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Jacob Ciocci’s music video for Adam Schwarz’s “D0WN W1TH THE SICKNE$$ Trap Remix”

18 June, 2014 by



Video by Jacob Ciocci, 2014
Remixed music by Adam Schwarz

“Contact” Sampler Video by The-Drum

21 June, 2013 by

The-Drum "Contact"


“Contact” space dock.

Here is a sampler video for The-Drum‘s forthcoming album “Contact.” I’ve been listening to this album a lot lately — pretty much on repeat for the last month — it is very good, and highly recommended. It’s available 6/25/13 at Audraglint.

Visuals by Omega PointLogan Owlbeemoth, and Theodore Darst.

Video Produced by Theodore Darst & The-Drum.


  1. “Nerd Icing”: The-Drum Open Up About the Concept Behind Debut Album “Contact”
  2. The-Drum on SoundCloud
  3. The-Drum on Facebook
  4. RedEye interview with The-Drum

Sculpt – Duchess / Kittens, video by Theodore Darst

17 September, 2012 by

Sculpt & Theodore Darst
Sculpt & Theodore Darst

by Sculpt & Theodore Darst
London, UK & Chicago, 2012, 3 min, video, sound

House plants and a trippy stick triad.


“/SYS” by The-Drum, video by Theodore Darst

23 July, 2012 by


The-Drum & Theodore Darst, Chicago, 2012, 4 min

An idyllic, undulating wonderland with intimations of LSD (Lake Shore Drive, Chicago), and blots aplenty in the palette of purple, green, grey, and blue.

“/Sys” is the first single off The-Drum’s “Sense Net EP” available via Mishka.



The-Drum on Soundcloud

Sense Net EP

Theodore Darst’s website

Theodore Darst interview w/ The Creator’s Project

ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) Georges Aperghis and the New Generation at the MCA, Chicago, May 26, 2012

23 May, 2012 by


Shot in the Dark! Georges Aperghis and the New Generation

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Tony Arnold, soprano
Ludovic Morlot, guest conductor

May 26, 2012 | 7:30pm
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago
MCA members $22 | Non-members $28 | Students $10

This weekend, Chicago favorites ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) return to the MCA Stage on Saturday, May 26, at 7:30 for an evening of exciting new sounds.

“Headlining the concert is a world premieres by the renowned father of theater music himself, Georges Aperghis. Aperghis’s aggressive yet playful music pushes the boundaries between classical performance and performance art, asking musicians to stretch the expressive capacities of their instruments and their bodies to create a frenetic wash of sonic energy. Also on the bill pieces by ICELab composers Patricia Alessandrini and Juan Pablo Carreño.”

Georges Aperghis is one of Europe’s most influential experimental composers. His aggressive yet playful music pushes the boundaries between classical performance and performance art, asking musicians to stretch the expressive capacities of their instruments and their bodies to create a frenetic wash of sonic energy. Yet despite his substantial  European following, Aperghis’s work is almost unknown in the United States. With the support of the French American Cultural Exchange, ICE has commissioned a major new evening-length work from Mr. Aperghis, playfully entitled Shot in the Dark and will give the work’s Chicago premiere—led by conductor Ludovic Morlot, a rising star and the newly appointed Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. Also featured on the program are two new chamber works by rising stars and ICElab 2012 composers Patricia Alessandrini and Juan Pablo Carreño. — MCA

Send an email to ringtone@iceorg.org to get some unique ringtones capturing the sensational sounds of Georges Aperghis! Mention this email at the merchandise table on the day of the show to receive free bling!




MCA event page

Purchase tickets

319 Scholes presents E-Vapor-8 curated by Francesca Gavin • 5/5–5/18

16 April, 2012 by

Acid Graphic by Travess Smalley

“I would only believe in a God that knows how to dance.” — Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche, 1885

curated by Francesca Gavin

May 5 – 18, 2012
Opening: Saturday May 5, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Gallery hours:  Thursday – Sunday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm and by appointment

319 Scholes Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206 (map)

“E-Vapor-8″, titled after a 1992 track by the rave band Altern 8, explores the influence and relationship between contemporary art and rave and electronic music culture. Here everything can be taken from ‘the archive’ and reworked – the surface glare of squeaky voice, the speed of imagery and sound, infantalist fashion, smiley faces, pirate radio, fractal imagery, hyper color fluorescents, sample-style editing processes, found footage of dancing and parties, Spiral Tribe’s politicization, and kiddie-rave pop songs. There are more serious ideas behind the visual and aural melting pot. Ideas around community, technology, intellectual and physical freedom, rebellion and myth-making all play into this wave of contemporary work.

Rave is now positioned, aesthetically and aurally, as a proto universe for contemporary, technology-infused art. House and rave provided some of the first examples of defunct technologies being co-opted and reused by a younger generation for creative purposes. Computer-made graphics once used as rave visuals are now considered precursors to online experimentation. The processes of cut and paste, sampling and looping that were the basis of DIY electronic music are echoed in video editing techniques and online footage amalgams. Early house and rave culture provided a model of democratization of culture, just as contemporary visual artists consider their use of the internet now. The hedonistic drug references of the period are gone. The moment of mass cultural upheaval has passed. We are left with a sense of DIY utopia and the desire to create work that is immediate, sensorial, and at times simply fun.

EVapor8 poster by Christian Petersen

Participating artists include:  Fatima Al QadiriCory Arcangel and Frankie MartinRhys CorenPetra CortrightJeremy DellerAleksandra DomanovicCecile B EvansJeffrey GibsonAlexandra GorczynskiLeslie KuleshSamuel Levack and Jennifer LewandowskiMarisa OlsonHannah PerryChristian J. Petersen (Dumb Eyes)Travess SmalleyLucy Stokton, and Daniel Swan.

Francesca Gavin is a writer, editor and curator based in London. She is the Visual Arts Editor of Dazed & Confused, the art editor of Twin and a Contributing Editor at AnOther and Sleek Magazine. Her books ‘100 New Artists’, ‘Creative Space’, ‘Hell Bound: New Gothic Art’ and ‘Street Renegades’ are all published by Laurence King. She has curated international exhibitions including ‘Responsive Eyes’ (Jacob’s Island, London 2012) ‘The New Psychdelica’ (MU, Eindhoven 2011) and ‘Syncopation’ (Grimmuseum, Berlin 2010). She has written for publications including Vogue, Wallpaper*, It’s Nice That, Nylon, Bon, icon, Oyster, Blueprint, Art Review and Sunday Times Style and is the curator of the Soho House group.



Trailer: A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS by Ben Russell & Ben Rivers

25 March, 2012 by


Get ready for the cinematic hot fire. Coming in Summer 2012.

From pagan re-enactors to Scandinavian communes, black metal concerts to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights, A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS is an inquiry into the possibilities of a spiritual existence within an increasingly secular world.

Starring musician Robert AA Lowe (LICHENS) and co-directed by Ben Rivers (UK) and Ben Russell (USA), A SPELL is a feature-length film that lies between fiction and non-fiction, a record of experience that proposes belief in transcendence as a viable outcome of living in the now.

This trailer features music by LICHENS and LITURGY and was supported in part by PUMA. Creative Catalyst Award in partnership with BRITDOC Foundation – www.britdoc.org/catalyst


Ben Rivers

Ben Russell



Listen to: Lichens – Faeries

The Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive Presents: Cyber Psyche Out! Friday, March 9, 2012

5 March, 2012 by

The Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive Presents:
An evening of cyberpsychedelic sounds and visions.
Friday, March 9th, 2012 @ Ball Hall. 8pm.
Chicago, IL

Cyber Psyche Out will feature selected screenings of realtime analog computer and video art magic from the Phil Morton Archive. Founded by jonCates in 2007, the Phil Morton Archive freely and openly releases materials under Morton’s own COPY-IT-RIGHT license, a proto open source alternative to copyright. COPY-IT-RIGHT encourages making, sharing, remixing, and distributing of experimental media art.

Sonically, the night will feature ambient synthesizer sets by Daniel Smith, White Prism (Ben Billington & Josh Burke), and Jacob Kart & Danny Van Duerm.

numbers.fm will broadcast the event.

9 pm:  Screenings
10 pm: Q + A w/ jonCates (Founder and Director of the Archive) and Chelsey Hoff (Assistant Director)

10:30 pm: Jacob Kart + Danny Van Duerm (a Phil Morton inspired set.)

11 pm: White Prism

11:30 pm: Daniel Smith

$5 suggested donation

Audio for video flyer by Ben Billington.


Phil Morton on VBD


Nicolas Maigret [Paris] && HARD R [Chicago] @ the Nightingale, 21 February, 2012

13 February, 2012 by

presented by Upgrade!Chicago (curated by Nick Briz)
@ the Nightingale
1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL, 60642 (map)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
@ 7PM
$5 donation

On Tuesday, Feb 21, at 7pm, Upgrade!Chicago presents an evening of experimental sound/music performances and noise/new-media lectures by Nicolas Maigret (Paris) and HARD R (Chicago).

Upgrade!Chicago is an art and technology series which presents new-media projects, engages in informal critique, and fosters dialogue and collaboration between individual artists. Upgrade! Chicago is the local node of the international Upgrade! network and meets at the Nightingale Theatre.


Nicolas Maigret has been developing experimental sound and electronic image projects (performances, installations, programming, radio) since 2001. Maigret takes the internal characteristics of the media, which are revealed through their errors, dysfunctions, borderlines or failure threshold, and develops them into sensory and immersive audio visual experiences.

After studying Intermedia arts with a focus in avant-garde theoretical education, he joined the laboratory Locus-Sonus in Nice dedicated to networked sound art research.

Maigret taught at the Fine Arts School of Bordeaux and is presently involved in an artist run space named Plateforme in Paris. He develops digital and sound art projects in collaboration with Nicolas Montgermont under the name Art Of Failure. His works have been presented in various exhibitions and venues such as File (Sao Paulo, BR); Gli.tc/h (Birmingham, UK); DeOrigenBélico, (Caracas, VE); Sonica (Ljubljana, SI); Leeds Film Festival (UK); Le Zoo (Genève, CH); Artivistic (Montreal, CA); ESG (Kosice, SK); Cimatics (Brussels, BE); Gaite Lyrique (Paris, FR).

http://peripheriques.free.fr/ + http://artoffailure.free.fr/



HARD R is a Chicago-based collaboration between Michael Junokas and Edward Breitweiser. Together, Junokas and Breitweiser design software and electronic systems for improvised musical performances.

Michael Junokas is a member of the faculty at Elmhurst College, teaching music theory and composition. He is also the music director at Notre Dame de Chicago Parish. In 2010, he graduated from DePaul University with an M.M., studying under Juan Campoverde Q.

Edward Breitweiser is a Chicago-based artist, musician, and writer. His works have been presented at Festival MusicAlp (Courchevel, FR); the Illinois State University Galleries (Normal, IL, USA); the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Salle Cortot (Paris, France); threewalls (Chicago); the Giorgio Cini Foundation (Venice, IT); Stramash Space (Glasgow, UK); and the Network Music Festival (Birmingham, UK).