ACID SINGLE PARENTING
Psychedelic black hole music. Member of Mold Omen. https://acidparenting.bandcamp.com/album/two-guys-on-hash
Tom Boram, aka Tom Borax, is a Baltimore-based multi-media artist and musician. The music part goes back 40 years including stints singing in church choirs, jazz guitar, a year in India studying Hindustani music, 15 years playing and building modular synths and 3 heavenly months of strict harpsichord. He is a founder of the High Zero Festival of Experimental Music, teaches art and music at several universities, does freelance mixing and sound design, and has travelled around the world performing. He plays in the improvised noise/rock/jazz duo Leprechaun Catering and has collaborated with many people – some of whom are Peter Blasser, Matmos, Microkingdom, Tetsuya Yoshida, Anne F Jacques, Kaffe Matthews, Miya Masaoka, Toshi Makihara etc etc blah blah.
DJ DECAPITATED HED
DJ D. Hed has emerged from relative obscurity to near-relative obscurity in less than 30 years.
Amber Dunleavy has been an active participant in the DC experimental music scene since the late 90s. Her primary instrument is a Moog Etherwave theremin, but she also enjoys toying around with various found sounds. In addition to her solo project Echolalia, she has performed with fellow thereminists Art Harrison and Rupert Chappelle, and was a member of the Virginia based freak improv rock band Alzo Boszormenyi and the Acid Achievers. She has performed frequently at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music not only as a solo act, but collaborating with other artists including Tag Cloud, Tone Ghosting, Governor Silver & the Queen Bees, and Twilight Memories of the Three Suns. http://echolalianova.bandcamp.com
Embarker is the solo sound project of audio visual artist Michael Roy Barker. Currently based in Philadelphia, MRB has also resided along the East Coast in Baltimore and New York City. MRB uses a variety of electronics, modular synthesizer, homemade instruments and voice to create hyperkinetic sound collages and compositions that often provide a live sound track to found and interactive video. Embarker has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan and has released numerous recordings on a variety of formats. He currently plays in the electronics and drums duo Hatchers. MRB has also earned an (accidental) MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Mount Royal School of Art.
CHRISTIAN MICHAEL FILARDO
Christian Michael Filardo is an agender Filipino American composer and photographer living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Filardo’s recent musical exploration revolves around performance, clarinet, and voice. They have released music both internationally and domestically.
Carrie Fucile is an intermedia artist focused on sound, installation, and performance. Her work addresses issues of territorial and bodily boundaries, political upheaval, and global capital. She has exhibited and performed at numerous venues in the United States and abroad including The Walters Art Museum/Baltimore, The Red Room/Baltimore, the (e)merge Art Fair/Washington, DC, IA&A at Hillyer/Washington, DC, Vox Populi Gallery/Philadelphia, Casa Contemporânea/ São Paulo, Brazil, VMK – Gönczi Gallery/ Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, and the Director’s Lounge/Berlin, Germany. She lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.
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. Her forthcoming LP, Repro, is scheduled for release on Spleencoffin, September, 2018.
Will Redman is a musical instrument that scrambles and obfuscates the precarious limen of the composer-performer-audience compact. Scores employ fantastically unsystematic notation, inviting the beholder into a wilderness of interpretive self-sufficiency. Improvisations manifest as ostensible readings of invisible psycho-temporal texts. Computers listen and alter chunks and tones. Sounds distend the sentient receptive sphere. Productions disseminated internationally through, and with, human, print, and broadcast media.
Baltimore natives Katherine Plummer and William Hardy formed Rosemary Krust in 2007. They practice a kind of “cucina povera” aesthetic of regional experimentalism. Minimalist rock and folk forms are the basis for much of their sound, but are often completely eschewed in performative emotionally cathartic maelstroms of improvisation. Releases and performances of the duo have been scarce, but cassettes and singles can be found on the Spleencoffin, MT6, Goaty, Dull Knife, and Washy labels.
JOHN SOMERS AND ZAK FORREST
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.”
Washington, D.C. based modular wizard Zak Forrest blends a modular synthesis rig with projected laser accompaniment. Forrest’s unique approach to noise and visuals beguiles all who dare to enter the void.
Sunk Heaven is the solo music project of Austin Sley Julian (member of Sediment Club), based out of New York City. Austin works with malfunctioning “gear” and ugly sound to slowly stretch the listener’s sense of stability. Sunk Heaven pulls one sound over another, creating a dynamic landscape with heavy screams of electronics, weaving in and out of song. Sunk Deep into a metallic disfigurement.