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 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

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upcoming shows:

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

DT performs an interactive FREE show for all ages from 2-3 pm

Eden Prairie Library

565 Prairie Center Dr.

Eden Prairie,MN55344

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)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 as part of the New Ruckus Composer Nights, 7 pm at Zeitgeist Studios in Saint Paul’s Lowertown.


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: