November 3 - 7, 2010

Dorkbot Ensemble; New Music Touring Program

Dorkbot Ensemble is a 4 piece audio art project that emerged from the Dorkbot Regina chapter of computer artists where they have been in residence at Neutral Ground for the past 2 years. Their concerts generate electronic music from raw sound created from computers, audio art devices, gadgets, and instruments using various software and other electronic and/or acoustic equipment.

Sound art is like creative engineering; it often engages with the subjects of acoustics, psychoacoustics,electronics, noise music, audio media and technology, found or environmental sound, explorations of the human body, sculpture, film or video and an
ever-expanding set of subjects that are part of the current discourse of contemporary art.

Around the globe there is a movement of small, autonomous gatherings with a similar goal: offering a platform to artists, designers, scientists, nerds, students and others who let themselves be inspired by technology. This movement is called Dorkbot. Monthly Dorkbot Regina meetings are held at the Soil Digital Media Suite at Neutral Ground, 1856 Scarth St., Regina. Sessions run the last Saturday of every month from 1 to 5pm, free, and everyone is welcome to attend;
curiosity is the only pre-requisite.

The Dorkbot Ensemble concerts feature Ryan Hill, Ernie Dulanowsky, Jeff Morton and John Hampton (all of Regina).

Concert and Workshop Locations:

Concert: November 3, 8:00 pm
Artist workshop and demonstrations, Come & Go at 1:00 pm
5th Avenue Cup & Saucer
60 5 Avenue North,
Co-sponsored by the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery

Moose Jaw:
Concert: November 4, 7:00 pm
Moose Jaw Performing Arts Theatre in Crescent Park
461 Langdon Crescent
Workshop: Friday November 5 at 1:00
Co-sponsored by the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery
Registration required:
C Schweiger
Education Co-ordinator
Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery
(306) 692-4471

Concert: November 6, 8:00 pm
Open user group session: Sunday November 7 at 1:00
Drop in basis
Paved Arts
424 20th Street West
Co-sponsored by Paved Arts

Thanks to the provincial government, through the Saskatchewan Arts Board, for the Culture on the Go program and its funding of the Dorkbot Ensemble.

Culture on the Go is made possible through funding provided to the Saskatchewan Arts Board by the Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport.

About the Artists
Ernie Dulanowsky had his first brush with making electronic music after building a tone generator from a schematic in Popular Electronics. Recently Ernie has embraced computer-based composition. Ernie uses Linux and other open-source tools to craft soundscapes and manipulate found sounds.

Ryan Hill is an explorer of the arts based out of Regina. A large percentage of his explorations flow through digital media and generative graphics programming, video, sound processing and music composition. Ryan started the Regina Dorkbot chapter in
May of 2008, to create a comfortable environment where digital media artists of all sorts could come together.

Composer/performer Jeff Morton completed a Masters Degree in Music Composition at the University of Victoria. His research topics include music composition, graphic notation, electronic and electro-acoustic music, improvisation, and media art. Jeff performs as an improvising and electro-acoustic musician, and works with dancers, visual artists, and media artists across Canada and internationally.

John Hampton is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in visual mediums. He blends classical instruments with electro-kitsch in order to defamiliarize melody, the gestural performative act and their relationship between acoustic and digitally generated sounds.