A Beginner's Guide to Mitigating Physical and Digital Surveillance
September 30, 2017

About the workshop
Effective surveillance used to be an extremely expensive proposition. What once took a team of professionals and physical access to the spaces that they wished spy upon, can now be achieved with the aid of the very devices we carry on our person and place in our homes. Social media has made it exponentially easier to uncover information that can be used against you in employment, legal, and personal settings. While the type of surveillance NSA surveillance described by Edward Snowden is problematic, in reality all surveillance is local. Adversaries range from federal, state, and local police forces, to corporations, and an increasingly effective group of amateurs.

What can be done to mitigate these threats in both physical and digital spaces? We will navigate the confusing maze of security and safety recommendations and discuss:

- Threat modeling (Different security measures apply for different adversaries)
- Encrypted messaging apps
- Tor & proxy servers
- Two factor authentication (SMS & Yubi Keys)
- Cell phone selection
- Social media monitoring
- Local surveillance occurring in Columbus

This course is designed to be a basic overview of the methods of mitigating physical and digital surveillance designed for activists, students, and other non-IT professionals.

About the Instructor
Ryan Mason studied Security and Intelligence & Criminology at The Ohio State University. He has attended hundreds of hours worth of training conducted by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the areas of security, investigations, and intelligence gathering & analysis. Ryan currently holds the designation of certified fraud examiner (CFE). He has held positions in the corporate security divisions of several Fortunate 500 corporations and specializes in complex fraud investigations.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using one of the links below:

Surveillance workshop regular price
Registration for one
$10.00
Surveillance workshop regular price + yubi key
Registration for one
$28.00
Surveillance workshop patron price
Registration for one
$20.00
Surveillance workshop patron price + yubi key
Registration for one
$38.00

Performance: Detroit Bureau of Sound (MI) + Rocco di Pietro (CMH)
September 30, 2017

On the evening of Saturday, September 30th we are proud to present pianist/percussionist Zac Brunell’s experimental music curation platform Detroit Bureau of Sound (MI) and avant-garde composer Rocco di Pietro (CMH). Detroit Bureau of Sound will be performing “Sounds of Resistance”, an original work that incorporates Iannis Xenakis’ piece “Rebonds A + B”. Rocco Di Pietro will be performing his new work “A Turning for Pauline Oliveros”. The performance will take place at the It Looks Like Its Open gallery (13 E. Tulane Rd, cmh 43202). Admission: $5. Doors 7:30pm. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

DETROIT BUREAU OF SOUND is an experimental music curation platform with a simple objective: to deepen your connection with sound, itself. Weaving together the boldest forms of sonic art, DBS creates intense experiences for the ears and more.

ZAC BRUNELL is a performer and concert producer in the Motor City. As director of the Detroit Bureau of Sound, his work engulfs a range of avant garde music through his productions, which have been described as “sounding as raw as mating bull elephants” (Lansing City Pulse on “X is for Xenakis”). A classically trained percussionist and pianist, Zac is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Music and is currently Production Manager with the award-winning ensemble New Music Detroit.

“NOISES OF RESISTANCE” uses the music of Iannis Xenakis as told by Zac Brunell to convey the math and proportions of nature. Xenakis was leading a resistance against the British Occupation in Athens in 1949 when half of his face got blown off in an explosion. He went on to become one of the most imaginative and influential minds of architecture and music. Using recordings of Xenakis’s electronic body of music alongside his solo percussion piece “Rebonds A+B”, this performance represents the stubbornness and methods of resisting, as in counteraction, be it individual or collective.

Rocco Di Pietro (born 1949) is composer, pianist, author, teacher, and habilitationist whose work crosses multiple disciplinary boundaries.

October 2017 Frequency Fridays: Adi Newton (UK)/Park Jones Koi (Detroit)/Chalet Endure (CMH)/Moldover (CA)
October 06, 2017

CLOCKDVA / NEOTERIC MINI MAX EPCD PROMO from adi newton on Vimeo.

Our October 2017 Frequency Fridays show features experimental electronic musician Adi Newton (UK), electronic music trio Park Jones Koi (NJ), Jeff Chenault and David Reed’s dark ambient duo project Chalet Endure (CMH), and electronic musician Moldover (CA). Date: Friday, October 6 2017. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Rd., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. BYOB, all ages. Our Frequency Fridays 2017-2018 season is supported by grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the performers:

Adi Newton is the founder of industrial post-punk group Clock DVA and the ANTI Group, an industrial jazz and visual arts project created in tandem with engineer Robert Baker. He is also the director of ARMComm Anterior Research Media Communications, the production arm for ClockDVA/TAGC.

Park Jones Koi is comprised of experimental musicians Joo Won Park (electronics), Molly Jones (woodwinds, electronics) and Alex Koi (electronics, voice).

David Reed’s work has a deep, long and dark trail. His numerous recordings and collaborations are legendary. Recording under the name of Lupine, Luasa Raelon and Envenomist his sound can be extremely dark and challenging. His latest project as Chalet Endure is an ambient collaboration with Jeff Chenault.

Jeff Chenault is a non-musician who has been recording in Columbus since 1983. A cassette culture guru who has released music on his Exoteque Music cassette label for just as long. An early pioneer in the Columbus electronic music scene. His many musical projects include 10-Speed Guillotine, Central Inhabitants, Resonance and The Weird Lovemakers. He is a true underground artist who also writes books and releases rare exotica music in his spare time.

Moldover grew up in Rockville Maryland, patterning his earliest music after the rock, pop, and metal that spoke to him through radio, television, and his elder brother’s record collection. He wrote songs, played in bands, and taught himself the recording arts with a basement full of second hand instruments and a four track tape machine. In 1998 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music where he abandoned pop songwriting and shifted his focus to classical composition, jazz arranging, and electronic music production. Moldover graduated summa cum laude from Berklee and moved to New York City to work as a freelance musician. Intent on merging his love of playing in ensembles with his electronic compositions, he wove his way through a series of live-electronic bands, eventually becoming disillusioned with New York’s exclusive and socially complex live music scene. At the same time he began seeing his favorite electronic music artists play live, but found that their stage performances lacked the creative fire of their recorded works. Seeing an opportunity, he ventured out as a solo artist, relocated to San Francisco, and set about creating performances that would bridge the gap between traditional musicianship and modern electronic music culture.

Performance: Ross Hammond (CA) + Adam Buffington (CMH) + TBD
October 07, 2017

South Elkhorn Creek from Ross Hammond on Vimeo.

On the evening of Saturday, October 7th we are proud to present free jazz guitarist Ross Hammond and experimental saxophonist/composer Adam Buffington (CMH). Additional performers tbd. The performance will take place at the It Looks Like Its Open gallery (13 E. Tulane Rd, cmh 43202). Admission: $5. Doors 7:30pm. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States and beyond. His sound is equal parts jazz, folk, blues, spirituals and world music. He has played for Hillary Clinton, to audiences of five and all points in between. Ross has collaborated/gigged/recorded with: Kevin Seconds, Oliver Lake, Pheeroan AkLaff, Vinny Golia, Vladimir Tarasov, Tetuzi Akiyama, Nicole Mitchell, Lizz Wright, Dwight Trible, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Alex Cine, Suzuki Junzo, Amy Reed, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Max Johnson, Steve Adams, Ken Filiano, Mike Pride, Catherine Sikora, Scott Amendola, Steuart Liebig, Sameer Gupta, Tony Passarell and more.

Adam Buffington is a composer and performer exploring the experiential effects of glacial physical movement and gesture in combination with quiet, delicate noise and prolonged silences. His work as composer and saxophonist has been presented at such venues as Hartford Art School, Real Art Ways (Hartford), Ely Center of Contemporary Art (New Haven), Mengi (Reykjavik), Reykjavik Art Museum, and ARTgallery GÁTT (Kópavogur). He has recently studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik under Atli Ingólfsson, and has collaborated with such composers and performers as Zach Rowden, Trevor Saint, Henry Birdsy, Matt Sargent, and Robert Carl.

Build Your Own Light Theramin with Moldover
October 07, 2017

About the workshop
In this basic soldering workshop, Moldover will take you through the steps to build your own Light-Theremin CD case – http://www.instructables.com/id/Moldovers-Light-Theremin-CD-DIY-version/. Even if you’ve never soldered before, this workshop will give you the confidence in two hours. If you do have experience you’ll learn how to solder better, and walk away with a fun and unique instrument, plus a copy of Moldover’s album. After the workshop Moldover will give a presentation on the design of The Light-Theremin CD Case, along with his other circuit-board artworks. No previous experience with electronics or soldering is necessary. Participants do not have to bring their own equipment, as soldering stations and Light Theremin kits will be provided. This is an all ages, hands-on workshop.

About the Instructor
Moldover grew up in Rockville Maryland, patterning his earliest music after the rock, pop, and metal that spoke to him through radio, television, and his elder brother’s record collection. He wrote songs, played in bands, and taught himself the recording arts with a basement full of second hand instruments and a four track tape machine. In 1998 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music where he abandoned pop songwriting and shifted his focus to classical composition, jazz arranging, and electronic music production. Moldover graduated summa cum laude from Berklee and moved to New York City to work as a freelance musician. Intent on merging his love of playing in ensembles with his electronic compositions, he wove his way through a series of live-electronic bands, eventually becoming disillusioned with New York’s exclusive and socially complex live music scene. At the same time he began seeing his favorite electronic music artists play live, but found that their stage performances lacked the creative fire of their recorded works. Seeing an opportunity, he ventured out as a solo artist, relocated to San Francisco, and set about creating performances that would bridge the gap between traditional musicianship and modern electronic music culture.

Workshop fees
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using one of the links below:

Build Your Own Light Theramin (we keep the kit)
Registration for one
$37.50
Build Your Own Light Theramin (you keep the kit)
Registration for one
$67.50

Coding sound: An Introduction to SuperCollider
October 07, 2017

About the workshop
Participants will learn how to design sound and compose music using SuperCollider, a text-based audio program. By the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to create an algorithmic ambient music or a customized sound effect. The workshop is suitable for those who are interested in expressing musical ideas with numbers and codes. No previous coding experience required. There is no materials fee, but the participants should bring a laptop with SuperCollider installed. SuperCollider is free and can be downloaded at http://supercollider.github.io/download.html

About the instructor:
Joo Won Park (b.1980) wants to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange. He performs live with toys, consumer electronics, kitchenware, vegetables, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also makes pieces with field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his two sons, and other soundscapes surrounding him. He has studied at Berklee College of Music and the University of Florida, and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Technology at the Wayne State University. Joo Won’s music and writings are available on ICMC DVD, Spectrum Press, MIT Press, PARMA, Visceral Media, MCSD, SEAMUS CD Series, and No Remixes labels.

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

Intro to SuperCollider
Registration for one
$35.00

Performance: Mykel Boyd (IL) + Central Inhabitants (CMH) + Envenomist (CMH) + Mike Shiflet (CMH)
October 14, 2017

On the evening of Saturday, October 14th we are proud to present sound/visual artist Mykel Boyd (IL), Jeff Chenault’s dark ambient solo project Central Inhabitants (CMH), David Reed’s dark ambient solo project Envenomist (CMH), and experimental electric guitarist Mike Shiflet (CMH). The performance will take place at the It Looks Like Its Open gallery (13 E. Tulane Rd, cmh 43202). Admission: $5. Doors 7:30pm. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

Mykel Boyd is a sound and visual artist using processed field recordings to create dark, static filled compositions. Known for low end dronescapes that rumble, pulse and shimmer in a particularly dark industrial atmosphere. Formerly one half of experimental duo Bokeh, Boyd often uses bowed brass bowls, analog synths and contact mics to add color to his clouded sound world.

David Reed’s work has a deep, long and dark trail. His numerous recordings and collaborations are legendary. Recording under the name of Lupine, Luasa Raelon and Envenomist his sound can be extremely dark and challenging. His latest project as Chalet Endure is an ambient collaboration with Jeff Chenault.

Jeff Chenault is a non-musician who has been recording in Columbus since 1983. A cassette culture guru who has released music on his Exoteque Music cassette label for just as long. An early pioneer in the Columbus electronic music scene. His many musical projects include 10-Speed Guillotine, Central Inhabitants, Resonance and The Weird Lovemakers. He is a true underground artist who also writes books and releases rare exotica music in his spare time.

Columbus, Ohio-based guitarist Mike Shiflet started Gameboy Records in the late 1990s, releasing limited tapes, 7″s, and CD-Rs by dozens of noise and experimental artists, including John Wiese, Cock E.S.P., Lasse Marhaug, Sudden Infant, and Crank Sturgeon. Shiflet’s myriad recordings and performances explored harsh noise and drone, often focusing on high frequencies. He joined violinist C. Spencer Yeh’s ensemble Burning Star Core in 2004, appearing on several of the group’s recordings, including Operator Dead… Post Abandoned and Papercuts Theater. Shiflet relocated to Japan in 2006, continuing to operate Gameboy Records until 2008, when he moved back to America. He released collaborations and splits with a number of artists, including Aaron Dilloway, Daniel Menche, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and Ryan Jewell, and released a pair of solo albums on Type, 2011′s Sufferers and 2012′s Merciless. He returned to Type in 2015 with his most atmospheric, melodic album to date, Awake, a collaboration with Rhode Island-based High Aura’d.

Introduction to 3D printing and modeling
October 21, 2017 - October 28, 2017

About the workshop

[NOTE: This is a two-session workshop. Session one runs from 10am - 1pm on Saturday, October 21st and Saturday, October 28th.]

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the basics of 3D modeling and 3D printing, and will become familiar enough with both to create a small, simple 3D printed object utilizing Tinkercad (an intro-level online 3D modeling program), Cura (a “slicing” program), and a Lulzbot Mini.

More specifically, participants will:

  • Become familiar with and learn how to navigate the Tinkercad interface in order to create simple 3D models
  • Become familiar with Cura, a “slicer” program that “translates” files of 3D modeled objects for the 3D printer
  • Learn about the boolean operators fundamental to 3D modeling and printing
  • Learn basic 3D printing techniques and troubleshooting tips
  • Create and print one or several objects to take home

No previous experience with 3D printing or 3D modeling is required. This workshop is most suitable for adults and youth aged 10 and up. We recommend that youth ages 10-13 be accompanied by an adult.

About the Instructor
Dr. Alison Colman’s first venture into new media and digital art was as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University. She continued on this path as a freelance computer animator and graduate student at The Ohio State University, where she received her MA and Ph.D. Most of her coursework was through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design at The Ohio State University, where she developed a strong interest in 3D animation, digital art, cyberculture studies, art criticism, and education. She has published scholarly articles on digital art and theory in journals such as Visual Arts Research, Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, written artist reviews for the Tate Gallery Online and Furtherfield.com, and has lectured on digital art and art criticism nationally and internationally. Her work has also been screened at Siggraph, the Parsons School of Art and Design, and the Big Muddy Film Festival.

After teaching in the School of Art at Ohio University, Athens from 2002-2007, Dr. Colman founded the Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts, where she has served as its founding director up to the present. Under her direction, the Fuse Factory has served hundreds of new media and sound artists and experimental electronic musicians from around the U.S. and Ohio, along with thousands of people around central Ohio, through its performances, exhibitions, and workshops.

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

Intro to 3D printing and modeling
Registration for one
$65.00

Performance: Eric Dontè (STL) + Angel of Deth (STL) + Paul Maul (CMH)
October 22, 2017

On the evening of Sunday, October 22nd we are proud to present experimental hip-hop artist Eric Dontè (STL), experimental industrial-electronic musician Angel of Deth (STL), and DJ/producer Paul Maul (CMH). The performance will take place at the It Looks Like Its Open gallery (13 E. Tulane Rd, cmh 43202). Admission: $5. Doors 7:30pm. BYOB, all ages.

About the performers:

Eric Dontè is a Red Bull Academy artist, performed at Bonnaroo, and is releasing their newest album “A Lamp in the Room” at The STL Contemporary Art Museum on October 20th. They call it “ghetto trance” music; you might call it dark, twisted, honest and minimalist. Donté, who also goes by Fadda Vampire, creates hip-hop confessions that sound cinematic, even without the benefit of their stylish videos (Donté is also a model). Donté’s stream of consciousness flows in an eerie mist, but it also reverberates, like Tricky arriving strung out and late to an underwater séance in St. Louis. The 23-year-old native St. Louisan released the haunting God Don’t Like Ugly EP in 2016.

Angel of Deth is the solo project of artist/photographer/industrial musician Hayden Molinarolo.

Jed James aka Paul Maul is a painter, producer, DJ and founding member of the Midwest Fresh crew in Columbus, Ohio.

An Intro to Sampling and Recording through Community-based Improvisation
October 28, 2017

About the workshop
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to sampling and recording techniques through community based improvisation and audio journaling. 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. Participants will come away with a recording of a complete song built from the manipulated sounds generated during the improvisation session.

More specifically, workshop participants will:

  • Explore the idea that music is a human behavior and is hardwired into our human experience and existence.
  • Become familiar with music gear and music production considerations that include creating a structure from sampling improvisation in order to build a song.
  • Learn about various tools that can be used to manipulate sound.
  • Work together and support one another in creating a community based recording.

The workshop is open to all – no previous experience with a musical instrument or music production is required.

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:

Intro to Sampling and Recording
Registration for one
$35.00

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