Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St
San Francisco CA 94102  

The Center for New Music San Francisco, Inc. is a community center for participants of new music in San Francisco. The Center serves the practitioners of creative, non-commercial music by providing the resources they need, including space to work, rehearse, and perform, access to a like-minded community, and access to media resources. Through these services, the Center seeks to support and build the community of new music to encourage its efficiency, growth, integration, and excellence.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, October 1 2022 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 1st, 6pm
Tickets: Free! (suggested $5 donation)

We're celebrating 10 years of new music at C4NM! Come celebrate with us as we toast our first decade serving the new music community in the Bay Area and beyond and look forward to the next decade. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided complimentary.
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Saturday, October 8 2022 8:00 PM
Join Christina Braun and David Samas to share memories and celebrate the life of Tom Nunn. Speakers will include Sudhu Tewari, Bart Hopkin, Paul Winstanly and Priscilla Nunn. Everyone is welcome to share a memory.

Performers include the remaining members of the Secret Society of Scatch: David Samas (on original instruments he built with Tom) with Christina Braun (dance), Sudhu Tewari with Chris Brown, and David Michalak (Scatch film). Also: Ron Heglin, short stories by Nunn read by Dean Santomieri and special guests.

An accompanying exhibition of the “Evolution of Scatch” is on view in the atrium from September 4-October 29.
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Sunday, October 9 2022 7:00 PM
John Bischoff “Surface”

This show headlines the new album release “Surface” by John Bischoff, on Artifact Recordings, CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

The music was created in the mid-1990s and is related to his album “The Glass Hand” from the same period. The pieces are the result of extensive experimentation using real-time MIDI System-Exclusive codes to drive synthesizers into noise states of varying qualities. As MIDI note-on messages pummel the synthesizer 10 times a second, Sys-Ex messages sent in tandem alter the synthesizer’s voice definition—picture a bell continuously struck while imagining its shape is deformed in any dimension. The pieces were composed for live performance and therefore recorded in studio in real-time in one pass. For this concert Bischoff has arranged the stereo recordings for diffusion in 8 channels.

“Imagine a rolling landscape divided into areas of differing surface texture. A vehicle speeds over the landscape, the wheels generating continuous noise in contact with each surface. At area boundaries the noise quality shifts suddenly. The vehicle is silent, the surface sound all encompassing.” — from the CD program notes

Bio: John Bischoff (b. 1949) is an early practitioner of live computer music. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as the development of computer network music. His recent performances combine hands-on analog circuitry and digital synthesis in open dialog. His focus continues to be on material properties elicited from the electronic instrumentation, highlighting mechanisms either built-in or fabricated by the composer through play and investigation.

David Michalak “The Secret Opera”

performed by Doctor Bob, Surround Sound mix by David Michalak

Bob Marsh as Grum – vocals

David Michalak – lap steel, Skatchbox, & sonic architecture

An Opera singer, Grum, excited by his debut, develops this joyous habit of mimicking the sounds of his surroundings, matching pitches and singing back to the sounds of everyday life. As he walks to his performance on opening night he is lured by the sound of a woman’s voice. It's coming from a movie theater where he is seduced by the image of Aleyesha’s eyes on the movie screen, rendering him speechless…still he must perform his opera and though his vocalizing contains the necessary emotion, he cannot form words. Some say it was anxiety. Others say it was an apparition; the hypnotizing eyes & voice of Aleyesha that made him lose his words and left him doomed to vocalize his opera to a crumbling empty house, forever.

This is the first studio recording to include the Skatchbox, a musical invention by Thomas Skatchit. (A Skatchbox is a cardboard box with objects attached like toothpicks, nails & washers that are stroked or "played” with combs.)

Bio: David Michalak has been making films and performing since 1971. He plays lap steel guitar, phantom harp and the Skatchbox. He has founded T.D. Skatchit & Co., Reel Change, Ghost In The House and Dr. Bob playing on and engineering many recordings. His films have been shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Castro Theater, Cannes Film Festival, The Roxie Theater and many other less impressive venues.
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Thursday, October 13 2022 8:00 PM
“It’s not that I hadn’t heard that before, it’s that I didn’t know it even existed.”

Thomas Dimuzio



In the fall of 1998, Thomas Dimuzio and Scot Jenerik embarked on a stellar southwest and west coast tour. Opening the doors in many towns to sounds never before experienced. One enthusiastic admirer said “It’s not that I hadn’t heard that before, it’s that I didn’t know it even existed”. A lot has changed since then. Though Dimuzio and Jenerik have performed together on numerous occasions all over the world, they are getting back to their roots of their first tour together on the Left Coast, in 24 years.

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Thomas Dimuzio is a musician, composer, improviser, sound designer, mastering engineer, label proprietor, and music technologist residing in San Francisco, California. Dimuzio's music is like a sonic excursion transporting the listener to other worldly aural realms. “His work has a narrative, filmic tug that will draw you into its dark corners, ears alert… brilliant and rarely less than entertaining.” (Peter Marsh, BBC).

His recordings have been released internationally by ReR Megacorp, Asphodel, RRRecords, No Fun Productions, Sonoris, Drone Records, Record Label Records, Odd Size, Seeland, and other independent labels. Among his collaborators are Chris Cutler, Dan Burke, Joseph Hammer, Alan Courtis, Nick Didkovsky, Due Process, Voice of Eye, Fred Frith, David Lee Myers, Alaric, ISIS, 5uu's, Scot Jenerik, Matmos, Wobbly and Negativland. Prepandemic performances include AngelicA Festival Internazionale di Musica, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, CCRMA at Stanford, Recombinant Media Labs Buchla Memorial, and Ende Tymes Festival of Experimental Art and Liberation. Dimuzio hosted and produced Frequency Modulation Radio featuring live on-air performances of sonic practitioners exploring the fringes of music and broadcast on KPFA-FM Berkeley.

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Scot Jenerik is a multidisciplinary artist/instrumentalist, instrument builder, composer and sound engineer. He has performed, lectured and distributed works extensively in the United States, Europe and Japan for over 30 years. He is co-owner of Mobilization Records; has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute; founded 23five Incorporated (the first non-profit arts organization in the US, dedicated specifically to the development and increased awareness of sound works in the public arena); and co-hosted the No Other Radio Network on KPFA.

Mr. Jenerik's explosive performances, incorporating hand built instruments of metal and fire, are infamous both around his home of San Francisco/Portland and throughout the world. Combining elements of Kodo drumming, drone and noise, Jenerik transfers the intensity of physical performance into a throbbing soundscape of rhythms, drones and direct elemental contact. His most recent performances are exploring harmonies and harmonics through the non traditional use of traditional instruments from Turkey and India.

Mr. Jenerik’s recent recorded work has been the abstract, non-representational dark ambient project AUME (with Chrome and ex F-Space drummer Aleph Omega). All releases have a hand sculpted physical container which is integral to the work. An example of this is his solo release of an album made from cement that is playable on a turntable and is housed in a handcrafted hardwood box. In addition, his experimental short films have been shown in film festivals internationally. As of October 2019, he has rebooted F-Space (with Ethan Port of Savage Republic)

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Scott Arford is one of the leading figures of new media arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has produced numerous works for sound and video including multichannel installations, live performances, CD and DVD projects. He was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica. Arford has shown his in numerous venues including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Dissonanze 7 in Rome, Italy; LUFF Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland; Observatori Festival in Valencia, Spain; the Sounding Festivals in Guangzhou, China and Taipei, Taiwan; the LEM festival in Barcelona, Spain; Liquid Architecture in Melbourne, Australia; the Festival de Video/Arte/Eolectronica in Lima, Peru; Sonic Light in Amsterdam; and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Arford received a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture and Design at Kansas State University in 1991. He is currently an instructor at the California College of Arts in Oakland, CA.

In 1995 Arford founded 7hz, a warehouse/performance space. From 1995 to 2002, 7hz was San Francisco's leading venue for noise and experimental music featuring numerous international artists including Francisco Lopez, Kit Clayton, Blechdom from Blectum, Zbignew Karkowski, The Haters, Mayuko Hino, and John Duncan. It still used as a studio and workspace for Arford and others.
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Saturday, October 15 2022 8:00 PM
Haegeum performer and composer Jeonghyeon Joo presents her ongoing project "The Art of Bowing" together with new works for haegeum solo and haegeum with electronics by Ben Sabey. Joo and Ben will also present a duo improvisation.
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Rova Saxophone Quartet is now in residence at Center for New Music. The Center, located at 55 Taylor Street, is establishing a hub for the new music community, providing space to work, learn, rehearse and perform.