Tara Rodgers (Analog Tara) is a composer, historian and critic of electronic music, originally from upstate New York and now based in the Washington, DC area. She is the author of Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound (2010) and numerous articles on the history of sound and synthesizers. More info: www.analogtara.net
_ASPECTS OF THE ICEBERG_
In _Aspects of the Iceberg_, Samuel Lang Budin, Anastasia Clarke and
Sandy Gordon use amplified slide projector, field recordings and
electroacoustic sound performance to explore the dynamics of home on
SAMUEL LANG BUDIN
Samuel Lang Budin is a photographer living in Brooklyn and working
primarily in the depressive realist mode. He makes 35mm and medium
format slide shows about climate change anxiety, aging and death, naked
people in their own homes, the personal discomforts of travel, and the
encroaching sea. He has exhibited at BAM and MoMA PS1 Print Shop as well
as living rooms and bedrooms up and down the Eastern seaboard.
Anastasia Clarke is a Queens, NY based musician and sound artist.
Primarily using samplers, signal processors, and live sound sources, she
creates listening experiences intended to both invigorate and soothe.
She performs solo as Silent Isle, in the electronic duo Middle Grey, and
in a range of other collaborative and cross-disciplinary situations.
Sandy Gordon is a musician, sound artist, and improvisor living in
Brooklyn and frequenting Chicago. A drummer and percussionist, she often
merges, mutates, and swaps her drum kit with a rotating patchwork of
small percussion, homemade field recordings, electronics, and found
objects. She has collaborated extensively with fellow adventurers in
sound, sight, and other modalities, including as a member of the
collective group Causings.
Total Development Cost is a new recording by Anastasia Clarke and Sandy
Gordon, released in April by Generations Unlimited: acsg.bandcamp.com/releases
Guitarist, composer, improviser, filmmaker Scott Bazar has been actively producing and performing since 1989. Known for his guitar work in Disco Vato and Pig Chicken Suicide Scott also performs on invented instruments such as The Electric Pitchfork, Eggtooth and Book N. His interests also lie within film and animation eventually merging the two into his improvisational workshop Pico Dorado.
Lea Bertucci is an American sound artist, composer and performer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. Her work often incorporates multi-channel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental/vocal technique, and tape collage. As an instrumentalist, she takes an idiosyncratic approach to the amplification of woodwind instruments, creating organic yet electrified sonic interventions. Her debut solo LP, Resonance Shapes, was released in 2013 on the Obsolete Units label and has been praised by A Closer Listen as “A grand exploration of the possibilities inherent in sound”. She is a 2015 ISSUE Project Room Artist-in-Residence and is a Harvestworks New Works Fellow. Her discography includes a number of solo and collaborative releases on various underground independent labels in the US and Europe.
THE BIM PRONGS
The Bim Prongs is a (mostly) solo experimental music project by veteran Canadian musician and multi-disciplinary artist W.A.Davison, known for his numerous solo projects (Songs of the New Erotics, Th W rbl r, Panic Engines, M.Stactor), his involvement in significant Canadian underground/experimental groups (Phycus, Six Heads, Gastric Female Reflex) and collaborations with prominent artists and groups in the international experimental music scene (Nihilist Spasm Band, CCMC, AMM, MSBR, irr.app.(ext.), Nurse With Wound, Monty Cantsin Amen, etc.). After a break with many of his past projects at the end of 2014, Davison established The Bim Prongs as a kind of “everything, including the kitchen sink” catch-all experimental audio project incorporating a wide variety of strategies and techniques (not to mention a vast archive of recorded material) developed over 30+ years of recording and performance experiments.
Patrick Cain is a media artist working in film, video and sound. His has performed live scores to his films and videos in many venues including The Everson Museum(Syracuse, New York), Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Squeaky Wheel(Buffalo, NY), Goethe Institute (Washington, D.C.) and Skolska 28 (Prague, CZ). He has been an artist in Residence at both Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center and Signal Culture, in Owego, New York. He lives and works in Washington DC.
Jeff Carey makes hardcore digital music with a joystick, a gamer keypad, and an array of strobe lights. Computer based synthesis, noise, and improvisation combined with a no-safety-net aspect of gestural control makes his music totally physical and visceral. No overdubs and no backing vocals.
Comfort Link is a project in media archaeology employing close reading of the audio detritus of mid-century living room hi-fi culture via recycled, disembodied recordings on cassette and open reel tape loops woven through temperamental period machines and primitive tape delays. Debuting in 2011, Comfort Link has released material on Spleencoffin, Singapore Sling Tapes, and Planted Tapes.
Dan Conrad (born 1946) is an American light-artist, painter, sound artist, teacher and writer from Baltimore, Maryland. http://www.chromaccord.net
LIZ DURETTE & MILES KURTZ-CLARK
Liz Durette (b.1986) is an artist and musician. She plays improvised music on electric piano. Miles Kurtz-Clark (b. 1990) is also an artist and musician. He experiments with various instruments and other sounds. They have been collaborating since January 2016, having improvised classical guitar and electric piano “conversations”.
Embarker is the solo project of audio visual artist Michael Roy Barker. Mb uses a variety of electronics, modular synthesizer, homemade instruments, voice and processed audio collages to create hyperkinetic, genre-bending music that is often used as a soundtrack to found videos or as an interactive audio visual experience.
Hatchers is the electronics and drums duo of Michael Roy Barker and Brian Osborne.
Ayako Kataoka is an artist originally from Tokyo. She works in sound art, installation, and body-based performance. Her projects often focus on the realm of resonance, sound spatialization and site ambiance; aesthetics and rituals in modern culture; and semiotics of movement improvisation. Her work has been exhibited, performed, and screened nationally and internationally at venues such as; Electrogals Festival (PDX), High Zero Festival (Baltimore), Opensignal Festival (RI), San Francisco International Arts Festival (SF), The Stone (NYC), Nowhere Festival (PHI) and Tokyo International Dance Video Festival (JP). Kataoka holds an MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA, and is a recipient of the Frog Peak Prize.
Liz Meredith is a violist, violinist, and visual artist from Baltimore, MD. Her music explores intersections between acoustic chamber music, instrumental improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, and ambient music. Liz’s recent projects include a solo album, The Disposition of Vibrant Forms, a 5 LP set in collaboration with John Somers, and work as an artist/designer for boutique effects pedal company Vaux Flores. In addition to performing her own music, Liz has premiered new works by emerging composers, and has contributed her sound to recordings by Monica Lionheart, Microkingdom, and others.
Liz holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Music Composition from Mills College (Oakland, CA). She has studied music composition with Fred Frith and viola performance with Hank Dutt of Kronos Quartet.
Microkingdom is a trio of Baltimore MVPs: Marc Miller (guitar) of Oxes, John Dierker (reeds) master improviser and member of LaFayette Gilchrest’s New Volcanos (and many other bands and collaborations), and experimental composer Will Redman (percussion).
Painted by Byron Coley has having a “grasp of form either highly advanced or non-existent”, Mold Omen has pitched their tent into the weird woods of the Baltimore wilds since their inception in 2010(ish). Bound together by amateur techniques, academic studies into Pierre Schaffer (no really!) and an overall dank bent, MO have released albums on House of Alchemy, Spleencoffin, Teflon Beast, Lava Church and Holy Page records. They keep a current archive available at moldomen.bandcamp.com and will show up promptly for any show when they are on the bill.
Moth Cock perform a strain of improvised music that bridges the chasm between the free-jazz tradition and the noise underground. The duo processes live clarinet and trumpet through rudimentary effects into damaged squalls of electronic chaos set to mutated rhythms. Their unique performance tactics yield unforgettable live performances that have been documented on the grooves and spools of an increasing number of physical objects since their formation in 2009 – on labels like I Just Live Here, Human Conduct, Pizza Night, Cylindrical Habitat Modules, Tusco/Embassy, and Doug’s own Fairchild Tapes. Doug and Pat live in Kent, OH.
michael wasteneys stephens. poet and performer.
Newagehillbilly – Long running experimental project by Baltimore native Alex Strama. Psychedelic Noise Circuit Trance Junk Noise. Debut release in 2002 on MT6 Records. Over a dozen more releases on various labels including Spleencoffin. Touring the south this summer with Comfort Link.
Eric Ostrowski is a freely-improvising musician and experimental filmmaker based in Seattle, WA.
He played guitar and violin as one half of the legendary improv-noise duo of Noggin from 1993-2006. He has played in several bands since including Wamu, Chaostic Magic and Clearinghouse. He is also an experimental film and video maker. His works are like Noise Film. He is also doing some other stuff he can’t tell you about.
Pony Moon is the convergence of Jenny Moon Tucker (Twilight Memories of The Three Suns) and Pony Payroll Bones (Hubcap City (from Belgium), Pony Blood). Violent Psychedelic Music eternal drone. A duo with occasional guests. Everything is fluid. The river finds the ocean and the Ocean always rains into the river. Violin (s), Saxophones, Electronics, broken instruments, Found Percussion
Mick Ricereto is a Philadelphia-based autodidact improviser focusing on extended technique clarinet performance and composition through non-traditional notation and graphic scores. A visual design professional by day, the artist combines visuals with music to create a harmonious sensory experience.
In Baltimore Mick has played High Zero 2014, the Out of Your Head Collective, Worlds in Collusion and Thirdbird, H.O.T. and Rip Rig in Philadelphia along with Sonic Circuits in Silver Spring, MD. A self-released cassette debuted in 2015 with Baltimore-based viola/violinist Liz Meredith as the acoustic chamber duo X|i|O (pronounced She-Oh). X|i|O recordings and samples of Mick’s graphic notation can be viewed at: facebook.com/X.i.O.Sounds and soundcloud.com/x-i-o
Margaret Rorison is a filmmaker and curator from Baltimore, Maryland. Her works often develop from explorations through rural and urban landscapes, combining language, sound and imagery to create installations, films and live 16mm projections. She is interested in the visceral nature of experience and the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound. She is co-founder and curator of the Baltimore experimental film series, Sight Unseen since 2012.
SEAN SEATON AND EMILY WITHERS
Jason Sloan is an electronic musician, composer, and sound artist practicing in Baltimore, Md. His work explores immateriality and its relationship to memory, systems and the virtual world. Besides his notoriety in the ambient and space music scenes for close to two decades, Jason has released over a dozen solo albums, collaborations and has been included on multiple various artist collections.
In 2012 Jason began working under the moniker L’Avenir. This project explores Sloan’s long time love of synth-pop and minimal wave music. L’Avenir’s music is created purely from analog, modular and vintage synthesizer equipment and has released albums on Barcelona’s Cold Beats Records and Beläten in Sweden.
In addition to releasing over a dozen studio albums and E.P.’s over the two decades, Sloan has played live all over the US, Canada and Europe including the influential Live Constructions radio program at Columbia University, Berlin’s Liquid Sky TV, STEIM in Amsterdam, CMMAS in Morelia, and Philadelphia’s The Gatherings concert series; one of the country’s oldest continuing ambient and electronic music series.
Sloan is a Professor teaching full-time in the Interaction Design and Art [IDA]department along with being the founder and program coordinator for the Sound Art concentration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
John Somers is a Baltimore based experimental sound composer who’s current musical projects include solo work as “do while” and “arc’d,” as well as collaborative work with fellow Baltimore composer Liz Meredith, including a collection of 5 LP’s titled “The Disposition of Vibrant Forms”, which was voted “Best Box Set” in Baltimore City Paper’s “Best of 2013.”
True French. aka Megaphone Sampson. aka Blind Willie Sturgeon. aka
Lightning Gene Poole. aka vsls. aka tjohns. Is a 21st Century Master of
the American Primitive Synthesizer. For this performance, he will be
performing quite late and on a system almost entirely of his own design.
Anyone so inclined to cover their bodies in day-glo paint and dance for
the duration of this performance is encouraged to do so in accordance
with regional customs and traditions.
Paulina Velázquez is a visual artist working with diverse media such as installation, sculpture, drawing and animation. Her work has been presented in places like Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, TEOR/éTica and Instituto México in Costa Rica. And she has shown internationally at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan, ExTeresa Arte Actual in México City, Museo de Arte in San Salvador, Torino Contemporanea in Italy, La Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba, Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, UCLA Biennial in Los Ángeles, SUNY Gallery in New Paltz, New York, Mission Cultural Center, Root Division, The Lab and the Berkeley Art Museum in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as various film festivals.
In 2010 she obtained an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, under a Fulbright and PEO Peace Scholarship, and in 2008 she obtained her Licenciatura in Art and Visual Communication in Printmaking from Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica.
Fools and jesters, mimes and minstrels, buffoons and fools, clowns and contraries. Now it’s your turn to move ahead in your life and in your career.
Cleveland’s Witchbeam explores the world of mysteries via sight and
sound, mixing noise, drone, static, and rhythm through the technologies
of ritual. One half of Telecult Powers. Releases on Baked Tapes,
Experimedia, Tranquility Tapes, etc. “Study the Oerg-8 Papers and you’ll