Welcome to electro-music 2010
The electro-music festival is now in it's sixth year – having moved from the Cheltenham Art Center in Philadelphia, the Renaissance Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, and the Star Lake Camp in Bloomingdale, New Jersey to Huguenot, New York at the Greenkill Retreat Center. We have seen an increase in participation each year, until electro-music has become the premiere event of its kind in the world. This year we have many old friends returning, and even more new artists appearing for the first time. The diversity of talent and expertise is outstanding. We have high expectations for three days of innovative music, fascinating seminars, demonstrations and rousing jam sessions.
In organizing this event, we have tried to give opportunities to participate and perform to as many people as we can. In order to accomplish this, music and seminars will run almost continuously without breaks. Several events have been scheduled to run simultaneously. It will be impossible for anyone to see and hear everything. A primary purpose of this meeting is to renew old friendships and make new ones, to share ideas and experiences - to network. We expect that people may not attend all of the sessions as they take opportunities to participate in jam sessions, or just to schmooze.
The musicians presenting at electro-music 2010 are generously sharing the gift of their music. But live music involves both the performers and the audience, and there is generosity in being a listener too, especially when the music is experimental and not mainstream. Most of the music presented in these three days is not a commercial product to be purchased and consumed, but rather a personal expression done strictly for the joy of it. At this event, all of the performers are also listeners, and listening is just as important as performing.
The electro-music festival is an outgrowth of the electro-music.com internet community, which has grown in seven years to more than 14000 members. This event provides a unique opportunity for the community to support and nurture each other as we explore new ideas and develop our music. We hope that electro-music 2010 will be a positive and fulfilling experience for all who attend. Everyone working on this event is a volunteer. All of the performers, speakers, the graphic artists, and the event staff are contributing their time, skills and resources because they believe in our community and they want to be a part of it. Every piece of equipment we use is loaned as well. We can't possibly thank you enough. This is indeed a community event. Thanks to everyone, we will all be stronger for it.
- Howard and Greg
Well, "that thing over there" seems to be some sort of improvisational/electronica thingy. It is comprised of pseudo guitars in altered states along with a myriad of electronic percussion gizmo's, and when successful in its goal of spontaneous composition, sometimes within a world beat context, or not, one would be hard pressed to know who is doing what, even when one is standing right in front of them, which of course would put the listener somewhere over there, as well.
Formed on the 25th anniversary of the Landsat 5 satellite launch [3.1.2009], 5turns25 is a ambient/folktronic duo from Connecticut [USA], focusing their approach to music making in a live looping, improvised environment. Their primary tools include violins, mandolins, guitars, banjo, clarinet, toy piano, modified wooden cane, kalimba, melodica, bent circuits, didgeridoo, various percussion, and voices.
Experimental Synth Project featuring Matt Coffey and Jennifer Schmiedel.
Ace Paradise is Ed Aceto - artist, musician, DJ, live performer, producer, specializing in the production of electronic music. Ace enjoys working and collaborating with DJs and musicians to preserve and promote many genres of Electronic Music. His approach toward electronic performance stems from his many years spent as a DJ, developing his own techniques for combining and mixing sequencers, synthesizers, samplers, DJ mixers and effects controllers. These techniques have enabled Ace to combine multiple elements "live," creating a spectacular and unforgettable sound.
Acoustic Interloper, a.k.a. Dale E. Parson, is a folkie at heart. It all goes back to that weekend at the 1971 Philly Folk Festival, after which he cut the two bass strings off of his electric guitar and retuned the other four in order to learn banjo chords until he could afford to buy a real one. These days a laptop is just another folk instrument lying around the house waiting to be picked up and played. Most of Dale's electronic music consists of computer-assisted phrase restructuring and sonic treatment of acoustic instruments, vocals, and found sounds. His 2010 electro-music piece is taking shape, and it is sure to include some treated vocals.
aether generator is music for futuristic science fiction movies that have yet to be made. it is a soundscape that decimates and regenerates and reverberates and punctuates and personifies machinery lost in glorious mating rituals. it is shifts and skisms and bleeps and drones and static and pulses and modulations and beats and antigravity ambience. it is whatever this improvisational duo reads live from one another as they twist knobs and slope faders and adjust frequencies. it may fail. it is translucent in space and opaque in structures. it is akin to chamber music for people who like science filmstrips. it is an electrical substation crackling in solitude. it is an ornate temple in the jungle canopy for the many-handed elephants lounging in thrones constructed from thatched leaves. aether generator:music as white gloves:rave as silence:the potential of canvas as set deconstruction:theatre as fingerpaint:math. it is entirely composed from (mostly) effects pedals and handsonic and samplers and various noisy things by two musicians who are humbled by the fact that someone out there is listening to us breathe together. it is a loving use of midi. it (ununderstandingly) feels its way through the evening and may not comprehend or remember where it has been, much like dreaming. it lacks capital letters. it is an invention purported to create limitless energy from the simplicity of air. it does not register as important. most of all, aether generator wishes to be blessed by your presence at 4:30 pm before dinner on saturday. and until then...
Azimuth Visuals is the artistic partnership of Greg and Hong Waltzer. They create video performance art to accompany musical events. Using a combination of computer-generated abstract images, animations, Greg's artwork, Hong's nature photography and video clips, these images are processed and mixed in real time by various effects software and video hardware. The intent is to provide a colorful and dynamic visual experience that is inspired by and complements the music.
Atmosphera is a live performance journal of solo ambient artist Shane Morris streamed on radio.electro-music.com twice monthly and rebroadcast weekly on stillstream.com. The Atmosphera series explores ethereal soundworlds and spatial relationships in the ambient, space, psychedelic domains. The music is a combination of composed and improvised pieces that segue together in a continual immersive composition. Atmosphera at EM2010 will be extended into a quintet of veteran electronic musicians. Following in the tradition of Space Port Zero Nine, last year’s collaboration, Atmosphera will be a 30 minute improvisation of ambient, experimental, space music with Richard Lainhart, Dan Minoza, Jez Creek, Dr. Steve Weinstock, and Shane Morris.
There are certain evil manifestations in the psychic realm to which we are impervious as long as we are unaware of them. Caught in the crossfire between two worlds, only the Bent Doctors have a foot in both dimensions, instantaneously stitching through time at all points along time, simultaneously. Featuring Rebecca "Doc" Mercuri, formerly of the Electronic Butt Bongo Orchestra and Rev. Doktor Kevin S Meredith of the Subgenius Foundation. Group augments with 'assimilated' sound drones as space-time permits. Time travelers may bring their own instruments from the Circuit Bending workshop on Sunday.
New Jersey-based Brainstatik is best known for their improvised live concerts, where they perform long-form jams combining ambient, world, progressive rock, and space music, liberally shifting and mixing genres within each piece. Every song is a spontaneous exploration of diverse musical themes, rarely rehearsed or planned beforehand, so Brainstatik always sounds completely different each time they play. Brainstatik has been together for 15 years and the four musicians in the band are all certified electronic gear junkies, each choosing from a huge sonic palette from which to make sounds. The music heard at their shows is always organic, with each piece constantly evolving and morphing into something new. Brainstatik can sound ethereal and quiet, complex and orchestral, or experimental and edgy. The resulting performances often sound rehearsed and composed, but they honestly have no explanation as to where the musical muse will lead them during a live performance.
“Four legs and two voices: a most delicate monster!” —Shakespeare, The Tempest. Both Art Cohen (guitar) and Steve Bowman (synths) love to argue about what makes good music. They argue with each other and with anybody else who feels passionate about music. Through Delicate Monster, they make their arguments in sound. Art and Steve agree that music created in the flow of the moment is the ultimate experience—tempered by the paradox that structure and planning are necessary to keep the music real. They agree that music is about ideas, not covering other artists or showing off technology. Delicate Monster leads the listener through the paradoxes of musical language, from delicate (open modal harmonies, tuneful melodies, precious sounds) to monstrous (dissonance, brute cacophony, noise). When Art and Steve disagree it’s a consequence of their divergent musical backgrounds. Art is rooted in psychedelic guitar, Berlin-school spacemusic, and American folk. He’s been a fixture on the Philly music scene for 30 years—you may know him as one half of The Ministry of Inside Things (with Chuck van Zyl). Steve has a degree in Music from Harvard, where he first encountered the Buchla. He draws inspiration from classical music and radical composers like Ives, Stockhausen, Bach, Palestrina, and Ligeti. (Art and Steve do agree on the Grateful Dead and Captain Beefheart.) Art pushes Steve to create music that is clear and simple, to groove on repetition for its own sake. Steve pushes Art to surrender to his weird side and luxuriate in complexity and dissonance. Playing together off and on for 20 years, Art and Steve merge their stylistic differences into a kinky musical language that is Delicate Monster. Audiences share in the musical adventure as Art and Steve reach for the ultimate agreement—the magical space where two prepared and practiced musicians connect in musical conversation.
Jeremy dePrisco (aka Shivasongster) is a Bloomsburg, PA producer and songwriter who has released several collections of original music in the Folk-rock genre, drawing also from Blues and Progressive Rock. Jeremy has created sound design for a number of university and local theatre productions, performed with a Hungarian folk group and with a Bengali tabla player. Yet, it is not likely that much of that will matter at EM. Growing up listening to Echoes and Hearts of Space on public radio, and after being a closet sound experimentalist for 15+ years, Jeremy is attempting to bring his "after midnight" studio experiments to the stage. These improvisational electro-acoustic sound paintings (?) include looping, effects pedals, and Jeremy's distinctive voice and rely on too much technology for most venues. So EM seemed like a good choice - and audience - for this debut. It may be a complete disaster. Jeremy's latest CD "Chaos Rise Up" - based on themes of technology and media influence - will also be available. Influences include Tom Waits, Beck, Bjork, NIN, Bill Laswell, Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Rumi, Buddha, Joseph Campbell, Songlines Magazine, Turkish music and Lowe's Home Improvement.
Robert Dorschel (Syracuse, NY) has been using synths, guitars, tape decks, and computers since circa 1983 to make various incantations of sound and music. He decided in 2006 to make the leap to use (primarily) software synthesizers and effects in a Mac/Logic Pro based rig. However, some hardware tools might come along for the ride, including basses, guitars, hand percussion, nose flute, and the Zen Tambour. Robert's current style is eclectic and amorphous. His latest foci are downtempo, looping, drone, and dark ambient. These aural scribblings tend to be Peter Gabriel-esque in nature, peppered with a sense of humor or wonderment; soundtracks for movies that play in his mind; or a handful of simple orphaned segues adopted into one theme.
Who or what is dRachEmUsiK? dRachEmUsiK is a moniker used by Charles Shriner. Who is Charles Shriner? Charles has been making music full time for 37 years and likes to think of himself as an accomplished, creative musician in spite of extensive formal training and years of commercial experience. What does dRachEmUsiK mean? It's nonsense and doesn't mean anything. How do you pronounce dRachEmUsiK? Pronunciation is left to the discretion of the user. What does dRachEmUsiK sound like? George Shearing, Frederick Delius and Tom Jenkinson meet at a circuit party. Rhythmic, swirling, emotional, spontaneous. Tradition twisted, shaken & stirred. Excellent sound-design & bizarre structures. Keeps the ear's attention focused. -- Bob in Chicago. What instruments are being used?Electronic Wind Instrument, various controllers and soft-synths.
Earthgirl is the musical persona of Jeannie Allen, an experimental electronic musician based in Indianapolis, Indiana. She combines analog synthesizers, digital analog modeling, field recordings and vocals to create a sense of traveling through space and time. Inspired by musicians who use sound to evoke feelings and thoughts, she continually explores all genres of electronic music. Jeannie is currently working on several ambient and electronica projects, with a focus on raising awareness for the needs of the earth and all who live here.
Robert Edgar will perform with his Simultaneous Opposites engine, which he has been developing in MAX/MSP/Jitter since 2007. The engine loads a video file and initial parameters for loop length, center frame # of loop, and frames per second. The program uses these parameters to play through the loop away from and back toward the center, one frame at a time, simultaneously in opposite directions. The opposing movements through the video file fit together like a zipper. The center frame between the two ends of the simultaneous opposites loop becomes a temporal focal plane, with the length of the loop a temporal depth of field. The flow of the original images is shaken down, and the surfaces and tendencies are brought forward as subject. Depending on how objects appear and move in the frames, one finds both new ways of noticing, and new contexts to explain how we notice. Against the looping algorithm Robert deflects the automation with commands from a Fender MIDI Stratocaster. Audio is from the original video frames, as well as audio triggered and modulated by the Strat, during the SimultaneousOpposites' Engine's traversal of the source videos.
Ben Fleury-Steiner's music features electric kalimba and oscillating synth sounds played through a slew of hardware effects boxes to evoke a kind hypnotic and minimalist ambient (and sometimes dubby) sound. Althugh he doesn't use computers or electric bass guitar live his music has been compared to Tim Hecker, Loscil, and early Stars of the Lid.
Paul Harriman (EdisonRex) is a regular contributor to radio.electro- music.com, with a twice monthly 2 hour experimental ambient electronic exploration called Edison's Ephemera, and a weekly showcase of contributed experimental electronic and electro-acoustic music called Edison's Electronic Review. Paul has been working with electronic synthesis since the 1970s and continues to explore musical styles and timbres using a collection of analog, digital and hybrid synthesizers, and alternative controllers. The Ephemera series, now in its second year, explores ambient environmental sounds accompanied by various electronic and electro-acoustic instruments, as vignettes changing over the course of the show. Moods change regularly. Each show is mostly improvised, live, onto a pre-arranged (just before the show) series of sequences, loops, and timbre sets. The Ephemera Collaborative continues this exploration of ambient sound with electronic accompaniment, only with more artists!
Glenn is from Norway , and he plays melodic synth music, If you like Jean Michel Jarre, Klaus Shulze, Kitaro ... you should definitely be at his performance. Glenn has released two albums, "Electronic Secret" and "Message" and he hopes to bring his third album to Electro-music 2010 for pre-release.
Hylantown is Leo Hylan, a Composer/VJ/and DJ from the Baltimore area. The name comes from a play on Leo's last name an and the infamous Baltimore neighborhood- "Highlandtown". Hylantown's music ranges from ambient to techno, from pure electronica to electro-acoustic. Coherence in these styles is maintained through an emphasis on melodic tones. Influences include- Boards of Canada, NIN, Orbital, Underworld, and Brian Eno. The video perfomance is based more on the work of the Abstract Expressionists including Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, and Jackson Pollock. Hylantown is a member of Time Travelers Never Die and The Nexwork in the Baltimore area. Leo Hylan has a B.F.A. in New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been a performing and visual artist as well as arts educator in the Maryland area for many years.
Kevin Kissinger is a classical organist, composer, and electronic musician from Kansas City, Mo. His most recent interest is to compose and perform works for the theremin -- an instrument that was invented in 1919. Kevin composes tonal music for theremin that utilizes the theremin, laptop-based looping, effects, and surround-sound. He creates both live-looping works and works for theremin and pre-recorded tracks. Kevin's theremin compositions can be described as neo-classical, minimalist, and mildly avante-garde. Kevin explains: "I want to create tonal compositions that are intellectually challenging yet accessable to many listeners. I find the theremin to be a haunting and expressive instrument. In my imagination, I can hear its "voice" echoing from all directions. My surround-sound looping compositions are an attempt to realize the sound that is in my head." Kevin's program for 2010 includes some works from previous years and will unveil a new, never-before-heard composition for theremin and live looping. Kevin is active in the Electro-music.com, Thereminworld.com, and Loopers-delight.com online communities. He co-hosts (with Shane Morris) the Kansas City Regional Electro-music festival now entering its third year. His theremin performances include the Electro-music, Y2K International Live-Looping, 60x60, and the Ethermusic festivals. In 2011 he will perform on the One Thousand Pulses and the Composer's Voice series.
Andrew Koenig is a computer scientist and (originally) acoustic musician who has come to electro-music through the classical, rock, and folk worlds. He started playing recorder as a child and guitar and bass as a teenager, and studied music theory in college. He is a member of an early-music ensemble (www.earlymusicplayers.org) and a folk/country band (www.storynsong.com/musictown). His music often starts with traditional melodies and musical forms, which he then twists around, such as by using a looper to help sing an Elizabethan round, writing what sounds like a polka in 7/8 time, or using a sampler to build a drum kit from the sounds of doors closing and flatware jangling.
Richard Lainhart is an award-winning composer, filmmaker, and author - a digital artisan who works with sonic and visual data. Since childhood, he's been interested in natural processes such as waves, flames and clouds, in harmonics and harmony, and in creative interactions with machines, using them as compositional methods to present sounds and images that are as beautiful as he can make them. At electro-music 2010, Lainhart will perform realtime improvised soundtracks on his Buchla 200e/Haken Continuum system to accompany his high-definiton abstract digital films. Lainhart studied composition and electronic music with Joel Chadabe at the State University of New York at Albany. Recordings of his music have appeared on the Periodic Music, Vacant Lot, XI Records, Airglow Music, Tobira Records, Infrequency, VICMOD, and ExOvo labels. As an active performer, Lainhart has appeared in public approximately 2500 times. Besides performing his own work, he has worked and performed with John Cage, David Tudor, Steve Reich, Phill Niblock, David Berhman, Rhys Chatham, and Jordan Rudess, among many others. In 2008, he was commissioned by the Electronic Music Foundation to contribute a work to New York Soundscape (http://www.arts-electric.org/stories/081005_newyorksoundscape.html). In 2009, he was one of 200 electric guitarists who performed in the US premiere of Rhys Chatham's "A Crimson Grail" at Lincoln Center in New York City. In July 2010, he performed as a featured electronic artist at Avantgarde Festival Schiphorst 2010 in Schiphorst, Germany. Lainhart's animations and short films have been shown at festivals in the US, the UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and Korea, and online at Souvenirs From Earth, ResFest, The New Venue, The Bitscreen, and Streaming Cinema 2.0. In 2009, he was awarded a Film & Media grant by the New York State Council on the Arts for "No Other Time", a full-length intermedia performance designed for a large reverberant space, combining live analog electronics with four-channel playback, and high-definition computer-animated film projection. In January 2010, he performed as a featured Live Media audio-visual artist at Netmage 2010 in Bologna, Italy.
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The Last to Sleep invites you to join us for our debut performance at Electro Music 2010. We make music with computers and instruments and little humanoid talking things that we grew from a kit purchased at some voodoo shop in Memphis. We thought we were buying sea monkeys. In the middle of the night when you're snoring, or you can't sleep because someone else is snoring, or you're out drinking way too late again, there's ectoplasm oozing out of our ears. Sometimes we get lazy and just wipe it on the carpet. It's disgusting. We make music that glistens, bristles, heaves, screams, whispers and coos like a cleverly ornamented reflection of the blisteringly fascinating, crushing mundanity that is life. Plus there are robot sounds. We encourage you to visit us online where you can listen to our work and download our free EP, "1000 Voices."
Mayakara, Sanskrit for Conjurer of Illusions, is an acoustic/electronic duo consisting of Bill Fieger and Mike Hunter. They weave acoustic elements such as Bill's custom built "Lunatar" and Mike's Didgeridoo styling's with various electronic instruments and processors. Together, the unworldly sound invites the listener to join the shaman's dance and see through the illusion that is "reality." Bill can also be heard performing with "Stares To Nowhere" and solo as "Oblivious Solitude." Mike performs solo as Ombient, with Brainstatik and also hosts a WPRB 103.3FM Ambient/Electronic/Experimental music show called "Music With Space" out of Princeton, NJ
Dan Miñoza is an electro-acoustic musician and composer. Drawing inspiration from a diversity of genres including: Indian Classical Dhrupad, Ambient, Spacemusic, Jazz, Avant-garde, Classical, Noise and Progressive Rock he incorporates 8 string extended-range Warr guitar and laptop processing to create unique atmospheric soundscapes.
I've had an interest in Electronic Music since the late 1960's & 1970's when I first listened to the albums of Walter Carlos (Switched On Bach) & Dick Hyman (The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman), Paul Bley & Peacock and Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. I 'm also inspired by groups such as Emerson Lake & Palmer, Yes, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Triumvirat and numerous individual synthesists such as Keith Emerson, George Duke, Bernie Worrell & Don Preston, all of whom I've had the pleasure to meet & take photos with, as well as inspiration by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Rick Wakeman, the late Billy Preston, etc. In November of 2007 I decided to put together an electronic music equipment users group called Baltimore SDIY Group (http://sites.google.com/site/baltimoresdiygroup) for those of us who live in the Mid-Atlantic region & collect music synthesizer equipment. Some of us in the group, including myself, have been performing with other musicians or as soloists for quite a long time. We perform together publicly as the Baltimore SDIY Group as well as individually under our own performance names. For public performances I use the name "Synth Tech Project".
Modulator ESP = Modulator Experimental Synthesis Project = Jez Creek from Nottingham, UK. Jez performs improvised music that explores the boundaries of dark ambient, drone, Berlin school sequencing and noise using modular synthesis, real-time sampling, sound manipulation and live looping. Modulator ESP has been described variously as ‘vintage synth overload to propel you into the outer reaches of the cosmos’ and ‘one man will descend to (this) earth in a hail of analogue synth tones; called upon from the singular consciousness of John Carpenter and Vangelis - like a 2046 dystopian dream with the optimism of Jean Michael Jarre. Jez has a fortnightly show on radio.electro-music.com called Adventures In Sound and will be leading a collaboration of the same name at electro-music 2010, his website is at www.modulator-esp.co.uk
Shane Morris is an ambient electronic multi-instrumentalist and composer residing near Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA. Shane forges his sound from a variety of electronic, acoustic, and electro-acoustic instruments and field recordings to create compositions that are attentive to mind, body, and soul. For the performance at electro-music 2010, Shane will be sojourning through a vast cloud forest of sounds that peak with hyper-groove velocities through a transcendent spiraling tunnel to the 22nd dimension. This will be Shane’s third year to perform and participate at the electro-music festivals. Shane is an active contributor to electro-music.com as radio master, moderator of the streaming radio and field recording forums, and with his Atmosphera performance broadcasts at radio.electro-music.com. In conjunction with Kevin Kissinger, Shane also coordinates the Kansas City electro-music festival, a regional event that just celebrated its second year.
Howard Moscovitz has been involved in electronic music since 1967 when he started making tape music using a short wave radio as a sound source. Never satisfied with commercially available musical instruments, Howard began designing his own while studying with Robert Ashley at Mills College. After working with his mentor, Stanley Lunetta, designing some of the very first digital synthesizers, Howard worked with Donald Buchla on the infamous Electric Symphony Orchestra which gave its one and only performance in 1974 at Berkeley, California. He has designed several unique electronic instruments, including signal processors and sequencers. Some of these were manufactured by Electronic Music Associates in the 1970's, and are highly desired today among collectors. In 2003 Howard founded electro-music.com as an interactive web site dedicated to furthering the art of electronic music.
Mark Mosher is an electronic music composer, sound designer, and performance artist based out of Boulder, CO. He has been creating and performing electronic music for the past 20 years. Mark's use of technology assists in creating an entertaining, visually intriguing performance of his original music. Mark also inspires and educates other electronic music artists by blogging and lecturing on state-of-the art digital music technology & technique. Mark is currently performing a unique live show built around the songs from his latest electronic/experimental music album "I Hear Your Signals." In this show Mark performs using keyboards, matrix controllers, the exotic Theremin, and unique visual and tangible controllers such as the Tenori-On and Percussa AudioCubes. The performance is intended for "black box" theatres, artistic venues and electronic music festivals for audience members interested in instrumental electronic music and visual arts. Mark’s use of visual controllers offers feedback of his movements in the form of light, making it possible for the audience to connect the performance with the music coming from the speakers.
Mosquito Gita is a music of contrasts. Acoustic and electronic. Analog and digital. Melodic and noisy. Echoes of the recent and distant past. Bill Fieger plays acoustic instruments: guitar, koto, bouzouki, etc., plus instruments of his own design such as the Lunatar. He is also a member of the duos Stares to Nowhere and Mayakara. Wyman Brantley electronically and digitally manipulates field recordings, guitar, and electronic instruments. He has played in numerous improvising ensembles, including Operators and Things.
MusicMan11712 (aka Dr. Steve) is Steve Weinstock (mild-mannered High School Special Ed. Office Clerk by day). He has dabbled with various aspects of electronic music for years, including work with tape manipulation, 555 timers, the Moog, the Synclavier, assembly language midi programming (Commodore 64 and 8086/8088-based computers). He currently uses some combination of midi controllers and routers, sound modules, and software (sequencers, patch editors, softsynths, custom ChucK midi processing scripts, etc.) to create electro ambient experimental music sometimes laced with beats. Over the past year Steve has been developing a real-time performance modality after years of primarily doing multi-track midi compositions. EM2010 is Steve's first face-to-face performance since the early 1990s, though he has had an active presence streaming live sets via radio.electro-music.com (seasonal on-line festivals, guest performances on Atmosphera and Adventures in Sound, as well as performing and/or mixing international internet-based latency jams on electro-music.com's Open Port). Steve's performance at EM2010 will be based around midi controllers (primarily midi keyboards with sliders and knobs) tapping into the power of synth engines found in older synth gear and will be representative of the current state of his real-time performance modality using layering techniques.
"MyOwnYoKo" is an exploration of Dub Inspired, Electro-Improv Live Sound Looping. Performances are always improvisational, featuring multi-instrumental layering of sound on sound loops creating a spontaneous sound scape portrait unique in it's originality, and a reflection of the time and the place of creation. The result is music unique to the moment and a true interactive collaboration between artist and audience. "MyOwnYoKo" originated as a member of the Philadelphia based performance arts troupe, "TRIBAL KNOWLEDGE". Influenced by Dub Reggae, Trip Hop, Progressive Rock, Electro-Music, and gadgetry of all shapes and sizes. "MyOwnYoKo" offers a relaxed but compelling journey of musical creativity and joyful noise.
Neorev is Michael Matteo, an electronic music producer from Long Island, New York. In 2003, he took on the alias to showcase his own blend of electronica. Combining in your face riffs and dirty breakbeats, he has created his own modern take on dance music with the spirit of the old school warehouse rave scene. For almost a decade, Mike has been retooling, reshaping and mastering his formula of adrenaline pumping electro power anthems. A year after the release of his last album "Lines & Shapes," Mike is ready to introduce the world to the next stage of NR with the brand new album "Renegade Radio." Taking the tempo down to a hip hop strut, Mike has once again reinvented himself while maintaining an aural assault of energy-fueled big beats and circuitry. A weapon of mass destruction against your sound system. Dark. Brutal. And most important... Booming. This is the second coming of Neorev.
Northern Valentine is a Philadelphia based ambient/drone collective anchored by husband and wife, Robert and Amy Brown. The music they create is largely improvisational and is often set to films or visuals that the collective has created in order to sink deeper into the the visual aspect of the music. Coaxing sounds from electric and acoustic sources, they weave meditative drones and soundscapes with "barely there" post-rock instrumentation to create a tapestry that Phil McMullen (Terrascope Online) refers to as "minimalist ambiance at its best. Heartfelt, soulful and affecting, like gazing into a scrapbook of memories". Writing about their most recent album, The Distance Brings Us Closer, released on Silber Records in 2008, Jeff Penczak (Foxy Digitalis) says..."Northern Valentine’s music delivers a sense of floating in space or a communion with nature where the listener is enveloped in clouds of billowing sonics. The listener’s imagination can run wild, creating images to accompany this ambient soundtrack... In sum, an awesomely hypnotic listening experience." They have drawn comparisons to a wide range of artists; from Labradford, Windy and Carl, Flying Saucer Attack, Fennesz and Eluvium, to Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor! and Earth. They have been playing live as a collective since 2006, having toured periodically throughout the Eastern/Southern US, as well as in Iceland in 2008.
"I Don't Know What I'm Doing." This phrase has become the mantra for my life. Whether I'm shopping for groceries, cleaning up the studio, (which face it, is NEVER gonna get cleaned http://www.flickr.com/photos/35418898@N00/4898558103/ ) or setting up for a gig. I thought at this point in my life I'd be gaining wisdom, not fumbling it. Because it is my life, it is also my art. It is constantly on the verge of falling apart, but it never quite does. Bill Wyman said the same thing about The Stone's timing; "It always feels like it's going to fall apart by the next measure, but it doesn't. It kinda grooves that way." I don't think Norton Antivirus grooves. But, y'know.....maybe.
Joo Won Park is a composer/researcher of music within several genres. His recent interest includes soundscape composition, improvisation with found objects, and electronically enhanced performance. In this festival, Joo Won will perform live interactive pieces for mbira, melodica, bicycle bell, toy cars, rubber bands, umbrella, and many other sounding objects. Joo Won was an associate director of Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, and currently teaches music at the Community College of Philadelphia. His music is available on ICMC 2004 DVD, Spectrum Press, and MIT Press.
Kip Rosser has been performing on the theremin for over eight years. His full-length production, Unholy Secrets of the Theremin in Manhattan’s 2005 New York International Fringe Festival received overwhelming critical acclaim. In 2006, Rosser received Moog Music’s artist endorsement, demonstrating their theremins at the annual AMTA convention. Appearances at places like New York City’s famed Cornelia Street Cafe, and the exclusive Coffee House are earning him the reputation as one of the most accomplished thereminists in the country.
project ruori is an art terrarium, a microcosm in which artists collide, cohere, and break apart again, all within the project ruori unstructure paradigm. this means that it sometimes is a band, and sometimes is a collective of individual artists, and sometimes is a vehicle for sub-bands like 24 hours the girl, and sometimes is all these things at once, and sometimes more and sometimes less. it has no manifesto, no leader, no fixed member list, no genre. if you aren't sure whether you are or have ever been part of project ruori, it's safe to say you have. past perpetrations at electro-music events by project ruori co- conspirators include last year's ahistorical meditation on the loneliness of the six foot roller man, a 2008 audio-culinary exploration of the meaning of bastille day, a 2007 treatise on female benignity, the 2006 dramatization of the fraudulence of presidents' day, and a 2005 existential unvertisement for life insurance. project ruori has also publicly claimed responsibility for several metaphysical assaults at notacon, including public abuse of a nintento soundcard, a dramatically-coiffed exposé connecting soviet espionage to einstürzende neubauten, and placement of a sinister found-noise gameshow machine. future plans include a celebration of the inexorable progression of entropy.
Travis Thatcher is a musician, instrument designer, and programmer. Having been part of the Atlanta music scene since 2000, he has performed in many cities, among them: New York, Chicago, London and Jerusalem. Currently 1/3 of Judi Chicago and 1/? of recompas, a live collective of sorts stemming from solo work, Travis has also been active in recording and remixing artists in the Atlanta scene. Travis is also the designer behind the Voice of Saturn line of electronic musical instruments. Working together with Scott Driscoll of Curious Inventor, Voice of Saturn kits and modules have been shipped all over the world to many ambitious noise-makers and experimenters. Both have been working on new designs and kits and hope to grow even more as a part of the DIY musical community. As a computer programmer, Travis received a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in Spring 2005. His graduate work was in the field of music technology, specifically in human computer interaction for live performance and interactive sonification. Concentrating on mobile applications for networked collaboration and on controller design, he has been involved with projects including: Brainwaves, a sonification installation that allows a group of players to interact with an auditory display of neural activity, Iltur, a series of musical compositions featuring a novel method of interaction between acoustic and electronic instruments with new musical controllers called Beatbugs, and Listening Machines, a concert series exploring concepts of machines listening and improvisation and musical human-machine interaction. Post graduate school Travis had teaching positions at both Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta) as well as at the Art Institute of Atlanta. After a brief stint in the corporate world where time was spent helping to develop a Flash-based interactive meeting place, MeetSee, he decided to focus his efforts on music, instrument design, and freelance interactive programming (Flash, PHP, MySQL, JQUERY). Travis now resides in New York City and is working as a freelance musician, artist and programmer.
Electro-ambient music that evokes the romance of travel and wanderlust of living. Using keyboards and drum controllers, redgreenblue's performances are sonically rich and visually absorbing, engaging the eyes, the ears and the imagination. The synthesizer is my instrument, not a substitute for 'real' instruments. With influences ranging from Kraftwerk to Jean-Michelle Jarre, Pink Floyd to Vangelis, Gary Numan to William Orbit, redgreenblue's music is engaging and has a narrative. This is not musical wallpaper nor is it for 2 a.m. head-pounding at a club. Combined with tasteful videos my performances are compelling and the technology is there to serve me, not the other way around. There is no e-mail checking onstage with a redgreenblue performance!
Our music is a unique blend of electronic improvisations and jazz rhythms. We have incorporated melody and noise in place of the usual concept of consonance and dissonance. Through the use of improvised melodies and rhythms, we seek to tell a story in sound. Our program this year consists of jazz standards and original pieces. These will include “Night in Tunisia” – by Dizzy Gillespie, “Footprints” – by Wayne Shorter, and Milestones” – by Miles Davis. New original music will include “Fluorescence”, “Innocence”, & “Reticence” – music for outer space from our CD “Ride the Current.” Both Bob and I have been performers in the Metropolitan area for the past 40 years.
Spinning Plates is an electro-improvisational music project. Spinning Plates' sound is eclectic and evolving; from chilled-out ethereal soundscapes to funky experimental grooves. SP begins each piece with a clean slate, improvising, looping, remixing, layering sound on sound, resulting in a unique sonic design every time.
James Spitznagel’s work was described by novelist J. Robert Lennon as "making the ordinary seem alien and alienation seem ordinary". With 30 years experience in music, Spitznagel brings a broad perspective to the worlds of electronic, experimental and sample based music. CADENCE, the world-renowned music magazine, has stated: "Spitznagel negotiates a unique solo performance using electronics as his paintbrush and an extra-wide soundstage on which to splatter his creation." This year at Electro-Music 2010, Spitznagel’s performance gear will include: An iPod Touch, a Tenori-on from Yamaha and two Dave Smith synths (the Evolver and the Mopho). The music will be a combination of glitch-tech rhythms, galactican ambience and improvised melodies.
“State Machine” is Bill Manganaro from Long Island, New York. Bill has been composing original, electronically generated music for over ten years. Bill utilizes his over thirty years of electronics design & troubleshooting experience by channeling this knowledge into creating instruments and keyboards of his own designs. This will be Bill’s third appearance at this annual, multi-day, electro-music festival. This year, Bill’s theme will be “music creation using table top synthesizers” or what he likes to call “table top - electro pop”, the making of music using commercially available, some handmade, very compact, analog and digital synthesizers. State Machine will drive these interconnected sound sources via human and computer control to create 45 minutes of hypnotic, flowing, machine like drones, ticks, rhythms, and melodies that will be woven into each another seamlessly.
Symmetry is Jose Eduardo Murcia (principle composer, keyboards, percussion, effects), Richard Lee Sisco (acoustic/electronic saxophone, keyboards), and John P Rivera (keyboards/logistics/transport (Captain of a small fleet of Starships manufactured by the Hyundai Corp.)) Our music blends elements of electro-jazz, rock, music concrete and hip-hop harnessing the energy from both urban inner city and suburban forest lifestyles. We hail from the Fiorello H Laguardia High School of Music and Art(1979) and have participated in both paid and charitable offerings for various organizations throughout our lives. We are for peace and the liberation of those in bondage everywhere.
Technicolor Travel Agency is the musical duo of Greg Waltzer (synthesizers and sequencers) and Johnny Doyle (guitar). Their improvisational excursions take the listener on a journey of the mind, fusing world motifs with psychedelic guitar and spaced-out electronics.
Tantroniq is the moniker of Tanya Thielke, a classically and academically trained musician/composer turned sound and noise artist. Tantroniq’s sonic conception is to bring forth expressive beauty in sounds ranging from “noise” “ugly” “gritty” and “low tech” and use these as expressive as well as structural elements, sometimes in the context of contrasting traditionally beautiful and organic sound qualities. Expressively, these compositions create a sort of sonic narrative, both direct and implied, of the human experience in the digital age.
Mel Morley is a Keyboardist, Bassist, Zendrummer and Music Producer from Miami, Florida/Zurich, Switzerland. "Part of the pleasure of doing what I do is working around the world with some of the finest artists who groove like crazy." I have performed and recorded with Paul Schaeffer, A Flock of Seagulls, Ron Wood,Yngwie Malmsteen, Inner Circle, Pretty Ricky, Buddy Miles, Pablo Moses, The Cornelius Bros and Sister Rose, The Platters, Drifters, Coasters, Bronski Beat, CCCP, and am one of 2 American Artists to perform at the entire Montreux Jazz festival.
Formed in 2008 as an improvisational live jazz-tronic band w/ DJ sensibilities and instrumental proficiency. Gregg Jarvis (nyc) utilizes drums and electronics along with Thomas Bell (nyc) on basses and synthesizers to create soundscapes, grooves and other worldly nastiness. Their unique approach to improvisation blurs the lines between the live musician, the composer and the dj. The Tronic is truly a forward-thinking modern jazz ensemble.
Before forming Xeroid Entity with Greg Waltzer, Howard Moscovitz and Bill Fox were already playing together under the name Subspace. The duo was put on hiatus since they were playing exclusively as Xeroid Entity. But in early 2010, Howard and Bill realized that they had made a resurgence as a duo. Meanwhile, the old band name had been plastered all over the internet by other acts. So using a new name, Howard and Bill returned to the spotlight with (mostly) weekly internet broadcasts called Chez Mosc, originating from Howard's living room. In Twyndyllyngs, Howard and Bill maintain their predilection for improvisation. One never knows in what direction the music will go. Ambient, noise, sequencer, looping, Classical, Moog Modular, Rock... These are just some of the tools and influences to be crafted into the emotion of the moment.
Harvey Valdes is interested in expanding the musical capacity of the guitar through the sensitive use of pedals and loops. He sees pedals as an extension of the instrument. His compositional process includes unearthing the musical color in effects and highlighting texture as a distinct compositional element. Improvised overtones from East and West blend with rhythmic structures. This experimentation results in sensitively layered sonic canvases one of which, “Listen”, was recently chosen as Editor’s Pick by Guitar Player Magazine.
VJ Cargo blends and projects live camera feeds, video clips, computer graphics and digital photographs using soft and hardware video mixers and effects processors. While cargo visuals are reminiscent of psychedelia, they are also contemporary and eclectic incorporating whimsical mash-ups, simple animation and imagery evocative of sci-fi and the glory days of disco. VJ Cargo is currently combining video with DIY and pro lighting effects and multi-plane scrims to create his scenic “Ayana Luna” light show designs.
Waked Lunch is the side-project of Rosemary Haskins, featuring Josh Esref Guntel. Born from the ventromedial frontal cortex of the brain, Waked Lunch is an experimental project that utilizes atmospheric sounds, samplers, strings, and other more common instruments such as drums, guitar, and synths. Inspired by William Burroughs and Angelo Badalamenti, the music is dark and melancholy, though somewhat frenzied, and often edited using Burroughs' writing technique "the Cut-Up Method.” Waked Lunch has been privileged to score several independent films over the past year, thus the music reflects the use of sound to conjure mental images.
I've played many instruments and styles over the years, including blues guitar, bluegrass banjo, and grateful dead bass. A few years ago I fell in love with ambient, trance and electronica. I set a goal of learning to play the keyboard and understanding all there was to know about synths, MIDI, audio, equipment and recording. That is a lot to learn all at once and I am still working on it. (Grin!) I would like to create music that is spacey and imaginative, but also rhythmic and energetic. I love the spontaneous jamming aspect of music. Right now I am jamming with a Korg Electribe, but someday I hope to upgrade to human jam partners! I'm still a newbie, so please be patient with me.
xeroid entity is constantly exploring new musical territory by going beyond the barriers of standard conventions while still drawing upon classical influences. Their music ranges from light and whimsical to dark and aggressive, often within the same piece. Much of it is ambient in nature; without a discernible beat. When they do play rhythmically based music, there are often complex counter rhythms giving the music a poly-rhythmic flavor. The results can be subtle and spacey without being boring, noisy without being harsh, dynamic yet continuous. The members of xeroid entity are Howard Moscovitz, Bill Fox, and Greg Waltzer. Combined they have more than 80 years of experience making electronic music. They all program their own sounds, and refuse to be bound by conventional scales or rhythms. The parts are freely improvised, though they occasionally have structures based on the concerto forms of Mozart and Bach. This allows for maximum expressiveness and interaction between group members, while avoiding predictability.
Analog Synthesis – Richard Lainhart
Building on his successful introductory seminar at Pocono Skies, veteran synthesist Richard Lainhart will demonstrate and explain intermediate concepts and techniques of analog synthesis for modern electronic musicians. Richard will help you understand the fundamentals of sound, how analog synthesis works, and techniques for creating your own unique and powerful analog sounds through clear, detailed descriptions of the standard analog synth modules, what they do and how they sound, and how to connect them all together. Beginners and intermediate synthesists alike will find useful information in this seminar and come to a new understanding of the sometimes confusing world of analog synthesis.
to MIDI – Steve Weinstock
This talk on midi will range from introductory to intermediate concepts, depending on attendees background and interests. Topics will include: the basics of midi (what it is, what it can do, how to connect midi gear), a brief overview of hexadecimal numbers (which midi communication is based on), types of midi data and how to use them with gear and software (including midi clock data), processing midi data on the fly using the ChucK programming environment, and a brief report on using midi over the internet to control a softsynth in the Netherlands from a usb keyboard in Upstate New York. Building DIY midi interfaces or CV-midi converters will not be covered. Focusing on practical performance, Steve will demonstrate midi communication concepts through performance techniques he uses. His gear will include a Proteus 2500, a midi router, some midi thru boxes and some extra midi cables in case attendees at the talk are interested in syncing their midi clockable gear to a single source.
Language Structures to Musical Phrases – Dale Parson
"Mapping Language Structures to Musical Phrases" is a seminar about translating written and spoken natural language to music at various levels of structure and translation. Both language and music provide a rich set of processes and structures including vocalization, syntax, semantics, discourse, double entendre, counterpoint and repetition. This seminar is about work in progress in using software to map the processes and structures of language to the processes and structures of instrumental and vocal music.
Introduction to Ableton Live – Andrew Koenig
Visual, and Matrix Controllerism with Ableton Live – Mark
In this one hour session, Mark Mosher will discuss practical methods for using various spatial, visual and matrix controllers to go beyond clip launch in Ableton Live. Specifically Mark will offer a conceptual overview of controllerism in Live using built-in MIDI Mapping features. This will be followed by more in-depth demos utilizing the Novation Launchpad, Tenori-On, Theremin (pitch-to-midi), and Percussa AudioCubes along with some middleware layers to control device parameters for instruments and effects, play notes, control playback, and route visual feedback back to controllers. Lastly, Mark will recommend best practices and demonstrate coordinating the control of multiple devices working together in live performance.>
Mark Mosher is an electronic music composer, sound designer, and performance artist from Boulder, CO with over 20 years of experience. For 5 years he’s been blogging on Electronic Music Tech & Technique at www.ModulateThis.com. Mark started using Ableton Live version 3. Since 2006 he’s been using Ableton Live exclusively for composition, sound design, and performance and has released 2 albums using nothing but Live, virtual instruments, and controllers. He is a regular contributor to the Ableton Denver users group.
Getting Started with Quartz Composer: Visualist Tools, for Free, Already on your Mac - Steve Mokris
Process – Tanya Thielke
This seminar will explore techniques and strategies for better understanding, shaping and streamlining the relationship to one’s own creative ideas.
Marketing and Promotion – Rosemary Haskins
Are you still looking for a major record deal? Are you still hoping somebody else is going to make you a star? If so, stop it! The days of label superstars are drawing to a close, and the major record companies are packing their bags. Don't worry, the dream hasn't ended, it's only just begun. With indie music rising in popularity and indie artists' CD sales soaring, there is plenty of room for you on the world wide web. This seminar will discuss digital distribution, digital promotion, social networking for the musician, and how YOU can get your music out there. We will explore how to get your songs/CDs available in iTunes, Amazon, Napster and other online retail outlets; the importance of an EPK; how to get your band on facebook, myspace, reverbnation and other online music hosting sites; as well as why you should be hosting your own website. There will be time for a short Q&A afterwards, so have your questions ready.
Harry Olsen and Audio Research at RCA – Rebecca Mercuri and
During 2009, Kevin Meredith and Rebecca Mercuri took on the daunting task of digitizing over 25,000 documents from the archives of RCA's audio research, as the David Sarnoff Library was being packed for long-term storage. In this talk, they present a fascinating, never-before-revealed glimpse of early contributions by Dr. Harry Olson and his colleagues, to electronic music and audio engineering, including their theory of why the RCA Synthesizer was never commercialized. Rare documents from composers (such as Milton Babbitt, Ernst Krenek, Max Brand, Percy Grainger, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Charles Wuorinen), recording studios, music industry firms, and even Chet Atkins and a young Bob Moog, will be featured, along with some illustrative audio clips.
Rebecca Mercuri is the President and CTO of Notable Software, Inc.<www.notablesoftware.com> a computer forensics firm in Hamilton, NJ. Rebecca earned a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania's Engineering School where her work was based in the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation, and also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar from Philadelphia's University of the Arts. Dr. Mercuri has conducted audio research at RCA's David Sarnoff Research Center and also AT&T's Bell Laboratories.
Kevin Meredith is owner and operator of Lonely Robot Audio <www.lonelyrobotaudio.com> a recording and post production studio in Princeton, NJ, where he writes and produces film scores. He is a composer, synthesist and avid electronics hobbyist. Kevin holds a degree in Recording Arts from the School of Audio Engineering in London, and was trained in filmmaking at the NY Film Academy.
Sound and Music with Brainwaves – Michael O'Bannon
Signals from the human body can be used in many ways to generate and modify sound and music. This workshop explores the hardware and software that make it possible to control music synthesis with signals from the brain, as well as some reasons why electronic musicians may want to do so. This year several new algorithms will be presented for brainwave analysis and music generation. Techniques will be demonstrated hands-on in real time, so participants should bring an active cortex.
Michael O'Bannon is an Atlanta, Georgia, based psychologist with a background in psychophysiology, neuropsychology, biofeedback, and artificial intelligence. He is also a basement experimenter who programs in Max and builds EEG hardware.
Workshop – Mathe Sluijter
In this workshop you will build your own Lunetta circuits using the "neat freak" breadboard technique. We will have a collection of circuits to build and supplies include breadboard, tools, headphones, and plenty of extra chips so you can continue your Lunetta building hobby after the festival. Lunetta builders will have a chance to perform with their creations in the “Lunetta Maelstrom” on Sunday.
Mathe Sluijter, aka electri-fire is a Lunetta hobbyist who has made significant contributions to the Lunetta community as well as financing product development efforts at electro-music. Mathe enjoys holistic medicine, acupuncture, and dentistry.
Modules for Analog Synthesis – Kevin Kissinger
Kevin earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas City Conservatory of Music in 1981. He majored in Pipe Organ performance. During his time in college, he built a large modular synthesizer (an Aries synthesizer) and studied electronic music with Gerald Kemner and Jim Rothwell. In 2010, Kevin expanded his Aries synthesizer with many DIY modules and will demonstrate these modules in this seminar.
Sound – Howard Moscovitz and Robin Miller
This talk explains the basics about a wonderful new system for playing back stereo recordings. Ambiophonics involves a novel placement of the two speakers (close together in the front) and a relatively simple signal processor that creates a wide spacial field with precise localization. Ambiophonic playback offers many advantages over the traditional 60 degree speaker separation now used almost universally for stereo. A new Ambiophonic DSP Processor VST co-developed by Robin Miller and Howard Moscovitz will be described and demonstrated with a small playback system.
Reverbnation – Rosemary Haskins
Storming, Remaking Universes – Darren Bergstein
Bringing more of a vivid collector/enthusiast’s perspective to the overall Electro-Music experience, this seminar will focus on awareness & promotion of electronic/experimental musics, discussing pay-per-view Internet & traditional broadcasting converging with variable size live performance; new modes, means, and opportunities for promotion/publicity and building awareness for such musics in the 21st century; and a brief, albeit broad, history of electronic music from a longtime writer, archivist & collector in the field.
Darren Bergstein is a historian, writer, collector, archivist & enthusiast of electronic & experimental music for nearly 40 years. Founder/publisher and editor of the print magazines i/e (1990-1999) and e/i (2003-2006), he currently hosts & operates One Thousand Pulses, the home concert series for electronic and experimental music. (www.onethousandpulses.com)
Making Music in Second Life – Jeremy dePrisco
Bending Workshop – The Bent Doctors
Circuit bending is the creative short-circuiting of inexpensive, battery-operated kids noisemakers (Speak'n'Spells, educational toys), radios, electronic instruments, etc. to make new sounds. It's cheap, fun, and anybody can do it! All that is required is basic competence with a soldering iron (we can teach you!) and a healthy sense of anarchic creativity. Some knowledge of electronics will be helpful but is not essential. Tools and gizmos for bending will be available at this workshop for participant experimentation, but we strongly encourage you to bring your own toys (found at the flea market, your attic, or thrift stores) to bend and keep. Example bent instruments and effects will also be demonstrated, to the wonderment of all! For more information on this fascinating hobby, we suggest you peruse the following websites: http://www.anti-theory.com/soundart/ by Reed Ghazala, the "father of circuit bending" and http://weltenschule.de/TableHooters/index.html by CYBERYOGI =CO=Windler.
Those who have attended electro-music festivals in the past know that the jam sessions can be one of the highlights. This year we have a nice room dedicated for jam sessions, with a sound system. All attendees are invited to participate in the jams - you don't have to be a performing artist. As you can see on the schedule, there are a few time slots set aside for jams with themes. The themes are not meant to restrict anyone from doing what they want, but only to serve as a guideline that might help bring like-minded participants together at the same time. The themes are: Space Music, Midi Clock Jam, Noise Jam, DIY Jam, iPhone Jam, and Drum Circle/Acoustic Jam.
The Laptop Battle is a judged competition, where anyone is invited to participate and play a short set. It's not restricted to laptops - you can play something else but you should be able to set up and play your set in 10 minutes. The winner will be awarded a featured performance spot on Sunday night. The laptop battle is scheduled for 7:30 on Saturday evening. You can sign up at the registration desk.
The swap meet is a chance to buy, sell, or trade your musical gear. On Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10am to Noon, we'll have an area (with tables) where people can set up. Everyone is invited to participate.
Special Thanks to:
Howard Moscovitz – organizer
Greg Waltzer – organizer
Genevieve Moscovitz – staff coordinator
Kevin Kissinger – sound engineering
Paul Harriman - streaming
Hong Waltzer – photography
Jack Hurwitz - artwork
Project Ruori, Dale Parson, Charles Shriner, Ian Harriman, Mathe Sluijter, Bill Manganaro, Shane Morris, Bill Fieger, John Rivera, Jose Murcia, Robert Edgar, and Dan Minoza - equipment and assistance
Hillary Gallacher – Greenkill Retreat Center
and everyone who has volunteered their time, equipment, energy and talent to help make electro-music 2010 a success!