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February performances

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 with Bryan Day, , sound artist, instrument inventor, and founder of free music label Public Eyesore

1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor
Chicago IL 60622 

Bryan Day and I will open for Evidence, Vertonen, and Katchmare

About Bryan Day

Omaha, Nebraska based improviser and concept artist Bryan Day (b. 1979) has been involved in the avant-garde music community for the last 12 years.  He started the, then Minneapolis-based, free music label Public Eyesore in 1997 as an outlet for his works using homemade electronic and mechanical sound generating devices, and to this day continues the process of expanding upon these themes.  Merging structure and chaos, Day uses an elaborate notation system and cellular automata based computer programs of his own design, along with the expressionist cues of visual art and modern dance for his inspiration. Rather than be known as a musician, he prefers to be known as an impulsive conceptualist, searching for difficult and inconvenient analogs to the contemporary experience using sound.

Bryan Day’s personal web page:


Public Eyesore:

Evidence is on a short Midwest tour, performing their Losperus project based on thrift store finds.

Shapes of Sound exhibition online

Eric Leonardson performs on the Springboard

Eric Leonardson performs on the Springboard, an amplified walker with a wide variety of springs and percussion devices attached. Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI (1997).

Hal Rammel inspired me to make my own instruments in 1990. Tonight, I learned from him that a web page about the wonderful exhibition of experimental musical instruments and their inventors, The Shapes of Sound: Musical Instruments and the Imagination in the Midwest, curated by Hal is now online.

I was honored to be among the 14 artist-inventors having their instruments on display. My Springboard was shown, and I gave a brief solo performance in the show. The show was held in October through December 1997 at an important, non-profit center for culture and learning in the Midwest, Woodland Pattern Book Center located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 1979.

As noted on my Experimental Instruments page, the Springboard was built in 1994 thanks to Hal’s example as a sensitive and thoughtful maker, performer, and teacher.

Many photographs of the artist-inventors, and the exhibition itself, are shown along with Hal Rammel’s enlightening catalog essay. To learn more about his fascinating writing, visual art and music for yourself, please visit Hal’s homepage.