Communal Sound Space AND Copyrights

Let me begin by thanking all artists who have reached out to me directly when they would like a video of their performance to be Unlisted (viewable through shared link) or Private (not searchable, shareable, or viewable by anyone).

I received an email notice over a month ago notifying me that a video I recorded of Schwefelgelb @ Laura from 10/6/2017 had been taken down due to a manually reported copyright claim violation via Schwefelgelb GbR.

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I had to complete this YouTube Copyright School video and quiz in order to continue uploading vids. At that point, had I received 2 more “strikes” in the within 90 days of the first, my YouTube account could have been disabled. Ahhhhh! Usually, whoever holds the copyright for content I post on temporaryCorrespondence monetizes the video and leaves my channel unaffected.

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In waves during the few weeks that followed the strike, I’d experienced stages of complex emotions:

  1. Fear that our archive was under threat.
  2. Powerlessness because I don’t have the resources to keep backups of original files. The video seemed lost.
  3. Acceptance, “oh well… I’ve only lost one video of 800+”
  4. Vengeful 45 days later at midnight *starts writing a blog post about how this fucked up YouTube report and strike system adversely effects my work while allowing anti-feminist, alt-right racist creators to carry on*
  5. Empowered to email after beginning to blog here while mad

I emailed the listed contact for the copyright holder informing them of the mission of this archive project:

“[As] the solo organizer of an online-only local music archive called Communal Sound Space, which links to content that exists only on my YouTube channel temporaryCorresponence… I’m asking if you would kindly please retract the reported claim. I do not have the capacity to retain backups of all the videos in the archive, so I would only be able to recover a copy of the video file if you retract the claim. If you retract the claim, I can retrieve the video file and give it to you for free to use… I document artist performances not to profit monetarily, but rather to preserve moments in music history.”

In the morning, I woke up to the following email:

“Hey Erica,

thanks for your message. Will do so. We don’t need the video, please just don’t show it on your channel.


End result: Schwefelgelb @ Laura is no longer viewable on this archive, but I was able to recover the video file; and the strike was removed from my YouTube channel.

I’m completely satisfied with the result of my communication with the content copyright holders. Please communicate with me directly via the Contact page if you have any concerns about the visibility of live music performance content on the temporaryCorrespondence channel. I aim to honor every included performer’s preferences.
On that positive note,
the end

“Thank you” feat. Mike Sugarman (host, Groove Café)

Updating Archive Video List

I haven’t been keeping up with the archive video list for the past year, but now I’m back to updating it and I’m caught up through early July 2018. Trying to plug away a little bit every day. Feel welcome to share a video that you believe fits the scope of this archive; just use the Contact link in the top navigation menu.

Trying to catch some sets? Check out the Groove Cafe Chicago Calendar for upcoming weirdo shows!

vd parties if you dc that it’s a worknight

there are options for the weird and adventurous in Chicago on saint valentine’s d. See Groove Cafe Calendar for consistent updates on where to be if you’re a weirdo like me.


Haunted House at No Nation Art Lab. ^ WARNING: NO TRIGGER WARNINGS, THIS IS NOT A “SAFE SPACE”, YOU MAY BE TOUCHED, BOUND, BLIND FOLDED OR HANDLED. YOU WILL GET SOME DIRT ON YOU. YOU MUST SIGN A WAIVER, THERE IS A SAFE WORD. PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING AND SHOES. YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO YOU TO PARTICIPATE. La Casa de Satanas is a highly interactive, performance art based haunted house. Performances are topical, current, visually and aurally stunning, and provocative.


Phuong-Dan / Itsi / Higgy / Beau Wanzer (DJ set) at The Empty Bottle. ^ might go to this 1.


ROSEBUD;!;!;(13);!;!;! at Berlin curated by Ariel Zetina ^
Boy Pussy (Wet Trax, Toronto), Kona FM (Chicago),  Miss Twink USADel Hale (Rumors, Chicago), Ariel Zetina (Smartbar, Discwoman, Chicago)


Research & Development at smartbar. Sassmouth, Just Jace, Kobe Dupree (live), RĀQ E.G.
wish I could see RAQ, but I’m working too early!

g nite, lovers. please lmk what i’m forgetting.

Wish Fulfillment @ VOVX

special unlisted video content for CSS subscribers!

imagine how bummed i was to hear from ben at the board that i’d missed tim’s set because he went on 30 mins ahead of schedule. i am so grateful to sam hadge for capturing this wish fulfillment set and all the other sets they caught at the last rally and catch consistently at home in MA.

tim said he’ll be my valentine if i need one. can you see his radiation angel wings?

xxtra bonus unlisted tim content. tim practicing at home

March 2018 Uploads: Wolf Eyes / Travis / Katherine Young / Ben Billington / Ryley Walker / Sara Zalek / Crazy Doberman / Christine Janokowicz + temp. + Nonnie Parry + Well Yells + Sug + Nick Meryhew / Jen Hill + Seth Graham + Opheliaxz + Hank Jackson + Thoom + The Creatrix + Doc Sleep + Hieroglyphic Being + Side Action + Roy Kinsey + Jeremiah Chiu + Matchess + Lia Kohl / Whitney Johnson + Tiger Hatchery + litüus + Kakerlak + Ossuary + Rectal Hygienics



An Evening with Wolf Eyes. Wolf Eyes Music 2018 Residency Series~ The Owl, Chicago. 3/1/2018

Wolf Eyes, Katherine Young. The Owl, Chicago. 2018/3/1

Wolf Eyes, Travis, Ben Billington. Visuals: Christine Janokowicz. The Owl, Chicago. 2018/3/1

Wolf Eyes, Crazy Doberman, Katherine Young, Sara Zalek. The Owl, Chicago. 2018/3/1

Wolf Eyes, Travis, Katherine Young, Ben Billington, Ryley Walker. Visuals: Christine Janokowicz. The Owl, Chicago. 2018/3/1

27332741_10160210679045227_6915564726223076881_nflyer design by Patrick Holbrook

temp. The Hideout, Chicago. 2018/3/13

Nonnie Parry. [Iowa]. The Hideout, Chicago. 2018/3/13

Well Yells. feat. Butoh from Rebecca Schoenecker, Sarah Luczko, and Leslie Gray. Skunk tape release~ The Hideout, Chicago. 2018/3/13

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Sug. Resonance Series~ The Hideout, Chicago. 2018/3/14

Nick Meryhew, Jen Hill. Resonance Series~ The Hideout, Chicago. 2018/3/14

Seth Graham (Orange Milk Records). [Dayton, OH] Resonance Series~ The Hideout, Chicago. 2018/3/14

tumblr_p5kh4v7Tin1qbh6iko1_1280flyer design by Sam White

Opheliaxz. Terry Radio Presents~ Secret Location, Chicago. 2018/3/17

Hank Jackson. [NY]. Terry Radio Presents~ Secret Location, Chicago. 2018/3/17


Thoom. Neon Falls~ Have Known, Chicago. 2018/3/23

The Creatrix. [San Francisco, CA]. Neon Falls~ Have Known, Chicago. 2018/3/23

Doc Sleep. [Berlin, Germany]. Neon Falls~ Have Known, Chicago. 2018/3/23

28472312_2045608945455136_7414873611311440319_nflyer design by Drew Ryan

Hieroglyphic Being. Visuals by Kd Did, Kyle Drouin. Co-prosperity Sphere, Chicago. 2018/3/24


Margaritaville, Chicago. 3/25/2018

Side Action. Margaritaville, Chicago. 2018/3/25

Roy Kinsey. Margaritaville, Chicago. 2018/3/25

29216438_10160165970820405_7657856203492532484_nflyer design by Drew Ryan

Jeremiah Chiu. [LA, CA]. Neobeat~ The Owl, Chicago. 2018/3/25

Matchess. Neobeat~ The Owl, Chicago. 2018/3/25

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Lia Kohl, Whitney Johnson (Matchess). The Hideout, Chicago. 2018/3/27

Tiger Hatchery. BBB’s Bday Show~ The Hideout, Chicago. 2018/3/27


litüus. Silent Funny, Chicago. 2018/3/31

Kakerlak. Silent Funny, Chicago. 2018/3/31

Ossuary.[Madison, WI]. Silent Funny, Chicago. 2018/3/31

Rectal Hygienics. Silent Funny, Chicago. 2018/3/31

February 2018 Uploads: Wiggle Room + RXM Reality + Grün Wasser + Ariel Zetina + Morah + DJ Speedsick + Tim Nordberg + Jordan Zawideh + Whitney Johnson + Mike Broers + ClownMan + M. Custer + Machine Listener + Lia Kohl / Whitney Johnson + Carol Genetti / Lia Kohl / Peter Maunu + Julian Kirshner / Matt Murphy / Joe Suihkonen + Moth Cock + ADT + Jeremiah Meece + J. S. Alvarez + Cultergeist / M. Levi + Presage Dinner Sound Collages hosted by Natalie Chami and Whitney Johnson

Wiggle Room + RXM Reality + Grün Wasser + Ariel Zetina
Organized by Mike Meegan. Flyer by Sam White.

Wiggle Room. Empty Bottle, Chicago. 2/2/2018

RXM Reality. Empty Bottle, Chicago. 2/2/2018

Grün Wasser. Empty Bottle, Chicago. 2/2/2018

Ariel Zetina. Empty Bottle, Chicago. 2/2/2018

Morah + DJ Speedsick + Beau Wanzer + Lituus

Morah. [Athens, Greece]. Z-1, Chicago. 2/2/2018

DJ Speedsick. [Madison, WI]. Z-1, Chicago. 2/2/2018

8th Annual Chili Synthesizer Cook-Off~
Organized by Brett Naucke and Beau Wanzer

Tim Nordberg + Jordan Zawideh + Whitney Johnson + Mike Broers

Tim Nordberg. The Empty Bottle, Chicago. 2/11/2018

Jordan Zawideh. The Empty Bottle, Chicago. 2/11/2018

Whitney Johnson. The Empty Bottle, Chicago. 2/11/2018

Mike Broers. The Empty Bottle, Chicago. 2/11/2018

ClownMan + M. Custer + Machine Listener + Lia Kohl / Whitney Johnson

ClownMan. Elastic Arts, Chicago. 2/16/2018

M. Custer. [Cleveland, OH]. Elastic Arts, Chicago. 2/16/2018

Machine Listener. Visuals: Frank Oberle. [Cleveland, OH]. Elastic Arts, Chicago. 2/16/2018

Lia Kohl / Whitney Johnson. Elastic Arts, Chicago. 2/16/2018

Organized and Produced by Daniel Wyche

Carol Genetti / Lia Kohl / Peter Maunu + Julian Kirshner / Matt Murphy / Joe Suihkonen

Carol Genetti / Lia Kohl / Peter Maunu. Elastic Arts, Chicago. 2/23/2018

Julian Kirshner / Matt Murphy / Joe Suihkonen. Elastic Arts, Chicago. 2/23/2018

ADT LP Release~

talsounds / Matchess + Moth Cock + ADT

Moth Cock. [Kent, OH]. The Hideout, Chicago. 2/24/2018

ADT. The Hideout, Chicago. 2/24/2018

Jeremiah Meece + J. S. Alvarez + Cultergeist / M. Levi

Jeremiah Meece. Studio IC, Chicago. 2/24/2018

J. S. Alvarez. Studio IC, Chicago. 2/24/2018

Cultergeist / M. Levi. Studio IC, Chicago. 2/24/2018

The Presage Dinner Series: Night One~
Organized by Emme Williams

Natalie Chami + Whitney Johnson + Emme Williams

Mozart Park Field House, Chicago. 2/28/2018
Sound Collage Workshop Lead by Natalie Chami and Whitney Johnson

I worked with Group 5, which included the Host of Groove Cafe, Mike Sugarman!

January 2018 Uploads: Traxx + Hi-Vis + ADAB + Antenes + Potions + Golden Donna + Alvarez / Billington / Rowe + Sea Tone + FIRE-TOOLZ + Spa Moans + Coupler + Michael Albert

Hot on the Heels~

Traxx. Danny’s, Chicago. 1/2/2018

Neon Falls~


Hi-Vis. [DJ Set] Neon Falls~ Have Known, Chicago. 2018/1/5

ADAB. [DJ Set]. Have Known, Chicago. 1/5/2018

Antenes. [DJ Set]. Have Known, Chicago. 1/5/2018 (private video)

100% Silk. New Incognito Window~


Potions. Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago. 1/13/2018

Golden Donna. Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago. 1/13/2018

Mirrored Series~


Nick Alvarez, Ben Billington, Skyler Rowe. The Empty Bottle, Chicago. 1/20/2018

@ Archer Ballroom 


Sea Tone on tour from Columbus, Ohio. Archer Ballroom, Chicago. 1/27/2018

FIRE-TOOLZ. Archer Ballroom, Chicago. 1/27/2018

Spa Moans. Archer Ballroom, Chicago, 1/27/2018



Coupler. The Owl, Chicago. 1/28/2018

Michael Albert. The Owl, Chicago. 1/28/2018

Week of 12/25/2017: Ulla Straus + Wish Fulfillment + die Reihe + Michael DeMaio + Vehicle Blues

Thursday 12/28/2017 at Heavy Petting was… heavy. Ulla Straus woke our third eyes with a set that was both sick and jazz.

Wish Fulfillment continues to be everything you wished for and more.

die Reihe (Jack Callahan) rolls though Chicago on tour from NY.

Michael DeMaio brings closure to the evening and his stay in Chi by opening with a meditation in bells.

12/28/2017 @ Heavy Petting was organized by Ben Billington, Kyle Drouin. Visuals by Kyle Drouin (kd did).

Vehicle Blues is Gabe Holcombe of Lillerne Tapes. On this new year’s eve, I was mesmerized by Gabe’s sweet vocals and swirly guitar.

kd did again on visuals. Fran, ADT, Luke Shalla, and DJ Potions rang in the New Year along with Gabe @ Yolanda.

I missed most of NYE @ Yolanda though for Terryradio presents NYE with DJs Huerco S (proibito,quiet time,nyc), Pontiac Streator (terryradio,kc), Shortwave (terryradio,chi (live set)), Mintgreen (terryradio,chi), Opheliaxz (terryradio,chi). Organized by McCullough, Kelsey (Opheliaxz) + terryradio crew.

Around 3 a.m. went to check out the scene at Studio IC with Alex White, Cultergeist, Itsï, M. Levi (hybrid), sold, Thoom (hybrid). Organized by M. Levi, Dave Depew. As I arrived, Alex White (White Mystery, Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra) was “flipping the script” with her DJ set! I recorded about an hour of M. Levi before calling it a year.

Moon News: The second of three supermoons (December 3, 2017, January 1, 2018, and January 31, 2018) appeared on the celestial stage on New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1, 2018 (NASA). Observe the full moon on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 to see a super, blood, blue moon (more info below).

Week of 11/13/2017: Mukqs + Gel Set + FIRE-TOOLZ + RXM Reality

A few months ago, I could hardly believe I was reading a message from Laura Callier (Gel Set, Simulation, Athleisure) asking A+E to open the night for her Body Copy record release show at The Empty Bottle on 11/16/2017. Lulu is an absolute babe and total inspiration for me musically. Found out a couple nights prior to the show, I’d be playing solo. It felt great, but the recording leaves me wanting (I’ll send it to you tho if you’re my best friend and you really want to see it)… Mukqs, Gel Set and FIRE-TOOLZ (Interbeing record release show) sounded amazing.

Saturday 11/18/2017 I had to witness RXM Reality go live with some new sounds at Jessie Oleson’s Art Show debut in Chicago at Peanut Gallery.

Moth Cock, VENOMENEMA, Wiggle Room and TCB also played on 11/18/2017 at Heavy Petting and I heard rumors floating of audio recording happening at that show.

Week of 11/6/2017: Ulla Straus + SiP + Pedestrian Deposit + Hilding

Wednesday 11/8/2017 was extra! Low key electronics show at Cafe Mustache set up by Ken Klemaier featured Ulla Straus, SiP (Jim Lacy), Nick Butcher and Kenneth Klemaier.

I missed the last half of the Cafe Mustache show to try to catch Pedestrian Deposit [LA, CA] at The Hideout for the monthly Resonance Series curated by Ben Billington and Sulli Davis.

On Saturday 11/11/2017 Hilding (Tim Nordberg) worked his *magic* for us at Studio IC after setting up all the sound for the evening – you know Tim…