“Contact” Sampler Video by The-Drum

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

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



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


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!




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

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


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