Charalambides are a musical group originally from Houston, Texas, USA and lately of Austin, Texas. Formed in 1991 by Tom Carter and Christina Carter, adding Jason Bill and Heather Leigh Murray, they have followed in the footsteps of other Texas psychedelic music artists such as The 13th Floor Elevators, The Red Krayola, and Jandek. Their music contains elements typical of psychedelic music such as reverb, extended instrumental jamming and the use of found sounds, as well as elements of noise, avant garde, folk, and drone music.
Aranis is a Flemish quintet, playing music across the borders of classical, folk and (post)rock. They have released four full albums: Aranis (2005), Aranis (2007), Songs From Mirage (2009) and RoqueForte (2010). Depending on the project Aranis is working on, they call upon guest musicians to complete the sound. Aranis:
Liesbeth Lambrecht: violin
Marjolein Cools: accordion
Stijn Denys: guitar
Jana Arns: transverse flute
Joris Vanvinckenroye: contrabass & composition
According to many, Richard Rijnvos is one of the leading composers in the Netherlands of the "post-Andriessen" generation. Born in 1964, he studied composition with Jan van Vlijmen and Brian Ferneyhough at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and followed a postgraduate at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg (Germany). In the period 1986-92 he came in touch with the American composers Morton Feldman and John Cage, who caused crucial changes in his development.
Gail Priest is a Sydney-based sound artist, writer and curator. She is interested in releasing the hidden melodies and broken beats found in raw sonic material. She manipulates field recordings, random instruments and the tortured voice to create works that explore the fine line between pleasure and pain. Her atmospheric adventures incorporate dirty machinic rhythms and bass-heavy pulsations contrasted with glassy cascades and occasional sweet slippery vocals.
Glenn Branca (born October 6, 1948 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is an avant-garde composer and guitarist. Branca studied theater at Emerson College in Boston in the early 1970s. While there, he began experimenting with sound as the founder of an experimental theater group called Bastard Theater. He moved to New York in 1976. His first encounter with the NYC music scene was with the N.DoDo Band whom he observed many times at their rehearsal space- Phil Demise's Gegenschein Vaudeville Placenter. This is where he first met jeffrey lohn who was playing electric violin with the N.
Krumble is a Drum & Bass/Hardcore producer from France. His real name is Julien Cuenin, and he has toured with Venetian Snares, Bogdan Raczynski, Alec Empire, Spor & Vex'd, among others. Krumble is also the name of a Cleveland post hardcore band. the record Thirteen was released in 2001. They are now defunct, and their bassist Scott Lasch moved on to form Post-Hardcore band Arms For Venus.
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, composer and performer (born Dec. 29th 1973 in Trondheim, Norway), finished composition studies at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo in 2000. Her compositions have been performed by Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Arve Tellefsen, Cikada and Vertavo string quartets, Quatuor Renoir, ticom, Crash Ensemble, Torben Snekkestad, Spunk, Frode Haltli and Poing among others.
Excepter is an improvised-electronic performance group devoted to the destruction of boundaries between the psychic friends network and reality television. They formed in Brooklyn, New York in 2002.
One-man project Forest Swords is based in Wirral/Liverpool, UK. Forest Swords' music reflects the sprawling Wirral landscape of river, coastland and woodland while echoing nearby city Liverpool's enviable pop history. Foggy grooves rub shoulders with simple, skeletal R'n'B/hip hop influenced beats and snippets of striking, bewitching melody. It has been described as 'psychedelic dub' and 'slow burning drone-step with soul'.
Marlo Eggplant was born in Baltimore, MD. She was originally trained in voice, classical guitar, piano, and cello. She began her musical career favoring folk and punk by playing local venues as a teen. When she attended college in the Berkshires, she became more interested in avant garde and bizarre musics. In 2003, she co-founded Spleencoffin records with Timothy Wisniewski. She was the drummer in the short lived improvisational deconstructed noise rock band, Hazardous Guadalupe.