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Ben Bennett Smiles for YouTube, for Hours

Ben Bennett Smiles for YouTube, for Hours

Columbus, Ohio improvisor and performing experimenter Ben Bennett has taken up a curious hobby: sitting cross-legged in front of a webcam and livetreaming himself smiling for hours at a time. Known in the past for his use of extended technique on a variety of implements-- the page explaining his 2012 LP Spoilage on experimedia lists "various drums to a wheelbarrow, pizza cutter, and 'the narrow part of a balloon'"-- with videos of performances showing him blowing into a PVC pipe while stripped down to his skivies and crawling around while inside of a box.

Bennett is currently embarking his 26th live stream of "Sitting and Smiling." You can donate to him, contact him, or watch previous session on his website.

Ben Bennett: Spoilage

Ben Bennett: Spoilage

Upon first listen, the improvisational work of Ohio’s Ben Bennett comes across as a delineated aural cacophony. However, as it develops, the instantly orchestrated patterns emerge from the pieces. Utilizing unconventional instruments such as a wheelbarrow, a mason jar, and a camp cook set amongst others, Ben Bennett creates an improvisational fusion of found sounds. Spoilage shows us that music exists in every aspect of life, whether it is the scraping of a chair across linoleum, the pounding noise of road works or the rhythmic sound of your own breathing-- it permeates every aspect of life, even outside the restrictions of formal instruments.

Spoilage is due for release January 10th, 2013 on Experimedia.