Interview with Sound Artist, Alex Braidwood

Interview with Sound Artist, Alex Braidwood

Alex Braidwood is a sound artist and Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Iowa State University. His research into sound and interaction has taken him around the Earth for many projects, performances, and installations, all of which have been collected on his Listening Instruments website. He recently travelled to Alpine National Park in Australia where he was artist-in-residence at the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture. While he was there, he collected a series of field recordings which he put to tape for release on Maximum Ames earlier this year. On Saturday, September 17, he will install a listening experience at the Octagon Center for the Arts at noon as part of the Maximum Ames Music Festival. What distinguishes audio as an art form? In a world dominated by the visual image, you’ve chosen something much more intimate and truthful. Why does sound keep you searching? A great deal of the adventure of working with recording sound is the search. Sound is fleeting and can feel very illusive, no matter how much I plan and try to anticipate the results of recording I’m regularly surprised with what comes out. Sound and listening is one of the primary ways in which we as hearing beings engage with the world. We receive a great deal of feedback and information through our ears. Our hearing functions in 360° and is on all the time, even when we are sleeping. This has been very beneficial to us throughout our evolution. A huge part of why I find sound to be engaging as an art form is because it has the power to surround you,...
Photos: Hinterland Music Festival

Photos: Hinterland Music Festival

This year’s Hinterland Music Festival was a real hootenanny. From locals like Field Division and William Elliott Whitmore, big-name national acts like Ray LaMontagne and Lake Street Dive, and of course the legendary Willie Nelson, the festival this year continued to solidify its status as one of the Midwest’s best up-and-coming folk and bluegrass music festivals. The whole experience felt like a proper throwback to 60’s summer festivals rather than a contemporary take on the tried-and-true camping music festival format of decades past. Here’s to many more. All photos by guest contributor, Meanz Chan...
Guest Mix: Brian Smith of Jack Lion

Guest Mix: Brian Smith of Jack Lion

Always looking to expand the variety of content we offer here at DSM Shows, we’ve decided to start pestering local musicians to make us mixes that we can post. On one hand, it’s a nice opportunity for the artist to cite some of their influences and intersperse some of their own songs. And on the other hand, its an opportunity for us, the audience, to continue expanding our aural studies of the trends and microgenres that decorate the many unique corners of our state. Up first in the guest mix line-up is Brian Smith — horn player and audio/visual programmer for Iowa City based jazz trio, Jack Lion. Check it out below: Tracklist: Photay – Illusion of Seclusion Machinedrum – What U Wanted 2 Feel (Pixelord Remix) Young Thug – Drippin’ Jamie Foxx – You Changed Me (Zora Jones & Sinjin Hawke Bootleg) RY X – Berlin (edit) Brian Lewis Smith – I Could See You As A Mayan Jack Lion – Birds Rafiq Bhatia – Sunshower PNL – J’comprends pas School of Seven Bells – Half Asleep Koplant No – Transit Remix Vijay Iyer – Mystic Brew Desiigner – XXL Freestyle Lapalux – Paz Vega Sibian & Faun – I’m Sorry Jack Lion – SRRNDR Orchestre National de Jazz – The Power of Water...
Phoning It In At The 80/35 Music Festival

Phoning It In At The 80/35 Music Festival

Whenever the 80/35 Music Festival rolls out its lineup every year, we start trying to brainstorm new and interesting ways to cover it. After all, we don’t do much for post-show coverage here on the website (we want you to go to shows, not find out how they were), and most of the acts booked for the festival need little-to-no introduction from us. What we came up is this: Phoning It In At The 80/35 Music Festival. We decided we’d carry on a group message conversation among our writers during the festival as well as the days leading up to it, and post it here for an honest-to-goodness first-hand account of the real 80/35 experience! Okay, so mostly it’s just jokes and cat pictures, but that’s pretty much all we do here at dsmshows, so what did you expect? Enjoy(?)! July 3 1:38 PM   Nick: 80/35 is less than a week away. Let this begin Casey: It’s probably too late to score press passes right? Trey: I applied for us but haven’t heard back. I’ll send another email. C: There you go pulling your weight again. Bruce: I don’t see a lot of money here. T: Especially when we all keep phoning it in. We need more writers so WE can do less. C: (wad of cash emoticon) T: More writers and more sponsored pizza. T: Gusto… T: Just sayin’ Casey, with you working there, it’s an obvious connec. C: I feel like every single group discussion we have ends with “so yeah, let us know when you find those interns, Trey.” C: #makeDSMshowsInternsAgain N: Oh, that’s good. B: Is...
The Gross Domestic Product Music Festival

The Gross Domestic Product Music Festival

Gross Domestic Product is Des Moines’ all local music festival. This year marks the 11th anniversary of GDP, and to look back at the past ten years of lineups is like looking through a photo album of the year in Iowa music. The festival’s continued success is due to the Des Moines Music Coalition’s ability to curate a lineup of local artists from a wide scope of genres and present those acts in conjunction with one another to paint a larger picture of the diversity of music our fair city has to offer. This year, we here at DSM Shows were asked to write up the band previews for every artist on the GDP 2016 lineup. We, of course, accepted. Over the next two weeks leading up to the festival, the Des Moines Music Coalition and our humble crüe of jotters here at DSM Shows will be releasing the write-ups for your previewing pleasure. Our hope is that releasing these bios one-by-one will build an enormous amount of hype for Gross Domestic Product, so much so that in years to come, the engaged music audience of Des Moines will celebrate not only GDP itself, but the two weeks leading up to it as well in a manner consistent with what many have come to expect from a Naw’Leans Mardi Gras. Our expectation is that every one of you reading this right now will attend GDP, support this grand opportunity for local musicians, and celebrate our lovely little music culture here in the City of Two Rivers. Or else… *** DJ Eight Ten By Trey Reis There’s a real art to DJing....