Amen Dunes, the solo project of Damon McMahon, began with recordings made in the fall of 2006 in upstate New York. Those tapes were initially put on the shelf as personal recordings he never intended for release, and the following summer, McMahon moved to China and all but stopped making music. He would live in Beijing for the next few years, writing and recording only occasionally. With the release of DIA on Locust Music in 2009, however, he decided to move back to the States and form a band around Amen Dunes.
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.
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.
American guitarist Eric Arn and his Primordial Undermind have mined the deepest regions of avant-rock for two decades, producing everything from distorted psychedelic freakouts, through free instrumental music, to pure drones and abstraction. Since moving from Austin, Texas to Vienna, Austria in 2005, Eric frequently performs solo, in duos with Cam Deas, Stefan Kushima (Cruise Family), and Wouter Jaspers (Franz Fyodor), as well as in Tempel Solaire, the Vienna Improvisers Orchestra, and Marco Eneidi's NENUVI Orchestra.
NYC pop-punk trio
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.
Space-psych-horror, lo-fi aggressive electronics with weird field recordings but also a spacey melodic sweet sound that came up from this maelström. Everything done with a guitar, broken mixer, open mic and some effects. Dracula Lewis is one of the best hidden deep dark secrets from Europe, he spent long time traveling all over the world and is now releasing a split LP with Ducktails.
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.