12pm music + talk
Ugly Synth Cacophony & Eastern WA Memories with Steve Fisk
Exactly what it sounds like. Join audio legend Steve Fisk in a low-tech synth set followed by memories & stories from that strangest of all lands: Eastern Washington.
Steve Fisk is revered in the Pacific Northwest and known the world over as an audio engineer, record producer, and musician. As a musician, he has been in bands such as the instrumental alternative/indie rock band Pell Mell and the electronic band Pigeonhed. He has long been associated with the Pacific Northwest music scenes, including grunge and the Sub Pop indie record label. SteveFisk.com
1pm film & Q&A
December Special (in August!) with John Osebold
Since 2004, John has released a new music album every December, but in 2022 he pivoted to a half-hour special blending animation, video, and music. Come see the special featuring a hapless talking bear, a hard-boiled case of a missing necklace, and a literary barbecue, and then join John for a Q&A about the techniques and power of homemade art.
John Osebold has been making music and theatre in Seattle since 1995, most notably with his band "Awesome", sketch comedy group The Habit, and under his stage moniker Jose Bold. His work has ranged from a remixed stock footage movie with live scoring (MOUNTAIN, 2009), a two-man dystopian speed musical (Ballyhoo, 2001), and a Spider-Man musical that ran off-Broadway days before Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opened in New York (Spidermann, 2011). When all live performance shut down in 2020, he taught himself digital 2D animation and found a new and exciting avenue for creation. Since then, he has made a number of animated shorts that have appeared in film festivals in Seattle, Tacoma, San Francisco, Walla Walla, Barcelona (Spain), and Žilina (Slovakia). josebold.com
How to Turn Playwriting into Activism with Jessica Posey
Jessica Posey will be discussing how she used playwriting to discover her voice and utilize it for social justice.
Jessica Posey is a Chicago based playwright and actress. Her plays include: The Camerons, Boring Black Play, M is for Medusa, and How to Be Black in America. She is passionate about accessible theatre and challenges the notion that theatre should only be for white, rich people. She writes plays for social change that center Black women.
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Dreamy, tender, and soothing love-and-grief-songs. Sonically bathe in resonances of vibraphone, voice, and beyond.
Rose Martin is a sound explorer and educator centered in percussion and voice. With her emerging band, Irisanna, Rose explores themes of courtship, grief, and tender love through song and texture. In a recent joyful collaboration with visual artist Nate Clark, Rose created the sound component that was installed alongside Clark's sculptural work at MadArt Studio. Rose has had the honor of leading and learning alongside young musicians this summer, nurturing a deeper understanding of sound, silence, and listening. Nourishing book topics of late include: embodiment, long-term friendships, and stories from humans who live with chronic illness. www.rosemartinsound.com
4pm record listening
Intentional Record Listening | record chosen by Clyde Petersen
Let's listen to a record together – no cell phones allowed! Each artist has written a short blurb on why they chose a particular record. We'll read this together, and then hit play. Reduce your screen time while expanding your musical knowledge. Win-win.
Clyde Petersen is a Northwest artist. He is the director of Even Hell has its Heroes, Torrey Pines and countless music videos. His band Your Heart Breaks just released their 16th album, The Wrack Line, on Kill Rock Stars.
The Neuroscience of You with Chantel Prat
To celebrate her debut book’s first birthday, local author and neuroscientist Chantel Prat will read an excerpt from the book, followed by a demonstration of the way our distinct brains create our personal versions of reality. Bring your favorite “Why am I like this?” questions for Q&A with cake afterward!
Chantel Prat is a Professor at the University of Washington with appointments in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics. Her interdisciplinary research investigates how variable brain designs combine with our lifetime of experiences to shape the unique way each person understands the world and operates in it. Her first book, The Neuroscience of You, was nominated for a Washington State Book Award and was featured in The Next Big Idea Club. ChantelPrat.com
Music of Benjamin Marx, accompanied by Rose Bellini (cello), Erin Wight (viola), & Erin Jorgensen (marimba)
Close out the fest with cupcakes, drinks, and intimate acoustic music! "Drones are coolest when they deviate like 8cents in either direction over long periods of time. Everything is in motion and nothing is real. Institutional funding never made anything better. Delete your internet and call your family. " –composer Ben Marx ftw
Benjamin Marx is an American composer, producer, and songwriter. His work focuses on that which is quiet and repetitive. His latest chamber work, feynman diagrams for percussion, synthesizer and samples, premiered at Octave 9 in May of 2023, under the auspices of the Seattle Symphony, and his debut record of contemporary chamber music, anxious pangs, debuted on KEXP’s Pacific Notions in 2019.
that's all folks! see ya in 2024!