Welcome to electro-music 2016
The electro-music festival is now in it's twelfth 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 2016 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 2016 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
Steve Ashby is a Richmond, VA based musician, composer, and sound artist. Building on his background as a classical guitarist, Ashby builds textures around sound found in the natural, and digital world, discovering the places where they intersect, and amplifying those attributes. Ashby’s work is a combination of field recordings, manipulated sound, and composed elements. With a growing interest towards sound ecology, Ashby looks for rhythms, melodies, and textures found in his surroundings to inform the direction of his work.
Collaboration led by Jez Creek
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. 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 Modulator ESP 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.
AURORIC DREAMS is Bryan Burnett and Tony Gerber. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Burnett and Gerber started creating music together in 2012 and have 2 releases to date, with several more ready for release. Their musical brand is ambient space music. Auroric Dreams has performed live shows in the Nashville area over the past 4 years and recently at MEME 2016 in Indianapolis. Burnett has a solo project called Noize Index that has been a prolific success. He also has a more broad presence as Burnett Audio. After joining Tony Gerber’s FB group for Nashville Electronic Music Group, Gerber was stunned and inspired by Bryan’s music. They have been doing music together ever since.
Thomas Bell has performed live improvised looping for the last 16yrs throughout the United States on electric bass, keyboards, alto clarinet, voice and laptop and basically anything else that makes sound. He has extensively explored prepared instrumentation as well as circuit bent electronics and has been recently been exploring live looping and manipulation with multiple battery powered cassette decks just to get away from having to be plugged in the grid. His project Gemini (2003 - 2012) along with Gregg Jarvis, created live improvised compositions through looping and live sampling in the EDM and free jazz idioms. As a solo artist he has performed under the name ADDJ, table:artist, and twin:72 utilizing Ableton Live, the Electrix Repeater and numerous other looping devices creating improvised sonic environments that are both compositionally based and abstract simultaneously. He is the founding artistic director of Spread Art, a Detroit based non profit focusing the creation of new artistic works through their residency and presenting programs.
Tom Bruce recently returned to the world of sound design and music after a 30-year absence. Back when pterodactyls were wheeling around in the sky, he worked as a freelance stage manager and production troubleshooter for the American Repertory Theater, Spoleto Festival USA, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Monadnock Music Festival and many others. He has lit up stages for Miles Davis, Weather Report, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. These days, he runs an operation that makes legal information freely available to more than 30 million people each year via the Internet. He is the author of Cello, the first web browser for the Microsoft Windows platform. Tom remains, after all these years, unable to play the piano.
Julius Bucsis is an award winning composer, guitarist, and music technologist. Since beginning serious efforts with composition in 2011, his works have been included in over 100 (mostly juried) events worldwide. He also frequently performs a set of original compositions featuring electric guitar and computer generated sounds. His artistic interests include using computer technology in music composition, developing musical forms that incorporate improvisation, and composing music for traditional orchestral instruments. He is currently in pursuit of a DA in Music Composition at Ball State University. The music in this set came about from my getting an opportunity to perform. I responded to an advertisement seeking an opening act for a group that had a gig. 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.
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.
Collaboration of Jez Creek (Modulator ESP) and Adam Holquist (onewayness).
My music is fully electronic. I use virtual synthesizers and keyboard controllers while performing live. It Is a temperamental music, passing from atmospheric minimalist style to themes with changes accompanied with programmed drums, all focused on the melody.
Robert Dorschel is an eclectic multi-instrumentalist from Syracuse, NY that does a fair job at creating detailed melodic soundtrack and synth-based compositions. Yet, he is haunted by the fact that he failed his "Piano for Non-Music Majors" course in college; as a result he plays "Chopsticks" for a few hours straight each night while chuckling quietly to himself. Robert also performs in music festivals along the East Coast from time to time.
live ambient noise drone glitch-groove improvisation
dRachEmUsiK is the solo project of musician, sound designer and producer Charles Shriner.
"dRachEmUsiK combines a plethora of nuanced techniques in order to create groovy and meditative soundscapes; giving structure to improvisation. This style manifests itself into an organic and natural composition of a free flowing design resulting in improvisations and structured pieces ranging from ambient to glitch-groove, noise to nujazz." - Ryan Rock
Charles Shriner has been a full time musician for over 40 years. During that time he has worked as an arranger, session player and instrumentalist touring with numerous international performers and has played on over 50 independent and major label recordings. He has been a guiding force in many projects including The Genes, Mr. Presto, dRachEmUsiK and Faux Pas Quartet. Over time he has produced artists in diverse genres including jazz, techno-industrial, classical, country, hip hop, and everything in-between. As a composer and sound designer he has created the music and sound design for AMA award winning world-class museum installations, art installations and planetarium shows in addition to work for video games, film, video, dance troupes, and theater. Additionally, Charles is owner of MCSD Studio and NetLabel and has created a series of workshops on free-form improvisation which incorporate his training and facilitation skills in Jungian based experiential emotional work.
Chris Frain has been making exclusively electronic music since 2013. Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, the one-time prog-rock bassist became motivated to indulge in solo projects as quality analog electronic instruments became more affordable in recent years. His approach typically involves the integration of mobile computing and hardware synthesizers, with an emphasis on creating melodic patterns and counterpoints. His influences include pioneers such as Raymond Scott, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, and numerous French "space disco" artists.
This collaboration, conducted by Andrew Koenig, will present an orchestrated group improvisation.
Juan Garces is an experimental and improvisational musician and electronics and synthesizer enthusiast who utilizes vintage and contemporary electronics to create his music. He continually seeks ways to incorporate electronic sounds, textures, and beats to take the listener on an imaginative auditory journey. He uses synthesizers, sequencers, live looping, and a laptop computer to create his audio magic.
Live space music pioneer and Nashville music scene trailblazer, Tony Gerber, has been performing live music in front of audiences and live radio since he was 9 years old. For his space music projects he mixes a love of electronic music with guitars, EWI, harmonicas, dulcimers and native flutes. As a solo artist he has performed at the Different Skies, City Skies festivals, Electro-Music Festivals, Mountain Skies, and Karelian Skies (Scandinavia), been a creative director and performer in his own Space for Music productions, produced two 12 hour Yuri's Night concert events working with some NASA scientists in the virtual world, released over 40 albums, several DVDs and videos, nominated as Jazz/Instrumental album of the year for the Nashville Music Awards, Top 10 Nashville Album Release for 2014, and has performed over 1600 live ambient space music concerts in the virtual world of Second Life as avatar, Cypress Rosewood. As a co-pilot of the internationally acclaimed electronic space music group, SPACECRAFT, he has performed live space music around the country in planetariums, museums, churches, performed twice for the Gathering concert series, been a guest on John Diliberto's Echoes Living Room concert series, had music in Paramount's "Vanilla Sky", and had an active performance art show career mixing pyrotechnic clothing attire with live music and light sculptures with sculptor David Hall and Multi media artist and professor, Don Evans. He has worked with the legendary music pioneer, Roedelius in live situations as well as recording and releasing an album with him. He created the acclaimed space music on demand label, Space for Music, harboring 32 artists with over 80 releases from 1999 - 2006 or so. The label still releases his personal projects. He is currently building the Musictellers live broadcast project and working with many world class artists in different combinations across different genres. He is very active and prolific playing live music and recording, being a dad and a husband. "I enjoy my life filled with passions."
My music is best described as textural: I weave various sonic textures together, where beats and rhythms come from complex overlays of various waveforms and sonic devices. At first listen, it may seem very focused on drones, but my intention isn’t to create a drone-scape, but rather, to investigate the molecular details of sound. I work with long duration sonic events because it allows both myself as the improviser and you, the listener, to really get to know the sounds that are happening. My musical philosophy comes from a similar place of the music of David Tudor, who didn’t really want to tell his equipment what to do, but rather explore what it’s natural tendencies were. For this performance, I will be using streetlights, modular synth, handmade circuits (that are at times a bit unstable and provide unpredictable results), and a few other odds and ends. My performance is improvised, and my performance style is very focused.
I’ve studied music and sound art my whole life. I’ve performed throughout the United States, and have composed music for dance, film, and large acoustic ensembles. I build my own instruments, am known mostly for my work with theremin, and spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to make light and sound work together. My work is largely connected to philosophy and critical theory of the everyday, with a smattering of the esoteric thrown in. I teach electronic music and experimental film production at Michigan State University.
Collaboration led by Brian Good.
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.
Ryan Holiday is an international performer based out of the US and Germany. He has released 15 albums, written scores for movies and TV, and produced his own musical. After a decade of playing in traditional venues, Holiday now creates intimate theme performances in art galleries, small theaters and homes. In 2016, Holiday will embark on his first full-length European tour to support Perspectives.
Perspectives is a living, breathing piece of art. It is a journey that will evolve throughout the months and years. I will change lyrics, loops, melodies, and visuals, and I may even create whole new songs to help expand the experience. Sometimes I will invite other artists to perform this piece with me, while other times I will perform alone. Eventually, I may have several live recordings available, but for now, you can only experience Perspectives live. Feel free, however, to record and share the show.
“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.
Dr. Wayne Kirby is a graduate of The Juilliard School, New York University and the Yale School of Music, where he studied composition with electronic music pioneer Bulent Arel. He is the Ruth Paddision Distinguished Professor of Music and founding director of the Bob Moog Electronic Music Studio at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. While at Juilliard, he formed the psycheldelic rock group The Wind in the Willows with Debbie Harry (Blondie). They recorded two albums on Capitol Records and performed on shows that also featured Jimi Hendrix, Leslie West, Traffic, Spooky Tooth, Rhinoceros, and others.
Kevin Kissinger is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Kansas City, Mo. Over the last ten years, Kevin has performed his own theremin compositions at electro-music events in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New York, Ashville, Indianapolis, and Kansas City. Kevin merges the theremin -- a nearly century-old technology and one-note-at-a-time instrument -- with looping technology to build real-time polyphonic textures. His set for Electro-Music 2016 will consist of his own looped compositions for theremin -- all played in real-time without the use of samples or pre-recorded elements. Kevin writes: "My early theremin compositions were written for solo theremin with my own synthesized backing tracks. I included a live-looped work in those sets to provide a break from the synthesized sound. I soon discovered that electro-music audiences were most enthusiastic about my live-looped music so my efforts have been to create more live-looped music that builds on some of my earlier efforts." Besides electro-music events, Kevin's past theremin performances include the Midwest Electronic Music Festival, Plaza Art Fair, Ethermusic, Moogfest, and the International Live Looping Festival.
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 fifth 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.
Atmospheric, ambient and progressive guitar player with Tangent Project, Hunter & Harrison and occasional guest with Brainstatik. Performances are improvisational and loop based using sequencing and extensive signal processing.
There are many Metlays in the world, all descended from a single immigrant family whose arrival at Ellis Island a century ago was greeted with a forcibly shortened name... but there is only one metlay!. Mike Metlay is, among other things: a nuclear physicist, magazine editor, pro audio consultant, engineer, writer, poet, husband, father, and likeable nut. He's been making experimental music for a very long time, and his past output ranges from melodic soundtracks to ear-blistering noise. These days Mike's main focus is on ambient music, from drifty to rhythmic, with a focus on melody, counterpoint, and a sense of humor. Mike is known not only for his metlay! solo output, but also for organizing electronic music events like the Different Skies festivals, and for group electronic music projects with various colleagues and friends under the umbrella title of mindSpiral. Mike's most recent solo album, recently released on the Aural Films label, is entitled 'fade'.
mindSpiral is the name given to a series of electronic music collaborations founded by Mike Metlay. Each different grouping of mindSpiral performers gets its own unique version number. Groups that play together more than once are eventually given names of their own, such as mind5Spiral becoming wonderVu and mind8Spiral becoming Infinity Sideways (whose first two albums are available on the Earth Mantra netlabel). This year's Electro-Music Festival sees the reunion of mind9Spiral, featuring Tony Gerber and Mike Metlay. The duo last played together at a house concert and planetarium show in Denver several years ago, and Tony and Mike are looking forward to reinventing their meditative and uplifting musical interplay for a new audience.
Led by Mike Hunter, this performance will feature students of the Modular Synth wokshop.
Improvised looped electronic dronescapes, sequential interludes and noisy ambients with occasionally excursions into accidental melodics...
I'm playing at The Gatherings in Philadelphia the following week, on 17.09.16
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, performing and composing since 1974. Neil is the type of musician who thrives on variety, and is involved with a wide variety of projects. For 15 years (1996 - 2011) he performed with his contemporary electric/acoustic jazz ensemble NAIL (their last CD “Tugging At The Infinite” was released in 2007). In 2013 Neil realized a long-standing dream and released a solo piano CD, “Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Vol. 1”, to critical acclaim. Neil has worked with various Tribute groups including “The Machine” (Pink Floyd Tribute, 1996 - 2006), “The Mahavishnu Project” (2008 - present) and most recently, “Mr. Gone”, focusing on the music of jazz giants “Weather Report” & Herbie Hancock’s “Headhunters”. Neil’s music is his long-standing relationship with electronic instruments, primarily synthesizers, goes back to his first synth in 1978. He’s never looked back, making those sounds a part of his extensive musical vocabulary and frequently performing solo in an all-electronic context. 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 in his home base of Newburgh NY, as well as surrounding towns. His most recent CD is entitled “Soft Invaders” culled from a live on-air radio performance on Mike Hunter’s “Music With Space” program. Neil began attending the Electro-Music Festivals in Huguenot, NY in 2012 where he crossed paths with dozens of like-minded performers & composers, performing and collaborating with other participants.
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'.
Pallid Mask is the solo project of Al Baldwin. Named in honor of his affection for things dark and occult and provides a venue to explore strange new sounds and textures, to seek out new instruments and music, and to boldly create evocative soundscapes no one has heard before, Pallid Mask combines electronics with exotic instruments (including several unique and "home-made" ones), sound textures, rhythmic elements, and percussion to create unique and evocative musical journeys. His performance at EM 2016 will include an excursion into strange new sounds and textures showcasing some of his more unusual and unique instruments including manipulation of instruments with his brain waves.
mario-enrique paoli is a composer, recomposer, and decomposer of sound and Image. Also a musician, guitarist, ambient-electronica arranger, Video/Audio Artist, and producer-director-designer-editor of film/video/theater/music/sound. He has worked in theater and studied guitar and music theory from an early age. In his music/sound work he is mostly interested in solo guitar, free improvisation, experimental and extended techniques and electronic synthesis and ambient electronica. Some work involves staging/design, image projections and performance art. Since 2002 he is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Media Studies at The New School University (NYC), where he is still teaching. He continues to work in creative film/video/audio design, as a post-supervisor, editor, sound designer, producer/engineer of music recordings and as a sound-image consultant. He regularly performs his music and sound art work. He is the founder and director at Studio Sonimagen, dedicated to the design, production, editorial, recording, and live performance of sound and image work.
This year, Project Ruori will perform some music made with a 5-string electric viola and the 8-bit sound chips in the Nintendo Entertainment System and Commodore 64, a GRELMO (soldered together at an electro-music workshop a few years ago), the Renoise tracker-style sequencer, and various other gizmos. Project Ruori may include (1) Steve Mokris playing a hacked-up BCF2000 controller, (2) Ashley Mokris playing 5-string electric viola, and (3) Jaymie Strecker pushing pixels around. The realtime MIDI-controlled computer graphics will be generated using Vuo (http://vuo.org), a visual programming language Steve and Jaymie help build during their so-called day job.
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.
In the pine barrens of southern NJ in late 2007, Justin Strollo and Paul Agemian started a musical journey together. Justin came from a live rock band background and Paul from an electronic music production and DJing background. They combined forces and have been making music ever since. Justin and Paul were later joined with Ted Gorczynski on bass, Dave DeTata on guitar, Ken Ditmars on flute and percussion, and Jayme Rivel on the drums.
My name is Andrew Sblendorio and I live in Utica, NY. After playing the guitar for many years I took up electronic music approximately 3 years ago. I have for a long time used Ableton Live, but have now been trying to use Max/MSP/Jitter exclusively for some projects. Since I began performing solo doing computer music since the beginning of 2015, I found that primarily using samples was the best way to get the sound and feel that I liked. I like things to have subtlety and not always be totally clear, and combining disparate sounds and recording mediums was effective. At the cafe where my girlfriend (and visual collaborator, Alexis Aguam) works, the owner has an extensive jazz collection, and I've become engaged again with the music of Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and begun to miss the subtly of vibrato and the engagement of an instrument. This has led me to begin to incorporate the guitar, more playing of synths, and live sampling and feedback control into my sets. There is a saxophonist Aram Shelton who has an amazing project called Tonal Masher that has really become a high-water mark, he uses an alto saxophone to shape feedback live. I am very interested in the engineering aspects of music and am always interested in new systems and techniques. I'll also be doing visuals at Electro-Music this year, as well as doing an Intro to Visual Programming Workshop.
Jeremy dePrisco (Shivasongster) is a Pennsylvania musician and sound artist who draws from a wide variety of styles. Over the years Jeremy has released six solo albums in the folk-rock and singer-songwriter genres. When Jeremy's not exploring found sounds or oscillators, you can find him playing bass in projects ranging from jazz (Negodniki) to classic rock (Susquehanna Sunset). Jeremy and his wife Audra make up the Americana/novelty duo Fricknadorable (yes, that's the way we spell it!) After joining the electro-music.com community in 2010, Jeremy has performed solo as Shivasongster, and in collaborated with Robert Dorschel, Daniel Z, and videographer Michael O’Bannon. Jeremy has also been a member of the festival's Zero Input Mixer (ZIM) orchestra. In 2012, Jeremy founded the Susquehanna Experimental Music & Sound Meetup group in Central PA. Jeremy runs Pepperhead Studios in Millville, PA and loves to grow hot peppers.
Leo Hylan is a multimedia artist working in a plethora of media including programming, photography, filmmaking, video art (installation and VJ), and electronic music / sound. Based in the Baltimore / Washington area, Leo has shown internationally, but primarily exhibits his work throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He received his B.F.A. in New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and both an M.A.T. in Arts Education and an M.F.A in Digital Arts from Goucher College. Leo is an award winning artist who has had featured solo and group exhibitions in several prestigious galleries including The Silber Gallery and The Metro Gallery in Baltimore, Crux Space in Philadelphia, and ArtFarm and Metropolitan in Annapolis. He has designed several video installations for galleries, local restaurants, and film festivals such as the Annapolis Film Festival. He designed four major public video installations in downtown Philadelphia for the Commerce Outdoor Screen and Video Cube at The Kimmel Center. In addition to these exhibitions and installations, Leo is a multimedia performer of electronic music, experimental sound, and live video (VJ). He has performed at various locations throughout the Baltimore / Washington, D.C., Asheville, Philadelphia, and New York areas; as well as, major east coast music festivals. This includes live video performances for nationally acclaimed musicians such as Telesma, Andy Bopp (Lovenut, Myracle Brah, etc.), and others. Leo has also produced three short films that use and/or combine 8mm and 16mm film; as well as, analog and digital video which have been shown at premier cinemas including the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Leo Hylan is a Founder and Instructor of Film, Video, Artistic Development, 21st Century Design, and Digital Media at the first arts magnet program in his now hometown of Annapolis, MD and currently serves on the Board of Directors at The Chesapeake Arts Center in Baltimore, MD. He has been published in several Art Education Curricula and Journals; as well as, providing presentations at the National Art Education Conference in Seattle, WA. Leo has been featured in numerous articles a including the City Paper-Baltimore, What’s Up Annapolis, The Knights Foundation Blog, and the Capital Gazette including a featured profile.
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. Daves e-music influences includes J.M.Jarre, Synergy, Michael Garrison, Tangerine Dream, Tomita and many others.
SPT is a hardware-based producer of ambient, atmospheric techno music. The overall sound and graphic design elements of the project are informed by a study of Antarctic geology, with each album released as an expedition and each track therein focusing on its own specific area. The acronym is short for Seenplatte Tunnel, loosely translated from German as “lakeland tunnel.” Platte itself more closely means plateau or district, but the compounded term Seenplatte is reserved in German for describing lake-covered, moraine regions of land. The significance attributed to Seenplatte Tunnel as a word pairing is with reference to the naturally-occurring tunnels of ice that form underneath the Schirmacher Oasis in Antarctica during the summer months by way of glacial erosion. The Schirmacher Oasis was the starting point of the SPT expeditions, but the ultimate goal of the project is for each new track to be representative of what could perhaps serve as the musical score to an expedition in each of the areas indicated.
Elise Stephens is a visual artist and journalist from Knoxville, Tennessee who explores the intersection between narrative, visual communication, and technology in her art. After a 15-year hiatus from fine arts, she returned to the University of Tennessee where she studies four-dimensional art and performs with the musicians of the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble.
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.
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).
Tamul studied at Berklee College of Music, Jacksonville University and the Sibelius Academy, where he studied composition with the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. While in Finland, he was hired by the Finnish Radio Electronic Music Studio to compose pieces for broadcast. On his return to the U.S., Tamul worked on electronic sound tracks for films, TV, planetariums, museum exhibts and sound scluptures. His Strong interest in social issues and inerpreting life sounds have spawned such projects as Porposises: Betty & Eva (cable-cast on Cinemax and HBO), Come to Florida Before It's Gone (aired on PBS), A Child for Our Time (a birthing), Genesis (exploring the creation of the universe and released on Spectrum Recordings), The Parthenon (using natural structure sounds and broadcast on WNYC), Four Tunnels (Orlando International Airport enviroment instilation), Pahayokee (a song cycle about the Florida Everglades), The Referee Has Vanished (social comentary funded be the Florida Fine Arts Council and broadcast on WNYC), Igniters (social comentary and recorded on a CD by ARS Electronica,Austria ). "Electro/Acoustic", Jack's 1980 recording for Spectrum Records, is a classic electronic music release. The recording includes both electronic sounds and live choruses. Also, there is great sound/text music, and vintage looping tracks as well. Even the liner notes by the legendary electronic music composer William Hoskins are excellent.
The Melting Transistor
Cosmic swirls of synthetic sound blended with electronic percussion, cooking bass grooves, electric, acoustic, synth and processed guitars yielding space-rock, soundscapes, electro-world music and other unidentified forms of audio expression. We come from the industrial swamplands of central NJ and PA.
The Three Kludges
We know, we know. You're all wondering who or what The Three Kludges are. Well, the "who" part is easy: three of the oddest fellows in electronic music... Robert Doerschel, Mike Metlay, and Joe Wall. The "what", though, is something you'll just have to experience for yourself. Be there or be an equilateral / equiangular parallelogram.
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.
The recently formed University of Tennessee Electroacoustic Ensemble provides a platform for students to develop and design instruments while using them in a multidisciplinary performance setting. The group combines visuals with electronic and acoustic instruments, searching for a path among the aesthetics of Evan Parker, FURT and Anthony Braxton. During its 16-17 season, the UTEE will release its first album exclusively dedicated to improvised music with electronic media.
Born in Washington, DC and now residing in the Baltimore area, Frank Vanaman is the sole human member of the Nuclear Insect Trio. His live performances are wholly improvised, and he relies on an appreciation of disparate sources such as popular music and jazz of the 1920s-1930s, the sparse electronic sounds of the 1950s-1960s and the Trautonium playing of Oskar Sala to somehow inform his experimental electro-sonic work. He will also be the first person to admit he has nearly no idea what he's doing.
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.
I compose trancy, hypnotic ambient music that evokes mystical wonder...using melodic riffs, arpeggios, rhythm, nature samples, and lots of delay and filters. It is a stream of consciousness journey through forest and cosmos. As part of my journey I create visuals, by running some crazy artwork through legacy programs like Visual J and TZT. I'm a fan of vibrant colors so I hope nobody is prone to seizures. My musical history includes a stint as a banjo player in a bluegrass band, and as a bass player with a Grateful Dead band. Aside from music, art and crafts, my other major form of expression is writing science fiction. Last year I published the SF novel 'Tesla's Signal' and now I am working on the sequel, 'Tesla's Frequency'. The music I write would be a good soundtrack for these novels when they are made into movies (!).
Howard Lipman returns for another duo with Laura Woodswalker. He writes under the pen name PanOrpheus, and won the 2016 National Indie Excellence Book Award in the Steampunk Science fiction category for his book 'The Antikythera and The Source'. Howard will bring his Theremini and some new equipment. He is also a lecturer and has lectured on Nikola Tesla and Jules Vern at the Steampunk World' Fairs in 2015 and 2016. He's excited to be back with us again!
Roy "Futureman" Wooten is a world-class percussionist with five Grammy Awards to his credit for work with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. His stage name, "Futureman," well portrays his innovative work in possible musics and his consultation in the design of innovative new instruments like the Roy-el and the Zendrum. He currently performs with Jeff Coffin, his brother Victor Wooten, and Sons of Another Planet (with Wayne Kirby and Greg Olson). He is also the creator and producer of the Black Mozart Ensemble.
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.
Ableton Link –
Ableton Link may be the most revolutionary advancement in inter-synthesizer communication since the invention of MIDI nearly 40 years ago. Still in its infancy, but spreading like wildfire, Link allows for seamless, effortless synchronization and tempo changes between instruments in a live jam session, wirelessly and without fuss. Unlike conventional sync methods, Link has no "master" or "slave" machines or absolute time reference; as in an acoustic jam session, players are free to enter and leave as they wish, influence the timing of the composition, and always hit the bar lines when they come in.
In this seminar, Mike Metlay will introduce Link and explain how it works. He'll discuss the technical aspects of setting up and joining a Link jam, the hardware and software requirements, and will spend some time discussing the etiquette and philosophy of Link jamming, which is quite unlike most other forms of collaborative electronic music. No hardware or software is required to attend the seminar, but participation in Link jams will require either a copy of Ableton Live for Windows or Mac (version 9.6 or newer), or an iOS app that has Link support built in (see www.ableton.com/en/link/apps for a relatively current list) running on an iPhone or iPad. (Note that there is no such thing as a "Link app"... support is built into the apps themselves.)
Mike will also curate a Link Lounge at various times over the weekend, an open venue for Link jams where participants are free to sit down and join in, or just come and listen.
Doug is President of Synthetic Sound Labs LLC in NJ (www.steamsynth.com), a manufacturer of unique synthesizer modules. Since founding SSL in the early 1970’s, Doug has created modules and other custom works for famous names such as Depeche Mode, David Sancious, Chick Corea, Junkie XL, Manfred Mann and many others. In 2015, Nokia Bell Laboratories commissioned Synthetic Sound to produce a modern replica of the VODER talking machine that first appeared at the 1939 World’s Fair and San Francisco Exposition. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hyI_dM5cGo) Doug has also "played" the VODER at events such as the First Shannon Conference on the Future of the Information Age at Bell Labs in April of 2016. (www.bell-labs.com/programs/shannon-conference)
Intro to Visual
Computer Programming: MAX/MSP – Andrew Sblendorio
Have you ever been interested in designing new ways to make music but can't afford to burn what's left of your hair with a soldering iron? Ever wanted an LFO that cycles in hours instead of seconds? In this Intro to Visual Programming Workshop, I'll take you through the basics of the quintessential visual programming language: Max/MSP. Instead of running through tutorials sequentially, we will jump right into making a fun patch, and I will talk you through the basics as we go. If you have Ableton Live and Max for Live, you will be all set for this workshop. If you already have Max on your computer with or without a licence (without a licence you won't be able to save your patch) you will be all set. If neither of these is a good option for you, you can use Pure Data, an open source visual programming language, which for our purposes will be similar enough to construct our patch. If you don't have any of these on your computer, I'll have a USB drive on hand with the necessary installers which you can get before the workshop starts. This workshop is intro level only, intermediate or advanced Max users will know the material.
FAIL! Or how to survive as an artist in the modern era – Ryan Holiday
General Topics in Composition – Howard Moscovitz
– Dr. Wayne Kirby and Roy “Futureman”
Grammy-winning Roy "Futureman" Wooten of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Dr. Wayne Kirby, close associate of Bob Moog, will present a lecture outlining traditional views of rhythm and introducing new theories of musical time. Wooten and Kirby will discuss their work as scientists, inventors, programmers and composers that led to the creation of the 'RoyEl' - a keyboard that can be tuned to the ratios of the Golden Mean (Phi) and is styled after the table of the periodic elements. The duo will then explain how principles behind the startling new tunings can also be applied to rhythms. Audience members are invited to bring their hand-held percussion instruments in order to explore viscerally what the lecture presents intellectually.
Machine – Chris Frain
Chris Frain will demonstrate the iOS app, "Fugue Machine," to create classically-inspired/structured electronic music. The app will be controlling several synthesizers from Korg's "Volca" line to perform the compositions. At least one composition will be created entirely on the spot!
Booking – Adam Holquist
Adam Holquist (onewayness &c.) leads a discussion of tips, tricks, and lessons learned from 5 years of booking and playing weirdo music on the road.
Adam tours regularly, perfoming upwards of 40 shows a year at festivals, galleries, cafés, dive bars, art spaces, basements, and the occasional laundromat throughout the US and in Canada. Adam is also the curator of the electroFLUX experimental music series, which presents creative music from local, regional, and international artists at various venues in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania.
Intro to Modular Synthesis –
Limited to 5 participants unless more modular gear can be secured (I have 4 DOTCOM 5u cabinets filled and one MOTM modular cabinet with three rows of modules I will bring.)
Best for beginners including non-musicians, though intermediate level participation is encouraged. If you own a modular and wish to participate in just the live performance activity without the class, this is encouraged as well.
Participants will be introduced to the basics of modular synthesis (and through that, the basics of analog synthesis) using various Synthesizers.com and MOTM modules. Participants and will be given hands on experience patching and creating sounds and sequences. The final goal of the class is to allow the participants to use the gear, on their own with hands off guidance from the instructor, to realize a live performance in collaboration with the other participants (along with any supplemental gear they wish.)
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. Open jams cam occur at any time, except for Saturday afternoon during the Modular Synth workshop. Jam sessions are unstructured - the music can be whatever the participants feel like playing.
The swap meet is a chance to buy, sell, or trade your musical gear. In the back of the jam 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, Project Ruori, Andrew Koenig, Tom Bruce - equipment
Jack Hertz – T-shirt graphics
Floyd Bledsoe, Juan Garces, Paul Harriman, Tom Bruce, Chris Frain, Elise Stephens, Jack Tamul, Adam Holquist, Jez Creek, Aaron Todd, Tony Gerber, Bryan Burnett, Charles Shriner - assistance
Greenkill Retreat Center
and everyone who has volunteered their time, equipment, energy and talent to help make electro-music 2016 a success!