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September 2015
Advance Base
"Nephew In The Wild

To say an album "returns to form" seems to allude to something being off or missing or in a deformed state in previous releases. With the new album from Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth), Nephew In The Wild, it is more of a beautiful blending of two "forms". This album could have easily been the first Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album since 2009's Vs. Children. This is a clear return to the sound and storytelling of the Casiotone persona. The album's open track and lead single "Trisha Please Come Home" in the perfect example. Ashworth spins tales of the everyday but tinges of sadness. His stories are sweet and sad, and always fully realized. Musically, the album is filled with familiar sounds from an array of instruments; Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons. All of this, blending with Ashworth's skill, create a perfect late summer and early fall soundtrack.

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Data Garden

ICA@50 - Free For All: Mitral Transmission at Institute of Contemporary Art Feb. 19

Data Garden is helping the Institute of Contemporary Art kick off its ICA@50 anniversary celebration with the launch of Greg Fox’s new album Mitral Transmission. “The temporary installation and performance uses human biorhythms to generate live music.” The former drummer for Dan Deacon and Liturgy developed the technology that generates music using the organic rhythms of the human heart for his latest project. He’ll be joined by Jamey Robinson (Man Man, Buffalo Stance) on keys, while Batsley Adams provides the visuals. Guests are encouraged to try out Fox’s creation as well as Data Garden’s previous experiment with plants and sensors, used to make sounds from human-to-plant interactions, that you may have experienced at the local electronic music label/event production collective’s Switch-On Garden or Data Garden Quartet, which was on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There will be an accompanying installation entitled Personified, where you are encouraged to use the interface that was originally developed for the plants on your own body. At this evening’s event, you can also take home a print made of plantable paper, consume festive wintry snacks and refreshments, try on a virtual reality helmet, and listen to the music of your own body. Do something different tonight! Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36 St., 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free, All Ages (Flier by Jason Killinger) - Q.D. Tran

Open Call for Data Garden-curated Force Field Project!

We know that there are plenty of creative folks who read The Deli. The always innovative Data Garden is curating a music + multimedia event for Force Field Project, an annual festival showcasing experimental audio, dance and sculptural art in Philly's forgotten neighborhoods (using art to call attention to the often overlooked, abandoned places). The showcase will take place in a huge warehouse, and Data Garden has put out an open call for ideas to fill the space. For more info about the installation and how you can submit your vision, please check out the video below, then go HERE. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014.


Data Garden Keeping Things Creative at Historical Society of Frankford June 15

Always keeping things creative in Philly, tonight as part of the Hidden City Festival 2013, Data Gardenwill explore the relationship between historical artifacts, sound and technology by creating an electro-mechanical polyphonic tape loop instrument that controls audio related to objects in the Frankford Historical Society Museum.” Each of the assembled sound samples will be played adjacent to the artifacts that inspired them. Attendees will be encouraged to play these tapes like an organ. There will also be performances by Spaceship Aloha, Jacob 2-2 (Moodgadget) and Mux Mool (Ghostly International), and they’ll be using media from digital archives like YouTube and Archive.org to create new works. If you are looking for a not-so-average night out, this is the place to be. (BTW: We highly recommend that you get your tickets in advance for the ridiculous savings and to reserve a spot for this limited-space event.) Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Oxford St., 7pm - 10pm, $15 adv/$30 door, All Ages - Alexis V.

Data Garden Releases Two New Albums from Spaceship Aloha & King Britt Today

If you made the trek to Bartram’s Garden for The Switched-On Garden 002 this past Sunday, then you should know experimental electronic music label Data Garden is doing something quite unique for the art and nature worlds, and we are really looking forward to more wonderful events from them. Well, they have two digital releases out today with limited edition plantable seed-paper packaging from gifted sound sculptures Spaceship Aloha, a.k.a. Christopher Sean Powell (Man Man, Adventuredrum, Need New Body), whose debut LP is titled Universe Mahalo: Volume #1, and King Britt, whose 5-track EP is titled The Bee and The Stamen. You can show your support, and purchase the albums HERE.


Data Garden's The Switched-On Garden 002 at Bartram’s Garden Oct. 14

Experimental electronic music label Data Garden will be celebrating its one-year anniversary by closing out this year’s DesignPhiladelphia Festival and returning to West Philly’s Bartram’s Garden today for its The Switched-On Garden 002. The event will bring together nature, electronic music and technology in the beautiful setting of North America’s oldest surviving botanic garden with live music, performances and sculptures. You’ll be treated to sets by King Britt and Spaceship Aloha, a.k.a. Christopher Sean Powell (Man Man, Adventuredrum, Need New Body), who both have new albums, The Bee and The Stamen & Universe Mahalo: Volume #1, being released via Data Garden. Dino Lionetti (Cheap Dinosaurs), Gretchen Lohse, Laura Baird and Allen Crawford will be collaborating to provide the backdrop for an essay inspired by Bartram’s Garden. As you might have experienced at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, musical compositions will be generated by the electronic impulses produced by tropical plants in regards to human interaction with the Data Garden: Duet. Klip Collective will be sharing a soundtrack and images projected “onto an “undulating mist of smoke.” Basically, there will be plenty of more artists and installations throughout the garden blurring the lines between the biological and digital worlds. It’s going to be beautiful outside so grab a blanket and go out to The Switched-On Garden 002 for one unique experience. Bartram’s Garden, 54th St. & Lindbergh Blvd., 2pm - 8:30pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman


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