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Maker Music Schedule Announcement

November 16th
Doors Open at 7pm.

7.30pm: Victoria

Victoria Gibson is an Integrated Media Artist blending sound + light + motion to create compelling works of art.

Victoria’s work emerges from the nexus of technology and art to fuse media forms. Much of her work requires the participation of the audience to be fully realized.

Current works available for presentation include “Bandwidth”, an interactive installation; “Rise Up, Fallen Angel”, a new paradigm in gallery exhibition; fine art prints of photographic representational or processed digital arts works, and original music, spoken word and audio composed or improvised with several musical ensembles.

8pm: The Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra

The Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra‘ (and Interactive Choral Experience) is an eight year project engineered by Vancouver performance artist, Mr. Fire-Man. Starting with custom, hand-crafted wooden trumpets and a passion for old school, summer camp style singalongs, the LFM has grown into a small, but determined cultural movement. They are most often found playing the Railway Club, at the Super Robertson Supper Show.

For more information, please visit Mr. Fire-Man’s blog.

8.30pm: The JBC

Jordan Barnes-Cruise will be presenting an electroacoustic live looping set featuring several household objects on contact mics (steel water bottles, thermoses, wine racks, etc.), as well as vintage drum machines, analog synthesizers and vocals. He will also be simultaneously projecting a reel of video art. 

9pm: Publik Secrets

Publik Secrets is the collective effort of George Rahi, John Kastelic, and Robyn Jacob. We’re a rag tag team of mucisians, cyclists, zinesters, and DIY enthusiasts. Our recent work includes building musical sculptures for the International Children’s’ Festival and the Burning Man festival. As members of the local Balinese Gamelan orchestra ‘Gita Asmara’, we draw inspiration from the dynamic sounds of the xylophones used in the music. We will be showcasing an instrument made from recycled bicycle parts, tuned to the Gamelan orchestra, and built to be played by up to eight people at once.

Publik Secrets will be bringing a 8 foot long xylophone made out of 35 bicycle frame parts, tuned to the Balinese percussion orchestra known as Gamelan. Mallets will be provided so as many as 8 people can play at once together, four on either side. The base and legs of this Bicycle Gamelan instrument will be made from all the left-over pieces cut from the scrap bicycle frames. What was once in the recycling bin will now be transformed into a collaborative musical instrument.

9.30: goldfish

Born on the tip of a peninsula, Ryan Smith, aka Goldfish, is a lifelong hacker, maker, taker-aparter, and explorer of ways to use computers in music. Ryan’s performance combines live looping with voice, ukulele, some tiny korg things, hand-built hardware and hand-coded, open source software, creating sounds that come in noisy swells and quiet waves.

10pm: Miles Thorogood

Miles Thorogood is a doctoral at SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology. He works in the area of creative artificial intelligence, conducting research aimed at endowing machines with creative autonomous behaviour. Specifically, with the research and development of new systems for exploring and analyzing online environmental sound libraries. His focus is on semantic representations in natural language, and the classifying soundscape recordings using supervised learning machines. Whilst the application of this research is many, such as education, and environmental studies, Miles is intent on the development of creative and autonomous soundscape composition systems. 

He will be performing Audio Metaphor is a generative system for autonomous soundscape composition that uses natural language processing, a speaking bird box, and machine learning. The system looks for Tweets online, and parses them as natural language queries. Natural language processing is used, and semantically linked audio files are retrieved from an online user-contributed audio database. A machine learning algorithm then classifies the audio, based on human perceptual features, and segments the audio file for composition. Segmented audio files are given to a preliminary implementation of a soundscape composition engine, with the result being a soundscape that represents the Tweets. Some of the possible applications of the research are toward deeper recollections of memory using soundscape, performance environments, and augmenting digital story telling with soundscape composition. 

10.30pm: TXTED

TXTED will be showcasing the Wiikembe, EGyil, Notomoton, and the MISTIC pitched percussion performance computer music toolkit. Combined, these three elements comprise a comprehensive collective of traditional instruments that have been modified for intuitive and transparent interfacing of a music computer for interaction with interactive DSP, idiomatic sound synthesis, and robotic percussion. I have been lucky enough to work with some of the preeminant robotic music ensembes: LEMURBOTS, Trimpin’s Pianos, EMMI, Orchestrion, and Karmetik. This previous summer I presented my research and performed at NIME ’12 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) and SMC ’12 (Sound and Music Computing) in Copenhagen.  


11pm: a flyingoctopus


Vincent van Haaff (flyingoctopus) is a multi-disciplinary media artist working with computer code to explore virtual and real spaces defined by rule-based systems. Originally from Southern California, he went from a record label co-founder and audio hacker in Los Angeles to a environmental club founder in Santa Barbara before moving to Vancouver to become a software developer and media artist. His expertise spans from data and music visualization to computer vision, event and community installation, and user centred design.

11:30pm: Holzkopf & Botfly with visuals by Merlyn

Holzkopf (Jacob Hardy) and I perform music under the name “holzkopf.” My interests are vast but lately I’ve been focusing on making dance music rooted in the traditions of detroit techno, dub mixing, free jazz and musique concrete. Somehow it works! I mix between a sampler I’ve had since high school, a rejected drum machine and tapes in pitch control or modified tape decks. I often wire my equipment into feedback loops with each other so it gets confused. I feel best when I am collaborating with glitches, not trying to control them. I will be playing a somewhat fluid, collage of beats, tapes, smooth bass lines and skronky noises.


Merlyn Chipman’s artwork spans live improvisational audio/video, print and installation art but he identifies himself as a “video feedback artist.” Video feedback is the phenomena that occurs when a video signal is passed from a video camera to a monitor while the camera and monitor are pointed at each other.

12-1AM: Frederick Brummer (Legs)

A number of drums fixed with built-in speakers. The drums are mounted facing upwards so that materials can be placed on the surfaces of their skins. Sounds played through the drums vibrate the materials resulting in cymatic effects. The sounds themselves are controlled through simple interfaces which can be manipulated by the public to produce the sound/vibration effects. The piece was shown at the Jazz Fest this summer, and so has been stress-tested by hundreds of visitors.

1-2AM: Dark Arps

Dark Arps proudly presents the “technosuit”, a three-way collaborative work with Vancouver artists Krista Lomax and Luke Detheridge. The technosuit is a future-gothic styled suit of armour, covered in an array of LEDs and electroluminescent wires, driven by an Arduino microcontroller. Using Ableton Live as the host sequencer to perform the music, complex MIDI messages are also transmitted to the Arduino to trigger an intricate and sympathetic sequence of lights which complement the music.

You MUST RSVP by purchasing your tickets in advance. Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door. Space is limited so buy yours now! 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at: