Susan Stenger has bridged the rock and art music worlds throughout her career. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, where she both played in bands and explored new music as a student of Petr Kotik and Julius Eastman. She skipped her high school graduation to attend the now legendary "New Music In New Hampshire" summer workshop in Chocorua, NH, where she first encountered the music of faculty members David Tudor, David Behrman, Gordon Mumma and Frederick Rzewski in what was a life-changing experience.
Guitarist Ivar Grydeland and percussionist Ingar Zach, prime movers and catalysts for free improvised music in Norway, got in touch with Christian Wallumrød after hearing his “Sofienberg Variations” on ECM and they have since worked together in diverse combinations including, since 2004, ‘Dans les arbres’ a project completed by French clarinettist Xavier Charles. Their radical all-acoustic improvisation explores sonorities and textures that frequently sound electronic, and also often sounds ‘composed’ – with echoes of Cage and the New York School.
France Jobin aka i8u (b. 1958) is a sound / installation / web artist residing in Montreal, Canada. i8u's audio art can be qualified as "sound-sculpture". It reveals powerful, opaque and complex sound environments where analog and digital meet. Her installation/web art can be said to follow a parallel path, incorporating both musical and visual elements. i8u has created solo recordings for ROOM40 (Australia), bake/staalplaat (Netherlands), as well as many collaborations notably with Goem, Martin T
Pete Swanson was one half of the mighty Yellow Swans. Now he makes brooding electronic/dark ambient tracks with the same twisted ferocity.
Canadian sound artist Mark Templeton utilizes acoustic instruments, found sounds and sampled material to construct textured, collage-like electronic compositions. Since the release of his critically acclaimed
Marooned in Aberystwyth, UK, blind chance and a shared fascination with the British seaside brought together Paul Newland and Tim Noble. On deserted beaches and vertiginous coastal paths, in ancient woodlands and derelict mines, conversations veered wildly from myth to fact, sea to sky, waking to dreaming, cartography to psychogeography, song to instrumental, melody to rhythm
Shane Fahey is a sound artist, acoustician, and sound engineer. A founding member of Social Interiors with Rik Rue, Shane began his career in sound and music by forming experimental art-rock band The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast (1979-1983) who made quite an impression on the emerging Sydney electronic and industrial music scene at that time. The band featured on Sydney post-punk label M Squared's roster. Shane sang and co-wrote the band
Greg Kelley has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Argentina at numerous festivals, in clubs, outdoors, in living rooms, in a bank, and at least once on a vibrating floor. He has collaborated with a number of musicians throughout the globe performing experimental music, free jazz and noise, releasing a number of recordings in the process - both solo, and as nmperign (with bhob rainey) and Heathen Shame (with Kate Village and Wayne Rogers). He constantly seeks to push the boundaries of the trumpet and of 'music'.
John Levack Drever's unfolding practice represents a cathexis into: human utterance; the minutiae of everyday soundscapes; residual noise; the intersection of acoustic horizon and acoustic arena; the genealogy of phonographic atmos and SFX; (un)natural histories; the gap between documentary and the field; the built environment, prevailing ambiance and pedestrian deportment; intuitions of silence and noise; overhearings, mishearings and acoustic perturbations, etc.
YASUNAO TONE (刀根康尚) was one of the first Japanese artists active in composing "events" and improvisational music. He has been active in the Fluxus movement since 1962 and has also been an organizer and participant in many important music and performance groups such as Group Ongaku, Hi-Red Center, Team Random (the first computer art group organized in Japan). Primarily a composer, Tone has worked in many media, creating pieces for electronics, computer systems, film, radio and television, as well as environmental art.