Sonic Intervention

Who: The No Idea Festival is not merely a set of performances, especially not musical performances in the more conventional sense. It’s more about actual experiences – the way sounds are manipulated, placed together, separated, reshaped and redefined. It’s an open invitation to utilize instruments in unexpected ways, and to use random objects as instruments in extraordinary ways. No Idea is an opportunity for sound artists and musicians to come together without pre-planned performances or expectations to discover what collaboration, improvisation, and what the festival defines as “sonic interventions” create. The results are often quite stunning.

What: The 12th annual No Idea Festival is as intriguing and adventurous as ever before, featuring participants from around the world in a series of solo performances and group collaborations.

When and Where: After it’s official launch last night at The North Door, the No Idea Festival continues tonight at 8 p.m. the Museum of Human Achievement (MoHA), at Lyons Rd. and Springdale Rd. in East Austin, and resumes again tomorrow afternoon with a brunch concert from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Studium, 908 E. 5th St., #106. More performances follow tomorrow night, starting at 8 p.m., at MoHA.

Why: Mind expansion. Sonic experimentation. Step outside of any boundaries or assumptions you may have about music and sound. No Idea will stimulate the senses. Highly recommended.

– Featured on today’s Austin Music Minute: Tape manipulation sound artist Jason Lescalleet. Photo courtesy of the No Idea Festival.

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