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Upcoming Electronic Music Events in the Area

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The Event Horizon series presents a mix of electronic, ambient, experimental and spacemusic.
Free Admission
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, September 5, 2015.
Featuring: Bill Fieger - Melting Transistor - Brainstatik

Bill Fieger: Bill Fieger is an instrument maker and avant-garde musician who has been making music for a long time. Many will recognize him as the force behind the duo Stares to Nowhere, Oblivious Solitude and Mayakara. He moved to primarily acoustic instruments a few years back and has been creating mysterious sounding tonalities on his custom created and modified traditional instruments. Bill will be joined on stage by two guest musicians, John Whitney and Mike Hunter (aka Ombient).

Melting Transistor: The Melting Transistor formed in 2012 and is a trio from the industrial swampland of central New Jersey/eastern Pennsylvania. They concoct completely improvised electronic music. The group consists of Juan Garces (synthesizers, electronics), Floyd Bledsoe (synthesizers, electronics) and Karl Fury (stringed instruments, laptop). The music is primarily generated with no prior planning but often sounds intricately composed. Middle eastern melodies mixing alongside of deep space electronics, bluesy slide and soaring rock guitar, exotic grooves, and avant-garde elements all add up to The Melting Transistor.

Brainstatik: Brainstatik is based New Jersey and is best known for mostly-improvised live concerts, where they perform long-form jams combining ambient, world, progressive rock, and space music, liberally shifting and mixing genres within each piece. Every song is a spontaneous exploration of diverse musical themes, with little thought or planning beforehand, so Brainstatik always sounds completely different each time they play.

Brainstatik has been together for 20 years and performs smaller shows in galleries as a duo or trio, or in larger concerts with the current full lineup of four members. Everyone in Brainstatik is a certified electronic gear junkie, each choosing from a huge sonic palette from which to make sounds. Armed with this complex musical toybox, guitars can sound like drums, keyboards can make guitar sounds, and drums can play keyboards, which often can confound audience members (and sound engineers) who can't quite tell who's playing what part.

Brainstatik's current lineup of multi-instrumentalists includes founding member Ken Palmer, along with Mike Hunter, Glenn Robitaille, Jim Silvestri and Harrison Mckay.

The music heard at their shows is always organic, with each piece constantly evolving and morphing into something new. Brainstatik can sound ethereal and quiet, complex and orchestral, or experimental and edgy. The resulting performances often sound rehearsed and composed.

The risk of a creative "train wreck" is always there, but the members of Brainstatik thrive on taking music right to the edge with every performance.

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Link to the Gatherings Concert Series web site

Live concerts featuring musicians from the Ambient, Electronic and Spacemusic worlds. Concert at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm) St. Mary's Hamilton Village 3916 Locust Walk (just east of 40th & Locust) on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia.

Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Steve Roach: Drawing on the beauty and power of the Earth, Steve Roach creates lush, meditative soundscapes. An explorer in contemporary Electronic Music, he is a leading innovator in the atmospheric/tribal/ambient world. With the early ground breaking titles Structures From Silence and Dreamtime Return at the foundation of his work, he continues to deliver quality music. With each new realization, he grows more engaging and mesmerizing.

Steve Roach's music relates more to doctrines of technology than to those of religion, yet effectively preaches about mankind's place in the cosmos. His sonic constructions rely on forms that pull the listener into a zone beyond three-dimensional space. Producing harmonic journeys without the usual conclusion, Roach realizes that the essence of Spacemusic is not to provide a solid narrative or sharp focus, but to stimulate the mind of the listener - into inevitably contemplating the mysteries of The Universe.

To realize his expansive and spacious work Roach must study how to fit together individual sonic elements to form a compelling whole. A cosmic slow dance of tones, his ethereal works rise and recede simply and eloquently in long lines of diverging synthesizer pads. Softly sounding through the silent night, Roach constructs a different kind of world.

Issuing cool notes as if in a round silvery beam, this music is warm and diffuse along the edges, but pinpoint clear at the center. The curving contours easily engage us as Roach combines aspects of repetition taken from minimalist music with the emotion, atmosphere and texture of New Age, and comes up with a most intriguing form of true Ambient Music. It turns out to be a timeless combination - demonstrating that a whisper may have more power than a loud voice.

n a tender sonic montage, leading the listener quietly into contemplation, these pieces move toward a restrained, poetic minimalism. In his music Roach portrays himself as the man in the labyrinth, not lost in a maze, but rather on a journey of discovery - charting the inner map of knowing. Emitting a range of moods from the night side of twilight, strong rolling bass tones surge beneath the slow motion breathing of chordal gestures, as resonant melodies hide in huge vaporous spheres of sound.

In measured breaths, deep electronic sighs are gradually introduced. Distinctive sounds occupy the air, rolling out then slowly folding back in on themselves. Rushing together, synthetic forms compose a still subtle space. These restless meditations shape sound into musical textures whose qualities combine and separate in fascinating ways. From smooth and swirling to tempestuous and dark, the condition reached is that of sustained calm and wonder. This music is used to go inward, to meet one's self - then return outside where everything is different, but nothing has changed.

In confronting his meticulously crafted soundworlds, in its ever-evolving kinetic effect Roach finds that his sequencer music is part of tomorrow's music masquerading as yesterday's rage. Pulsing notes and grooves give rhythm to the surface of the sound - propelling the listener endlessly through a trackless void. Cycling in lock step against a trail of echoes, machine-like synchronized sequencer runs gain momentum in dreamy tonal interplay.

The ever-evolving motion of complex looping patterns slipping in and out of phase reveals Roach's master manipulation over the pulse of the music and the subtleties of mood. Becoming lost in his circuits of grooving beats is easy and desirable. Dancing arpeggio notes, resonant analogue tones and interlocking percussion accents surge out of breathing synthesizer swells. Soft percussive chiffs and purple electronic bleeps echo out across vividly imagined distances, while deeply breathing chords stack up and sustain.

Steve Roach has become well versed in the analog style step sequencer - and its seemingly endless facility for composition, repetition and variation. Listeners become entranced through the crisscrossing of fractured rhythms and fluttering blips, enthralled at the interplay of complex layering and multifaceted undulations, and entangled in the kaleidoscopic mutations of the music's motoric ticking and timing. The beauty of this work comes from its many strands, heard individually and comprehended collectively.

Jeffrey Koepper: Jeffrey Koepper's internal wiring seems at odds with modern times. In a culture where the ringtone passes for art and music is frozen and compressed into ninety-nine cent sound files Koepper's expressive use of electronic music equipment boldly aligns with the mechanisms of the mind rather than mere fleeting trends. His precisely programmed swirling Spacemusic seduces listeners into a kaleidoscopic inner-sanctum where time is suspended and the outside world fades away.

His CD releases have been realized using a wonderful set of musical colors made on vintage analog gear - a process of going back to go further. The rounded tones of synth lead lines hover and float above ever-changing sequencer territory. With the structural divisions less clear-cut his interconnected pieces progress through a mindscape of phase-shifted pads, windy white noise sweeps and contrapuntal fantasies of mechanistic synchronization. Koepper's echoing tone patterns capture the kinetic energy of traveling through space - this music without sharp dramatic climaxes is all about the journey. Koepper is excited by all that is going on in his music, and its features that seem to point far into the future.

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September 11, 12, 13

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The electro-music festival is the world's premiere event for experimental electronic music. This three day conference/music festival includes concerts, seminars, demonstrations, and jam sessions. The scope is very broad, covering all aspects of electro-music: experimental electronic music, circuit bending, computer music, electro-jazz, modular synthesis, musique concrete, improvisation, algorithmic composition, multi-media, visual art and much more. The focus will be on participant involvement, sharing, community development, audience education, and great music.

You can actively participate in the electro-music festival by performing music or visuals, giving a seminar, workshop, or demonstration, joining the jam sessions, or by volunteering to help with various tasks. is an international community of composers and musicians that share a passion for electro-music. The community exists to create its own critical mass; to enable its members to develop music on their own terms. Electro-music is new music; still undefined; happening all over our planet. Electro-music is the natural result of two techno/social trends: the availability of low-cost powerful electronic music technology, and the communication revolution enabled by the internet. Electro-music is not defined by a particular style or sound, but by its primary motivation being the joy of creation, and the love of electronic sounds; it crosses many genres. For more information visit the event's web site by clicking on the photo above.

The festival returns to the Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York. The Greenkill Retreat Center is a beautiful facility near the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. It is conveniently accessible from major highways, and not far from Newark International Airport. Lodging and food will be available on-site. The festival will have full use of the facilities including two stage areas for performances, and rooms for seminars, demonstrations, and jam sessions.
Music Artists
Acoustic InterloperGroove 21redgreenblue
Aether DriftPaul HarrimanShivasongster
AfterMythKevin KissingerDave Sneed
AtonalAndrew KoenigState Machine
Audio MaceLux SeekerStochastic Whimsy
Bicycle MyselfHarrison McKaySymmetric Modulator
Julius BucsisMeredith and MercuriSymmetry
Todd CampbellModulator ESPJack Tamul
Chvad SBNailgunThe Melting Transistor
Clone 334NEOREVTwyndyllyngs
Cranial MythosMichael O'BannonVibraphonik Electronik
Robert DorschelonewaynessJoe Belknap Wall
Dorschel + AlexanderPallid MaskJacob Watters
Finite ElementProject RuoriWhorlweaver
Good + CampbellQuestio PacemWoodswalker & Lipman
xeroid entity
Visual Artists
Azimuth Visuals Michael O'Bannon Project Ruori
Woodswalker VJ Cargo
Velvet Alarm Clock (lead by Chris Wikman) SK Orchestra (lead by Adam Holquist)
OP-1 collab (lead by Jez Creek) All the Factories in the World (lead by Chris Wikman)
Hypogeum (lead by Adam Holquist) MIDI sequence collab (lead by Rich Kennicutt)
ZIM (zero-input mixer) (lead by Dale Parson) Adventures in Sound (lead by Jez Creek)
electro-music chamber orchestra (lead by Andrew Koenig) onewayaudiosymmetry (lead by Adam Holquist)
Seminars, Demonstrations, and Workshops
Presenter Workshop/Presentation
Teddy Klett Looping workshop
Kevin Kissinger topic to be announced
Dale Parson Zero Input Mixer (ZIM) workshop
Kevin Meredith and Rebecca Mercuri Grelmo 2.0: Audio Programming with Arduino
Jeremy dePrisco Pittsburgh Modular demo
Tanya Thielke Reclaim your Creative Brain
Jacob Watters Creativity in Electronics
Jacob Watters AIRA demo
Andrew Sblendorio Unquantized Ableton Live Techniques/Philosophy
Howard Lipman The Genius of Nikola Tesla
Robert Dorschel Linnstrument demo

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