I am playing as part of Make Music Day 2016.
Darwin Grosse interviewed me for his Art+Music+Technology podcast this week. The show is here, and there are other fascinating shows he's done at this link. He asked some really great questions and despite the fact that I don't like to hear myself speak on the radio, it was a real pleasure.
By Tom Murphy
Experimental and avant-garde music has been a significant part of the Denver music world since at least the early 1980s, despite a relative lack of attention in the press and certainly little airplay. Today, this city's experimental music scene is far larger than you might expect.
A release party
featuring Mark Mosher, Keldari Station, Victoria Lundy, and Church Fire
Friday, October 30, 2015
21+/ $7 / doors open at 8
The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut Street, Denver, Colorado 80205
The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.
—Edgar Allan Poe
The Walnut Room in Denver has been a loyal supporter of experimental and ambient artists, is a beautiful venue with superior sound, and boasts the best audio engineers in town. There, on October 30, Halloween eve, the unveiling of new music by thereminist Victoria Lundy will be the occasion for the gathering of a diverse group of electronic music artists, all of them intent on creating magic. Mark Mosher will contribute his synth wizardry, and to complement the music and sound, Mark will also project enchanting visuals. Church Fire will cast their scorching synth pop into the bubbling cauldron. Keldari Station will bind them all with the music of the spheres. A cosmic event not to be missed.
Miss American Vampire: songs on the theremin will be released on Bandcamp with a limited number of specially made physical copies available at the show. The concept of this album is to showcase the theremin — using theremin samples and virtual synths as compositional tools, surrounding more traditional and melodic playing on the instrument. Some of the pieces are more experimental and non traditional; others are more melodic. But the goal is to use the theremin as what it was meant to be: the most expressive electronic instrument ever created.
Mark Mosher from Boulder Colorado composes, improvises and performs techno, ambient, and experimental music using complex synthesizers. Mark is also known for his expertise in synthesizer programming, and production and show control with Ableton Live. For this show, Mark will be performing expressive controllerism on keys, Ableton Push grid, and infrared AudioCubes with his “Invader Cam” interactive visuals with live camera input. Songs will include new material and dark techno tracks from his alien invasion concept albums Reboot, I Hear Your Signals, and Fear Cannot Save Us — with a little dark ambient sprinkled in for good measure. Mark will also be producing projection mapped visuals for the entire show. He has performed at festivals and theaters around the country such as Electro-Music NY, Electro-Music & Mountain Oasis Festivals in Asheville NC, and the Art Institute of Sunnyvale CA. Locally he has produced shows and performed at the Dairy Center for the Arts, DU and CU. In 2014, Mark broke into the top 10 US and top 20 Global ReverbNation charts for the Electronica genre.
Mark is the also the founder of the 200+ member strong Boulder Synthesizer Meetup (www.BoulderSynth.com) and has been blogging on music technology for 10 years at www.ModulateThis.com.
Keldari Station. Members: D.D.Danahy: Synthesizers, vocals Kelley Donovan: Samplers, beatboxes, monosynth. They describe themselves as space dub. What Could that mean?
Victoria Lundy has been playing theremin in the Denver experimental/underground/punk scene since the 90s. She was a member of the avant garde Carbon Dioxide Orchestra, who opened for the legendary Silver Apples in 1997; 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 with The Inactivists 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, and DU Lamont School of Music, and demonstrated the theremin at the World Science Fiction Convention, and gave a 2015 Denver.nerdnite.com theremin presentation. For the last year she has participated in the Concrete Mixer musique concrete series, the latest playing with Mark Spybey of Dead Voices on Air, and participated in the 2015 Denver Mini Maker Faire demonstrating the theremin.
Church Fire, composed of Shannon Webber (synth, vocals) and David Samuelson (keyboard, synths, producer), might be called synth pop if their oeuvre wasn’t so weird. Majestic, witchy, up-to-no-good experimental dance duo.
July 11 was lots of fun with great music from everyone.
I did give the stink eye to the videographer when he got in my antenna zone, and made me flub...
A Century of Electronic Music
by Victoria Lundy
The theremin was invented by a young Russian physicist named Lev Sergevich Termen (known in the West as Léon Theremin) in October 1920. It’s a electronically straightforward but musically difficult instrument, and it influenced everything that came after it. We’ll take a look at these early electronic instruments and see how we’ve come back to the theremin after it almost disappeared in the 20th century, only to experience a renaissance in the 21st. Victoria will demonstrate the basic principles of playing the instrument, give a short lesson, and play a few pieces demonstrating its versatility.
Speaker creds: Victoria Lundy has been playing theremin in the Denver experimental/underground/punk scene since the 90s. She was a member of the avant garde Carbon Dioxide Orchestra, who opened for the legendary Silver Apples in 1997; 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 also was a member of Jackson Induced Mutant Laboratory and performed with them at the 2011 Denver Noise Festival and at the 2013 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase with ambient project Pythian Whispers. Victoria has appeared at many venues in Denver as well as Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, and demonstrated the theremin at the World Science Fiction Convention. In the last year she’s participated in a series of musique concréte performances at the Walnut Room and DU Lamont School of Music, and concentrating on solo ambient work that explores the expressive qualities of the theremin.