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BilliamR on 02/22/2017 at 12:07PM

Meow Wolf Now Taking Applications for $100,000 DIY Fund

Meow Wolf Music Venue

Meow Wolf, an art collective from Santa Fe, New Mexico recently started a $100,000 annual fund to support DIY music and art spaces. We are now taking applications for assistance from our website through March 15.

Here is a link to the application

As artists who began as DIY space creators in 2008, we were devastated to hear about the tragedy that occurred at Ghost Ship, a music space in Oakland, California. We collaborated with some of the artists who were lost in the fire. Among them was Chelsea Faith Dolan, also known as Cherushii. She headlined our 2015 New Year’s party and her music, in collaboration with David Last, is featured inside our current space, The House of Eternal Return. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the fire.

This tragedy comes at a time where many art and music spaces are facing similar problems. Local DIY spaces are vital to the creative and emotional health of their communities and it has never been more difficult to operate one. Artists are being driven from their homes by rapidly increasing rent and lack of creative economic opportunities. There has never been more pressure to homogenize, to compromise creative people into disconnected, bland ways of existing.

After many years in the DIY scene, Meow Wolf finally has a permanent arts venue in Santa Fe. We have a responsibility to the community that helped us along the way. Therefore, in memory of Ghost Ship and Cherushii and in loving solidarity with our fellow creators we are offering an annual $100,000 fund to help independent arts and music venues across the world.

This money will go directly to DIY spaces for infrastructure improvements, rent assistance, materials and equipment and other needs identified by the applicants. Additionally, we can draw on our experience to offer free consultation and support regarding legal issues, building codes and organizational structure improvements. We will accept applications through March 15.

Please click here for more information.

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Bozoo on 02/07/2017 at 02:52PM

Da ! Heard It Records: Net-label & free culture

Founded in 2006, eclectic label Da ! Heard It Records aims to promote new artists and new music. D!HR is a label that is open to the world, be it to professional artists or to amateurs, and accessible to all listeners, as per its engagement to free and free-of-charge culture as well as the nature of its publications.

From nocturnal peregrinations to musical events and multiform creations, it’s been almost ten years since Max Parasite first started observing the Da ! Heard It Records label; ten years of dealing with artists with terribly improbably works: unrestrained circuit bending, grandiose chiptune, disheveling catharsis, or cavernous industrial ambient.

Anything is possible.

From the start, it seemed clear that this small community very engaged in free access to culture needed to be talked about. The idea of a documentary soon surfaced. After digging deep into the arcane corners of the Internet to investigate the beginnings of European 8-bit, Max Parasite found a bunch of the label’s artists: Ben et Béné, Computer truck, Eat Rabbit, Infecticide, Jacques Cochise, Klaten, Le Matin, Sidabitball, Skinfaxe, Sputnik Booster.

From this resulted a unique documentary about an autonomous microcosm as astonishing as it is obscure:

All of the releases introduced in this documentary are available for free listening and free downloading at the label’s site:

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cheyenne_h on 07/27/2016 at 02:53PM

Radio Free Culture #69: Upload the Punks! Maximum Rocknroll's Archive with Shivaun Watchorn

Photo by Winston Merchan, courtesy of Maximum Rocknroll Archive. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts.

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, was joined by Shivaun Watchorn, the archivist-in-chief for the Maximum Rocknroll Archive Project, which is currently underway and aims to preserve all issues of the long-running punk/hardcore fanzine, episodes of their radio show dating back decades, and contain a fully searchable listing of their entire record collection, which currently holds more than 49,000 pieces of vinyl.

The archive, expected to launch in early 2017, has also been featured in a couple of print interviews if you want to read more about it.

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes!

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astrostrich on 03/23/2015 at 07:09PM

Folk of nowhere and primitive guitar


so, fuck it, go to:




don't hide your head in a hole, just float to Orion. 

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ionosonderec on 01/25/2015 at 06:03PM

Build A Mixing Bowl Reverb



Words, photo,and sounds by: Telegraphy

Reverberation is the most common and fundamental form of audio effect. This natural occurring effect has audio engineers painstakingly devising better ways to be able to harness natures "audio plug-in". Weather it's with software or hardware, one thing is certain. Mimicking nature is hard work. With all of today's advanced software reverbs out there, you still can not beat the hardware version.

  A while back I wrote an article describing how to build a D.I.Y. Plate Reverb The response I received from the D.I.Y. community  regarding this article was beyond my wildest dreams. I had no idea there was so such keen interest in hardware based effects out there. That same interest which got me started on building the plate reverb, (more recently) persuaded me to take that very same concept and take it to a whole new level. Taking advantage of a well known side effect all stringed instruments suffer from (wanted or not) a condition known as sympathetic vibration would become the foundation of my Mixing Bowl Harmonic Reverb.

 Mixing bowl ? More on that later.

 Before we begin, one has to understand what makes a plate reverb....Well, reverberate. Quoting from D.I.Y. Plate Reverb  

        The concept of a plate reverb is quite simple. An electromagnet, like the one found on a audio speaker, is directly or indirectly coupled to the center of a piece of sheet of metal. Audio from a sound source is fed into this electromagnet (voice coil) which will physically vibrate the piece of sheet metal (plate). These audio vibrations are echoed many times, echos which are in fact persistence of audio. The amount of persistence (reverberation) is determined by  the physical characteristics of the plate. These characteristics many include  length, height, and stiffness of the piece of sheet metal. Once reverberation has been set off in the plate itself, it then needs to be detected. This is accomplish by directly or indirectly coupling microphones to the plate. The micophones pickup the reverberations and sends them back to to be mixed  with the original "dry" audio.

 Now that we know how it works; let's take it to a higher level. Keeping this concept in mind, let's swap the plate with a pair of ordinary kitchen variety salad mixing bowls.......Not satisfied enough? O.K., we'll tie in between them old used base guitar strings. This will produce some exciting harmonic reverberations. Yes I love excitement. That's why I have my nephew leave lego parts by my bed when I wake up in the morning. Bear foot of course. Exciting !!!  So, why use base strings? The strings act like frequency amplifiers. We can pick and choose what portions of the audio spectrum we want to enhance by way's of using different tuned strings. It works like this... The base strings are acted upon by sympathetic resonance. This condition is best described as when a loud sound directed toward a stringed instrument (ie.guitar or piano) it's strings will vibrate along with that sound. The most familiar exploit is singing into a guitar and hearing it's strings sing back at you.       

 The following article is a step by step description of a home built harmonic reverb.   

 Step 1 :

  The cost of building this reverb was around  $100. All materials needed (excluding electronics) were obtained at my local Lowes home hardware store. Electronics on the other hand, were from RadioShack.

materials needed    

Some of the parts needed for this project was made in house. Having basic machine shop tools makes a difference. If your not fortunate to have facilities to make your own parts, don't be afraid to ask your local Ma and Pop hardware store clerk on how they can improvise making parts for you. Why Ma and Pop hardware stores? Because, they have more experience and to put it simply THEY HAVE TIME TO SERVE YOU!!

  The mixing bowls, I purchased at my local Salvation Army second hand store. One thing you can count on at these stores (besides used underwear and soiled bed mattress) is having a great selection of kitchen gear. Perusing through the kitchen isle, a man feels out of place. Woman instinctively know your up to no good - Especially if your tapping each and every single pot and pan with your finger and then bristly putting it up to your ear ( just to hear how they vibrate) . It's just a hint for woman that this man isn't cooking quiche for dinner tonight.
The used base strings I "borrowed" from my brother who plays base guitar in his band "Air Base Guitar With No Amp Listening To Deathmetal"  Why base strings? I wanted this reverb to have better resonance down low. The small size of it's construction prohibits lower frequency response. To alleviate this problem, thick strings that resonate well at low frequencies are employed. Yea, we'll get you new strings one day bro. Your not using them now. Right? 


                                                                 Let the construction begin.
 Step 2:  Cutting the perforated angle iron into six 13 inch lengths plus two 9 inch lengths. Bolt them using 1/4-20 nuts and bolts. These measurements are somewhat critical as the points of the triangle has to clear the diameter of our mixing bowls. I this case it's a 8-1/4 inch diameter bowl.

Every band has a pyramid on their album.
This should be one of them.

 Now before we strap on those mixing bowls, we need to punch some holes through the bowls. I used a 3/16 sheet metal punch but you can use the good old fashioned drill. Now before you go and mix someones salad - Tune those base strings  with homemade tuners.

 A 1/2 inch aluminum rod kept rolling under my foot. Thinking it was a safety hazarded, I cut it up into six 1-1/4 inch sections. "There, now I have six safety hazarded" " Wait a minute! I can tune base strings with these. Just drill and tape 8-32 screws into them and make a through hole at the other end.    

Holes punched in bowls.

Lashing the base string through the hole at the other end of the tuner and then doing the same at the mixing bowl holes located around the lip. We now have the main component of the Mixing Bowl Harmonic Reverb. You can use as little or as many strings as you choose. Just keep in mind how the tension of the strings will be spread out around the circumference of the mixing bowls. Equal tension is what we're aiming for. I just inherently went for an even number of six. Because - Well because my brother had six. 


The finished tuner    

Attached bowl  
Pulling it taut!  
Step 3: The reverb is starting to come together. Time for us to kick back, have a adult beverage ( under age folks please drink your ovaltine) Reviewing on what was built :
 1:   Super structure made with perforated angle iron and closet tubing. 
 2:  Homemade tuners made from aluminum rod for tuning the base strings.
 3:  Lashing base strings to tuner and bowl
 4:  DRINK ........Why, because no good project ever started with a bowl of salad! (no pun intended)

  Now the tuners attaches to the bowl with the 8-32 screw running  through the holes punch around the lip of our mixing bowl. When all of the equal length strings are lashed to the other bowl it is then time to attach both bowls to the super structure. This is done by using a method my father suggested. Threading hefty nylon cord through the hole drilled in the center of our mixing bowl, with a dowel rod keeping it from slipping back out. Use nylon or some other material that's taut and won't stretch as much. It's really annoying having to re-tune your base strings every minute because of a stretchy cord.  

Now we're getting somewhere
Step 4:  Oh, you might have noticed that both mixing bowls do not look the same......I of them is a sauce pan. Sorry mom !

 Beyond being a bad boy and not knowing the difference between a fork and a spoon (Spork) , we have something that resembles a Mixing Bowl Harmonic Reverb. After struggling trying to shoe horn our 32 inch closet metal tubes in place with all of the tension provide by the base strings. It is now time to transition over to making a transducer.

 Around here, we use good old fashioned car speakers as our transducer. Why? Well for one, I'm dirt poor and can't afford a $20 audio surface transducer and second, I have tons a old speakers laying around (I'm a man - We keep the stupidest things)  So how do you intend on using an old Chrysler car speaker from the 1970's . For that I will once again be quoting from D.I.Y. Plate Reverb 

How to disembowel a speaker:
(the ionosonde way)
           1: Ripe out cone body. Use hobby knife to cut away cone right down to the dust cover.  "Making first incision"
           2: Cut away dust cover (being careful not to cut into the voice coil or the spider. DOING SO WILL RESULT IN COMPLETE DEATH. ) "nurse Mary, please hand me the forceps".
           3: Using what ever tool at your disposable, cut away speaker basket taking care not to cut away the connection terminals.(I used sheet metal nippers) "this limb needs to be removed, cut off saw nurse Mary"     
           4: Remove terminals leaving the metal mounting tabs( I'll use these as the voice coil mounts) "O.K. sutcher up the patient nurse Mary - My bill will be in the mail"

Ah, the Chrysler Deluxe speaker.

1) Cut diaphragm out
2) Trim access.
3) Use sheet metal nippers or what ever is handy to cut housing
away from core.
4) Cut out dust cover
exposing voice coil.
5) Make linking shaft out of dowel rod.
6) Glue in place. Making sure
not to glue voice coil to magnet. BAD!

Attach !

A few notes about the transducer installation. Depending on how firm your bowls are attached to the super structure, you may need to drill a small hole through the side of the bowl where the linking shaft will rest upon. Then you will have to put a screw on the tip of the shaft through that hole to firmly hold it in place. This firm conection of the linking shaft to the side of the bowl will ensure better prorogation of sound energy into the bowl. Secondly, the 8 ohm impedance is to little for mixer boards to handle. So I put in line a step up audio transformer which gives it a better match so more sound energy can flow through.

 Lastly, the pick-up's . Again I shall quote D.I.Y Plate Reverb
Piss...hey you....What if I told you that Radio Shack has had a secrete only known to musicians for many years. You would say to yourself, "Telegraphy your crazy!!", has you search through those pro-audio gear catalog's looking at $100+ acoustic pickups. Well just between you and me (and keep this on the down-low) Radio Shack sells pickups for $4.49 each. They don't label them as such but instead their called Piezo Elements 1500-3000 Hz model: 273 073  The sound quality of this devices are great for the price.
Taking those $4.49 acoustic pickups (Piezo Elements) out of their packages, I realized that these pickups didn't look like your average piezo element.Well for starters, the elements are buried inside a blast proof, geek proof, flame resistant, and radiation proof  -  black plastic case. To extract this rare element, you need a good sharp hobby knife, a screw driver, and most of all - patience. All you have to do is pry open the top with a screw driver (sounds easy enough. Boy are you in for a treat). Down inside of it's impregnable case is the piezo element. It's almost press fitted down in there, so your going to need a hobby knife to gently pry it loss. 


Gluing the pick-ups on opposite sides of the "non-driven bowl" and then running the cabling from both pick-ups and driver transducer to a nice junction box with some 1/4 phone jack plugs. I can finally say it's done. Have another Ovoltine on me!

                                                                               Listen to the Harmonic reverb
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