The second Bleep / Blorp Festival of Synthesis and Electronic Music will take place on March 18, 2023 at UMass Lowell’s Durgin Hall. The festival runs from 10:40AM until 8:20PM ET.
The festival will feature dozens of live performances for modular synths, MiMu gloves, grooveboxes, laptops, guitar pedals, AI, EEG Scanners, Minecraft, Robots, and more! A wide variety of presentations and a hands-on hardware petting zoo completes the experience. Bring wired headphones!
Rishabh Rajan has been a professional music educator since 2008 with teaching experience in India, Malaysia & the United States. Besides producing over 20 courses for macProVideo & AskVideo, Rishabh has published 2 ebooks on sound design which are available on the Apple iBookstore.
Rishabh is a certified trainer for Pro Tools, Logic Pro & Ableton Live. He has worked as a sound designer for companies including Crypto Cipher, Bela D Media & Twisted Tools and has experience with writing music for indie films, documentaries & TV Commercials. He also does remixes and live mashups under the monicker code:MONO.
Scott Barton composes, performs, and produces (electro)(acoustic) music; conducts psychological research; and develops musical robots. His interests include rhythm, perceptual organization, instrument design, human-robot interaction, improvisation, and audio production. He directs the Music, Perception and Robotics lab at WPI and co-founded Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI). He is an Associate Professor of Music at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Travis Johns will perform on March 18, 2023 at 2:40PM ET. His presentation, A brief exploration on the intersections of brainwave music performance…, will occur at 3:30PM ET in Durgin room 204. Click here for the full program
Travis Johns is an artist and educator from Ithaca, NY, whose work includes performance, installation and printmaking, incorporating ecological themes, machine listening, biofeedback and original electronic instruments. As an improviser, he performs on electric bass and electronics; with studies conducted with Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre and Butch Morris, among others.
Ramon Castillo, is an Associate Teaching Professor of Music at UMass Lowell. He teaches a number of technology courses including Music and Sound for Games, Digital Synthesis and Remixing, Survey of Music Technology, and Computers in Music Business. For the Composition for New Media program, he teachers Contemporary Styles and Analysis, Sound Narrative, and Applied Composition. He directs the Contemporary Electronic Ensemble and founded the Video Game Ensemble (Fall 2022 debut). His creative output combines Minecraft and other video games, Ableton Live, guitar, live looping, signal processing, and sound reactive visuals – prepared specifically for expressive live performance. Many performances feature highly automated looping made possible by an extensive array of programming. The system, built in Ableton Live, Max for Live, and Clyphx Pro can create layers and effects that a standard looping environment can’t. The concepts and techniques were born from a series of experiments in 2011. His compositional and creative career relies on Ableton Live, Max, and arrays of hardware. Ramon has developed many live performance techniques involving custom software interfaces, DIY hardware, and high levels of automation including asymmetric loop triggers and audio quantization
Dave Seidel is an electroacoustic musician and composer in Peterborough, NH. He was formerly a guitarist in the NYC downtown scene in the 80s, when he made the premiere recording of Lois V Vierks’s “Go Guitars” for five microtonal electric guitars. He has CDs on the Irritable Hedgehog and XI (Experimental Intermedia) labels, a number of Bandcamp releases, and many tracks on SoundCloud.
Andrew Neumann is an American artist. He works mainly with time based forms, incl. video, (single/multiple projections and installation), mixed media electronic music performance, as well as static sculptural modes, text panels, and conceptual photography. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2040, a Harvestworks New Works Grant, a LEF Foundation Grant and other awards. He has performed his music/multi media performances at Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Rose Art Museum, Artist Space, Microscope Gallery, as well as numerous “black box” basement venues. He has had one person shows at bitforms Gallery, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The DeCordova Museum, and has been in numerous group shows. He has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, YADDO, Ucross Foundation, STEIM, Djerassi, and many others. He is currently preparing two CD’s of solo electronic improvised music systems.
AILEEN PING-CHEN SHEN (DJ AYLN), Multi-Disciplinary Artist, DJ, Music Producer, Studio Recording and Mixing Engineer, SoundDesigner, Percussionist, Live Electronic performer, VJ, Dancer from Taiwan. Grew up multicultural in Japan, Shanghai, Macao and the UK. Classically, trained as Percussionist has performed and commissioned installations, performances, theatres, across the world including Japan, HongKong, the UK, the US, Austria and Macao. Interested in Electronic Performance using interactive technology such MiMU Gloves, Max MSP, Sunhouse Trigger and sensory Percussion and other controllers. Working as a DJ in the underground dance music scene in the genre of techno, house, IDM and more. Currently a senior, President of Berklee DJ club and awarded scholarships, studying at Berklee College of Music duo Major in Music Production and Engineering and Electronic Production and Sound Design.
SunJessie is an artist who explores the boundaries between experimental electronic music and digital media art. With a focus on the organic connections between various forms of expression, SunJessie creates unique and captivating works that challenge the audience’s perceptions and emotions. Based on his background in experimental electronic music production, SunJessie creates music characterized by avant-garde soundscapes and cutting-edge technology. He also incorporates elements of digital media art, such as dynamic and interactive features, into his performances to create fully immersive experiences for his audience. SunJessie’s work is driven by his interest in the relationship between technology and human emotion. He seeks to create a sense of connection between the audience and the digital realm. By exploring the organic links between different forms of expression, he aims to create a deeper understanding of the human experience and technology’s role in shaping it.
Robyn Alman a.k.a TotoRobyn loves all things synths and swords. Based out of Boston, MA, she loves the exploration of electronic music. TotoRobyn primarily composes ambient, downtempo, dance and chiptune music. She’s also an admin/member of The Golden Shrimp Guild, a community of electronic live musicians, multidisciplinary artists, and innovative creators and engineers who perform on Twitch.