Experimental Sound Studio

Experimental Sound Studio ESS is a non-profit, artist-run organization focused on sound in all its exploratory cultural manifestations. Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) was founded in 1986 as a networking organization and production facility for and by artists and composers interested in exploratory approaches to sound.
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From its inception it has been dedicated to supporting an eclectic, multidisciplinary model for the sonic arts, to facilitating the work of artists at every stage of their careers and to reaching ever-widening audiences with challenging programs. Since 2000, we've instituted a number of ongoing initiatives, including an annual Artist Residency Program to support new work; regular public presentati

From its inception it has been dedicated to supporting an eclectic, multidisciplinary model for the sonic arts, to facilitating the work of artists at every stage of their careers and to reaching ever-widening audiences with challenging programs. Since 2000, we've instituted a number of ongoing initiatives, including an annual Artist Residency Program to support new work; regular public presentati

Operating as usual

TVL REC & RUIDO are back tonight with another Streaming Fest! Tune in at 8pm CT/CO/MX & 10pm AR/SP. Watch at the ESS twi...
06/17/2021

TVL REC & RUIDO are back tonight with another Streaming Fest! Tune in at 8pm CT/CO/MX & 10pm AR/SP. Watch at the ESS twitch stream, http://twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

Lineup includes:
Lagitx ft. Valeria Anzuate
Inés Terra
Juan Manuel Jaramillo
RUINA
El patrón DEA

TVL REC & RUIDO are back tonight with another Streaming Fest! Tune in at 8pm CT/CO/MX & 10pm AR/SP. Watch at the ESS twitch stream, http://twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

Lineup includes:
Lagitx ft. Valeria Anzuate
Inés Terra
Juan Manuel Jaramillo
RUINA
El patrón DEA

THIS WEEK @ ESS:We have 2 concerts on Saturday to commemorate #Juneteenth, including a night of engaging performances fr...
06/15/2021

THIS WEEK @ ESS:

We have 2 concerts on Saturday to commemorate #Juneteenth, including a night of engaging performances from new members of AACM - Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians! Other concerts include the return of TVL REC & RUIDO, and a new album release from Parlour Tapes+. Tune in to all Quarantine Concerts on the ESS twitch stream, more info at ess.org/esscalendar!

6/17 - TVL REC & RUIDO present TVL REC STREAMING FEST

6/18 - Sara Ludy performs CANYON COMPOSITION

6/19 - 4pm: Corbett vs. Dempsey presents SEQUESTERFEST VOL. 6

6/19 - 7pm: AACM - Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians presents LIBERATION DIALOGUES

6/20 - Parlour Tapes+ presents a new album release from Alejandro T. Acierto

Today's OPTION welcomes the legendary drummer Han Bennink! Catch us at 1pm CT today (8pm CET) for a presentation and dis...
06/14/2021

Today's OPTION welcomes the legendary drummer Han Bennink! Catch us at 1pm CT today (8pm CET) for a presentation and discussion centered on his momentous and highly varied career

Tune in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPPdX65tfj8

Lawrence Andrews' genre-defying film mythicPotentialities streams today at 3pm CT as part of the Onion City Experimental...
06/13/2021

Lawrence Andrews' genre-defying film mythicPotentialities streams today at 3pm CT as part of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. Stay tuned after the screening for a Q&A with the artist!

Set in the Tallahatchie County Second District Courtroom in Sumner, Mississippi, the film explores the event said to have galvanized the civil rights movement in America, the murder of Emmett Till, the trial that followed, and the way these event have been mediated through documentary text

watch @ twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

Omaha Under the Radar is back at TQC! In addition to the performances, there will also be artist interviews about what i...
06/12/2021

Omaha Under the Radar is back at TQC! In addition to the performances, there will also be artist interviews about what it is like to be an experimental artist in a city like Omaha, the challenges and opportunities, the way the landscape impacts our work, things of that nature.

Concert starts at 8pm CT
watch at twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

Omaha Under the Radar is back at TQC! In addition to the performances, there will also be artist interviews about what it is like to be an experimental artist in a city like Omaha, the challenges and opportunities, the way the landscape impacts our work, things of that nature.

Concert starts at 8pm CT
watch at twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

06/11/2021
TQC: Spectralina Presents (6/11/21)

Join Spectralina (Selina Trepp & Dan Bitney) tonight for a curated show featuring Kendraplex, A Grape Dope & The Maybe Pile, pull up to our twitch stream at 8:30pm CT!

twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

Check out tonight's Quarantine Concert, a special tribute to the work and sounds of the late, great Milford Graves. Pres...
06/10/2021

Check out tonight's Quarantine Concert, a special tribute to the work and sounds of the late, great Milford Graves. Presented by Ars Nova Workshop and featuring the aRT Trio

aRT was invited by Mark Christman of Ars Nova to film and record a performance in conjunction with the Milford Graves exhibit at Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art in November 2020. Professor Graves very graciously provided some of his TonoRhythmology/Sonification recordings, along with his blessing to incorporate them into the performance. These “sonifications” are recordings that he has created by translating his own physiological data -- breath, heart rate, etc. -- into musical sound. Having these musical manifestations of Professor Graves’ own physiology at our disposal provided a means by which he could, in a way, be present and part of the performance. The results are unique, and present many exciting possibilities!

Concert starts at 7pm CT
Streams on the ESS twitch page, ltwitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

Check out tonight's Quarantine Concert, a special tribute to the work and sounds of the late, great Milford Graves. Presented by Ars Nova Workshop and featuring the aRT Trio

aRT was invited by Mark Christman of Ars Nova to film and record a performance in conjunction with the Milford Graves exhibit at Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art in November 2020. Professor Graves very graciously provided some of his TonoRhythmology/Sonification recordings, along with his blessing to incorporate them into the performance. These “sonifications” are recordings that he has created by translating his own physiological data -- breath, heart rate, etc. -- into musical sound. Having these musical manifestations of Professor Graves’ own physiology at our disposal provided a means by which he could, in a way, be present and part of the performance. The results are unique, and present many exciting possibilities!

Concert starts at 7pm CT
Streams on the ESS twitch page, ltwitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

NEW WORKSHOP INCOMINGSign up for Acoustic Drum Recording Technique with Taylor Hales of Electric Audio. Taylor will demo...
06/09/2021

NEW WORKSHOP INCOMING

Sign up for Acoustic Drum Recording Technique with Taylor Hales of Electric Audio. Taylor will demonstrate drum recording on close mic, stereo kit image mics (M-S or blumlein), and room mic techniques for recording acoustic drum set and percussion.

This Saturday 6/12 at 3pm
Tix are $15 ($10 for ESS members)
register at ess.org/workshops

NEW WORKSHOP INCOMING

Sign up for Acoustic Drum Recording Technique with Taylor Hales of Electric Audio. Taylor will demonstrate drum recording on close mic, stereo kit image mics (M-S or blumlein), and room mic techniques for recording acoustic drum set and percussion.

This Saturday 6/12 at 3pm
Tix are $15 ($10 for ESS members)
register at ess.org/workshops

THIS WEEK @ ESS:6/10 - Ars Nova and the aRT trio present Neurovisceral Sonifications, a tribute for Professor Milford Gr...
06/08/2021

THIS WEEK @ ESS:

6/10 - Ars Nova and the aRT trio present Neurovisceral Sonifications, a tribute for Professor Milford Graves

6/11 - Spectralina is back with another curated night of great performances

6/12 - Omaha Under the Radar presents a night of concerts

6/13 - Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival presents the film “mythicPotentialities" by Lawrence Andrews

AND we have another great workshop on Saturday, from Taylor Hales of Electric Audio. Sign up to learn acoustic drum recording technique!

Find out more at the ESS calendar / Watch The Quarantine Concerts on twitch: twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

We've got Erik Friedlander - the versatile and highly prolific cellist and composer on deck for tonight's OPTION. Give h...
06/07/2021

We've got Erik Friedlander - the versatile and highly prolific cellist and composer on deck for tonight's OPTION. Give his latest project Sentinel a listen and tune in at 7pm CT for an incredible conversation with Tim Daisy

And following at 8pm CT is the season finale of Place of Assembly, brought to you by H0L0

watch both on the ESS YouTube page tonight!

TUNE IN this afternoon for the Million Tongues Festival with Spiral Galaxy, Bil Vermette, Marcia Bassett, 6 Organs of Ad...
06/06/2021

TUNE IN this afternoon for the Million Tongues Festival with Spiral Galaxy, Bil Vermette, Marcia Bassett, 6 Organs of Admittance & Mountain Movers

Concert begins at 2pm CT: twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

Tone Glow returns tonight! Catch these great acts on our twitch starting at 7pm CT!Cutler / McLemoreVytia & Nicole Vella...
06/05/2021

Tone Glow returns tonight! Catch these great acts on our twitch starting at 7pm CT!

Cutler / McLemore
Vytia & Nicole Vella
Devin DiSanto
Hannah Ellul & Rebecca Wilcox
Choi Joonyong
David Grubbs & Taku Unami

twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

Tone Glow returns tonight! Catch these great acts on our twitch starting at 7pm CT!

Cutler / McLemore
Vytia & Nicole Vella
Devin DiSanto
Hannah Ellul & Rebecca Wilcox
Choi Joonyong
David Grubbs & Taku Unami

twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

Join Sonic Arts at Brooklyn College tonight for their annual MFA showcase! Featuring performances from Brian Lindgren / ...
06/03/2021

Join Sonic Arts at Brooklyn College tonight for their annual MFA showcase! Featuring performances from Brian Lindgren / $yndrm / CEAC Trio, curated by Ben Vida

Stream begins at 8pm CT, tune in here: twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

ANNOUNCING JUNE OPTION! Join Ken Vandermark, Andrew Clinkman & Tim Daisy for another month of engaging interviews with i...
06/02/2021

ANNOUNCING JUNE OPTION! Join Ken Vandermark, Andrew Clinkman & Tim Daisy for another month of engaging interviews with incredible artists and musicians.

6/7: Erik Friedlander
6/14: Han Bennink
6/21: Isaiah Spencer
6/28: Claire Rousay

THIS WEEK @ ESS:6/3: Brooklyn College Sonic Arts MFA Showcase6/4: AIRMW presents: Systems of Vision, curated by Kioto Ao...
06/01/2021

THIS WEEK @ ESS:

6/3: Brooklyn College Sonic Arts MFA Showcase
6/4: AIRMW presents: Systems of Vision, curated by Kioto Aoki
6/5: Tone Glow presents
6/6: Million Tongues Festival 6: Sunblind Expanse

#sonicarts #brooklyncollegesonicartsmfa @airmw @photoandkioto @toneglow @galactic_zoo_dossier @thesinglemanaffair

TONIGHT @ ESS:7pm CT: Avant-garde saxophonist Kate Mohanty joins Andrew Clinkman on OPTION to discuss the Brooklyn DIY s...
05/31/2021

TONIGHT @ ESS:

7pm CT: Avant-garde saxophonist Kate Mohanty joins Andrew Clinkman on OPTION to discuss the Brooklyn DIY scene and perform live!

8pm CT: Place of Assembly speaks with Jorge Juan B. Wieneke (AKA similarobjects) about DJ culture in the Philippines and virtual Minecraft clubbing

We're thrilled to have soundpocket HK back streaming a Quarantine Concert from Hong Kong! Tune in at 11pm CT / 12pm HKT ...
05/30/2021

We're thrilled to have soundpocket HK back streaming a Quarantine Concert from Hong Kong! Tune in at 11pm CT / 12pm HKT for "Swinging By" #2, curated by Ahkok Wong and featuring rawtrack & Spiritual Teenagers Centre

ears&eyes Records returns for another streaming festival tonight! Tune in for incredible sets from Matt Booth & The Pali...
05/29/2021

ears&eyes Records returns for another streaming festival tonight! Tune in for incredible sets from Matt Booth & The Palindromes, Nacho Szulga 5, Noa Fort & more!

Concert streams on twitch starting at 8pm CT
twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

Join us next Saturday 6/5 for the first of our June workshops! Peter Speer leads a day focusing on both patching and lis...
05/28/2021

Join us next Saturday 6/5 for the first of our June workshops! Peter Speer leads a day focusing on both patching and listening concepts in order to recreate and reinterpret natural sounds with voltage.

Synthesizing Environmental Sounds
Saturday 6/5 @ 3pm CT
$15 ($10 for ESS members)

Peter Speer is an artist and sound designer based in Asheville, NC. His work explores the quiet stillness at the center of loud fast things. Working with both paper-based collage and voltage-based soundscapes, Speer’s work takes inspiration from the world around us, celebrating the ongoing and endlessly evolving symphony of the everyday.

Register here: https://ess.org/esscalendar/2021/6/5/workshop-peter-speer-fpfec

Join us next Saturday 6/5 for the first of our June workshops! Peter Speer leads a day focusing on both patching and listening concepts in order to recreate and reinterpret natural sounds with voltage.

Synthesizing Environmental Sounds
Saturday 6/5 @ 3pm CT
$15 ($10 for ESS members)

Peter Speer is an artist and sound designer based in Asheville, NC. His work explores the quiet stillness at the center of loud fast things. Working with both paper-based collage and voltage-based soundscapes, Speer’s work takes inspiration from the world around us, celebrating the ongoing and endlessly evolving symphony of the everyday.

Register here: https://ess.org/esscalendar/2021/6/5/workshop-peter-speer-fpfec

It's time for the May Fun One! Join Hausu Mountain tonight at 7:30 for a pre-show event drawing from their video archive...
05/28/2021

It's time for the May Fun One! Join Hausu Mountain tonight at 7:30 for a pre-show event drawing from their video archive. Program starts at 8pm!

HUELE DE NOCHE streams tonight at 7:30 CT! Head over to our website for all of the artist spotlights for tonight's perfo...
05/27/2021

HUELE DE NOCHE streams tonight at 7:30 CT! Head over to our website for all of the artist spotlights for tonight's performances! Featuring performances by @premietete @mendozagomez.marisol @morenxx_x #AngelinaAlmukhametovaandDannDisciglio #LasChikatanas. Animations & poster by @rare_earth_mineral

Curated by @sijayesouinaam

Our friends at soundpocket HK have a lot of big events coming up! In addition to the "Swinging By" concert streaming for...
05/26/2021

Our friends at soundpocket HK have a lot of big events coming up! In addition to the "Swinging By" concert streaming for #TQC this Sunday, they also have an exhibition opening on 29 May

The ‘10 Years of ASP’ exhibition brings together artists who have received awards from soundpocket’s Artist Support Programme (ASP) over the past ten years. The sixteen participating artists work in different fields of art, and are at various stages and states of their lives and artistic careers.

And bonus! The exhibition features the following artists who have also participated in the ESS & soundpocket Wavefront Artist Exchange: Edwin LO Yun-ting; Samson CHEUNG Choi-sang; Dave CHOW Yui-wang; Brian CHU Yin-woo; and Josephine CHAN Ching-mam.

We have a weekend of concerts from returning favorites coming up, including the second concert from ESS Curatorial Fello...
05/25/2021

We have a weekend of concerts from returning favorites coming up, including the second concert from ESS Curatorial Fellow Carolina Vélez Muñiz! Check out our blog for features on each of the artists performing this Thursday, including Jada-Amina & animator Cielo Saucedo.

THIS WEEK @ ESS:

5/27 - Carolina Vélez Muñiz presents HUELE DE NOCHE
5/28 - Hausu Mountain presents HausMo x ESS Fun One: May Edition
5/29 - ears&eyes Records FEST 2021
5/30 - soundpocket HK presents SWINGING BY, curated by Ahkok Wong

More details for each Quarantine Concert on the ESS calendar, concerts stream nightly on twitch!

Are you enjoying the sun where you are? Add some music and chats to your mix with some enlightening conversations this e...
05/24/2021

Are you enjoying the sun where you are? Add some music and chats to your mix with some enlightening conversations this evening!

7pm CT: OPTION welcomes trumpeter, improviser and educator Benjamin Vergara, interviewed by Ken Vanermark. Don’t miss a great opportunity to listen and learn about Benjamin’s work as well as creative music scene happening in South America and beyond.

8:30pm CT: PLACE OF ASSEMBLY concludes their investigation of art, organizing & culture in Eastern Europe, focusing on Polish art today.

TONIGHT! Tune in to the latest concert from @RhizomeDC, featuring Marlo de Lara / Travis Johns / Bushmeat / Model Home /...
05/23/2021

TONIGHT! Tune in to the latest concert from @RhizomeDC, featuring Marlo de Lara / Travis Johns / Bushmeat / Model Home / DC Current. Streaming at 7pm CST

Watch TQC on twitch, twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

TONIGHT! Tune in to the latest concert from @RhizomeDC, featuring Marlo de Lara / Travis Johns / Bushmeat / Model Home / DC Current. Streaming at 7pm CST

Watch TQC on twitch, twitch.tv/experimental_sound_studio

SUNDAY 5/23 at 3pm CT join us for a FREE interactive pop-up workshop on induction with electronics with Angelina Almukha...
05/22/2021

SUNDAY 5/23 at 3pm CT join us for a FREE interactive pop-up workshop on induction with electronics with Angelina Almukhametova, in advance of their performance 5/27.

Attendees will learn how to assemble and use an inductor to detect and amplify electromagnetic signals emanating from common household electronics for creative ends. Sign up at ESS.org

Thursday, May 27 Angelina performs as part of ESS Curatorial Fellow Carolina Vélez Muñiz's second show, Huele de Noche.

SUNDAY 5/23 at 3pm CT join us for a FREE interactive pop-up workshop on induction with electronics with Angelina Almukhametova, in advance of their performance 5/27.

Attendees will learn how to assemble and use an inductor to detect and amplify electromagnetic signals emanating from common household electronics for creative ends. Sign up at ESS.org

Thursday, May 27 Angelina performs as part of ESS Curatorial Fellow Carolina Vélez Muñiz's second show, Huele de Noche.

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5925 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL
60660

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Funders ESS is a non-profit organization for the production, promotion, presentation, and preservation of innovative approaches to the sonic arts, ESS programs & services are supported by our members & benefactors, & by the generous support of the Ga***rd & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the DEW Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Metabolic Studio—a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation.

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Friday 1am - 5pm
Sunday 1am - 5pm

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(773) 998-1069

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This Sunday I'll be playing a solo Fender Rhodes set as part of a live stream hosted by Experimental Sound Studio Chicago please tune in!
Couldn't do another sign up and password - twitch? - to comment on the ESS page thank you post in the comments to the film streaming - You're Welcome - Big Thanks to Chicago Film Archives!
A worthy project, for tough times.
wow! thanks for that.
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Please share among your community!
CHICAGO PREMIERE of the documentary on radio legend JOE FRANK at the Davis Theater. You don't want to miss this one! https://www.facebook.com/events/397921031034123/
Artist Residency Opportunity at Wave Farm in New York's Upper Hudson Valley. An international open call for ten-day Transmission Arts Residencies taking place June-October 2019. Application Deadline February 1, 2019. More at wavefarm.org/ta/residencies
I have a box with 100 (working) audio cables of various kinds (RCA, 1/4", XLR, etc) and lengths. I'd be happy to gift it to Experimental Sound Studio if you'd like it.