Electronica

2019 Schedule:

12 – 12:30  –   ken  moore   (ohio)

12:30 – 12:55  –  three body problem

12:55  – 1:20  –  jeff brown

1:20 – 1:45  –  gone coastal

1:45 – 2:10  –  tag cloud

2:10 – 2:35  –  banshee reeks

2:35 – 3:00  –  synth-tech project

3:00 – 3:25  –  amber Dunleavy and art Harrison

3:25 – 3:50  –  novparolo

3:50 – 4:15  –  beau finley

4:15 – 4:40  –  kevsab

4:40 – 5:05  –  hovercraft

5:05 – 5:35  –  chaka benson   (pa.)

5:35 – 6:00  –  northwoods

6:00 – 6:30  –  shivasongster   (pa.)

6:30 – 6:55  –  audio mace

6:55 – 7:25  –  twydnyllyngs   (pa.)

7:25 – 7:50  –  helium road

7:50 – 8:20  –  special guest: Thomas Dolby

8:20 – 8:45 –   GHI

2019 Performers:

Ken Moore: Born in Baltimore, Maryland during February of 1954. Began as a piano/organist at the age of seven, and by the age of 15 was writing my own music for a rock band. Recorded many of those pieces privately during the 1970s and switched to electronic music in the 1980s. Discovered tam-tams as a sound source in 2010, and has recorded many experimental albums in recent years. Most of these recordings can be heard/bought here: Moore/Myers

I was previously a resident of Baltimore until 2003, when I moved to Ohio. I have performed at the National Electronic Museum many times, with Dave Vosh, and more recently, Daniel Barbiero. This year I plan to do an electric/acoustic set by myself, using sing bowls and a few gongs, plus some experimental devices which will include amplified sounds from within enclosed boxes.

This is a link to a blog site discussing my first encounter with the museum in Linthicum: https://anvilcreationsstudio.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/introducing-me-to-the-national-electronic-museums-annual-event/

There are many albums available on Bandcamp which represent my many years of recording history, which began in the 1970s. The name Anvil Creations was invented for the initial use of a label with which I distributed cassette recordings in the 1980s. I have some samples of recordings on Soundcloud, none of which will be exactly as I plan to perform on November 2nd, but here is a link to one of the tracks: Tam tam4-The Video

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Art Harrison: Here is a video demonstrating the Model 302 theremin I produce. The museum has one on display, and I will be playing one at the event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w0V5SyCSr8&spfreload=10

Art Harrison and Amber Dunleavy are thereminists who perform improvisational duets of 15 to 30 minutes in length. They have performed together at Rhizome DC, The Electric Maid, and the Takoma Park Planetarium at Montgomery College.

Art’s personal interest in the theremin also includes their design and manufacture through his company, Harrison Instruments, Inc. His theremins are sold via internet marketing and through retail locations such as Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center in Wheaton, Maryland. For more information, visit harrisoninstruments.com.

Amber was a member of the experimental rock bands Alzo Boszormenyi and the Acid Achievers, Croniamantal, and Governor Silver & The Queen Bees. She also performs solo under the name Echolalia. Check out her work at

Free.Space.Energy (Chris Wikman)

Chris Wikman will be featuring his new solo modular synth project known as Free.Space.Energy.  Combining music styles from free jazz to spacey ambient, and using generative music techniques, Chris performs as musician and conductor of a 6 piece virtual ensemble.

Chris is a multi-media performing artist, musician, producer, videographer, craftsman, and engineer, from Germantown, MD.  Recent performances often feature a large modular audio synthesis system, and his custom built audio devices such as the “Ever Evolving Pipe Dream Machine” and the “Chain Box”.  His solo material ranges broadly among dark ambient, industrial, drone/noise and new age/electronica.  Other musical projects have included the well known duo Audio Mace with Al Baldwin, and the soundtrack “Kadath – the Dream Quest” as part of the group XCross.
https://soundcloud.com/audio-mace

https://www.google.com/search?q=vimeo+”audio+mace”

https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/AudioMace

https://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=%22audio+mace%22

https://www.facebook.com/audio.mace

Chaka: Known mostly for performing in art galleries and small, funky venues…These days you can find Chaka Benson and the awesome powerful sounds of his Eurorack machine almost anywhere!
Always on the move…maybe he’s coming your way soon!
Check his FB and Instagram @chakabenson to find out…
https://cmbperformance.blogspot.com/2019/07/chaka-benson.html?m=1

GHI‘: With a nod to the pioneers of the genre, GHI offers a fresh take on ‘Berlin school’ space music. Pulsating sequences become the foundation for soaring leads, ethereal choirs, and washes of atmospheric tone, providing an expansive sonic voyage through time and space. Come and see the show!
https://www.facebook.com/GHIspacejams/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKXlMnq6g38&amp;fbclid

Novparolo creates cinematic scores for films which haven’t even been made yet, but which just through their sonic grace conjure a thousand images. Images of wind-swept vistas, dream-like worlds, night time city streets, ancient landscapes and far flung regions of space. It is chamber-synth-pop, but with gentle, futuristic electronica replacing the more traditional sounds and beats which seem only to guide and structure rather than drive the music. The duo have mesmerized audiences with their live performances featuring Winston Psmith on guitar and Bev Stanton on keyboard and groovebox.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D0q8l2ol34
https://www.novparolo.com/

Helium Road is the name of Andy’s electronic music project, currently consisting only of himself. Andy is an electrical engineer who has played bass in rock bands and other projects on and off since he was in high school. In recent years he began to start working with electronic music, first with software synths and later with analog hardware synths. A longtime fan of the Berlin School electronic groups such as Tangerine Dream and Radio Massacre International, as well as progressive and space rock such as Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, and Rush, Helium Road’s music focuses on space, ambience, and atmospheric sounds driven by pulsing and melodic sequences.
https://www.youtube.com/user/RCAvhstape/videos

Synth Tech Project: Logan Mitchell Sr aka “Synth Tech Project”: I’ve had an interest in Electronic Music since the late 1960’s when I first listened to the albums of Walter Carlos (Switched On Bach), Dick Hyman (The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman), Paul Bley & Peacock and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. My inspiration for building electronic music circuits comes from the late Robert A. Moog of Moog Music, Alan R. Pearlman of ARP Instruments, Tom Oberheim of Oberheim Electronics, Donald Buchla of Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments, the late John Simonton Jr of PAIA & a host of other pioneers in the electronic music synthesizer field.
I am also inspired by music groups such as Emerson Lake & Palmer, Yes, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Triumvirat as well as individual keyboardists such as Keith Emerson, George Duke, Bernie Worrell, Gary Wright, Gregg Rolie & Don Preston, all of whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet & take photos with, as well as inspiration by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Rick Wakeman, the late Richard Wright, the late Billy Preston, Greg Phillinganes, Billy Beck, Joe Sample, Richard Tee, Don Grolnick, Bob James, Dave Brubeck, Greg Allman, Joe Sample, Donald Fagen, Cornelius Bumpus, Richard Lainhart, Jordan Rudess, Jon Lord, Jan Hammer, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael McDonald, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Tom Scholz, Tom Coster, Richard Kermode & Larry Dunn.
https://sites.google.com/site/synthtechproject/

Jeremy dePrisco (Shivasongster) is a Pennsylvania musician, composer, performer, and sound artist using improvisation, collaboration, and noise to examine and re-contextualize the alienation inherent in media influence, socially constructed reality, conspiracy, and myth.
He works with field recordings, guitar, electronics, synthesizers, radios, found sounds, home-made gadgets, and processed video.
https://www.jeremydeprisco.com/electro-acoustic/

Jeff Brown A.K.A. guitarfool: Engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC, soon to be retired.
Studied Classical Guitar starting in 1969 and never put it down.
Started building electronic music circuits in the early 1970’s, which really got out of hand at the beginning of the 21st century.
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-558302218
website: http://www.guitarfool.com/

Hovercraft, aka Barry Schmetter is a Washington DC-based artist creating ambient and experimental electronic music using modular synthesizers and field recordings. He also creates sound and video installations, and video art.
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/xtol7
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/hovercraft-dc

KEVSAB is a collaborative live music project between alternating.bit (Rimas Campe) and Kantoendrato (Joe Belknap Wall), using contrasting approaches and instrumentation to create a sound that is playful and experimental, yet unified and easy on the ear.

Twyndyllyngs are an electronic music chamber ensemble playing spacemusic that is suitable for everything from planetarium presentations to deep inner thought explorations. This duo consists of Howard Moscovitz and Bill Fox.

Twyndyllyngs have been performing improvised electronic chamber music since 2003. They have performed at electronic music festivals in Europe and North America. They perform weekly on the internet radio station electro-music.com on most Saturday evenings at 6 PM Eastern USA time. Twyndyllyngs’ experimental work is in many diverse styles ranging from neoclassical to experimental.

Bill Fox studied electrical engineering and electronic music at The Ohio State University. He is proficient on electric bass and guitar, saxophone, and various synthesizers. He formerly worked at AT&T – Microelectronics/Lucent Technologies in Allentown, Pennsylvania where he first met Howard Moscovitz in 1992 after having known each other only through email since the 1980s. Bill performs in several bands besides Twyndyllyngs including Pinnacle (Progressive Rock), the Municipal Band of Allentown (symphonic band), and the Really Terrible Orchestra (orchestra). He has also performed in folk, Celtic, and Rock ensembles plus pit orchestras for musicals. He produces two radio programs, Galactic Travels™ on WDIY and Thought Radio™ on WMUH which have a worldwide internet audience as well as an associated concert series, the Soundscapes Concert Series.
http://galactictravels.nifo
http://thoughtradio.org
http://pinnacleband.com
http://municipalband.org
http://rto-pa.com
http://soundscapes.us

Howard Moscovitz has graduate degrees in both music composition and electrical engineering. He began working on electronic music in 1967 with William Hoskins at Jacksonville University. He received an MFA in electronic music from Mills College where he studied with Robert Asheley, Stanley Lunetta, Darius Milhaud and John Cage. While working as a free lance composer, Howard earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981. He then moved to Pennsylvania to work as a designer of the first DSP micro-circuit at Bell Labs where he met Bill. Howard started electro-muisc.com in 2002. The community has produced dozens of festivals in the USA and Europe.
http://electro-music.com

The sounds of Banshee Reeks can be described as improvisational electronica chill-out with mainly ambient elements, but also with the occasional jazz, acoustic, or other sound experiments.  Liquid voice and synthesizer blend with electronic bass and guitar sounds.  Epic length ambient songs live side by side with shorter tunes.

Kathy McMenamin and Kevin Hassett are Banshee Reeks.  A husband and wife duo, we have been making music together since the turn of the millennium.  Kevin has been playing bass and guitar since the early eighties.  Kathy plays the synthesizer, and adds signal processed vocals to some songs.  Her background includes decades of training and performing for voice, piano, and keyboard.

Previously, our band name was Dermaptera, and we also played in the band Shadow Farm.  We released eight albums as Dermaptera, and four as Shadow Farm.  All can be found on most major electronic music distributors (such as iTunes), and on the CDBaby website.  We’re currently working on our first album under our new name, Banshee Reeks, so stay tuned!

Band page:  https://www.facebook.com/Bansheereeks/

The Three Body Problem is the electroacoustic trio of Dave Vosh and Frank Vanaman on modular synthesizers and Daniel Barbiero on double bass. Dave, Frank and Daniel combine a sensitivity to the interaction of electronic and acoustic timbres with an aesthetic based equally on free improvisation and a refined sense of compositional architecture.

Born in Washington, DC and now residing in the Baltimore area, Frank Vanaman is the sole human member of the recording project known as ‘Nuclear Insect Trio’. His live performances are wholly improvised, and he relies on an appreciation of disparate sources such as popular music and jazz of the 1920s-1930s, the sparse electronic sounds of the 1950s-1960s and the Trautonium playing of Oskar Sala to somehow inform his experimental electro-sonic work. He will also be the first person to admit he has nearly no idea what he’s doing

Dave Vosh has been exploring electronic music since the 70`s and draws his influences from the pioneers of the 50`s, 60`s and 70`s. He has performed widely in D.C., Maryland and Virginia as a solo artist and with artists such as Ken Moore, Chris Videll, John St. John, Bev Stanton and Art Harrison. His recordings are available on the Zeromoon, Pan y Rosas and Anvil Creations netlabels.

Daniel Barbiero (1958, New Haven CT USA) is a double bassist, sound artist and composer in the Washington DC area. He has been active in improvised and experimental music and dance in the Baltimore-Washington area as a performer, composer and ensemble leader since the early 2000s. His music is inspired by the chromatic vocabulary, open-form compositional structures, and extended performance techniques of mid-20th century Modernism. He is additionally interested in verbal, graphic and other non-standard methods of scoring for small ensembles.

Beau Finley is a DC-based ambient and drone musician.  Over 2019, he has been working through the Circle of Fifths on a 12-part piece, titled PROCESSING.  Each installment is as many minutes as the month is long and the entire series will consist of 365 minutes of music.