Artists
Al Letson
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Al Letson

Al is a radio host, poet, playwright, and actor.

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Andrew Weathers

Andrew Weathers

Andrew is an Oakland-based composer and improviser whose music exists in a space between improvisation and composition—equally influenced by the 20th century American minimalists and underground noise.

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Annie Phillips

Annie Phillips

Annie of Zoo Labs is a trained clarinet/bass clarinetist who does all she can to help realize creative visions and change her industry for the better. Outside Zoo Labs, she teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a co-director of Switchboard Music. She has previously worked for the SF Symphony and the Magik*Magik Orchestra and performs in settings from staged performances of Schoenberg’s ‘Pierrot lunaire’ to recording for albums by John Vanderslice and How To Dress Well.

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Bhob Rainey

Bhob Rainey

Bhob, a recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, is a composer, improvisor, and computer programmer. He founded the seminal improv duo, Nmperign, directed The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, for fifteen years, and created a series of multichannel electronic works as Prants (with Chris Cooper). His compositions work with large data systems, chaos, and the teeming underside of everyday communication technology.

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Biceptuals

Biceptuals

Biceptuals are Renzo Gorrio (Hydroplane) and Matthew Michael Ahern Hettich (Wake). When they aren’t busy flexing their sweet abs, they make IDM influenced hardware techno. Individually, they’ve performed alongside acts like Cylob, Machinedrum, Clark, Daedelus, and The Flashbulb. They release music solo and with other projects on labels like Circuitree Records & Proximal Records.

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Brad Dollar

Brad Dollar

Brad of Zoo Labs is a producer, engineer and guitarist. A Bay Area native, he has been cultivating art & community through music since his youth. His passion for merging our human connection into sonic landscapes that move people has carved out a place for Brad to help others achieve their greatest creative visions. This has lead him to elevate artists such as Bob Weir, Finish Ticket & The National to new musical heights.

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Brett Balogh

Brett Balogh

Brett is a Chicago-based artist working at the intersection of objects, sounds and spaces. He is currently an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching courses in new media, architecture, digital fabrication, radio and sound. Brett is a free103point9 transmission artist and has exhibited and performed at P.S.1 (NY), Diapason (NY), Devotion Gallery (NY); The MCA (Chicago) and The Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago) among others.

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Cere Davis

Cere Davis

Cere is a disciplinary artist and engineer based in Berkeley, Ca. Her background includes work and studies in computer systems architecture, physics and vocal improvisation. Her work freely crosses boundaries between playful laboratory experimentation and acousto-kinetic studies. Her current creations focus on interactive educational sculptures that viscerally demonstrate many subtle principles of Physics through sonic means. Her works encourage the observer to explore their pre-conceptions of sound and movement.

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Chief Xcel (Blackalicious)
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Chief Xcel (Blackalicious)

Chief Xcel makes beats as one half of Blackalicious, a hip hop duo from Sacramento CA.

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Dan Gottwald
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Dan Gottwald

Dan is a sculptor, instrument builder, and composer. His work often incorporates sight, sound and touch to explore points of contact in social settings. Recent work includes the CHIME SF project for the Market Street Prototyping Festival and the ongoing performance collective, The Analogous Ensemble.

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Dirk Adams

Dirk Adams

Dirk creates work in sound, installation, and performance art that explores language, memory, social dynamics, and cultural phenomena through various strategies. Since 2003, he has created several headphone-based audio works that intertwine elements of audio tour, instructional performance, and storytelling. His piece, Four Stories, Building, is featured in Aspect V19: Communication.

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Doseone
doseone

Doseone

Doseone is a poet, rapper, singer, painter, producer, sound designer, cat owner & member of anticon, GO D△RK, 13&god, cLOUDDEAD, Crook&Flail, Deep Puddle Dynamics, NEVERMEN, subtle, & themselves.

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Ed Bear
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Ed Bear

Ed is an American performing artist and engineer. As a designer committed to an open source world, he researches and practices material reuse and as a civil responsibility.  He has toured extensively in North America and Europe as a performer and teacher.

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Fantastic Negrito
Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito tells one man’s truth in the form of black roots music: slide guitar, drums, and piano build bridges between Lead Belly & Skip James to a modern sound, with loops and samples and “zero concern for pop anything.”

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Gamelan X
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Gamelan X

Gamelan X draws inspiration from the clove and incense scented air of Bali, Indonesia, Gamelan X, “The Bay Area’s own Funkadelic of ethnomusicology” (SF Guardian), explores the sonic landscape of contemporary beleganjur gamelan to offer a wildly unique expression of both East and West. From the resonating sound of the gongs to the explosive drum beats and interlocking cymbals, Gamelan X remixes the ritual of a Balinese procession with a decidedly west coast twist.

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George Lavender

George Lavender

George is an award-winning independent radio and print journalist. His radio reporting has aired on NPR, WBUR, KQED, and Radio France International. He currently works as a producer of Making Contact, a nationally distributed half-hour radio show. Follow him on Twitter @GeorgeLavender.

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Hethre Contant

Hethre Contant

Hethre is a historian and experimental radio artist based in Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on communities that have formed in order to explore the possibilities of the radio band of the electromagnetic spectrum. She is finishing her PhD at the University of New South Wales Art and Design (UNSWAD), and she lectures about Art History, Radio, and Walter Benjamin. She also was a lead organizer for the 2013 MEGAPOLIS Festival in NYC.

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Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder)
Song Exploder

Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder)

Hrishikesh hosts Song Exploder, a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Hrishikesh asks artists to deconstruct their recordings, instrument by instrument, giving listeners the chance to hear it from the inside out and get a unique understanding of how creative ideas are born and bred.

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Jeff Emtman (Here Be Monsters)

Jeff Emtman (Here Be Monsters)

Jeff creates true stories about belief and fear for the Here Be Monsters podcast. For more motivations and back-story, read this interview. He fears the unknown, worries about the future, has night-blindness, and often is a shy person.

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Jordan Gray
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Jordan Gray

Jordan is head of Creative Labs at Organic, a founding member of CODAME ART+TECH, producer of electronic music and video art as staRpauSe, boss at HEXAWE creative commons netaudio label, and an editor of DINOAIDS pocket paper zines.

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Joshua Marshall
Joshua Marshall

Joshua Marshall

Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser whose work involves architectural innovation, narrativity, systematic improvisatory practice, and live digital media.

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Julie Herndon

Julie Herndon

Julie is a Bay Area composer and performer working with internal and external space, improvisation, text, graphics, and electronics. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Music Composition at Mills College, where she teaches musicianship.

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Kevin Blechdom
Kevin Blechdom

Kevin Blechdom

Kristin (Kevin Blechdom), the avenging angel of pop, has brought much needed life into electronic music both as a solo artist and as a member of Blectum from Blechdom.

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Kitchen Sisters

Kitchen Sisters

Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva are award winning documentary radio producers who have been working together for more than twenty-five years. They are the creators of the popular Hidden Kitchens series on Morning Edition, the Peabody Award winning NPR series Lost & Found Sound, and the post 9-11 Sonic Memorial Project.

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Matmos
Matmos

Matmos

Matmos is M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel (Baltimore) who have made recordings and performed live using 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, and many other things since 1995.

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Moldover
moldover

Moldover

Moldover is “a paradigm shift in live electronic stage acts” (New City Music). Witness his balls-to-the-wall live show at a club, experience one of his interactive jamboxes at a festival, or pick up and play the “Light-Theremin” packaging of his debut album and understand the new musical archetype that is Moldover.

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Nelson Loskamp
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Nelson Loskamp

Nelson has been performing Electric Chaircut, amplified haircuts, worldwide since 1989. Nelson is the original master of electro-sonic hair design, and CNN calls Electric Chaircut “A cut above”; NBC says “It’s a sidewalk sensation”; and the NY Times calls it “Cutting edge!”

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Owen Marshall

Owen Marshall

Owen is a PhD candidate at the Cornell Department of Science & Technology Studies. He is maybe the only person currently doing NSF-supported research on Auto-Tune. He does a radio show on KDVS called I Hate Mondays.

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Pat Mesiti­-Miller

Pat Mesiti­-Miller

Pat is an audio engineer, music producer, and sound designer for NPR’s Snap Judgment. He lives and works in the Bay Area.

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Roman Mars
Roman Mars

Roman Mars

Roman is the executive producer of 99% Invisible, a “tiny radio show about design” that began in his bedroom, gravitated to KALW in San Francisco, and now is one of the leading independently funded podcasts of the entire InterWeb. Roman has been leading a new wave of podcasters who have obliterated the paradigm of a listener-funded “radio” show, and he does so by focusing intently on the 99% of activity that is invisible to the naked eye yet shapes our world. And he puts on a killah live show.

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Shanna Sordahl

Shanna Sordahl

Shanna is an American-Canadian sound artist and composer living in Oakland, CA. Her interdisciplinary interests and love of diversity cause her work to take on many dynamic forms, from composition and live performances to site-specific installations.

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Slope114

Slope114

Slope114 is live improvised house music by Dmitri SFC & Elise Gargalikis. Elise started singing at a young age & paid her House Music dues singing over many DJ sets in the San Francisco Bay Area underground. Dmitri honed his skills while DJing San Francisco bars in the late 90s – he held residencies at The Top DJ Bar & Liquid SF with a fake ID.

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TFPP
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TFPP

TFPP is the collaboration of “HipHop” (Wake) and “Plug-in” (DDB). Hip hop and Plug-in first met in Pickens, South Carolina as fierce opponents. They were contestants in the local illegal underground Magic the Gathering tournies. Much later, things lightened up considerably, and eventually, by means of Constructive Discussion technique, they were able to talk through their differences.

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Thomas Deuel

Thomas Deuel

Thomas is a practicing neurologist, sound artist, and neuroscientist from Seattle WA. As a neurologist with expertise in Electroencephalogram (EEG), a practicing sound artist exhibiting works of interactive audio installation art, a PhD in Neuroscience researching music and sound processing in the brain, as well as a professor in Digital Arts and Experimental Media, he attempts to bring these multiple personalities together to create hybrid neuroscience/music devices.

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Veronica Simmonds

Veronica Simmonds

Veronica is a sound-oriented media hustler. Her work has aired on CBC, ABC and various podcasts. She also produces interactive documentaries, including most recently an ode to urban lake swimming called Body of Water. In Halifax, she hosts a show called Braidio on CKDU 88.1fm where she braids hair live on air.

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Wendy Baker

Wendy Baker

Wendy produces Noodle Mania, a collaborative zine-making audio project. She’s also an independent radio producer and helps organize community events at Rock Paper Scissors Collective, an arts organization that fosters creativity and collaboration in Oakland.

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XuXa Santamaria

XuXa Santamaria

XuXa Santamaria = PUERTO RICO + NUEVA YORK in OAKLAND = Sofía Córdova + Matthew Kirkland
 We channel Chrono Trigger/So So Def All Stars/Ace of Base + The Stooges
+ YES, WE USED TO SPELL OUR NAME ‘CHUCHA SANTAMARIA’

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