Experimental Sound Studio
Experimental Sound Studio is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization dedicated to artistic evolution and the creative exploration of sound.
ESS presents an exhibition in partnership with Roman Susan Art Foundation in the Audible Gallery from May 17 -August 18, 2019. Mie Kongo and Norman W. Long: Without Within is curated by Ruth Hodgins.
Legendary saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has been a fixture on the international improvised music scene for decades and has performed with an amazing array of talents. For this rare Chicago appearance, Urs will perform a set of solo music and then join Chicago greats Jason Roebke and Jim Baker.
Pianist and composer Mabel Kwan brings in a highly personal and spirited approach to her work, both a performer and a composer of new music. Don’t miss this chance to hear one Chicago’s brightest talents perform in the intimate setting of the Experimental Sound Studio.
This year's WAVE FRONT artist-in-residence is Brian Chu Yin-Woo (龢wo4) from Hong Kong. Before the end of his residency in Chicago, Brian will play a solo improvisation set, followed by a short presentation sharing insights into the underground music scene in his hometown and the ways in which it has inspired the ideas behind his creative process.
For Florasonic, C. Lavender presents Terraforming a Sanctuary, a 4-channel sound installation that features the Lincoln Park Conservatory fern room as a place to assist visitors in finding a state of well-being.
Drummer and Composer Bill Harris is a rising star among the new generation of Chicago improvisers. For his Option concert, he’ll perform a new solo work followed by a set of improvisations with guitarist and violinist Peter Maunu.
Brazil based saxophonist and composer Vinicuis Mendes makes his Option debut with a solo set for piano and saxophone followed by a set of original music with Chicago musicians Paul Giuallorenzo (piano) Eli Namay (bass) and Andrew Green (drums.) Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the great musical minds from South America operating in the intimate setting of the Experimental Sound Studio.
Improvising guitarist, banjo player, vocalist, and poet Wendy Eisenberg performs a set of solo music for their Option debut. Wendy then joins Option’s own Tim Daisy for an interview about their life and work. Don’t miss it!
Versatile bassist and composer Matt Lux performs a set of solo music on the Option Stage. He’ll then join Tim Daisy for a discussion about his life and work. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the scenes most flexible and genre-blending musicians perform as well as talk about his decades-long career working with countless musicians and ensembles both here in Chicago and beyond.
As an international hub for sonic experimentation, ESS nurtures artists, heralds new works, and builds a broad, supportive community of makers, enthusiasts, and creative partners through production, presentation, education, and preservation.
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Founded in 1986 by Dawn and Lou Mallozzi, Eric Leonardson, and Perry Venson, Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) has occupied its Edgewater location since 2006. The facility is home to a full-service recording, mixing, and mastering studio for hire; Audible Gallery, a small public space for exhibitions, meetings, workshops, performances, and artists' projects; and the Creative Audio Archive—an invaluable collection of recordings, print, and visual ephemera related to avant-garde and exploratory sound and music of the last five decades. ESS presents eclectic performance and installation programming, workshops, and artist talks year round—both in the various spaces around the studio (including its beautiful garden) and at various partner venues around Chicago.
ESS’s public presentation includes weekly and seasonal ongoing concert series in addition to special projects, commissions, and site-specific installations throughout Chicago.
Creative Audio Archive houses and programs a number of unique collections documenting sonic arts and experimentation over the past 60 years. Collections include the Sun Ra/El Saturn Collection, the Malachi Ritscher Collection, and an archive of all artistic production through ESS from the past 30 years.
Join the ESS community as a member and receive special access to recordings, show and studio discounts, additional media, and private events. Membership comes at a range of levels to ensure an inclusive community of experimental arts supporters.
Ahead of Gerry Hemmingway’s concert this Monday for Option, we dug through the Creative Audio Archives housed at ESS to see what we have from the percussionist’s many visits to Chicago.
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Sonic Genealogies: Olivia Block on Harry Bertoia for Radio from Reina Sofia Museum
ESS sat down with Stephan Moore, composer and sound artist, for an interview about his Florasonic piece that’s currently up in the Lincoln Park Conservatory Fern Room. A Grid Against the Sky will be up from Sunday, December 10th - Friday, March 2nd, 2018.
Alex Jen review's Sara Ludy's Florasonic work, 'Climates'
Alex Jen is an independent curator and critic based in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He has written for Hyperallergic, Hiram Butler Gallery and ArtDesk, and is currently working on a piece considering space and texture in Robert Irwin's work for Domus. Past projects include an exhibition of sound and visual art by Brian Trelegan at Williams College, where Jen is also a student
We interviewed Lou Mallozzi and Joseph Clayton Mills about their Ten x Ten collaboration, artistic process, and how the idea of narrative plays out in their piece.
Oscillations 2017: Call for Proposals
Deadline for Proposals: October 1st, 2017, midnight
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Now in its fifth year, OSCILLATIONS presents concerts by artists selected from submissions received in response to an open call for proposals. ESS will present chosen artists in a series of 3-4 performances between November 4 and November 25th, 2017. (Depending on the nature of the selected projects, we may feature either one or two acts per evening.) Emphasis will not be placed on any particular genre or style; the main criterion for selection is the demonstration of experimentation, exploration, and innovation in the artist’s/group’s chosen idiom.
Ten x Ten 2017 partners Ambrosia Bartosekulva and Melina Ausikaitis tell us a little bit about their collaboration and process for their track recorded in ESS’s Studio A at the end of April.
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EXPERIMENTAL SOUND STUDIO
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