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First Thursday Open Improv December 3, 2009

Eyedrum's long-running Open Improv night occurs on the first Thursday of every month -- our monthly gathering for instrumentalists and improvisers of all stripes. Bring your instrument! Hosted by the indefatigable Robert Cheatham.

WPBA 30, Atlanta's PBS station, did a bit about Eyedrum's Improv Night a couple years ago for their "This Is Atlanta" show. Click for their description and the video itself (Windows Media, 2m40s).

Regular Gallery Hours December 4, 2009
3:00PM - 8:00PM
Price:  free

Regular Gallery Hours December 5, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free

Krampus Night December 5, 2009
9:00PM - 12:00AM
Price:  donation
To thank our amazing community and volunteers, Eyedrum is throwing a Krampus Nacht party this Saturday, December 5th.

What is Krampus, you ask? He’s kind of the holiday boogeyman, the antithesis of Santa Claus. There are two takes on Krampus, one being a secular humanist approach and the other being a magic tradition angle.

The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). The tradition is primarily an Austrian thing, although it spread erratically around Europe. In the Alpine regions the Krampus is represented by an incubus demon in company of Saint Nicholas. Krampus acts as an anti-Santa Claus where instead of giving gifts to good children, he gives warnings and punishments to the bad children. On Dec. 5, the eve of the feast day of St. Nick, Austrians celebrate Krampus by running across the city in grotesque masks and generally scaring children. This is an extension of the good-cop, bad-cop theory. St. Nick makes his rounds on Dec. 6 rewarding all the good little children,

Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the evening of December 5, wearing chains around his neck, ankles and wrists, and wearing a cloth sack around their waists, and roam the streets frightening children and women with rusty chains and bells. There’s more about Krampus Nacht at http://absent-cause.blogspot.com/2007/12/krampusnacht.html and photos and art of Krampus and his fellow demons at Flickr.

Join us at 9PM for a celebration with the anti-Claus. Admission is free (but donations are always appreciated); there will be food, music, and everyone is encouraged to dress in his or her Krampus best.

Also, check out some of these Krampus-related links.





Regular Gallery Hours December 6, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free

Tristen Perich, Lesley Flanigan December 6, 2009
8:00PM - 12:00AM
Price:  $10


Composer/inventor Tristan Perich is giving a series of performances across the USA on harpsichord with custom-built electronics. In his new half-hour duet, Dual Synthesis, Perich choreographs a lush intersection between antique keyboard instrument and primitive electronics. Dense flurries of notes on the harpsichord blur with patterned 1-bit tones, uniting acoustic and electric sound. On his first solo tour, Perich combines the complexity of modern classical composition and the viscerality of electric music, performing on his own harpsichord in spaces from galleries to noise venues.The Dual Synthesis tour comes on the heels of finishing his new album, 1-Bit Symphony, an electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip. A complete circuit, programmed by the artist and packaged inside a standard CD jewel case, plays the music through a headphone jack mounted in the case itself. Probing the foundations of digital sound, 1-Bit Symphony celebrates the virtuosity of electricity. The new album, to be released by Cantaloupe Music, will be available exclusively for presale at performances during the tour.



Sculpting Sound, a performance by artist and vocalist Lesley Flanigan, explores both the physical and sculptural nature of sound.

Performing handcrafted speaker feedback instruments and her own singing voice, Flanigan physically sculpts electronic music from an orchestrated mix of complex tones and rhythms that originate entirely from the acoustics of live feedback and voice. Out of her deliberate choreography of motion and improvised layering of sound, Flanigan’s melodies emerge to reflect relationships between noise, amplification, speakers, and the human voice.

Moving among a cluster of speakers, wires, and microphones, Flanigan builds the framework for a series of compositions that seemingly grow and break apart throughout the performance. The music ranges from the poetic “I Used to Stand Here” for 1 speaker and 1 voice, to the dense chorale “Scale of Sound” for multiple speakers and layered voice. Every composition she navigates tells a different story about sound — from the origin, containment and remnants of sound, to the shape, size, and space of sound. These ideas resonate within her performance, which has been called both engaging and demanding.


UPDATE: Pierre Ruhe of ArtsCriticATL attended and wrote a review of this event. Click for the review and pictures!

Layne Garrett, Cursillistas, David Kirby December 9, 2009
9:00PM - 12:00AM
Price:  $7

Layne Garrett

Layne Garrett works with found objects, found sounds, guitars, and self-built instruments. Recorded output ranges from assemblage-drenched americana to a new cd of improvisations on guitar and prepared guitar; a disc of improvised duos (with Scott Allison, Christian Brady, Ryan Jewell, Janel Leppin, Sam Lohman, Anthony Pirog, and Jenny Tucker) is on the way shortly on Sockets Records. Solo performances have lately hovered in the heady realm of improvised explorations on buzzed-out prepared resonator guitar and homemade light-sensitive electronics. Other recent activities include: organizing a large-scale tape-loop intervention in Rock Creek Park (Washington DC), hosting shows at the Lighthouse in DC, and completing several construction projects, including a version of Glenn Branca's harmonics guitar, a set of hanging car-metal gongs in the shape of a map of the USA, and a large freestanding playable structure about which a collaborator said: "man i would really love to play that big baby for 12 hours straight it is obviously a meditation key."



Cursillistas is a pair of psych-folk artists from Portland, Maine named Matthew Lajoie and Dawn Marna. A self-released CDR called Rotary and Gems caught the attention of Time-Lag’s Nemo Bidstrup. Since then, Cursillistas has released a number of handmade and self-released documents in addition to a CDR-only release on Time-Lag. Matthew also runs his own label, L’animaux Tryst.  "With all our packaging - as much as possible - we get the bands involved in the artwork, so that it's their hands sewing up the record sleeves or handpainting the covers… I think people appreciate getting that direct route from artist to consumer that is so rare these days." In 2005, his Thrush Chimes In The Field Haunt was released in a limited
edition of 140 through Time-Lag.  A 3”CDR and cassette entitled Les Biches was released on L’animaux Tryst in 2006, and early 2007 saw the release of a split double-3”CDR / cassette with Maine’s Bird Microphone, also on L’animaux Tryst.


David Kirby

David Kirby is an Atlanta-based digital composer making a transition to analog improvisation using cassette tapes. He operates the Homophoni web label, with a focus on electroacoustic music, and recently released his first improvised recording, entitled Cittacaura.


FORM book release December 10, 2009
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Price:  $1

FORM 2009 is the second installment of the successful FORM: artistic independence book. FORM is WE Design Atlanta's annual published collection of works from artists throughout the Atlanta area. The submissions that are chosen will be represented as a collective pictorial / provocative survey of where the arts stand today in Atlanta and where they are headed in the future.

Please come out Thursday December 10, 2009 from 8 to 10 p.m. for an opportunity to meet the artists and see this year’s first edition premiere art book hot off the press. The night will also incorporate the FORM Cover Design Competition, where one winner will be chosen (voted on by you) to represent the Amazon.com version of FORM.

A donation of $1 will be taken at the door to benefit the Eyedrum Gallery.

Hope to see you there!

To find out more about FORM 2009, please visit www.formatlanta.com .

Regular Gallery Hours December 11, 2009
3:00PM - 8:00PM
Price:  free

Respite From the Cold II December 11, 2009
9:00PM - - -
night of toasty warm ambiance, drone, and other meditative rackets.
quiet atmosphere and low lighting and hot beverages...

lotus plaza - drones, tapes, and general awesomeness

magic apron - quiet guitar meditations with resonant filters and soft vocal attachments..so pretty

brainworlds - guitar drones deep and wide, mind-bogglingly nice

nomen novum - field recordings, samples, and bleepy blippy synth terrificness

marvelous - members of 1000 holy shards and lid emba with david kirby drone with synths and percussion manipulations

live streaming drone radio from haiti

come have a nice time.......

Harts 4the Holidays December 12, 2009
12:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  Free-$5
Gritty Glam Squad, Naked Eye Image, Mindzai and Esperanza present

Harts 4the Holidays

Join us for a Hands on Arts + Crafts Charity and live music event

$5 donation; kids under 15 FREE

Food provided by D.B.A. Barbecue

This is a family friendly event, come one come all
ALL proceeds and donations will go to benefit the SONGS FOR KIDS Foundation

With live performances by:
Brittany Bosco
The Judies
The Mermaids

Regular Gallery Hours December 12, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free

Solo and Group Electro-Acoustic Music December 12, 2009
9:00PM - - -
Price:  TBA
An Evening of Solo and Group Electro-Acoustic Music from Four Solo Improvisor/Composers

C.J. Boyd

C.J. Boyd plays the bass. C.J. Boyd is a band and a man. C.J. Boyd has a nomadic touring schedule – calling no place and every place home. C.J. Boyd will soon be arriving your town via vegetable oil propelled ambulance.

C.J. has been creating his ethereal soundscapes for nearly a decade, playing hundreds of shows, conveying his particular artistic ideals and a certain undefined spirituality wherever he plays. Often flowing from singular, meditative bass lines into explosive, layered, and hugely complex walls of sound, CJ masterfully orchestrates waves of bass loops coupled with Jazz-driven improvisational prowess. Never suffering from the structureless experimentation so prevalent in improvised music, CJ Boyd's vision spawns a record that is quite beautiful, and at times enlightening. As Tiny Mix Tapes puts it, “this is heavenly stuff” C.J. Boyd plays the bass. C.J. Boyd is a band and a man. C.J. Boyd has a nomadic touring schedule – calling no place and every place home. C.J. Boyd will soon be arriving your town via vegetable oil propelled ambulance.



slicnaton (say slick-nay-tun) is best know for electro acoustic compositions and no-input mixing. Nicholas Slaton, in addition to playing electric and double bass, coaxes diverse and sometimes bizarre sounds from pedals, samplers and mixers. Starting each show with no pre-record samples he layers electronically generated loops forming the basis of each piece. Glitches of equipment misuse are sampled and manipulated into musical content. slicnaton can also expand to include Slaton's string and reed arrangements. slicnaton releases are free from Extemporate.


Mahlon Hoard

Brooklyn based musician composes through the art of improvisation. Mahlon Hoard plays fully acoustic solo soprano saxophone, which may easily be mistaken for electronic music. Employing circular breathing,extended pieces are created resulting in multiple layers of development. Deceptively simple melodies pull the listener in, revealing intricate layers. Refined and unique, his playing has been describe as a refreshing mix of contemporary, traditional, and ancient influences.

Mahlon co-founded The Bugs with former Miles Davis music director, Adam Holzman. Other notable collaborations have been with the improv duo Go! featuring electro-acoustic bassist Pat Lawrence ,(recording and touring extensively for their label Goprov Records),sax/drum duos with free drummer Ian Davis for Umbrella Recordings, and with Extemporate founder Nicholas Slaton, resulting in the critically acclaimed "slicnaton",and the latest release, "Return", both available for free from "Extemporate".



Atlanta Composer Klimchak has been working with blended composed & improvised electro-acoustic music since the mid-eighties. His current set up features the Marimba Lumina, an electronic mallet controller designed by Don Buchla, which Klimchak uses to play layered soundscape ensembles in real time using 4 mallets, 2 feet & a breath controller. The usual piece adds in various other small instruments & sounds to this bed. Expect to hear tuvan throat singing, penney whistles, frame drums and the ethereal sound of a theremin in the mix. You can read a recent article Klimchak wrote about his use of improvisation in online the journal The Art Section.

Klimchak's sound compositions for theater, dance & film are well known. He is a winner of this year's Susie Bass award for best sound design for his live score to Titus Andronicus at Ga Shakespeare. Klimchak is a 2009 winner of the Loridans Arts Award, given to "accomplished artists who have made exceptional contributions to the arts life of Atlanta."
Recent dance compositions include The Evolution Project with choreographer Lori Teague, and Three Bagatelles for the Righteous: 2004 Update; performed at NYC’s Joyce Theater by Jane Comfort and Co. Recent theater work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ga Shakespeare (also nominated for “Best Sound Design” for this year's Suzi Bass awards) & Weather Rocks at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Next up in Atlanta is Klimchak's live score for Tales of Edgar Allan Poe at the Puppetry Center.


Regular Gallery Hours December 13, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free

Spenecia Fleming Fund-raiser December 14, 2009
8:00PM - - -
Price:  Donation
Join poet Theresa Davis and others in support of Fleming, an Atlanta poet who got entangled in the legal system.

Performers interested in participating should contact Ed Hall at 404.755.7575 or via edwardahall@gmail.com

Rehearsal December 17, 2009
7:00PM - - -
Big Freeze - CLOSED rehearsal!

Regular Gallery Hours December 18, 2009
3:00PM - 8:00PM
Price:  free

The BIG Freeze: A Holiday Spectacular December 18, 2009
9:00PM - - -
Price:  10

The BIG Freeze: A Holiday Spectacular
Starring Vagina Jenkins and Johnny Drago

Come celebrate--and denigrate--the winter holidays with death-defying aerial acts, sexy circus stunts, musical merriment, puppetry of perplexing proportions, and gender-bending drag stars! Co-produced by the Queen of Queer Burlesque and Ecdysiast Exemplar Vagina Jenkins and rabble-rouser of the lowbrow theatre, Johnny Drago.

Friday December 18th
Saturday December 19th

Regular Gallery Hours December 19, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free

The BIG Freeze: A Holiday Spectacular December 19, 2009
9:00PM - - -
Price:  10

The BIG Freeze: A Holiday Spectacular
Starring Vagina Jenkins and Johnny Drago

Come celebrate--and denigrate--the winter holidays with death-defying aerial acts, sexy circus stunts, musical merriment, puppetry of perplexing proportions, and gender-bending drag stars! Co-produced by the Queen of Queer Burlesque and Ecdysiast Exemplar Vagina Jenkins and rabble-rouser of the lowbrow theatre, Johnny Drago.

Friday December 18th
Saturday December 19th

collage show ends December 19, 2009

NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today December 20, 2009
1:00AM - 6:00AM
Price:  free

Thomas Peake memorial December 20, 2009
4:00PM - - -
Price:  $10, goes to charity

A memorial for Thomas Peake, an amazing guy who encountered friends wherever he went.

Musical guests:
  • midnight: 70 SPACEBIRD
  • 10pm: DQE
  • 9pm: FLAP
  • 7pm: SAN AGUSTIN
  • 6pm: GUYLINER
  • 4pm: LUMENS

Proceeds to go to the East Atlanta Kids Club (a passion of Thomas's).

More info about Thomas:

NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today December 25, 2009

NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today December 26, 2009

NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today December 27, 2009

Failures (Charles Bronson), Salvation, Aerosols... December 29, 2009
9:00PM - - -
FAILURES is an empowering new musical group from the East Coast.
Comprised of four ambitious men, who under the most extreme scrutiny
have courageously rendered this super-charged missive of volatile
energy. Appearing at a moment in history that can only be best
described as a yawning pit of deluded regurgitation, this 14 song
attack answers your life's desperate call for Meaning. (Youth Attack!
Records S/T LP description)

A mouthful of bloody broken teeth and flailing debris with a frantic,
collapsing sound all their own, SALVATION are an epithet of TRUTH in a
world of ineffectual, poorly composed liars. Song after song they
shatter their way towards a harsh and inevitably devastating collapse.
SALVATION festers in their primal hostility with a level of strength
teeming on the insufferable.(Youth Attack! Records "Smoke and Mirrors"
EP description)


The phenomenal follow up EP is a crash landing into oblivion. Without
a doubt the most heart pounding musical group on the East Coast if not
the universe, these six songs of screeching and relentless wreckage
crumble and disintegrate into a giant disastrous mess before
culminating in absolute ear deafening brilliance. (Youth Attack!
Records "Medicine" EP description)


Another absolutely fucked-up creation from Florida, the home of the
best, Slavescene's Heaven Only Knows is one release I just cannot put
down. Their sound is akin to Brooklyn's Drunkdriver with its chaotic
sound and megaphone-esque vocals, only with a slightly more hardcore
feel and structure. (icoulddietomorrow blogspot "Heaven Only Knows"
Cassette Tape Description)


Nazi Dust
nazi dust
Necking teenage couples stalked in the park, beer soaked frat house
hazers in a sports car inferno, handsome star quarterback left to mop
up his own teeth, the hifalutin class valedictorian who's eye sockets
collapsed into festering furrows after his first of many eyeball
attacks from the grandstands: HERE'S WHAT YOU GET. (Youth Attack!
Records S/T Cassette Tape Description)

Samples of all Youth Attack! bands can be heard here:

Happy Town 3.0: New Year's Eve Party! December 31, 2009
9:00PM - 1:30AM
Price:  $10
Imagine a New Year's Eve party that doesn't suck and isn't expensive.

Imagine a party where a DJ spins kick ass party music all night, where booze flows freely (NOTE: FREE-ly!) a party where you lock eyes with your date/secret crush/random acquaintance ten seconds before midnight, counting down to the new year, smiling your faces off because you're at a party featuring among other things a pinata, oreos and possibly not one but three hoola hoops.

This is that party.


This is your New Year's Eve 2010.
$10 @ the door gets you:

A Champagne Toast
DJ Sky (www.myspace.com/djsky1)
Local Atlanta Artists***
Hoola Hoops
Dancing w/optional dance-offs
Assorted prizes from the Dollar Store

This is New Year's Eve. There's no reason for it to be $100 and sucky.

Happy Town comes once a year. So tell your friends, tell your date, tell your secret office crush and polish your party shoes. IT IS ON.

See you on the dance floor,


The Happy Town Council:
Jaimie Cohen, Marisa Willson, Colleen Kiernan, Lauren Gloster, Sarah Kenagy, Abby Mattera, Neal Holman, Kasey Brinson, Sean Bleything, Brooke Hatfield, Christina Masters, Jennette Gayer, Carleigh Knight, Nandita Vyas,Adam Marlowe, Patton Dycus, Emily Robertson, Anna Lawrence

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