Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Holladay’

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 [...]

Celebrity Facematch: A Guessing Game for Gallery Scenesters

Once you’ve been to more than a few art openings in D.C., you start to recognize a regular cast of characters. There’s the tatted-up white girl with a sunny smile, the Asian guy in hipster glasses with a camera around his neck, the attractive young power couple, the well-dressed Washington City Paper fine arts critic.
And [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Beauty Pill’s Art-Project Resurrection

Photo Slideshow: Beauty Pill's "Immersive Ideal"

It was nearly 1 p.m. on the eighth day of Beauty Pill’s public experiment in creativity and captivity when Morgan Klein, a photographer and friend of the band, looked up from his laptop and announced the sad news: Amy Winehouse was dead.
“That’s terrible,” the group’s leader, Chad Clark, said genuinely. She [...]

Bluebrain Plans Its Final Boombox Walk

2011 was the year that Bluebrain, thanks to its much-buzzed album-app projects, became one of D.C.'s most notable musical exports, but you could say that everything started for the band with a more primitive technology: the boombox. In September 2009, the experimental pop group inaugurated its intriguing series of one-off musical experiments with "Cakeblood," a [...]

This TEDx Thing Is Getting Out of Control

Attention, idea-starved masses! There are, like, so many ideas coming to town this month.
Since the founding of the TED conference (slogan: "Ideas worth spreading") in the 1980s, the event has hosted speeches by dozens of intellectual luminaries from across the globe. But TED is also a franchise, and this month, there are three distinct "TEDx" conferences taking place [...]

iPhone 5 Is Out Today, and So Is Bluebrain’s Central Park App

For the second time this year, D.C. experimental-pop duo Bluebrain has released a "location-aware album"—an app that uses the iPhone's GPS function to create a dynamic work of music that changes as you walk around a predetermined space. Back in March, the band created music for the National Mall. The app released today, Listen to [...]