May 28th, 2014

Readers. Listeners. Bloggers. How are you? The slow countdown to Blind Date’s birthday continues. An extra episode while you wait….

Today’s study in creativity is with Nick Hill. I’ve been sitting on this episode for awhile, and I hope you find it worth the wait. Nick is probably best known for his music project Phourist, though he also dabbles in visual art. Most of the tracks that make up the project are piano or  guitar (or combination of the two) driven with added flourishes and accents. These are usually comprised of found sound based textures, synth layers, or the efforts of his backing band, The Photons.

As far as tempo, there are songs of the more ambient, ‘empty theater echo’ variety as well as more upbeat and fast paced work. Either way, Nick has his own interesting character to what he does.

Listen in below to him chat about his creative process, ideas, and how he has had a love of ambient music since a young age, playing with the ‘sound wall’ at department stores.

To learn more about Nick Hill and his music visit his band site here, or his Facebook page. Peruse his music while you wait for his next release, which he is currently working on. Above is the video for his track ‘The Wave And The Powers That Be’.

If you’d like to meet him yourself, you can find him at OPEN this coming Saturday ( May 31st). He’ll be playing along with Tall Squares and Buffalo. Presented by Socius Opus. Roxell Karr will be providing projections. Doors at 7:30. $ 10 cover.

Best.

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Music to my ears

Good afternoon, readers..bloggers, what have you…

I feel like my favorite kind of music is the kind that creates more of an environment…a place, instead of a song. My next two coming up guests do just that, but in different ways.

Alex Koenig’s latest work through his music project NMesh are dense soundscapes of audio pulled from various media of the 80’s & 90’s. I told him it reminded me of a ‘haunted Youtube loop’. His newest release, Dream Sequins, has been getting a pretty healthy dose of positive press.

You can listen to it, as well as his other many albums, at the NMesh Bandcamp. Alex’s episode will air May 7th.

Coming up May 28th will be the force behind Phourist, Nick Hill. Phourist sometimes has a ‘dark concert hall sound’, and others a rock structure with narratives that will get you daydreaming. You can hear his work at his website or catch him at The Rudyard Kipling tonight. The show starts around 8, with a five dollar cover charge.

Possibilities for the upcoming months….

Maybe a retro-futuristic sculptor, with heavy symbolism.

Possibly filmmakers of a different variety, who make videos created with the goal of invoking some kind of feeling.

Definitely a crazy event showcasing creative folks worth celebrating.

If you’re lucky…a pretty familiar face, for those eccentric record nerds hanging around the city.

I’ll leave you with these encouraging words.

Cheers!

Spring is here…hopefully.

There’s no denying it Blind Daters, I’m a spring baby. Spring is by far my favorite season. And it could be the rising temperatures, but I’ve definitely felt more motivated.

Just a couple of weekends ago, Sarah and I went on a daytrip to Indianapolis where I was pleasantly surprised by the art I saw. We stopped to check out the Prince Rama installation at iMoca, for the ‘The Empire Never Ended’ exhibition inspired by author Philip K. Dick and his novel VALIS. After that, we scoped out the Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art. There I discovered an awesome installation artist by the name of Julianne Swartz  who utilizes webs of tiny speakers and soft spoken, encouraging words. Expect a photo album on the Facebook page quite soon. Speaking of trips, in a couple of weeks I’m going up to New York for my wedding anniversary (the year has flown by). So, in short, be on the lookout for even more art related photos and the sort. I believe the plan as of right now is the hit up MoMA, the New Museum, Film Forum art house theater to see Jodorowsky’s Dune, and the International Center for Photography. Of course, we’re open to suggestions…wink wink. Oh yeah! Also speaking of photos, Blind Date is now on Instagram…find me here! Mainly consists of images of art, coffee, and record covers.

I’ve also been interviewing like crazy, editing, and planning. This month I’m giving you two…count ‘em, TWO episodes featuring some very talented ladies. One of these women is someone I talk about a lot on the show, someone who always inspires and encourages me. That’s all you get…those are your hints. The other is local experimental musician Cher Von Koeune. You’ll get more on her later into the month as well. I’ve been considering doing more than one episode a month, but yet to decide. Blind Date, as always, is a work in progress kind of project. Stay tuned.

Besides all this, there’s another Blind Date event in the works. Blind Date will soon be a year old (yet another anniversary!), and I want to celebrate!

Here are some events coming up this month I’d recommend:

Of course, first Friday of the month means First Friday Trolley Hop on E. Market St, as well as various galleries throughout the city. Galleries and shops alike open their doors displaying various art and wares. Definitely recommend it, if the weather contains itself.

Performance of Thaniel Ion Lee’s Text Sculptures

Through music, spoken word, and performance, local artists and musicians will interpret the nine text sculptures by Thaniel Ion Lee that are currently on display in the PRESS: Artist & Machine exhibition. Performers include Dane Waters, Nathan Hendrickson, Kris Abplanalp, Abigail Smith, and others. Friday April 4th, starting at 7pm.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 W Main St
Free

Elizabeth Nelson | Amy Ritter

ROY G BIV Gallery presents two exhibitions that explore the imagery of identity and culture. One of which is past guest and Amy Ritter. Amy’s new work features bold cutout figures of herself, that challenge traditional representations of the female body. Along side her is Elizabeth Nelson’s lurid installations that call attention to society’s image-saturated environment.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, from 7–10 p.m.
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Nelson: www.arsdiutinus.com
Amy Ritter: www.amy-ritter.com

997 N. High Street
Columbus OH, 43201

Erin Keane reading at Carmichael’s Bookstore

On Wednesday, April 9th at 7 PM Erin Keane will be reading from her new book “Demolition of the Promised Land.” Keane was featured on Blind Date back in September last year. She also has two other collections of poetry, “Death-Defying Acts” and “The Gravity Soundtrack.”

Carmichael’s Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Ave

Attack of the Pacifists/Phourist/Cher Von

Also on Wednesday, starting at 8pm, these three acts will be playing at the New Vintage. Both Cher Von and Phourist will be coming at you in the near future via Blind Date. Stay tuned for discussion from both of these interesting individuals.

2126 S Preston St
$ 10 cover

Tim Kaiser / Camera Lucida / Thing Shape (Ben Traughber, etc)

For those of you that have stuck with me since the beginning, you’ll remember that Ben was my first guest. I recently spoke to him about what he has planned for this show and it’s going to be good. He’s going to be putting on a perform full of sights and sounds….Nintendos may or may not be involved. That’s all you get.

Camera Lucida is another auditory/visual performance experience. It is an artistic collaboration incorporating live interactive video and music for dancers and movement artists! Camera Lucida is a creative duo, Roxell Karr and Jon Silpayamanant.

Words on Tim Kaiser: ‘Minnesota’s raison d’être for musical exploration and all-around tinkering with instruments, Tim Kaiser commands his creations with simple sweeps of his hands, willing sounds into existence. He has scored films, been featured on PBS as well as in magazines, and has toured extensively. How he gets by airport security with his devices is anyone’s guess, but his hand-built instruments are as alluring as the sounds they make. Kaiser has been a founding contributor and champion of the Weirdo Industrial Complex for more than 30 years.’

Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge (1004 E Oak St.)
9 PM, $ 5 cover

And so many more to come…I’ll keep you in the loop. Don’t worry.