Perhaps you have not heard of Bethany Dinsick. Well she’s heard of you. She’s been touring, recording songs and videos and making an insane bevy of gorgeous art up in Baltimore. Her songs, both under her name and her more experimental side project Square Pi, are sound landscapes of tinkling, buzzing, scratching and thumping all resolving continually into catchy folk-pop melodies. Since she’ll be playing at our 3rd monthly music and comedy stage show The Family Hemerlein next thursday, we asked her to introduce herself, her artwork and her music to you–in all it’s intricate, loopy glory.
I am a self-taught singer and musician and also make visual art including sound videos, mixed media paintings and sculptures.
I live in a new music mecca called Baltimore and am currently working on making music videos for my CD Bottle Tree (which is still a demo and was recorded by Chris Freeland of the Baltimore band The Oxes).
The music I make under my name are structured songs that I call ‘meditational r & b’ but I also have another project that called “Square Pi” which is vocal-focused, wordless, meditational and improvisational music.
I just recently got back from my second tour with avant-noise-folk artist from Illinois Teaadora.
I like doing vocal improvs with people such as beatboxers Shodekeh and Max Bent, trained Opera singer Claire Plumb, and recently throat and doom singer Geri Mak.
Another note is that the Bottle Tree CD uses instruments such as sound recordings of myself getting an MRI, a vibrator, a childrens’ spring microphone, a Lion King audio storybook, a baby’s white noise machine, flower vases, rainsticks, wine glasses, beer bottles and etc.
My music is a visual experience to me so it is hard to separate my art process from my music process, therefore the end results are subtle but densely layered sounds.
And now here are some songs, I hope you like them.