric, consuming, suffocating. Psychedelic Fire Music.

Death Grippos is found sounds, plunderphonics, mangled synthesizers and alien vocals set to trash can beats.

Performance: Public Speaking (NYC) + VERSIONING (CMH) + TBD
August 28, 2019

On the evening of Wednesday, August 28th we are proud to present Jason Anthony Harris’ noise art project Public Speaking (NYC) and Danielle Milam’s experimental electronic music project VERSIONING. Additional performers TBD. Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Brooklyn’s Public Speaking is the soulful noise project of sound artist and songwriter Jason Anthony Harris. Live, he uses voice, found objects, radio, synth, and tape recorder, poring over pedals to loop, warp and augment these sources.

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

Performance: Kyle Motl (CA) + Sun Trash (CMH) + TBD
September 20, 2019

On the evening of Friday, September 20th we are proud to present bassist/composer/improviser Kyle Motl (NYC) and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Miller and Nick Weckman’s experimental electronic duo project Sun Trash (CMH); additional performers tbd. Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser dedicated to the performance of creative music. His work explores aspects of chaos and complexity through involved rhythmic and spectral transformations while remaining grounded in an embodied approach to performance. Kyle regularly gives solo concerts which expand upon the vast timbral resources of the contrabass. Kyle is active in a number of ensembles across the field of creative and improvised music, including Sibarg Ensemble (improvisation at the intersection of jazz and classical Persian music), Peter Kuhn Trio, Abbey Rader Trio and Quartet, Kyle Motl Trio, and Treesearch with Keir GoGwilt. His trio record with Kjell Nordeson and Tobin Chodos, Panjandrums, appeared on Best-of-2017 lists on the Free Jazz Blog and Perfect Sound Forever. He maintains regular duo projects with Keir GoGwilt, Drew Ceccato, TJ Borden, and Tommy Babin. Kyle has performed and recorded alongside artists including Anthony Davis, Kidd Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Roscoe Mitchell, and Wadada Leo Smith, among others. Touring frequently, Kyle’s music has been performed at numerous venues, festivals, and conferences, including the International Society of Bassists Convention, the Darmstadt Fereinkurse, Bass2018 Lucca, the International Society for Improvised Music Conference, NUNC!3, Festival Internacional de Música Experimental, and the Subtropics biannual.

Sun Trash is process music/friendship duo of Nick Weckman and Caleb Miller based in Columbus, OH. We strive to make something together.

Performance: Thollem McDonas (NM) + Manos (CMH) + TBD
October 05, 2019

On the evening of Saturday, October 5th we are proud to present improviser/keyboardist/composer Thollem McDonas (NM) and experimental ambient trio Manos (CMH). Additional performers TBD. Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Thollem is a perpetually traveling pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He’s spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally and geographically. His work is ever-changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Thollem’s known internationally as an acoustic piano player in the free jazz and post-classical worlds, as the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and as an electronic keyboardist through a multitude of projects.

Make a MIDI controller/digital interface with a Teensy 3.6
November 09, 2019

About the workshop
In this workshop participants will be learning how to make a MIDI controller/digital interface. The skills participants will learn in this workshop can be utilized for creating a musical instrument, an interactive sculpture, or interactive wearable device among many other things. MIDI is a protocol language that is used in music, robotics, lighting and has many other applications.

We will be taking a Teensy 3.6 micro controller and programming it to act as a MIDI device that can be used with any music software or hardware that recognizes MIDI. We will learn about different kinds of sensors, including Force Sensing Resistors (FSRs), Potentiometers, button switches and toggle switches. We will learn how to create simple circuits on a breadboard that will enable us to get sensor data into our Teensy, and how to wire an LED to be controlled by our Teensy.

We will then learn how to get the data from the Teensy into a computer using interactive software called Pure Data. MIDI data from a Teensy can be used to control a synthesizer, play audio, control a lighting board, control a robot or any other device of software that is compatible with MIDI. Other topics we will cover are some basic principles of electronics, the purpose of some electrical components like resistors, and how to solder.

No previous knowledge is required to attend this workshop, but experience with electronics, soldering, or programming in Max or Pure Data software would be helpful.

Some videos highlighting this project:

About the Instructor
Nick Demopoulos is a performer, musician and instrument builder based in Los Angeles. In his performances as Smomid (which stands for String Modeling Midi Device), he only utilizes instruments he has designed and built to perform interactive computer music.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using the link below (note: the price is per kit, not per person. More than one person can work on a kit at a time):

Make a MIDI controller with a Teensy 3.6
Registration for one kit

Performance: Smomid (LAX) + Jacoti Sommes (CMH) + TBD
November 09, 2019

On the evening of Saturday, November 9th we are proud to present electronic musician and instrument builder Nick Demopoulos’ solo project Smomid and experimental electronic musician Jacoti Sommes (CMH). Additional performers TBD. Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Smomid is a project by Nick Demopoulos, who is a performer, musician and instrument builder. Smomid only utilizes instruments he has designed and built to perform interactive computer music. The name is derived from an acronym of his primary instrument: “String Modeling Midi Device.” Smomid music often features glitchy and scattered beats, sampling, abstract textures, ambient spaces, and improvisation. Smomid music draws on many varied influences and creates bizarre juxtapositions with deft sonic versatility, with samples of heavy beats, Gregorian Monks chanting and Taiko drum sounds all coexisting comfortably.

Jacoti Sommes is a prolific Ohioan multi-instrumentalist, composer and hardware maestro well known in his Native Columbus, Ohio for captivating performances with his performance art group Hug’s and Kisses. You may have witnessed his live performances in venues like Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Museum of Art, or in a more intimate Brooklyn loft space improvising and crafting minimal techno rhythms.