Fuse Factory founding director loves experimental music of all types

Alison Colman is the founding director of the Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab, an organization dedicated to exposing the general public to new-media art, sound art and experimental music created with a diverse range of high and low technologies.

The next Frequency Fridays event, which takes place at the It Looks Like Its Open gallery at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, features local experimental electronic musician Mike Shiflet, along with experimental guitarist Ava Mendoza, performance artist Ann B Klorox and experimental musician Istvan Medgyesi. More information can be found at thefusefactory.org. Here are a few things Colman loves.

Micro Center

When you host events featuring performers and artists with such a huge range of tech needs, it's great to have a place to go to make last minute purchases. I can't tell you how many times I have had to run to Micro Center to buy a cable, adapter or something else. The DIY section has also improved considerably. Most of the time I purchase my electronics online, but I really appreciate having somewhere to go locally as well.


I'm a big fan of dark ambient, and one of my board members introduced me to Lustmord a few years ago. His music is so rich and immersive; currently, my favorite albums are The Word as Power andThe Place Where the Black Stars Hang. We've been trying to get him to perform in Columbus for some time, and last year we were awarded an ArtsNEXT grant from the Ohio Arts Council to make it happen. He'll be performing live at the COSI planetarium the evening of May 25.

The local experimental music scene

The amount of talent in this city never ceases to amaze me. But just as importantly, the people who comprise the scene are incredibly friendly, supportive and very open to collaborating with each other. The performers we bring to Columbus really enjoy coming here because we bring to them an audience of listeners who genuinely appreciate and respect the work they do.

PB + Jazz

Music is an important part of my family life as well as my professional life, and I am always looking for family-friendly music events suitable for little ones. I've been taking my twins to PB + Jazz since they were toddlers, and we all love it. It's a fantastic program on so many levels.


This is where my son and I have been taking violin lessons for nearly three years, and my daughter just started voice lessons there. The faculty is excellent, and is especially great with kids.