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2015 Megapolis Audio Festival: Sound Art & Live Music

Megapolis Audio Festival combines sound artists from across the board – radio hosts, musicians, technologists, documentarians – to present performances, installations, spectacles and workshops for fans and artists.

2015 Megapolis Audio Festival
June 5-7, 2015
All over Oakland and SF
Cost: Some events are free, but most require a festival pass.

> Full 2015 Schedule

2015 free events include:

June 6, 2015, 6 pm – Free Block Party with Fantastic Negrito (NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest winner), the Kitchen Sisters, Glynn Washington, DJ Shruggs, KALW, KQED, and scores of producers from near and far. Foodie trucks Taqueria Sinaloa and Scotch Bonnet will be on hand to fatten you up.
Location: Black Ball Universe (230 Madison St, Oakland)

Fantastic Negrito headlines a block party off the loading dock of Black Ball Universe Studios & Gallery to launch AIR’s Finding America contest for creative makers of all stripes to lead one of their 15 new productions incubated across the U.S. He tells one man’s truth in the form of black roots music: slide guitar, drums, and piano build bridges between Lead Belly & Skip James to a modern sound, with loops and samples and “zero concern for pop anything.”

June 7, 2015, 2 pm – Live at the Brewery: Free Tutorial on Ableton Live and Max for Live
Location: New Normal Brewing (4115 Telegraph Ave, Oakland)
Come to a new neighborhood brewery and art space for a tutorial of Ableton’s Live software delivered by Ableton Certified Trainer Lenny Kiser and Ableton User Group co-organizer Andrew Rahman. The session will cover sound design and production techniques and utilizing tools and devices in Ableton Live and Max for Live. (Sponsored by Ableton and New Normal Brewing.)

Sound Art Installations: FREE

Ion by Shanna Sordahl
The Ridge Space (634 15th St, Oakland) – 10 am to 6 pm Sat-Sun
Hanging light bulbs become speakers for recorded sounds, as audio amplifiers to power the filaments. The complexity of the auditory landscape is reflective of the viewers in the space. The more individuals who are present, the more lively and complex the interaction of sounds will be, as they are transformed into a temporary sonic community.

Convicted Contrast by Pat Mesiti-Miller
E.M. Wolfman Books (410 13th St, Oakland) – 10am to 6 pm Sat-Sun
Convicted Contrast explores one man’s mental and spiritual journey in and out of the California prison system. The piece, composed for headphones, goes through three movements, which are separated and played within three interactive listening booths.

Home on the Frontier by Julie Herndon and Dan Gottwald
Rock Paper Scissors (2278 Telegraph Ave, Oakland) – all day
Home on the Frontier affixes music boxes to public structures tucked within functional and industrial spaces in downtown Oakland. At the center, a post of music boxes draw pedestrians into an unused space. Scattering from that center, music boxes are affixed to light posts, street signs, and bike racks, using these fixtures as resonating objects.

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