February 2015 Frequency Fridays: Battle Trance (NYC) + Fissure Shaft (IN) + Jungle Animal Posse (CMH)
February 06, 2015

Our November 2014 Frequency Fridays show features avant-garde saxophone quartet Battle Trance (NYC), experimental electronic musician Fissure Shaft (IN), and dark ambient duo Jungle Animal Posse (CMH). Date: Friday, February 6, 2015. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Av., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2014-2015 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About the performers:

BATTLE TRANCE had an auspicious inception. One morning, Travis Laplante (Little Women and a trio with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Ches Smith) literally awoke with the crystal clear vision that he needed to start an ensemble with three specific individuals: Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. Laplante was actually unfamiliar with their work as musicians and had only a minimal relationship with them as individuals. He was also aware that a band of four tenor saxophones could be the worst idea ever. In spite of this, Laplante followed through and contacted Nelson, Viner, and Breiner. He gave them very little information beyond his morning experience But no one hesitated – the ensemble formed that evening.

Since many of the techniques used in Battle Trance’s piece “Palace of Wind” are nearly impossible to notate in traditional form, it was transmitted via the oral tradition. The rehearsals were much like martial arts training: intricate sounds were rigorously copied and repeated by the ensemble members until they perfected the techniques. Many hours were spent building the sheer strength required to sustain continuous circular breathing for extended periods. Likewise, a steady focus on physicality was required to repeat rapid note patterns for long periods without sacrificing speed. “Palace of Wind” is such a demanding composition that there is a high risk of physically burning out before the piece concludes, as once it begins there is no opportunity for rest or even a quick drink of water. There was also extensive training in dissolving the distinct individual identities of the players into the greater collective sound: The band did various long-tone exercises, similar to group meditation, the purpose being to blend together into one sound, so that the origin of the collective sound’s components is completely impossible to discern – even by the members of the ensemble.

“Palace of Wind” does embrace both the cerebral nature of composition and the visceral act of performance, but immediately locates itself, the musicians and the audience in a purely spiritual space. It is a new kind of music and therefore modern, and yet it’s absolutely primordial, the transformative act of human beings blowing air through tubes and producing something timeless.

Members of Battle Trance have also performed with: tUnE-yArDs, Little Women, Tim Berne, Gerald Cleaver, Michael Formanek, Trevor Dunn, Ingrid Laubrock, Rafiq Bhatia, Ches Smith, Steve Lehman, Weasel Walter, Mat Maneri, John Hollenbeck, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans and many others.

“[Battle Trance] uses hocketing patterns, furry multiphonics, and drones fueled by circular breathing to create a constantly changing piece that wends from the parade-ground precision of Philip Glass’s small-group music to the emotionally extravagant expressionism of storefront gospel.”
- Chicago Reader

Fissure Shaft is John Jude Windland, from the village of West College Corner, IN. Fissure Shaft began around 1995, and was a 97x Exposure finalist 1999. Prior to that, John was a member of the infamous Oxford Ohio artist collective known as Platter Sliced Bacon. Fissure Shaft is influenced by: John Cage, Throbbing Gristle, Edgard Varese, William S. Burroughs, and Autechre. Fissure Shaft is at the moment creating between dark experimental and something you can groove to, utilizing current, advanced modern electronic techniques, as well as unique sounds via circuit bending and hommade custom instruments.

Workshop (Basic web design series): HTML 5 Fundamentals
February 07, 2015

Instructor: Paul Dehnbostel
Workshop fee: $35

This class, which is the first in the series, introduces students to the basic elements of HyperText Markup Language 5 (HTML 5) as the basic code underlying website functionality. We will cover topics such as: basic layout with HTML, basic elements, linking web pages, and inserting images. We will also cover general document features such as headers, paragraphs, lists, and more. This workshop is BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)

About our Basic Web Design Series:

The World Wide Web is now 20 years old (!) and has evolved into a powerful, complex model of electronic communication. Our hands-on, beginner-friendly workshop series explores the fundamentals of user-focused web design by introducing participants to its technical as well as its conceptual aspects. This workshop series has been crafted for those with little to no prior experience with web design or coding, rather than seasoned or professional web designers. Please note: all of the series workshops are BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop).

All of the workshops in this series include:

    A fun and inclusive learning environment
    A nice, arts-focused venue

The classes on offer include:

    HTML 5 Fundamentals
    Basic Web Site Design with CSS 3
    Beginning Programming Using JavaScript (to be offered in the very near future)

HTML 5 Fundamentals workshop
Registration for one
$35.00

Workshop (Basic web design series): Basic Web Site Design with CSS 3
February 08, 2015

Instructor: Paul Dehnbostel
Workshop fee: $35

Our second class in the series covers the basics of CSS 3, a powerful language used to create layout and design for web pages. Without CSS, the web would not be nearly as pretty! Best of all, CSS is easy to learn and was designed so that everyone – even non-programmers – can do it. No fancy programs are needed, just Notepad and a web browser. This workshop is designed to be a hands-on experience for beginners with some previous HTML experience (like our HTML 5 Fundamentals workshop). In addition to discussing what CSS is and how it works, we will cover topics such as font and color changes, and the box model. This workshop is BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop).

About our Basic Web Design Series:

The World Wide Web is now 20 years old (!) and has evolved into a powerful, complex model of electronic communication. Our hands-on, beginner-friendly workshop series explores the fundamentals of user-focused web design by introducing participants to its technical as well as its conceptual aspects. This workshop series has been crafted for those with little to no prior experience with web design or coding, rather than seasoned or professional web designers. Please note: all of the series workshops are BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop).

All of the workshops in this series include:

    A fun and inclusive learning environment
    A nice, arts-focused venue

The classes on offer include:

    HTML 5 Fundamentals
    Basic Web Site Design with CSS 3
    Beginning Programming Using JavaScript (to be offered in the very near future)

Basic Web Site Design with CSS 3
Registration for one
$35.00

Workshop (Basic Web Design Series): Web Hosting 101
February 12, 2015

Instructor: Paul Dehnbostel
Workshop fee: $20

This introductory workshop walks participants through various components of the web and how they work together, addressing questions such as:

  • What is the World Wide Web?
  • Where are web site files generally stored?
  • What is the difference between a client and a server?
  • What do you need to know before building a web site?
  • What tools do you need to develop a web site?
  • How do you put a website you’ve completed up on the Web?

This workshop is for beginners with little to no technical experience.

About our Basic Web Design Series:

The World Wide Web is now 20 years old (!) and has evolved into a powerful, complex model of electronic communication. Our hands-on, beginner-friendly workshop series explores the fundamentals of user-focused web design by introducing participants to its technical as well as its conceptual aspects. This workshop series has been crafted for those with little to no prior experience with web design or coding, rather than seasoned or professional web designers. Please note: all of the series workshops are BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop).

All of the workshops in this series include:

    A fun and inclusive learning environment
    A nice, arts-focused venue

The classes on offer include:

    HTML 5 Fundamentals
    Basic Web Site Design with CSS 3
    Web Hosting 101
    Beginning Programming Using JavaScript (to be offered in the very near future)

Web Hosting 101
Registration for one
$20.00