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Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival Club Critics' Pick Staff Pick

When: Fri., Sept. 19, 8 p.m. 2008
Price: $6-$10

Kablam! Boom! Ping! Boing! Splurt! Splat! Kazoing! Oooommm. ... These are some of the sounds you may hear at this weekend's eleventh-annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival, the Bay Area's premier gathering of ear-bending composer-performers, instrument-builders, and aural manipulators. A celebration of sonic experimentation, the gig challenges the fundamental notion of what is music. Thus, you'll hear songs played on found objects (Ian Powers' ceramic coffee mug), unusual "thingamajigs" (Tom Nunn's homespun singing sculptures), and traditional instruments warped into something else (Tom Djll's synthesizer-twisted trumpet). The four-day, transbay event gives artist-adventurers of all stripes an opportunity to redefine SOUND for the 21st century. Renowned locals -- including Nunn, Mills College professor Chris Brown, and Toychestra (the name says it all) -- appear alongside international innovators like Pauline Oliveros and Ellen Fullman. Shows take place Thursday through Sunday in SF, Oakland, and Marin. Go to for complete details.

— Sam Prestiani


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