Ignite Monday Session: Experimental Music at the Library

Monday, July 1, 2013 -
11:30am to 12:00pm

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Moderator: Steve Kemple, Reference Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

What happens when you bring sound artists, circuit benders and other experimental musicians into a public library and invite them to make lots of noise? Starting last August I decided to find out with a monthly performance series called Experimental Music at the Library. In this brief talk I'll fill you in on what happened, what I learned, and how a ridiculous idea evolved into a wildly successful series. I'll also provide tips on developing your own experimental music program (and why you totally should).

See recent articles in Library Journal (Dec 2012) and LibraryAsIncubatorProject.org

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 1:18pm CDT
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Hello, I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks to everyone who came and listened to my talk, and apparently for taking a guy in a gorilla suit seriously. In case anyone is interested, here are the slides for my presentation: http://goo.gl/iQRzQ . I made them using Google Slides, and when I converted it to PowerPoint one or two pictures didn't quite make it. The link goes directly to the slideshow on Google, so you should be able to make comments on things. Feel free to use that as a method for asking questions. You can also email me steven.kemple@cincinnatilibrary.org. Also, the short video that I wasn't able to play (a casualty of viewing it in PowerPoint) should work. I also have tons of other videos of Experimental Music at the Library performances on http://www.youtube.com/stevekemple.

Also, I spoke with a few of you afterward, and there seemed to be some interest in the possibility of streaming the performances to other libraries. I would totally be down for that! If you'd like to try, just send me an email. We could set up a Google Hangout...it might not be the best sound quality, but it could still be a lot of fun!