Welcome to electro-music 2012
The electro-music festival is now in it's eighth 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 2012 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 eight years to more than 18000 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 2012 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
24 Hours the Girl
Acoustic Interloper, a.k.a. Dale Parson, has been programming computers and finger picking 5 string banjos and guitars since 1971, and with the guidance of the Electro-Music community he finally began to integrate these two activities in 2005. With the help of his computer science students at Kutztown University he designs computer games that generate computer music based on game rules and state. This year he is performing a solo piece on Sunday afternoon that consists of one processed note.
Collaboration led by Jez Creek
Audio Mace, Chris Wikman and Al Baldwin from Maryland, was formed to provide an alternate vehicle for exploring music with a more "industrial" and "experimental" style in contrast to our first release "Kadath – The Dream Quest". Born out of recognition of the power and force of sound in our lives, Audio Mace combines electronic instrumentation with exotic instruments (including unique and "home-made" ones), sound textures, rhythmic elements, and percussion as it seeks to explore new themes and sonic textures. This stop on our journey finds us looking forward to our return to Electro Music. We have been busy exploring, creating, and composing with elements of Ambient, Electronica, Experimental and Industrial textures as we prepare for this year's festival. We look forward to seeing our new friends and fellow sonic and electronic explorers.
Denis Baranov, aka Dennis Ay ... Many years ago, I came across a recording of Christian Fennesh and Otomo Yoshihide. What I heard completely broke my "roof." I decided to activate my experience in electronics. In the process of experimentation were born musical collages that represent the dark, winding tunnels. In my work, I have collected a lot of different ragged, and sometimes quiet sounds that are a little puzzle, which gathered together create for the listener certain images or a full picture.
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.
A Collaboration featuring circuit bent and DIY instruments, led by Rebecca Mercuri.
For over 17 years they've recorded many albums of strange music, but Brainstatik is best known for their improvised live concerts. They perform long-form jams combining ambient, world, progressive rock and space music, liberally shifting and mixing genres within each piece. Every member of Brainstatik is a certified electronic gear junkie, so when choosing noisemakers from their diverse musical toy box, guitars can sound like drums, keyboards can make guitar sounds and drums can play keyboard sounds. These eclectic combinations often can confound audience members (and sound engineers) who can’t always tell who is playing what. During their live shows, songs constantly morph and evolve. Within a single piece, Brainstatik's music can sound ethereal and quiet, majestic and orchestral, or experimental and edgy.
The band's current lineup includes founding member Ken Palmer, along with Mike Hunter, Glenn Robitaille and Jim Silvestri. Together, their live creations often sound rehearsed and composed, but in reality, the band has no real explanation for where the music takes them. There is always the risk of a creative ‘train wreck,” but the members of Brainstatik thrive on taking their music to the edge every time they perform.
Having just returned from a record-breaking sold out tour in the Galapagos Islands, Brill-Ex and his crew of one are privileged to make their first Electro-Music appearance! Hot on the heels of their not-top-selling debut album, “Shut Up or I’ll Really Give You Something to Cry About!” comes their current release, “Somebody’s Been Sleeping in MY Head!” an electro-music assault that Rolling Stick Magazine calls “a triumph of high-voltage, homespun goodies – the musical equivalent of biting into a six million volt baloney sandwich on white bread with lettuce, mayo and enriched uranium hot fudge sauce.” Brill-Ex (nobody knows which one he is, but the other guy – whichever one he is – goes by the name of DJ Rainbowfreak Sunstroke) and his All Stars will have you dancing like a goldfish out of water with their special brand of dangerously short-circuited musical mud.
Daniel Bytes is electronic musician, programmer and cat lover Daniel Battaglia, from Long Island, New York. Growing up on and influenced by equal parts rock, IDM, industrial and techno, his music is a mix of hard complex beats, soundscapes, sample manipulation and pop mashups. Besides writing and performing music, Daniel is a professional software developer and has spent considerable amounts of time working with audio programming environments such as Reaktor and Max/MSP.
Robert Dorschel is a multi-instrumentalist from Syracuse, NY. He has been diddling in sound since 1981 to produce various incantations of noise and music. His current style focuses on ambient synth and constructed rhythm, while incorporating some live looping and organic grit.
"Dark Matter" is the title of Robert’s performance for EM2012, which is a focus on dark ambient themes, with shards of light that help to define the boundaries of this darkness.
Michael Drews is a composer, sound artist and computer musician. His work explores unconventional narrative structure and the expressive power of contextual identity. Present throughout Drews’ work is an interest in improvisation and the use of computer technology to expand traditional ideas of musical performance and creativity. Drews is also a member of the computer-acoustic ensemble, Big Robot.
This collaboration, conducted by Andrew Koenig, will present an orchestrated group improvisation.
In a special reunion concert, the four original members of Fringe Element appear together for the first time in 5 years. Their goal is to explore the use of electronics to create organic, expressive music. All of their music is created in the moment, often boisterous and unrestrained. The spontaneous and interactive nature of their collaboration creates a style that is uniquely vibrant, diverse, and evolving. The chemistry between these musicians is always evident as they travel through unpredictable transitions and flowing soundscapes. Although they touch on conventional themes, they are continually drawn back to the fringe.
Not as ambient as Autechre's 'Amber', and not as high-energy as Aphex Twin, Genetique's music is considered ambient, chillout electronica with a large focus on mood and texture. He generally leans towards minor modes, but will try anything that sounds interesting to the ear. The creative process involves hours of experimental sampling, layering, and synth tweaking, but in his own words the end result is usually something that sounds "wistful" or "eerily reminiscent of flying".
H-Alpha is a synth-based solo project created by Rich Kennicutt from Binghamton, NY. H-Alpha blends dark ambient, lush soundscapes, and multi-layered sequences influenced by Berlin School artists Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, and Michael Hoenig, as well as classical, minimalist, and rock elements. Rich’s integrated MIDI-based system utilizes sample-based and analog modeling synthesizers, FX processors, multiple MIDI controllers, and a Manakin Electronic Schrittmacher sequencer designed in collaboration with Klaus Schulze. This year’s performance features sample pieces from a concept CD entitled “House of Cards”, soon to be released. Rich has also produced CDs for multi-instrumentalist and composer Eric Ross (“Music for Theremin” and “Boulevard d'Reconstructie”) and has played rock and blues keyboards for several Binghamton area bands.
Paul Harriman is a regular contributor on Electro-Music.com's radio station, and devotes time to helping the site and radio station's operations. An electronic musician since the 1970s, Paul has always been fascinated by electronic instruments and their relationship and interplay with nature and traditional instruments. Paul's two hour, twice monthly show Edison's Ephemera plays on Electro-Music.com's radio, and has gained a modest following in the three years it has been on. Paul also hosts a weekly Monday night show (Edison's Electronic Review) showcasing various artists' experimental electronic and electro-acoustic music.
Paul's performance, accompanied by his son Ian, makes use of an Eigenharp Alpha, an Akai EWI4000s, and four Percussa Audiocubes, with a collection of software-based synthesizers, effects and looped environmental sounds.
Shannon Hayden is a classically trained cellist who has never been content to stay strictly within the confines of the traditional course of study. Having achieved early success in competitions both at home and abroad she quickly began to experiment with other forms of music as well as other instruments. Working with renowned cellists such as Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot, with whom she began a graduate level course of study at the age of 18 at the Yale School of Music, did not keep her from playing lead guitar in rock and experimental bands or writing music for amplified cello. She feels that musicians who want to consider themselves artists should go beyond mere craftsmanship and constantly look to expand the repertoire of their instrument, fulfilling the needs of the era within which they actively participate. When not performing her own pieces, Shannon focuses on 20th century and contemporary works and has enjoyed working with composer Ezra Laderman, David Lang, percussionist/composer Andy Akiho, Fay Wang and tours occasionally with Eric Genuis. Having completed her studies she is currently supporting her first album with shows around the United States and hopes to meet other artists with similar interests whose focus is continuing to stretch the boundaries of virtuosic classical music by composing for and embracing technologies which she feels are underutilized. Shannon also shares her parent’s passion for sustainable living and alternative energy and spends as much time as she can at the family’s off the grid organic vegetable farm.
Adam Holquist (onewayness) and Jez Creek (Modulator ESP) play new music of unknown origins.
The Dual Looping Soundscape Guitars and electronics of Mike Hunter (Ombient, Myakara, Brainstatik) & Harrison McKay (Tangent Project). Improptu collision of otherworldly tones mixes with repetitive shapes, shimmering slabs of sound and unexpected dissonance.
Jez and Bill
Ambient music by Jez Creek (Modulator ESP) and Bill Fox (Twyndyllyngs, xeroid entity).
Kevin Kissinger, thereminist, is a classically-trained composer/performer/multi-instrumentalist from Kansas City, Mo. Kevin started out as an electronics hobbiest in the 1960s and since then has assembled a studio that includes home-built and commercial equipment. Kevin has provided theremin music for numerous projects including the cd "Virtuality" by Amin Bhatia, the movie "Golgatha" by Karla Jean Davis, and the 2010 60x60 "Untwelve Mix". His live performances include the Electro-music festivals, the Y2K International Live Looping festivals, the Electronic Music Midwest festival, the Ethermusic festival, and Moogfest 2010. Kevin's recent efforts include hardware and software based live looping with the theremin and synthesizers. Kevin approaches the theremin as an expressive musical instrument. In his live-looping compositions, Kevin builds rich orchestral textures with the theremin. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He also earned an AAGO (Professional organist) certificate from the American Guild of Organists and has played classical organ recitals across the United States. Kevin is the founder of the Kansas City Regional Electro-Music festival, now into its fifth year.
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.
At E.M.2010 I saw how easy it was to build simple oscillators, and was hooked on building my own circuits. The first circuits were mounted in an empty pizza box, because it was easy to modify and add components to. After a year of off and on again building, it became apparent that I needed something a bit more sturdy, and the modules were mounted on panels cut from an old washing machine. It is a project that will never be finished and expanded on. Native Instruments Reaktor is incorporated into the setup because of its ability to create instruments and controls digitally, and can be used to further modify the sounds from my modular. An ipad has been added to bring the project from the past to the present. I have been playing music all of my life and when I first saw electronic music performed around 1970, I knew that someday I wanted to do that. This is my first solo performance as an electronic musician.
Lunaria, collaborators Greg Waltzer and Linda Go, was inspired by recent and not so recent requests from friends and family wholistic therapists and yoga practitioners, for a cd that was intentionally composed for healing. Linda's 12 years of soundwork experience with Healing Energy Resonance for the chakra system combined with Greg's working knowledge of electronic soundscapes and etheral flute playing is perfect compliment for healing work, theraputic movement, massage or meditation.
Asheville-based Linda Go is a singer/songwriter composing on mandolin, guitar and percussion. Her multi dimensional vocals and gift for in the moment "stream of consciousness" lyrics in English and other languages enables her to accompany almost any style of electronic music from ambient/experimental to Euro House and trance. "Not knowing how it happens or where those languages originate from is extremely exciting and mysterious; granting me moments of peace and indescribable joy as well as undefinable expansiveness and clarity. I am happily attached to that place by a musical umbilical cord that is impossible to sever."
While I have been interested in electronic music since listening to Morton Subotnick's "Sidewinder" in high school, it is not until recently that my music has become public. A large sampling of my music is at the link below. A description of my music can be found there in my profile as well as the album I am working on "Fire Giver" based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Most of my set will be from this album.
Mirador is the music project of suburb-of-Philadelphia resident Kyle Osborne. Kyle spent the majority of his youth planning for a career in the visual arts, and though he has since shifted his focus to music, this background is still very much apparent. Listening to Mirador is as much about what you see as what you hear. Combining the limitless instrumental palate of electronic music (soft synths and samplers) with live guitar, synth, effects pedals and percussion, Mirador songs and albums build intricate worlds for the listener to explore. Escapist in a good way, the music uses ambient textures and samples to conjure dense and surreal soundscapes, while using melodic themes and varied instrumentation to tell a story or take you on a journey.
Modulator ESP produces improvised experimental soundscapes using synthesizers, sampling, sequencing, looping and processing to create strange worlds of sound somewhere between '70s space music, noise and dark ambient drone.
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.
Expressive Visual Controllerism
Mark Mosher is a synthesist, composer and performer out of Boulder, CO who also runs the blog ModulateThis.com. In his third year at Electro-Music, Mark will continue to explore the boundaries of controllerism with Ableton Live coaxing even more expressive real-time performances out of his various virtual synthesizers. It’s all about original sci-fi techno songs and experimental improvs filled with classic and signature synth ear candy performed on keys, grids (Launchpad/Tenori-On), Theremin, AudioCubes, and Lemur. Visual feedback FTW!
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. Steve 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 EM2012 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.
This isn’t your pop radio dubstep. This is the sound of empty city streets at night, where rats run rampant and the silhouettes in the shadows are either muggers out to get you or twisted figments of your imagination. These are the dirty, grimy, sleazy sounds of cyberpunk incarnate. A lead-fisted punch in the face to bland electronica. Neorev focuses on the sinister sonics of dubstep, where fuzzy, wobbling bass attacks with an ominous vengeance.
Northern Valentine is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based ambient/drone-rock collective consisting of husband and wife, Robert and Amy Brown, along with Matthew Primak, Jeffrey Bumiller and Ben Fleury-Steiner. Their music is largely improvisational and is typically set to original films that the collective has created. 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". With the April 2012 release of their newest album on Silber Records, Fin de siècle, they have created a new series of textures and sounds that have been described as "stylish and haunting" (babysue.com), and as "moving between Elysium and blessed unrest" by Chuck van Zyl (Stars End Radio). They have been recording since 1997, and have been performing live and touring in the US and Europe since 2006. Their sound has drawn comparisons to a wide range of artists; from Labradford, Windy and Carl, Flying Saucer Attack, Fennesz and Eluvium, to Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Stars of the Lid.
Michael O'Bannon is a visual artist, programmer, and psychologist based in Atlanta, Georgia. He specializes in improvised mixes of video imagery in concert with live electronic music performers. He has collaborated on visuals for electro-music festivals and other music events in the southeast and midwest. His work pursues the ephemeral phantasms lurking in transition zones between abstraction and representational experience.
aonewayness is Adam Holquist, an experimental electronic musician from Erie, Pennsylvania. He uses hardware and software synths, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of acoustic and electric instruments to create atmospheric compositions which draw influence from vintage Berlin-school electronic music, minimalism, post-rock, and contemporary electronic 'listening music'.
Joo Won Park
Joo Won Park wants to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange. He performs live with toys, kitchenware, vegetables, umbrellas, and other nonmusical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also makes compositions using field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from listening to Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his 3-year-old son's play, and other soundscapes surrounding him.
PAS started in 1995 out of Brooklyn, NY, USA, driven by the creative talents of Robert L. Pepper working in the mediums of sound and video. Since then PAS has evolved into a collective with many different instrumentations and lineups. Permanent members include Amber Brien, Jon “Vomit” Worthley, Michael Durek, and Will Seesar. Guests and occasional collaborators include, ZEV!, Hati, Steve Beresford, Thomthom Geigenschrey, Matt Chilton (Vultures), Anthony Donovan (Vultures), Damien Olsen, Philippe Petit, Robert Pascale, and many others.
PAS have released 9 full length releases and have been on several compilations throughout the years.PAS have performed in various countries including the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Greece, Lithuania, Macedonia, and Poland. Sound and video installations have also included Chile and the United States. PAS have also performed at Fausts Avant Garde Festival 2009 and 2010, the 18th Olympia Experimental Festival in Washington, the 2010 Spark Festival in Minneapolis, and the 2011 CoCArt Festival in Torun Poland.
PAS also curates events in New York such as Experi-MENTAL nights and the Experi-MENTAL Festival once a year at Goodbye Blue Monday.
PAS is a group out to create musical collages through the form of abstract sound. Their name refers metaphorically to those who have been aborted by society, because their point of view doesn’t fit in the constraints of “normal” society. The term also refers the negative form in French, metaphorically negating everything that is established to start from a new beginning. The viewpoint fuels our creativity to create our own world of beauty. Since our inception the band has been interested in making music from the fringes of perception, creating soundscapes that aren’t defined by any particular conventions or viewpoints. The aesthetic underpinnings are defined by the notion that music can be whatever the ear perceives. It’s a conception fueled by the love of life and art. It’s a desire for honest artistic self-expression. The compositions themselves are more akin to soundscapes than “songs” in the traditional sense. There are no clearly defined melodies, no structural landmarks that give you any sense of traditional anchor. This is not music making with any sense of or desire for commercial viability, but sonic sculptures in the mode of pure art.
Ken Palmer uses the name PYXL8R for his solo musical projects when not performing with his band, Brainstatik. Each song begins life as a spontaneous burst of synthesizer-based long-form improvisation, which is slowly morphed and massaged into a full piece. For his Electro-Music performance, Ken will be accompanied by his son Kyle on synths and iPad, and will debut some new ambient pieces, as well as tracks from the current PYXL8R CD release, "Life Unsettling." Atmospheric, otherworldly, and always dense with unusual sonic textures, all PYXL8R compositions are performed live with no backing tracks. A collection of more than 50 PYXL8R songs can be listened to and downloaded for free at:
This collaboration features Jose Murcia (Symmetry, Fringe Element) and Ken Palmer (Brainstatik, PYXL8R).
redgreenblue is 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.
I am thrilled to announce that my new album 'Synaesthetic' is available for streaming and will be made available for downloading soon. This album has been an unexpected joy for me and one that I feel takes my music in a different direction and it has been fun to see what I could do. The album is now available for download at:
RoDoJeDe is a long-distance collaboration originating at EM2010 when Robert Dorschel and Jeremy dePrisco first met and realized they had a number of things in common musically and philosophically. When not suffering from Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.) or searching for the perfect looper device/MIDI controller, Robert and Jeremy make some pretty cool sounds, and when they combine their efforts, things can get interesting - if a bit unpredictable. For EM2012 RoDoJeDe will perform an un-composed work that will surprise everyone, including themselves.
Kip Rosser is. Theremin is. Many sounds, many musics spew out within and between. All are as they are and so. What pianoanimal or thereminagination or sound or light comes from the Kip Rosser’s toes as barefoot tightrope-walking happens to be. At any given time. Things appear under things from the Universal Cracks in the Sofa Cushions: a needle sonata, six quarters, an ancient Mayan Cheeto, a button that reads only his most musical thoughts. So music is made. Someone made of rubber bands laughs at a word I say, so, I Kip Rosser says words to prompt your/spectators’ laughter. Rosser sends out the Proto Fly at the moment you laugh and it plants the buzz on your ear-to-brain-heart-to-chewey, chocolately center, chanting: “this laugh of yours is sustainable over time – live it every waking second.”
project ruori is a performance-art syndication
whipping up satires
apparently springing out of the surrealist modus operandi.
we bake concrete music and rock formations,
information in formation,
dancing on the moon,
and an indeterminate quantity of cordless food-service products
to enthrall audiences
with a luxurious metaphysical indefinite article.
(You know the kind.)
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. Jeremy's 2010 CD “Chaos Rise Up” – is based on themes of technology and media influence. Jeremy grew up listening to Echoes and Hearts of Space and the signals beaming from his father's ham radio bench in the attic. After being a closet sound experimentalist for 15+ years, Jeremy has embraced his electro side via the Shivasongster moniker and since 2010 has been attending EM and enjoying it very much (except for Maple). Shivasongster brings Jeremy's “after midnight” studio experiments to the stage. This year Shivasongster presents two new semi-generative compositions that deviate significantly from the guitar-centric world (aka comfort zone) that Jeremy has inhabited during past appearances. 2012 embraces newer technologies and possibilities, including videography by Michael O'Bannon. This years' pieces will draw from Soto Zen Buddhist dharma teachings, NPR radio interviews and a collection of found sounds. When he is not making strange noises that drive his wife and friends crazy, Jeremy enjoys reading Sufi poetry, watching Stephen Colbert, biking and growing hot peppers. Be sure to try some of his Habanero Jam!
Signals with Shivasongster at radio.electro-music.com
Soldering Musician and the Personal Digital Assistants
Collaboration led by Bill Manganaro (State Machine)
Symmetry is Jose Murcia (Holosphere, Fringe Element). Symmetry's music is primarily a fusion of Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop and Techno with some elements of Ambient, Experimental, New Age and World Music. Fans of Jean-Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze and Kraftwerk may gravitate to this type of mix.
My main influences have been many of the twentieth century composers who work in muli-disiplinary fields and computer music. Architects, film directors, museum exhibit designers, and engineers are also influential in my work in that I collaborate with those disciplines. The ever evolving role of computers in music is also a large influence in my work. However my musical benchmarks are the beautifully crafted vocal lines in Italian arias, Baroque counterpoint and classical orchestration.
Thin Air is Steve Bowman. I play electronic music. Not "beats," but adventurous spacemusic with a jam-band sensibility. Sounds range from ambient and dreamy to raucous noise. Harmonies from atonal to modal. Melodies, chromatic angularity to singable themes. Sometimes all in the same composition. If you listen carefully you'll detect my bias for 20th Century classical music. Electronic sounds colored with atonality. Compositions with noise, a la Subotnick, Stockhausen, Messiaen, Ligeti. Ligeti is my favorite modern composer. Unlike many electronic acts, I don't just do free jams. My pieces are composed, with themes and structure. They have beginnings, middles, ends, are in separate keys (or modulate) and unfold discernable musical ideas. But they are not scored note by note (been there, done that). As in jazz, or jam bands, each instance of a piece is different, capturing the energy of the moment. I'm a pianist and I originate almost everything you hear live, from a synth keyboard, then apply arpeggiators, delays, effects, and loopers. Lots of looping. I rarely use sequencers, drum machines or backing tracks. Music is sound and I make sound I like. I do love all the fantastic sounds that modern circuitry can generate. But I also love medieval masses, string quartets, and Bach. The sounds I make are filtered through 50 years of listening, a degree in Music from Harvard, more Grateful Dead shows than I can count, and 20 years of playing spacemusic with Art Cohen (as the duo Delicate Monster). Listen to Thin Air. Afterwards tell me how you would describe what you hear. My hope: the sounds are good enough to be called, simply, “music.”
Tovara Vox means “Painter's Palette, with voice.” This is a collaboration led by the members of Lunaria: Greg Waltzer and Linda Go. They will be joined by several other musicians to present a series of improvised pieces that feature vocals and evoke world music themes.
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.
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Born in 1957, Michael has been interested in sound from an early age. Though having two older brothers as musicians (a drummer and a bassist), he was never interested in the 60's invasion music as youngster. Instead, he was always making sounds with his mouth and banging on things and never had any formal music education. This kept him apart from the usual crowd. The advent of the affordable synthesizer in the early 70s sparked his interestt. His first synth set up was an Electro Harmonix Mini Synth, Electro Harmonix Super Space Drum, Casio VL-1 tone, and a Gemini Tape Echo with sound on sound. All but the Casio and dead Gemini are long gone now. He received some airplay on The Experimental Radio Project, a weekly show broadcast on WXPN Philadelphia in the late 70's and early 80's. One of his submissions was used as background for the 1982-83 New years eve show. He experimented with the punk scene in Philadelphia throughout the 1980's,. In the 90's Michael has mostly been a shut-in / recluse, recording sound experiments in his home studio alone. Though the 21st century has brought a change in his life and his artistic talents he enjoys the art of experimental electronic improvisation. His influences of the commercial kind have been Brian Eno, CLuster, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, and The Orb. And He's a fan of Saul Stokes.
An amateur electronic musician and DIY hobbyist from Toronto, Ontario. His performances combine a mix of digital, analog and DIY instruments to create a unique blend of technology that produces an interesting sonic palette. Jacob's music is a unique fusion, which incorporates elements of ambient, blues, funk, and techno merged on a base of experimental electronic music. His performance will start out with more traditional sounds, and slowly evolve into the experimental and ambient realm.
Woodswalker (Laura Todd) says: I used to play bluegrass banjo, guitar and bass. A few years ago I went out to record the songs of crickets, frogs, cicadas and other natural creatures. That got me started with DAWs and digital recording. I then got some electronic gadgets and set out to create the music I heard in my head. Call it ambient, spacy, evocative, or somewhere in the gray area between conventional and noise. I use ambigious chords and modes and the haunting nature sounds, to create a mood that is mystical and otherworldly. But I also like the spontaneous element of jamming along in realtime and playing counterpoint.
My visuals are based on my freehand art, warped with Visual Jockey freeware. You might need sunglasses...!
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 90 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.
This collaboration features music created by mixers with no audio inputs (other than feedback loops), combined with effects. Dale Parson (Acoustic Interloper) will be joined by John Driscoll, Kevin Kissinger, and Jeremy Parson.
Circuit Bending and DIY workshop – Kevin Meredith and Rebecca Mercuri
to Music – Dale Parson
Professor Dale Parson of Kutztown University of PA will give an overview and demo of strategies that he and his students have used in designing computer board games whose rules and state can be mapped to musical structures. This year's emphasis is on a probabilistic game based on an expanding universe of atoms, designed to be played on a planetarium dome, that maps atomic properties and relationships to improvised computer music.
Production Tools in Linux – Adam Holquist
Adam Holquist (onewayness) presents an introduction to the world of sound production and live perfomance in Linux, including the JACK audio environment, and overviews of some of his favorite digital audio workstations, softsynths, effects plugins, and sequencers.
Techniques in Reason 6 – Jeremy dePrisco
Picking up from last year's introduction to Propellerhead Reason, Jeremy will go deeper into recording, performance and sound design techniques. Topics covered will include: configuring Percussa AudioCubes for live performance, generative music, working with found sounds and vocal samples in the NNXT sampler, Reason's multiple vocoder options, and real-time looping via Combinators. There will also be a demo of the recently released Rack Extension functionality for third-party effect/instruments. Sound stylists and recordists of all levels welcome.
Software Looper – Robert Dorschel
One fine day in the back room studio, the following conversation took place:
Tried Looper Pedal "X?"
Fuhgeddaboudit. Funny foot dances. Too Limited. Too Basic. Have you seen what those things cost?
Tried those third-party looping apps, like Mobius & SooperLooper?
Nah. Too Complex. Crashes my host. I can't figure out the audio & MIDI routing features.
What about those built-in native looping plugins in your DAW?
Close, but no cigar… they don't behave the way I want.
But I want to remix the levels in that awesome layered loop session I just did, after-the-fact?
Bummer, dude. You're S-O-L.
dialogue seem all-too-familiar, either with the voices in your head,
or your musical compatriots? Then this seminar might be for you.
Everything you need is in your DAW software.
Suggested materials to bring: a laptop running a major DAW with routable audio capability, and a midi controller with at least 8 knobs or sliders. The demonstration will use the very affordable Korg nanoKontrol2. We will go over the process of manually building a looper in three major DAWs: Logic Pro 9.x, Mainstage 2.1.x, and Ableton Live 8.x, all using nothing but native plugins (or perhaps a free third-party plugin in a pinch) -- and *without* the looping plugins themselves. It's okay to come sans-laptop if you're good with audio routing concepts.
The finished project files will be available for download, so you can play around and adjust them to your tastes, and possibly incorporate it into your own performances. It's all about the audio routing and controllerism.
Eigenharp Demonstration – Paul Harriman
Practical Musical Strategies
for the Theremin – Kevin Kissinger
In this seminar, Kevin will discuss the planning and considerations for the use of theremin in live settings. Topics include:
. theremin intonation, pitch trimming, note heads, masking, balance, and latency
. use of pitch-preview
. why one should never "hit and hold" a note
. use of voice-leading to craft playable theremin passages
. portamento styles: glissing, skating, pumping, "clamming"
. considerations for deep bass, bass, tenor, soprano, and high range registers
. theremin timbre -- suggestions for solo or ensemble playing
. how to blend the theremin into a live ensemble: not easy but doable
. why the use of harmonic difficulty is preferable to technical difficulty for the theremin (and for anything else)
. advantages of limited instruments, such as the theremin
Kevin's talk will be both technical and philosophical. Though focused on the theremin most of the information will apply to other instruments, too. Kevin will use his theremin to demonstrate many of his ideas.
Portable Show and Tell –
Increasing numbers of small electronic devices can make music in increasingly interesting ways. This seminar will be your chance to show off your favorites and learn about others' favorites. Anything self-contained and smaller than a laptop. Tablets, micro synths, controllers, whatever. Bring your favorite widget and be prepared to show it off.
Your Creative Process: Why
understanding it actually matters and can help you manage difficult
times – Tanya Thielke
If you read the words “ Creativity Seminar” and roll your eyes, then this is the seminar designed even for you. There will be no fat, fluff, or theoretical froo froo. I swear. In this 100% practical seminar/workshop I will be covering:
- understanding creative life issues as personal quality of life issues
- increasing your overall confidence in and fluency with your ideas
- understanding the different components of the creative state of mind
- reducing time wasting self doubts and other useless mental ponderings
- understanding what a block actually is and why you might not need to have one anymore EVER
- optimizing creative time and approaches to making the best use of extremely/absurdly limited
- maintaining a sense of creative self during extremely stressful and distracting periods in life
All of these will be rooted in direct experience, with ways for you to apply them to your direct experience immediately.
Using Lemur to Make the iPad a Musical Controller – Howard Moscovitz
and Controlling Signature Sounds with Camel Audio Alchemy –
Alchemy offers a great blend of performance features combined with deep synthesis, sample manipulation, resynthesis, granular synthesis, and built-in FX. There is also a mobile app that can act as a wireless multi-touch controller for Alchemy on your computer. The goal of this talk is to shorten your learning curve so you can start creating your own expressive signature sounds for production and performance. Topics will include: Anatomy and signal flow, programming walk-throughs, tips on incorporating field recordings into patches, overview of modulation mapping, overview of FX, and performance mapping.
Visual Programming for Musicians and Artists: A New Approach – Jamie Strecker and Steve Mokris
Strategies for Laptop – Michael Drews
Composition and Performance Strategies for Laptop Instruments is a presentation detailing an ongoing composition project, titled Deconstructions, that explores the the impact of computer-based instruments and interactive software on traditional notions of composition and performance. This presentation describes a series of composition and performance strategies, developed during the realization of this project, that stem from a performance-based approach to computer music. During the presentation, key concepts will be illustrated by live musical excerpts from the Deconstructions project.
Those of you that have attended electro-music festivals in the past know that the jam sessions can be one of the highlights. You don't need to sign up, or be a performing artist to participate in the jams - anyone can join! Just bring your instrument and cables to connect - there will be a PA system in the jam room. The jam room is downstairs, in the same room that will be used for workshops. Jam sessions are unstructured - the music can be whatever the participants feel like playing. A couple of them have themes, so that people with similar interests can congregate at those times. These are the space music jam on Friday night, the noise jam on Saturday night, and the DIY jam on Sunday afternoon. Others are open to any styles of music. In addition, there will be a drum circle/acoustic jam from 10am to noon on Saturday and Sunday. For those who are new to group improvisation - there is only one rule, and that is to be respectful of the other musicians. Usually that means to listen before playing, and try to play something that complements or inspires the music as it develops. Everyone wants to be heard, but don't play so loud that others can't be heard. If it's crowded, take a break and give others a chance to play.
If the past is any indication, we can look forward to some fantastic, unpredictable music!
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 to close out the festival on Sunday night. The laptop battle is scheduled for 4-6pm on Saturday. You can sign up at the registration desk.
The swap meet is a chance to buy, sell, or trade your musical gear. In the back of the lounge (seminar room), there will be an area (with tables) where people can set up. Everyone is invited to participate.
All of the performances at electro-music 2012 will be streamed live on the electro-music.com internet radio station.
radio.electro-music.com also has regular programming, in which members can create their own show to broadcast live electronic music. Special streaming concerts are presented several times per year, featuring artists from around the world performing from the convenience of their home or studio. Anyone can participate in these concerts – see the web site for details.
21:00 GMT 120 min.
Edison's Electronic Review with EdisonRex
23:00 GMT 120 min.
Mostly Ambient [rebroadcast] with bingsatellites
19:00 GMT 120 min.
Music From Last Thursday [rebroadcast] with Faux Pas Quartet and friends
19:00 GMT 120 min.
Mostly Ambient with bingsatellites
Wednesday every other week:
22:00 GMT 60 min.
Adventures in Sound with Jez
22:00 GMT 60 min.
On the convergence of distant monopoles with Paulo Santos
00:00 GMT 120 min.
Music From Last Thursday with Faux Pas Quartet and friends
21:00 GMT 60 min.
Meat Pinata http://meatpinata.com with DarthBuddha
Friday week 3:
03:00 GMT 60 min.
Signals with Shivasongster
22:00 GMT 60 min.
Chez Mosc with Howard Moscovitz
19:00 GMT 120 min.
Organized Sound with Dr. Steve
11:30 GMT 60 min.
Dream Time with Dark Vortex
Sunday every other week:
21:00 GMT 60 min.
The Eleventh Hour with 1:11
Special Thanks to:
Howard Moscovitz – organizer
Greg Waltzer – organizer
Genevieve Moscovitz – staff coordinator
Kevin Kissinger, Paul Harriman – sound engineering
Hong Waltzer – photography
Jack Hurwitz – t-shirt design
Project Ruori, Dale Parson, Joo Won Park, Jez Creek, Ian Harriman, Michael O'Bannon, Bill Manganaro, Adam Holquist, John Dugan, Laura Todd - equipment and assistance
Greenkill Retreat Center
and everyone who has volunteered their time, equipment, energy and talent to help make electro-music 2012 a success!