The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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Matmos and Kevin Blechdom

Matmos is M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel (Baltimore) Since 1995 Matmos have made recordings and performed live using the sounds of: amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, a bowed five string banjo, slowed down whistles and kisses, water hitting copper plates, the runout groove of a vinyl record, a $5. 00 electric guitar, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, chin implant surgery, contact microphones on human hair, violins, rat cages, tanks of helium, violas, human skulls, cellos, peck horns, tubas, cards shuffling, field recordings of conversations in hot tubs, frequency response tests for defective hearing aids, a steel guitar recorded in a sewer, electrical interference generated by laser eye surgery, whoopee cushions and balloons, latex fetish clothing, rhinestones on a dinner plate, Polish trains, insects, ukelele, aspirin tablets hitting a drum kit from across the room, dogs barking, people reading aloud, life support systems and inflatable blankets, records chosen by the roll of dice, an acupuncture point detector conducting electrical current through human skin, rock salt crunching underfoot, solid gold coins spinning on bars of solid silver, the sound of a frozen stream thawing in the sun, a five gallon bucket of oatmeal, and the vagina, uterus, and reproductive tract of a cow.

Kristin Erickson is a girl named Kevin — Kevin Blechdom to be precise, the avenging angel of pop music. Armed with a laptop, top notch programming skills, keyboard and a banjo, Ms. Blechdom has brought much needed life into electronic music with her one woman show filled with Song, Dance, Blood and Guts. She received her B.A. And M.F.A. Degrees in electronic music from Mills College, and in 2013 she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts. Now she works as the Technical Coordinator for the Digital Arts and New Media program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The MEGAPOLIS Festival is a multi-day series of events for people to create, experiment with, and experience sound. Artists including documentarians, technologists, musicians, educators, urban planners, scientists, and radio producers come together to celebrate the audio medium and to encourage each other to push the boundaries of sound, art, and thought