Nomadic Studio

JUL: Rumpus Room

During Rumpus Room, programming focuses on sound recording, music performance, music rehearsal, low-cost technology workshops, the home studio, and more.

We understand that artists tend to work from the home by default as well as necessity; the Rumpus Room should be viewed as a model for what a home studio can be. The recording interface will allow us to not only document all performances and presentations, but also teach recording and serve as communal space.

EVENTS WERE FREE
2350 N Kenmore (Kenmore and Fullerton, enter through Richardson Library, first doors on the left)

[7.8]
5pm – House Warming
Exhibit doors open to the public.
6pm -Steve Albini – Moving a Home Studio Owner and Recording Engineer Steve designed Electrical Audio and moved his home studio, where he recorded for over 10 years. A Montana native and graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Steve has made over 1000 records by over 1000 bands.

7pm – Live Music w/ Bric-a-Brac, onono, Small Awesome
Music performances will take place in the Rumpus Room, a fully-
functioning ‘home’ recording studio. All three bands consist of musicians that have rehearsed or recorded in the Rumpus Room.

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6pm – Protect Your Neck w/ Alex Maiolo and Bob Farster Alex Maiolo has worked with The Future of Music Coalition for almost nine years, primarily focusing on the health insurance crisis as it relates to the working musician. He is a partner at an insurance agency and a musician. Bob Farster has worked as a credit expert and loan officer helping those without the strongest financial backgrounds to purchase homes and business spaces for themselves.


Greenberg, McNally, Norman

[7.22] 6pm – Home Recording Panel w/ Greg Norman, Mark Greenberg, and Brian McNally. Greg is an engineer at Electrical Audio and owner of Studio Greg Studios II, a recording studio in his house with fancy equipment and a few rooms for recording stuff. Brian McNally is an electrician and owner of the Rumpus Room, and Mark Greenberg, owner of Mayfair Recordings, a music-for-use company that specializes in music composition, music and sound recording, and sound design.

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11am – Solar Powered Theremin Workshop w/ Knox Revitte. Workshop will take place in our satellite space 0170, a science lab in DPU. Open to the first 20 people. Knox Daley Revitte is a musician, recording enthusiast, tinkerer, and life artist. Ze has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently pursuing hir MS in Human-Computer Interaction at DePaul University.

just got some pictures of the exhibit today and thought I’d share for folks nowhere near. There’s quite a bit to the space, and it’ll be changing a lot. some art being added is going to integrate with some of the existing art, and stuff will go in and out of the space.

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“Chicken” by Dayton Castleman. Dayton hand-built this out of cardboard and a wood frame. the plane is about 18′ long and 75lbs.

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for scale, here’s Dayton (in yellow)

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across the main gallery space is Jeff Zimmerman’s “Nort” and “Sowf”. they’re about 6ft tall each. odd thing. Jim, our director, found this particular artist, I had nothing to do with it. “Nort” is actually a portrait of my dear friend of almost a decade and fellow forum member, barndog. I had no idea! salut.

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this is Mike Slattery’s Mobile Silkscreen cart. it is beautiful and functional.

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between the front of the Museum and the back, Brendan Hudson’s “Black Public Radio” adorns the back wall of the radio broadcast/mixing booth.

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This is the entryway to Ian Bennet’s “Anode” installation. He put it up in thirty-nine minutes, including the time it took to get it off the truck. Dude is a demon.

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Inside “Anode” are the current set of Ian’s “Cathode” Musical Chairs. We’re going to be doing something different with the sound sources on this one. Instead of the random band generator, we’re going to install dual solar powered theremins. We’ll be building them @ Knox’s Theremin workshop on the 24th . It’s free. Come build one. We have 20. maybe bring a soldering iron. And some tin snips.

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Around the corner is the Canoe/Community Garden. I encourage you to bring a succulent if you so feel. It was built by Eric Utrech (Resquiescat), and finished by Jim Duignan and Nikki Jareci

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Next is Brandon Alvendia’s “Silver Galleon Press”. It’s a portable bookmaking studio that packs up into this:
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although it’s not completed fully in the shot, here is the rumpus room:
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this one took Brian, Beth and I many many hours. I hand-cut 200+ 9” tiles out of contact paper and beth and I manually checkerboard-ed the floor. The control panels in the knotty pine have been wired into XLR, 1/4” and headphone jacks with volume pots. They run into the broadcast booth. We’re going to be testing them out in the next few days, getting sound and using the space to record submissions for the musical chairs random band generator.

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We got a lot of photos of the opening, but I left them off to show off the art. However, for y’all (and us)–Steve, in the rumpus.

His shirt was louder than the PA.

The room sounds great. here’s a video of Small Awesome in the space.

There’s actually quite a bit more in the space than that, too. There’s an entire artist studio area, as well as a production office with library, seating, etc. Considering that the Museum was completely empty two weeks ago, I couldn’t be happier with how the first phase of this exhibit has turned out.
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[Saturday 7.24]
11am – Solar Powered Theremin Workshop w/ Knox Revitte. Workshop will take place in our satellite space 0170, a science lab in DPU. Open to the first 20 people. Knox Daley Revitte is a musician, recording enthusiast, tinkerer, and life artist. Ze has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently pursuing hir MS in Human-Computer Interaction at DePaul University.

We have kits available, please RSVP if you plan on coming. We’re in need of odds and ends like soldering irons (we have a few) and tin snips and such, but all you’ll need will be there.

If you plan on attending, this workshop is in 0170, our satellite space down the street. it’s an old science lab. it’s great. here is a pictogram on how to get there from the museum:
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Also, on Saturday, we are pleased to announce an Art and Dance show of incredible students in the gallery space:
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Photo time! July was a blast. this is just a small portion of what has been documented. Photos by Jim Duignan, Kelsey Moher, Kelli Becker and Beth Wiedner

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Meeting with ConNatural Artists, Arts of Life and Anode Gallery for Night at the Museum Show

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Bob Farster and Alex Maiolo presenting the ‘Protect Your Neck’ panel. Audio coming.

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Solar Theremin Building Workshop w/ Knox Revitte. Video coming (thanks, Jim Birch!).

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Night at the Museum w/Arts of Life (an organization that works with disabled artists), Connatural Artists, Bear.Illa and Anode Gallery. Special shout out to David Kreuger of AoLife, the artist photographed with Ian Bennett, for his excellently titled piece “Go & See the Reptiles”. Go and see the reptiles! incredible. The easeled art was done by a bunch of high schoolers, and is being auctioned off to benefit Arts of Life and Connatural Artists to help their inspiring programming.

and while we’re here, all the stuff that’s being documented is going into our production office, SITE (it’s actually where I’m posting this). Lots of lesson plans and such coming soon.
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This includes a song by Joe Miller (Tourism) with Katie Sullivan, a live track from NS opening night from Small Awesome (kerble and Mr. Chimp) and the full audio from both the Home Recording panel with Mark Greenberg (Mayfair), Greg Norman (greg) and Brian McNally (black taj) moderated by me (kerble) and the Protect Your Neck panel on Finance and Insurance for artists with Bob Farster (R.F.F.) and Alex Maiolo (alex maiolo). thanks to all of you!

Everything was recorded at Nomadic. when you download some full albums, there’s plenty of hidden bonus stuff (Nomadic Audio vol 5 has about 40 minutes of Tourism stuff from NS), although the archive is nowhere near done. I have about 30 hours of stuff to go through, so it’ll take a while.

enjoy!

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Written by Jim Duignan

August 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

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