Electroacoustic Barn Dance: Day Two

If you aren’t aware, there is a fantastic festival happening on campus right called the Electroacoustic Barn Dance. It’s a three day music festival (October 1 – 3) held annually by UMW. Although this isn’t your average music festival, it is one specifically designed for the most innovative, and forward thinking artists in the world of experimental electronic music.¬†Unfortunately I had to miss the first three concerts of this amazing festival due to class interference, but I plan to see all of the ones being hosted tomorrow.

The variety of compositions in the festival so far has been quite large. Pieces range from Musique Concrete, to guitar loops, to experimental electronic, to electroacoustic improvisation. Many of the artists performing are nationally renowned for their contributions to the field of experimental music. But along side these musical masterminds are also local artists, many of which come from UMW and neighboring colleges. In fact, two of my favorite pieces that I heard today were composed by current UMW students.

Overall it has been a great experience so far and I can’t wait to listen to more of this innovative and challenging music tomorrow!


Notable compositions from today’s concerts:

Flannery Collins – Song of the ITCC

Dave Watkins – Fyra

Maxwell Tfirn – Dying Stars BRing Light to a Dark Sky

Mya Payne – El Tunel

Kyong Mee Choi – To Unformed

link to the EABD website


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Pictures from the concerts:






BotBs: Galaxy Dynamite

A quick interview with one of the top three bands of the evening, Galaxy Dynamite.

Introduce the band in the instruments:

Kevin Arroyo – Guitar
Michael Mahgerefteh – Drums
Sam Wolffe – Bass.

What season best describes your sound and why?
I would say the summer.
We have our moments where we have this lazy lounging sound that you can just lose your thoughts in. But during the summer at a moments notice a violent hurricane can pound the coast, just as we go from smooth and comforting to suddenly furious and relentless.

You make it big, what is the name of the song you would make?

“Overlapping waves”

Our favorite song on the setlist?
“Silphco”. It goes from a nice raggae theme to get yourself acquainted to suddenly very spooky and creepy to a dramatic and epic buildup which regains itself in a weird yet bouncy dark tune to groove to.

What do you think will set you apart from the competition?
Because we deliver what you need, a release.

WMWC Presents: Battle of the Bands Pt 1, the Hounds

WMWC will be hosting our first annual Battle of the Bands Saturday October 16th in the Great Hall. The winners will be chosen partially by our judges, of which Dean Rucker will be one, and crowd participation so bring your friends to cheer on your favorite bands!

Get Excited!

To get ready for our biggest event of the semester, we will be posting interviews with all the bands performing. First up are the Hounds….

Ok, lets get the obvious questions out of the way first:

How did you come up with “The Hounds” as your band name?
A lot goes into coming up with a band name. We’ve had several over the span of how long we’ve been together. For a while we were totally against being another one of those “THE” bands but this one just seemed to fit our style of music, our personalities, and still gives off a vibe of three laid back guy with an edge. In the end the name really should describe your music, your personality, and still catch your eye…which is why we liked this one.

Describe your music for new fans.
Modern Rock with some British influenced overtones laced with our own style. Its hard to describe your music when you aim to be original so if you like catchy music then take a listen to us.

What are your major influences? What bands or styles do you try to emulate?
Our influences are all over the music spectrum but on a whole I think we all agree that bands we grew up listening to like Oasis, The Verve, The Strokes, The Vines…and the bands we’re currently finding such as 22-20s, The Whigs, BRMC, Trances Arc all play a huge role in shaping our sound.

Stepping it up a little now. . .

Favorite gig?
I’d like to say it was our first one. To finally get out there and show people what we have is an untouchable feeling. And to be embraced by the audience with the amount of applause and enthusiasm we got was great, but the show where we opened for The Whigs was amazing!

Weird preshow habits/rituals?
Some food and drinks before we hit the stage…just relaxing really.

Crazy fan experiences?
Well we haven’t had any weird stuff happen yet. We’re still fresh on the scene to a degree. We’ve had nothing but hospitality come from our fans and other bands we play with. I really enjoyed hanging with the boys in Midair after we played with them in their home town of Roanoke, VA. Had a nice little campfire back at their place which was cool.

Johnny Cash’s style of music has been compared to a train (slow, steady and powerful). What type of transportation (make/model optional) would you compare your band’s signature sound to?
A 67′ Mustang Shelby GT500…sleek and sexy look, with a roaring American sound that gives those overseas cars a run for their money.

This or that:

Broken guitar/bass strings -or- breakdown of the sound system during a show
Broken strings…we can always borrow gear or have back ups.

Uninterested audience -or- comically enthused fan at every show (think Mel from Flight of the Conchords)
We’d love to have Mel as a fan! This is an open invitation for any fanatics that need a band to latch on to! Come and get some! There’s nothing worse than an uninterested crowd though…

N*Sync -or- Backstreet Boys
Boys II Men?…If we have to choose, Backstreet Boys…they started it, and it was about the group, not just one guy (like N*Sync and Justin Timberlake).

What are you going to bring to Battle of the Bands that will set you apart?
Our set list. The music will speak for itself. We’re not big on intimidation, but we love playing our music for people, and it shows.

Anything to say to your competition?
Good luck, have fun, and enjoy the ride…win or lose, take it as a learning experience and get better for your next show…always.

Nora’s Awesome Vintage Radio Show – 9/16/10

I’m back from London and it’s very good to be back. And yes, as promised in my last show update, there was Mika. And Lady Gaga. And a whole lot more. Here’s the run down.


  1. Great DJ – The Ting Tings
  2. Rules Don’t Stop Me – We Are Scientists
  3. This Too Shall Pass – Ok Go
  4. Animal – Miike Snow
  5. Take Me To A Higher Plane – Kate Nash
  6. Animal – Jenny and Johnny
  7. 40 Day Dream – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  8. Nobody’s Accusing You (Of Having a Good Time) – Hot Hot Heat
  9. Light of Love – Music Go Music
  10. Rocket – Goldfrapp
  11. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire
  12. She Needs Me – Fyfe Dangerfield
  13. Faithfully – Glee Cast
  14. So Let Us Create – Jukebox the Machine
  15. Sing Me Spanish Techno – The New Pornographers
  16. Oh My God – Ida Maria
  17. Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts – Brandon Flowers
  18. The Cave – Mumford & Sons
  19. Goddess on the Prairie – Hot Hot Heat
  20. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
  21. You Want History – Kaiser Chiefs
  22. Can’t Stop Feeling – Franz Ferdinand
  23. Touches You – Mika
  24. Teeth – Lady Gaga
  25. Knights of Cydonia – Muse

News Items

  • Lady Gaga wins the VMAs. No, not all of them, but most of them. Which is the same thing as winning all of them right?
  • Amy Winehouse makes news for doing something besides being addicted to drugs. Granted it’s just one song, but it’s something and it’s with Mark Ronson. How horrible can it be? How desperate am I for new music? Very.
  • I want to hear Terry Gilliam as a dog. Then again I’d watch anything British, so that’s not much of standard.
  • Calvin College takes the New Pornographers name too seriously. They also take themselves too seriously and don’t know what irony is. But mostly they take the New Pornographers name too seriously.
  • Another year, another Mercury Prize awarded. Another Mercury Prize, another year of me not caring about who wins.
  • My favorite Beatle get’s his own documentary. And Martin Scorsese teases me with the hope of hearing new Beatles-era George Harrison music. Damn his eyes.

New Releases

  • Blonde Redhead – Penny Sparkle
  • The Charlatans – Who We Touch
  • Grinderman – Grinderman 2
  • of Montreal – False Priest
  • The Walkmen – Lisbon
  • Weezer – Hurley
  • Brandon Flowers – Flamingo