Fringe Arts

FRINGE! + Deadline MORE CLOSER for MF.05 @ PHiLA

With the 5th MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival descending upon your faces 16-17 September, 2017, in Philadelphia PA USA, we shall be wont to mention that this year we will be partnering with Fringe Arts and taking over the middle weekend of the annual Fringe Festival, a 17-day full frontal arts attack happening all over said city in September.

This is vital and important for everyone already involved as well as wanting to be, which includes you who should pitch your workshop/event/etc. ideas to us before May 31, 2017. CLINK THE LINK to make haste and make (audio) hay!

2017 MEGAPOLIS Philadelphia

2017 MGPLS Philadelphia: The Beast Comes Back EAST!

Hear ye hear ye, people smaller and taller, boon companion younger and older – marketh your calendars! The 5th MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival comes on the scene 15-16 September, 2017, in Philadelphia PA USA.

While winter doldrums have dulled our keenness, fatigue from the news cycle threatening to reduce us to near-constant lament, we need to be reminded that the fever of doom and/or gloom is fleeting and, in short, mighty boring. With March comes springy ideas, and here’s the springingest: MegapolisFestival will once again pervade the cozy confines of the BosWash megalopolis, this time with the smackdown in Philly.

What is salient at this juncture:

  • Want to be an artist in our fest? We want to showcase your nonpareil ideas – our submission form is coming soon.
  • Want to be a sponsor? Have in-kind donations – product giveaway, food? Ping us now and we’ll make it happen.

For now that is all. Spread the news to all in your purview. Contact us with your Qs, ideas, or tasty tasty recipes.


Kicking those Future Thoughts @ MOOGFEST 2016

Join us as part of a diverse lineup of thinkers, do-ers, makers etc. who will be taking over the daytime during Moogfest, 19-22 May in Durham, North Carolina. GET THEM FEST PASSES MEOW!

Here’s what’s on the docket during Moogfest days of Future Thoughts, via the Offices of Mr. Megapolis:

Friday May 20: Radical Radio
Exploring radio as technology, concept, and practice; reflecting on its history for facilitating democratic expression; and looking to radio’s future as an evolving sound medium for artists, documentarians, musicians, educators, and performers. Within an event space transformed as a multi-channel low-watt radio installation – with a sonic basis of manipulations of the atomic clock – four distinct artists will provide commentary on how the traditions of radio inform the modern application of sound: radio artist and composer Anna Friz on the historical theory and practice of the art of radio transmission; transmission artist Jeff Kolar on using current considerations for radio as an apparatus for sonification of the electromagnetic spectrum; screenwriter and radio producer Sharon Mashihi on the performance of audio narrative; and audio artist Kaitlin Prest on theoretical possibilities for podcasting as an art form. These analyses will be supported through performances by these artists in pairs, exhibiting the cross-disciplinary aspects of radio practice: Friz and Kolar will perform radio as instrument, giving subtle treatment to the airwaves and unstable circuits from which highly detailed landscapes emerge; and Prest and Mashihi will perform radio as theatre to launch an investigation into sound, object, and the ways that human beings torment themselves. (Event pre-empted by a soundwalk led by Friz.)

Saturday May 21: Borderless Radio
Led by Shani Aviram and Justin Grotelueschen of MEGAPOLIS, this participatory discussion for novice-to-seasoned event producers, curators, and artists will broach the idea of radio not just as a participatory medium, but as a platform for multidisciplinary events that transcend typical boundaries yet accentuate a unique space and location. The moderators will present tangible examples from previous festivals, broadcasts, gatherings, and other unique events that enhanced site-specific elements and promoted psychogeographic practices in order to push audiences to experience beyond time and place. Audience members are encouraged to bring examples from existing events as well as new concepts for pushing audiences to listen and to create within multidisciplinary environments. Preceding the discussion the moderators will unapologetically subject audience members to an experimental interactive exercise using even more experimental audio/radio technologies and concepts.