The Inactivists, Me Me Monster, Gort Vs. Goom

 

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The Inactivists are back! And front!

Come see a fantastic bill on December 10, 8pm

http://www.ticketfly.com/venue/19489-globe-hall/

Globe Hall
4483 Logan Street
Denver, CO, 80216

8:00 PM $8

This event is 21 and over


http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1383039

The Inactivists are currently a quartet of music-makers and merry-makers. And mirth-makers. Maybe even meth-makers. They are shakers and movers. Sometimes. Other times they are so inert they escape the attention of motion-detectors. They’ve been around for over 13 years. They’ve also been a square peg for nearly as long. They defy easy categorization. They also defy the first two laws of thermodynamics. They are breaking the law! Breaking the law!
Nerd Rock from Denver, Colorado
http://www.inactivists.com/

Me Me Monster: Hailing from Monstrovian royalty, the brothers Von Moenster journey to their current rock caravan has had many twists and turns. During the communist takeover of Monstrovia, the brothers were escorted via the underground clown brigade to France, Sweden and Houston.
THEATRICAL NEW WAVE AND PUNK INFUSED ROCK
http://www.mememonster.net/

The battle was epic…the heavens shook and sky cracked open, releasing a torrent of sounds rivaled only by the infernal rambles of hell itself. What raged on in the dread dark corners of space has made it’s way to earth…for we should all tremble in the wake of GORT VS. GOOM!
Gort Vs. Goom is a Nerd Thrash power-duo from Denver, Colorado
http://gortvsgoom.com/.


CO2E: The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble at the 2016 Denver Noise Fest

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Denver Noise Fest 2016
at Rhinoceropolis
3553 Brighton Blvd
Denver CO 80216

Seventh annual festival

Wednesday December 21 and Thursday December 22

The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble are joining the lineup for the 2016 Denver Noise Fest. Thomas Lundy on Copper with Dry Ice, Mark Mosher on Sampling, and Victoria Lundy on Theremin with Reaktor.

For more info on CO2E go to CarbonDioxideEnsemble.com

 


Concréte Mixer #6 Featuring Mark Spybey of Dead Voices on Air

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November 27 /  2pm

Globe Hall
4483 Logan St, Denver, Colorado 80216
$6 /all ages
Concréte Mixer #6
solo and collaborative musique concréte
Featuring Mark Spybey of Dead Voices On Air
Armchair Migraine Journey
The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble
Chris Frain
Randall Frazier (orbit service)
Mrs Hardy
Mark Mosher
Rod Tanaka

“Sound is the vocabulary of nature.”
– Pierre Schaeffer

On November 27, several artists from different realms of performance and composition will convene at Globe Hall to present an afternoon of acoustic, analog electronic and digital noises, sound effects and tonal music inspired by the musique concréte form and philosophy.
Please note the EARLY start time. This special edition of Concréte Mixer with doors opening at 2pm will be all ages show. We’re hoping that it will be a chance to listen to some stunning music in a great setting; an island of abstraction and experiment after the frenzy of the Thanksgiving holiday. And there’s Globe Hall’s BBQ!
https://www.zagat.com/r/globe-hall-denver


 
The Artists:
Spybey started his career in the North-East of England with Zoviet France in the late eighties before moving to Vancouver. It was here that his own project Dead Voices On Air were formed. He has gone onto release 20 albums under that name and continues to perform around the world. Spybey also worked under the name Propeller and was an original member of Download. Spybey was the voice of perhaps their most successful release, “The Eyes of Stanley Pain,” in 1996. After leaving Download he started a series of collaborations, appearing on over 50 albums in a five-year period. Perhaps his most significant honour was being asked to be part of CAN guitarist Michael Karoli’s band Sofortkontakt! and appearing at the Can 30th anniversary shows in 1999. Spybey was a close friend of Karoli prior to his death in 2001 and had toured with him as part of legendary CAN vocalist Damo Suzuki’s Network in 1998, appearing in the acclaimed German TV film by Peter Braatz, “On the Air.” Spybey has recorded and played live with a host of collaborators including Faust, Michael Rother (Neu!) and Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Robert Hampson (Loop/Main), Simon Fisher Turner, members of The Legendary Pink Dots, Mick Harris, Jarboe, James Plotkin, Not Breathing, Orbit Service, Gnome, and Martin Atkins. Most recently Spybey has partnered ex-Zoviet-France founder Robin Storey in Reformed Faction and fellow Download member Phil Western in Beehatch. He has collaborated with film makers, video projectionists, performance artists and dancers. He is currently based in Northumberland, in the U.K.
https://deadvoicesonair.bandcamp.com/

Originally a solo project by a mysterious drone artist from Germany (usually credited on his albums as simply “AMJ”), Armchair Migraine Journey was joined by collaborator Ty Hodson (square_wave, gradenko) full-time since AMJ’s first live appearances in 2013. Other collaborators include friends Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots, The), Scot Solida (Christus And The Cosmonaughts), Pascal Godjikian (La STPO), Niko Potočnjak (Seven That Spells), Peat Bog (Earthmonkey), and Randall Frazier (Orbit Service).

Originally hailing from Baltimore, Chris Frain currently resides in Boulder and creates electronic music inspired by the Radiophonic Workshop, New Wave, and Krautrock. He currently remixed Rodney Cromwell’s “Baby Robot” on the “Fax Machine Breakup” EP released on November 11, 2016 on Happy Robots Records (UK).
https://chrisfrainmusic.bandcamp.com/

Stereo Magic (portal in 13 parts)”, the new studio album by Randall Frazier’s project ORBIT SERVICE to follow up the stunning 2011’s deep, melancholic “A Calm Note From The West” is set for release and a N. American tour September 10, 2016 with The Legendary Pink Dots. Having recently finished a European tour; Orbit Service have produced an even more emotional, sometimes cathartic album of spacy electronics, ambient, drones, collages, almost heart wrenching rhythms, intertwined with Frazier’s spot on vocal delivery and lyrics. This is the kind of album that sucks you in deeper and deeper with every listen. What is next? Another plane of orbits? The album includes contributions from Antenna, Armchair Migraine Journey, Ty Hodson and Dead Voices on Air. File under electronic psychedelia bliss with a dash of good ole loner psych bedroom weirdness.
https://orbitservice.bandcamp.com/

Thomas Lundy has served as curator of the Concréte Mixer series since its beginning. With Victoria Lundy, he revived the copper heart played with dry ice featured in Denver’s Carbon Dioxide Orchestra. Tom is interested in digital signal processing, and the theory of music.

Victoria Lundy has been playing theremin in the Denver experimental/underground scene since the 90s. She was a member of the avant garde Carbon Dioxide Orchestra; is a founding member of Denver’s acclaimed nerd rock band The Inactivists and has appeared all of their 6 CDs and EP, and as a guest player live and in recordings with other local artists. She has performed at the 2011 Denver Noise Festival, 2014 Westword Music Showcase and at the 2013 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase as a guest of ambient project Pythian Whispers. Victoria has appeared at many venues in Denver as well as Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, DU Lamont School of Music, demonstrated the theremin at the World Science Fiction Convention, and has given a presentation on electronic music for Denver.nerdnite.com. She has participated in the Concrete Mixer musique concrete series, and participated in the 2015 Denver Mini Maker Faire demonstrating the theremin. She released a solo recording, Miss American Vampire on Halloween 2015, and has played several solo and collaborative shows in 2016 including a collaboration with vocal performance artist Jaap Blonk. She also currently plays with the The Flux Crew Conduction Ensemble, a twelve piece chamber ensemble that engages in real time collaborative composition. Currently, she’s concentrating on solo ambient work exploring the expressive qualities of the theremin.
http://www.victorialundymusic.com/

Mrs. Hardy is Chris McAvoy, a Boulder based synthesizer enthusiast. Chris spent a decade as an actor in Chicago improvised theater and applies improvisational ideas to his use of samplers, modular synthesizers and cassette tapes. Today’s performance includes samples and composed pieces from a variety of sources, including at least one contribution from his nine year old son, Wil.
More Mrs. Hardy recordings are available via http://soundcloud.com/missushardy and http://mrshardy.bandcamp.com/

Mark Mosher is a sound/visual synthesist & music technologist from Boulder, CO. He has released 3 themed cinematic techno albums, a horror soundscape album, singles, and remixes available on must outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CD Baby. He has a soundscape podcast http://www.SonicEncounters.com/podcast.
Mark’s been blogging on synthesis since 2005 at his blog http://ModulateThis.com/ He is the founder of the 500+ member strong Rocky Mountain Synthesizer meetup and hosted over 50 events. His sound design work spans from live theater to factory sounds for commercial instruments. He has written for Recording Magazine, delivered artist talks for Ableton’s University Series at CU, presented at the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at George Tech, provided music technology consulting for Keyboard Magazine and for STEM/STEAM schools. He was invited to provide multimedia installations for the Bob Moog Foundation’s Dr. Bob Interactive Sonic Experience as well as for the Denver County Fair.
Select venues where Mark has performed include Gates Concert Hall at the University of Denver, The Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, Electro-Music Festival NY, Electro-Music Festival in Asheville NC, Pacific Northwest Synthfest, Art Institute of Sunnyvale, Midwest Electro-Music Experience, The Microsoft Store, the grand opening of the University of Denver’s Performance Black Box.
Learn more at http://www.MarkMosherMusic.com/

Colorado Native Rod Tanaka began his musical career at the age of 2 when his parents realized he was playing television show themes on his toy piano. They enrolled him in the Yamaha Music method at the age of three. After a year of that, he began formal piano lessons and learned the music theory basics. As time went on he became interested in synthesizers and electronic music, and began to build music devices and Heath kit kinds of projects. He got his first MOOG synthesizer in Jr High School and learned how to play and program it along with learning how to do recording and audio engineering with 2 reel to reel tape recorders. In the 80’s he had discovered Prog Rock and Metal music and took up the guitar, bass and drums so he could record his songs. Having a diverse and wide range of musical influences, from bands like Rush and Van Halen to DEVO as well as listening to Jazz and Fusion styles, it was a never-ending source of interest and inspiration. In the early 80’s he attended Howard Jones’ Humans Lib tour show, it really had an impact, for now music technology was becoming more sophisticated and Howard proved you could make albums and go on tour as a solo act. This led to the 80’s and 90’s where he played in many cover and tribute bands that help him with his songwriting and mastery of the instruments he played. He is also a Photojournalist, primarily Concerts and Celebrity events, where he got to interview and become friends with many major music artists, this provided him and environment to learn about and share ideas with other artists and further helped with songwriting and how to be a better performer.
Rod just recently co-wrote and won the Colorado Music Association’s song of the year for 2016 with. “I Lose My Breath”. Rod participates in many Meetup.com and music related groups and is always finding new projects and opportunities in the music world to embrace.
Contact Rod at: createmusichere@gmail.com

Down&Out Series No. 4: Jaap Blonk + Lundy/Lowe/Smiley/Seward November 12 in Louisville

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Saturday, November 12, 7pm

I'm super excited to be a part of a show that Thomas Lundy has been trying to get to the Metro area for more than a year...thanks to Ryan Seward for inviting me!

$5 to $10 suggested donation

Down Space, 820 Main Street, Louisville, CO, 80027

Down&Out is a monthly series dedicated to experimental sonic activities, free improvisation, free jazz, EAI, noise, sound installation, happenings, etc.

An extremely special Down&Out No. 4 features:
Jaap Blonk - voice (Arnhem, Netherlands)
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Victoria Lundy - theremin & electronics (Denver)
Farrell Lowe - guitar (Boulder)
Matt Smiley - double bass (Fort Collins)
Ryan James Seward - drums & percussion (Denver)

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Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies. In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation and poetry.

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As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.

Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin.

Blonk's work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited.

He has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 22 available releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO, Ecstatic Peace, My Dance The Skull, Monotype, Plant Migration Records, Elegua Records and Scumbag Relations. His book/CD 'Traces of Speech' was published in 2012 by Hybriden-Verlag, Berlin. A comprehensive collection of his sound poetry came out as a book with 2 CDs in August, 2013, entitled "KLINKT".

http://www.jaapblonk.com/

FARRELL LOWE | A multi-instrumentalist concerned with the exploration and expansion of the language of improvisation and the development of the individual voice. Farrell has played with Ron Miles, Fred Hess, Don Cherry, Glenn Taylor, Erik Deutsch, Glenn Nitta, Terry Sines, Gordon Kennedy, Jack Wright, and a multitude of others in band and improvisation contexts.

https://soundcloud.com/farrell-lowe

MATT SMILEY | Matt Smiley is a bassist, composer and educator who has performed in a variety of musical settings over the last fifteen years.  He has performed recently with legendary jazz musicians Terrell Stafford and Greg Osby, and worked with composer Alvin Lucier. For the last five years, Matt has assisted Dr. Paul Elwood with the University of Northern Colorado’s Open Space Music Festival and worked with festival artists Stephen Drury, Christian Wolff and Jean-Claude Risset.
http://mattsmiley.bandcamp.com

RYAN SEWARD | Ryan Seward is a percussionist, improviser, composer, and sound artist based in Denver, CO.  His improvisational work centers around approaching the drum as a site of resonance and employing various techniques and preparations to achieve an extensive timbral palette.  Seward curates the record label, emic rite, to document his own work and the work of other living experimental and contemporary improvisers, composers, and sound artists, especially those of the American Mountain West.
http://ryansewardmusic.bandcamp.com

 


Halloween shows with Mark Mosher!

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Mark Mosher and I will be performing as part of the Denver Central Library Trick or Treat Street. He will be using Resolume with real-time camera on the passerbys to add spooky effects to their image.

3pm

Denver Public Library Central

 

On the 30th we'll be performing at Textures ambient showcase along with Winter Twig.

7pm

Mutiny Information Cafe

 

Here's a teaser:

 

 

 


Rock Mountain Synthesizer Meetup -- The Sound of 50's SciFi: Theremins and Circuits

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On October 12th, to celebrate Halloween, the October Rocky Mountain Synthesizer meetup had a double feature with presentations by Victoria Lundy and Mark Mosher on "The Sound of 50's SciFi: Theremins and Circuits. 

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Part 1 - I presented a short talk on Thereminist Sam Hoffman who's work is synonymous with the iconic SciFi sound. He contributed to a huge number of films including the classic 1951 "The Day the Earth Stood Still", 1951 The "Thing from Another World", 1953 "Project Moon Base", and the 1953 "It Came from Outer Space" to name a few.

In Part 2 – Mark talked about the work of Louis and Bebe Barron---  electronic tonalities for the groundbreaking film "Forbidden Planet". 

The presentations  included audio/film clips, as well as demonstrations on how to create some of these iconic sounds. I mostly just talked about Sam Hoffman,   Mark did live patching of digital modular circuits projected on screen using Cycling '74s MAX BEAP Modular. 

Then we performed a 50s SciFi set at the aftermeetup.

 

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Titwrench 8 was a fantastic fest

I really enjoyed playing at Titwrench; an attentive audience, great acts, fantastic event.
There is even a board recording available here.

Here are some reviews of the fest:

Westword:
Titwrench in Its Eighth Year Was an Oasis of Creativity and Mutual Respect

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photo by Tom Murphy

 

From CRXIEO:
TITWRENCH: This Is What Feminist Art Looks Like

 

A preview article from Westword:

Titwrench Organizers Create the Music Festival They Want to Attend: All Ages, Inclusive, Experimental

 

Titwrench art and music festival eyes year-round programming

 


Theremin Solo Set: Oct. 1 at Endotrend -- A Sustainable Festival of Music + Art + Education + Film

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Attendees will have the amazing opportunity to engage in interactive workshops, gain insight and solutions from world renowned individuals, to connect, network and converge! This is an opportunity to build community capacity by strengthening social ties and providing avenues for community input and dialogue promoting civic participation.

  • Music
  • Impact Film Festival
  • Solutionary Showcase
  • Eco - Artist Park
  • Educational Conference
  • Sustainable Food Court
  • Kids Eco-Tainment Zone

More information at THIS LINK

Ticket Link is HERE.
Use the code greentime to get a $5 discount on early bird tickets and to be entered into the drawing to win a safari for 2 to Kenya!


September 17-- 8th edition Titwrench Festival of music + art!

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I'm going to be playing a solo set at this year's Titwrench Festival.

TITWRENCH is a celebration of art + music by LGBTQ + women from Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and beyond!

Our mission is to create conversation + support, connect communities and inspire collaboration among and for women + LGBTQ artists.
ALL AGES + ALL WELCOME - this is a family-friendly event!
Join the fun at this year's 8th edition festival, happening at one of Denver's longest running art spaces, The Glob!

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**GLOB STAGE
10:00am SHOWGA (community yoga + music by ANNICA)
12:00pm Girls Rock Denver jam!
1:00pm Paper Perfect Girls
2:00pm Star Canyon (albuquerque)
3:00pm Kate Olson
4:00pm Ermine (albuquerque)
5:00pm Nakko Deesko
6:00pm Venison Whirled (austin)
7:00pm Sing Down the Moon (albuquerque)
8:00pm Kurva Choir
9:00pm Victoria Lundy
9:30pm Milch de la Máquina
10:30pm The Corner Girls
11:00pm Shriek Salad
12:00am Weedrat(albuquerque)
1:00am Chicharra (albuquerque)

** MAYDAY EXPERIMENT STAGE
(times subject to change)
12:30pm Lady Uranium
1:30pm Death In Space
2:30pm Anna Mall (albuquerque)
4:30pm Koko La
5:30pm Pearls and Perlez
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+ tacos y refrescos de La Sirena Gitana
+ dance breaks led by WERK OUT Palace
+ stop-motion animation portraits by Esther Hz
+ nail booth by Don't Be So Cuticle
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Questions regarding participation, donation and press should be directed to titwrench@gmail.com