was successfully added to your cart.

art

Sat Nov 12th Errata//Data featuring BLÆRG, Jeremy Bible, xliv, Morgantics, Spednar, Lojack @ Wood St Gallery

By | events | No Comments

Cosmic Sound & bXc Collective present:

ERRATA//DATA

An immersive mix of live and interactive audio visual experiences. All live hardware and software performances paired with vjs. Music to span power ambience, broken beat, techno, and breakcore.

Featuring:
BLÆRG (MN – Naboa, Bottle Imp Productions):
BLÆRG emerged when Scott Wehman (initially a bassist performing in death, progressive and doom metal bands from ages 15-21), began searching for alternate musical outlets. Following the instructions found in an article entitled “How to Begin Experiments in Electronic Music,” Scott obtained his first pieces of rudimentary equipment via the internet, began his own solo experiment. The freedom he readily embraced utilizing these new tools was found to be refreshing after the inconsistencies and lack of creative liberties found in a band setting. Soon he found that his reach far exceeded the grasp of the meager memory capabilities of his hardware and he enlarged his search radius. This led him to peer-to-peer music sharing which further expanded his scope of musical possibilities by both allowing access to current practitioners of fringe electronic music as well as pirated software with far greater capabilities than 15 year old MIDI hardware. “I became obsessed with this “new,” music (breakcore/idm etc.) and the literally endless possibilities / freedoms it implied. My total fascination with the idea of sampling/manipulation continues to thrive and grow to this day.”

BLÆRG’s fierce determination to unleash this sonic onslaught led to many local Midwest performances (the most numerous of which took place in Detroit Michigan), eastward to New York City and even internationally to Toronto, Canada, Ghent, Belgium and Rotterdam in The Netherlands in 2004. BLÆRG has performed and appeared on compilations alongside a variety of notable artists including Dev/Null and Xanopticon, released a number of albums and EPs and returned to international touring in 2015 (UK, Germany).

BLAERG

Jeremy Bible (OH – experimedia):

Jeremy Bible is an American interdisciplinary artist focused on the intersection of sound and light. Taking cues from his background in field recording and photography, his work occupies a shared space between multi-channel audio-visual installation and compositional practice. Utilizing acousmatic sonic diffusion techniques, Bible strives to construct an environmental experience that is at turns profoundly sensory and beautifully surreal.

Through a fusion of angular electronics and immersive ambience, Bible invites listeners to explore an eco-futurist environment that challenges the established topographies of time and linearity. His sculptural soundtracks range in tone from meditative to jarring, creating a dynamic accompaniment to the visual components of each performance. As long, lingering shots of sweeping landscapes and panoramic vistas merge into one another, Bible’s sound design helps us see these familiar terrestrial forms in a renewed and alien light.

Bible’s works have been presented at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum and MOCA, as well as numerous other events, galleries and festivals over the course of his 20-year creative activity.

http://jeremybible.com/

with locals…

XLIV (GODMODE):
New project. Commie anti-authorship textural techno. Shapeless, murky sounds paired with rigidly structured, seamlessly mixed, high-impact percussion. Trust your eyes, but question your allegiances.

MORGANTICS (Cosmic Sound):
Morgan Visnesky has been producing music under the name morgantics for 9 years now, with an influence taken from progressive swung instrumental hip-hop beats and obscure sonic territories. His focus in recent has been footwork experiments with the 80/160 crossover, and live performances utilizing hardware drum machines and an expansive modular synthesizer.
https://www.instagram.com/morgantics/

Spednar (Cosmic Sound, La Squadra):
Kevin Bednar, aka Spednar, is a Pittsburgh-based electronic music producer. Utilizing live coding methodologies to push the bounds of polyrhythmic and microtonal compositions and often crossing into found sound territory, his sounds aim to excite both experimental and traditional electronic listeners alike.

Good Dude Lojack (La Squadra/MISC/DME):
Pittsburgh native Luke Starcher, better known in the streets as Lojack, a devil-may-care musician drawing from abstract broken beat, deep house, emotive post-rock and dub techno. His group Smooth Tutors has 7” and 12” vinyl releases on PGH-based label The Harmony Society. He has experience rocking dance floors across the region, with numerous live performances including the VIA Festival and Altered States.

With Interactive visuals and VJ work by:

Cake:
Short for Nate Cake
http://cakeosaurus.tumblr.com/

Parcel:
Moniker for combined interactive and a/v works of Morgan Visnesky and Kevin Bednar

BYOB – Suggested Donation of $5-10 for traveling guests – Floor 3

Ongoing Ryoji Ikeda installation Data.Matrix will be available for viewing until 8pm on the 2nd level.

Recent Roundup….

By | life | No Comments

So it’s been a minute since I’ve posted much on here, aside from events that I cut and paste. Lets catch up on what I’ve been up to, in general.

WORK
I don’t really talk about work much on my sites, but I figure I’d mention a few things. I’m a developer for Expedient Data Centers, which is a mid-range regional data center company, with datacenters in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Baltimore, Boston and soon to be Memphis. It started out as the ISP formerly known as Stargate. I’ve been a jack of all trades programmer there since 2005, so I’m entering my 10th year in this position. I write internal, primarily web-based apps for the company, mostly for the billing and delivery teams, but also operations support and to some degree end customers. I do “full stack” development, which sometimes means I do specs, design, front end, back end, testing, systems, reporting, etc. But I rarely get to polish anything far beyond usable requirements. Finally, this year we’ve got a solid team of six developers, and have knocked out some major projects, and done some really nice design updates that I’m proud of.

Expedient-QuoteTracker-v3.6

I’ve also managed to improve my time management and have been able to dedicate a bit of time to doing more learning with Javascript, including learning Node, Express and Angular, and catching up on Symfony and Laravel. Slowly but surely, I’ve planned and slotted some time to re-factor some of my sites like wrecked-distro.com, cutupsmethod.com and geoffreymaddock.com. Looking at knocking out some new projects soon as well.

SHOWS
It’s been a fun year so far. I expect tons of great things on the horizon on that front.

We run in 2015 with a fun party with the VIA, Detour and Honcho crews at the new 3rd floor spot above Cantina, The Ballroom.

Merely a week later, we kicked off the first LAZERCRUNK of the year with a wacky cereal-themed party, with design and decorations from Jes Ha Ka, a full on cereal-bar, and tunes from guest DJ KATE BOSS.

20150109_214208

20150109_214337

10407850_10102624767606613_8054290727022092454_n

A few weeks later, I made my debut at the newly christened monthly FAZE, from the 412DNB crew, which is 3rd Saturdays at Eclipse Lounge. Got to play a good mix of drum and bass, footwork, juke and modern 160 bass music. It seems to be a good spot for us, with a vibe more similar to BBT or Z-Lounge, and really excellent drinks.

10453444_10206261398439663_1766177310978525437_n

For whatever reason, there’s been a strange convergance in terms of darker night life happening this year. Although our ILLUSIONS night has somewhat been on hiatus, there have been a number of other dark/goth nights, with a big focus on oldschool sounds cropping up. In addition to the long running Hanging Garden, EZ Lou has been doing a regular Darkwave night, every thursday at Gus’s, and starting this year I’ve signed up to play once every other month. Until the unforunate fire, Em Demarco, aka Dj Vomitting Rat was doing punk and goth wednesdays at Belvederes, with once a month horror movie screenings. The Night Shift crew did a Ceremony reunion night which was so successful that they spun it into a new, monthly night – OBSIDIAN – 4th saturdays at Lava Lounge. The first edition of the night happened at the end of January, and in a strange happenstance, fell on the same night as two other new goth nights – HADES NIGHT (at Eclipse) and SECOND SKIN (at Belvederes). After a little ironing out, HADES night shifted to Friday, and by all accounts, every night did really, really well. Add to that Manny, Zombo and Heim are doing ANOTHER night – NIGHT TIME – 1st Sundays at Brillobox that’s skewed more towards Industrial music. I have to say, there’s no way all this will stick, but it’s a great development for good options of dark and goth oriented music.

second skin

A few fun nights along the way include PHARMAKON along with a bunch of local noise freaks at the Ballroom, excellent noisey black metal band HIVELORDS at Howlers, and checking out the BUBBLEPOP j-pop night at Cattivo, which ended up being extremely popular, were each lots of fun.

10636355_10153020312511826_5930581017010674474_o

This past weekend was the annual Valentines Monster-Truck Rally, and it was a truely epic level. Todd got over 100 people to go as part of our crew, and there was lots of fun pre-gaming, dressing up, making signs and screaming into the night. We packed that together with a special MONSTER TRUCK themed LAZERCRUNK the night before, with really amazing stage design thanks to Todd and Neil (Projectile Objects), plus our buddy Tony Parmesan guest dj’d as a last minute fill-in for Bogl.

10828164_10153190165703690_2111316207828373718_o

I helped put together a breakcore show on saturday night with the awesome COMPANY FUCK from Berlin. Unfortunately, the weather was conspiring against the show, and their bus got stuck in Maryland and they didn’t make it to Pittsburgh in time. If he’s coming to your town, go check him out! Hopefully looking to do some more breakcore and wild shows this year, just need to line things up. 8Cylinder and myself will be going to Ann Arbor at the end of May to play the Ultra Mega Awesome Extreme fest, possibly the last one. So that will be a blast.

LIFE

Been busy and that’s been excellent. Had alot of wonderful times out with my gf Jes, ice skating at Schenley, checking out the gallery crawls and ARCADE COMEDY THEATER, playing the massive and fun board game TERRA MYSTICA, trying our hand at ESCAPE ROOM, sledding and playing in the snow, having hilarious times at FENG, making and eating out lots of good food, including an amazing time at CURED.

1558393_10102644315148183_7789354422321008180_n

1932216_10102542704646443_7573684610327945230_n

10665847_10102614843544513_4854507377414611460_n

10896893_10102542704491753_4485782589539762613_n

10929563_10102616643222943_8993533814272613054_n

20141227_204016

20141228_001316

20141231_202920

20150117_191907

20150123_195227

20150123_195323

cure-lamb-sweetpotato

Although she’s been in a bit of a funk with her art, she was still in three rad shows, a 90s themed show at The Roboto Project, where she did wall-mount “stuffed” heads of characters from Rocco’s Modern Life, the Pancakes and Booze show at the Rex, where she did a massive and incredible painting with her WUT guys, and a super fun and diverse reunion of the 12×12 show at Modern formations.

10450448_10152980808390490_6869728681409123237_n

IMG_2712

IMG_3411

IMG_3414

IMG_3561

Been enjoying the winter, but definitely looking forward to warmer weather, the out doors and traveling some. Till next time!