Indianapolis Electronic Music Group and
The Irving Theater present

Midwest Electro-Music Experience 2016

August 12-14, 2016
Irving Theater
5505 East Washington St., Indianapolis IN 46219

Two days of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music with video and visual artists featuring world class musicians from around the USA.

Tickets available at the door
$5 each session / $12 for all three sessions
Friday & Saturday 7pm-1am
Sunday 12pm - 6pm

Friday 8/12 Saturday 8/13 Sunday 8/14
Earthgirl 7:00 PM The Gee Bees 7:00 PM dRachEmUsiK  12:30 PM
Adam Riviere 7:30 PM Twyndllyngs 7:30 PM My Crow Dot 1:00 PM
David Herpich 8:00 PM Veronica Pejril 8:00 PM Cytomorph 1:30 PM
Klimchak 8:30 PM Duet for Theremin & Lap Steel 8:30 PM Jacob Gardener 2:00 PM
Tim Kaiser 9:00 PM Michael Drews 9:00 PM Pallid Mask 2:30 PM
remst8 9:30 PM dREKKa 9:30 PM Auroric Dreams 3:00 PM
Rob Funkhouser 10:00 PM Velva 10:00 PM Gabriel Hawes 3:30 PM
Kevin Kissinger  10:30 PM Joo Won Park 10:30 PM jmtta 4:00 PM
The Suit & Tie Guy 11:00 PM Pas Musique 11:00 PM Cher Von 4:30 PM
Faux Pas Quartet  11:30 PM Damon Mar 11:30 PM Good Hands Team 5:00 PM
Angry Red Planet 12:00 AM Surreal Estate 12:00 AM
David Peck 12:30 AM onewayness 12:30 AM

Featuring (click for more info)

Adam Riviere
Twitter @AdamRiviereDij
Instagram @adamriviere
Adam Riviere, world percussionist, audio engineer and composer boasts over 25 years of experience, 13 published albums and numerous collaborations. Riviere began playing the piano at the age of ten, which led to a love of percussion and throughout the years that followed, he studied more than 30 world instruments. His music sounds as unique as the instruments he plays. Styles he performs and infuses during his performances include Middle Eastern, African, Classical, Celtic, Latin/Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Native American, and Electro Acoustic World Ambient Trance. Riviere’s love for culture and music can be heard in his performances, displaying how different cultures and mediums of music can make one great sound.
This summer Riviere will be opening his studio, Playground Productions LLC, in Irvington welcoming all involved in the arts to record, rehearse, and present their works to all, and celebrating what Riviere promotes; keeping the music going.
Photo by Sarah Dunevant
DREKKA - 'Unbeknownst to The Participants at Hand' LP
DAIS 078, SEPT 29th, 2015
SIDE A - The Seventh Continent (Oceanic waves wave)
SIDE B - The Work in Question is Unbeknownst to The Participants at Hand (in three sections)
Continuing his work with memory not only as a subject but also as a process, Michael Anderson has culled many of the sounds on this record from the past. But this is not a record of rehashed material or remixes. Rather, DREKKA's music is made through continually delving into an archive, digging up and repurposing old recordings, live performances, and forgotten snippets of the voices of out-of-touch friends.
Anderson often begins his live performances subtly, with smoldering ambiences and sublime waves, a practice which functions both as soundcheck and prelude. In this case, a sonic formation used to bridge two sets performed one night in Taranto, Italy, has been revisited and reshaped into "The Seventh Continent (Oceanic Waves Wave)." It is a work of evocative and emotive sound art, assembled textures created from manipulated voices. The piece owes as much to NURSE WITH WOUND as it does to MICHAEL HANEKE, whose influence is paid homage through the title. Anderson indeed plays the role of the auteur here, his own voice manipulated and intertwined with the voices of unwitting collaborators, unwitting at least in the moment. They are voices from his archive of cassettes and field recordings. Annelies Monseré makes an appearance from Gent, Belgium, many months or years earlier and many miles away.
"The Work in Question is Unbeknownst to The Participants at Hand (in three sections)" reaches even further back, through years of sound. The details of locations, methods, and even participants are hazy (Tyler Damon, Sarah Dunevant, Mark Trecka are among the certainly present) and in some cases completely lost (anonymous, obscured entirely). The sounds of a forgotten recording session from the mid-90s are counted among the sources here. Anderson’s deft hand has collated and juxtaposed strands of narratives from across two decades into this haunted drone. Like TARKOVSKY's "The Mirror", it is an assemblage of memories, at times dissonant. But like the work of TIM HECKER, this is music that is warm and hospitable and in some sense ultimately soothing.
Working under the name DREKKA since 1996, Anderson has released dozens of cassettes, CDs, and LPs on both his own Bluesanct label and many other labels internationally. He has traveled, collaborated, and relocated; collecting memories and building an very personal archive of corresponding sound. Tours throughout Iceland and Europe and the United States have contributed to that archive as much as they have served as platforms for public performance. DREKKA owes something to the soundscapes and non-linear impressionism of CINDYTALK or COIL, the gravity of EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN. But his work is very apparently unique. Throughout years of performing and recording, Drekka has explored early industrial tape culture, fragile bedroom noise folk, and expansive cinematic textures. He has touched on the themes of silence and memory and noise and forgetfullness. In the past decade, his gorgeous sound sculptures have fit more neatly into the industrial noise and ambient genres, holding a place alongside contemporaries like SVARTE GREINER, TIM HECKER, or WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS. And yet these pieces are very evidently personal. Rather than the obscurity that is so often the effect of experimental music, DREKKA functions as a direct line into Anderson’s mind, his dreams, and his fragile and tenuous cache of memories. These personal aspects and this fragility are even more clearly on display than if they were obfuscated by poetic abstractions.
While "haunting" and "hypnogogic" are words often used to describe experimental music and art, DREKKA unequivocally occupies and deals in those dark spaces which comprise the tenuous province of memory and dreams. Those are the real ghosts of time and sound.
"Unbeknownst to the Participants at Hand" is Drekka's second offering in a trilogy of full-length releases on Dais Records.
Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel
Here’s a nice video that the local PBS station did a ways back:
The name of this Atlanta duo implies a proper classical recital, a rigid formality.
But Scott Burland (theremin) and Frank Schultz (lap steel) don't do scripted, improvising not so much distinct sounds as evolving eddies of sound, vapors of tones that develop and transform gracefully.
Hypnotic pulses and dreamy drones weave together to form a kaleidoscope of sounds and moods, ambient clouds and swooning collages that are as much about texture as they are timbre, like a long-lost soundtrack to a deep-sea documentary.
In their tenth year, Duet has played across the country at such venues as Joe’s Pub (NYC), The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC), dREAMLAND (Louisville, KY), Trinosophes (Detroit), Red Room (Baltimore) and The High Museum of Art (Atlanta) as well as the Slingshot Festival and AUX festival in Athens, GA. In 2007, they traveled abroad and performed at venues in northern England and at OPA in Paris as part of that city’s Fete de la Musique festival.
They are currently in the studio recording their next release, due late 2016.
Faux Pas Quartet
Faux Pas Quartet is a free form improvisation ensemble whose sole purpose is the spontaneous expression of the unconscious.
The resulting music, quite literally, comes from the same stuff of which dreams are made. Archetypes of the psyche rising unfettered through the medium of the unconscious and becoming manifest in the shared conscious reality. The music is soothing, agitating, floating, rhythmic, funny, scary, sad, angry, melodic and atonal - aka 'nerd hop.'
Relax, open up and take the time to flow with the music. Above all, give yourself permission to explore the irrational.

Charles Shriner: EWI / soft synths / controllers

Aaron Urbanski: Keyboards / soft synths / controllers

Jen Schmetzer: Vocals / sampler / effects

Duncan Putman: Bass / effects / dogs
Goodhands Team
Goodhands Team is the moniker Bloomington’s Josh Olivo has been recording, remixing, and performing under for more than a decade with the generous musical contributions of many friends. After more than a dozen digital online self-releases between 2002-2009, the Bloomington boutique label Red Frost Industries released Goodhands Team's first physical album "Austerity Measures" on vinyl LP (2013), and followed with the companion "Austerity Mixtape" cassette (2014). A micro-cassette release on Bloomington's prolific Auris Apothecary label is also planned for a late 2016 release. Ght plays largely improvised music live that typically involves several players exploring their favorite sounds and instruments of the moment, which often times yields a mostly electronic landscape that sits rhythmically near techno, hip-hop, or IDM, but with post-rock or electro-acoustic compositional component, and ambient melodies.
Joo Won Park
Joo Won Park wants to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange. He performs live with toys, consumer electronics, kitchenware, vegetables, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also makes pieces with field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his two sons, and other soundscapes surrounding him. He has studied at Berklee College of Music and the University of Florida, and currently teaches music technology at the Wayne State University. Joo Won’s music and writings are available on ICMC DVD, Spectrum Press, MIT Press, PARMA, Visceral Media, MCSD, SEAMUS, and No Remixes labels.
Kevin Kissinger
Kevin Kissinger is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Kansas City, Mo. Over the last ten years, Kevin has performed his own theremin compositions at electro-music events in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New York, Indianapolis, and Kansas City.
Kevin merges the theremin -- a nearly century-old technology and one-note-at-a-time instrument -- with looping technology to build real-time polyphonic textures.
His set for MEME 2016 will consist of his own looped compositions for theremin—all played in real-time without the use of samples or pre-recorded elements.
Kevin writes: "My early theremin compositions were written for solo theremin with my own synthesized backing tracks. I included a live-looped work in those sets to provide a break from the synthesized sound. I soon discovered that electro-music audiences were most enthusiastic about my live-looped music so my efforts have been to create more live-looped music that builds on some of my earlier efforts."
Besides electro-music events, Kevin's past theremin performances the Midwest Electronic Music Festival, Plaza Art Fair, Ethermusic, Moogfest, and the International Live Looping Festival.
Asheville EM Fest Photo by Greg Waltzer
Klimchak builds and plays unusual musical instruments, to compose electro-acoustic music for film, theater, dance and live solo performance. Klimchak has collaborated with a range of artists from RuPaul to Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Orchestra. His subjects range from Shakespeare to CooksNotes, his performance art cooking show. Recently, he played theremin, moog minitaur & tuned sawblades in Shakespeare's As You Like It , Theremin bike in the Little Five Points Arts Alive Festival, and a modified kitchen sink with electronics for the Lifecycle Building Center's annual fundraiser.
Michael Drews
Michael Drews is an artist that works with sound, video and live performance. His work explores our unconscious connection to genre archetypes and sonic and visual memes. Drews is a core member of the multimedia performance groups Big Robot and Mana2. Performances of Drews’ works have been featured at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Musicacoustica-Beijing, NYC Electronic Music Festival, Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, Cinesonika International Film Festival and throughout United States and abroad.
Drews holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (D.M.A.), Cleveland State University (M.MUS.) and Kent State University (B.A.). He resides with his family in Indianapolis and is Associate Professor of Music at Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Michael O'Bannon
Michael O'Bannon is a visual artist, sound designer, programmer, and psychologist based in Atlanta, Georgia. He specializes in improvised mixes of video imagery in concert with live electronic music performances. He has collaborated on visuals for electro-music festivals and other events in the northeast, southeast and midwest USA, as well as designing software for visual and music performances. His music is an exploration of internal psychological states produced by electronic generation and modification of ambient soundscapes. His work pursues the ephemeral phantasms lurking in transition zones between abstract and representational experience.
onewayness is Adam Holquist, a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist from Erie, Pennsylvania. He uses guitars, pianos, analog and digital synthesis, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of hardware and software tools to create atmospheric and textural music which draws influence from a variety of sources. These may include: ambient, drone, minimalism, post-rock, and vintage and contemporary electronic 'listening music'.
Pallid Mask
Pallid Mask is the solo project of Al Baldwin. It was named in honor of his affection for things dark and occult and provides a venue to explore strange new sounds and textures, to seek out new instruments and music, and to boldly create evocative soundscapes no one has heard before.
His debut at MEME 2016 will include an excursion into strange new sounds and textures showcasing some of his more unusual and unique instruments including manipulation of instruments with his brain waves.
Pas Musique
Pas Musique is a group which creates musical output through the form of abstract sound. The term ‘Pas Musique’ translates to ‘not music’ in french, metaphorically negating everything that is established in music and starts from a clean perspective. The viewpoint fuels our creativity to create our own world of beauty. The aesthetic underpinnings are defined by the notion that music can be whatever the ear perceives. It’s a conception fueled by the love of life and art. It’s a desire for honest artistic self-expression.
Pas Musique started in 1995 out of Brooklyn, NY, USA, driven by the creative talents of Robert L. Pepper working in the mediums of sound and video. Since then Pas Musique has evolved into a collective with many different instrumentations and lineups. Permanent members include Jon “Vomit” Worthley, Michael Durek, and Robert Pepper. An additional past member was Amber Brien until 2015. Guests and occasional collaborators include, Brett Zweiman, David Tamura, Cathy Heyden, Jim Tuite, Brandstifter, Robin Storey, Philippe Petit, ZEV!, HATI, Steve Beresford, Will Seesar, Matt Chilton, Anthony Donovan, Chester Hawkins, and many others.
Pas Musique have numerous releases and collaborations. Pas Musique have performed in 16 countries and all throughout the United States. Sound and video installations have also included Chile and the United States. Pas Musique also curates events in New York such as Experi-MENTAL nights, Ambient-Chaos nights and the Experi-MENTAL Festival once a year.
Photo by Elaine Marschik
remst8 is an experimental computer musician who explores sounds in whatever spare time he can steal. This on-again/off-again affair began in the early '90s, using tracker programs on his Amiga 500 and later a PC to create soundtracks for his friends’ creations (computer games and an independent film). Following a 7 year hiatus to focus on his software engineering career, remst8 returned to tracking music for fun and creative exploration.
Rather than aiming for a particular genre, remst8 prefers to follow the sounds where they take him, informed and inspired by the eclectic styles of music he listens to. Recently, remst8’s explorations have focused on deep drone and dark ambient tracks with a smattering of noise and experimentation.
Rob Funkhouser
Rob Funkhouser is a composer, performer, and instrument builder living in Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from Indiana University, where he studied music composition under Dr. Elliott Miles McKinley and Dr. Peter Farmer. He has been involved in a number of solo, collaborative, and recording projects ranging from small band settings to an orchestral concerto. His current projects include electric kalimba construction, solo percussion performances, electronic music, and a violin sonata.
Tim Kaiser
Tim Kaiser is well known in the atmospheric experimental music scene for his blending of acousto-electric contraptions and Frankenstein electronics to create ethereal, layered drones. His sonic landscapes have been called “experiments in adventurous art” and “eclectic genius” by the likes of Make Magazine, Wired, the New Art Examiner and the Associated Press. Mr. Kaiser was featured on the PBS program MakeTV and has headlined numerous experimental music festivals in the US.
Velva review in the Chicago Reader
Velva review in the Kalamazoo Gazette
Velva on Myspace
Velva Live Videos VELVA is a blatant mis-use of technology.
Combining and twisting genres of past and present music, VELVA's form of intelligent 8-bit ambient-flavored space rock paints fresh soundscapes with imaginative song lyrics and an impressive rotation of custom-made synth guitars, synthesizers, theremin-based instruments, and circuit-bent toys.
VELVA's Lord Lofgren, a sound scientist, rotates rare and custom synthesizer guitars laying down leads, glitch rhythms and heavy loads of lush vintage synth, theremin, and 8-bit music to every song
VELVA's DJ/VJ Dreamdaze, an 8-foot tall alien and visual percussionist drops obscure movie and television sound bites and remixes the beats live while covering the band in layers of video, graphics, lasers and fog.
"Unlike other geek acts, which tend to be a little one-dimensional, Velva digs deeper to create something more complex… other tracks are harsh and industrial enough to evoke Throbbing Gristle." – Chicago Reader
“Velva's like all of Sid and Marty Crofts characters in an episode of Battle Star Galactica stuck inside a Space Invaders game."
"Man.. your set was nothing less than magical last Saturday. future guitars and all. you remind me of so many great bands... but at the same time bringing something new to the sound." - El Diablo Blancos
"Hey guys. Seriously...we don't know what to say. You're set was ridiculously cool. We aren't sure exactly how to explain your show. People just need to go see you. Awesome job!" - Incredible Shrinking Boy
Angry Red Planet
Angry Red Planet consists of Joe Howard (keyboards, guitar, programming), SimonHoward (keyboards, programming) and Mark McCleerey (percussion). They formed in 2012 as a merging and continuation of previous projects. Their music is a beguiling, frequency-defying combination of synthesizer textures, edgy percussion and arcane spoken-word fragments. Particularly striking is their conflation of compelling melodies and sweet tones with unapologetically gritty noise and pile-driver rhythms. Their full-length album Glowing Men, released in July of 2014, is an intriguing journey through lovingly constructed sonic architecture – angry indeed at times, but often playful as well, and in any case a trip worth taking again and again.
dRachEmUsiK is the solo project of musician, sound designer and producer Charles Shriner.
dRachEmUsiK combines a plethora of nuanced techniques in order to create groovy and meditative soundscapes; giving structure to improvisation. This style manifests itself into an organic and natural composition of a free flowing design resulting in improvisations and structured pieces ranging from ambient to glitch-groove, noise to nujazz.
David Peck
David Peck an electronic musician, beat maker, DJ, and bringer of vibes from Indianapolis, Indiana. Starting his musical journey at the age of 12, David began crafting electronic dance music with primitive software. Slowly, his compositions began to take on a more experimental bend, seeking to explore the places where the visceral nature of dance music and thought provoking experimentation overlap. Over the years David also developed a deep love for the hip hop groove, which has largely shaped the direction of his music. Now primarily identifying as a left-field hip hop producer, he has stripped back complexities in favor of directness, repetition, and minimalism. David takes sounds from any source. This includes synthesizing his own sounds, traditional instrumentation, incorporating found sound recordings, but also repurposing samples, creating collages from vinyl records, cassette tapes, VHS, or from anything that makes noise. David strives to create music that satisfies the heart, head, and booty in equal measure.
Damon Mar
During the embryonic development of the modern musical synthesizer, Morton Subotnick envisioned a point in time in which an individual could become the audience, the director, and the performer of a musical work all at once in real time. The belief was that a device could exist that one could explore a sonic space with in real time and move from "point to point" within this space guided by feelings, emotions, or any other perturbation of the mind. With the creation of such a device (the "synthesizer") in 1963, Subtonick's idea became reality however alternative interpretations of its utility also emerged. With time, the "synthesizer" came to predominately be an instrument with which equal tempered, melodic music was created, recorded, and distributed among the masses. A select few have however, chosen to investigate and develop the concept closer to Subotnick's original vision of the man-machine interaction. adamon is my pursuit of this.
Short description: Recent focus has been on the creation and development of self-generating soundscapes which depend both on the past and the present. Of particular interest is the catalyst of these sounds. A portion of this is realized through the creation of electronic synthesizers specifically for this task. Others are generated by existing modular synthesizers and audio processing equipment.
My Crow Dot Mark Hoffman and Tom Clark created project "My Crow Dot".
Songs using circuitbent instruments, synth sounds, drum machines, an Omnichord, theremin, loop machine, wavedrum, effect pedals and more.
The sounds from these instruments create the musical background foundations that Mark and Tom harmonize to and sing over.
Earthgirl is the musical project of Jeannie Allen, an electronic artist in Indianapolis, Indiana. What started as an experiment in ambience in 2006 later came to include danceable beats and lyrics, sometimes en français.
'kirchenkampf' is John Gore from Monticello, IN. It began in 1986 inspired by the cassette culture of the 1980's and bands like Tangerine Dream and artists like Klaus Schulze. This will be the project's 30th year in existence.
Cher Von
Cher Von is an avant-garde performer who fuses Butoh-inspired dance with experimental voice and handmade/found-sound instrumentation.
Emerald Adrift
Emerald Adrift seeks out the points of transition between familiar categories: tone and noise; structure and spontaneity; tradition and experimentation; immediacy and timelessness. An alias of composer and sound designer David Herpich, Emerald Adrift is an aesthetic exploration of unified diversity. Delicate melodies blur into the breezes of exoplanetary landscapes. Crackling klaxons melt into the swell of harmonic waves. Boundaries become indistinct. All is sound.
Gabriel Hawes
Gabriel Hawes uses his work as a composer to address extremes of contrast and the visceral nature and subtleties of his materials. He also works with visual art mediums, using them in ways that engage with and support his musical activities. His photo, march 29 c was featured as the back cover of the Spring 2016 Plum Creek Review, a literary publication at Oberlin College. Gabriel has had work performed at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice in Boston and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and has performed at the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival. He has participated in reading sessions with the Formalist Quartet and with Neue Vocalsolisten at the SALT New Music Festival and masterclasses with James Dillon, Benjamin Broening, and Annesley Black, among others. Funded by a grant from the Taymor Fund from Oberlin College Gabriel attended Manifeste 2016 at IRCAM, where he attended lectures by Rebecca Saunders, Beat Furrer, and Phillipe Leroux, and computer music classes led by IRCAM computer music researchers. Performatively, Gabriel is invested in performing his own works involving live electronics or electric guitar, and works by himself and others with his ensemble, unsemble, which develops works by members of the ensemble in a closely collaborative setting. Gabriel is from Indianapolis Indiana and is currently a student in the TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts) department at Oberlin Conservatory. His primary teachers at Oberlin have been Aaron Helgeson and Joo Won Park. Past teachers have included Lewis Nielson and Frank Felice, among others. During the fall of 2016 Gabriel will be studying composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music while studying abroad in Copenhagen.
The Gee Bees
THE GEE BEES at MEME 2016 Indianapolis in August.
Tony Gerber, Todd Gerber and Fred Becker
Tony Gerber and Fred Becker have performed together for MEME in the past… The Gerber brothers have done duo projects and solo projects in the past at MEME, however, this is the first time all three have performed together as “THE GEE BEES” with their brand of ambient space music with a majority of analog electronics. The 30 minute performance this year at MEME is targeted to merge with the past recording from Tony and Fred back in 2012… Watch for the Gee Bees release of a debut album as a result of this years trio performance if we get a good recording of it. At least a plan. I love how these MEME shows and other Electro-music festival events bring together and spawn new projects.