Described as a "multi-sensory event," the fourth annual Soundcrawl: Nashville will team up with the First Saturday Art Crawl, but will resonate far beyond just that. Brick Factory will be the headquarters for this bigger-than-ever celebration of sonic art that includes five days of exhibitions, performances and classes. Brick Factory solidifies its standing as Nashville's most important creative incubator by lending its galleries, teaching spaces and community-educational ethos to the interactive event.
Soundcrawl kicks off on Saturday night at The Arcade, presenting its mainstage selections along with Brian Franklin's The Essential Mortal Kombat — a classic video game controlled by pianos. Let the musical melee begin! After the crawl, festival headliner Tracy Silverman will perform at Brick Factory. The BBC called Silverman "the greatest living exponent of the electric violin," and his custom-built six-string ax, guitar amp and pedals will likely get Nashville gear-heads drooling.
Sunday's Art of the Future exhibit at Brick Factory spotlights 26 new media compositions culled from a throng of international artists. From the Soundcrawl website: "Since 2009 we've received 543 submissions by 90 composers in 45 countries on 6 continents." Interactive live performances that combine sound and movement will round out the evening's program.
There's a slew of other Soundcrawl events that stretch well beyond the weekend. I've got my eye on Monday night's collaboration between Tony Youngblood of the Theatre Intangible Podcast and video artist Benton-C Bainbridge. Bainbridge's Super Long Play! video installation at Seed Space this past spring was one of the gallery's best, and this meeting of the minds will surely throw sparks. Composer Tim Hinck's new string quartet will make its Nashville premiere on Tuesday night, and Robbie Lynn Hunsinger will offer an evening of oboe and interactive multimedia on Wednesday. Hunsinger's woodwind playing recalls the Eastern-influenced post-bebop sound that John Coltrane found on Live at the Village Vanguard, and the way she controls visual elements with her instrument casts the artist as a snake charmer for the digital age.
Some Soundcrawl events are free, but some require tickets or passes. Find a full schedule and pay your way at the event's website.