Thanks to all who helped made MEME 2014 a tremendous success!

Get ready for MEME 2015 — August 7-8, 2015

Indianapolis Electronic Music Group and
The Irving Theater present

Midwest Electro-Music Experience 2014
Music for Adventurous Listeners

August 1 & 2, 2014
Irving Theater
5505 East Washington St., Indianapolis IN 46219

Two days of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music and workshops along with video and visual artists. Featuring thirty-five world class musicians from around the USA.

$5 per session  •  $12 for all three

Schedule: (click each session to see lineup)

Friday      August 1st   live music      6pm-12am
Barbara Vesey Johnson  6:00 - 6:30 PM
Paul Vnuk  6:30 - 7:00 PM
Adam Riviere  7:00 - 7:30 PM
Earthgirl  7:30 - 8:00 PM
Veronica Pejril  8:00 - 8:30 PM
Klimchak  8:30 - 9:00 PM
Michael Drews  9:00 - 9:30 PM
Surreal Estate  9:30 - 10:00 PM
Angry Red Planet  10:00 - 10:30 PM
Cytomorph  10:30 - 11:00 PM
onewayness  11:00 - 11:30 PM
remst8  11:30 - 12:00 AM
Saturday  August 2nd  workshops   12pm-4pm
Zildjian Gen16 - Todd Campbell  12:00 - 1:00 PM
Modular Synthesis with SuperCollider - James Harkins  1:00 - 2:00 PM
MarSynth Modular - Damon Mar  2:00 - 3:00 PM
Shared System Modular - Adam Holquist  3:00 - 4:00 PM
 Outdoor collaboration stage                             12pm-11pm
Saturday  August 2nd  live music      6pm-12am
Todd Campbell   6:00 - 6:30 PM
Good Hands Team  6:30 - 7:00 PM
Todd Gerber  7:00 - 7:30 PM
dREKKa  7:30 - 8:00 PM
Faux Pas Quartet  8:00 - 8:30 PM
Joo Won Park  8:30 - 9:00 PM
AfterMyth  9:00 - 9:30 PM
Systems of Memory  9:30 - 10:00 PM
David Peck  10:00 - 10:30 PM
jmtta  10:30 - 11:00 PM
Damon Mar  11:00 - 11:30 PM
John Gore  11:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Featuring (click for more info)

Adam Riviere
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.
AfteryMyth is the Asheville-based duo of Hong Waltzer on 21-string Chinese GuZheng and Greg Waltzer on synthesizer and flute. The collaboration combines haunting and exotic melodies of traditional Chinese music with ethereal synthesis.
Angry Red Planet
You get to The Angry Red Planet by riding a sonic star craft whose destination lies somewhere between nightmares and dreams. Electronic and synthesized soundscapes combined with percussive accents demand the listener to caresses the puzzle box, enter the rabbit hole and say the magic words… Once alighted, the magnetizing pulse of this diverse father and son duo will hold the audience captive in their new home… The Angry Red Planet.
Azimuth Visuals
Azimuth Visuals is the artistic partnership of Greg and Hong Waltzer. They create video performance art to accompany musical events. Using a combination of computer-generated abstract images, animations, Greg's artwork, Hong's nature photography and video clips, these images are processed and mixed in real time by various effects software and video hardware. The intent is to provide a colorful and dynamic visual experience that is inspired by and complements the music.
Barbara Vesey Johnson
Eclectic Electronic
Bake Sale
Burning Artists Sales
Currently blazing new trails as a solo performer
Cytomorph (A.K.A. Matt Nitz ) is an electronic musician specializing in the styles of Acid, Breakcore, Dubstep, and IDM. His live sets bring these styles together with improvisational manipulation of tones and effects.
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.
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. Of particular interest is the study of philosophy-of-use of instruments produced by the musical instrument company Elektron.
David Peck
David Peck is a 22 year-old digital composer, electronic musician, sound sculptor, and bringer of vibes from Indianapolis, Indiana. As a purveyor of organic-electronic music, Peck's compositions often blend electronically generated tones and effect processes with found-sound recordings of organic material and acoustic instrumentation. Never letting his sound stay static, David finds himself shape-shifting between sound sculpting mad scientist, dance music enthusiast, ambient meditator, and hip-hop producer. No matter which form he chooses to presents himself, there is always an invariable focus on texture, sonic richness, and emotional impact.
DREKKA performs heavily experimental, cinematic soundtracks to films unmade where the accompanying images are unique to each listener; stylistically and empathetically similar to the soundtracks of Tarkovsky's later films or the more abstract works of Coil and Cindytalk.
DREKKA's sound is hushed, cinematic, ambient, ethereal and industrial... at times discordant and menacing, more often communicative and inviting. It is performed at a moderate volume, perfect for any small setting, including homes, gallery spaces, stores... music for those who enjoy filling in the gaps and the imagery that accompanies it.
Deeply felt inspiration is drawn from such luminaries as CINDYTALK, COIL, FLYING SAUCER ATTACK, HAFLER TRIO, NURSE WITH WOUND... contemporary examples of shared sounds could include SVARTE GREINER, MACHINEFABRIEK, CHRIS WATSON, STILLUPSTEYPA, IRR.APP.(EXT.) and WOUTER VAN VELDHOVEN.
DREKKA has undertaken over a dozen European excursions since 2002, including ITALY in 2010/2011/2012 and over fifty shows in the NETHERLANDS and ICELAND alone.
Earthgirl is the music persona of Jeannie Allen, an experimental electronic musician based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her mission is to combine analog synthesizers, digital analog modeling, field recordings and vocals to create the sensation of traveling through time and space. Drawing on inspiration from many artists who sonically evoke emotion (ranging from Tangerine Dream to Bob Marley), she explores different genres of electronic music, with tracks that range from ambient to dance to psychedelic pop. Music player at
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
Good Hands Team
Good Hands Team
James Harkins
James is a composer and performer of live computer music, with and without other instruments. He blends elements of various club genres with techniques from jazz and contemporary classical music. He is an avid user, since 2002, of the SuperCollider audio programming language, and a contributor of code and documentation to the project (including the dewdrop_lib set of Quark extensions and the Practical Guide to Patterns series of help files). Past projects include performances in Washington DC, Birmingham UK, China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanning), South Korea (Seoul), and an evening-length modern dance work, "Affectations," with interactive electronic music in collaboration with Dance Box Theater (premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2010). He studied composition at Butler University (B.Mus., 1993) and Duke University (PhD, 2001), and is currently teaching electronic music production, film music and sound design at Xinghai Conservatory of Music (Guangzhou, China).
"Modular Synthesis with SuperCollider" introduces techniques to make it easier to approach the SuperCollider audio programming language, by breaking audio processing down into small units (much like the components of a modular synthesizer). It uses the Just-In-Time Library (JITLib) for easy patching and repatching of the modules, making it simple to experiment with signal processing by swapping modules in and out, and rearranging their connections. The goal is to give you enough to take home, keep experimenting, and incorporate strange and fun sounds from SuperCollider into your work.
John Gore
John Gore has been making electronic music and irritating eardrums for over 25 years using various monikers ('kirchenkampf', The Oratory of Divine Love, >wirewall<). He also runs Cohort Records.
Joo Won Park
Joo Won Park (b.1980) wants to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange. He performs live with toys, kitchenware, vegetables, umbrellas, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also produces pieces made with with field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from listening Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his 2-year-old son’s play, and other soundscapes surrounding him. He has studied in Berklee College of Music and the University of Florida, and will be serving as a visiting assistant professor of computer music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Joo Won’s music and writings are available on ICMC DVD, Spectrum Press, MIT Press, and PARMA recording.
Jason Breitigan creates delicate, thoughtful, lower-case soundscapes using a variety of electronic and acoustic instruments and found objects. Jason is a regular performer on the streaming radio show "Music from last Thursday", frequently performs with Faux Pas Quartet and has completed four full length releases on MCSD NetLabel.
Klimchak is a composer who is known for his use of a combination of electronics & homebuilt instruments. In electronic music he is known for his use of the Marimba Lumina, an electronic percussion instrument designed by Don Buchla. With the Marimba Lumina Klimchak is able to perform live music that would normally take at least 4 musicians. His multi-instrumental compositions are played with 4 separate mallets, six foot pedals and a breath controller. As added touches, his sets usually include 4 or 5 small percussion instruments, some chanting or tuvan throat singing and at least one solo on the theremin. He is currently working on a performance art cooking show, which will be premiered in spring 2015 in Atlanta.
Michael Drews
Michael Drews is a composer, sound artist and computer musician. His work explores unconventional narrative structure and the expressive power of contextual identity. Present throughout Drews’ work is an interest in improvisation and the use of computer technology to expand traditional ideas of musical performance and creativity. Drews is also a member of the computer-acoustic ensemble, Big Robot.
Performances of Drews’ compositions have been featured at SEAMUS, Cinesonika, Electronic Music Midwest, NYC Electronic Music Festival, Studio 300, PASIC, Super Computing Global, IASPM-Canada and throughout United States. 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 Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Michael O'Bannon
Michael O'Bannon is a visual artist, programmer, and psychologist based in Atlanta, Georgia.  He specializes in improvised mixes of video imagery in concert with live electronic music performers. He has collaborated on visuals for electro-music festivals and other music events in the southeast and midwest.  His work pursues the ephemeral phantasms lurking in transition zones between abstraction and representational experience.
onewayness is Adam Holquist, an experimental electronic musician from Erie, Pennsylvania. He uses hardware and software synths, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of acoustic and electric instruments to create atmospheric compositions which draw influence from vintage Berlin-school electronic music, minimalism, post-rock, and contemporary electronic 'listening music'.
Paul Vnuk
Paul Vnuk Jr is a musician working in the Tribal Ambient, Space Music and Ambient Jazz realms. This musical journey started 20 years ago with the formation of his group Ma Ja Le with ambient guitarist Christopher Short and has continued through his solo work and collaborations with artists such as Tony Gerber, Oophoi, Vir Unis, MindSpiral and more. His discography includes over a dozen critically acclaimed albums including 1998’s number 2  NAV charting album “Imaginarium”, the Hypnos fan favorite “Silence Speaks In Shadow" to his most recent ambient-jazz album, “The Moss Garden Sessions” with Greg Hurley and Brian Good. Additionally Paul has had a 12+ year career as a sound designer for Sony Creative Software, is also a noted recording engineer, producer and session percussionist and also serves as the Technical Consultant and a principal reviewer for Recording Magazine.
As of late Paul’s solo performances have been a return to vintage tribal space music. His rig typically includes analog synths, Korg Wavedrums old and new and an 8 channel live looping device. When a computer is employed it is used mainly as a mixer and a reverb machine. Half prepared motifs and half improvisation Paul spins sounds into live looped sound paintings of the moment.
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.
Surrealestate is a musical experience that utilizes visual and sonic textures reminiscent of the Old Berlin style of electronic synth music. Surrealestate was formed five years ago with original members Kelly Sheets, Bunny Sheets, and Randy Schwartz. After Randy's departure, long time friend and associate Jim Curry has contributed his musical creativity to Surrealestate. Surrealestate evolved from Kelly and Bunny's collective band experiences which included Gravity Hill and Interstellar Electric Gnomes. Jim Curry has been involved in multiple genres and played with bands with tastes ranging from Grateful Dead, Psychodellia, Blues, and Bluegrass. Former band member, Randy Schwartz, contributed his experiences from Tombstone Valentine and added his own unique style through synths, delays, and violin.
Currently Surrealestate enjoys playing Old School Berlin using restored Moog vintage synths and other vintage equipment collected over the years. When required, styles include upbeat techno, psychill, ambient, and trance. Lighting and stage props are occasionally utilized to add to the experience. For MEME 2014, Surrealestate is planning an all analog show of new and old material.
Systems of Memory
Systems of Memory is the musical collaboration between Detroit native Derek Reed and German born Christian Birk. Based in Atlanta, Systems of Memory combine influences from early Industrial, Ambient and Berlin School to IDM and Glitch into a freeform musical experience that is performed with hardware synthesizers.
Todd Campbell
Todd received his training in classical percussion at West Virginia University, studying with Phil Faini and Dave Satterfield. While at WVU in the mid 90’s, Todd took lessons in electronic music and FM synthesis with Gil Trythall – lessons and experiences that still inform his music today. In 2008, Todd embarked on a quest to release ten solo album-length recordings in ten years. Six years and six releases later, Todd is finding an innovative and critically-acclaimed compositional voice utilizing electro-acoustic percussion, guitar, and hardware synths and effects, combined with many years spent as a touring rock drummer. Todd’s solo performances invite you to experience a predictably unpredictable foray into a sonic bricolage, incorporating masterful drumming and avant-whacked synth wizardry that holds a curious treat somewhere in the depths. Currently, Todd is assistant professor of music at Bloomsburg University, and is completing his dissertation.
John Collinge of Progression Magazine rated Campbell’s 2010 release “Translation” 12 out of 12 stars, observing that Todd’s “prolific and complex contributions on drums, cymbals and percussion lend depth and resonance to his incredible array of electronic applications,” creating “uncharted forays into sonic alchemy that probably surprised their creator as much as the listener.” John Patrick reviewed Todd’s 2011 release “Pathology,” noting that he “sounds like Sandy Nelson, Mitch Mitchell, and Art Blakey touring Sandoz laboratory, imbibing the product, then being turned loose in a studio full of synthesizers, plus acoustic and triggered percussion!”
Todd Gerber
In 1992, Todd Gerber helped establish the Casio SK-1 keyboard as a valid musical instrument in his band UMLAUT with Troy Sharp, long before the instrument achieved cult-cool status. Soon after, he co-founded the bands drrdrr and Dinah Shore, Jr., and with the latter he performed on bills with Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn, The Amazing Delores, and Trans Am.
Todd has been at the heart of the Nashville experimental and electronic music scenes since the late 1980s.
Veronica Pejril
Veronica Pejril is a composer and multi-keyboardist from Greencastle, Indiana, where she teaches digital musicianship and computer music at DePauw University. An alumna of the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios and Princeton’s computer music lab, she was an early explorer into the intersections of MIDI and sound synthesis and continues to explore non-traditional uses of human/computer interfaces for musical expression. Her current interests include applications of sound-spatialization for real-time interactive installation art, as well as for traditional through-composed music.