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AUDIBLE OPENING: 'The Ears Have Walls' Vernissage @ ESS
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

AUDIBLE OPENING: 'The Ears Have Walls' Vernissage @ ESS

The Ears Have Walls features video game art that assigns audio to a lead role instead of merely a support for video or a confirmation of transmitted commands. Curated by Stephan Moore and Chaz Evans, The Ears Have Walls is an exhibition spanning two location, with work on view at both ESS and VGA Gallery.

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SSSS! Second Sexing Sound Symposium: KINOSONIK with Frauke Aulbert and Seth Parker Woods
Dec
2
8:00 PM20:00

SSSS! Second Sexing Sound Symposium: KINOSONIK with Frauke Aulbert and Seth Parker Woods

The Second Sexing Sound Symposium (SSSS!) is a series of public events in Chicago dedicated to ideas, research, performance, and conversation surrounding female and trans-identifying practitioners in and around the sonic arts.

Back for its third year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut, Experimental Sound Studio, and the Chicago Film Archives. This year, musicians Frauke Aulbert and Seth Parker Woods will collaborate to compose live scores for a selection of films curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive collection. Aulbert and Woods were selected based on their substantive and exemplary artistic accomplishments to date, their commitment to risk-taking exploratory approaches to sound and music, their long-standing experience in collaboration, and their interest in integrating their various sonic approaches with moving image.

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SSSS! Second Sexing Sound Symposium: Works by Lee Blalock, Jen Hill, Deidre Huckabay and Jenna Lyle
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

SSSS! Second Sexing Sound Symposium: Works by Lee Blalock, Jen Hill, Deidre Huckabay and Jenna Lyle

The Second Sexing Sound Symposium (SSSS!) is a series of public events in Chicago dedicated to ideas, research, performance, and conversation surrounding female and trans-identifying practitioners in and around the sonic arts.

Our final event of SSSS! is a concert with works by Lee Blalock, Jen Hill, Deidre Huckabay and Jenna Lyle.

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OSCILLATIONS: Noisée le Seque + Ben Zucker
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

OSCILLATIONS: Noisée le Seque + Ben Zucker

Noisée le Seque is an outsider performance artist and DIY noise musician. She used to bury cassette tapes in the DIY basements where she would perform with her cast of salvaged hybrid electronic instruments. Noisée le Seque (born Ruth Edwards) furiously forages the city for electronic equipment that could be broken into and hacked for their lurking electronic sounds. Noisée then transforms her instruments into fantastical hyper-dimensional hybrids - part sculpture, part machine, part animal.

Ben Zucker will present an experimental/performance podcast à la Radiolab. He'll be utilizing Max/MSP to alter his own voice/other voices so he can talk with himself. This performance and its recording will be used as a springboard for future performance. The recording of the ESS performance will be part of an expanded series or set where the recordings could be used as material as part of future performances, so that episodes of the podcast, in hopes that it gets so far, begin to fold in on themselves as themes and material collide.

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OSCILLATIONS: Billie Howard and Rebecca Himelstein + Hayden Beck
Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

OSCILLATIONS: Billie Howard and Rebecca Himelstein + Hayden Beck

Rebecca Himelstein's (supercollider) and Billie Howard's (violin) work offers expressions of emotional extremes as a means of re-experiencing and making meaningful their affective spaces. Through the composition of close and shifting frequencies, extreme dynamics, and over or undersaturation, they compose visceral experiences of the depth, density and complexity of disorientation, destruction, anger, loneliness, vertigo, and awe through synthetic and acoustic sound.

Hayden Beck will be presenting a new work for an amplified, live-processedprepared piano soundboard featuring lfo modulated radio, small motors, speakers, and telephone pickups.

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May Chapel: Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
Nov
5
2:30 PM14:30

May Chapel: Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

ESS is pleased to share our newly founded partnership with the beautiful and historic May Chapel at Rosehill Cemetery. Our inaugural show features a new concert length work by Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society. Please join us for this FREE show complete with complementarily tea on behalf of ESS.

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ESS Fall Fundraiser Pop-up Happy Hour
Oct
26
4:00 PM16:00

ESS Fall Fundraiser Pop-up Happy Hour

  • Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 

Join ESS in celebrating our October membership drive with a live-streamed party at Maria's in Bridgeport. Bring your friends to relax with a cocktail, support ESS, and listen to music DJ'd by Hayden Beck, Glenna J. Fitch, and BIGGIDZ. 

Maria's will generously donate a portion of bar sales from this Happy Hour to ESS.

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Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices: Prints and Record Release
Sep
9
6:00 PM18:00

Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices: Prints and Record Release

The fifth and most conceptually broad iteration of Ten x Ten, ‘Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices’ brings together 10 notable Chicago artists who have robust practices in both visual art and music. By considering questions about boundaries and location, Ten x Ten 2017 will investigate Chicago neighborhood identities, urban change, and comfort in space and place.

 

Five artist pairs have been collaborating over several months to each create a two-part work that includes a song or audio piece and an 18” x 18” screen print. The results of these partnerships will be released with a concert and gallery exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio on Saturday, September 9th.The artists will perform excerpts from their collaborations and display their prints as well as other work.

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ESS Summer Gala
Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

ESS Summer Gala

Join ESS for our summer gala! With performances by Tortoise, Helen Gillet with Kim Alpert, TALsounds, and Jeff Parker/Ben LaMar Gay/Tomeka Reid, this is a line up you do not want to miss. All proceeds go directly back into our programs, supporting the artists we work with and helping ESS continue to make space for creative experimentation.

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OPTION: Helen Gillet Solo + Discussion with Tim Daisy
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

OPTION: Helen Gillet Solo + Discussion with Tim Daisy

Helen Gillet uses an amplified cello, loop pedal, effects and vocals in her solo show.  Her current solo performance explores the noise, distortion, vibration and rhythmic phasing by both extended techniques of improvisation and live looping the cello.  Afterward she'll discuss her creative practice with Tim Daisy.

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