Healing Creativity

bringing the arts to healing · bringing healing to the arts
performance · workshop · seminar


bringing the arts to healing -
explore the many ways the arts play a role in healing...
  • music therapy, art therapy, dance and physical rehabilitation, creative writing and journaling, operatic performance and vocal rehabilitation.
bringing healing to the arts -
investigate the potential avenues for bringing the arts and artistic expression to a place of greater wholeness...
  • studies in group dynamics and its usefulness in mending relationships in performance settings.
  • dialogue groups dedicated to nurturing creative pursuits and professional career development.
  • support organizations whose mission is to educate, advocate, and champion the arts.

Future Programs

performances · workshops · seminars · events · guest appearances

Break a Leg!

a modern day soap opera, or how seduction, romance, intrigue and betrayal are at work in the lives of everyone!

Vincent, Pablo, & Georgia

vincent van gogh, pable picasso and georgia o'keeffe...the striving against conformism in the creative personality.

Fathering the Unthinkable

masculinity, technology and the race for moral superiority. waging war against "feminine" values, women and "female" nature.

New World Man

the future belongs to · new world man · new world woman · cultivating creativity in the modern world.

Hold Your Fire

art holds the power of passion · passion holds the power of art · exploring the zoetic life of the creative.

Group Dynamics

perceptions shape outcomes · the simple (and not-so-simple) psychology of working together...effectively!

Art · Invention

works in progress · creative curiosities

The Drone

eight foot long 24 string drone instrument


during the early 1960's the late Jon Lazell conceived and fabricated an original stringed instrument he called 'The Drone.' the first iteration was a gargantuan length of "L" angle iron scavenged from metal scrap upon which Lazell affixed a series of tensioned wires tuned monotonally. Lazell 'played' The Drone much like an immense lap steel guitar; dragging pieces of cast-off metal bar along the length of the strings producing an otherworldly sound. eventually Lazell would redesign The Drone; fashioning it from a length of metal box beam taken from the structural frame of an 18-wheel trailer. the redesigned version was amplified through the use of custom hand-wound electromagnetic pickups conceived and designed by Geoff Cook who would later go on to greater and greater feats of invention; ultimately establishing a relationship with Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead. my redesign of The Drone relies on a custom tuning system I developed in order to stabilize string tension and facilitate ease of setup. additionally, my instrument sports a combination of old-school electromagnetic pickups, modern piezo-electric pickup technology, and a gigantic electroacoustic sustainer which excites the strings and keeps them in an infinite state of vibration.

the drone - audio preview coming soon!

Intonarumori

revisioning an italian futurists 100 year old design


Intonarumori are the invention of the Italian futurist Luigi Russolo. between 1910 and 1930 Russolo produced 27 varieties of Intonarumori; each a different size and identified by unique names. Russolo built these instruments in order to perform his groundbreaking musical compositions outlined in the Art of Noises manifesto. the instruments were entirely acoustic, lacking any electronic means of amplification. the boxes employed various types of internal construction expressly intended to produce different types of noise. most common to his design approach was an internally rotating wheel driven by a hand-operated crank which touched a string attached to a drum. the wheel rattled or bowed the string while the drum functioned as an acoustic resonator. many of the instruments featured a movable lever on top of the box which was used to vary the string tension. pulling the handle raised or lowered the tone, and the horn attached to the exterior of the box amplified the resulting sound much like a megaphone. Intonarumori ('noise makers' in Italian) made noise, but not at great volume since they were all simple wooden acoustic devices. my reinterpretation of Russolo's Intonarumori is fabricated from aluminum, sports several electronic gadgets, makes use of an additional assortment of kinetic noise-making apparatus, is amplified with a variety of modern contact microphones, and is still operated in the spirit of the great Italian inventor: by turning a hand crank.

intonarumori - audio preview

The Weltschmerz Machine

disquieting sounds from inside a vintage suitcase


translated from the German, weltschmerz denotes a general sense of anxiety; an all-pervasive atmosphere of dread and cold-blooded angst. the Germans certainly have a way with words. the dictionary says it this way: weltschmerz [velt-shmerts]. noun, German. 1. sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism. 2. sadness or melancholy at the evils of the world; world-weariness. 3. "pessimism about life," 1875, from German weltschmerz, coined 1810 by Jean Paul Richter, from welt "world" + schmerz "pain". popularized in German by Heine. origin of weltschmerz: literally, world-pain. the weltschmerz machine was conceived as the ultimate 'disquiet box' - purpose-built to send a shiver up your spine. residing inside a vintage swiss suitcase, the weltschmerz machine is used in recordings and live settings.

the weltschmerz machine - audio preview coming soon!

Back From Tomorrow

reimagining frippertronics


when I began to compose and perform music during the early 1970's I did so with an interest in bringing a sense of "experience" to the occasion. that led me to endless experimentation with all manner of musical instruments and obscure gadgetry. for me, it was all about theater and a sense of the dramatic; music wasn't simply something you performed or listen to. music was an immersive moment in time. although I enjoyed musical training very early in life, everything changed when I was about nine years old...I discovered the tape recorder. it wasn't very long until I began to produce long delay effects by utilizing two open reel tape decks. years later I was introduced to the music of Robert Fripp and his work with two open reel tape decks; something he called "Frippertronics."

Music

past work · new releases

Unreleased

original composition from an upcoming release. watch Bandcamp for more information: steveholec.bandcamp.com/releases.

Live & Unreleased

original live recording from an upcoming release. watch Bandcamp for more information: steveholec.bandcamp.com/releases.

Pole To Pole

title track. Pole To Pole released 2016. watch Bandcamp for more information: steveholec.bandcamp.com/releases.

Magdalena

track released 2016. ambient recording. watch Bandcamp for more information: steveholec.bandcamp.com/releases.

Coming Soon!

stay tuned for more new music. watch Bandcamp for more information: steveholec.bandcamp.com/releases.

Coming Soon!

stay tuned for more new music. watch Bandcamp for more information: steveholec.bandcamp.com/releases.

Steve Holec

musician · artist · inventor
performances · workshops · seminars · events · guest appearances