The Neon Marshmallow Festival is coming to Chicago’s Empty Bottle June 10-12!

By on May 3, 2011
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The Neon Marshmallow Festival is coming to Chicago’s
Empty Bottle June 10-12!
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Neon Marshmallow is an international experimental music festival that is created and curated by Daniel Smith & Matthew Kimmel. The event focuses on a wide variety of electronic and electro-acoustic music, ranging from experimental electronica and kosmische to noise, free jazz and more.

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(Line-up is subject to change)
 Individual tickets are on sale now – single day tix and a limited amount of 3-day passes are available.
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Neon Marshmallow Festival focuses on a wide variety of electronic and electro-acoustic music, ranging from noise and free jazz to EAI and music concrete. The inaugural event was held the Viaduct Theater in Chicago from August 19-22, 2010. Comprised of five shows in four days, the 2010 edition hosted 105 performances. Some of the most cutting edge sound artists and experimental musicians from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S. were united under one roof.
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This year the Festival heads to the Empty Bottle for three days, twenty-three performances and three film screenings.
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A few words about some the artists 
Morton Subotnick
Critically acclaimed American composer and the godfather of electronic music, best known for the legendary ‘Silver Apples of the Moon’, the first electronic work commissioned by a record company. Subotnick was among the first composers to work with electronic instrument designer Don Buchla. Buchla’s modular voltage-controlled synthesizer, which he called the Electric Music Box and which was constructed partly based on suggestions by Subotnick and Sender, was both more flexible and easier to use, and its sequencing ability was integral to Subotnick’s music. At a time when electronic music was highly abstract, largely concerned with pitch and timbre, with rhythm an afterthought or of no consequence and patterns largely avoided, Subotnick broke with the academic avant-gardists by including sections with regular rhythms. Its rhythmic energy perhaps has something to do with Silver Apples and 1968’s The Wild Bull (another Nonesuch-commissioned work for tape; they have since been combined on a Wergo CD) being subsequently choreographed by dance companies around the world.
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Brooklyn-based experimental musician Daniel Lopatin. By bringing the cosmic re-revolution to the forefront of modern day experimental music, Oneohtrix Point Never blends the old with the new. A modern purveyor of the unexplored and the unimagined, Lopatin’s music is both constantly nostalgic, yet suddenly fresh. Subtle waves of gentle pads sea saw away into the abyss and leave the listener paralyzed and dreaming.
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Psychedelic noise, drone, folk band from Richmond, Virginia. They play dense, large-scale pieces of music that radiate inner warmth. They have released more than a dozen albums and a handful of minor releases primarily on the VHF Records and Eclipse Records labels as well as the band’s own Klang imprint. The group toured steadily in the U.S. and referenced the work ethic of the Grateful Dead in the title of their album Rob’s Choice. Notable tourmates included Harry Pussy, Charalambides and the Shadow Ring and opened for Sonic Youth.
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Guitar mastermind. Playing a four string guitar, Bill Orcutt takes blues, folk, noise, and avant minimalism to places it never dares to go. His sound is warped and mangled with rhythms that tuck and burst into an atonal orchestra. Similar the techniques used by John Fahey and other like minded musicians, Orcutts guitars has found a sound all of its own. Bill Orcutt was also a member of the highly influential noise group Harry Pussy.
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DaveHHM

Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.

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