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Martin Bisi at Wounded Galaxies

Some photos from the Sound & Chaos Q&A with director Ryan Douglass and BC Studio co-founder Martin Bisi and from the music show that night with Invisible Things and Martin Bisi’s band.

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$20 Promotional Price – Matmos with special guest Drekka

Matmos Live at Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK May 30th 2014

Matmos Live at Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK May 30th 2014

We’re now offering a promotional price for Matmos and Drekka’s performance on Friday October 9. Buy your tickets now through the BCT Box Office.

Ex Nihilo

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This week we’ve been listening to Martin Bisi’s recent album, Ex Nihilo, and it’s getting us excited for his performance at Wounded Galaxies in October. Right now track 4, “Invite to Heaven and Hell,” is standing out with it’s cool blend of operatic vocals, spoken-word-style narrative, and a sonic layering that verges on hypnotic confusion. We agree with Grayson Currin of Indy Week that “Ex Nihilo is an hour-long crawl through sinister madrigals and malevolent soundscapes.”

We’ve almost got the passes sorted out, so watch this space in the next week for how you can buy your festival pass.

Martin Bisi will be performing in a double-bill with Lydia Lunch at the Back Door on Sat Oct 10, 8p. Check out the full festival schedule.

Want to listen to Martin Bisi’s music to get yourself pumped for the festival? Hop over to Bisi’s website.

The Myth-Science Ensemble

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One show we’re really excited about – but is perhaps a bit less high-profile than some of our other events – is the Myth-Science Ensemble. Combining sound design, aerial performance, and music, the show re-imagines scientific iconography to create a multi-sensory experience for the audience.

The Myth-Science Ensemble hails from Kansas City MO and consists of Thomas Aber (bass clarinet, Omaha Symphony) and Dwight Frizzell (reeds and Yamaha WX5, Kansas City Art Institute), along with supporting players from Bloomington, including reed player Marty Belcher, nationally recognized live sound effects artist Tony Brewer, and aerial silk performer Sue Rall. Myth-Science Ensemble incorporate 4-channel sound, movement, and projected images to create live immersive sonic environments inspired by intersections of myth and science.

To get a taste of their work, take a look at “Oceans of Kansas,” which they’ll be performing live at Wounded Galaxies on October 11. Already intrigued? Get your tickets here.

Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window

image by Karsten Wolniak

image by Karsten Wolniak

When we first decided on the name for our festival, we really only had William S. Burroughs in mind. It was more of a cosmic coincidence that one of the bands we would feature in our 2015 fest – Cyclobe – should have drawn from similar inspirational sources.

Their 2010 album, Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window, displays the kind of soundscape styling that we love about Cyclobe. The mix of electronic and folk instrument sounds pull you into a hypnotic universe filled with beady-eyed nymphs or dancing comets.

The epic invocation at the heart of the album, “The Woods are Alive with The Smell of His Coming”, was commissioned in 2010 by the Tate Gallery in St. Ives for the exhibition “Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art”. Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window saw contributions from fellow Cyclobe collaborators Michael J. York, Cliff Stapleton, Thighpaulsandra and John Contreras, with cover artwork generated by the artists Fred Tomaselli and Alex Rose.

A Loud Intense Rock Double Bill

We are very excited and thrilled to announce the opening acts for the Wounded Galaxies Festival: Bladerunner, featuring John Zorn (sax), Bill Laswell (bass), and Dave Lombardo (drums); and Simulacrum, featuring John Medeski (organ), Matt Hollenberg (guitar), and Kenny Grohowski (drums). This will be, in Zorn’s words, “a loud intense rock double bill”.

Musicians like Zorn and Laswell do not play in the Midwest often, and in places like Bloomington, never. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see them in a venue like the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Get a taste of Zorn’s music now… Get excited to see him later!

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