Go-ing BIGG West! Megapolis+Oakland+SF = June 2015

What you say? Oakland no more. NO! We mean YES! Oakland PLUS MO MO MO! Starting on the west side, ending on the east side, always on the WUT WUT side.

Artists in, venues locking, tickets nearly ticketing. MAKE YR PREPS for ALL the gOOd times ! !!! !! !


BRR-ING! Here come the first evah MEGAPOLIS-funded stuffs: (Z Best) INSTALLATIONS.

YELLO! We are super pleased as punch to pull out all the punches and offer these three grants to artists who will install works at our festival this June. This grant-making exercise was a first for MEGAPOLIS and def will not be the last. We hope you (lotsoppl) come to experience these works in action because it is your destiny (that our festival is your destination).

Thee arteests:

Shanna Sordahl is an Oakland-based sound artist, composer, and performer who is an alum of the Electronic Music and Recording Media MFA program at Mills College. She will be creating an interactive environment of light and sound based on the festival concept of the frontier.

Pat Mesiti­-Miller is a producer and sound designer for NPR’s Snap Judgment. He will build an installation around an audio story of one man’s mental and spiritual journey in and out of the California prison system.

Julie Herndon is a Bay Area composer and performer working with internal/external space, improvisation, text, graphics, and electronics, and Dan Gottwald is a sculptor, instrument builder, and composer. Together they will install a musical intervention that will draw pedestrians into an unused public space in Oakland.

HOOraY for them and for us all!

you wanna wanna


We are happiest when we are announcing our new call for submissions. Be aware that we are happiest now. During the weekend of June 5th to 7th, 2015, the fourth MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival hits Oakland CA USA, as well as many stupendous and never horrendous ear sounds.

This year we have two categories of submissions:

1. Propose a session, tour, soundwalk, workshop, miscellaneous thing. 

Same as in past years. Get a ticket to the festival to see some other amazing events, impress your friends, have a better life, increase your life span on this planet.

2. Propose an installation.

We have three grants to give this year for $1000 each to install something at our festival. You’ll use a special submission form. Get seriously noticed. Plus all of the above.

Nextly, think about this year’s theme: the frontier.

That’s right. The theoretical frontier, expansion of boundaries, extreme limitsFrontier Thesis,egalitarianism, the taming of the frontier from exploration through urban development, even the lack of interest in high culture and all that. Take that where you will.

Also nextly, consider west and downtown Oakland and the spaces in which to make stuffs happen, incl. parks, streets, stores, rooftops, riverbanks, or anywhere else you can maybe mostly legally get yourself and a group of MEGAPOLIS attendees to (we happen to like these sorts of ideas).

In summation, proposals are due February 15, 2015. Plz pass along to all your good friends, particularly those in the Bay Area.


Go-ing West! MEGAPOLIS + OAKLAND = June 2015

Well HELLO THERE. Nice to see you again.

So we are slinking into the fall, and as we entertain thoughts about the summer that has surreptitiously galloped on by us like so many aimless ponies, we turn our focus to a time far, so far but not that far from now: THE FUTURE, or more specifically, THE FUTURE of SUMMERS. In 2015. Next year.

Now, today, we have come to say that we have a stake in this future. Hear us now and talk to us later: MEGAPOLIS GOes WEST, YOUNG WO/MEN!

During the first weekend of June, the 5th to the 7th, in 2015, the fourth MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival will land in cheery Oakland, CA, to unleash heretofore inconceivable bleeps, blips, screeches and skronk-age.

THAT IS RIGHT. More hijinks, fewer lojinks, more more BETTER MORE. Will you believe, if you are or want to be a believer in us, who’s already on tap for this fest?

Matmos (YES THEM)
Kevin Blechdom
Roman Mars / 99% Invisible
Gamelan X 
The Song Exploder podcast
… and undoubtedly many so many more!

We’ll have performances, tours, collaborative makey-maker events, workshoppy things, all of it – taking advantage of the best dressed of the west coast artists who come to play all days.

In the coming months, as is our tradition, we’ll open our regular call to all artists to come join us for tons of funs during our 2015 fest weekend.

BUT ALSO, prep yourself sooner than that for an announcement or two from us here about NEW opportunities to get paid to make audio hay for MF’15.

Hay HAY!
– Your friendly friends from


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Order HERE. (Make sure you communicate with us during checkout what size and color you want, or email that info after you buy to contact AT megapolisfestival.org.

the truth


(bring your own gear)

Jonathan Mitchell and his congregation of radio devotees will host a very special gathering on Friday Evening (April 19, 7pm, Lang Courtyard) that will probably change your life.

Help document this epic event! Mitchell would like the entire audience to record this happening using her (or his) own gear. That way no footstep or careless whisper will go unnoticed.

Afterwards, you can submit your tape to a dropbox online. Mitchell will then painstakingly edit and mix your recordings into a new episode of his groundbreaking series, The Truth. Bring any and all portable gear that you think you might need so that you can fully participate in this truly interactive radio spectacle.
Pro tip: write your name and number on your things.