• the poster of score
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Score (2016)

Screening format: Sony 4K Digital Projection (93 minutes)

Director: Matt Schrader

Producer: Robert Kraft

This event is free but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat. 

Reserve Ticket

Tickets will be released on Tuesday, January 9 at 11:00 AM.

Score: A Film Music Documentary follows the creative struggles of designing a modern film soundtrack from scratch. Featuring some of Hollywood's premier composers, the film explores the power and influence of film scores in the modern world and gives viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges of the process of composing a score.

Producer Robert Kraft will join moderator David Novak (Music, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.

Watch the film's trailer here.

  1. January 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
  • poster of the event

January 22 5 PM
Storke Plaza

The Hard-to-Find Show Space
January 22 8 PM

On January 22nd, KCSB-FM, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM), and The Hard to Find Showspace present a night of independent music with Arrington de Dionyso & Ben Bennett, along with Espresso, The Crudes, Easter Teeth, and Pookie.

Before the show, the public is invited to participate in a free, on-campus improvisational-music workshop with Arrington de Dionyso and tour-mate Ben Bennett in Storke Plaza (near KCSB) on the UCSB campus.

The workshop will focus on improvising with extended techniques, sharing skills and strategies for creating "new" instruments from more familiar elements. Their areas of focus are wood winds and percussion, respectively, but all instruments are welcome and there will also be some demonstrations of extended techniques for voice that can be used by all. (Note: In case of inclement weather, the workshop will move to the Media Center in the Associated Students Annex, immediately across the bike path north of Storke Tower.)


Arrington de Dionyso is an artist, musician, linguist, and instrument inventor based in Olympia, Washington. From 1995 until 2008 he was the leader of Old Time Relijun, a beloved art-punk combo that released eight albums with K Records. In 2009 he founded Malaikat Dan Singa, melding free associative Indonesian translations of William Blake with dancehall rhythms and postpunk angularity. This project led to numerous collaborations with musicians in Indonesia such as Senyawa, Karinding Attack, and HMM. Now in 2018, THIS SAXOPHONE KILLS FASCISTS would not exist were there not a need for it.

Benjamin Bennett has worked as an improvising percussionist for 10 years, touring North America and Europe as a soloist, in various ensembles and ad-hoc collaborations. He developed a unique approach to percussion which took the lineage of free-jazz, free-improvisation, Berlin reductionism, and extended technique playing as its foundation. In searching for an expanded sonic palette, and more fluid movement between various techniques, he distilled the drumset into a small collection of drumheads, stretched membranes, and other objects which offered a wide variety of unconventional sounds from very few materials, which could be rearranged into different combinations during a performance. This aesthetic development also translated to a practical advantage, in that this setup was small enough to fit into a backpack, freeing him from using a car to transport heavy percussion gear. He began touring by bus and bicycle, even completing a 7-day, 7-show bicycle tour through New England.

Showtime for this eclectic Hard to Find show is 8pm, and tickets will be available at the door for $5.
A drug-and-alcohol-free, all-ages venue, The Hard to Find is at 7190 Hollister Avenue in Goleta.

  1. January 22, 2018
  • poster of christina dunbar-hester's talk

Date: Saturday, November 4th, 2017, 10:30am - 11:45pm
Location: Girvetz Hall 1004, UC Santa Barbara

KCSB-FM & UCSB's Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music Present 

Christina Dunbar-Hester
Assistant Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

A Keynote Lecture, “Low Power to the People: Community Radio and the Challenge of Media Democracy”

"How have activists addressed the media system, and to what effect? In this talk, I survey the last century of broadcast policy, including activism to expand non-commercial media since the Telecommunications Act of 1996. I focus on the activities of advocates for low power FM radio, a highly local medium that has great significance as a noncommercial, community-controlled platform. These activists conducted both policy work and hands-on training in technology with the goal of empowering everyday people. Their experiences contain important lessons for our present media ecosystem."

Christina Dunbar-Hester is a faculty member in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Science & Technology Studies, and her research focuses on the intersection of technical practice and political engagement.

Part of the U.C. Radio Network Fall 2017 Conference (With a Q&A Featuring Area Low-Power FM Radio Activists)
This Talk is Free & Open to the Public!

Contact KCSB-FM for more information: (805) 893-3921 / /

  1. November 4, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:45pm
  • Still  image  from  Akounak  Tedalat  Taha  Tazoughai  (Kirkley,  2015:  Niger).

6:30 - AKOUNAK screening
7:45 - Q&A with Prof. David Novak + Filmmaker Christopher Kirkley
8:15 - Carlos Niño Performance
9:00- Mdou Moctar Performance

Date: October 14

Location: Multicultural Center

Admission: Free

Mdou Moctar is a pioneer of Tuareg guitar music, a style that has recently shown up on music charts and at North American music venues and festivals thanks to the popularity of groups like Tinariwen, Bombino, and Terakaft. Based in Agadez in Northern Niger, the youngest guitarist, singer, and songwriter Mdou Moctar is becoming increasingly recognized or his own musical experimentation and boundary-pushing work. 

His 2008 psychedelic-tinged Saharan desert-rock LP Anar was met with success via MP3 networks throughout West Africa. One of its standout tracks was featured on Music from Saharan Cellphones: Volume 1, a 2011 album of rare music complied by U.S. record label Sahel Sounds. This month, Sahel Sounds just released their fifth Mdou Moctar album, Sousoume Tamachek, and his first U.S. tour will appear in person at UCSB’s MultiCultural Center Theater. 

Mdou’s relationship with Christopher Kirkley—the founder of this Portland, Oregon-based world-music label—blossomed further with the 2015 release of Kirkley’s film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue With a Little Red In It), which not only pays tribute to Prince’s hit movie Purple Rain, but also to the 1973 Jamaican cult-classic reggae film The Harder They Come. The first ever Tuareg-language film, Akounak tells a fictional story of the struggle of a guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez. (The title reflects how there is no word for “purple” in the Tamasheq language.)

KCSB-FM and UCSB’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) will co-present the area debut of Akounak, immediately followed by a conversation and Q&A with writer/director Kirkley and UCSB Professor of Music David Novak. (Showtime is 6:30pm.)

Next up will be an eclectic music set by Los Angeles-based DJ Carlos Niño (of Dublab and KPFK fame), followed by Mdou Moctar and his band performing live at 9pm, a set sure to blend soulful and bluesy guitar work with danceable and high-energy rhythms too.

UCSB’s MultiCultural Center and CISM co-sponsor this all-ages event which is free and open to the public.

  1. October 14, 2017 - 6:30pm