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regular gallery hours August 3, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

open improv: theme-TERROR August 4, 2005
9:00PM - - -

A recent article in the New York Times lauds the discovery of the
sound producing mechanism of a bird called the Club Winged Manakin.
The Club Winged Manakin from Ecuador has been known since the 1800s
but it's sound producing has come to be noticed again,
with an attempt to solve its mechanism.

The mating call which the bird
makes is a brief electronic-sounding trill.
It has just recently been
discovered that the Manakin shakes its wings together
at around
100 times a second,
apparently scraping a special hooked feather
across a ridge of feathers.
(The hummingbird only moves its wings in flight
at around 50 times a second.)
This is astounding because
it is a convergence with the same technique
used by insects, specifically crickets,
called the spoon-across-washboard technique,
or pick and file.

The sound is at an incredible 1400 cycles per second
which means
that the wings must make 14 sounds
during each shake as at rakes its feathers.

"The ornithologists plan to test their hypothesis with new experiments. On
her next trip to Ecuador, Dr. Bostwick hopes to catch a male club-winged manakin
and clip off the raking tip on each wing (a harmless procedure)".

'I should be able to completely silence the bird,' she predicted"

1. Intense, overpowering fear. See Synonyms at fear.
2. One that instills intense fear: a rabid dog that became the terror of the neighborhood.
3. The ability to instill intense fear: the terror of jackboots pounding down the street.
4. Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes.
5. Informal. An annoying or intolerable pest: that little terror of a child.

[Middle English terrour, from Old French terreur, from Latin terror, from terrre, to frighten.]

regular gallery hours August 5, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

WonderRoot benefit August 5, 2005
7:00PM - - -
Price:  $7
WonderRoot is excited to announce its first benefit/fundraiser. The event will be held Friday, August 5 at Eyedrum gallery located in the loft district of Atlanta. Doors will open at 7:00 pm and admittance will cost $7. The night's entertainment, starting at 8:00, will consist of poetry readings, video demonstrations, and musical performances. Witt Wisebram will be headlining the event's live entertainment with an acoustic performance. In addition to the live performances, there will be an art show featuring visual artists Monica Lee and Stephanie Dowda. All participants in the night's events are emerging local artists.

A silent auction will be held to help with the fundraising portion of the event. Items being auctioned off will include artwork by Karen Johnson, Rick Berman, France Dorman, and Jack Decker. There will also be a weekend at a beach house in Seaside, FL included in the auction, among other smaller items. Any funds that are raised at the benefit will go directly to the organizations startup fees. WonderRoot will be accepting donations in the forms of space, time, services, and money.

In order to carry out our mission, WonderRoot will be hosting a food drive. Canned food and other non-perishables will be much appreciated.

Snack food will be provided at no cost and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be
available for purchase. Contact Chris Appleton at 404-876-6171 or Chris@wonderroot.org.

regular gallery hours August 6, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

25 documented public compositions August 6, 2005
8:00PM - - -

25 documented public compositions | summer 2005 | atlanta

a sound installation in 4.1 surround sound by blake williams and nat slaughter
august 6 through september 3 at eyedrum gallery
404.441.1917 or 404.435.9096

monthly show on WREK 91.1 FM August 7, 2005
7:00PM - 9:00PM

On the first Sunday of every month, at 7 p.m., Eyedrum does a show on WREK that features nuggets from Eyedrum's archive of live performances.

Remember that, after the show airs, you can always listen to this and any recent Sunday Special via WREK's 7-day archive if you forget to tune in (direct links to Sunday Special streams: lo-fi or hi-fi).

But wait, there's more! We now have a podcast available, for those of you who have discovered that. You can also just download the whole show (right click on "download") although be forewarned that the file is 50 MB in size.

Rotton Milk vs. Bubblegum Shitface & Safety Pin, August 9, 2005
8:00PM - - -
Price:  $5
In support of TERRY PLUMMING, a nonsense CDR Label and magazine from Chicago that has released over 21 pieces of wierdo obscuro, noise, and
experimental music within the past year.

Stickfigure Presents:

ROTTEN MILK vs Bubblegum Shitface:
Frisky Rabid Noise Opera,lashed bloody by glitchy beats and laid to rest in a heavenly alien synth ship. Rotten Milk vs Bubblegum Shitface create exterior silence and shitfaced noise and shrieks that give cops nervous little woodies and hopeful apes reports from the magical dimensions.
Changing thoughts into sounds. Talking to radios. Magnifying the soft touch. Highly composed by chance. Could the skip become our GMT? Who else is playing clock radio and cymbal with such finesse. They don‚t even taste food, it‚s more like satisfying material. More info @ www.diabolical.org/summertour05/

HTEETH, a crew of cool noisemakers from st. louis who build their own instruments.

SAFETY PIN: from the ashes of zany Chicago punk slackers, the English Softhearts, comes the group‚s leadsongwriter/frontman Marc Bubblebath. Marc is without a doubt a dynamic, eccentric performer. He sometimes employs a cheap drum machine, tape loops, or
karaoke tracks to back himself up. Stages conversations with t.v. slop. Self described as Wesley Willis meets David Yow, Safety Pin always keeps it funny and interesting. Plugged into the
absolut neglect, the symbol becomes the object.

there's music and more info at TERRY PLUMMING

BLACKBLACKS, with acclaim ranging from such outlets as a house party in Birmingham to Rome's Unscene magazine, have been creating an underground stir. Past performances at art spaces such as the The Bunker and the Hot-eL, may one day align them with the New York art world. Notorious for their history of aggressive live performances that challenge sound barriers, their music has grown to a state of spatial complexity,
creating a sea of electronic bass tones, alteredvocals,
percussion experimentation and
abstract guitar drones. BlackBlacks has released records on Sounds From The Pocket and Unlimited Supply of Cdr's records.

and This is My Condition.. from Kansas. This Is My Condition is a one man band in which Craig Comstock plays guitar, drums and sings all at the same time. In the tradition of noise rock this music is heavy, tough and intense, while at other times very free and unstructured. This Is My Condition deals in power, spontaneity and passionate lyrics. Coming from a background of experimentation,repetition and angst in Many Series and Black Calvin, Craig takes things in a new direction by going solo and performing on-the-spot improvisations of the same ilk.

doors at 8, program starts at 9:15ish

regular gallery hours August 10, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

regular gallery hours August 12, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

regular gallery hours August 13, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

Painted Screen August 13, 2005
7:00PM - 11:00PM
Price:  free

New paintings by Alan Xie, new painting on film by Oliver Smith, new painting-derived video by Richard Gess. Xie's scan-line inspired paintings, Gess's video samplings from Victorian salon art, and Smith's films painted directly on clear celluloid create new intertwinings between the oldest and the newest media. Through September 17.

Tamburo/Lawler August 15, 2005
9:00PM - - -
Price:  $5
Euphonic Productions
Mike Tamburo
Keenan Lawler
Eli Queen

Mike Tamburo has been a member of the Pittsburgh avant garde music scene as an integral part of crystalline drumless drone rock
structures of Meisha and the more-free flowing ethnic apocalypse music of Arco Flute Foundation, as well as countless spontaneous
performances and post-gathering improv sessions.

Mike Tamburo has created a pristine document of new American ethnic guitar music channeling energies similar to the likes of Fahey, Windy
& Carl, Six Organs of Admittance, Gastr del Sol, Charlemagne Palestine, Loren Connors, and Tower Recordings. Tamburo approaches
guitar with the constant joy of discovering new sounds and techniques.

As one of the main players behind Meisha and Arco Flute Foundation, Tamburo has dedicated himself to exploring the nuances of his guitar
in a group setting. With his first solo release, Tamburo combines guitar with sounds from a wide range of sources, including organ,
keyboard, electronics, Tibetan bowl, alarm clock, accordion, piano, ebow, bowed guitar, mandolin, percussive guitar, electric piano,
effects, and other engineering, to explore and hone in on a more singular sound and vision.
- The Music Fellowship

"The acoustic guitar isn’t a new instrument to Mike Tamburo. It was his main axe, as it were, in his former outfits, Meisha and Arco Flute Foundation, though Beating of the Rewound Son, Tamburo’s solo debut, leaves his playing rather starkly unadorned by sidemen or accompaniment. Tamburo’s no purist, he has no qualms with regard to augmenting his pieces with other instruments, or making use of nontraditional techniques in his playing, but his emergence as a solo artist marks a turn into more folk-tinged territory for the guitarist. Comparisons in his playing can be made to the usual suspects, Fahey, Basho-Junghans, and their ilk, but Tamburo isn’t a straight disciple of any of the prevalent deities of acoustic guitardom.

“Adam’s Fruit Temptation” not only begins the disc, but it’s the album’s highlight. Tamburo weaves expertly some of his best melodic work with subtle atmospherics and washes of delay. It’s a study in well-executed transitions, a mini-suite that, while it contains a good deal of Tamburo’s most traditional fare, easily deters boredom or monotony. The tracks that follow sometimes diverge from this path, with Tamburo’s more experimental penchants taking hold. “Kremlin Krab” loops and layers piano in a shimmering weave of swimming layers. Minimalism plays a part in Tamburo’s work as well, though drones aren’t a prominent feature of his work, his use of looping and electronics touches, at times, on a more active repetition. Tamburo proves more than once that he’s more than capable at folk forms and melodic constructions, so the inclusion of effects, electronics, keyboard, and other interlopers into his clean unaccompanied tone are surely not there to mask his playing or muddy the waters. The album’s largely successful avoidance of excess sentimentality is owed, in part, to these more varied stretches; they’re also a handy way to inject variety into the disc. Tamburo’s clever arrangement of even his most straightforward segments provides for stimulating listening, though Beating of the Rewound Son is never so heady it dispenses with its emotional heft.

In a musical climate that seems hungry for acoustic guitarists who aren’t afraid to veer from the beaten path (see continued reverence of Fahey, the emergence of Basho-Junghans into the American consciousness, and the exaltation with which Sir Richard Bishop’s last disc was received), Mike Tamburo, in Beating of the Rewound Son, has made an intelligent and impressive debut."
- Fake Jazz


Keenan Lawler, born Glasgow, KY 1964, began his early musical life experimenting with flanging tapedecks and reverb tanks .In i981 he started an exploration of electric guitar and quickly established a distinct musicality and compositional sense. He began collaborating with a myriad of eclectic ensembles in the areas of Louisville & Lexington Kentucky playing everything from free improvisation to avant garde rock. A fascination with drone music of non western cultures brought him to Terry Riley and Tony Conrad, further solidifying the impression of sound & time .In 1990, he involved himself with composing and improvising music based on the technology of digital delay, looping and sampling. Around 1997, Lawler started to develop a vocabulary for the most unlikely of musical instruments, the resonator guitar. Drawn initially to the powerful depth and haunting ambience of the guitar while steadily incorporating sampling electronics & custom signal processors to create a unique voice. Once a quietly celebrated anomaly, Lawler has emerged as Kentucky's most prominent sound artist/experimental musician performing extensively and collaborating with such artists as Matmos, David First and Rhys Chatham. He has released his own work on the Konstant label.

"A Suspension In Dreamtime" (1998) is a composition concerned with transformative nature of sound. Non-electronic processes and techniques were employed to achieve a dense mass of overtones and metallic sustaining textures generated from an uneffected acoustic instrument. The four sections of this piece were created using only prepared and bowed metal bodied resonator guitar, microphones and piezo pickups recorded into a digital multi track recorder. Each track contained a specific isolated range of microtuned harmonics giving finer manipulation and control over the frequency spectra. These separate bands of sound were then combined into a cohesive sound picture with the cumulative effect of resonance creating a halo around the shifting polytonal center. This piece was inspired by an interest in minimalism, electronic trance music, electro-acoustic sound, audio entrainment and common often-chaotic cyclic events found in modern life.

"Keenan Lawler is the bleeding edge of the Lousiville, KY music scene these days.

That's what he told me shortly after I met the 35-year old experimental steel guitarist, just after his set at the Transmissions Festival in Chapel Hill. Lawler's performance utilized the warm acoustic tones of his instrument through digital manipualtions, sampled and multi-tracked to create a very dense environment.

The Ghost of a Plane of Air touches on many modern-day minimalist composers, while also drawing inspiration from the recent wave of abstract electronics, but is infused with Lawler's own original ideas. Describing his work as process-based composing, Lawler blurs the lines between improvisation and strict composition. Certainly chance factors into his music in some way, but much of the sound on this disc is clearly very deliberate.

Lawler's music is unique, touching on just intonation and power electronics at the same time. The final track, "A Suspension in Dream Time," stretches out a peacful atmosphere over 22 minutes. This aptly-named track is beautiful and easy to get lost in; by placing it at the end of the disc it provides a lush soundtrack to drift off to sleep with. Ghost of a Plane of Air is not all ambient bliss -- some tracks are quite harsh and electronic sounding, although all of the source material is derived from a steel guitar."
- Fake Jazz


Stubbornly refusing to limit his minimal creations Eli Queen wrestles between gloomy despondent murmurs on guitar and shiny brilliant tones. It’s the soundtrack to every movie you’ve always wanted to see but was never made or written. Indeed the “Oxygen Mysteries” portion of the title allows you to envision the birth of plant life on a planet clogged with congestion and all too fast lives as if it was some science film produced by some unknown British documentary company that is frayed and barely survives its time on the film reel. Ingenious in a subtle way, this is the music that will truly stir your soul.


regular gallery hours August 17, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

Powerlunch, Ahleuchatistas, RadioP August 17, 2005
9:00PM - - -
Price:  $5
Free jazz, prog-rock - "[Powerlunch] bassist Evan Lipson's whiplash-inducing compositions call for abrupt shifts from metal crunch to quiet textures to cool swing to reggae riddims." -Shaun Brady 6/9/05


AHLEUCHATISTAS is an instrumental guitar/bass/drums trio from Asheville, NC. Their sound is as stripped down as it can come–they use no effects whatsoever—and they combine elements of jazz, punk rock, post-electronic,progressive rock, and minimalism. Their music has sometimes been compared to RUINS, CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, JOHN ZORN, DON CABALLERO, FANTOMAS, KING CRIMSON, HELLA, and MINUTEMEN.


Opening is some weirdass shit from Radioactive Prostitute.

regular gallery hours August 19, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

Film Love: MOUSE HEAVEN, a new Kenneth Anger film August 19, 2005
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Price:  $6

Frequent Small Meals presents
The new film by Kenneth Anger
accompanied by a selection of his classic works
A Film Love event

PLEASE NOTE the admission price was misprinted in the David magazine article. Admission to this event is only SIX DOLLARS

read the David magazine article

read the Creative Loafing preview

Show begins promptly at 8 pm

Kenneth Anger is one of American filmmaking’s living legends. From Fireworks, made in 1947 when he was a teenager and one of the first films ever to deal openly with homosexuality, through the enormously influential Scorpio Rising, to the publication of his book Hollywood Babylon, the always controversial Anger has pushed boundaries and buttons as few other filmmakers.

As part of the Film Love series, Frequent Small Meals presents a selection of Anger’s classic works, screened in their original 16mm format, alongside the Southeast U.S. premiere of his 2005 film Mouse Heaven.

** Continuing Anger's lifelong fascination with Hollywood iconography, Mouse Heaven explores in loving detail the phenomenon of Mickey Mouse. For the filming, Anger was granted access to one of the world’s largest private collections of Mickey Mouse dolls, puppets and paraphernalia. Made in Anger’s trademark style - sumptuous color and dynamic camera work ingeniously wedded to evocative pop songs - Mouse Heaven premiered to acclaim earlier this year at the Museum of Modern Art. It’s an irreverent, subversive, but surprisingly playful look at an American icon.

** The program will also celebrate Kenneth Anger’s pioneering achievements with a selection of his classic films. Fireworks (1947), which first brought Anger international recognition, is the tale of a sleeper (portrayed by Anger) who undergoes a symbolic death and rebirth in the course of a surreal dream. In its time it stood almost alone for its daring, openly homoerotic imagery and radical narrative structure. Today it ranks with Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon as a masterpiece of the first wave of the American avant-garde. Jean Cocteau said of Fireworks, “[it] comes from that beautiful night from which emerge all the true works. It touches the quick of the soul and this is very rare.” A 1953 companion film, Eaux D’Artifice, shows Anger’s lyrical side in a gorgeous study of water and fountains in the gardens in Tivoli, Italy.

** Scorpio Rising (1963) is Anger’s most notorious film and a key work of 1960s cinema. Mining the mythology of the American motorcyclist, Anger created a work renowned for its indelible imagery and its incisive, witty, sometimes disturbing look at an American subculture. Most of all, its brilliant use of vibrant pop songs for the soundtrack remains unsurpassed even after a quarter-century of MTV. (Director Martin Scorcese among others has acknowledged Scorpio Rising as a major influence on his approach to music in film.)

Frequent Small Meals is proud to present early and new works by this pioneer of the American avant-garde.

For more information on this program please contact Andy Ditzler at

The Film Love series exists to provide access to important films that are largely unavailable in consumer formats. The series is programmed and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Archives of the series are at

regular gallery hours August 20, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

regular gallery hours August 24, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

INFO DEMO #16 August 25, 2005
9:00PM - - -
Price:  $3
"INFO DEMO #16: How to Develop an Effective Plan for Escape". It will feature a presentation from me on Tips for Escaping as gleaned from the true facts of the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III toward the end of WWII. It will also include trivia from, and a suggested viewing list, of movies about escaping. There are some other activities planned, including the usual contest. Tentatively confirmed presenters are Man Martin and Chris Stevens.

regular gallery hours August 26, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

Atlanta Underground Film Festival August 26, 2005
6:00PM - - -
Price:  $5
Eyedrum is one of three Atlanta venues participating in the AUFF this year. Please see the AUFF website for complete schedule information.

Tonight, we begin with a series of shorts that explore life, death, and the unconscious. Later, we bring you an encore presentation of our "Animation and Experimental" shorts program. We end the evening at Eyedrum with a handful of profoundly talented musical guests.

6:00 PM - A Trip to the Beach Shorts Program
7:30 PM - Peculiar States of Consciousness Shorts Program
9:00 PM - Animation and Experimental Shorts Program
10:00 PM - Live Music

regular gallery hours August 27, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

Human Motion / Friendly Bears August 27, 2005
9:00PM - - -
Price:  $6
Human Motion is a Chicago-based jazz quintet dedicated to playing improvised music, focusing particularly on the original compositions of its members. Led by bassist Jeff Greene, the quintet features trumpeter Matt Holman, alto saxophonist Taku Akiyama, pianist Jordan Baskin, and percussionist Jon Deitemyer. Coming from five distinctly different backgrounds, each individual brings his life experiences and love of music to every performance to create a cohesive and inspired unit. Human Motion draws from tradition while looking toward the future.

Friendly Bears

Friendly Bears began playing together in Fall '00 (under the name Osos
Amistosos) as a trio. In their 4-year existence, they have been able to
emerge from their free-improvisation roots into a style of rock music
that represents strong foundations in punk, classical, metal, and jazz
music. The Bears recruited Mary Halvorson in June '02 to solidify their
lineup. With this lineup in place, they recorded a split 12" record
with Philadelphia's Infidel?/Castro! on the Ricecontrol and Epicene
labels. The compositions are an infusion of hardcore energy and melodic

In the Fall of '03 the band changed its lineup again, when Matt Filler
took the baritone guitar spot and Rich returned to guitar. Friendly
Bears are now in the process of finishing up their full-length record,
"On Oceans, Light, and Sleep" which is rooted in their older style, but
also augmented by new sounds, ideas, and instrumentation. Also in
existence is a split 7" record ("The Streamwinner 7") with Asheville,
North Carolina's Ahleuchatistas (made possible by Angura Sound and SAID

Here are our "press quotes"
Friendly Bears take jazz, fusion, punk energy, and the complexities of
prog and throw it all into a blender. What you get is intelligent
instrumental music that is extremely intricate, yet never pummels the
listener with heavy riffs and incessant noodling.
-Sea Of Tranquility webzine

Great stuff and guaranteed to make you the coolest kid on the block.
-Smother.net webzine

Dense, and invigorating. . .
-Cleveland Times

Listening to this is like breathing, it comes naturally. trumpet,
guitar, baritone guitar, and drums combine to soothe your nerves while
stealthily poisoning your drink.
-FUBARM webzine

Atlanta Underground Film Festival August 28, 2005
2:00PM - - -
Price:  $5
Eyedrum is one of three Atlanta venues participating in the AUFF this year. Please see the AUFF website for complete schedule information and all-access passes.


Spend the day checking our repeat screenings of all your favorite films, followed by the encore presentation of our "Couples" shorts program, and our tribute to Georgia filmmakers at our "Locally Grown Peaches" shorts program. At 10 PM, celebrate the closing of AUFF with live music and a whole lot of beverages ...

2:00 PM - Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea
4:00 PM - Double Suicide Elegy
6:00 PM - A Couple of Couple Shorts Program
7:30 PM - Locally Grown Peaches: Fresh and Delicious Shorts
10:00 PM - Closing Party (clothing optional)

regular gallery hours August 31, 2005
12:00PM - 5:00PM

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