Downrange Telemetrics

Downrange Telemetrics is poet Becca Barniskis and musician Nick Jaffe. They’ve collaborated over the years with many different musicians and artists including most recently: Zen Anton, drummer Matthew Keseley, bassists Shea Drenkow and Zack Warpinkski, MC Soul Reflect, and writer/performer/singer Rachel Jendrzejewski. They’ve also done some very cool stuff with noted bass player and composer Anthony Cox, drummer Steve Sutherland,  trumpet player Solomon Parham, Dosh, visual artists Star Wallowing Bull and Lori Brink, and poets Sharon Chmielarz and Julie Strand.

“Downrange” is a term used in spaceflight to describe the horizontal distance of a rocket’s travel from its launch site. “Telemetrics” describes the transmission of raw sensor data from a vehicle–often an aircraft or space vehicle–or a test subject, to a ground or control facility where it is interpreted. Downrange Telemetrics is known for performing in unlikely and unconventional venues and sometimes engaging audiences in entertaining post-show discussions about the work.

Downrange Telemetrics discography

Downrange Telemetrics YouTube channel

Downrange Telemetrics Phasic Research Group

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new release November 13, 2017:

upcoming shows:

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 Phasic Research Group – A Division of Downrange Telemetrics live at Black Dog, St Paul, MN

8-11 pm
no cover

Saturday, July 29, 2017 Phasic Research Group – A Division of Downrange Telemetrics plays at Brly’s Den in Olivia, MN

Along with Sapiosexual Moodlight, The RI, and special 80’s New Wave and Punk covers set from The RI to close out the evening!

211 N 9th St, Olivia, MN 56277

Imagine a passenger train one thousand cars long bearing down on you at speed. In the first car: Dan Fogelberg at 300 decibels. The second: Tim Weisberg at 300 decibels pitch-shifted down two octaves. In the third: Fogelberg. Fourth car: Weisberg pitch-shifted down three octaves. And so it goes for a thousand cars. Downrange Telemetrics Phasic Research Group is here. Featuring the efforts of Nick Jaffe, Becca Barniskis, Soul Reflect, Matthew Keseley, and Shea Drenkow.


Saturday, May 20, 2017 Downrange Telemetrics performs as part of the Eden Prairie Library’s How-To Festival!


Monday, April 17, 2017 Downrange Telemetrics performs as part of the New Ruckus Composer Nights!

7 pm * Studio Z * 275 4th St. East, Ste. 200, St Paul, MN 55101


Saturday, February 25, 2017 Downrange Telemetrics performs as part of the Punk-Ass Classical series.

7:30 pm  *  1322 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105-2607


Thursday, January 19, 2017  at The Redwood in Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Red Panda booth at NAMM in Annaheim, CA (performances at 2 pm & 4 pm)


from “Sales Force”  January 2017:


DT piece featuring the visual art of Star Wallowing Bull, “Cervello Spazio Cosmico #2”

recent DT session video “Election 2016” featuring Solomon Parham



clip from July 2 performance at Obsidian Arts: “St. Mutt”


Poem + music collab: Short Term Village PowerPoint Presentation:

Jan. 2016 collaboration with visual artist Star Wallowing Bull:


live tv broadcast at MTN on July 24, 2015:

clip from a live set at the Amsterdam in St. Paul, May 14, 2015:

Listen to an original and live improvised Downrange Telemetrics piece created for Transistor’s   BYOB #13 webcast in April 2015: “Construction427/A Typical Flight”

Live appearance on MTN, Feb. 14, 2015:

New piece from rehearsal Nov. 14, 2014:

Downrange Telemetrics live at Jazz Central on Oct. 1, 2014:

Mimi & Xavier Star in a Museum that Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket, Act I: 


Mimi & Xavier Star in a Museum that Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket, Act II:

The Strange But True Journey of Rikki Casino: