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TO AUG. 3
The Sonic Circuits Festival of Electronic Art was created to promote electronic composers, a term that seems to apply to tapeheads, sound bombers, digital tinkerers, aural minimalists, weird-instrument builders, and any other artists who, by the nature of their craft, have no pop outlet. Some of the names at this year’s event may be familiar to adventurous punks and IDM fans: There’s the well-traveled Richard Chartier, who hosts the Filler evening at D.C.’s Blue Room, and All Scars member Chuck Bettis, who has also performed as Trance and the Arcade. The nonlocals include Kim Cascone, who has worked as an assistant music editor for David Lynch, as well as Arto Lindsay collaborator Ikue Mori (pictured), who has expanded upon her work with the No Wave outfit DNA. Those with more traditional training include Mark Applebaum, an assistant professor of music at Stanford University, who makes instruments out of junk and found objects, and singer Erin Flannery, a McLean High School and Oberlin Conservatory grad who tackles works by fringe composers. And because the D.C. area has no decent college radio station (electronic-composer music is perfect for those anything-goes 2 a.m. insomniac broadcasts), your only chance to catch it in one big block might be the Sonic Circuits Fest. It’s at various locations; see City List for details. (Joe Warminsky)