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

On the evening of Wednesday, August 28th we are proud to present Jason Anthony Harris’ noise art project Public Speaking (NYC), Danielle Milam’s experimental electronic music project VERSIONING, and experimental electronic musician galen tipton (CMH). 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.

galen tipton is a queer nonbinary artist currently based out of Columbus, Ohio. Their work explores relationships between the assumed-to-be “natural” and the “unnatural,” queerness and identity, ethical utopias and eco futurism, the repurposing of waste and excess, as well as the nuances of intimacy between things living and not living. Their work is often childish and triumphant, embracing minimalism and maximalism simultaneously— always with a strong sense of play.

Beyond the Arduino: Learn prototyping with the M5StickC
September 04, 2019

About the workshop
This hands-on workshop features the M5StickC prototyping device from M5Stack. The “stick” is a compact Arduino programmable device that contains its own screen, battery power, and extendable sensors. It also provides full Bluetooth and wifi capability. Workshop students will learn the basics of programming the stick to add interactive display, light, motion, sound, and connectivity to their projects and prototypes. Each student in the workshop will receive a M5StickC kit to work with and take home. Students should bring a laptop with a USB type A port and are encouraged to install the current Arduino IDE software before attending.

No previous experience is necessary for this workshop.

About the Instructor
Bill Ball is a Scholar in Residence at Capital University where he teaches courses on rapid prototyping and game and VR development. He also leads the planning of the annual MakerX festival of creating with technology (www.makerx.org). More about Bill, and the M5StickC, can be found at www.tinkerfarm.net.

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

Learn prototyping with the M5StickC
Registration for one kit
$65.00

Performance: Okapi (NC) + Andrew Kovaleski (CMH) + TBD
September 08, 2019

On the evening of Sunday, September 8th, we are proud to present Asheville avant-folk chamber duo Okapi, along with experimental saxophonist Andrew Kovaleski (CMH) and O(f)verandas, the experimental ambient guitar and electronic music project of Bernard Iannone. Doors 7:30pm, cover $5. BYOB, all ages.

About the performances and performers:

Okapi utilizes upright bass, cello, and voice through aggressive (yet intimate) orchestrations, which carry messages encouraging individual empowerment, healthy growth, and the conscious confrontation with reality.

Andrew Kovaleski is a saxophonist and bedroom pop musician from Columbus, OH. He is currently attending Youngstown State University for his Master’s degree in saxophone performance. His improvisations explore the meditative energy of repetition and the raw, natural sound of the saxophone. His first major bedroom pop album, ‘The Chronicles of the Lizard Kid,’ tells the tale of the creation, life, love, and eventual death of the Lizard Kid, an anthropomorphic lizard child who is both a man-eating killer monster and a person with human emotions.

O(f)verandas is the experimental ambient guitar and electronic music project of Bernard Iannone. It can be described as experimental drone panoramas, otherworldly guitar loops, and psychedelic ambient collage.

Performance: Kyle Motl (CA) + Sun Trash (CMH) + Gerard Cox (CMH)
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.

Gerard Cox (b. 1976) is a pianist and drummer from Columbus with a keen interest in musical surrealism and the percussive nature of the piano. Born to a piano teacher Mom and a jazz saxophone hobbyist father, clear “rockstar” inclinations were shown at age 8 in an appearance as J.S. Bach at an OMTA music festival and at 10 as Billy Idol in a look-a-like contest for the national pop/rock magazine Star Hits. Cox developed a love for jazz in high school on through college, studying both jazz piano and B3 organ. While initially taken with the straight-ahead jazz of Art Blakey and Clifford Brown, he followed John Coltrane’s discography into his later period music and this proved to be the gateway for a fascination with free jazz and all kinds of other outsider/experimental music.

Performance: Thollem McDonas (NM) + Manos (CMH) + Yul Brynner's Ghost (CMH)
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.

Exploring the sonic fringes of psychedelia, kraut rock, ambient, drone and noise, the Columbus, Ohio collective Manos formed in the fall of 2017, inspired to create “cosmic music for a hallucinatory reality”. Consisting of solo artist Deckard Croix along with John Godshalk and Larry Durica (Floorian) and Jacquie Sanborn (Wake the Trees), Manos released their self-titled debut album in February of 2019.

Performance: Hypnagogue (MA) + Envenomist (CMH) + TBD
October 12, 2019

On the evening of Saturday, October 12th we are proud to present James Rosato’s experimental ambient project Hypnagogue (MA) and David Reed’s dark ambient solo project Envenomist (CMH). Additional performers TBD. Doors 7:30, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Hypnagogue is the ambient/experimental project of James Rosato, who is based in Massachusetts.

Some people equate Envenomist with science fiction film scores, and others envision solitary nocturnal travels through bleak urban settings, but a fundamental strength of Envenomist is that these illusory backdrops remain open to interpretation. Taking inspiration from industrial, ambient, and the kosmische scenes along with altered states of consciousness, the oceanic abyss, and deep space, David Reed has been producing desolate soundscapes under the Envenomist moniker since 2005. Highlights in the discography include Abyssal Siege, Bound Dominions, and Bleeding Out.

Performance: Noa Even (CLE) + TBD
October 26, 2019

On the evening of Saturday, October 26th we are proud to present experimental saxophonist Noa Even (CLE). Additional performers TBD. Doors 8:00, BYOB, all ages. $5-$10.

About the artists:

Noa Even is a Cleveland-based saxophonist dedicated to sparking deeper interest in the arts of today through the performance of contemporary music. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project (CUSP), a non-profit organization aimed at strengthening the artistic engagement of the Northeast Ohio community by championing the creation and performance of new music.

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
$95.00

Performance: Smomid (LAX) + Jacoti Sommes (CMH) + Cynders (CMH)
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, experimental electronic musician Jacoti Sommes (CMH), and experimental trip Cynders. 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.

Cynders (as in “burnt to”) is an instrumental 3 piece from Columbus, Ohio. This trio uses a combination of synthesizers, loopers, drum machines, bass guitar and effects pedals to extemporaneously improvise experimental soundscapes. Each performance is uniquely created in the moment. The music sounds like psychedelic meets modern electronica and industrial atmospherics meets Can.