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Lead Lozenges LL4

My good friend Michael Toepfer owns and runs the Lead Lozenges music label. He has done me a great favor and released my tape on his label.

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It’s called Clipped Bus because I analyzed a bunch of popular noise music signals and concluded they were mostly suffering from clipping so I cobbled together a fun noise supercollider program to make loud granular synthesized tracks.

Here’s a sample to listen to

Cultural Deprivation Tank

Finally after a year-long disappearance the Edmontonian album “Dispatches from the Cultural Deprivation Tank” reappears. Originally released on Digital Dizzy records until bandcamp unceremoniously dumped their entire label, killing off an estimated 500 to 2000 albums.

Here’s the album:

And here’s the SkruntSkrunt track:

And if you want to download it:

Gene Kosowan currated this glorious wonder!

It was covered by the UAlberta school newspaper

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Dispatches From the Cultural Deprivation Tank, featuring 20 Edmonton artists, will be out soon on UK-based label digitalDIZZY.

But you have a chance to hear a preview of it.

The CD features tracks by Babysugarbag, Bong Sample, Crashing Lights, Damno Te, Norm de Plume, Fecal Point, Miguel Ferrer, Himiko, M20-2, Meowsers, Trixie Moon, Moonlanding, Motonogo, John Oparyk, Shawn Pinchbeck, Poster Tube Killer, Stephen Sereda, SkruntSkrunt, S’sE Sessions and Will Truchon.

The listening session is free and all-ages and runs from 7-9 p.m. A limited supply of the CD will also be available for sale.

After that, stick around to hear four of the CD’s live acts (S'sE Sessions, Himiko, Miguel Ferrer and Stephen Sereda) hit the stage from 9-11 p.m. Admission for this segment of the night is by donation and is for an 18+ audience.

Youtube: 2017-06-29 BEAMS at the WORKS The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) teams up with The Works Art & Design Festival to present eight acts who take on the event’s theme of dialogue, resulting in unique ways of expressing the idea of communicating in unusual genres. To wit:

Jessie Beier & Catlin W. Kuzyk How does common sense work in a conflicting world?

Johnny Bordeaux What happens when two Theremins talk to each other?

Damno Te & Skrunt Skrunt Does noise have a language all its own?

Shae Guerin Is four-stringing interactive?

Jared Epp What strange sounds surface from an urban environment?

Gene Kosowan Can pulsars talk?

S.C. Land Is there art in social media?

Paul Morris Does party talk have texture?

This 90-minute all-ages event is free to the general public.

Youtube: 2017-06-08 Edmonton Noisefest Prelude Show

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Edmonton is welcoming a Noisefest on August 26th, 2017. This show is to help celebrate and raise funds for travelling artists for that event. The June 8th show will feature:

Heavy Beak: A new duo featuring the talented wind blowing skills of Ethan Bokma and the live effect driven drumming of Andrew Hall (who has performed as Frozenlake121). (Frozenlake121)

S'Se Sessions: The Edmonton Trio featuring the heavy bass of Trevor DePagie, massive ambient and software glitch skills of Chris Samson (plus a touch of guitar too), and the beats and scratch skills of Hitoshi Sugiyama. (2 Hour Show)

skruntskrunt: This project needs no introduction. If you’ve had the pleaseure of seeing his computer genius noise skills then you know what kind of crazy sounds Abram can produce from his programming madness.

Acid Attack: From Red Deer this duo always manages to create something different and given the chance their range of sounds could last for a hour show easily.

Self Abuse: The insane HNW project by Orrin Evans. This just maybe the only act like this in town!

Entry is 10 bones ($10) and tunes start around 8pm.

Youtube: 2017-05-27 Drone Day 2017 : Drone Day Edmonton


Drone Day Edmonton 2017, hosted by Parker Theissen at the Ortona Armoury in Edmonton, AB, Canada on May 27, 2017.

Sweaty Palms and RDP present:



LOCATION CHANGE Unfrotunately Impark stopped responding to us so we are forced to move the location, the event will be held at the historical Ortona Armory 9722-102st

Come listen to the sounds of drone! In a very cool 102 year old building!


Hear the best of Edmonton’s Drone Artists Improv Jam

Performers include:

Raylene Campbell Mel Macdonald Devon Beggs Myles Bartel Jared Epp Jenna-Katheryn Heinemann Jenna Turner Matthew Belton Jacqueline Ohm Sean MacIntosh Parker Thiessen Abram Hindle Brendan Anderson and more!

Kid friendly! Bring your own snacks and beverages!

Youtube: NIME 2017 Demo Video: Performance With an Electronically Excited Didgeridoo

NIME 2017: Performance with an Electronically Excited Didgeridoo

By Abram Hindle and Daryl Posnett

The didgeridoo is a wind instrument composed of a single large tube often used as drone instrument for backing up the mids and lows of an ensemble. A didgeridoo is played by buzzing the lips and blowing air into the didgeridoo. To play a didgeridoo continously one can employ circular breathing but the volume of air required poses a real challenge to novice players. In this paper we replace the expense of circular breathing and lip buzzing with electronic excitation, thus creating an electro-acoustic didgeridoo or electronic didgeridoo. Thus we describe the didgeridoo excitation signal, how to replicate it, and the hardware necessary to make an electro-acoustic didgeridoo driven by speakers and controllable from a computer. To properly drive the didgeridoo we rely upon 4th-order ported bandpass speaker boxes to help guide our excitation signals into an attached acoustic didgeridoo. The results somewhat replicate human didgeridoo playing, enabling a new kind of mid to low electro-acoustic accompaniment without the need for circular breathing.

Youtube: 2017-03-14 Dirt Buffet Cabaret 23: Inception

Inceptional Collaboration presented by Brooke Erin - Visual Artist, Wayne DeFehr - Sessional Instructor in English and Film Studies, and Theodore Brockman - Computing Science Student at U of A, Abram Hindle - Associate Professor of Computing Science. An example of a “Deep Belief” system, where a computer processes data from human movement, in their case that of a painter, and then creates soundscapes based on that movement.

Ben Gorodetsky introduces us and is probably more entertaining than we are :(

Youtube: 2017-03-16 Points of Departure With Sylvia Hinz, Abram Hindle, and Ross Nicoll & Friends

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POINT OF DEPARTURE is a live music series dedicated to providing a space for all forms of improvised, spontaneous, and experimental music. Edmonton\u2019s experimental music scene is multi-faceted yet fractured; part of this series\u2019 mandate will be to bring together artists from different backgrounds and genres to facilitate new connections and collaborations, and to allow the scene to grow and expand in new directions.

Vol. 5 will feature:


Sylvia Hinz is in town as part of New Music Edmonton’s Now Hear This festival, and we are thrilled to have her take the Point of Departure stage.

Praised for her equally fierce and bold dramatic performance style, Sylvia Hinz is one of the leading recorder players worldwide, specialised in contemporary music and improvisation. Hinz plays solo recitals and concerts with ensembles and orchestras, holds special interest in contemporary music and improvisation, also in unusual instrumental combinations and cooperations with other arts (e.g. painting, literature, sculpture), fosters international collaborations with other musicians, composers, and artists in general. “For me, the sound of the recorder reflects very much breath, wind, neature, storm, water, ocean, mountains - strong and untamed aspects of (human) nature.”

Sylvia will perform a solo set, and then will be joined by Abram Hindle for some spontaneous collaboration.


Local tech wizard Abram Hindle will bring his uniqe brand of interactive electronics to the Point of Departure stage, providing live audio and video in a laptop/recorder duet with Sylvia Hinz.

Hindle is a pillar in Edmonton’s experimental music community. He has performed extensively with BEAMS, Ramshackle Day Parade, and has toured to noise festivals around North America. In 2015 he co-created Connectivity, an interactive, 9 hour performance of experimental sound featured at Edmonton’s first Nuit Blanche festival.


Ross Nicoll is going places. This young piano player has quickly proven himself to have some of the most dexterous fingers in the city, as well as being able to adapt to a wide variety of musical styles and situations. He plays with an ever growning number of bands and artists, including N3K, Didgin' for Rainbows, and Mitchmatic.

For this show, Ross will be putting together a posse of talented musicians to play a set of improvised free jazz.

Thursday, March 16th, 2016 Ortona Room @ Ortona Armoury 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB Doors: 8:30, Music: 9:00 $10

***Please note: Due to a scheduling error, this edition of Point of Departure WILL NOT be held in the FAVA exhibition room. Instead, it will take place in the Ortona Room, on the main floor of the Armoury.

Youtube: BEAMS Presents Art's Birthday 2017

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Gene Kosowan & Marymotto; Himiko & Hari Maia; SkruntSkrunt & Nobodisoundz; Harshmellow & Mental Escape Pod; Mike Ross & Tamiyurakurage; Dave Wall & James Shearman; Allison Balcetis & Dai Fujikura.

Videos by Christine Miller and Jon Osborne

Filmed by Vadim Bulitko and Abram Hindle

EDMONTON—The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society will commemorate 10 years of Art’s Birthday Edmonton with a special show taking place Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Ortona Armoury (9722-102 Street). The event, Art’s Birthday 2017, pairs seven local acts with works by seven international composers and soundscape artists, some of whom created works specifically for this occasion.

Women will comprise the majority of local performers gracing the stage, with pianist Himiko, saxophonist Allison Balcetis, noise duo Harshmellow and Chapman stick player Dale Ladouceur slated to play. Rounding out the live lineup will be keyboardist and music journalist Mike Ross, software sound designer SkruntSkrunt and guitarist Dave Wall.

Works will be by Dai Fujikura and Tamayurakurage (Japan) Hari Maia (Brazil), Mental Escape Pod (Austria), Nobodisoundz (France), James Shearman (England), and Marymotto (Spain). Videos will be courtesy John Osborne and Christine Miller.

Art’s Birthday originated in 1963 when French surreal artist Robert Filliou declared that art didn’t exist until a million years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a pail of water. Choosing his own birthday of Jan. 17 to celebrate the event, Filliou proposed a public holiday, which has since been adopted by arts organizations and collectives in more than 20 nations worldwide. Edmonton first held such an event in 2008, presented by the Film and Video Arts Society at the now-defunct ARTery. The Edmonton Arts Council staged Art’s Birthday at Scona Pool the following year. Since 2010, BEAMS has facilitated the event annually.

Doors for Art’s Birthday open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. BEAMS members get in for half-price.

Youtube: 2016-12-13 RDP Open Input: Jesse, All Happy, Jenna/Parker, Pooke, Epp, Evans,Meloche, Skruntskrunt

2016-12-13 RDP Open Input: Jesse, All Happy, Jenna and Parker, Aaron Pooke, Jared Epp, Orrin Evans, Mark Meloche, Skruntskrunt

Ramshackle Day Parade Open Input in Edmonton at Sewing Machine Factory

Jesse, All Happy, Jenna and Parker, Aaron Pooke, Jared Epp, Orrin Evans, Mark Meloche, Skruntskrunt