A meet-up & performance event for electronic music and modular synthesizer enthusiasts, featuring live performances, hands-on wiggling, and more!
Admission is free. If you want to contribute, feel free to bring food, drink, or any gear that you'd like to show off / let people try out. Please note that food and drink won't be permitted near the gear - nobody wants to be that guy. If you have any concerns, contact us and we can help coordinate.
NEW LOCATION - but... it's a mystery! Actually, that's not true. We have a lovely venue selected, but it's one of those things that we'd rather not post it on a public website. The arrangement is such that it's invite-only, but it's not a big deal - just contact us and we'll hook you up.
Saturday, April 8th, 2023
from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ish)
Performers - listed in performance orderRPS Effects 2:00 PMPittsburgh, PAManufacturer Presentation
RPS Effects is a brand of original, hand-built pedals, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Although the brand officially launched in 2018, founder Ryan Sarver has been building pedals since 2009. Our goal is to produce high quality instruments that can be picked up and played by anyone, while providing nuanced and deep possibilities that reward exploration. So whether you count yourself among the sonically adventurous, or are just looking for a solid piece of gear, you've come to the right place.
We have the patience and experience to make sure a design is rock-solid from an engineering point-of-view, using only the highest quality components and even going as far as to test at extreme temperatures to make sure they'll be reliable under any condition. That being said, musical electronics live in a world where art and science collide, and so a technical foundation is really just a jumping off point for finding something that actually sounds exciting and feels good to play. We never forget that we're designing a musical instrument – it needs to inspire!Andrew Kaiser 2:30 PMPittsburgh, PAExperimental
Andrew Kaiser is a composer and writer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA).
Recent projects have been included in the Moon Ark project at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU which has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh; at the Pompidou Center in Paris; and upcoming in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Flight and the Arts center.
Kaiser runs an active YouTube channel where he discusses music, meditation and aesthetics
https://youtube.com/user/andrewkaiserMatt Harder 3:00 PMWheeling, WV"HEAD-E" (Hybrid Experimental Analog/Digital Electronica)
Matt Harder teaches electronic music and recording at West Liberty University near the city of Wheeling in West Virginia. He also serves as Chair of the Department of Music & Theater and is a member of the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission.
email: email@example.comChris Shipton 3:30 PMPittsburgh, PASynth Pop
Chris Shipton is a keyboardist and photographer making music under the monikers "the halting problem" and "architecture in America". He has also directed live visual experiences at the Ward Beecher Planetarium with live music accompaniment.thoughtForm 4:30 PMPittsburgh, PASometimes ambient, cinematic electronic music with tribal elements
thoughtForm is the solo electronic instrumental and visual arts project of Max Bajzek. Started in 2015 and based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, thoughtForm aims to create weapons against despair in its experimentation with both novel and reimagined sounds. It does so most commonly through its tribal rhythms, cinematic synths, ambient soundscapes, and wide-ranging visual tie-ins, which include rendered fractals, stop-motion animation, slow-motion examinations, photographs, drawings, and more. thoughtForm is perhaps best known for its use of the unique Linnstrument, a MIDI controller which allows exploration of synthesized sounds in a more human way via its expressive interface. The project has released four albums and appeared on the Electronic Saviors and Respect the Prime compilations helmed by local label Distortion Productions.Ides 5:00 PMPittsburgh, PASonic Exploration
Ides a.k.a. Ryan Sarver is a solo artist operating mainly in a space where audio effects and electronics are the palette for musical expression. While output under his own name has been limited to recordings, he also performs under the moniker Ides, with that project leaning more towards the dark and noisy side of the spectrum.
Sarver's delight in the intricacies and fine gradations of sound also led to the creation of boutique effects pedal company RPS Effects, which launched in 2018.
Evoke the Absent is his second release and was the product of many late nights of meticulous editing and sound crafting. Guitars are used as inputs but transformed into sonic landscapes, easy to get lost in; motifs ride in on waves and float back out again with imperceptible transitions. Calling this music ambient might be misleading in the sense that the details merit attentive, and even multiple, listens. Mostly gentle, sometimes disturbing, and often unclassifiable – it will take you on a head trip.Echo Lightwave Unspeakable 5:30 PMPittsburgh, PACircuit Bent / Questionable ElectronicsDavid Gerard Matthews 6:30 PMPittsburgh, PASpectral improvisation with Ondes Martenot and electronicsShawn Rudiman 7:00 PMPittsburgh, PAElectronic / Techno / Ambient
Pittsburgh's Shawn Rudiman has been making various forms of hardware-based electronic music since 1989. Initially known as one-half of the electro-industrial duo T.H.D., he shifted to techno near the end of the 1990s, and became widely praised throughout the underground electronic scene for his completely improvised live sets. He began releasing solo material in 1999 and formed the Technoir Audio label a few years later. His prolific output has ranged from gritty, aggressive techno to more dubbed-out explorations, typically working in several styles through the course of full-lengths such as Machine Soul Terminal (2008) and Conduit (2020), and concentrating more on ambient material with 2021's Flow State.onewayness 7:30 PMErie, PApost-ambient immersion
onewayness is Adam Holquist, a composer, musician, sound designer, and multimedia creator 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'.
Adam performs and tours regularly, appearing at festivals, galleries, cafés, dive bars, art spaces, basements, and the occasional laundromat throughout the US and in Canada. Since 2011, he has given hundreds of live performances, and has released over 40 albums and EPs between various creative entities. His work has been featured on a number of both terrestrial and streaming radio stations, has charted on Zone Music Reporter’s weekly Top 100 ambient music airplay charts, and has been positively reviewed by a variety of publications both in the US and abroad.
In addition to recording and performing as onewayness, Adam is a member of the duo embral, with longtime collaborator Charles Shriner [dRachEmUsiK], and also regularly performs in both composed and improvised group settings with a variety of local and global collaborators. Adam has created original music and sound design for theatre, independent films, and art installations; serves as curator of the ElectroFLUX Experimental Music Series, which presents creative music from local, regional, and international artists at various Erie venues; and has served as the producer and co-host of Social Distancing Variety Hour, a weekly live streaming video program and podcast focused on the arts, politics, and current events.Benton C. Bainbridge 7:30 PM with onewaynessErie, PAfingerpainting with video
Benton C Bainbridge handcrafts media art with custom image processing systems.
Bainbridge has shown at Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, Museum of Arts & Design, Museum of the Moving Image, American Museum of Natural History, The Kitchen, EMPAC, SFMoMA, Boston Cyberarts Festival, l’Auditori, Fundación Juan March, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sonic Light, Wien Moderne, Teatro Colón CETC, Korean Festival, and Dak’art.
Current projects include Rue Bainbridge, the first recipient of the Nam June Paik and Shigeko Kubota Video Art prize, with shows at de Young Museum, Roulette Intermedium, Pace Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield Museum, and Hauser & Wirth.
Bainbridge is faculty at SVA MFA Computer Arts. Artist-in-Residence at Andrew Freedman Home, Bainbridge exhibited video sculptures and moving paintings with Beauteous: the AFH / Museum of Modern Art immersive spectacle written by Craig "muMs" Grant. Currently, Benton is renovating a 50k s.f. building in downtown Erie, PA to house FEED Media Art Center.
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