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Join us for evening hours on First Friday at the Tannery Arts Center, featuring a two-channel version of Alex Wand’s field recordings project Mapping Sonic Futurities, with a live performance at 7:30pm by the free improvisation trio Tides.

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Join us for evening hours on First Friday at the Tannery Arts Center, featuring a two-channel version of Alex Wand’s field recordings project Mapping Sonic Futurities, with a live performance at 7:30pm by the free improvisation trio Tides.

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Composer, flutist, and improviser Rachel Beetz presents a new work titled Unofficial — a result of a prolonged period of solo extended technique improvisations on her acoustic flute, augmented by electoacoustic processing. She writes that Unofficial “is an attempt at opening up and searching for a musical expression underneath my official, public identity.” Sally Decker is a composer, performer, and writer based in Oakland, working with nonlinear feedback systems and text. Her work explores the subtle emotional body and sound as a vessel for practicing presence. Her latest release on NNA Tapes, In the Tender Dream, came out in 2021.

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Rachel Beetz + Sally Decker

Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 8pm PST
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Composer, flutist, and improviser Rachel Beetz presents a new work titled Unofficial — a result of a prolonged period of solo extended technique improvisations on her acoustic flute, augmented by electoacoustic processing. She writes that Unofficial “is an attempt at opening up and searching for a musical expression underneath my official, public identity.” Sally Decker is a composer, performer, and writer based in Oakland, working with nonlinear feedback systems and text. Her work explores the subtle emotional body and sound as a vessel for practicing presence. Her latest release on NNA Tapes, In the Tender Dream, came out in 2021.

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Sarah Cruse joins Thomas Sage Pedersen for the next Speak for Change Podcast live show, exploring emergence: the process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed. Sarah will begin with a performance exploring the sound of emergence, by improvising and exploring the energy of the room to create a moment of reflection for people in the space. They will explore what emergence feels like in our personal, communal, and political lives.

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Sarah Cruse joins Thomas Sage Pedersen for the next Speak for Change Podcast live show, exploring emergence: the process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed. Sarah will begin with a performance exploring the sound of emergence, by improvising and exploring the energy of the room to create a moment of reflection for people in the space. They will explore what emergence feels like in our personal, communal, and political lives.

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LA-based artists Byron Westbrook and Alex Pelly present a live Audio/Visual collaboration using electronics and modular video synth. The project expands from their online performance created earlier this year for the cathartic and damaged compositions on Distortion Hue, Westbrook’s recent LP with Hands in the Dark. This live iteration features Pelly’s colorful and dynamic audio-reactive images activated by Westbrook’s sonics made with analog and digital synthesizer, computer and processed cassette tape.

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Byron Westbrook & Alex Pelly + Volvo 240DL

Friday, December 10, 2021 at 8pm PST
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LA-based artists Byron Westbrook and Alex Pelly present a live Audio/Visual collaboration using electronics and modular video synth. The project expands from their online performance created earlier this year for the cathartic and damaged compositions on Distortion Hue, Westbrook’s recent LP with Hands in the Dark. This live iteration features Pelly’s colorful and dynamic audio-reactive images activated by Westbrook’s sonics made with analog and digital synthesizer, computer and processed cassette tape.

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An introductory course to using the SuperCollider programming language to make sound and explore generative composition. Look forward to a fun and hands on environment, as we journey through: instrument design, sound synthesis, and algorithmic composition. Participants will leave the workshop with a foundation of skills related to using SuperCollider for creative projects and resources for further development. Points of departure will depend on each student’s unique set of interests and abilities, but may include: music, installation, performance, and interactive art.

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An introductory course to using the SuperCollider programming language to make sound and explore generative composition. Look forward to a fun and hands on environment, as we journey through: instrument design, sound synthesis, and algorithmic composition. Participants will leave the workshop with a foundation of skills related to using SuperCollider for creative projects and resources for further development. Points of departure will depend on each student’s unique set of interests and abilities, but may include: music, installation, performance, and interactive art.

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Katherine Young’s installation BIOMES 4.1 is part of an ongoing series of works for electronic and acoustic instruments that invites performers to respond to an environment of sound and light analogous to a physical ecosystem. Young assembles an archive of photographic documentation, video, and field recordings on a specific ecological biome—the desert, the marshlands, etc.—and works with performers to develop improvisational strategies and tools that respond to both the materials and the electroacoustic compositions that Young projects throughout the space.

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Katherine Young’s installation BIOMES 4.1 is part of an ongoing series of works for electronic and acoustic instruments that invites performers to respond to an environment of sound and light analogous to a physical ecosystem. Young assembles an archive of photographic documentation, video, and field recordings on a specific ecological biome—the desert, the marshlands, etc.—and works with performers to develop improvisational strategies and tools that respond to both the materials and the electroacoustic compositions that Young projects throughout the space.

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Yarn/Wire is a New York-based quartet dedicated to the promotion of creative, experimental new music. Described by The Brooklyn Rail as “fascinating and exciting, with playing that is precise and full of purpose,” the ensemble is admired globally for the energy and precision it brings to performances of today’s most adventurous compositions. Founded in 2005, the ensemble seeks to expand the representation of composers so that it might begin to better reflect our communities and experience new creative potential. The ensemble will perform Katherine Young’s installation-composition BIOMES 4.1, as well as a new work by Marcel Zaes.

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Yarn/Wire is a New York-based quartet dedicated to the promotion of creative, experimental new music. Described by The Brooklyn Rail as “fascinating and exciting, with playing that is precise and full of purpose,” the ensemble is admired globally for the energy and precision it brings to performances of today’s most adventurous compositions. Founded in 2005, the ensemble seeks to expand the representation of composers so that it might begin to better reflect our communities and experience new creative potential. The ensemble will perform Katherine Young’s installation-composition BIOMES 4.1, as well as a new work by Marcel Zaes.

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Anna Friz is a sound and media artist born on the unceded, ancestral and occupied territories of the Coast Salish peoples in the city presently known as Vancouver. She specializes in multichannel radio transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast, as well as works in which radio is often the source, subject, and medium of the work. She also creates multi-channel audiovisual installations, and composes works for theater, dance, film, and solo performance that reflect upon media ecologies, land use and infrastructures, time perception, the intimacies of signal space, and critical fictions. Friz is Assistant Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department of the University of California Santa Cruz.

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Anna Friz is a sound and media artist born on the unceded, ancestral and occupied territories of the Coast Salish peoples in the city presently known as Vancouver. She specializes in multichannel radio transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast, as well as works in which radio is often the source, subject, and medium of the work. She also creates multi-channel audiovisual installations, and composes works for theater, dance, film, and solo performance that reflect upon media ecologies, land use and infrastructures, time perception, the intimacies of signal space, and critical fictions. Friz is Assistant Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department of the University of California Santa Cruz.

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The Chromelodia Project (Chris Brown, Kyle Bruckmann, Theresa Wong) performs excerpts from “Occhio,” a composition in an extended just intonation microtonal system devised by composer Harry Partch, comprised of precisely notated microtonal music with electronically generated rhythms that fuel extended improvisations. Santa Cruz musicians Polly Malan and Emily Sinclair open the evening with solo and duo compositions by Charles Dodge, Daijana Wallace, and Jessica Meyer.

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The Chromelodia Project (Chris Brown, Kyle Bruckmann, Theresa Wong) performs excerpts from “Occhio,” a composition in an extended just intonation microtonal system devised by composer Harry Partch, comprised of precisely notated microtonal music with electronically generated rhythms that fuel extended improvisations. Santa Cruz musicians Polly Malan and Emily Sinclair open the evening with solo and duo compositions by Charles Dodge, Daijana Wallace, and Jessica Meyer.

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RICH GLITCH is a collaborative, interactive workshop where we will journey through the realms of analog video mixing and 80’s style graphics. Steered by our collective vision, we will use vintage video mixers, live camera feed, video synthesis, and found footage to create new video art that looks rich and glitch. We’ll also view and discuss historical examples of video art. Feel free to bring your own found footage via VHS tapes or youtube links.

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Workshop: RICH GLITCH with Anna Luisa Petrisko

Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 2pm to 4pm PST
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RICH GLITCH is a collaborative, interactive workshop where we will journey through the realms of analog video mixing and 80’s style graphics. Steered by our collective vision, we will use vintage video mixers, live camera feed, video synthesis, and found footage to create new video art that looks rich and glitch. We’ll also view and discuss historical examples of video art. Feel free to bring your own found footage via VHS tapes or youtube links.

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This workshop will be an introduction to acoustic and electronic feedback — when a loop is created between an audio output and an audio input. We will experiment with both kinds of feedback, delving into “no-input” mixing (routing a mixer’s output back into its input), and how to connect acoustic and electronic feedback together in one system to produce dynamic, musical results. Participants will gain valuable insight into how audio mixers work and how to use them as instruments. We will practice setting up feedback systems and will have generous time for experimentation.

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Workshop: No-Input Mixer Feedback with Sally Decker

Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 2pm PST
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This workshop will be an introduction to acoustic and electronic feedback — when a loop is created between an audio output and an audio input. We will experiment with both kinds of feedback, delving into “no-input” mixing (routing a mixer’s output back into its input), and how to connect acoustic and electronic feedback together in one system to produce dynamic, musical results. Participants will gain valuable insight into how audio mixers work and how to use them as instruments. We will practice setting up feedback systems and will have generous time for experimentation.

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Past Events

Other Plastics

Monday, November 22, 2021 at 8pm at Indexical

Other Plastics – the collaborative duo project of electroacoustic composers Hunter Brown and Dominic Coles – maps the physical infrastructure and the hidden timing data of the internet onto a performance improvised using a layered feedback system. Using field recordings of server farms in Chicago and packet timing data transcribed into jittery rhythms, the duo seeks to intervene in linear time, interrupting our daily schedules and the effects of advanced capitalism on the rhythms of the human body.

KAT: “The Star”

Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 8pm at Indexical

KAT (they/them) is an emerging queer artist experimenting with multilayered performance. Dance is at the center of their practice, as it has been their whole life (tap dancing while brushing their teeth, etc). Improvisation and collaboration are integral to their work which centers vulnerability, relationship, resonance, and multiplicity of self. Making work is KAT’s way of understanding the deeper questions they have about life and love while connecting with the world and simultaneously growing closer to their self.

Landscape & Life: Suzy Poling & Paige Emery (Closing Performances)

Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 8pm at Indexical

Suzy Poling (aka Pod Blotz) and Paige Emery return to Indexical to close out their installment of Landscape & Life with live performances and a conversational artist talk with curator Gabriel Saloman Mindel. Poling’s electronic music performances as Pod Blotz have been featured at Recombinant Media Labs Festival, Hospital Productions Festival, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Colour out of Space Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, and many other sites.

Speak For Change with Thomas Sage Pedersen, Abi Mustapha, and Mak Nova

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7pm at Indexical

Thomas will have a discussion with his good friend, artist & activist Abi Mustapha about the arts, social change, drugs, and why they are all related to discovering your authentic self and changing the world. To start us off, we’ll hear Mak Nova performing a special acoustic set live.

Kaethe Hostetter: “GUZO”

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 8pm at Indexical

Kaethe Hostetter premieres a new multimedia work, “GUZO,” based on the 11 years she spent embedded in the music scene of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In addition to music, Hostetter became immersed in the textiles and fabric patterns of Ethiopian artists, and “GUZO” combines these two media with more recent field recordings and video created during Hostetter’s October 2021 trip to Addis Ababa. “GUZO” emerged from the travel constraints of the pandemic, and these performances will be the culmination of two week-long residencies, in both September and November, in Indexical’s space at the Tannery Arts Center.

Las Sucias + Casey Thomas Anderson

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 8pm at Indexical

Tropical Noise Duo Las Sucias is an experimental Caribbean cacophony from the hands and lungs of hysterical brujas Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman-Román. Rooted in Santería, Afro-Caribbean and Mestiza consciousness, using hybrid rhythms that include Raggaetón and Cumbia. Casey Anderson is an artist working with sound in a number of media, including composition, improvisation, electronic music, saxophone, text, and installations. He co-founded, and co-edits (with John P. Hastings and Scott Cazan), the Experimental Music Yearbook, owns and operates a wave press, and is a core member of Southland Ensemble.