OF THE BROKEN CASIO
If you know the term “circuit-bent” means, you’re
likely aware of Casper Electronics. For
about 10 years now, artist-musician Peter Edwards
has been going to town on the worky parts of everything
from Speak N’ Spells to toy keyboards, from guitar
pedals to turntables, modifying the electronics
to create outlandish, user-controlled sound effects.
That’s the short version.
This June, Edwards and co- curator Kate Sweater
opened Casper Land, a “new creative- technology
themed workshop,” on Fulton Street in downtown
Troy. They intend for this to be a multipurpose
space, good for lectures, movies, performances
and, most importantly, turning your Tickle Me
Elmo doll into a Theremin.
True to their mission, Casper Land will host a
performance and discussion with Dewanatron.
Leon and Brian Dewan are creators of a
unique, hand-built series of electronic instruments
(called Dewanatrons) that kind of look like furniture;
their music is as unusual and interesting as the
instruments they use to make it. The duo are in
Troy tomorrow (Friday) for a 7 PM performance;
arrive early for “show and tell.”
out casperelectronics.com/ casperland for more
on the venue. They’re looking for local electronic
artists to showcase their wares—if you are interested
in curating an event, send a pitch to kate@casperelectron
ics.com or peter@casperelectronics .com.
BEHIND OUR WORD Just two weeks ago, we named
Scientific Maps Best Pop Band in our Best
of the Capital Region issue, based on the quirky-confident
songs of Aaron Smith and the band’s recent
Hold On Whoever You Are. And now we have
further proof: Scientific Maps will release a
new EP, titled Galvanic Wizardry, this
Friday. The seven-song disc is their first official
release for the B3nson Recording Company (Hold
On was issued as a free download this spring),
and will be celebrated with a release party Friday
at Valentine’s. More on the show at valentinesalbany.com,
and more on the Maps at scientificmaps.com.
Also getting a cut of the cake Friday night will
be Salon Style, the new project from former
Kamikaze Heart Gaven Richard. There’ll
be a new two-song CD available, featuring Richard
pretty much singing his own words over some old
prog-rock records. Seriously, check it out, it’s
OF SOUND This is gonna take some mighty big
microphones. We reported in last month’s profile
of saxophonist-bandleader Keith Pray (“Full
House,” Listen Here, June 18) that he and his
17-piece Big Soul Ensemble had been recording
their recent performances for a live record they
expected to release in August. Looks like they’re
looking to squeeze in a few more takes: In addition
to the group’s regular first-Tuesday stand at
Tess’ Lark Tavern this week, they are on the Lark
schedule twice more this month, on Aug. 11 and
18—both Tuesdays, and both free. Check up at keithpray.com
to find out more about the release.
TO RISE Monday morning, before you woke up,
a slice of Capital Region music—Adirondack folk,
specifically—made the national airwaves. NBC’s
Today show kicked off a new vacation
series by sending hosts Meredith Viera and Ann
Curry to the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing.
Sure enough, the hosts did a bit of a jig to the
music of Lake George’s long-running Stony Creek
Band, who were given a nice little spot just
after 9 AM.
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