Ben Singer Sat, 07 Jan 2017 21:20:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 News: Orlando Winter Mini Fest Sat, 07 Jan 2017 21:20:28 +0000 Orlando Fringe Winter Mini Fest
At the Crossroads selected for the first-ever mini-fringe

News: Notion 6.1 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:00:26 +0000 Notion 6.1 Released
With bunches of new keyboard shortcuts and workflows

News: Orlando 2017 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:00:30 +0000 Orlando 26th Fringe Lottery Results
Modern Robot will be bringing Night of the Living Dead to Orlando 2017

News: Recording Krisztina Dér Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000 #fluteandlight
Recording audio for Krisztina Dér‘s DMA dissertation project

News: Train of Thought Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:30:54 +0000 Modern Robot Presents: Train of Thought
Three hours of solo guitar performed to Norway’s Bergensbanen rail line

News: Cathalyn Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:00:57 +0000 The Katy Band, back in gso!
Playing electric keyboard for Cathalyn at Urban Grinders

News: Coming to Terms Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:57 +0000 At Scuppernong Books: Coming to Terms
Original guitar music for Steve Mitchell’s short story; with Abigail Dowd

News: Spooky Roots Revival Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:00:24 +0000 Roots Revival, W-S
Plays keys in disguise, including “Spooky”

News: FEARnyc Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:30:37 +0000 Performing at FEARnyc
Crossroads plays the “must-attend horror event of October” at Cinema Village

News: A Thing Called Love Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:00:08 +0000 A Thing Called Love
A Modern Times Mfg video: Ric Robertson and Nick perform live

Ric Robertson Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:00:05 +0000

Ric Robertson and Nicholas Falk
Song by Jerry Reed
Recorded Sep. 6, 2016
Audio and film by Ben Singer

News: Best of SF Fringe Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:00:05 +0000 Best of SF Fringe
At the Crossroads is selected one of four Best of Fringe shows and all-over Techie’s Choice

News: SF Fringe Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:00:44 +0000 Crossroads at the San Francisco Fringe Festival
Performing at EXIT Theatre

News: SFist Fringiest Picks Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:00:01 +0000 sfist: Our 12 Fringiest Picks For The San Francisco Fringe Festival
“Spine-tingling treatment from silent movie musical maestros Modern Robot”

News: South End Funk & Folk Fri, 09 Sep 2016 22:00:50 +0000 17DAYS: South End Funk & Folk
Playing electric keys with Laurelyn Dossett and others

News: Notion 6.0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:00:48 +0000 PreSonus Notion 6/Studio One 3.3
New features!

News: Crossroads at FringeNYC Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:26:37 +0000 At the Crossroads hits New York International Fringe
Performing at DROM Aug 17, 18, 20, 22, 24

News: Radiunt Abudunt Release Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:35:08 +0000 The Music of Radiunt Abundunt
Album release at Clifftop, Laurelyn Dossett and The Buck Stops Here

News: Banjo Earth China Sun, 31 Jul 2016 22:29:58 +0000 Now public, watch Banjo Earth: China on youtube
Wherein a banjo player and documentarian ukulele wander the Middle Kingdom

News: Orlando Fringe Wed, 18 May 2016 22:00:05 +0000 At the Crossroads (Faust 1926)
Modern Robot at the Orlando Fringe Festival

News: Year of Flannery O’Connor Fri, 06 May 2016 22:00:48 +0000 Year of Flannery O’Connor
Guitar accompaniment at Scuppernong Books

News: Earth Day Fair Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:41:37 +0000 Piedmont Earth Day Fair
Being a baby tooth with Emily Stewart

News: Kinder’s Eggs Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:27:49 +0000 Crooked Candy on aeon
And now you can see the film

News: Perceiver of Sound League Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:15:55 +0000 Playing at Perceiver of Sound League
Solo show, and In ‘N’ Out, at GlenwoodBooks, 4pm

News: Shiny Rocks Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:08:01 +0000 Shiny Rocks, by Molly Cathryn Miller
Playing B3, Rhodes and some guitar bits.

News: Hearts Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:06:28 +0000 Hearts, by Molly Cathryn Miller
Piano, organ, and some things I’m probably forgetting.

News: Mash-up of the moment Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:35:04 +0000 Mash-up of the moment
From Triad City Beat, a profile and review of Premonition 1965

News: The World in Sound, 1965 Sun, 13 Mar 2016 02:00:23 +0000 The World in Sound, 1965
Modern Robot with with Bloody Molly, NYP

News: Radiunt Abundunt two tracks Tue, 23 Feb 2016 01:00:06 +0000 The Music of Radiunt Abundunt
Laurelyn Dossett at Triad Stage

The Music of Radiunt Abundunt Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:00:55 +0000

News: Non-Valentine’s Day Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:00:18 +0000 Non-Valentine’s Day
Modern Robot solo show at Urban Grinders

News: Notion iOS Tec Award Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:36:41 +0000 NAMM TEC Award
Notion for iOS wins in the category Audio Apps for Smartphones & Tablets

News: Lubinski Celebration Sun, 10 Jan 2016 01:00:15 +0000 Chris Lubinski: Art Show and Life Celebration

Miss Lulu Galore Fri, 25 Dec 2015 17:00:49 +0000

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

Finale to Crossroads at Edinburgh Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:00:38 +0000

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

News: IndiEarth XChange Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:00:02 +0000 Off to India!
In Chennai to attend IndiEarth XChange

News: Postcards at Doodad Sat, 14 Nov 2015 01:44:09 +0000 Postcards from the Swamp
Molly McGinn at Doodad Farm

News: Off to China Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:48:11 +0000 Off to China!
Banjo Earth begins the journey

News: Railyard Quartet Plays Ravel Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:40 +0000 The Railyard Quartet Plays Ravel
Audio for Classical Revolution Greensboro

News: Music for Mounds Album Release Mon, 07 Sep 2015 00:00:40 +0000 Music for Mounds Album Release Show
Zen Poets + Quilla + Ben Singer at The Crown at the Carolina Theatre

News: Hectorina NYP Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:00:23 +0000 Destination Earth
Hectorina / Ghostt Bllonde / Modern Robot at NYP

News: Crossroads Fringe 5 Stars Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:20:15 +0000 Five stars for “At the Crossroads”
Modern Robot at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

News: Cry No More Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:00:29 +0000 Cry No More
Audio for Rhiannon Giddens/Monkeywhale video

Rhiannon Giddens – Cry No More Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:00:03 +0000

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

News: Broken Fun Fourth Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:17:20 +0000 Fun Fourth
The Broken Parts on stage by The Carolina Theatre

Matty Sheets — Dirt Chain Gang Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:00:49 +0000

By Matty Sheets
With Erin Hayes

News: Dan River Girls Layout Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:00:03 +0000 Dan River Girls
Album layout and design

Give Me Youth / Strange Guests Sat, 13 Jun 2015 00:00:57 +0000

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

News: Crossroads at the Crown Sat, 13 Jun 2015 00:00:53 +0000 At the Crossroads (Faust, 1926)
Modern Robot and Invisible at the Crown

News: On Gate City Port Authority Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:33 +0000 Chatting up tomorrow’s show
Interview with Gate City Port Authority, WUAG 103.1

News: Katy EP Release Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:40 +0000 The Katy EP Release Show
Playing keys for Cathalyn

Cathalyn, Out In The Rough EP Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:38 +0000
Cathalyn on Facebook

News: Broken Parts at NYP Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:29 +0000 The Broken Parts at NYP
Playing with Miniboone/Taylor Bays and the Laser Rays/Nathan Weeks and the Freaks

News: Hudson’s First Friday Sat, 02 May 2015 00:00:04 +0000 Greensboro First Friday
Solo show at Hudson’s Hill

News: Lowland Hum at Glenwood Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:00:09 +0000 Lowland Hum Hometown Show
Opening set at Glenwood Coffee and Books

News: A Goddess Tale Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:00:57 +0000 A Goddess Tale
MD and keyboard for Suzy McCalley’s Winston-Salem production

News: Southern Fried Circus Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:36:30 +0000 The Southern Fried Circus & The Cumberland Ghost
A Spring Equinox Celebration, playing drums for Andy Eversole

News: Magpie Thief EP Release Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:00:33 +0000 Magpie Thief EP Release Show
Playing guitar for Molly Miller, UNCG review

Don’t Shoot Your Friends Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:00:03 +0000

By Matty Sheets

Emily Stewart — Ladybug Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:00:38 +0000

Tunes with Bluford Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:00:26 +0000
  • Arm and a Leg
  • Autumn Leaves
  • High Stepping
  • Bluford Thompson, sax
    Ben Singer, guitar

    Arm and a Leg and High Stepping by Ben Singer

    Suzy Mac Sun, 04 Jan 2015 16:15:08 +0000
  • Move On
  • Trees
  • Songs by Suzy Mac
    Matty Sheets — drums
    Ben Singer — keyboards, guitar, bass

    The Boss Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:54:40 +0000

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

    More from Magpie Thief at their bandcamp page.

    Emily Gardner Hall Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:16:22 +0000 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.

    The Snow Queen Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:02:46 +0000 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

    News: Snow Queen Show Sat, 06 Dec 2014 01:00:18 +0000 Snow Queen
    Performing a month-long run at Triad Stage

    News: Baby Teeth NYP Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:22 +0000 Emily Stewart and The Baby Teeth
    Playing at NYP with Eric Sommer and Come Hell or High Water

    News: Broken Parts NYP Tue, 11 Nov 2014 01:00:38 +0000 Tiger Piss/Skye Paige/The Broken Parts
    Rock n roll at NYP

    News: Crooked Candy NYFF Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:39 +0000 Crooked Candy at the New York Film Festival
    Audio editing and mixing

    News: Miller at Fidelitorium Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:00:52 +0000 Session recording for Molly Miller
    And enjoying the keyboards at Fidelitorium Recordings

    News: Valle Country Fair Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:00:32 +0000 Thirty-Sixth Annual Valle Country Fair
    With Emily Stewart and the Baby Teeth

    News: The Last Great Winter Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:41 +0000 The Last Great Winter
    Modern Robot at Elsewhere

    News: Robot at GBM Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:55 +0000 Modern Robot meets Bushwick
    Playing silent film at Goodbye Blue Monday

    EP in C Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:12:29 +0000 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.

    Download the Album

    The Broken Parts Tour Kickoff Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:03 +0000 The Broken Parts Tour Kickoff Show
    At NYP with Kit Dean/Jack Carter/The Raving Knaves

    Broken Parts at the Green Bean Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:00:53 +0000 Broken Parts at the Green Bean
    Playing with The Kneads

    Crooked Candy Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:20:15 +0000 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

    The Broken Parts — Dirt Chain Gang Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:00:58 +0000

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

    News: Notion 5 Released Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:00:39 +0000 Notion 5 Released
    First release under PreSonus

    News: Julia Price recital Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:28 +0000 Julia Price recital
    Recording audio and video

    The Gold Rush Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:49:07 +0000 Triad City Beat writes about The Gold Rush
    Wherein Ben may be a genius.

    News: Cathalyn at Common Grounds Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:00:08 +0000 Cathalyn at Common Grounds
    With Empire for Rent

    News: The Gold Rush + Baby Teeth Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:00:06 +0000 The Gold Rush + Baby Teeth
    Modern Robot plays at the Green Bean

    The Scrub Tool Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:10:13 +0000

    Wherein Premiere becomes an instrument, performance by Ben Singer.

    News: Tudes at NYP Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:05 +0000 The Tudes at NYP
    Playing with Joyspent and Iron Man

    News: Martha Bassett MUSEP Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:00:42 +0000 Music for a Summer Evening in the Park
    Playing keys for Martha Bassett

    These Years Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:05:52 +0000

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

    The Grand Ole Uproar Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:52:57 +0000

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

    Company Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:47:02 +0000

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

    News: Cumberland Ghost Album Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:00:59 +0000 The Cumberland Ghost Album Release
    A tale of reincarnation, by Andrew Eversole

    The Cumberland Ghost Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:47:18 +0000

    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.

    Sun Cult Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:02:42 +0000

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

    Laura Boswell Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:04:23 +0000 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:

    Photo by LazyCat
    The Fifth Dimension Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:43:40 +0000 “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

    Roberts-Hirshorn: A Case Study Sun, 24 Jun 2012 15:50:39 +0000

    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

    Amendment One, The Looper Version Mon, 07 May 2012 14:06:13 +0000

    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.

    Vote Against Amendment One Tue, 10 Apr 2012 04:00:59 +0000

    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

    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

    Radio-Friendly Robot Sat, 17 Mar 2012 04:00:11 +0000

    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:

    A Trip West Fri, 17 Feb 2012 05:00:04 +0000

    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

    Sound Reproduction Thu, 06 Oct 2011 04:00:48 +0000

    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 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)