April 13th, 2014
An Epic Evening of ¡NOISE! w/ Embarker, Wiese, Gaybomb, Newton, Wisniewski/Meredith
Normal’s / The Red Room
425 E. 31st St.,
Baltimore, MD 21218
EMBARKER : JOHN WIESE : NEWTON : GAYBOMB : WISNIEWSKI/MEREDITH
JOHN WIESE may not need an intro, but we are happy to to see the return of this master of experimental computer music!
Embarker is the solo project of audio visual artist Michael Roy Barker. Currently based in Philadelphia, Mb has also resided along the East Coast in Baltimore and Brooklyn while playing with past / present groups such as Sharks with wings, The George Steeltoe Ensemble, and Hatchers. Mb uses a variety of electronics, modular synthesizer, homemade instruments, voice and processed audio from found videos that are often projected as an accompaniment to his electro acoustic improvisations and compositions. He has been a resident at the Experimental TV Center and STEIM.
Newton (pronounced: NOO-tÉn) is the moniker of experimental musician and sound artist Mat Rademan (b. 1979), born and based in the Philadelphia major metropolitan area. Rademan has created a prolific and profound catalog of recordings, live performances, films and installations since the project’s inception in 1995. His sound works are a singular blend of electronics, pedals, voice, cassette recorders, contact microphones, and occasional nonmusical devices. Seamlessly incorporating various techniques of musique concrete, performance art, noise music, turntablism, Fluxus, anti-music, and glitch into his work, the result is a tightly composed sonic assault steeped in both theory and practice as can only be achieved by a seasoned veteran. Rademan also runs the prolific Philadelphia sound label Breathmint, founded in 1995.
Andrew Barranca has been performing, recording, and releasing music since the early 90s. His previous bands include: The Attitude Robots, Pukeattack!, and Wake-up Snake. As Gaybomb he uses Caliphone Cardmasters to make music with magnetic tape recordings on paper cards.
Liz Meredith is a string player, improviser, and composer. Her recent creative projects include her self-titled debut solo LP, an ongoing collaborative project with John Somers, including the recent 5 LP set The Disposition of Vibrant Forms, and her band X|i|O, a group focused on graphic notation, spontaneous composition and visual-acoustic kinetics. She has studied viola performance with Hank Dutt of Kronos Quartet and music composition with Fred Frith. Timothy Wisniewski is a sound artist and archivist. His work combines spontaneous composition, found sound and imagery, archival theory, and media archeology. Tim runs the Spleencoffin music/art releasing entity and performs under various monikers and in various sporadic groups. As a duo, they explore ornithological themes within the context of electroacoustic composition and performance.
April 18th, 2014
Jesse Stiles’ Automatic Cloudbuster Room
Ami Dang, Little Flowers, Liz Meredith, & Jesse Stiles
JHU Digital Media Center (DMC)
Baltimore, MD 21218
The JHU Digital Media Center (DMC) presents artist Jesse Stiles’ Automatic Cloudbuster Room with music performances by Ami Dang, Little Flowers Liz Meredith, & Jesse Stiles
Interactive audio/visual installation, 2pm-7pm
Music concert, 9pm-11pm
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Automatic Cloudbuster Room – a multimedia event featuring an audio-visual installation by Jesse Stiles and music performances by Ami Dang, Little Flowers, Liz Meredith, & Jesse Stiles.
Automatic Cloudbuster Room a responsive video and sound environment designed by electronic artist & musician Jesse Stiles. The system makes use of 3D scanning cameras to create and project real-time 3-dimensional models of viewers and performers who enter the installation, giving the illusion of multiple moving cameras creating many projections transformed into impressionistic fields of light that shift through space and interact with sound. The result is something like a digital hall of mirrors, with many large high contrast “reflections” of the viewer from multiple perspectives, projected onto giant curtains lining two walls, floor to ceiling.
The piece will be presented in two parts. Firstly, it is presented as an audiovisual installation that is open to the public from 2PM to 7PM, including generative audio composition by Jesse Stiles (an ever-changing and growing soundtrack of samples, field recordings, and electronic music) creating an interactive space for the visitors to explore.
The music concert will take place from 9PM to 11PM. In the concert section of the event, the Automatic Cloudbuster Room scanners will be focused on the performers and will react to the music that is performed. The concert will feature performances by Ami Dang, Little Flowers, Liz Meredith, and Jesse Stiles.
Ami Dang combines dance pop with traditional North Indian classic music. Liz Meredith creates original complex, layered compositions with viola and electronics. Little Flowers combine live drums with electronics to make mutant dance music.
For more information, check out http://digitalmedia.jhu.edu/projects/the-jhu-digital-media-center-dmc-presents-artist-jesse-stiles-automatic-cloudbuster-room/
Jesse Stiles is a new media artist, composer/musician, and designer of electronic instruments. Through the adaptive misuse of emerging digital technologies, Stiles creates works that are entertaining, disorienting, immersive, and transformative. Stiles’ performances and generative installation work engage with and deconstruct a number of populist formats including electronic music, cinema, and the “light show” – pushing these mediums into realms both sublime and subliminal. Stiles has exhibited and performed at nationally and internationally recognized institutions including Carnegie Hall, Ars Electronica, Lincoln Center, Eyebeam, The Park Avenue Armory, and the American Land Museum. His first solo gallery show, “Automatic Speleology,” was at The Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse, NY in 2010. He has worked as a sound designer and composer on a wide variety of IMAX films, feature films, touring exhibitions, and experimental video works. In 2010 Stiles was hired as the Sound Engineer & Music Coordinator for the the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Working with the company during their precedent-setting “Legacy Tour,” he produced and performed in concerts featuring the works of many leading figures of the 20th and 21st century – including John Cage, David Tudor, Brian Eno, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, and John Paul Jones. http://jts3k.com/
Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a vocalist, sitarist, and composer/producer from Baltimore, MD and New Delhi, India. Her sound ranges from North Indian classical fused with noise/ambient electronics to pop that comes together to create a new genre she calls “Bollywave.” Dang studied music from a young age and picked up the sitar when she was twelve years old. After years of North Indian classical music training, she studied Technology in Music and Related Arts at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Her current sound references her musical education as well as the grit of the urban landscapes of both Baltimore and New Delhi. Released in February 2011 on Ehse Records, her debut album “Hukam” was heralded as #7 among top albums of 2011 by Chapel Hill’s WXYC 89.3 FM and one of the best 30 albums of 2011 by Small World Music. http://amidang.com
Liz Meredith is a string player, improviser, and composer originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Her music explores many creative facets, from composing instrumental works to making ambient music, song-oriented pieces, graphic scores, and solo improvisations. Her current creative projects include: The self-titled debut solo album Liz Meredith LP, a collaborative ambient music project with John Somers (brother of Alex Somers), which includes the recently released album The Disposition of Vibrant Forms Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (5 LP set), and her band X|i|O, a group focused on graphic notation, spontaneous composition and visual-acoustic kinetics. In addition to performing her own music, she has premiered new 21st century music by emerging composers. Liz holds degrees from Berklee College of Music (Bachelor’s Degree in String Performance & Film Music), and Mills College (Master’s Degree in Music Composition). “Liz Meredith is a gorgeous plunge into a plaintive mood, a place where rising and falling electronic textures and drawn-out viola lines cast soothing shadow plays on the brain”. – Bret McCabe, Baltimore City Paper (2012). http://lizmeredith.com
Little Flowers performs and records mutant dance music. Little Flowers is Chris Meszler (drums, formerly of Upsilon Acrux, Bad Dudes), and Jesse Stiles (electronics, former Music Supervisor for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company). Their new 45 “Home/Yeah” is out now on Araca Recs. http://littleflowers.biz
May 3rd/4th, 2014
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Cohen Plaza (6PM-6AM)
1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21217
Celebrate sound and space at the 5th annual all-night music festival, THE VIGIL, hosted by Sound Art at MICA (Interactive Arts department) in collaboration with the Animation department. Spanning from experimental chamber music to live electronics: sample-based remixes, musique concréte and field recordings, modular and other analog synthesizers in voltage-controlled bliss, downtempo and ambient soundscapes), brought together with projected animations and graphic scores…
This event is FREE and outdoors on the Cohen Plaza at MICA (rain space- Brown Center atrium). Sleeping bags are welcome.
-Beth Brown & Liz Meredith
-Jason. Sloan & Erik Spangler
-MICA students from Remix As Performance, Sound Art classes, and Sound Project Studio at CMMAS (program in Morelia, Mexico)