Ben Singer http://www.benesing.com Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:00:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.1 News: SF Fringe http://www.benesing.com/2016/1123/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:00:44 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1123 Crossroads going to the San Francisco Fringe Festival
Performing at EXIT Theatre

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News: Orlando Fringe http://www.benesing.com/2016/917/ Wed, 18 May 2016 22:00:05 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=917 At the Crossroads (Faust 1926)
Modern Robot at the Orlando Fringe Festival

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News: Year of Flannery O’Connor http://www.benesing.com/2016/news-scupps/ Fri, 06 May 2016 22:00:48 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=915 Year of Flannery O’Connor
Guitar accompaniment at Scuppernong Books

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New: Earth Day Fair http://www.benesing.com/2016/1137/ Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:41:37 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1137 Piedmont Earth Day Fair
Being a baby tooth with Emily Stewart

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News: Kinder’s Eggs http://www.benesing.com/2016/news-kinders-eggs/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:27:49 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1134 Crooked Candy on aeon
And now you can see the film

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News: Perceiver of Sound League http://www.benesing.com/2016/news-perceiver-of-sound-league/ Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:15:55 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1118 Playing at Perceiver of Sound League
Solo show, and In ‘N’ Out, at GlenwoodBooks, 4pm

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News: Shiny Rocks http://www.benesing.com/2016/1128/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:08:01 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1128 Shiny Rocks, by Molly Cathryn Miller
Playing B3, Rhodes and some guitar bits.

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News: Hearts http://www.benesing.com/2016/1126/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:06:28 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1126 Hearts, by Molly Cathryn Miller
Piano, organ, and some things I’m probably forgetting.

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News: Mash-up of the moment http://www.benesing.com/2016/1113/ Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:35:04 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1113 Mash-up of the moment
From Triad City Beat, a profile and review of Premonition 1965

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News: The World in Sound, 1965 http://www.benesing.com/2016/news-the-world-in-sound-1965/ Sun, 13 Mar 2016 02:00:23 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=912 The World in Sound, 1965
Modern Robot with with Bloody Molly, NYP

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News: Radiunt Abundunt two tracks http://www.benesing.com/2016/news-radiunt-abundunt-two-tracks/ Tue, 23 Feb 2016 01:00:06 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=963 The Music of Radiunt Abundunt
Laurelyn Dossett at Triad Stage

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The Music of Radiunt Abundunt http://www.benesing.com/2016/the-music-of-radiunt-abundunt/ Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:00:55 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1042

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News: Non-Valentine’s Day http://www.benesing.com/2016/news-non-valentines-day/ Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:00:18 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=897 Non-Valentine’s Day
Modern Robot solo show at Urban Grinders

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News: Notion iOS Tec Award http://www.benesing.com/2016/news-notion-ios-tec-award/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:36:41 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=931 NAMM TEC Award
Notion for iOS wins in the category Audio Apps for Smartphones & Tablets

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News: Lubinski Celebration http://www.benesing.com/2016/news-lubinski-celebration/ Sun, 10 Jan 2016 01:00:15 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=920 Chris Lubinski: Art Show and Life Celebration
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Miss Lulu Galore http://www.benesing.com/2015/miss-lulu-galore/ Fri, 25 Dec 2015 17:00:49 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1010

Miss Lulu Galore performs at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai.

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Finale to Crossroads at Edinburgh http://www.benesing.com/2015/finale-to-crossroads-at-edinburgh/ Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:00:38 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1028

Modern Robot playing At the Crossroads: Music for Faust
Recorded August 15, 2015
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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News: IndiEarth XChange http://www.benesing.com/2015/news-indiearth-xchange/ Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:00:02 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1047 Off to India!
In Chennai to attend IndiEarth XChange

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News: Postcards at Doodad http://www.benesing.com/2015/news-postcards-at-doodad/ Sat, 14 Nov 2015 01:44:09 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=922 Postcards from the Swamp
Molly McGinn at Doodad Farm

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News: Off to China http://www.benesing.com/2015/news-off-to-china/ Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:48:11 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=928 Off to China!
Banjo Earth begins the journey

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News: Railyard Quartet Plays Ravel http://www.benesing.com/2015/railyardravel/ Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:40 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=936 The Railyard Quartet Plays Ravel
Audio for Classical Revolution Greensboro

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News: Music for Mounds Album Release http://www.benesing.com/2015/933/ Mon, 07 Sep 2015 00:00:40 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=933 Music for Mounds Album Release Show
Zen Poets + Quilla + Ben Singer at The Crown at the Carolina Theatre

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News: Hectorina NYP http://www.benesing.com/2015/news-hectorina-nyp/ Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:00:23 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=940 Destination Earth
Hectorina / Ghostt Bllonde / Modern Robot at NYP

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News: Crossroads Fringe 5 Stars http://www.benesing.com/2015/news-crossroads-fringe-5-stars/ Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:20:15 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=944 Five stars for “At the Crossroads”
Modern Robot at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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News: Cry No More http://www.benesing.com/2015/951/ Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:00:29 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=951 Cry No More
Audio for Rhiannon Giddens/Monkeywhale video

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Rhiannon Giddens – Cry No More http://www.benesing.com/2015/rhiannon-giddens-cry-no-more/ Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:00:03 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1037

Directed by Harvey K Robinson
Audio by Ben Singer
Filmed at United Congregational Church in Greensboro, NC

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News: Broken Fun Fourth http://www.benesing.com/2015/948/ Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:17:20 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=948 Fun Fourth
The Broken Parts on stage by The Carolina Theatre

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Matty Sheets — Dirt Chain Gang http://www.benesing.com/2015/matty-sheets-dirt-chain-gang/ Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:00:49 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1017

By Matty Sheets
With Erin Hayes

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News: Dan River Girls Layout http://www.benesing.com/2015/news-dan-river-girls-layout/ Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:00:03 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=969 Dan River Girls
Album layout and design

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Give Me Youth / Strange Guests http://www.benesing.com/2015/give-me-youth-strange-guests/ Sat, 13 Jun 2015 00:00:57 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1024

Modern Robot in a performance on June 12, 2015
The Crown Theatre, Greensboro NC
Ben Singer, guitar
Dale Baker, drums

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News: Crossroads at the Crown http://www.benesing.com/2015/954/ Sat, 13 Jun 2015 00:00:53 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=954 At the Crossroads (Faust, 1926)
Modern Robot and Invisible at the Crown

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News: On Gate City Port Authority http://www.benesing.com/2015/news-on-gate-city-port-authority/ Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:33 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1050 Chatting up tomorrow’s show
Interview with Gate City Port Authority, WUAG 103.1

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News: Katy EP Release http://www.benesing.com/2015/news-katy-ep-release/ Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:40 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=966 The Katy EP Release Show
Playing keys for Cathalyn

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Cathalyn, Out In The Rough EP http://www.benesing.com/2015/cathalyn-out-in-the-rough-ep/ Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:38 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=997

cathalyn.bandcamp.com
Cathalyn on Facebook

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News: Broken Parts at NYP http://www.benesing.com/2015/1062/ Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:29 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1062 The Broken Parts at NYP
Playing with Miniboone/Taylor Bays and the Laser Rays/Nathan Weeks and the Freaks

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News: Hudson’s First Friday http://www.benesing.com/2015/958/ Sat, 02 May 2015 00:00:04 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=958 Greensboro First Friday
Solo show at Hudson’s Hill

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News: Lowland Hum at Glenwood http://www.benesing.com/2015/news-lowland-hum-at-glenwood/ Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:00:09 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=971 Lowland Hum Hometown Show
Opening set at Glenwood Coffee and Books

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News: A Goddess Tale http://www.benesing.com/2015/976/ Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:00:57 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=976 A Goddess Tale
MD and keyboard for Suzy McCalley’s Winston-Salem production

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News: Southern Fried Circus http://www.benesing.com/2015/979/ Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:36:30 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=979 The Southern Fried Circus & The Cumberland Ghost
A Spring Equinox Celebration, playing drums for Andy Eversole

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News: Magpie Thief EP Release http://www.benesing.com/2015/1089/ Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:00:33 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1089 Magpie Thief EP Release Show
Playing guitar for Molly Miller, UNCG review

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Don’t Shoot Your Friends http://www.benesing.com/2015/matty-sheets-dont-shoot-your-friends/ Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:00:03 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1020

By Matty Sheets

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Emily Stewart — Ladybug http://www.benesing.com/2015/emily-stewart-ladybug/ Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:00:38 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1014

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Tunes with Bluford http://www.benesing.com/2015/tunes-with-bluford/ Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:00:26 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1005
  • Arm and a Leg
  • Autumn Leaves
  • High Stepping
  • Bluford Thompson, sax
    Ben Singer, guitar

    Arm and a Leg and High Stepping by Ben Singer

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    Suzy Mac http://www.benesing.com/2015/suzy-mac/ Sun, 04 Jan 2015 16:15:08 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=768
  • Move On
  • Trees
  • Songs by Suzy Mac
    Matty Sheets — drums
    Ben Singer — keyboards, guitar, bass

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    The Boss http://www.benesing.com/2014/the-boss/ Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:54:40 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=760

    A beautiful, live version of Magpie Thief performing their song, “The Boss”.

    More from Magpie Thief at their bandcamp page.

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    Emily Gardner Hall http://www.benesing.com/2014/emily-gardner-hall-snow-queen/ Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:16:22 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=764 While performing the Snow Queen at Triad Stage, I recorded two show tracks for Emily Gardner Hall, who played the Snow Queen.

    You can listen to Long Darkest Night and Winter of Ten Thousand Years (both with me and Scott Manring on guitars) at Emily’s Snow Queen page.

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    The Snow Queen http://www.benesing.com/2014/the-snow-queen/ Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:02:46 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=762 I had the delightful pleasure of playing in the 2014 production of The Snow Queen at Triad Stage. I played guitar, upright bass, rototoms, and various other pieces of percussion along with my fellow and fabulous musicians, Scott Manring and Faye Petree.

    ‘Snow Queen’ hits the season trifecta (News & Record review)

    Dressing a Story (Yes Weekly)

    More at Triad Stage

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    News: Snow Queen Show http://www.benesing.com/2014/news-snow-queen-show/ Sat, 06 Dec 2014 01:00:18 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=985 Snow Queen
    Performing a month-long run at Triad Stage

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    News: Baby Teeth NYP http://www.benesing.com/2014/news-baby-teeth-nyp/ Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:22 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1054 Emily Stewart and The Baby Teeth
    Playing at NYP with Eric Sommer and Come Hell or High Water

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    News: Broken Parts NYP http://www.benesing.com/2014/news-broken-parts-nyp/ Tue, 11 Nov 2014 01:00:38 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1052 Tiger Piss/Skye Paige/The Broken Parts
    Rock n roll at NYP

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    News: Crooked Candy NYFF http://www.benesing.com/2014/988/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:39 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=988 Crooked Candy at the New York Film Festival
    Audio editing and mixing

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    News: Miller at Fidelitorium http://www.benesing.com/2014/news-miller-at-fidelitorium/ Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:00:52 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1058 Session recording for Molly Miller
    And enjoying the keyboards at Fidelitorium Recordings

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    News: Valle Country Fair http://www.benesing.com/2014/news-valle-country-fair/ Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:00:32 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=991 Thirty-Sixth Annual Valle Country Fair
    With Emily Stewart and the Baby Teeth

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    News: The Last Great Winter http://www.benesing.com/2014/993/ Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:41 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=993 The Last Great Winter
    Modern Robot at Elsewhere

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    News: Robot at GBM http://www.benesing.com/2014/1071/ Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:55 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1071 Modern Robot meets Bushwick
    Playing silent film at Goodbye Blue Monday

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    EP in C http://www.benesing.com/2014/broken-parts-ep-in-c/ Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:12:29 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=748 5-song EP for The Broken Parts (Matty Sheets, Georgianna Harris, and me).

    We went on to a three-week Northeast tour, including Brooklyn, Boston, DC, and Philadelphia.

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    The Broken Parts Tour Kickoff http://www.benesing.com/2014/1065/ Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:03 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1065 The Broken Parts Tour Kickoff Show
    At NYP with Kit Dean/Jack Carter/The Raving Knaves

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    Broken Parts at the Green Bean http://www.benesing.com/2014/1075/ Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:00:53 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1075 Broken Parts at the Green Bean
    Playing with The Kneads

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    Crooked Candy http://www.benesing.com/2014/crooked-candy/ Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:20:15 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=732 Audio mixing and editing for Crooked Candy, a short documentary by Andrew Rodgers.

    “Small Surprises” (Triad City Beat)

    RiverRun’s director shows ‘Crooked Candy’ in New York (Relish)

    Crooked Candy has been presented at several film festivals in 2014 and 2015:

    The New York Film Fest

    Rhode Island International Film Festival

    Napa Valley Film Festival

    Warsaw Film Festival

    and many more!

    Twitter: @CandyFilm

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    The Broken Parts — Dirt Chain Gang http://www.benesing.com/2014/the-broken-parts-dirt-chain-gang/ Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:00:58 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1034

    Written by Matty Sheets
    Ben Singer, guitar
    Georgianna Harris, bass

    www.thebrokenparts.com

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    News: Notion 5 Released http://www.benesing.com/2014/news-notion-5-released/ Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:00:39 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1097 Notion 5 Released
    First release under PreSonus

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    News: Julia Price recital http://www.benesing.com/2014/1080/ Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:28 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1080 Julia Price recital
    Recording audio and video

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    The Gold Rush http://www.benesing.com/2014/the-gold-rush/ Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:49:07 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=757 Triad City Beat writes about The Gold Rush
    Wherein Ben may be a genius.

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    News: Cathalyn at Common Grounds http://www.benesing.com/2014/news-cathalyn-at-common-grounds/ Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:00:08 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1094 Cathalyn at Common Grounds
    With Empire for Rent

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    News: The Gold Rush + Baby Teeth http://www.benesing.com/2014/1068/ Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:00:06 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1068 The Gold Rush + Baby Teeth
    Modern Robot plays at the Green Bean

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    The Scrub Tool http://www.benesing.com/2014/the-scrub-tool/ Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:10:13 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=713

    Wherein Premiere becomes an instrument, performance by Ben Singer.

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    News: Tudes at NYP http://www.benesing.com/2014/1083/ Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:05 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1083 The Tudes at NYP
    Playing with Joyspent and Iron Man

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    News: Martha Bassett MUSEP http://www.benesing.com/2014/1086/ Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:00:42 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1086 Music for a Summer Evening in the Park
    Playing keys for Martha Bassett

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    These Years http://www.benesing.com/2014/these-years/ Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:05:52 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=710

    A second video from Emily Stewart and the Baby Teeth — Emily’s song “These Years”. Audio by Ben Singer, video by G. Harris.

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    The Grand Ole Uproar http://www.benesing.com/2014/uproar-dont-mind/ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:52:57 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=707

    Greensboro’s The Grand Ole Uproar
    Audio by Ben Singer, video by G. Harris.

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    Company http://www.benesing.com/2014/company/ Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:47:02 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=703

    Video of my song “Company”. Live audio recording and mixing by Ben Singer, camera and editing by G. Harris.

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    News: Cumberland Ghost Album http://www.benesing.com/2014/1101/ Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:00:59 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=1101 The Cumberland Ghost Album Release
    A tale of reincarnation, by Andrew Eversole

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    The Cumberland Ghost http://www.benesing.com/2014/the-cumberland-ghost/ Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:47:18 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=716

    Andrew Eversole’s album, the Cumberland Ghost, is a bluegrass album that tells a story of bootlegging and reincarnation. Recorded and mastered by Ben Singer.

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    Sun Cult http://www.benesing.com/2013/sun-cult-always/ Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:02:42 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=696

    Video of “Always” by Sun Cult. Live audio recording and mixing by myself, camera operators myself and G. Harris.

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    Laura Boswell http://www.benesing.com/2013/laura-boswell-album/ Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:04:23 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=681 Laura Boswell and I recorded most of the music on this album in 2012. I was really happy to work on it because she’s got such an obvious talent. She writes her songs with both technical sophistication and a very musical feel; the music is filled with intricate rhythms and interesting harmonies. Laura is a great guitarist, pianist, and banjo player (kinda ridiculous) and the album really shows all these sides of her playing.

    After all the basic track were recorded, we started layering, adding acoustic bass, viola, and a bit of electric guitar. Laura also wanted drums on a couple tracks. I’d been practicing drums and slowly putting together my kit and decided to give it a shot. And 30-or-so takes later, I started to be pretty happy with it! You can hear that on “Counting Eyes” here, which is my favorite track of the album.

    Laura is now at USC, working on her MA in classical guitar performance.

    She has a kickstarter up right now too:

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    The Fifth Dimension http://www.benesing.com/2013/the-fifth-dimension/ Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:43:40 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=755 “We can feed the stomach with concentrates. We can supply microfilm for reading, recreation, even movies of a sort. We can pump oxygen in and waste material out. But there’s one thing we can’t simulate, that’s a very basic need: man’s hunger for companionship. The barrier of loneliness — that’s one thing we haven’t licked yet.”

    Modern Robot show 43: a soundtrack to episodes of The Twilight Zone.

    Watch the video

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    Roberts-Hirshorn: A Case Study http://www.benesing.com/2012/roberts-hirshorn/ Sun, 24 Jun 2012 15:50:39 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=637

    17 hours in to Monkeywhale’s 48-hour film, the script was a bust and we were about to call it quits. But instead, we did a quick turn, found a new idea, and started shooting Saturday afternoon. As footage started coming in, I started transcoding and editing a bit. By Saturday night, I was the film editor, and did not sleep until our movie was done.

    2012 City Awards:

    • Audience Choice Award, Group B
    • Runner Up for Best Film, Greensboro
    • Best Costumes
    • Best Lead Actor
    • Best Lead Female Actor

    See on monkeywhale.com

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    Amendment One, The Looper Version http://www.benesing.com/2012/amendment-one-looper/ Mon, 07 May 2012 14:06:13 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=629

    In 1875, North Carolina amended the state constitution to ban “all marriages between a white person and a negro, or between a white person and a person of negro decent”. Let’s not go back there.

    An Earlier Constitutional Amendment on Marriage

    More about Laurelyn Dossett’s song

    Go vote, and vote “no”!

    I’m Ben Singer, and I approve this message, even though it has entirely too much guitar playing. It was recorded all on a looper pedal, which you can see me mashing here and there.

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    Vote Against Amendment One http://www.benesing.com/2012/vote-against-amendment-one/ Tue, 10 Apr 2012 04:00:59 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=271

    Recorded and co-produced the audio for Laurelyn Dossett’s Vote Against Amendment One. The video was created by Monkeywhale’s Harvey K. Robinson.

    I got to work with some of Greensboro’s best musicians — thank you!

    Audio version: Amendment One on Soundcloud

    Buy the song: Amendment One on iTunes

    Website: Visit on tumblr.com

    Musicians:
    Laurelyn Dossett | songwriter, guitar and vocals
    Pat Lawrence | bass
    Scott Manring | banjo, dobro
    Sam Frazier | vocals, electric guitar
    Molly McGinn | vocals
    Logie Meachum | vocals
    Daniel Yount | drums
    Ben Singer | keyboards
    Robin Doby Easter| vocals
    Martha Bassett | vocals
    Rhiannon Giddens Laffan | vocals

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    Radio-Friendly Robot http://www.benesing.com/2012/radio-friendly-robot/ Sat, 17 Mar 2012 04:00:11 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=297

    Released Radio-Friendly Robot, an album of Modern Robot tracks compiled from several different shows.

    Listen and watch the album: movies on YouTube
    Listen and buy the album: album on bandcamp
    Find out more: www.modernrobot.net

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    A Trip West http://www.benesing.com/2012/a-trip-west/ Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:00:04 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=228

    On a recent trip, I stayed with a couple that had grown up as next-door kids in rural Michigan.

    While watching 8mm films they had just digitized, we heard stories of ponds, silos, tractors, and growing up on the family dairy farm in the early 60’s. I loved the feel of these films and left with a copy on my flash drive, not sure what I was going to do with the footage.

    About the same time, I was recording a new song of mine. To be more specific, I had recorded it once, and I had yet to record it for the second and third times — but after I got a version I liked, it just seemed to match this film.

    Music written, peformed, and recorded by Ben Singer

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    Sound Reproduction http://www.benesing.com/2011/sound-reproduction/ Thu, 06 Oct 2011 04:00:48 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=335

    Show 16: Sound Reproduction

    “For use as part of a talking picture, the sound to accompany the photographed action must be recorded for reproduction when the picture is shown.”

    Recorded January 19, 2011

    Download from bandcamp

    Like our first album “The Age of Machines”, “Sound Reproduction” is in three parts. It begins in 1943 with a film about sound tracks. At this point, it wasn’t one word — soundtrack — but two words, which is really what this movie is about. A strip on the side of the film itself is burned in dark and light stripes, and that track is read by a photoelectric cell and converted into sound, like magnetic tape (a topic that we get to later!).

    The way this show starts is one of my favorites. At one minute in, Kyle sets up a fantastic groove and at the same time, you can start hearing high, shimmering sounds floating in — this is Nicholas Stott. This was our first show with Nicholas, and since it’s far from obvious, it’s a guitar he’s making those awesome sounds with. The first track ends with a sequence of V-i’s (a little music theory, anyone?), then we flip the beat around just before the second track, “To Review”.

    By the middle of track 4, “The Reproducing System”, we’ve worked in to a heavy groove and in another one of my favorite moments of this show, the orchestra comes crashing in! (It sounds like some Beethoven, but if someone knows, please tell me). By the end of the track, Kyle’s hi-hat lines right up with the strings, but keep in mind we didn’t know what was playing on the movie’s soundtracks — this is total serendipity.

    The orchestra joins us again at the beginning of track 6, “As Recorded in New, Orthophonic, High-Fidelity Sound”. The second movie actually started at track 5, “The Sound and the Story”, which is the name of this 1956 film about how LP’s and 45’s were made, all the way from the recording studio through the different steps of pressing vinyl and shipping them out. I actually learned quite a bit from this film, so you should watch the original on archive.org if you’re curious how a record is made.

    This second section has some of the best bits of inserted dialog: “Today the engineers record the orchestra as a complete unit… all it takes is recording equipment of enormous cost and capacity.” How do I record these shows? On a $200 recorder that I can hold in my hand.

    Track 10 takes precisely two minutes and forty seconds.

    Most Modern Robot shows have a ballad or two. In this show, it comes as track 11, “Now It’s Prepared”, which is accompanied by more of Nicholas’s atmospheric sounds. The atmosphere extends into track 12, which slowly works into the extended themes of track 13, “The World’s Greatest Artists Are At Your Service”. I clocked this one, and we’re playing a 4/4 with quarters at about 60MM — wonderfully slow but Kyle is filling it all in with 32nd notes.

    The orchestra comes in again to start track 13, “New Thrills and Pleasures to Millions”, and also the third film of our show. From 1958, and it’s a promotion for RCA’s first version of a cassette tape, which is a chunky thing about the size of an iPad. But this was quite an advance; before this, tape meant a reel-to-reel machine.

    “So simple! So convenient! So practical! So easy to use, and with all the unquestioned advantages of tape now ready to move the tape recorder out of the closet and into the living room where it belongs — as part of the newest and most exciting home entertainment center for the entire family!”

    Listen to and buy: album on bandcamp

    Watch the show as performed here: Sound Reproduction on Vimeo

    Or the original films here:
    Sound on Film (1943)
    The Sound and the Story (1956)
    A Revolutionary New Triumph in Tape (1958)

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    Wizard of Oz http://www.benesing.com/2011/woz2011/ Sat, 01 Oct 2011 04:00:24 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=515 From October 2011 to January 2012, performed a virtual orchestra for the national tour of the Wizard of Oz.

    Show website: wizardofozontour.com

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    Master None http://www.benesing.com/2011/master-none/ Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:00:12 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=235 Recorded two of the tracks on the Elkbellows (i.e. Mike O’Malley) EP Master None. Added guitar and trombone to tracks and mastered the album.

    Get the album: Master None on bandcamp

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    John Wicks Live http://www.benesing.com/2011/john-wicks-live/ Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:00:17 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=263 Mixed and mastered a live show album for John Wicks and the Records.

    Website: www.johnwicksandtherecords.com

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    The Age of Machines http://www.benesing.com/2011/the-age-of-machines/ Thu, 01 Sep 2011 04:00:11 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=316

    Show 12: The Age of Machines

    “This is the keyboard of modern shorthand machinery. The operator strikes a key on the keyboard as if playing a chord on a piano.”

    Recorded November 9, 2010

    Download from bandcamp

    It’s a cliché for an instrumental band, but Modern Robot has always been about experiments. Maybe what isn’t said as much is that sometimes these experiments work, and sometimes they don’t.

    We’ve done shows as a duo, trio, and quartet — one time even a guitar/drums duo. We’ve shown old westerns, animated movies, silent movies, horror flicks, movies with nothing but fractals, movies with nothing but flying, car commercials, appliance commercials, and documentaries. Really, our first show played to a movie was entirely an experiment itself.

    So once in a while, we’d have a show came together in some remarkable way, where the experiment and the new movie pushed the music to something new too. This show, “The Age of Machines”, was one of those.

    The idea was machines. I loved the thought of whirling piece of metal, pistons moving in rhythm, continuous motion. What we showed on the screen were three movies played back-to-back, a pattern that came back for several of our later shows. How these vaguely related and largly plotless films would create a show, I didn’t know, but it worked. First up, office machinery.

    The show started with “Modern Business Machines for Writing, Duplicating, and Recording”, a documentary from 1947. Shorthand machines, special typewriters, and stuff with wonderful names like the Fileomatic Desk, the Varityper, and Autotypist Perforator. We accompany the film playing tight patterns and themes that move quickly. To begin track 3, “The Dictator”, Kyle plays especially typewriter-like. Sound clips from the documentary punctuate the music and have an eerie way of belonging where they land — not something that we pre-arranged.

    All fun and good, but to me, the heart of the show starts at track 7, “This is Stella Pajunas”, a dancy number that breaks down into the R&B-like “Learn to Relax”. And halfway through “Relax”, a piece of music from the documentary fits the key and mood of what we are playing spectacularly, something that brings us right into our second movie — the sad movement.

    Track 9, “It’s Quiet” starts with the narration from “Valley Town”, a film from 1940. It’s a documentary of a Pennsylvania steel town with a story that still hasn’t changed much: workers being replaced by technology. Track 10, “The Men and Women of This Town” is fast and light, but with a slow undertone of where this going to go. The town is booming, the steel mills are rolling, and the people are doing well. A train whistle makes a pefect entrance — a C right on a C in the keyboard melody.

    Things are looking up, and track 11 is a proud and happy theme. “The machines needed skilled men, almost as many as before, and this work was easier on the back … times were good, men had a chance to look around, move to another state, move into our town because they heard about our new luck … the machines brought life to our town!”

    But what do you do when machines can do the work that people used to do? When it’s cheaper and faster? Track 13, “And Then the Wheels Stopped”, blends several parts of the the film’s soundtrack in with the narration and ends with the rumble and crash of the smokestacks of the obsolete steel mills being destroyed, and a clarinet solo brings us into track 14, “If Only We Had Known”, the end of “Valley Town”.

    This show ends with one more look at machines, a hypnotic animated movie from 2000 called “Moving Illustrations of Machines”. Where have the machines brought us now? Now that we can create and alter life, what is a machine, and what is life?

    “We are going to have almost as much knowledge and almost as much power as God. Cloning and the reprogramming of DNA is the first serious step in becoming one with God.”

    Listen to and buy: album on bandcamp

    Watch the show as performed here: Age of Machines on Vimeo

    And the original films here:
    Modern Business Machines for Writing, Duplicating, and Recording (1947)
    Valley Town (1940)
    Moving Illustrations of Machines (2000)

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    Half a Man http://www.benesing.com/2011/half-a-man/ Tue, 23 Aug 2011 04:00:38 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=282

    Two guys that look like me play a version of Willie Nelson’s Half a Man.

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    HGTR Living Room http://www.benesing.com/2011/hgtr-living-room/ Sat, 20 Aug 2011 04:00:28 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=251 Demo mixes and mastering for Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s unreleased album, The Living Room Sessions.

    Website: www.holyghosttentrevival.com

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    Molly Miller, 2011 http://www.benesing.com/2011/molly-miller-2011/ Tue, 16 Aug 2011 04:00:49 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=342 An ongoing project, these are the first tracks of an album by Molly Miller (formerly of Amelia’s Mechanics). As well as recording, you can also find me playing guitar, banjo, keyboards, and all sorts of things on these tracks.

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    Music For “Inside Job” http://www.benesing.com/2011/inside-job/ Sun, 26 Jun 2011 04:00:47 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=397 Music written by There Is Now Creature Music for Harvey K. Robinson’s movie for the 48 Hour Film Project, summer of 2011.

    Musicians:
    Matty Sheets, guitar
    Wayne Reich, violin/whistling
    Ben Singer, keyboards
    Jocelyn Mackenzie, voice/percussion
    Emily Hope Price, voice/cello
    Jeremy Styles, voice/guitar

    Jocelyn, Emily, and Jeremy are better known as the outstanding group, Pearl and the Beard.

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    Martha on Kickstarter http://www.benesing.com/2011/martha-on-kickstarter/ Mon, 28 Feb 2011 05:00:48 +0000 http://www.benesing.com/?p=625 With Pat Lawrence, recorded and edited Martha Bassett’s kickstarter campaign video. We raised almost $11,000 for production of the album The Goodbye Party.

    Watch on kickstarter

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    In the Sweet By and By http://www.benesing.com/2011/sweet-by-and-by/ Thu, 24 Feb 2011 05:00:21 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=203 Recorded, mixed, and mastered Martha Bassett’s album, In the Sweet By and By. This was a limited release of gospel songs made for contributers to Martha’s kickstarter campaign. Co-produced the album with Martha and played banjo on some tracks.

    Martha’s website: www.marthabassett.com

    “The Haven of Rest” also features Sam Frazier on guitar.

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    The Goodbye Party http://www.benesing.com/2011/goodbye-party/ Fri, 18 Feb 2011 05:00:31 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=185 Helped record and mix Martha’s album, The Goodbye Party. Played keyboards, guitar, banjo, and co-wrote the track “The Goodbye Party”.

    Buy the album: The Goodbye Party on iTunes
    Martha’s website: www.marthabassett.com

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    Daphne Nichols http://www.benesing.com/2010/daphne-nichols/ Wed, 10 Nov 2010 05:00:15 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=156 Demo tracks for Winston-Salem singer/songwriter Daphne Nichols.

    Website: daphnenichols.com

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    James Marshall Owen http://www.benesing.com/2010/jmo-gate-city/ Tue, 26 Oct 2010 04:00:20 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=167 Recorded tracks for JMO and helped assemble the album Gate City Get Up.

    Download the album: Gate City Get Up on bandcamp
    About the album: Gate City Get Up article
    Website: www.jamesmarshallowen.com

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    Early To Rise http://www.benesing.com/2010/early-to-rise/ Fri, 10 Sep 2010 04:00:03 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=614 I had Brian Haran of Fret Sounds Guitars revamp on old Silvertone guitar, one I’d gotten for $15, some ten years ago, and I used it to record this moody texture.

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    Just To Slow Down http://www.benesing.com/2010/just-to-slow-down/ Thu, 19 Aug 2010 04:00:11 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=605 An original song of mine, recorded at a time when this is all I wanted to do. I’m singing as well as playing guitar, banjo, and keyboard parts.

    Looking at the bounces, the first name for this song was “Flu”. I guess I had the flu at the time, too.

    With:
    Kyle Poehling, drums
    Martha Bassett, vocals

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    Good Ol’ Girls http://www.benesing.com/2010/good-ol-girls/ Sun, 11 Apr 2010 04:00:39 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=147 Mixed the original cast album, plus a little music production.

    Website: Good Ol’ Girls

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    Flush the Toilet http://www.benesing.com/2010/flush-the-toilet/ Tue, 02 Mar 2010 05:00:47 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=217 Added a piano track to the Baron von Rumblebuss track Flush the Toilet. It’s important, you know!

    Website: www.rumblebuss.com

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    India http://www.benesing.com/2009/india/ Wed, 23 Dec 2009 05:00:40 +0000 http://12.benesing.com/?p=113 Music production for a show based on the music of A. R. Rahman, designed by Franco Dragone Entertainment Group .

    Credits: overdub recording, mixing, mastering, co-writer and production of Kaanta

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