open mic for original and experimental music

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Next HSST: December 9th, 2010

The next Hide and Seek Show and Tell is Thursday December 9th!
Poster design by Mitra Shreeram

Friday, November 26, 2010

nov 25th recap

Last night was a great success, a lot of new faces and different styles of music and performances!

We had a good sized audience and no shortage of performers by 9PM so the show got started right away (as it should be!) Here's a run down of the nights events as I can remember them and with what little information I have from the performers..

Pete Lebel started things off with a cascade of guitar pedals feeding back onto themselves played in stereo through two guitar amps. His drones were deep and long.
Pete's plays in the band EXIT 2012

"John and this is Snacks" played next. He had a short instrumental acoustic guitar piece.

Now for the noise. Disleksick take the stage!
This group features two guys wearing ski masks providing SONIC TERROR.. one torturing an electric guitar with a wrench and screw drivers and the other one playing chicken wire connected to a contact mic. Their performance held a constant threat of something breaking.
Disleksick's Myspace

Next up was Kevin. He stood on two chairs and wore sunglasses with a hoodie. He played acoustic guitar and sang 3 songs he wrote.

Dylan MacKinnon played a new gameboy composition for us.
More music by Dylan MacKinnon.

Christopher Oegema played three of his songs. One of my favorites was Love is a Movement. Chris uses the acoustic guitar for everything in this track including percussion and vocals.
Chris's Myspace

Link C played a secret new track he made and then he disappeared into the night..
The Babysitters on Myspace

Shale performed next. Shale is a guitar duo featuring Casey and Justin. I really liked their performance, it was minimal and ambient but then also abrasive at times. We may have a recording to link to in the near future.. Here is a recording of one of their other performances:
We Fear Mogwai by Skennen

Indigenous Nudes
were next. This is collaboration between Nicholas and Colin. They were jamming mics into amps, feeding guitar petals and mixers back into themselves.. For some reason I kept looking at this 10 or 12 channel tapco mixer Nicholas had. It's a mixer most starting out home studio owners might have as the "heart" of their studio. I'm sure the specs on the side of the box read with descriptions of sounds that are "pure", "clean", and of a "professional quality" etc.. But then here we are at hide and seek show and tell where we find it sitting on the floor hooked up to a bunch of pedals and being used and abused like all the pots and pans. It was almost like a perfect anti-commercial for a mixer like that. I'm sure they have a lot of examples for ways you can use it but I bet this isn't one of them!

Here's a video of one of their previous performances:

And last but not least there was Braintrust consisting of Peter Thompson and James Kirkpatrick. Peter used a theramine and James had some home-made circuit bent stuff and a big-ass loop pedal. They played for a bit and then Tim Glasgow (exit 2012) joined along with his Korg Monotron.

Checkout some braintrust:

Thanks to everyone who participated!


November 25th 2010 poster

Poster design by Peter Thompson
More of Peter's art can be found HERE.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

HSST8 - November 11th!

The next Hide and Seek Show and Tell will be on Thursday November 11th. Same details as all the other shows:

At Brennan's Beer Bistro
347 Clarence St (London Ontario)
Show starts at 9pm
$2 Cover

HSST7 - Poster for Oct 21st 2010

Poster design by Cailen Dye

Friday, August 20, 2010

August 26th

Thursday August 26th will be the date for the next Hide and Seek Show and Tell!

Friday, August 13, 2010

SHOW #2 in Review

As promised, I'm writing this entry the very day after. I still have a buzz in my ears from all the loud noises.

OK here's what happened (I might have some of the performance times or the order of performers screwed up, let me know if you can remember):

The show had a late start due to some technical difficulties but no one seemed to mind, the weather was completely perfect for a night out on the patio.

Cailen Dye started things off with a short improv performance on classical guitar, droning strings, feedback etc.

Ed Matthews did an improv performance with an AKAI MPC and a Korg Kaoscillator

Next, SHRIMPS performed what they called "their last show". I hope it's a dirty lie because everyone <3's them.

After SHRIMPS was an on the spot improv collaboration with Peter Thomas - Rebirth and Kaos Pad, Keven Wilson - Drums, Nathan Noble - Micro Korg and Cailen Dye - Bass guitar

Tim Glasgow treated us to a performance with the PRATINSANITY, an instrument he designed and Art Pratton built. What looked almost like an acoustic instrument was an electric sound weapon in disguise.

Next up was a performance by Jeremy Ive on drums, Ian Doig-Phaneuf on guitar and Pete Lebel on bass.

Indigenous Nudes played next and contrary to their name, they were fully clothed. Nicholas Harrison played sax and some boxes with knobs while Colin Heddle had a radio alarm clock and a bunch of noise boxes too.

This is where things got out of hand. With no audience left to keep things under control, all remaining musicians were consumed by alcohol and the "MEGA JAM". Kevin Wilson on drums, Michael Ramey and Pete Lebel on guitar, Ian Doig-Phaneuf on bass, Nathan Noble on Micro Korg, and Cailen Dye singing lyrics from his favorite screamo songs.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

2nd Show Coming August 12th

Thursday August 12th marks the date of the 2nd show of the series. I'm very excited to see what happens this time! Please take some pictures and videos if you can!!!

Poster design by Peter Thompson

Memories from the first show

I thought I should write something about the first show and continue writing little blurbs about each show as they happen. It's been almost 2 weeks so I'll do my best to remember everything that happened. First of all, the first of the series was a wonderful success. Everyone who came enjoyed themselves and every performer was eager to perform again at the next show.

Here is a breakdown of the performances that took place:

Ed Matthews on keyboards with Derek Brooks on hand drums

Derek Brooks did a solo improvised performance on keyboard starting and ending with a preconceived composition

Peter Thompson played Rebirth using an old-school apple laptop and Cailen Dye played with Jasuto on an iPod Touch

Patrick Cahill did a 3 part solo performance on a classical guitar missing 2 strings

Ian Doig played guitar with Jeremy Ive on drums

Jason Bellchamber played ANDROID FX on an iPad with Peter Thompson on Rebirth once again

The sound art/noise group from Winnipeg who happened to be in London at the time did an interesting performance with an arsenal of homemade instruments and a no-input mixer setup

The rest is a blur for me. If anyone else can remember let me know!

Next time I'll try and make a write up more immediately after the show and hopefully we'll have some audio/video documentation.

All in all this was a great start for the series. Thanks to all who participated and we hope to see you at the next show!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Posters for July 29th

Thursday July 29th will be the first of this series. This is a night for Londoners who enjoy or make experimental and/or improvised music/art/film/poetry to share, experience and collaborate with others.

We're looking for 5-20 minute performances so we can fit in about 5-6 sets in the night with room for some on-the-spot collaborations.

If you're interested in performing or would like more information email Cailen at A description of what you might want to do or a link to some of your work would be super great.

Hosted at Brennan's Beer Bistro
Doors open at 9PM
$2 to participate