I'll be offering live updates from the festival this weekend. I've synced my Twitter and Flickr accouts via Mobypicture so I can post photos, audio, and video.
One week to go before I head off to the Electro-Music festival. It’s remote location at Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot NY has limited cell signal (it is a retreat center after all), but I’ll try and offer some live tweet coverage on http://twitter.com/markmosher.
If you are in the NY area you should try and come. Press release is below and my show report from last year is here.
The electro-music festival, known as the "Woodstock of electronic music," is the world's premiere event for experimental electronic music. Now in it's seventh year, this year's gathering features three mind-bending days of innovative electronic music concerts, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, jam sessions, video art, a laptop battle, and a swap-meet. Action starts at 1pm on Friday, September 9 and runs until after midnight on September 11. Musical activities will be running continuously throughout the three days of the festival.
electro-music 2011 takes place at the Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York. On-site lodging and meals are available. Tickets range from $35 for a single day to $360 for a 3-day pass including meals and lodging.
More information, including a complete schedule of events can be found on the web site at: http://event.electro-music.com/ You may also contact us at event [at] electro-music.com
A wide variety of instruments and musical styles will be represented, ranging from theremin to analog modular synthesizers to home made devices, from classic space music to abstract electronica to world beats.
Seminars and Workshops: Darren Bergstein - The Notoriety Unit Jez Creek - Nord Modular Performance Patches Jeremy dePrisco - Reason/Record Robert Dorschel - Going Virtual Paul Harriman - Eigenharp demonstration Shane King - Logic on Stage Kevin Kissinger - Etching Printed Circuit Boards Damon Mar - Current Controlled Modular System Howard Moscovitz - Ambiophonic Sound Mark Mosher - Ableton Live Real-Time Performance Tips Michael O'Bannon - Sound and Music from Brainwaves Mohamed Ragab - Experimental Music in Egypt Charles Shriner - Concepts in Free Form Improvisation: Creative Conversations or Tower of Babel? Rick Scott and Robert Kulik - Thwarting Time's Arrow Greg Waltzer - Structured Improvisation Workshop (informal) - Circuit Bending and DIY Workshop
I’ve been officially accepted to play a set and do a talk at Electro-Music 2011 in NY. The festival takes place from September 9-11. More links at the bottom of the post.
Looking Back at Electro-Music 2010
I had a great time at the festival last year and I’m really looking forward to returning so I thought I’d share some photos and video from last year, and offer some info on the festival in case you were considering going.
Here is a photo and video and from my show last year taken by Jeremy DePrisco.
Just to give you a feel I’ll share an excerpt from my review:
Vibe Because the festival was in a more remote location than in past years there was little opportunity for walk-in spectators. The upside of this is that most of the attendees were experts. By expert, I mean seasoned artists with over 10,000 hours of experience and in some cases decades of energy put into their craft. As a result the vibe was amazing. Have you ever seen the SciFi channel show Eureka? It was like that for electronic music. It didn’t seem intimidating for newer artists either, as everyone was also very open and willing to share ideas and talk in depth about their work. There was a huge diversity in styles, performance, and approach and a whole lot of passion!
More Themed Jams in 2011
I’ve been checking in ever few weeks to see how the schedule is shaping up. I noticed on a recent update that they will have many themed jams this year. So far they have: space jam, open jam, noise jam, technicolor jam, DIY jam (following the DIY and circuit bending workshop), and AudioCube jam.
Gridfest in Sante Fe starts tomorrow. According to their web site they will be live streaming Friday and Saturday nights and perhaps Sunday. Good news for those who can’t make it but want to check out the show.
The marketing copy from the Electro-Music site describes the Electro-Music festival as follows:
Dubbed the "Woodstock of Electronic Music" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, it features three full days of musical performances, video art, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, and jam sessions…These events have been noted for their incredibly diverse assembly of talent, enthusiastic support for innovative and unique artists, and overall positive, cooperative and fun atmosphere.”
Did the festival live up to this description? Absolutely! It was just fantastic and I’ll definitely try and get back there next year. Before I go into detail I’ll just say up front that if you are passionate about electronic music in any way, you’ll find something at this festival for you.
The festival started in 2005 in is an outgrowth of the world-wide electro-music.com community. The festival has rotated through various locations throughout the years. The first few years were in Cheltenham PA, then it moved to Kingsport TN in 2008, Bloomingdale NJ in 2009, and this year was at the remote Greenhill YMCA retreat in Huguenot, NY. This site is also a sleep away camp for kids.
All the events were in one building the main lodge which was really convenient.
As you can see from the next picture, the site was simply gorgeous. Of course being electronic musicians we spent a lot of time all our time inside :^).
Tickets Ticket options were a 1 day pass for $35 a day, or a 3 Day pass for $350 which included lodging and meals. I’m really glad I opted for the 3-day pass as this allowed more time to get to know other artists as well as share meals.
Lodging and Meals For those who opted for lodging, it was a fun flashback to summer camp. When we checked in we received sheets, wool blankets, pillow, pillow case, washcloth, towels and soap and were assigned a building and a room mate. Each room had it’s own bathroom and shower. The room was plenty decent enough considering I was up till like 1:00 a.m. every night and just used the room for sleeping. There was too much going on to be hanging out in the room.
Three meals a day were served out of the camp kitchen. The food was good camp food. This ended up being a great place to catch up with folks you met throughout the festival.
Venue and Format As you can see from the image below, the format staggered concerts and ran parallel to lectures in the library. There was a jam room in the basement and Stage 2 was used for jams in the mornings as well.
In addition to these events there were DIY projects, laptop battles (the winner got to play Sunday night on the main stage) and more.
Basically, I got up at 8:00 a.m. and was busy till 1:00 a.m. every day!
One month from today I'll be appearing at this year's Electro-Music 2010 Festival. I'll be performing the new album I Hear Your Signals live, plus giving a one hour talk on "Spatial, Visual, and Matrix Controlerism with Ableton Live".
Schedule for September 10th.
5:00-6:00 pm - Spatial, Visual, and Matrix Controllerism with Ableton Live
10-10:30 pm Concert where I’ll be performing songs form “I Hear Your Signals”
The Communikey Festival of Electronic Art in Boulder, CO starts tomorrow. I plan to attend various events throughout the festival over the weekend and will tweet out when I’m there if you want to catch up with me.