There is more than one band with So as their name: 1) So began in 2002 with the pair of Eri and Markus Popp (Oval, Microstoria). So is a true symmetrical duo as both members equally contribute to the songwriting and processing. An absolute departure from Oval, So’s debut CD is a melodic, at times soothing, technological demonstration. The album was initially begun as a reworking of a song cycle from Eri’s archives.
This is a quite unique collaboration, an unexpected one between the italian composer Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld, leader of Einstürzende Neubauten and former Bad Seeds. They first met during the realization of Ingiuria, a theatre pièce and right after that they collaborated on a song for a soundtrack, "A Quite Life". That song started the whole process of writing and producing an album together where songs and more experimental pieces could find a common ground.
Brendan Angelides is a San Francisco based electronic music producer who records and performs live as Eskmo. In the past five years he’s released over a dozen singles and EPs while touring throughout North America and Europe. Angelides also runs the Ancestor label, which issued his "Hypercolor" and "Agnus Dei" singles in 2009 to positive reviews from numerous magazines, blogs and tastemakers. Ninja Tune recording artist and film composer Amon Tobin hailed his work as "some of the best production I've heard in recent times."
Dabrye (pronounced “DAB-ree”) is just one alias of Ghostly artist Tadd Mullinix, who explores hip-hop with head-nodding beats and saw-tooth bass lines, with a keen eye to forward-thinking production and rhythms. Dabrye has earned considerable praise from both the hip-hop underground (Jay Dee, Jurassic 5) and the electronic music press, earning him a Next 100 mention from URB in 2002 and praise from publications as diverse as Rolling Stone to The Wire.
Nick Zammuto is half of the band The Books. Zammuto is his solo project. He is currently working on a full length record to be released in early 2012. He is releasing working versions of the tracks as they are finished from zammutosound.com and his soundcloud page. The new tracks are titled: Yay, Groan Man Don't Cry, Idiom Wind, Too Late to Topologize, and FU-C3PO.
*The Books have released four LPs between 2002 and 2010: All are currently on the label Temporary Residence in NYC.
Born and raised in the pocket of New England, M. Geddes Gengras made his way out to Los Angeles in 2005 and ever since then has steadily added projects and releases to the trail of tape that he drags around. He first came to attention as one half of Antique Brothers, a duo formed with his real-life brother Cyrus (releases on House of Alchemy, Foxglove, Phantom Limb, Not Not Fun, Stunned, Really Coastal), as a member of L.A.
Matmos is M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, from San Francisco aided and abetted by many others. In their recordings and live performances from 1995, Matmos have used the sounds of: amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, a bowed five string banjo, slowed down whistles and kisses, water hitting copper plates, the runout groove of a vinyl record, a $5.00 electric guitar, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, chin implant surgery, contact microphones on human hair, violins, rat cages...
TCH is the alter ego of Timothy Charles Holehouse (Tim Holehouse) the folk and blues musician from Portsmouth, United Kingdom; this is his more leftfield material ranging from noise collages to ambient guitar sound tracks. Formely till January 2012 it was known as Timothy C. Holehouse. He is a constantly evolving and changing experimental musician, adapting to the changes and location put to him, delving into the world of drone, noise, soundscapes, improvisation and sound poetry.