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If Sonic Circuits were an electronica festival, I would have to bust out my baggy pants (now tight in the waist and, well, not so baggy) and practice my dance moves (trick knee and plantar fasciitis be damned). But Sonic Circuits is a festival of electronic musicthe sort of sit-down, beard-scratching variety embodied by Edgard Varèse and Karlheinz Stockhausenand I will have to wear little more than my favorite short-sleeved Oxford, Sansabelt slacks, and sensible shoes (I’m thinking of something in a black orthopedic) to enjoy myself. If electronica is about rhythm, then electronic music is about harmony and tone: Sonic Circuits, presented by the American Composers Forum (ACF), will be filled with twisted tunings and tonetic languages that have little to do with tempered Western sounds. Spotlight artists performing in the two-day event include guitarist Tim Brady, who fuses electro-acoustic composition, chamber-music aesthetics, and free-jazz leanings, and electric cellist Jeffrey Krieger (pictured), who will play along with an interactive computer video. The D.C. chapter of ACF will also represent with Paras Kaul, who will perform his work for video and live percussion, and Haskell Small, whose A Game of Go features two pianos and computer video. Start growing your beard now, ’cause the festival begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, on the Millennium Stage in the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer. Free. (202) 467-4600. It continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Levine School of Music’s Kunen Theater, 2801 Upton St. NW. Free. (301) 785-0884. (Christopher Porter)