Welcome to electro-music 2015
The electro-music festival is now in it's eleventh 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 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 2015 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 twelve years to more than 20000 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 2015 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
Acoustic Interloper (Dr. Dale Parson) is an Associate Professor at Kutztown University of PA with a doctorate in computer science from Lehigh University and over 30 years of computing experience in Bell Labs and related companies. Starting in 2005 with the encouragement of the Electro-Music.com community, he began to integrate his musical and computing activities. He has fused the harmonic perspectives of modal Appalachian folk music and modal jazz, the finger picking approaches of bluegrass modulated with Latin American rhythms, and the pointillistic sensibilities of Minimalism into his music. He considers his music to be "electro jug band," using the everyday sounds of stringed instruments and software patches in his compositions.
Collaboration led by Jez Creek
the Factories in the World
An open collaboration of industrial sounding mayhem, led by the darkest impulses of Al Baldwin and Chris Wikman of Audio Mace. See one of us to join in. If(=ambient)=>FAIL.
AfterMyth is the Asheville-based duo of Hong Waltzer on 21-string Chinese GuZheng and Greg Waltzer on synthesizer and flute. The collaboration combines haunting and exotic melodies of traditional Chinese music with ethereal synthesis.
Scott Patire Aka Atonal
Pre midi, analog and tape ...My beginnings!
Atonality, Dissonance, Counterpoint and Repetition ...My mindset!!
Effected and Synthesized Guitar, Analog and VA Synths, Ableton, Push and Logic!! ...Some of my tools
Hailing from Maryland, Audio Mace is Chris Wikman and Al Baldwin. Complex, instrumental arrangements, varied musical styles, and evocative soundscapes characterize their offerings, each piece with its own unique mood and style. Formed to provide a vehicle for exploring music with a more “industrial” and “experimental” style, Audio Mace combines electronic instrumentation with exotic instruments (including several unique and “home-made” ones), sound textures, rhythmic elements, and percussion as it seeks to explore new themes and sonic textures and to create unique and evocative musical journeys. They return to EM 2015 with new instruments, new sounds, and their very own movie. Audio Mace has performed live at locations in New York, Philadelphia, and Maryland, including on-stage improvisation with members of OneWayness, Symmetry, Finite Element, and ESP Modulator from London.
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.
I don't like the term ambient music for describing what I do as it seems too heavily loaded with connotations of noodling, and also doesn't seem proper as beatless music doesn't necessarily engender easily ignorable ambiance. Electronic music seems wrong because rock n' roll was made with electronics, I'm not sure why a synthesizer is electronic but a guitar is not. I like sound collage music, but I snagged it from someone who called their music collage swirls, which is much better. I do use some field recordings, but am not starting a Solitudes series. I use a computer, but close the lid while performing. I've been told my music is nostalgic more than once, which is ironic because to me it's often contentless. I do like to play loud, but unquestionably dynamic. Let's say impactful. My main goal for this festival is to meet people from around the country and form relationships that can lead to performances. I really want to bring my music to new places to share and have people enjoy. I hope to talk to you!
Julius Bucsis is an award winning composer, guitarist, and music technologist. His electronic and acoustic compositions have been included in many juried concerts, conferences and festivals worldwide. He also frequently performs a set of original compositions featuring electric guitar and computer generated sounds about which he says, “The music in my guitar set came about from my getting an opportunity to perform. I responded to an advertisement by a group that had an upcoming concert and was seeking an opening act. I had one piece for electric guitar and computer and I sent it to them as a demo. They liked the piece and I got the gig. However, I didn’t think everything through. I thought I would go there and play my 5 minute piece and that would be it. Imagine my surprise when a few days before the show, the event organizer asked me if I could perform for 45 minutes. I told him I could do 30 minutes. So I composed 4 pieces in 3 days and went to do the show. Everything worked out and I’ve performed there again and got numerous other gigs as a result. This music is real special to me. It incorporates all of the musical interests I’ve been fascinated by throughout my life. It integrates my love of playing guitar, of jazz, of rock, of electronic sounds, and of improvisation.”
Todd received his training in classical percussion at West Virginia University, studying with Phil Faini and Dave Satterfield. While at WVU in the mid 90’s, Todd took lessons in electronic music and FM synthesis with Gil Trythall – lessons and experiences that still inform his music today. In 2008, Todd embarked on a quest to release ten solo album-length recordings in ten years. It is 2015, and Todd is continuing to develop and refine a critically-acclaimed compositional voice utilizing electro-acoustic percussion, guitar, and hardware synths and effects that is informed by many years spent as a touring rock drummer. John Collinge of Progression Magazine rated Campbell’s 2010 release “Translation” 12 out of 12 stars, observing that Todd’s “prolific and complex contributions on drums, cymbals and percussion lend depth and resonance to his incredible array of electronic applications,” creating “uncharted forays into sonic alchemy that probably surprised their creator as much as the listener.” John Patrick reviewed Todd’s 2012 release “Versification,” noting “many auditory adventures beckon between and within…his hard-bop tendencies on traditional trap-kit and his battery of electronics.” Todd’s solo performances invite you to journey into a sonic landscape featuring masterful drumming and avant-whacked synth wizardry that holds a curious sonic treat somewhere in the depths.
Chvad SB has been performing and recording music since 1991 and has played with a wide range of innovative and envelope-pushing bands, such as THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN (Invisible Records, Facility Records), Tongue Muzzle (Facility Records), The Qualia (WTII Records) and experimental music pioneers Controlled Bleeding (Wax Trax, Soleil Moon, others). Chvad SB’s experiments with sound focus on finding new sounds and textures, but always with a human edge. Using a wide variety of instruments including modular synthesizers, found objects, hand-built instruments, guitars, and voice, Chvad SB builds soundscapes that are as unsettling as they are familiar. Many compositions and shows are entirely improvisational in nature while others are arranged and developed over years. Chvad SB recently scored the feature film “GUT” which has been praised repeatedly for effectively establishing the subtle and uneasy tone of the film. His first collection of dark-ambient solo recordings titled Crickets were the Compass has received nothing but praise. In late 2015 Chvad will be releasing the audio/video piece entitled Phenomenalism, Cartesian Doubt and Bomb #20 and beginning work on the score for the feature film Ayla.
Clone 334 improvises techno influenced electronica with analog synthesizers driven by a modular brain.
Cranial Mythos is the solo project of musician, composer, producer, and event organizer Greg Waltzer. He has recorded and performed with Waveformation, AfterMyth, xeroid entity, Technicolor Travel Agency, Fringe Element, Holosphere, and Mutation Vector. The music of Cranial Mythos ranges from dark, ambient, and spacey to upbeat and melodious, with some strange trips in between.
Robert Dorschel is an eclectic multi-instrumentalist from Syracuse, NY. Robert attempts to create detailed melodic soundtrack pieces, but is still haunted by the fact that he failed "Piano for Non-Music Majors" course in college. As a result he ends up playing "Chopsticks" for a few hours straight each night and chuckling quietly to himself. Come see a condensed version of this behavior in his live performance.
Dorschel + Alexander is Robert Dorschel and Neil Alexander (Nailgun). This is their third year throwing something together live here at the EM festival.
Dale Parson plays Zero Input Mixer (ZIM).
This collaboration, conducted by Andrew Koenig, will present an orchestrated group improvisation.
Collaboration of Brian Good and Todd Campbell.
Groove 21 is the world-space fusion project of Teddy Klett. The name was futuristic back in the 20th Century. It's about live looping with percussion and effects and whatever instruments are in the car in time to make it to the show. This performance will be an exercise in DIY visuals as Teddy is also VJ Cargo.
Paul Harriman has been playing music since the early 1970s. A classically trained pianist and brass player, Paul started working with synthesizers and electro-acoustic instruments beginning in 1974, building a synthesizer from Electro-Notes schematics by the time he was 16. Through the 1980s and 1990s Paul was running a studio, composing music for theatrical productions, and sitting in studio sessions in Burlington, Vermont. Now resident in London, UK, he still maintains a private studio and is a regular contributor to radio shows on Electro-Music.Com's internet radio station, as well as helping with running the site (where he is known as EdisonRex). Paul played a 2 hour bi-weekly live performance show which was called Edison's Ephemera on that station from 2009 to 2011. He began playing the Eigenharp in 2010, and has been performing solo with that instrument and an Akai EWI in both the US and UK as well as doing live Internet broadcasting and projects. Paul is especially interested in the interplay of environmental backgrounds to music and the natural sympathy of ambient sound to accompaniment, especially with rhythmical backgrounds.
“You are close to silence, Silence with a capital S. You are in tune with silence, the deepest sound of them all. Every sound, therefore, that you make, (…) has a meaning, an ineffability, a significance. You are listening, Listening with a capital L. You hear what everyone else is doing; you do whatever is necessary, which is usually as little as possible. It has nothing to do with self-expression: it has to do with a group mind.” – R. Fripp
Hypogeum is an ongoing exercise in minimalist spontaneity, consisting of Adam Holquist, John Morley, Joe Wall, and Aaron Todd (maybe).
Kevin Kissinger is a classically-trained composer/performer from the Kansas City area. His set for electro-music will feature his own compositions for theremin. Kevin's focus has been to create theremin works that utilize live-looping and surround sound. Kevin writes: "Live-looping is an excellent tool to create complex counterpoint and rich textures from a monophonic instrument. Surround sound further enhances the music in that the individual lines can be heard clearly. The resulting texture suggests an "alien string orchestra".
past years, Kevin has hosted the Kansas City Regional Electro-music
festival and, after a break in 2015, will resume as the "Missouri
Electro-music Meetup" planned for February 2016.
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.
I have been an electronic artist for a number of years now. This is my fourth year appearing at Electro Music. My music is experimental in nature. I have used a range of diverse instruments focusing on either processed natural instruments, experimental instruments like the Moog Guitar or Haken Continuum. I have an album in progress "Fire Giver" based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Harrison McKay (guitar) of The Tangent Project.
Sequence [see-kwuh ns]. Noun. Music - a melodic or harmonic pattern repeated three or more times at different pitches with or without modulation. The MIDI Sequencing collaboration will combine MIDI sequences from two or more musicians synchronized to a master clock along with non-rhythmic contributions to create spontaneous sequence-based compositions. Led by Rich Kennicutt.
Modulator ESP: Improvised looped electronic dronescapes, rhythmic interludes and ambient noise voids that occasionally lapse into strange melodies...
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.
Howard was on the design team at Bell Laboratories which developed the first Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chip. These chips are now found at the heart of virtually every electronic musical instrument or signal processor in use today. He retired from corporate America in 2002 and is now devoting his time to composing and music performance. In 2003 he founded electro-music.com as an interactive web site dedicated to furthering the art of electronic music.
Jazz pianist, synthesist, and composer, Neil Alexander, began performing and composing in 1974. Always the type of musician who thrives on variety, Neil continues involvement with a wide variety of projects. For 15 years (1996 - 2011) he performed with his contemporary electric/acoustic jazz ensemble, NAIL, releasing their most recent CD “Tugging At The Infinite” in 2007. In 2013, Neil realized his long-standing dream of recording a solo piano CD, “Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Vol. 1”, an artistic and critical success. Neil’s worked with various Tribute groups including “The Machine” (Pink Floyd Tribute, 1996 - 2006), “The Mahavishnu Project” (since 2008 - 2014) and most recently, “Mr. Gone”, focusing on the music of jazz giants “Weather Report” & Herbie Hancock’s “Headhunters”.
An additional aspect of Neil’s music is his long-standing relationship with electronic instruments, primarily synthesizers. He acquired his first synth in 1978 and never looked back, making those sounds a part of his extensive musical vocabulary. He frequently performs solo in an all-electronic context, incorporating this into a jazz & classical based improvisational format. In search of better ways to realize improvisational electronic music quickly, Neil began using Ableton LIVE software and In 2012 he started the Ableton Hudson Valley Users Group, teaching workshops at the local Library in Newburgh NY.
attended the 2012, 2013 & 2014 Electro-Music Festivals in
Huguenot, NY where he crossed paths with dozens of like-minded
performers & composers, performing and collaborating with other
participants, using generative music techniques he has developed
while playing for Modern Dance classes at SUNY Purchase since 1992.
He continues his interest in electronic music with recent solo
performances in Kutztown and Philladelphia PA. His most recent CD is
entitled “Soft Invaders” culled from a live on-air radio
performance on Mike Hunter’s “Music With Space”
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. Neorev is Michael Matteo, an electronic music producer from Long Island, New York who has been producing and performing live for over a decade. This will be his fourth time playing the Electro-Music Festival. In the summer of 2009, Neorev released his official debut album "Lines & Shapes," an homage to the early 90's warehouse rave scene he grew up on. Packed with big beats and breaks aimed at the dancefloor, known for it's opening track "Oh No!" At the end of 2011, the follow up album "Children Of The Bomb" was released and would show Neorev adopting a much darker sound that was a cross between industrial, dubstep, and experimental. He spent the next couple of years collaborating with guest vocalists and other musicians on new material spread across several EP releases. He is currently working on a third album due out at the end of 2015.
Michael O'Bannon is a visual artist, sound designer, programmer, and psychologist based in Atlanta, Georgia. He specializes in improvised mixes of video imagery in concert with live electronic music performances. He has collaborated on visuals for electro-music festivals and other music events in the northeast, southeast, and midwest USA, as well as designing software for visual and music performances. His music is an exploration of internal psychological states produced by electronic generation and modification of ambient soundscapes. His work pursues the ephemeral phantasms lurking in transition zones between abstraction and representational experience.
onewayaudiosymmetry is a periodically recurring collision between onewayness (Adam Holquist), Audio Mace (Al Baldwin & Chris Wikman), and Symmetry (Jose Murcia), which bears strange misshapen fruit approximately once per year.
onewayness is Adam Holquist, a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist from Erie, Pennsylvania. He uses guitars, pianos, analog and digital synthesis, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of hardware and software tools to create atmospheric and textural music which draws influence from a variety of sources. These may include: ambient, drone, minimalism, post-rock, and vintage and contemporary electronic 'listening music'.
Led by Jez Creek, this collaboration features the Teenage Engineering OP-1.
Pallid Mask is the solo project of Al Baldwin of Audio Mace. It was named in honor of his affection for things dark and occult and will provide a venue to explore strange new sound and textures, to seek out new instruments and music, and to boldly create evocative soundscapes.
His debut at EM 2015 will include a Psychotronic movie to accompany an excursion into strange new sounds and textures showcasing some of his more unusual and unique instruments including control (?) of an instrument with his brain waves.
Project ruori is an art-automation coalescence superimposing structure upon interstellar dust densely connected to the post-communist groove. We steal holiday favorites, beepy-beepy noises, surreal visuals, NO RICHARD WAGNER WHATSOEVER, and, here and there, a few cordless green ideas, to harass observers with an electrifying sensory trauma. (It's easier than it looks.)
Questio Pacem means “Seeking Peace” in Latin. This duo combines John Morley (Lux Seeker) and Scott Patire (Atonal).
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. Think of a meat eating Moby. This is not musical wallpaper nor is it for 2 a.m. head-pounding at a club.
Shivasongster is Jeremy dePrisco's electro project under which he explores sound generation and audio oddities. Significant influences include Echoes and Hearts of Space and the signals beaming from his father’s attic Ham Radio workbench. Since 2010 Shivasongster has attended, presented at EM offering performances as a solo singer-songwriter, duo performances with Robert Dorschel (as RoDoJede), and with the Zero Input Mixer (ZIM) orchestra. Jeremy has continued to experiment with this fun and unpredictable sound source and will be joining this year's collaboration. Shivasongster's solo work includes guitar-based pieces and non-guitar works, often including Soto Zen commentaries, NPR radio interviews and his own private collection of found sounds. On the technology side, Shivasongster works with processed acoustic guitar, Percussa Audiocubes, Ableton Live, Reason and home-made gadgets, and hacked devices. Shivasongster recently performed a piece for autoharp and electronics with other EM artists and videographer Michael O’Bannon at the first Kutztown University Computer Music & Visualization Conference this year at Kutztown University, PA. Back in bluegrass territory in Millville, PA, Jeremy runs Pepperhead Studios and performs with the Americana/novelty duo Fricknadorable (yes, that's the way we spell it!) 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.
SK Orchestra is an international collaborative experiment dedicated to the group improvisational capabilities of 1980s Casio SK-series sampling keyboards. Founded in 2009 by Michael Durek (Pas Musique / The Use / &c.), SKO will be led on this occasion by alumnus & authorized co-conspirator Adam Holquist. All are welcome.
Dave's Electronic Soundscapes (DES) combines elements of several electronic musical styles such as ambient, electro-pop, space, drone, techno, new age etc. to create music ranging from slowly evolving soundscapes to upbeat sequencer driven portraits. Dave's e-music influences includes J.M.Jarre, Synergy, Michael Garrison, Tangerine Dream, Tomita and many others.
State Machine is Bill Manganaro, an electrical engineer for over 35 years in the New York Metro Area. Bill has been composing and performing electronic music as a hobby for over 18 years. The music of State Machine concentrates on fast paced complex, morphing, rhythms and melodies that often will break down into strange and unusual ambiances that serve to bridge his compositions. Bill's music will be played using a combination of improvisational work on a modular synthesizer, laptop computer, Roland TB3 bass line synthesizer, and Roland TR8 drum machine.
Brian Good has played various woodwinds since the fourth grade. After winning "Superior" ratings at various solo and ensemble contests in high school, he spent his college years playing with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble under Herb Pomeroy. He was awarded "Outstanding Soloist" awards at a number of college jazz festivals, and has performed at venues across the country and abroad, notably the Montreux Jazz Festival. He currently performs with the North Coast Jazz Collective, as well as with a variety of jazz and avant garde ensembles. He also participates in occasional collaborations with musicians from the Detroit Symphony and the Detroit Chamber Winds.His current arsenal includes soprano and tenor saxophones (often processed), clarinet, the Electronic Wind Instrument, and whatever interesting electronic contraptions his brother Gordon concocts. He has a day job working as a physicist at the NASA Glenn Research Center.
Collaboration of Jose Murcia (Symmetry) and Jez Creek (Modulator ESP).
Jose E. Murcia (a.k.a. JEM) considers himself an Electronic Musician exploring art. music, sound and space. Particularly the contrast between the four. He believes that he is only a conduit for the music of Symmetry. When people hear him play live or hear the music posted on Soundcloud.com or Reverbnation.com, they are hearing a separate entity known as Symmetry. Like all other music of the past and present, Symmetry comes to life whenever someone hears it, and will continue to do so for all time to come apart from the person who recorded it. Over the last 36 years, Symmetry has traversed the full gamut of electronic musical expression. It began with Musique Concrete generated by tape recorders, radios, found sounds, home-made and circuit-bent electronic gadgets, continued with 80s style Synth Pop using elements of Rock, Jazz, Classical and New Age via consumer electronic keyboards and synthesizers, and more recently doing live mixes of Ambient Electronica, EDM and World Fusion using loopers, sequencers, samplers and MP3s (no laptops or iPads). This year, JEM will be performing material from the up-coming "Tribute" CD.
Generative music and Visuals by Dale Parson.
Tamul wants to shock us. He likes to ignite awareness and action on our part. He feels our souls contain the fuels needed to involve ourselves with the problems and concerns of this world, although usually we do not utilize these fuels. We become so insulted that we do not notice the events taking place around us. The seeds of destruction take root without intervention. Situations become critical and explode around us before we use our fuel and act on a problem. We must not be as John Muir wrote,"...people on the world, not in it - having no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them - undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate."
Tamul wants to spark the essence that fuels our humanity and our common sense. His concert is going to be challenging for most people. If the audience comes expecting merely to be entertained, they will be surprised. His music explores the art of arranging sounds in unique and challenging ways. Tamul notes that any art is a spin-off on tradition. Tamul prefers taking music to the edge.
The Melting Transistor
Formed in 2012, The Melting Transistor is a trio from the industrial swampland of central New Jersey/eastern Pennsylvania that concocts completely improvised electronic music. The group consists of Juan Garces (synthesizers, electronics), Floyd Bledsoe (synthesizers, electronics) and Karl Fury (stringed instruments, laptop). The music is primarily generated with no prior planning but often sounds intricately composed. Middle eastern melodies mixing alongside of deep space electronics, bluesy slide and soaring rock guitar, exotic grooves, and avant-garde elements all add up to The Melting Transistor.
Twyndyllyngs are an electronic music chamber ensemble using high tech devices to improvise "spacemusic" that is suitable for everything from planetarium presentations to deep inner thought explorations. This duo consists of Howard Moscovitz and Bill Fox who have international reputations, having performed across North America and Europe.
An open collaboration led by Chris Wikman of Audio Mace. Something ambient to wake you up gently on Saturday morning. It worked well enough in 2014 that we're doing it again. See Chris if you'd like to join in.
I was founding member of Earthstar and relocated to Berlin to produce several recordings on SKY records. Klaus Schulze produced our first recording. We disbanded in 1989. Since that time I have worked as a solo artist producing film soundtrack & sound installations. The past 5 years have found me in a more collaborative approach to my music. Last year I completed a residency in Berlin funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission. I look forward to working with new ideas and the many new artists that participate in the Electro- Music Festival
VJ Cargo is Teddy Klett (Groove 21).
Joe Belknap Wall took piano lessons in youth, in which he was instructed by an unusually prescient teacher to slow down whenever he was having trouble keeping up, then embarked on a twenty-year career as a non-singing operatic supernumerary, becoming pen pal to Gian Carlo Menotti in the process. After becoming entranced by the possibilities of electronic music through his love of Holger Czukay, Eno, Cluster, Wendy Carlos, Laurie Anderson, and others, he began making music using reel-to-reel recordings of late-night sessions with a shortwave radio, slicing those tapes into a blizzard of polyester fragments and stringing together disjointed assemblages of noise with dime-store tape. In time, he got his hands on a synthesizer, which fueled a run of one-man shows for spoken word and electronics, including This Nonstop March Around The World, Uneasy Listening In Baltimore, A Troubled Sleep, The Laser Farm, The Trampoline Spectator, and My Fairy Godmothers Smoke Too Much, which earned a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2006. Between telling stories on stage with machines as his greek chorus, he built interactive sound installations for the American Visionary Art Museum and other spaces and finally took his piano teacher's advice to slow down, subsiding into the drift of drones and molecular atmospheres in hazy ambient pieces unfolding over hours.
Whorlweaver is the experimental alter ego of Ron Slabe/Pyrosonic.He has performed live at various venues in the Cleveland/Akron,Ohio area for the last few years and has also performed at the last 2 Voice of the Valley Noise Rally (VOV) in west Virginia. He strives to produce otherworldly, creepy, sonic atmospherics that bring to mind that feeling you get when you're alone in the woods after dark. He utilizes sampling, synthesis, found sounds and objects processed through an extensive array of plugins on a MacBook Pro laptop.
I compose music with a mystical or spacy mood, blending melodic passages with filters, delay, and samples from nature. I like to keep things interesting with rhythmic passages and occasional key changes. Writing music is just one of my creative outlets. I like to tie it in with art and video weirdscapes. I am currently working on a music video for my science fiction novel Tesla's Signal.
Visuals - I use Visual Jockey, a free video app from the 90s, to make my shows and clips. For source material, I use mostly my own abstract scribbles in eye-popping colors. My main influence is the "old school" psychedelic art and light shows of the '60s.
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 100 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. Led by Dale Parson.
Looping Workshop – Teddy Klett
Techniques - Kevin Kissinger
The seminar will include the following topics:
.. how to set the note-spacing
.. ear-training (relative pitch)
.. use of the volume antenna (loop)
.. pitch-matching and sustained pitches
.. aerial fingering technique
.. small intervals and jumps
Participants will have the opportunity to play the theremin in a "group lesson" setting. (I will bring at least one theremin but will have two or three if I have the room to pack them!).
Zero Input Mixer
workshop – Dale Parson
We will be having another ZIM workshop and performance this year. If you are an EM-ZIM veteran, you are invited to skip the workshop and play again. If you are new to ZIM and have a portable mixer and some effects that you’d like to play, you can join the workshop. We will be playing feedback signals generated by feeding mixer outputs to inputs. New ZIMmers must attend the workshop to play. Please make sure to use compressors or limiters to safeguard ears and the PA system.
Audio Programming with Arduino - Kevin Meredith and Rebecca
Kevin Meredith and Dr. Rebecca Mercuri will explain the Arduino programming methods used in the Grelmo 8-bit synthesizer design and derivative works. Source code will be distributed for all Grelmo versions and derivatives, including new MIDI control change functionality (thanks Steve Mokris) and connectivity with infrared distance sensors and analog controls. Participants are encouraged to experiment with code modification. A limited number of new, assembled Grelmo shields and extra controls and sensors will be available for purchase; attendees wishing to code should bring an Arduino UNO, laptop with Arduino IDE installed, and USB programming cable. A device that outputs standard MIDI is optional but recommended.
Kevin Meredith (KB3BUT) is currently an Engineering major at Drexel University, where he is also the Vice President of the Drexel University Amateur Radio Club (W3MGF). He holds a BA in Communications from Rider and a degree in Recording Arts from the School of Audio Engineering in London. Kevin is an avid electronics experimenter, Arduino programmer, and designer, player, and sometime historian of electronic music instruments. As Walter Cosmac, he also holds a Doktorate of Forbidden Sciences from Dobbstown University.
Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D. (KA3IAX) is a computer forensics expert and the owner of Notable Software, Inc. <www.notablesoftware.com>. Rebecca holds a BMus degree in Classical Guitar from the University of the Arts, as well as numerous degrees in computer science and engineering, including a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania). Avocations include performing classical and popular music with local choral and instrumental groups, as well as owning a vintage RCA theremin.
Pittsburgh Modular System
10.1 Workshop - Jeremy dePrisco
Tired of staring at computer screens? Ever wanted to get into modular synthesis? Shivasongster will demo the Pittsburgh Modular System 10.1, an entry level modular desktop unit that packs a lot of functionality and fun into a small unit. Combined with a few other strategic pieces of gear that won't break the bank, Shivasongster will show how to create some inspiring patches and effects in this hands-on workshop.
Creative Brain – Tanya Thielke
If you think the last thing you want to hear about is yet another person’s ideas about creativity, then this is the seminar for you. As in 2012, there will be no fat, fluff, or theoretical froo froo. Iswear. In this 100% practical seminar/workshop I will be covering:
- understanding creative life issues as personal quality of life issues
- figuring out why its actually important to create things
- understanding the different components of the creative state of mind
- increasing your overall confidence in and fluency with your ideas
- 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 EVER
- optimizing creative time and approaches to making the best use of extremely/absurdly limited time
- 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 adapt and apply them to your own circumstances immediately.
In this workshop we will build on the ideas set forth in the seminar and work on ways to set them into practical motion for you. Discussion will include:
- understanding how external forces work against creative time, both in quantity and quality in your particular situation
- the importance of removing additional artificial pressures in the form of ideas that reside in your head
- the importance of other “centering” activities in reducing stress and helping to unclutter and unfetter the mind
- the critical importance of (re) defining productivity
- engaging in what it means to change and evolve as a person as well as an artist
Tanya Thielke (a.k.a. Tantroniq) is a composer, violin teacher, home educator, and a few other things. She spends as much time as possible thinking about things she finds interesting and important, mostly on the broad subject of what its like to be human. A passionate advocate for independent, individual creative thought, her greatest goal is to be a productive artist and help others do the same, so that we might all leave behind a few interesting things to inspire others.
Ableton Live Techniques / Philosophy - Andrew Sblendorio
Coming from a traditional instrumental background playing the guitar and stand-up bass, I have always been biased towards strong players and craftsmanship. As my interest in electronic music increased this view was solidified, my interest in "push and play" culture was non-existent. I believe this is very human. We have an intimate bond with causal relationships and music does not seem to be an exception. I also face a struggle I'm sure many of you understand. I can plainly see the potential of the computer. How can we make it more intimate? Under what parameters can a tool be seen as instrumental? Join me for explanation (and debate), and if there is enough interest in some advanced Ableton techniques we will delve into that more heavily. Ableton techniques including (but not limited to) using clyph x, macrobat, drum rack internal routings, creative uses of operator and analog, using midi to create continuous drones, and using granulation.
The Genius of
Nikola Tesla - Howard Lipman
Howard Lipman has been a past Board Member of the Tesla Science Foundation and has given lectures on Tesla, notably at the 2015 World Steampunk Fair. He has written 6 books under the pen name of PanOrpheus. The last two, 'Songs and Stories from Tesla's Tower' and 'The Antikythera and The Source' have been on the Top Paid Amazon 100 Science Fiction Steampunk list. He plays and demonstrates the Theremini and will be playing in a duo with Laura (Todd) Woodswalker as well as giving the 'Tesla' Seminar'.
Linnstrument Demo - Robert Dorschel
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 lounge (seminar room). Open time for jams is in the evening, after dinner. Jam sessions are unstructured - the music can be whatever the participants feel like playing. 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 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. Please label your items with your name and the price.
Special Thanks to:
Howard Moscovitz – organizer
Greg Waltzer – organizer
Hong Waltzer – coordinator, photography
Kevin Kissinger, Dale Parson, Project Ruori, Andrew Koenig - equipment
Jack Hertz – T-shirt graphics
Ed Siedzik, Paul Harriman, Adam Holquist, Jez Creek, Scott Patire, Brian Good, Neil Alexander, Daniel Zongrone, Andrew Sblendorio, Bill Manganaro - assistance
Greenkill Retreat Center
and everyone who has volunteered their time, equipment, energy and talent to help make electro-music 2015 a success!