In preparation for this years All Senses Festival, September 25th-30th, the Figge Art Museum, Ragged Records, and Curious Music team up to present “The Roedelius Cells” installation in the Figge’s Grand Lobby. The Roedelius Cells is an immersive audio experience, created by Grammy-nominated composer Tim Story, and featuring original piano recordings by Hans-Joachim Roedelius. The program is an unconventional cycle of pre-recorded pieces, constructed by Story from thousands of short extracts of Roedelius’ piano recordings, and reproduced via 8 discrete audio channels which will surround the Grand Lobby’s interior space. Since each of the equidistant speakers reproduces a unique layer of each piece, the combinations that visitors experience as they explore the sound stage coalesce and evolve in unexpected, unrepeatable ways – essentially extending the act of composition to each individual participant.

An Audio Installation by Tim Story

Piano by Hans-Joachim Roedelius


The Roedelius Cells is a multichannel audio installation, created by Grammy-nominated composer Tim Story, and featuring original piano recordings by Hans-Joachim Roedelius.  The program is an unconventional cycle of pre-recorded pieces, constructed by Story from thousands of short extracts of Roedelius’ piano recordings, and reproduced via 8 discrete audio channels which surround a listening/gallery space.  Since each of the equidistant speakers reproduces a unique layer of each piece, the ‘compositions’ that visitors experience will change individually with their movement through the soundstage, their proximity to the respective monitors, and to other people in the space.

Extraordinary…a highly-successful celebration of the work of two internationally-recognized artists… Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the installation was the high number of visitors who stayed throughout the entire duration of the hour-long audio cycle, often remaining well into the next before pulling themselves away from this immersive and deeply satisfying visitor experience.”

– Scott Boberg, Manager of Programs at Toledo Museum of Art


In the course of recording several music projects over the past decade, long-time collaborators Tim Story and Hans-Joachim Roedelius captured many hours of Roedelius’ intuitive solo piano improvisations.  Rediscovering these extended recordings years later, Story began treating them more as building blocks than finished compositions.  Recombining very small edits of this material into layered, evolving patterns, Story painstakingly built compositions solely from the source piano recordings, but which bore little resemblance to Roedelius’ originals.  These short, repeating, interlocked layers – consisting of thousands of fragments , each often just a few seconds in duration – create a syncopated, shimmering interplay more reminiscent of Steve Reich’s structured minimalism than Roedelius’ expansive lyricism. Bits of extraneous noise and conversation from the casual sessions occasionally get swept up into the evolving loops, creating a kind of eerie human percussion. To extend the act of ‘re-composition’ to the listeners themselves, Story incorporates a playback system that spreads the individual layers discretely amongst 8 speakers, so that travelling through the physical space changes the fundamental perception of the cells’ interactions in unique, evolving and unrepeatable ways.

Artist Statement:

“I’ve always been fascinated how we humans continually create order out of randomness, how our brains construct ‘compositions’ out of the haphazard sounds and visuals of everyday life.  Creating audio art from ‘found sounds’ is nothing new, composers of musique concrète and audio collage have been doing it since the advent of audio recording.  But what if these found sounds were not recordings of events in nature or industry, but rather bits and pieces culled from someone else’s musical performance?  This ‘music made from music’ is often radically removed from the original piano pieces played by Joachim – but though his performances have been mercilessly chopped, interrupted and rearranged, the innate lyricism and delicacy of his playing magically survive.

Systems music of this kind depends so much on the audio content that is subjected to the process.  In Cells, the exclusive use of piano – one of the most universally recognizable of Western instruments – encourages the listener to both focus on the conceptual process itself, and engage with the work in a more viscerally musical way.  Most importantly, this familiarity allows Cells to quietly subvert expectations of what ‘piano music’ can be.  Like the pixels in a video image (or the dabs of color in impressionist painting) that dissolve into abstraction the closer one approaches, so do the cells surrender their cohesion and re-coalesce into new patterns as listeners explore the soundstage.

“The word cells was chosen deliberately – it refers both to the audio building blocks layered into each composition, and to the word’s organic biological meaning– the intensely personal expression that seems to flow so effortlessly from my friend Joachim’s musical DNA.  So, whose music is this, anyway? There’s no easy answer, but by encouraging the listener to become collaborator, and fundamentally reinterpret my reinterpretations by the way in which he or she moves through these cells, I hope to bring the act of ‘composing’ full-circle.”


An audio installation consisting of 8 equally-spaced audio monitors (preferably self-powered) in a circular configuration, and an 8-channel audio playback device (which will be supplied).  The size and specifications of the audio monitors will vary based on the dimensions of the intended gallery/listening space, and the power requirements necessary to achieve optimal sound levels.  The playback device consists of a self-contained solid state computer processor and a multichannel audio interface which deliver the 8 discrete channels of synchronized audio.  Programmed to load automatically and loop indefinitely upon power-up, the installation is suitable for short and long-term exhibition with minimal oversight.


The Artists:

Grammy-nominated American composer Tim Story has been called “a master of electronic chamber music” (CD Review, USA), and a “true artist in the electronic medium” (Victory review, USA).  Through three decades of influential recordings and live performances, Story’s unique blend of careful composition and innovative sound design has garnered a dedicated worldwide following.

Austria-based German composer Hans-Joachim Roedelius has profoundly influenced generations of musicians in a career spanning more than a half-century and over 100 solo and collaborative recordings. From his groundbreaking duo Cluster with Dieter Moebius, to his genre-crossing solo works and collaborations with luminaries including Brian Eno, Roedelius is recognized as one of Europe’s most important sound pioneers.  Equally at ease with the most abstract of electronics and the most evanescent of piano solos, Roedelius has exerted an indelible, global impact on ambient, electronic, experimental, and wholly undefinable genres of music. Longtime friends and colleagues, Roedelius and Story have collaborated on many musical projects, including the acclaimed albums Lunz (2003), Inlandish(2007), and Lazy Arc (2014).


Are you ready to be pummelled by one of America’s heaviest and most iconic Southern Metal bands? WE ARE! All Senses is teaming up with Wake Brewing to you a night of dirge and filth for your ears.

December 28th / 8pm / 18+/ RIBCO

$10 advance tickets online at & physical tickets available on Friday at Ragged Records/Coop Records and RIBCO.

This show will be $15 at the door so get your tickets in advance!!!



ALL SENSES PRESENTS: Ryley Walker & Bill MacKay with guests Sun Shrine and Gabriel Dowie

Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker have a sonic connection that some duos only dream of. After many inspired improvisational sets at various Chicago stages, watering holes, and institutions, Walker-Mackay have forged an iron weave of (mostly!) guitar tapestry, culminating in the forthcoming SpiderBeetleBee continues fluidly down the path of their initial psych-folkblues-raga tandem, brewing further explorations in mixed-and-matched idioms, turning composed melodies inside-out via improvisation, and finding in the blend a pasture between Appalachia and the Highlands.

Sun Shrine is a new super group made up of members from Condor & Jaybird and The Golden Fleece

Gabriel Dowie (QC ethereal art pop)


WATCH: David Byrne, Phillip Glass & Allen Ginsberg Discuss Arthur Russell

Watch this conversation between three artistic giants of the 20th century. Phillip Glass, David Byrne and Allen Ginsberg sit down and speak about the man, the myth, the legend that is Arthur Russell. Tonight is night for you to catch this EXCLUSIVE Quad City viewing of the documentary film “Wild Combination” directed by Matt Wolf. This VHS footage is from an electronic press kit for the “Another Thought” compilation that came in 1994 not long after his battle with AIDS.

ARTIST PROFILE: Plastic Crimewave Syndicate

Now’s the time to drink deeply from the grail of psych, for its bearers Plastic Crimewave Syndicate are among us once more. From the splatter vinyl to the extra-heavy cardboard sleeve, Crimewave leader Steve Krakow knows how to recast the spell of psych’s golden hour. Such obsessive detail is behind his Galactic Zoo Dossier magazine and in every fuzz-fierce and echo-soaked riff on this new self-titled LP. The music, however, is far from being revivalist or a mere pastiche of past glories. These six heavy and transcendental compositions channel inspiration in a way akin to Loop, Terminal Cheesecake or even Skullflower on a track like “Void 0f Eternity”. lt’s a double pleasure of the old and new. Now, are you ready to dream the dream – or ride the nightmare.”