Posts Tagged ‘Bluebrain’

Ballston’s Public-Art Docket: Disruption! Innovation! Apps Galore!

In today’s post-modern tech world, there are no new ideas. Start-ups are judged by the standards of what came before: It’s like Uber, but for gluten-intolerant babies! It’s like AirBnB mated with NextBus! It’s a Snapchat-Spotify swirlie!
While Ballston may be a few hoodies and several trillion dollars short of Silicon Valley, the brotastic Virginia outpost [...]

Comparing Notes: Two Critics Confer on “Fermata,” Artisphere’s Aural Exhibition

In musical notation, a fermata is a symbol used to indicate when a note or rest should be sustained. It’s usually used over rest notes to indicate a grand pause. That’s not the imagery that most curators try to summon with summer exhibits.
But “Fermata,” an ambitious new exhibit on view through August 10 at Artisphere, [...]

Is It Sound Art, or Is It Music? “Fermata” Doesn’t Care

If you’re tired of getting shushed in the stern, silent halls of traditional art venues, here’s some good news: When Artisphere unveils its newest exhibit today, it might become the loudest gallery in town.
Brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay, the experimental-pop artists of Bluebrain (you might have downloaded one of their GPS-powered music apps or blasted [...]

As Lo-Fang, Matthew Hemerlein Takes His Left-Field Pop to the West Coast

It started as a mixtape. About 40 minutes long, the recording was a modest compilation of eclectic ideas and choice samples flowing from Columbia, Md., native Matthew Hemerlein’s well-traveled mind. The classically trained polymath had quit D.C. in 2011, traveling to Cambodia and London and Nashville. So he weaved his experiences abroad with his relationships at [...]

Bluebrain Returns With Sweeping Sound-Art Exhibit at Artisphere

It's been a while since we've heard from Bluebrain, the experimental-pop duo of Ryan and Hays Holladay. That will change this year, when the group, known for its pop-up musical performances and location-aware apps inspired by Central Park and the National Mall, unveil a series of new projects. Among them: an actual wall of sound.
Well, kind of. An elaborate [...]

Listen: Bluebrain’s Hays Holladay Records 14 D.C. Acts for Rainbow Arcade

Earlier this year, Bluebrain member Hays Holladay decided to shut down Iguazu Sound, the Arlington recording studio he'd operated since 2010. Before he locked up for the last time, Holladay put out a call to local bands interested in recording a single song in three hours. "The goal is to come up with unexpected results utilizing all [...]

Arts Roundup: Local Music Edition

XLR8R loves local record label Future Times. [XLR8R]
Berklee College of Music publication Berklee Today talks to Bluebrain about their album/app The National Mall. [Berklee Today]
Today's at-work listening: Benoit & Sergio do a summer-themed podcast for Resident Advisor. [Resident Advisor]
A deep talk with Frau Eva about their new album, Underneath Eyelids [All Our Noise]

Bluebrain’s Ambient Yoga Show

Since the soundtrack to most yoga classes consists of sitar jams and songs in the vein of Dido, the Bluebrain-accompanied yoga gathering on the National Mall Saturday already had a competitive advantage over any other midmorning practice in D.C. due to novelty alone.
Plus the weather was nice! And the class, led by Lululemon's Alison Adams, [...]

ToDo ToDay: An Indie-Rock Festival Weekend

Say you like contemporary classical music, but the National Symphony’s recent offerings favor Mozart and Beethoven. Don’t fret—the New York City Ballet has you covered. This weekend, the company performs to works by American icon John Adams, contemporary Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov, and 20th-century classics by Bernstein and Gerswhin. But there’s a catch: You have [...]

Sweetlife Second Stage Includes Delta Spirit, Zola Jesus, Bluebrain, and More

When Sweetgreen announced its 2012 Sweetlife Festival, I wasn't exactly thrilled by its mostly bland, "indie" but inoffensive tasting menu of a mainstage lineup. I feel better about what's been booked for The Treehouse, the event's second stage: Americana ramblers Delta Spirit, hypnagogic disco purveyor Twin Shadow, art-goth wailer Zola Jesus, insufferable sophistipop party starters The Knocks, stalwart [...]

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