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For 25 years, Other Minds has brought the Bay Area revolutionary new music with our annual Other Minds Festival and our environmental concert series The Nature of Music. We also produce Special Events focusing on a variety of unique musical presentations, including Latitudes, focusing on indie rock & other experimental forms. On this page you’ll find a chronological list of our upcoming extravaganzas, along with ticket links plus audio and video links so you can preview our artists. Join us as to discover more about fine innovative composers spanning the globe.

Hildegard Westerkamp interviews a Camel 1992. Photo by Peter Grant.

The Soundscape Speaks
The Nature of Music: Hildegard Westerkamp (livestream event)
August 18th @ 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT on the Other Minds Homepage

Other Minds is teaming up with Hildegard Westerkamp to deliver boats, trains, fog horns, church bells, and “soundwalking” to your home.

We are excited to announce that sound artist and composer Hildegard Westerkamp will be the subject of the 15th installment of The Nature of Music, subtitled The Soundscape Speaks. The event will take place on the otherminds.org homepage as a free livestream at 6pm on August 18, 2021.

Presented in the form of a virtual interview conducted by veteran radio producer Charles Amirkhanian, the evening will feature seven works by Westerkamp composed between 1978 to 2021, giving a short survey of the composer’s vast body of work. The pair will also discuss the meaning and origins of “acoustic ecology,” how sound impacts the day-to-day of one’s life, the environmental effects of sound, and the role of radio in the proliferation of sound art.

The event will be free of charge and archived on our website after the livestream.

The Soundscape Speaks was made possible due to the generosity of Barbara Bessey.

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Other Minds Festival 25 – Moment’s Notice
October 14-17, Atrium Theater, Fourth Floor of Veterans Building, SF

Other Minds Festival 25 – subtitled “Moment’s Notice,” after the John Coltrane tune – is back on the calendar! Originally scheduled for April, 2020 but delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Festival is now scheduled for October 14-17, 2021, at the Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, on the fourth floor of the same building that houses the Herbst Theater.

We are currently planning on producing these concerts in front of a live audience. However, the health of our artists, staff and audience members remains our highest priority, and we will follow the guidance of the CDC and our local, state and federal government health officials. Updates will be posted to this web page, and to our social media, about any restrictions and how they may affect our plans for this production.

Other Minds is also working on a plan to live-stream this event. We view this as an exciting opportunity to make these “instant compositions” available to audiences around the world as they happen. Again, we will post updates on all our news outlets as the situation solidifies.

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