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We recently heard from Dolf Kamper, whose ANALOG arts ensemble is teaming up with Baldwin-Wallace College on October 2nd to present their 3rd annual "Iron Composer" Instant Composition Contest. He writes, "This is an event where we have five finalist composers come in in the morning, where we reveal the instrumentation for which they'll be writing and a "Secret Ingredient." The competing composers then have about 6 hours to write a piece for the ensemble using the Secret Ingredient in a musical way. The pieces are rehearsed for 20min each, then performed that evening, with a panel of judges and an award given the same night."
Their website has more info, including video of last year's performances: http://www.ironcomposer.org
If you can't make it to Cleveland, the event will be broadcast live (including live streaming on the web!) by WCLV, (http://www.wclv.com) the radio station of the Cleveland Orchestra.
We recently corresponded with David Vesel, a founder of Paia's Yahoo group. His electronica Net radio show "Escape from Noise" on Cygnus radio is a not-to-be-missed treat. Escape From Noise: http://efn.purplenote.com/
He also hosts a second unique program every week featuring music of the theremin - Spellbound: http://spellbound.purplenote.com
Both of these programs are netcast on Cygnus Radio. Cygnus was created to "bring the best of independent music to a wider audience." It's a great site to keep on your short list of internet destinations. Cygnus Radio ("The signature station in independent music"): http://www.cygnusradio.com/index.php
PAiA Crisco Duck featuring the PAiA FatMan.
When we're looking to see what's going on, we check out the calendar of shows at industrial.org. Holing up in the basement is great, recordings rule, but live shows are an indispensible & essential communication between experimental musicians and listeners. Your local media may be hip, but the best list of experimental music worldwide is online: http://industrial.org/calendar.php
I Heart Noise Forum
Troniks puts out some of the best experimental music releases anywhere and their very active public discussion board is an outstanding place to comment, debate and learn about about upcoming shows, record releases, but also tips on where and how to DO-IT-YOURSELF. http://chondriticsound.com/forum/
Cementimental - Circuit Bending
A gallery of bizarre circuit-bent objects/instruments with great info on how to bend your own. Truly inspiring. http://www.cementimental.com/index.html