Mad Scientists of Music Documentary
By Gareth Stack
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Ireland is home to a variety of underground music scenes, from electro acoustic, to new music to noise to free improv. I've interviewed dozens of Irish experimental musicians who are pushing the boundaries of what music is and can be. This series takes you on a tour of the fringes of music, and introduces you to a world of new sounds. It focuses in particular on circuit bending, chiptune and collaborative music. The show explores the world of Circuit Bending, Chip Tune, and Electroacoustic music in Ireland. Low cost technology, recycled instruments and a new attitude to tinkering embodied by the ‘maker movement’ are helping to reinvent music. A new generation of Irish musicians raised around computers, the internet and video gaming, see noise as something to be hacked, taken apart, and reconstructed. These artists build their own instruments, whether by recycling toy keyboards, modifying video game consoles, or attaching electronics to traditional stringed instruments. They often share their music online for free, and in doing so challenge our ideas about copyright and ownership. Their playful attitude to technology finds new uses for obsolete devices and brings the collaboration of musicianship to engineering and the arts.
||CleanThe Life & Work of Roger Gregg – Mad Scientists Bonus Episode||Roger Gregg is a dramatist, poet, musician, actor and performer. Over a long career on radio and theatre, he’s had dozens of plays performed all over the world, and written and recorded numerous radio dramas as ‘Crazy Dog Audio Theatre‘.||28 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMad Scientists of Music wins Sounds Alive Prize!||So last night I was lucky enough to see the incredibly talented radio producer Roman Mars perform a live episode of his show 99% Invisible, at the ever creepy Freemasons Hall in Molesworth St. The event was a part of the inaugural Sounds Alive festival, w||7 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCopyright Bonus Episode – Mad Scientists of Music||The Instrument of the Law‘ examined how changing technology and copyright laws are impacting music. This bonus episode fills in the blanks, addressing additional issues we didn’t get to talk about in detail, like creative commons, the legality||27 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPostcards from the Edge – Episode 6 – Mad Scientists of Music||The final episode of the series looks at the future of Irish experimental music. We find out how techniques like ‘Live Coding’ (where computer programming during a concert, creates the music and visuals in real time), ‘Geocached Music’ (intrepid e||3 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChipzel – Culture File Report||Chuffed to be able to present my first piece for RTE Lyric FM’s ‘Culture File‘ programme. It’s a short on Chipzel, the Chiptune artist profiled in Episode 2 of Mad Scientists of Music. The piece features much of the same material f||1 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Instrument of the Law – Episode 5 – Mad Scientists of Music||This episode looks at how innovative new ways of making and distributing music are coming into conflict with our legal system. Some argue that copyright and patent laws, created to encourage innovation, are no longer in touch with how artists remix and re||26 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hacker in the Gallery – Episode 4 – Mad Scientists of Music||This episode takes us on a tour of workshops and hack spaces, and explores the relationship of outsider electronic music to the fine art establishment. Teaser – Andrew Edgar takes us on a tour of the A4 Arts Collective. Part 1 – Ed Devane talk||19 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode – Beginnings – Mad Scientists of Music||The is the first web only bonus episode of Mad Scientists of Music. Focusing on interviews rather than sound, these episodes feature clips, topics and artists there wasn’t space to fit into the radio series. We kick off with early experiences in tec||15 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToys – Episode 3 – Mad Scientists of Music||Episode three takes a journey into the underground world of circuit bending. Circuit benders hack children’s toys and dissect cheap archaic electronics, to produce strange new instruments. Circuit bending lies at the intersection of instrument build||12 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrowing Up Digital – Episode 2 – Mad Scientists of Music||Episode two explores the video game backgrounds of a variety of Irish experimental musicians – how video game culture and ready access to technology influenced their love of music and their aesthetic sensibilities. Chiptune music in particular reappropr||5 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearning How to Listen – Episode 1 – Mad Scientists of Music||Episode one explores how circuit benders, hackers and artists are building teaching and education into their practice. This is a culture as much about sharing as making, and all the artists interviewed run classes and workshops (often at no charge). Child||29 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMad Scientists of Music is coming out, next week!||So, after a very great while, but still much sooner than expected, my first documentary series ‘Mad Scientists of Music‘ is almost here. Quick and dirty promo – featuring the music of Bitwise Operator The final lineup of interviewees is||22 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|