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===INTRO===
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= About =
Anyone who builds or codes a homemade instrument of plastic or metal or wood or hardware or software, is considered an automatic member of the Noisejam Orchestra.
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===THE ORCHESTRA===
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The Noise Orchestra is an open ensemble of handmade, hand-wired, and hand-coded instruments. Anyone  on planet Earth can be a member of the orchestra. No music experience required.
  
But, to perform with the Orchestra, you must attend one rehearsal before performing with us.
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==PHILOSOPHY==
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The Noise Jam is a participatory ritual. A way for the community to come together, away from the dramas, the mailing lists, the meetings, the talk. A way to bring together disparate, solo hacks into a unified collaboration.
  
The audience will participate too. Their rehearsal will happen during the actual performance.
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We give shape and meaning to chaos. We transform noise into something which is not chaos. Noise as a path to creativity. A bridge. A noise bridge.
  
===NEXT PERFORMANCE===
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Some ask for a moment of silence; I ask for a moment of noise.
  
Noisebridge Fundraiser
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==MAILING LIST==
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Join the Sound-Hacks mailing list, for music hacking discussion and announcements:
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https://www.noisebridge.net/mailman/listinfo/sound-hacks
  
Saturday, March 30th, 2013
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==GitHub Repo ==
  
Setup: 1 pm
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https://github.com/noisebridge/NoisebridgeOrchestra
  
Rehearsal: 2-4 pm, in Church, back of Noisebridge, by kitchen
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= Performances =
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===ANNOUNCING===
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* The 4th Performance of the Noise Orchestra.
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* A concert of handmade, hand-wired, and hand-coded instruments.
  
Concert: 6:30 pm
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===PERFORMANCE INFO===
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* Saturday, August 10th, 2013.
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* Location: Noisebridge, the Mission, San Francisco.
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* Duration: about 15 minutes
  
Performance Duration: about 15 minutes
 
  
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===VOLUNTEERS NEEDED===
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To help to set up chairs, work with the PA, Recordist, Videographer, Photographer. Contact johnyradio@gmail.com.
  
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===SCORE===
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This performance is a conceptual piece. There is no notated sheet-music, only descriptive instructions. The composer will conduct the performance.
  
'''Register here:'''
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'''Movements'''
[http://uuu.my/noisejam]
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* '''Bedlam:''' During this movement, all instruments are encouraged to play loudly and raucously. Players should play with no regard for the other instruments, and should  step on each other's sounds with gusto. Wake the audience up! 5 min.
''Note: this project is about good vibes and good humor. No drama please, and let’s not take ourselves too seriously  :)
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''Also, this is a little-to-no experience necessary project  :D''
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* '''Whisper:''' This movement will begin with the quietest instruments in the Orchestra. Throughout the movement, players are asked to play as quietly as possible, and to listen carefully to the other instruments. Lull the audience into a dreamlike state. 5 min.
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===Detailed Rules===
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(in the form Obligatory/Permitted/Forbidden. I think it's something called Deontic logic, but don't quote me on that).
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* '''Pulse:''' Players will play on and around a slow, steady pulse, increasing in tempo during the movement, until it ends in high-speed frenzy. Give the audience a heart attack. 5 min.
  
====OBLIGATORY:====
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===PLAYER GUIDELINES===
*Build or program your own instrument.
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If you build your own instrument (of mineral, vegetable, circuitry, or code), then you've already passed the audition. No music experience required.  
====FORBIDDEN:====
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''[Basic goal: be original, don't dominate the sound-space.]
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*unaltered, pre-recorded music.
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*being continuously louder than everyone else.
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*playing continuously (you should have LOTS of silences in your performance when other sounds can be heard). Exception: rhythmic core patterns (which should have lots of silence between beats).
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*using the whole frequency spectrum (Ie, using all the notes from the bottom, middle, and top of a piano keyboard. You should play just low-pitched, or just middle-pitched, or just high-pitched sounds).
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====PERMITTED:====
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*software
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*hardware (electronic)
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*mechanical - metal, wood, etc
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*traditional acoustic<ref>Anything that makes a noise is "acoustic", but I'm using the idiomatic meaning of the word: an instrument that generates sound without electricity.</ref>
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 instrument from any culture/time
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*NON-traditional, original acoustic instrument from another dimension or planet
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*percussive/rhythmic
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*tonal/melodic
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*atonal/unpitched
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*live processing of other instrument sounds during our performance (you must build/program the process, and use your own microphone/sensor/pickup (or we might be able to provide an effect-send from the mixer)).
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*group-built instruments
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*circuit bending
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*hacked acoustic instruments
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*electro-acoustic (pickups or contact mics)
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*an original style of vocalization
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*flesh and bone
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*amplified vegetables
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*etc
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===Volunteers needed===
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'''Requirements:'''
'''Roomist:''' help to set up room (chairs,tables, lighting, etc)
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* You must build or program your own instrument.
Amplificist: to ensure we have amplification, loudspeakers, mixer. We do not need a stadium PA. Noisebridge's own amplifier and speakers will be adequate, if you can make them sound clean. Need someone to take charge of ensuring they are in working order and properly set up for the event.
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* If not acoustic, be self-amplified (I do have some amps to lend).
Limitist: Procure/lend and operate a limiter (not compressor), to protect our ears and loudspeakers. Might be built into whatever mixer or amplifier we end up using.
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* Be able to play very quietly, and very loud.
Volumist: Stand at the ready to cut the master volume in case of emergency.
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* No unaltered, pre-recorded music.
Mixerist: May need lent mixer (don't know yet how many inputs we'll need).
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Mixist: To “play” the mixer, ie. judiciously boost/cut mixer channels during jam.
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Recordist: with own hardware or software recorder. Stereo recording is sufficient. Need two microphones, ideally two omni's. Nice recording option: Zoom digital recorder (not a "voice recorder"): jo.my/zoomrec. Not desirable to record off the mixer.
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Hospitalitist: to ensure we have snacks and drinks.
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Artist-Coordinatist: inform performers, handle signups, etc.
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===Score===
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'''Instrument Suggestions:'''<blockquote>
    THEME: Organic Produce vs. GMO's
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Software, hardware (electronic), mechanical, metal, wood, traditional acoustic, percussive/rhythmic, tonal/melodic, atonal/unpitched, live processing of other instrument sounds during the performance, group-built instruments, circuit bending, hacked acoustic instruments, electro-acoustic (pickups or contact mics), flesh and bone, amplified vegetables. </blockquote>
    Movements:
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*not meant to parallel actual history
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*2 minutes per movement, 14 minutes total
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*5 second silence between movements, except where noted
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*“Natural instruments" means non-amplified, non-electrified acoustic instruments: *plucked strings, flesh, voice, coconuts, etc.
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*Overall direction is downward motion of tonality from movement to movement, until final movement leaps up an octave.
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*I. Nature: Pre-GMO, Pre-Pesticide Organic Fruits and Vegetables. Natural instruments only. Tranquil, harmonious, gentle rhythms. Key: A-440.
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*II: Iron Age: mechanical and electro-acoustic instruments only. Precise, soulless, mechanical, brutal. Very rhythmic, start slow and gradually increase tempo. Cohesive: instruments match tempo. "Industrial" beats. 60 BPM at start of movement --> to 120 BPM by end of movement. Key: down to G.
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*III: Electronic Age: Electronic and software instruments only. No mechanical, no natural. Techno, drum n bass, house, etc. Syncopated, cohesive. Starts happy, then grows dark. Start at 120 BPM --> accelerate to 480 BPM by end of movement. Key: down to F.
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*IV. Epic Struggle: - All instruments. Chaotic, arrhythmic atonality.
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            (no break)
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*V. Earth's Vengeance: Destruction of GMO's and toxic pesticides. The sounds of dying machines, as natural instruments grow more powerful and cohesive, obliterating non-natural instruments. Arrhythmic, keyless chaos --> 60 BPM, down to key of D.
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*VI. Earth Rise: Return to organic, non-pesticide produce. Natural instruments only. Start at 60 BPM, down to key of C --> slow to 15 BPM, rise up an octave to Key of B.
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'''Register here'''
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http://uuu.my/noisejam
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===References===
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'''Performance Etiquette:'''
<references/>
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* Don't be continuously louder than everyone else.
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* Be silent more than you play
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* Play in just one pitch range-- high, middle, or low. Not all three (there are exceptions, depending on your instrument).
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* Don't dominate the sound-space (unless directed to).
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(Note: this project is about good vibes and good humor. No drama please, and let’s not take ourselves too seriously  :)
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===PLAYER SCHEDULE===
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* Instrument Setup: 1pm
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* Rehearsal: 2pm
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* Stage setup: 8pm
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* Musicians report to stage: 8:30pm
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* Performance: 9pm
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If you want to perform in this Noise Jam, contact johnyradio@gmail.com ASAP.
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=== PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES===
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==== Sunday, June 23rd, 2013, 8 pm ====
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* Location: in the Hackatorium, front room at Noisebridge, facing Mission Street.
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* Duration: about 15 minutes
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* Photographs -http://www.flickr.com/photos/miromi/sets/72157634317780262/show/
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* Raw Hi-Def Video. Unedited, but organized by activity (circuit making with Johny Radio, circuit bending with Martin, skatchbox building with Tom Nunn, Ari's coding session, and Moldover's midi session). The files can be downloaded and used by anyone for anything. You'll get faster download speed inside Noisebridge.
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http://pony.noisebridge.net/~johnyradio/Noise%20Hack%20June%202013/
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* Mexican Noise: Unplanned Noise Battle between a live mariachi guitarist and Mexican pop radio, witnessed at a local taqueria the same weekend as the Noise Jam. 
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http://pony.noisebridge.net/~johnyradio/Noise%20Hack%20June%202013/Hack%20Video/mexican%20noise.AVI
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==== Jamuary 2013 Jam ====
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* Hi-def video and hi-res audio files from the first Noise Jam, including media collected by Lx and Rick:
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http://pony.noisebridge.net/~johnyradio/Noise%20Jam%20Jan%202013/

Latest revision as of 08:27, 30 November 2013

Contents

[edit] About

[edit] THE ORCHESTRA

The Noise Orchestra is an open ensemble of handmade, hand-wired, and hand-coded instruments. Anyone on planet Earth can be a member of the orchestra. No music experience required.

[edit] PHILOSOPHY

The Noise Jam is a participatory ritual. A way for the community to come together, away from the dramas, the mailing lists, the meetings, the talk. A way to bring together disparate, solo hacks into a unified collaboration.

We give shape and meaning to chaos. We transform noise into something which is not chaos. Noise as a path to creativity. A bridge. A noise bridge.

Some ask for a moment of silence; I ask for a moment of noise.

[edit] MAILING LIST

Join the Sound-Hacks mailing list, for music hacking discussion and announcements: https://www.noisebridge.net/mailman/listinfo/sound-hacks

[edit] GitHub Repo

https://github.com/noisebridge/NoisebridgeOrchestra

[edit] Performances

[edit] ANNOUNCING

  • The 4th Performance of the Noise Orchestra.
  • A concert of handmade, hand-wired, and hand-coded instruments.

[edit] PERFORMANCE INFO

  • Saturday, August 10th, 2013.
  • Location: Noisebridge, the Mission, San Francisco.
  • Duration: about 15 minutes


[edit] VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

To help to set up chairs, work with the PA, Recordist, Videographer, Photographer. Contact johnyradio@gmail.com.

[edit] SCORE

This performance is a conceptual piece. There is no notated sheet-music, only descriptive instructions. The composer will conduct the performance.

Movements

  • Bedlam: During this movement, all instruments are encouraged to play loudly and raucously. Players should play with no regard for the other instruments, and should step on each other's sounds with gusto. Wake the audience up! 5 min.
  • Whisper: This movement will begin with the quietest instruments in the Orchestra. Throughout the movement, players are asked to play as quietly as possible, and to listen carefully to the other instruments. Lull the audience into a dreamlike state. 5 min.
  • Pulse: Players will play on and around a slow, steady pulse, increasing in tempo during the movement, until it ends in high-speed frenzy. Give the audience a heart attack. 5 min.

[edit] PLAYER GUIDELINES

If you build your own instrument (of mineral, vegetable, circuitry, or code), then you've already passed the audition. No music experience required.

Requirements:

  • You must build or program your own instrument.
  • If not acoustic, be self-amplified (I do have some amps to lend).
  • Be able to play very quietly, and very loud.
  • No unaltered, pre-recorded music.


Instrument Suggestions:
Software, hardware (electronic), mechanical, metal, wood, traditional acoustic, percussive/rhythmic, tonal/melodic, atonal/unpitched, live processing of other instrument sounds during the performance, group-built instruments, circuit bending, hacked acoustic instruments, electro-acoustic (pickups or contact mics), flesh and bone, amplified vegetables.

Performance Etiquette:

  • Don't be continuously louder than everyone else.
  • Be silent more than you play
  • Play in just one pitch range-- high, middle, or low. Not all three (there are exceptions, depending on your instrument).
  • Don't dominate the sound-space (unless directed to).

(Note: this project is about good vibes and good humor. No drama please, and let’s not take ourselves too seriously  :)

[edit] PLAYER SCHEDULE

  • Instrument Setup: 1pm
  • Rehearsal: 2pm
  • Stage setup: 8pm
  • Musicians report to stage: 8:30pm
  • Performance: 9pm

If you want to perform in this Noise Jam, contact johnyradio@gmail.com ASAP.


[edit] PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

[edit] Sunday, June 23rd, 2013, 8 pm

  • Location: in the Hackatorium, front room at Noisebridge, facing Mission Street.
  • Duration: about 15 minutes
  • Photographs -http://www.flickr.com/photos/miromi/sets/72157634317780262/show/
  • Raw Hi-Def Video. Unedited, but organized by activity (circuit making with Johny Radio, circuit bending with Martin, skatchbox building with Tom Nunn, Ari's coding session, and Moldover's midi session). The files can be downloaded and used by anyone for anything. You'll get faster download speed inside Noisebridge.

http://pony.noisebridge.net/~johnyradio/Noise%20Hack%20June%202013/

  • Mexican Noise: Unplanned Noise Battle between a live mariachi guitarist and Mexican pop radio, witnessed at a local taqueria the same weekend as the Noise Jam.

http://pony.noisebridge.net/~johnyradio/Noise%20Hack%20June%202013/Hack%20Video/mexican%20noise.AVI

[edit] Jamuary 2013 Jam

  • Hi-def video and hi-res audio files from the first Noise Jam, including media collected by Lx and Rick:

http://pony.noisebridge.net/~johnyradio/Noise%20Jam%20Jan%202013/

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