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Andrew Toy w/ Oms, Signals Under Tests

All Ages
Friday, May 20
Doors: 8pm

Doors at 7:30 | Show at 8
All Ages 

Delaware-raised, Washington DC-based Andrew Toy uses percussion as a starting point for composition and sonic exploration. In the studio and on stage, Andrew twists, distorts, and re-arranges the sound of the drums beyond recognition to create soundscapes that are both intense and atmospheric. By re-imagining instrument roles and creative processes, Toy has crafted a sound that blends post-rock, minimalism, world music, and electronica with the energy and spontaneity that is embodied by live drums.

Richard (Ricky) Graham, Ph.D., is a musician, technologist, educator and business owner based in Alexandria, Virginia. Ricky is an Ableton Certified Trainer and he produces and performs music under the alias, Signals Under Tests. He also designs software. Graham’s academic research is centered around computer-assisted music composition and instrumental music performance. He developed the first iteration of his live performance system for multichannel guitar as an artist-in-residence at STEIM in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in music from Ulster University in 2012. His writing on performance systems design and electroacoustic theory has been published in the proceedings of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Electroacoustic Music Studies (EMS) Network, and the Irish Sound, Science, and Technology Association (ISSTA) conferences. Journal articles and artist statements by Graham have also been published in Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press), the Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Emille (Journal of the Korean Electro-Acoustic Music Society), and Divergence Press (University of Huddersfield).

Oms is the multimedia collaboration between artists Monica Stroik and Doug Kallmeyer.

Beginning in 2019, the duo began touring the eastern United States providing immersive audio/ visual experiences to great reception at galleries, festivals, and underground art spaces. For these “meditations”, Monica Stroik creates an ever evolving tapestry of imagery in real time, playing with light and folding in Doug Kallmeyer’s physically stimulating sonics. The result is a mesmerizing, hypnotic experience designed to synch with alpha brain waves and envelop the senses.