Past Events

Mellow Metal

by Wobbuffet

Sunday, 17 December – 8:00pm
St. Louis Artist Guild, 12 Jackson Avenue
$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Artists
Hearding Cats is proud to present Mellow Metal, a collaboration on metal percussion instruments between Shannon Wood, Tom Stubbs, and Rich O’Donnell.
The trio will be performing with instruments such as Gamelan gongs and Chinese cymbals, creating high harmonics, vowel sounds, and many other nuanced sounds rarely experienced by non-percussionists.
The audience is welcome to have a seat, walk around the room to fully experience the acoustics of the space, or bring yoga mats and bask in the meditative atmosphere.

Native St. Louisan Rich O’Donnell started drumming at age seven, beginning his lifelong obsession with  timbrel possibilities.  He’s a forty-three year veteran of the St. Louis Symphony, retired 15 years ago but still remains obsessed.

Tom Stubbs started playing metal instruments in the St. Louis Symphony in 1970 & teaching the same at SLU & the Aspen Music Festival & School.  The cymbal crashes add up.

Shannon Wood has served as the principal timpanist of the St. Louis Symphony for four years, and plays around the US in the off-season in local festivals and touring orchestras.

Saturday, 11 November – 7:30pm
Satori, 3003 Locust Street
$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Artists

Continuing our 9th season, Hearding Cats presents analog DIY inventors and improvisers Martin Freeman and Bbob Drake.  The duo will be performing improvised sets on instruments of their own design and construction.  Freeman and Drake take a measured, minimalist approach to the chaotic nature of improvisation on analog synthesizer, letting their instruments state their cases slowly and clearly… for analog synthesizers, at least. Please take a look at the links throughout this post and hear for yourself!

photo by r.nuuja

Martin Freeman is an improvising musician and instrument builder from Rochester, NY. He works predominantly with electronics instruments of his own design, which are inspired by voltage-controlled synthesizers from the 1940s to the present with special attention given to creating opportunities for uncertainty and surprising behavior. His performance practice typically involves provoking and wrangling unpredictable circuits in a web of knob-laden boxes that are covered in candy wrappers and collages.
Recordings are available through Freeman’s soundcloud.


Bbob Drake is a veteran legend of the American analog DIY scene, and in addition to his compositions, his website ( is a resource for beginners and experts alike.

Patrick Cain will be unable to make the performance, but here is a recent collaborative performance with Martin Freeman.  Kevin Harris, an artist who actively fears being injured by an exploding cathode ray tube, will be doing the live video synthesis for the event.

DIY Electronic Instrument Design Class Series + Master Class with Doc Mabuse, Martin Freeman, and Bbob Drake

Hearding Cats Collective will offer a series of four classes in electronic instrument design taught by veteran DIY synthesist Mike ‘Doc Mabuse’ Murphy, plus one master class on Sunday 12 Nov 2017 in which Doc will be joined by Martin Freeman & Bbob Drake. These classes are geared toward artists wanting to acquire a foothold […]

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Musetry Meld

Friday, 8 September – 7:30pm The Chapel at the Link Galleries, 5000 Washington Place $10 General Admission, $5 Students and Artists Kicking off Hearding Cats’ 9th season, Musetry Meld features three acclaimed St. Louis poets, Michael Castro, Travis Mossotti, and Brett Lars Underwood, and percussionist Glen “Papa” Wright.  Works will be read individually and in tandem, strung together over the music […]

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MU-PSI: A Sonic Analog to Sci-Fi

Friday, 7 April – 7:30pm .ZACK, 3224 Locust Street $20 General Admission, $15 Students and Artists Tickets are available at MetroTix as well as at the door on the night of the show. HEARding Cats Collective is honoured to present Dr. Carla Scaletti, co-founder of KYMA music computer systems, the system of choice by sound […]

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Anthropologies Imaginaire

Saturday, March 4 – 7:30pm The Kranzberg Arts Center Studio, 501 N Grand Boulevard $20 General Admission, $15 Students and Artists Tickets are available at MetroTix as well as at the door on the night of the show.   HEARding Cats is excited to present Gabriel Dharmoo in his Anthropologies Imaginaire, a solo vocal performance […]

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Between What Is & What Could Be

Sunday, 26 February – 7:30pm The Sheldon Ballroom, 3648 Washington General Admission $20, Student and Artist $15 Please RSVP to! HEARding Cats Collective is celebrating the 80th birthday of our co-founder and artistic director, Rich O’Donnell, with a concert that spans 47 years. From O’Donnell’s 1970 MikroTimbre I solo for amplified TamTam, to free […]

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Analog Revenge

Saturday, 13 May – 7:30pm The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee Street General Admission $15, Student and Artist $10 HEARding Cats Collective knows that our culture is drowning in digital technology, so we are proud to present ANALOG REVENGE and show the world that analog survives and thrives.  ANALOG REVENGE presents three masters of analog synthesis with […]

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Serious Warping of Space, Time, and Your Mind, A Sci-Fi Fantasy

Sunday, 20 Novemer – 7:30 PM The Kerr Foundation, 21 O’Fallon Street General Admission $20, Student and Artist $15 As part of our 8th season of keeping Saint Louis Strange and Wonderful, Hearding Cats is mystified to present a 5 act collaboration with 19 artists inviting you to move through space and time on 3 […]

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Nov 20 2016 – Watch this Site for Developments

In the Druid calendar, Samhain is the time of year when the barrier between the worlds is thinnest. According to documents that have come into our possession an unprecedented breach is on the horizon! The barrier will be as thin as the slightest veil on November 20 at the Kerr Foundation on the Riverfront. Watch this […]

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