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AUTHORLESS: a musical project losing its identity


The Authorless Project offers 10 song demos by Stargrazer.  It is the proposal of The Authorless Project that interested musicians, writers, and recording artists of all genres, ages, and backgrounds treat these "root" demos as if they were their own:  free reign is given to re-record, rearrange, re-write or re-mix the root demos. 

ROUND ONE:  In the first round of Authorless, these ten demos will be distributed to ten musicians of all stripes and experience.  These first-rounders are free to re-record – or even re-write – any or all of the songs.  They can focus on just one song, split songs into more than one song, or combine songs.  They are free to "cover" a song in their own style – or to work with only the existing root recordings.  They're welcome to mix-and-match, cut-and-paste, stir, augment, fracture or alter the entire context of the song (or songs).  It can become a string quartet or black metal.  It can be deconstructed into obscurity, or lovingly/roughly translated into any mood(s) that suits the participants.  Heck, you can turn an instrumental into spoken word if you want! 

The catch is, you only have two months to complete your part of the project.  If you don't have the time, just aren't feeling it, or don't want to participate for any reason, just pass the root demos along to someone else. 

ROUND TWO:  After the first sixty days, our next round begins.  Round One picks whomever they want to be in Round Two.  The new recordings and all the root demos are passed on to the next set of authors, and the same rules apply:  Anything goes.  Preserve the song, augment someone's ideas, or mutate it.  After another sixty days, all the results, plus the results of round one and the root demos, are passed on to the Round Three participants.

ROUND THREE – ROUND SIX: Same as the preceding rounds.

ROUND SEVEN:  All recordings from rounds 1-6, plus the original root demos, are sent to Satellite Park Studios for Paul Roessler (The Screamers/Nina Hagen/45 Grave/and tons of fine SST Bands) to sort through, mix, add and subtract from, and finally master into the final "Authorless" album.  Who knows what amazing forms these little seedling songs will grow into?

Artwork by Travis Pickard has been licensed to augment the final AUTHORLESS recordings.

To participate in ROUND ONE of AUTHORLESS, contact Peter at:  stargrazer {at} gmail {dotcom}.  ROUND ONE begins July 1, 2008.

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(SCENE) Announces a Call-for-Proposals: 3D and 4D art

(SCENE) Metrospace Announces a Call-for-Proposals for a Themed Exhibit of Sculpture and Time-based Artwork

East Lansing's alternative art space, (SCENE) Metrospace announces a call-for-proposals for an upcoming exhibit of artwork which engages time and physical space. All artists over the age of 18 are invited to submit proposals. Proposals will be accepted through Friday, March 18, 2008

The exhibit, which will be displayed May 3 - June 15, 2008, is titled “3-D/4-D,” and will focus on three-dimensional and four-dimensional works of art, in other words, the gallery’s interior space will be occupied by sculpture, kinetic artworks, and hybrid artworks that explore notions of time, change, and/or physical space. Artists are invited to submit any number of pieces that explore this theme.

The “3-D/4-D” theme may be interpreted through an assortment of medias and styles including but not limited to: sculpture, performance, video, sound, graphic design, photography, collage, painting, installation, interactive or kinetic works of art, and drawing. Artwork in any media or any combination of media will be reviewed. Artists of all types are invited to submit current, original works for this exhibit.

Entry materials must include a current artist's biography and/or artist resume, as well as an artistic statement to accompany proposed artwork(s). Proposals may include images (.jpegs or .gifs) of actual or representative works, either on a CD mailed to the address above, or e-mailed to All entry materials are due Friday, March 18, 2008 in order to be considered for the exhibit (submissions with missing information cannot be considered). Artists must also include a SASE for the return of their materials. There is no entrance fee. Early submissions are encouraged.

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(SCENE) Announces A Call-For-Proposals: Mail Art

EAST LANSING, Mich. - East Lansing's alternative art space, (SCENE) Metrospace announces a call-for-proposals for an upcoming exhibit of artwork which has traveled by post.

Mail art is art which uses the postal system as a medium. Mail artists typically exchange artistic works in any medium, including but not limited to: painting, drawing, collage, graphic design, sculpture, assemblage, video- or audio-based works, conceptual works, and installations. (SCENE) presents an in-depth investigation into this artform, which evolved between the 1950s and the 1990s, and was influenced by such art movements as Dada and Fluxus. The size and scope of each artwork depends on the artist.

For (SCENE)’s exhibit, the following definitions of Mail Art will be observed:

1. v. Like a message in a bottle mediated by the sea, so mail art switches hands and is thus transformed. 2. n. The last object touched by one’s self, representing one’s self for another to hold. 3. n. An artwork that considers the journey as much as the destination.

Artists of all types are invited to submit current, original works for this exhibit. The exhibit will take place from January 11, 2008 through February 24, 2008. All entry materials are due Friday, December 14, 2007, in order to be considered for exhibit. Early submissions are encouraged. Actual works must be received no later than Friday, January 4, 2008.

Entry materials must include a current artist's biography and/or artist resume, as well as an artistic statement to accompany the proposed artwork(s). Proposals may include images (.jpegs or .gifs) of actual or representative works, either on a CD mailed to the address below, or e-mailed to

For more information, please contact Peter Richards at (517) 319-6832 or visit

(SCENE) Metrospace Gallery
c/o Peter Richards, director
410 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

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(SCENE) Announces A Call-For-Proposals: "Collage"


EAST LANSING, Mich. - East Lansing's alternative art space, (SCENE) Metrospace announces a call-for-proposals for an upcoming exhibit based on the concept and technique of collage.

(SCENE) presents an in-depth investigation into an artform that has evolved from scissors, glue, and magazines into the contemporary fine art realm, encompassing assemblage, video and audio collage, and conceptual artworks.

The exhibit will be juried by North Carolina-based Julie Thomson, whose dedication to collage includes self-publishing La Colle, a 'zine style journal chronicling collage artworks, as well as providing information and reviews about collage artists and collage-themed exhibits.

Artists of all types are invited to submit current, original works for this juried exhibit. The exhibit will take place from October 27, 2007 through December 16, 2007. All entry materials are due Friday, October 5.

Entry materials must include a current artist's biography and/or artist resume, as well as an artistic statement to accompany the proposed artwork(s). Submissions may be sent as .jpegs or .gifs, either on a CD mailed to the address below, or e-mailed to

(SCENE) Metrospace Gallery
c/o Peter Richards, Director
410 Abbott Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823

For more information, please contact Peter Richards at (517) 319-6832, or visit

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Cassette Culture


Leaderless: Underground Cassette Culture Now
Exhibition on view from May 12 – May 26, 2007
Opening Reception and Book Launch: Saturday, May 12, 5 – 7 PM

Printed Matter, Inc. is pleased to announce an exhibition surveying contemporary American cassette culture. Leaderless: Underground Cassette Culture Now will open on May 12 and run through May 26. Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Avenue at 22nd Streets.

From bedrooms and dorm rooms, garages and dingy basements, Printed Matter and Heavy Tapes have gathered the leaders of the American underground tape culture movement—a geographically and generationally diverse community centered around the thriving noise, psych, and experimental music scenes. Such an exhibition might lead one to believe that “tapes are back” though the truth is that they never left, having been the chosen medium of this particular community from the late 70s onward. Unlike manufactured CDs or vinyl, tapes are analog, cheap and easily made at home with accessible and rudimentary equipment (i.e. no computers), making them the logical choice for a community that is constantly evolving and producing. Tapes also offer a unique perspective for those who are put off by the ubiquity and harsh aesthetics often associated with CDRs.

For the duration of the exhibition, Printed Matter’s back room will be transformed into a cassette shop—with hundreds of titles exhibited and available for purchase. Boom boxes will give audience members the opportunity to sample and explore. Guest curators (among them Thurston Moore from the iconoclastic noise band Sonic Youth, Chris Freeman—the founder of cassette distributor Fusetron, and Dominick Fernow of Hospital Productions) will also present out-of-print cassettes from their collections.

Labels to be featured include 23 Productions (WI), AA (MI), American Tapes (MI), Animal Disguise (MI), Bone Tooth Horn, Callow God (CA), Cherried Out Merch (OR), Chondritic Sound (MI), Drone Disco (OH), Ecstatic Peace (MA), Fag Tapes (MI), Fuckit Tapes (NY), Gods of Tundra (MI), Hanson Records (MI), Heavy Tapes (NY), Hospital Productions (NY), Iatrogenesis (OR), Ides (IL), Friendship Bracelet (MA), Loveless Tapes (NJ), Middle James CO (ON/CA), Monorail Trespassing (CA), Nihilist Productions (IL), Not Not Fun (CA), Psychform (WA), RRRecords (MA), Rundownsun (BC), Since 1972 (NY), Spite (NY), Stammer Tapes (NY), Swampland Noise (CA), Throne Heap (NY), Tone Filth (MN), Trash Ritual (NY), and Troniks (CA), among many others.

To celebrate the launch, experimental tape manipulator G. Lucas Crane vs Non-horse will perform.

Leaderless: Underground Cassette Culture Now coincides with the No Fun Fest—a four day noise festival that will take place at the Hook in Red Hook, Brooklyn from May 17 – 20th. Now in itsfourth year, No Fun Fest features some of the world’s premiere noise musicians and practitioners.

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Robert Busby

We are deeply saddened by the loss this week of Robert Busby, owner of Lansing's Creole Gallery. It was a sickening shock to hear of his death yesterday. Robert's gentle presence and defining role in re-shaping the Old Town neighborhood into an arts destination will never be forgotten. In a tangible way, Old Town itself is a physical manifestation of Robert's spirit, which was too big to be contained in a single person.  His vision for Old Town and all of the arts was contagious, and he inspired others to be leaders.  Our feelings stretch out to his family, friends, and all the people whose lives he enriched.

If we can make even half of the impact you made on art and on the community, we will feel we have done a good job. We miss you Robert.

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(SCENE) Metrospace - Moving, Movement, Motion!


(SCENE) Metrospace's home of the past three years at 303 Abbott is now closed for business. We will be re-opening at our new location, 110 Charles St., very soon! Please check for updates.

Our next exhibit, "Motion," will open Friday, May 11 from 6-9 PM with a public reception at 110 Charles St.

Artist applications to be included in "Motion" are being accepted through April 6, 2007. Please include a project description, photographs or digital images of representative artwork, a current resume, and an artist statement with your proposal for the exhibit. Exhibit proposals may be mailed to:

Peter Richards, Director

(SCENE) Metrospace Gallery

410 Abbott Rd.

East Lansing, MI 48823

(please include a SASE with appropriate postage if you'd like any of your materials returned)

Questions? Contact Peter via e-mail at or by calling (517)319-6832.

Thank you for all your support and patronage at the Abbott Rd. location! We have truly made local history together as artists and art supporters in what was once merely a deserted bank. We look forward to an exciting schedule of exhibits, all-ages music events, theatrical performances, poetry, dance, and independent film in our new home. (SCENE) would like to thank the Downtown Development Authority, The City of East Lansing, and our neighbors at Ciesa & Associates for their generous support and endless willingness to make (SCENE) a successful, community-based progressive art and performance space.

We have a lot of work to do -- if you can volunteer some time, some expertise, some materials, or would like to make donations, please contact the director using the information above!

Thank you for your support of the arts.

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(SCENE) Metrospace Update

(SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing's alternative art and performance space, will soon be leaving it's home of three years at 303 Abbott.  An exact date and destination are unknown at this time, but the former Kent Bank building on the corner of Abbott and Albert is slated for demolition sometime in 2007.

In the mean time, (SCENE) continues a full schedule of exhibits and entertainment:

Friday, January 19 - (SCENE) debuts "DATA TRANSFER," an exhibit of technology-driven art with a public reception from 6-9 PM featuring music by Blank Artists:  a live set by Theater of the Absurd and a DJ set by Drew Pompa.  Additionally, there will be interactive digital sand-painting on an illuminated sand table provided by David Ringlein.  The public can produce and print their own full-color digital sand paintings!

Saturday, January 20 - witness the return of 517NoiseFest:

visit 517Noise for more details!  This is a shared event spanning three communities and three venues: the DAAC in Grand Rapids and the Panopticon in Lansing.  Noise artists appearing on the Friday and Sunday bracketing (SCENE)'s Saturday show include such noise movement luminaries as Dead Machines, Hot Tapes, Princess Dragon Mom, Aaron Dilloway, and Treebot.

Thursday, January 25 -
(SCENE) will host virtuoso marimba soloist Nathaniel Bartlett.  Feauturing a state-of-the-art digital sound projection array, Bartlett plays "serious modern Western art music on a serious modern instrument - the modern marimba."  We are pleased to stage this concert, which is open to the public.  Doors open at 6:00 PM, the music begins at 7:00 PM, and there is a nominal cost of $5 for this unique sensory experience, offering "total immersion in sound."  Seating is limited.

Stay tuned for more breaking news, including the unveiling of our brand new website!!

(SCENE) Metrospace is located at 303 Abbott Rd. in East Lansing, Michigan.  Regular hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9 PM and Sundays from 1-4 PM.  Additionally, the gallery is opened through the gracious support of volunteers Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 1-4 PM.

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The Deadline approaches, but do not fear...


This is merely the deadline for calls-for-proposals (letters of intent, really).  The finished sound pieces should be delivered no later than September 4.

(SCENE) Metrospace announces a Call-For-Proposals for "Sonic Landscapes," a sound-based art exhibit

EAST LANSING, Mich. - East Lansings alternative art space, (SCENE) Metrospace announces a call to artists for an upcoming exhibit based on the act of creating and experiencing SOUND. All artists over the age of 18 are invited to participate. Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 4.

Whether we experience it as entertainment or as an integral part of our daily lives, sound is not just something we hear. It is something we feel - emotionally and otherwise -- and is often deeply ingrained in our personalities. (SCENE) Metrospace is looking for artists whose work incorporates sound. This could be interpreted through an assortment of medias and styles including but not limited to: recorded sound, found sound, manipulated sound, sound assemblage, field recordings, sound-producing devices, sound-based installation, interactive pieces, performance, and video. Artwork in any media will be reviewed.

To apply, artists must submit images or documentation representative of the work to be exhibited, a description of your project idea, an artistic statement and a resume. Artists must also include an SASE for the return of their materials. There is no entrance fee. Please send your information to: (SCENE) Metrospace, C/O Peter Richards, Coordinator, 410 Abbott Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Application deadline is August 4, 2006, and early submissions are encouraged.

(SCENE) Metrospace is located at 303 Abbott Road, at the Albert Street intersection and is open Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 6-9 p.m., and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. during scheduled exhibits. For more information, please contact Peter Richards at (517) 319-6832.

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"Anger: the Best Medicine" exhibit opens this Friday!

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... also including a late arrival, a brand new sculpture by Matt Cygnet which will stop you in your tracks.

WHERE:  SCENE Metrospace Gallery, 303 Abbott Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823

WHEN:  6-9 P.M., Friday July 21

WHAT:  An opening reception featuring poetry by Nicolas Hampton and other local voices, refreshments, and mingling artists.  FREE and open to the public, however space is limited...

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Gil Mantera's Party Dream / Things Without Wings / The Never / Hawks and Snakes


8.5"x14" poster by Peter for Stargrazer LLC, more can be seen at

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CD Release March 25 / "They Die In Movies"


Saturday, March 25th at Scene Metrospace Gallery, bear witness to the culmination of months of labor and love...

They Die In Movies is a narrative-based installation produced and directed by Jeni Mc, featuring fashions by Berry Noxon, and photography by Cody Hinze and Juan Beltran.  It is film-themed and has been variously described as "a movie that never happened" and "a look through a director's eye."  The exhibit takes place during the East Lansing Film Festival and continues on through May 13.

Simultaneously, It Takes A Village To Make Records will release the much-anticipated "First-Hand Accounts, Theories & Their Repercussions" CD compilation.  A double-length album on one CD, FHATATR is a genre-hopping collection of original independent music from all over the country.

The CD release will feature a giant mix CD swap!  Bring your own homemade mix CD to trade for a copy of the compilation CD -- other than that, it's FREE!  Bring an extra copy of your mix to trade with other release party-goers...

There will also be performances by Rai and Canada, as well as a screening of "Hello and Goodbye" by Detroit's Test Pattern Pictures.

We thank "They Die In Movies" for graciously hosting our CD release.

See you there!


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  • congratulations on the release!
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Scene Metrospace Benefit This Saturday


Saturday, February 11, 7:00 pm

That's Him! That's The Guy!
The Cartridge Family
Free Element

At Scene Metrospace Gallery, 303 Abbott Rd., E. Lansing MI 48823

$5 - All Ages - Doors at 6:30 - Food provided by Flat's Grill

This is a benefit concert for "They Die In Movies," a non-traditional look through the camera-eye of an unrealized film.  "They Die In Movies" is directed/produced by Jeni Mc with fashion and costume design by Berry Noxon, photography by Juan Beltran and Cody Hinze, and "product placement" by local artists.

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  • Holy smokes, the Cartridge Family DESTROYED Metrospace...then got out a vacuum c...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • wish i could've been there.
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First-Hand Accounts, Theories, & Their Repercussions


various artists:  first hand accounts, theories & their repercussions"First-Hand Accounts, Theories, & Their Repercussions," a CD compilation of independent music, is in the middle stages of production.  Over thirty musicians and bands have responded from Texas, New York, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.  Styles range from fingerstyle acoustic guitar to electroclash, from lo-fi to hi-fi, from calm to cathartic.

A profile has been set up ( where you can hear some of the songs, view album artwork, read mini-interviews with the artists involved, and find out how to get your very own copy of this FREE compilation.

This week's songs are from singer-songwriter Jen Sygit, musicologist and fingerstyle guitarist Nick Schillace, Chicago-based organ rockers Oh My God, and Michigan bedroom-recordist Stargrazer.  These songs will be posted until December 9.

Next weeks songs will feature multi-instrumental ensemble Canada, Texan synth-pop experimenters The Mnemonic Devices, electronic music from Rubber Band Banjo, and rock'n'roll goodness from The Casionauts.

Please visit the profile, listen, leave remarks, add as a friend, etc.


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  • i got a chance to check out the tracks— nicey goods! nick shillace has som...more
    - [ben]
  • Glad you liked it...want to distribute some of the finished comps in Richmond?
    - [stargrazer]
  • New songs posted this morning. Enjoy!
    - [stargrazer]
  • what a cool idea!!
    - [pax]
  • inspired by JOMAS!
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  • The compilation is done and set for a March 25th release -- stay tuned for detai...more
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mini Collective


Harrison Haynes is an accomplished painter, exhibiting mainly as a watercolorist.

Seth Jabour's illustrations have graced everything from magazine ads to Volkswagen manuals.

Syd Butler runs the successful FrenchKiss record label (featuring such homegrown Detroit-area talent as Thunderbirds Are Now!).  The label is hosting a design competition for their new T-shirt.

Anna and Tim Harrington have started an original textile company, Deadly Squire.

So who are these people?  And how are they connected?  What is their collective activity?

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  • "Too busy partying," eh?
    - [stargrazer]
  • interview with Tim Harrington about their ethos, graphic design, etc. here: http...more
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  • there's always so many french people in brooklyn,aren't there?
    - [ben]
  • Brooklyn est pour des amoureux!
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Cir*cus/ Car*ni*val

(SCENE) Metrospace Debuts “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” Exhibition Friday, November 18, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich.— (SCENE) Metrospace announces the opening of its latest exhibition, “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” on Friday, Nov. 18. “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” explores the imagination, oddities, animals, wonder, excitement, and misfortunes of the events that have become a cultural tradition: the Circus and the Carnival.

The 12 local and national artists participating in “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” each explore diverse aspects of the events through various medias and themes:

• New Jersey based photographer Melanie
Heinrich has spent over 30 years of her life documenting behind the scenes of the carnival will display her prints and documentary.

• Beulah based Tara Hackett’s mixed media paintings capture the charm and history of the traveling circus and carnival throughout the 50's and 60's.

• Krys Tourtois, a Lansing based artist will explore an unromanticized and often overlooked aspect of the carnival experience in her paintings of sideshow women.

• Detroit based Carl Oxley explores a happy-go-lucky and exciting view in his colorful pop-art paintings.

• Ann Arbor based Amanda Miller will display her mystifying freak show paintings.

• Lansing based artist Tim Lane will display a quirky and fun carnival game installation.

• Farmington Hills based mosaic artist Ellen Stern expresses an imaginative spin on the circus with her ceramic, fiber, and installation works.

• Highland and Detroit based artists Chris Sandon and Jason Lee Starin will team up to make humorous psychedelic folk art that illustra
tes the stranger side of the events.

• Saginaw based artist Janie Peters will uncover a darker aspect of the circus and carnival, the mistreatment of animals, with her mixed media sculpture.

• Lansing based artist John Kroneman will explore his personal roots to the circus with paintings of his ancestors.

• Columbia, MO based artist Claudia Drake uses digital collage, fusing together antique engravings into her own juxtapositions to express her vision of the carnival.

“Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” opens with a free public reception at (SCENE) Metrospace on Friday, Nov. 18 from 6-10 p.m. The reception will feature a special circus-themed performace from Lansing spacerock favorites, Calliope. Circus and carnival themes events, games, and excitement will take place
all throughout the evening. All food will be graciously provided by Spartan Signature Catering. All ages are welcome, costumes are encouraged, and space is limited.

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  • nice poster ben!
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  • Opening's this Friday!
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The Little Bang Theory


FRANK PAHL ( is one of the most distinctive and charming voices in contemporary American music. He has received numerous awards, grants, and residencies for his innovative compositions using homemade automatic instruments. Inspired by the works of Trimpin and Pierre Bastien, Pahl began to delve deeply into the creation of automatic instruments, using these instruments as the fundamental foundation of his compositions. His work has included pieces for automatic string quartet, automatic doorbell quartet, and bicycle quartet. Pahl has received over 60 commissions for theater, film and dance and his music appears on over 60 releases. His latest band, Little Bang Theory, is named after the essay of the same title by the improvising musician Frederic Rzewski. Rzewski describes an approach to music well suited to improvisation. Basically each note can be seen as a little bang, with the possibility of introducing a new universe of music. Though the band performs on toy instruments the music runs the gamut from improvisation to toypop to soundtrack-inspired music...not easy to to see. Toy Suite #2 was made possible by a 2005 Meet the Composer grant.

Frank Pahl's Little Bang Theory with special guest Nick Schillace.
Sunday, November 13 at the University of Michigan Museum of Art
8pm - Free!
This show is sponsered by UMMA and WCBN.

525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

NICK SCHILLACE ( is a Detroit area composer, teacher, and musicologist exploring what it means to be an American musician. In 2002 he completed a graduate thesis on the late guitarist John Fahey, and utilizes Fahey's self-described style of syncopated "American Primitive" fingerstyle guitar as the foundation for his own technique. This style, based on early forms of blues, folk, and old-time music, provides the perfect foundation for larger and more expansive musical compositions incorporating a wide range of his own idiosyncratic influences. He has been touring extensively both locally and nationally since releasing his debut acoustic instrumental album "Box Canyon" in June 2005. He also writes and performs with the groups indoorpark and Big Lake Trawler.

"Box Canyon is a collection of nine pensive and frequently
beautifully played songs for acoustic guitar"
- Steve Byrne,  Detroit Free Press

“Nick paints melodies as a painter . . . his techniques
are solid and the music is engaging. He has his own signature.”
-Henk te Veldhuis . . . Bridge Guitar Reviews

“ . . . inspired melodic evolutions. recommended.”
-Gerald Van Waes . . . Psychedelic Folk

“Nick Schillace's solo acoustic guitar music is propelled by a command
of the traditional and fueled by an expression of a truly original voice."
-Jon Moshier, music coordinator/on-air host WDET-FM Detroit Public Radio

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  • Anyone going to be in Ann Arbor next Sunday? Might be an opportunity to hang ou...more
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  • The show was really well attended. What a fun concept, superbly executed.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Turn's out this is the 3rd in WCBN's concert series. The first two (last year)...more
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"The act of just making things"

Here's a refreshing interview from Grandaddy drummer Aaron Burtch on his artwork.


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  • Grandaddy is designing a t-shirt each month until their next album comes out in...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Some T's will be Aaron's designs, some by the other band members.
    - [stargrazer]

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Redefining FREE*

"Congratulations! You've been selected to win a FREE* iPod Nano!"

How many times a day do you see that message or a similar one (Free gas for a year! Free XBox! Free frontal lobotomy!) in an obnoxiously flashing ad banner or pop-up window on your browser? Well after ignoring them for years, I finally decided to see what the asterisk in "Free" was all about. My task: throwing a football through a swinging tire swing. After a little practice (and I'm talking about maybe 30 seconds of practice) I was able to nail the throw every time. Wow! Wish I could do that in reality.

Each time, I was redirected to a page (accompanied by tinny applause to celebrate my deadeye-accurate cyber toss) that said something along the lines of "You must participate in 6 different things, which may involve making small purchases, filling out surveys, or applying for credit cards."

Read: Here's a shiny, shiny shovel. Start digging.

Define "small." Tell me how applying for a credit card that I did not do the rate homework on benefits me?

It's a little bit like saying "Free paycheck*!"

*in exchange for forty hours of work each week, hours to be determined by employer. Company dress-code must be adhered to. Participation required.

I'd like to see some control over the word "Free" by the folks that monitor truth in advertising. Free can be with no strings attached -- like when Fugazi gave away copies of their first CD and played free shows. Free can be "value-added," like "buy one, get one free" offers. Maybe these internet adverts think this is a "value add-on." If so, say so. But if I have to jump through hoops with my wallet conveniently splayed open, it's not free.

Yes, I'm advocating dreaded regulation: a regulation in service of truth.

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  • The new, Halloween-themed one is "flick the spider." Someone call PET...more
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  • The White Horse DVD will be offered free (donations accepted!) at our upcoming s...more
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Ohmigawd! It's Oh My God, October 28th


Oh My God
with Starling Electric
and The Fluoride Program
Friday, October 28

Doors - 9 pm, Show - 10 pm

$8 for 21+, $10 for 18+

At Lansing's Temple Club
500 East Grand River Ave.

"Chicago rock trio oh my god is powered by overdriven organ, nasty bass guitar, pounding drums and some surprising pop hooks. Imagine the Doors, if they'd been on SST, or Freddy Mercury fronting a punk band. No guitars here--they've been co-opted by the organ-and-Leslie combo." --

"Sounds like a Christian-rock band? It's not. But oh my god doesn't have a notarized contract on file at the devil's office, either. THIS CHICAGO ROCK BAND IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH GOD OR SATAN..." --

I've lost count now how many times I've had the earthly pleasure of seeing Oh My God play their sanctified organ-bass-drums rock and roll. They are consumate showmen, fiercely talented musicians, and really fun people to hang out with, too. You should come to the show!

[or catch them at a gig near you]

Stargrazer LLC is pleased to offer this poster (click on the image for a closer look) for their October 28 performance!

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  • They are currently in the UK/Scotland, for those OCC'ers across the pond.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Peter... your posters look great!
    - [nick]
  • thanks, nick!
    - [stargrazer]
  • hell yeah! amazing poster peter!
    - [ben]

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The internet is a world-wide information network ideal for communication, diaspora of potentially world-altering ideas, and a rich research resource.  It is also home to a lot of silliness, such as the Cyborg Name Decoder.

P.E.T.E.R.: Positronic Electronic Troubleshooting and Exploration Replicant

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  • Biomechanical Electronic Neohuman.
    - [ben]
  • Artificial Neohuman Designed for Exploration
    - [Ande]
  • Journeying Electronic Assassination Neohuman
    - [Jeanne]
  • Networked Individual Calibrated for Killing
    - [nick]
  • I always knew that about you, Nick.
    - [stargrazer]

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Hurricane Benefit This Monday


There will be a Hurricane Relief Benefit at Lansing's Temple Club this Monday, September 12. Lansing musicians are donating their time and talents to raise much-needed funds for our people in New Orleans who have lost so much. 100% of the proceeds from the door will go to Red Cross efforts to transport, feed, clothe, and shelter the thousands affected by this national disaster. If you're in town, please come out and support this effort -- it's sure to be a night of great music, but let's remember the seriousness of the situation and our responsibility to help our neighbors in Louisiana who've been hit so hard. Give generously.

The show starts at 8:00 pm.  The line-up includes John Wesley Harding Overdrive, the Failers, The Gentleman Callers, The Hop-Ups, Eric Kelly and the Dirty Johns, The Pantones, Mike Vasas and The Beasts of Burden, Firewheel Handshake, Hall & Morgan, and Stephen Leonard.  Special thanks to Joel from The Gentleman Callers for getting Stargrazer LLC involved with the poster design, and to Sam Rose (of the superb Wanderjahr) for being the local sparkplug for Katrina benefit concerts in Lansing.

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  • Update: Joel says about $700 was raised at the door, and a god time was had by...more
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REO Town Call for Artists

I received this from Krys Tourtois:

Call for Artists


The first annual REO Town Art Market will be held on the historic streets of REO Town in Lansing, Michigan.  REO Town is known for its unique atmosphere, which combines a respect for culture and history and an acceptance for new ideas.  This event will showcase a wide variety of Lansing’s artists and musicians, as well as local businesses.


This show is open to anyone who wishes to participate!  This is not a juried show, just an opportunity for artists and musicians to exhibit their talent.  We welcome all types of creative people, along with their friends and family.

There is a $10 entry fee and a $5 table rental fee. 


Artists may arrive at 10:00am on August 20th to set up their tables.  The Art Market will run from noon until 6pm.  Spaces will be approximately 8ft. wide and will run along South Washington on the sidewalks.  Spaces are first-come, first-serve on the day of the event.  Artists who have special requests for space for a tent or a different exhibit space should indicate that when registering.



·                     We are looking for a diverse array of vendors: fine art, crafts, food goods,               jewelry, clothing, musicians, etc.

·                     Demonstrations welcome!

·                     All work sold must be made by the artist selling the work.

·                     Registration deadline: August 5th, 2005


Julie Burtch
REO Town Commercial Association
1027 S. Washington
Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 485-2795

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Independent Music Sought

It Takes A Village To Make Records, an independently-run music label, seeks tracks for an upcoming, FREE sampler of independent music and soundscapes. ITAV specializes in unique, handcrafted recordings, a hands-off approach to creative control and copyright ownership, and visually stunning graphic design and packaging. ITAV releases are designed to grab potential purchasers from across a room and draw them to your music.

"First-hand Accounts, Theories, and their Repercussions" will act as a calling card for ITAV, rather than a label roster compilation. In that spirit, ITAV seeks music of all forms, from traditional folk to noise. Additionally, songs which demonstrate a strong independent vein are desired, whether that is shown by experimental qualities or simply by the song's lack of slickness. "First-hand Accounts" will contain live tracks, demos and/or alternate versions and home recordings. Tracks are sought from all types of artists, famous or unknown.

Artists will retain full rights to their music. "First-hand Accounts" will be distributed FREE as an educational tool and an example of ITAV's creative expertise. For that reason, ITAV cannot offer compensation for your track, however full credits will be included in the packaging, including songwriting credits, "appears courtesy of..." messages, and/or internet resources.

ITAV is cultivating a diverse artist base for this project and for their emerging catalog. For more information and to submit your tracks, contact

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Annette Berkobian at Magdalena's Teahouse


Annette joins us from San Francisco to present "I Am My Mother's Daughter," a one-woman show with additional drumming, music and poetry from Paloma, Miko, Aaron Curtner, Tim Lane, Natalie and Megan...

Come see what it's all about at this great performance venue, provided by Miko.

So what is annette's project about anyway?

That is a great question!

It is about the fact that...

v Without our mothers we would not be, simply! So please invite your mother, her spirit, your family members, friends who are family members, or for that matter, anyone who is kind-hearted

v Your mother was originally black, that is an archeological fact.

v My relationship with my Ma was never easy but it turned into true beauty.


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