RhizomeDC is a nonprofit community space located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. We are a hub for experimentation, community collaboration and social engagement.
Upcoming at Rhizome (click on event for more details):
Sonic Circuits presents..... Golden Retriever is a pure noise-improv outfit from Oslo, Norway who plays hard-hitting noise with drums, guitar and electronics. Propan is a Norwegian vocal duo utilising, feedback, loops and an extended reportoire of vocal techniques to make otherworldly, rapturous music. Chester Hawkins uses any mixture of modular synths, analog electronics, prepared stringed instruments, and musique concrète sources; the results can be equally euphoric and bitterly paranoid.
Maple House Collective presents... Elka Bong (Al Margolis/Walter Wright), John Krausbauer.
"Let it be declared that Al Margolis/If, Bwana is some sort of evil genius working with raw materials which are never adapted to a genre or a context, because they create one in that very moment. Those sources are radically altered up to an utterly unrecognizable state, anarchic manifestations moving in compact determination." (Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes).
Walter Wright is an interdisciplinary artist, his practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on "improvisation as a way of being present in the world."
John Krausbauer explores intonation tuning and acoustic phenomena, resulting in a spiritually ecstatic catharsis, concocted with the art brutists, noiseniks, and microtonalists of the world in mind.
Maple House Collective presents an evening of psych drone excursions.
James Jackson Toth appears under the moniker Wooden Wand, and in countless collaborations, on over a hundred records, and in 2015 founded, with his wife Leah, the experimental label Footfalls Records. William Fowler Collins is composer/musician and recording artist whose work explores and synthesizes both musical and extra-musical elements.
Beguiling Isles - Corum (Psychic Sounds / Maine) & False Sir Nicholas (Nonlocal Society / Chile) perform as a multimedia duet "constructing a mind-melting psychopharmacological vision wherein rhythms and melodies ooze into and out of focus."
Tarotplane is the solo project of PJ Dorsey from Baltimore. His First release on the acclaimed Aguirre Records label presents continuous swirls of heady sounds that take listeners on deep excursions of wonder and beauty.
Halo Valley - a yeti in the wilderness of sound.
Star Trick: The Next Iteration is an algorithmic, non-deterministic TV spaceship drama that requires a set of data to work and is set inside of a set of data. A user can change the character of the video by changing the identity of the characters. Genre is like gender, a gene from which the generic generates. If you don't think of Star Trick: The Next Iteration as a television program, you can think of it as a television "program" - a genetic map rather than a storyline. Perhaps the Captain has lost the crew, perhaps the ship has never had any fuel in it. Only machines can keep up with the Telepath's sexual stamina. Television should be thought of as a synthesizer of human ideas and situations. If we de-emphasize the story, and instead emphasize the "idea," narrative can be synthesis - open ended and flexible, true to life and ambiguous, yet ripe with meaning. Starring Lexie Mountain, Ada Pinkston, Hoesy Corona, and Ric Royer.
Join us for our second poetry fuddle to play around with words in this casual and inventive monthly meetup. Local poets Amy Eisner and Leslie Bumstead will offer a poetry activity to get everyone writing — or bring your own to share with the group. You don't have to be a poet to participate; you can just enjoy fuddling around.
The sun energizes a solar panel on a box, with an analog synthesizer in it, to sound out a speaker. Without batteries, the box reacts to gestures of shadow on its face, and full darkness silences it. It sounds different on hazy days, cloudy days, sunny days. Outfitted in a thick-wall cardboard box, the acoustic object plays itself. I call it a solar sounder.
A solar sounder contains circuits to drive a speaker. Rather than treat them as a synthesizer, we will emulate certain acoustic sounds in analog electronics, and listen to their behavior in solar energy conditions. Besides their solar panels, the boxes have no other playing interface such as knobs or switches; the art is not in the action of playing them, but placing them in the sun and listening. The shadows of trembling leaves makes the sound rise and fall in the wind, and wilt when a cloud passes over.
Simple transistor circuits facilitate a group workshop to build a solar sounder flock and install them in the sun. The premise belies an environmental awareness, seeking electronics that explore the outdoors. In this workshop, participants will communally construct an assemblage of bird, monk and train circuits which will come to life in the Rhizome yard. The resulting ensemble reveals the unique properties of each piece.
Synthesizer designer Peter Blasser (www.ciat-lonbarde.net) is coming to Rhizome to do a 10-day residency! As part of his residency he will be leading a special instrument-building workshop featuring his amazing Tocante touch synthesizers.
Each participant will be able to assemble one of Peter’s Tocante instruments (or if desired, a Mocante keyboard, Peter’s newest ‘Eurorack-compatible’ touche design). Some basic soldering and use of hand tools (mostly screwdriver) is all that’s required, you don’t need to be an experienced builder in order to participate...anyone is welcome!
The Tocante line of musical instruments is "about" and "touching" the materials of electronics. Each touchpad represents a pitch according to industry "preferred numbers," chosen by old wartime engineers for non-musical purposes. Here they form a unique and haunting musical scale, not unlike that of a gamelan or the neutral intervals of Persian music. Beyond these base pitches, three golden sandrodes flank each touchpad; touching these androgynous nodes yields intermodulation, pitch and timbral shifts, and emergent chaotic masses. Solar panels charge the onboard batteries, that power the oscillators and a speaker. They are the perfect self-contained instrument for nightly music at the campground.
Baltimore based artist and curator, Margaret Rorison will present a program of her short 16mm films and videos with additional live sound accompaniment. Her works often develop from explorations through rural and urban landscapes, combining language, sound and imagery to create installations, films and live 16mm projections. She is interested in the visceral nature of experience and the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound.
Maple House Collective presents...
Thomas Helton (bass) "pursues an agenda of decisive indeterminacy, within the lineage of jazz’s post-1960s avant-garde." Solo and in duo with Susan Alcorn (pedal steel) - "I view the instrument I play, the pedal steel guitar, not as an object to be mastered, but as a partner with which to share with the listener a meaning, depth, and hopefully profound awareness of each fragile moment we’re together."
Movement Material is a 60-minute program of video, 16mm projection, and live performance that highlight transfigurative gestures via the collision of camera and dance. This program explores the roles and functions of both the cinematographer (Jeremy Moss) and the dancer (Pamela Vail) while engaging questions of space, movement, and the ways in which the frame and the cut create alternate walls and rhythms. The progression of this camera/dance collaboration has led the artists to pointedly examine equality, balance, interactivity, and reciprocity between both forms.
Learn the basics of propane vapor flame effects and get hands-on building experience in this weekend workshop taught by members of the Site 3 Fire Arts team. In the morning we'll cover safety, more safety, the basics of using LPG (propane) as a fuel, how flame effects work, more safety, solenoid valves and ignition systems. The class will go over NFPA 160, the standard for flame effects before an audience, so that you can learn the terminology and know how to pitch these legal and (if built properly) safe devices to the local fire department for approval. In the afternoon, we will build and test a small flame effect. If you have your own project, this is where you start. While we won't be selling kits, a parts list for a simple flame effect is available upon request. Due to venue constraints, live flame tests may be run at low pressure and may be called off due to unsafe weather conditions.
Sunday will be another day to work on your project and get it to a proof-of-concept state. We'll also talk about logistics for Burning Man and other events that enjoy fire: experiences with insurance, transportation, fuel delivery, anything else you're wondering about.
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