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FEATURED

Andrea Seabrook (sponsored by Transom.org)
Anna Friz + Eric Leonardson (UnionDocs on Apr. 13)
Christopher DeLaurenti
Ezekiel Honig
Flutronix
Kitchen Sisters w/ Sean Cole  (sponsored by AIR)
Lea Thau / Strangers
Leif Elggren
Love + Radio
Mountains
Nina Katchadourian
The Truth with Jonathan Mitchell

CREATE

ExiTrip: Hacking the iTrip + The Cheapest Way Too … – Ed Bear
Free Music Archive Remix Challenge – Andrea Silenzi
Handheld Recorder Ensemble – Byron Westbrook
Jazz Drum Machine – Ben Lacker
Sounds Real: Telling Stories with Sounds – Kaitlin Prest + Brendan Baker
Urban Menagerie (or, A Zoo Without Walls) – Robin Amer

EXPERIENCE

Blade Runner: Final Final Cut Pro MEGA Cut – Chris Collins
DeTrop
E.S.P. LAB
Experimental Noise Karaoke – Gambletron
Graphic Ships to Sonic Shores – Jesse Ricke and Lisa Lee
HAUSER/QUAID
Live Footage
Manipulated Tape – Patrick Carey
Salvage – Anis Haron
Spirograph Agnew
Touchscreen – Jeff Kolar
Treasures of The Jonesonian – Alex Gallafent
whiteout. [new york] – Jason Sloan

INSTALLATIONS

Call Your Sequencer – Tony Lim
ECO(SOUND)SYSTEM – Peter McQuillan
Echoes of Footprints – John Capogna and Louise Foo
MeatRAVE – Britt Wray + Chris Wood
Noisemakers – Matthew Matthew
radio silence – Mickey Capper
Speaking of Birds and Boundaries – Annie Berman
The Hard Drive – MEGAPOLIS NYC Staff / Hethre Contant
The Idea of Space – Liz Bustamante

LEARN

Do It Yourself Success: Plan your Dream Project – Eleanor Whitney
Improvisation Workshop – Mike Bullock
Music, Machines and Meaning – Andy Cavatorta
Radio Producer as Flâneur – Sam Greenspan (99% Invisible) (with support from PRX.org)
Rawllege Craydio – Avery Trufelman, Grace McCreight + Chelsea Stokes
Sounding Place, Placing Sound – The Sonic Ethnography Workshop
The Urban Ear of Tony Schwartz – David Suisman
The Way Things Travel – John Roach + Aaron Moore
Visualizing Hertzian Space – Brett Ian Balogh

MISC.

And Then… – Katherine Gorman
Footfollow – Brian House
Localore Producers
Re-Wired – Amelia Marzec

SCREENINGS

Acommunication – Jean-Michel Rolland
Ashes – John Kreitzberg
Chiayi Symphony – Stefano Giannotti
Hidden Sound – Julien Clancy
I, Tourist, NY – Angelica Piedrahita
The Tower of Now – Daniel Jenatsch
Zepelim: Plant Consciousness & Communication – Carlo António Ribeiro Patrão

TOUR

A Bicycle Built for Three – David Weinberg
Good Vibrations – Johann Diedrick and Christie Leece
Passing Stranger – Pejk Malinovski

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FEATURED


Andrea Seabrook (sponsored by Transom.org)

Sometimes even professional professionals gotta break out of the mold and go DIY all over the place. Andrea Seabrook‘s values as a journalist and commitment to telling the whole story led her to leave NPR last year and start a new show: DecodeDC. It is her attempt to stop re-playing soundbites of political attacks and start talking about what’s wrong with Washington. She Kickstarted her show into a popular podcast and now goes at it alone, her own way. Catch Andrea sometime Saturday the 20th or Sunday the 21st tba at the New School. (Andrea’s appearance is made possible through generous sponsorship by Transom.org)


Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson (@ UnionDocs on Apr. 13)

An intimate atmosphere of transmission, where audience and performers share the acoustic space inside a multi-channel array of suspended radio receivers and micro-watt transmitters. Restless voices, sounds of breath, and other bodily exclamations seep up through the welter of signals creating a milieu of harmonic interference and uneasy night-time respirations. Anna and Eric perform within this world: Eric plays a self-made instrument that he calls the “Springboard”, an electroacoustic percussion instrument which produces rich enharmonic timbres from coil springs, plastic combs, pocket radio, and wooden daxophones; Anna plays electronics, free reeds, and small acoustic instruments.

Anna Friz is a Canadian sound and radio artist who specializes in multi-channel transmission systems for installation and performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work.

Eric Leonardson is a Chicago-based audio artist and teacher. He is President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Christopher DeLaurenti

Christopher will present Live at Occupy Wall Street, a live performance of binaural, camera, and stereo microphone recordings made at Occupy Wall Street from the shutdown at Zuccotti Park to May Day to Occupy Wall St’s one year anniversary. An oral history made in the moment, Live at Occupy Wall Street ranges from tender moments to the mundane to the inspiring People’s Microphone to the brutal tactics of law enforcement. One of a series of protest symphonies dating to 1999 beginning with N30: Live at the WTO Protest. See DeLaurenti’s site for details, and hear a sample here.

Christopher DeLaurenti is a composer, improvisor, phonographer, and writer. His electro-acoustic works are composed of field recordings and often deal with political issues, political protests in particular. His weekly column, The Score, appeared in the Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger from 2002 to 2010, and he has also appeared in 21st Century Music, The Seattle Times, Signal to Noise, Soundscape, Earshot Jazz, and Tablet.


Ezekiel Honig

Ezekiel Honig, a New York City native, is a musician and label manager for Microcosm Music and Anticipate Recordings. He is a well-known figure in the electronic music community. Honig usually follows a strict production code on all of his songs using ‘found-sound’ and warm melodies. His latest album is Folding In On Itself, called “seductive listening” and a “wild and unqualified synthetic wonderland“, can be found here.


Flutronix

Flute duo FlutronixNathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, have incorporated electronics into a chamber music context in a wide range of repertoire. They have collaborated with Dan Deacon, Ski Beatz, and ICE, and are preparing their sophomore album, 2.0.


Kitchen Sisters w/ Sean Cole (sponsored by AIR)

The 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, co-produced with Jay Allison. They are currently producing an NPR and online series about girls around the world. As independent producers, they are the creators of more than 200 stories for public broadcast about the lives, histories, art and rituals of people who have shaped our diverse cultural heritage. They are the recipients of numerous awards including the duPont-Columbia Award, two Peabodys, and three Audies.

Sean Cole is a public radio reporter, producer and sometimes host. He’s worked on staff at This American Life and Radiolab and contributed to lots of other shows, including All Things Considered, Only a Game, Studio 360, Marketplace and 99% Invisible. Most recently he’s been filling in for Dick Gordon on “The Story with Dick Gordon.” His latest volume of poetry is called “One Train,” published by Dusie press.


Be A Kick-Ass Storyteller – Lea Thau / Strangers podcast

Lea Thau is a Peabody award-winning producer, and the creator and host of the “Strangers” podcast sponsored by KCRW. She was the Executive & Creative Director of The Moth for 10 years and created The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour. Lea will conduct an interactive workshop to highlight the elements of great storytelling.


Leif Elggren

Leif (Sweden) is a multimedia artist who conceives music as a soundtrack to a visual installation or experimental stage performance, usually presenting carefully selected sound sources over a long stretch of time and that range from mesmerizingly quiet electronics to harsh noise. He will be conducting an experimental dance/sound performance and a short lecture on related artistic processes.


Mountains

The NYC duo called Mountains started around the Art Institute of Chicago and have been on the respected Thrill Jockey label from the start. They specialize in long-form, textural ambient musics of the instrumental variety, using processed and unprocessed analog instruments and no beats, sort of a hybrid Fennesz and Eno. Everybody loves them and their latest album Centralia has received consistently high reviews from the big boy reviewers: the Wire called them something something “infinite sheets of grainy sound.”  We like those kinda sheets. LISTEN for more clues!


Nina Katchadourian

Nina (NYC) works in photography, sculpture, video and sound. She installs subversive urban audio interventions, rigs cars with alarms that sound like jungle birds, documents crossdressing animals, creates telemarketing infomercials out of sound samples from John Cage, repurposes magnetic tape found in gutters, and re-edits recordings from moon walks into incomprehensible bits. She’ll be doing something fun-ly interactive at MF’13.


The Truth with Jonathan Mitchell

THE TRUTH is fiction — we make short films without pictures. Movies for your ears. We’re a contemporary re-imagining of what audio drama is and can be, exploring unusual approaches to telling stories with sound. We develop our stories as a collective, and often the dialogue is completely improvised. We record on location, and then take those recordings into the studio to edit them and add music and sound design. The result sounds kind of like a movie, only the pictures are all in your imagination. Our dramatic fiction has been heard on many nationally-syndicated public radio programs, including This American Life, Studio 360, Snap Judgment, and The Story.

CREATE


ExiTrip: Hacking the iTrip + The Cheapest Way Too … – Ed Bear

Ed is offering two different workshops. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants and requires a $15 fee for materials. RSVP for one of these two workshops on our ticketing page (must also buy a festival pass, either full or student).

1. ExiTrip is a project by NYC artist/engineer Ed Bear which uses obsolete FM transmitters—specifically iTrip Nano FM devices—as a creative tool. These hacked transmitters are a self-contained opened-source hardware platform for subversive/creative acts. Ed will demonstrate various uses of the device including generating feedback, using the transmitter as a wireless microphone, and altering the range through antenna manipulation. Each participant will leave the workshop with his or her very own hacked iTrip device. No experience necessary. All ages!

2. Cheapest way too … make three simple audio circuits suitable for mass production. Have you ever thought: “If I only had 100 microphones”? Or “But that would need 50 boom-boxes”? How about “I just need 100 different musical tones”? This workshop covers three easy-to-clone electronic circuits which, at this time, are the absolutely cheapest and quickest ways to create battery-powered tone generators, small condenser microphones, or amplified speakers. Explore the limits of low budget DIY. Realize your massively multi-channel sound installation. All levels of experience welcome; No experience necessary. Learn to solder, find cheap parts, learn the basics of practical audio electronics [including transistors!], and walk out with a decent clip-on microphone, a tunable oscillator, and a five-watt amplifier.

Ed Bear is an American performing artist and engineer. His work with robotics, sound, video, transmission and collective improvisation investigates the questionable calibration of perception. As an educator and designer committed to an open source world, he researches and practices material reuse and as a civil responsibility.



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Free Music Archive Remix Challenge – Andrea Silenzi

WFMU’s Free Music Archive will teach brief lesson on finding music for your projects legally, including podsafe music, instrumental tracks, and music you can modify, adapt or build-upon. For the rest of the workshop, participants will be given a selection Creative Commons music tracks and raw Public Domain audio elements with which to construct an original 1-3 minute creation. The winning entry will take home a bounty of WFMU swag.

Andrea Silenzi is the Managing Director of the Free Music Archive at WFMU in Jersey City, where she also helps produce the shows Seven Second Delay and Radio Free Culture. Her work has aired on The Organist, PRI’s Studio 360, BBC4, Re:Sound and beyond. She holds the world record for most guests booked for an hour-long radio show, and that’s 68.


Handheld Recorder Ensemble – Byron Westbrook

A small group (max 8, min. 4; RSVP after buying a festival pass) will convene to work together to explore the process of recording sound as performance, using movement of the body and recorder as an instrument to “play” sounds heard via headphones through the recorder. Each member will take a turn making a recording of the same sounds with emphasis on listening to how their movement changes the sound. At the end of the process, all recordings will be played back simultaneously through separate speakers as a temporary installation. The site sound/drone common to each recording will highlight the movement and performed actions of each participant, causing a dynamic shift in the playback architecture and creating a new type of space from the process of performing/recording.

Byron Westbrook is a sound artist working with site-specific installations and unique listening formats to activate architecture and community. He has presented work at Clocktower Gallery, Diapason Gallery, LMAK Projects, ISSUE Project Room, ExitArt, (NYC), ICA London (UK), The LAB (San Francisco), VIVO MediaArtCenter (Vancouver), O’ (Milan), among many others. He has performed in ensembles of Phill Niblock and Rhys Chatham. He holds an MFA from Bard College and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


Jazz Drum Machine – Ben Lacker

This workshop introduces the Jazz Drum Machine, software that turns any sound file into a playable instrument through the Echo Nest‘s computerized audio analysis. Participants will get a crash course in the software and then use it to create their own music, re-sequencing jazz drums or any other recorded audio they’d like to supply. No coding required.

Ben Lacker is a musician and software engineer based in New York. He likes to help humans and computers make sound and art.


Sounds Real: Telling Stories with Sounds – Kaitlin Prest + Brendan Baker

Strategies on using sound and music to make radio that feels real (real GOOD!). Using and recording real situations/scene tape, how and when to recreate “real situations”, how to build scenes, and how to use music to bring it home. You can look forward to lots of fun listening examples from Audio Smut (Kaitlin Prest) and Love + Radio (Brendan Baker) lots of session screen shots and hands on production playtime. Be warned that some of the audio samples used will make you blush.

Kaitlin Prest and Brendan Baker are independent radio producers, musicians and sound designers based in Brooklyn NY. Prest is the creative co-director of the show Audio Smut: a sonic adventure into love, sex and gender. Baker is a co-conspirator on the show Love + Radio–a public radio podcast featuring in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews, from the seedy to the sublime. L+R was the recipient of the 2011 Third Coast Competition Gold Award for Best Documentary.



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Urban Menagerie (or, A Zoo Without Walls) – Robin Amer

In this hybrid performance/workshop led by Chicago-based multimedia producer Robin Amer, we’ll turn the urban zoo — a classic city tourist attraction — on its head. Inspired by works of speculative urbanism like Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Alexander Trevi’s (Im)Possible Chicagos, we’ll create an aural city in which the zoo has no walls, and in which, as Trevi envisions it, “the sonic ambience of jungles and savannas mingle with that of the city.” The session will begin with a short live performance. Then participants will create their own 90-second soundscapes that will serve as exhibits in our imagined aural zoo. Robin will pick her favorites and feature them alongside her own in an upcoming episode of her cities-themed podcast.

Robin Amer is a Chicago-based producer whose work straddles the lines between art and journalism. Much of her work, including her forthcoming podcast, takes up issues of urban planning, the built environment and the complex lives of post-industrial cities. Robin graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Art Semiotics and currently works on WBEZ’s digital team. Follow her on Twitter @rsamer.

EXPERIENCE


Blade Runner: Final Final Cut Pro MEGA Cut – Chris Collins

Come participate in a live, improvisational redubbing of the Ridley Scott cyberpunk classic. Bring your own musical instruments, noisemakers, foley gear, or voice over skills, or use the ones provided.

Chris Collins is a Chicago-based new media artist. Utilizing disparate elements like video, writing, participatory events, social media stunts, video games, and curatorial practices, Collins’ work coheres in the way it highlights the human dramas that arise when we engage with technology. “Biting, bizarre, and slyly heartfelt: the world of Chris Collins is an utterly awkward squirm in the second skin of a digital simulacrum that never quite seems to fit.”


DeTrop

DeTrop are Ryan Smith (York Factory Complaint, Hanel Koeck), Theresa Smith (Bleak Race, Home Blitz), and David Grant (Ideal Forms, Action Patrol). Based out of Brooklyn, DeTrop have been playing music made with modular synthesizers and tape loops since 2011. Check some audio and video.


E.S.P. LAB

E.S.P. LAB is a media based collaborative, formed by Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan in 2012. The collaboration explores sound and vision through analog methods and electronics. Work is presented in both a performative context as well as exhibited. Their hybrid station for manipulating video signals and soundwaves is comprised of signal generators, TV monitors, video mixers, and modulators. Kiernan and Keddie also direct and operate E.S.P. TV, a live taping broadcast on MNN network.


Experimental Noise Karaoke – Gambletron

Karaoke of a different structure. Everything is exactly like regular karaoke only the music will be improvised, noisy -glich -beatz made by Gambletron and friends. People should sing but are welcome to bring their newly made bleep machines (or whatever) and join the ensemble. The words of the hit songs will be projected and singers voices will be mixed into the mess. This is a great activity for early drunkenness and extraverts. Together we will Re-interpret the hitz.

GAMBLETRON is a sound artist, musician, and improviser based out of Montréal, she is known for her noise-electronic improvisations, roving radio transmissions, experimental noise karaoke, and for curating performances in unique outdoors locations. She creates loud, glitch, textural soundscapes with a reference to dance music, lo-fi, circuit bent toys, found objects, musical saw, home made mics, radios, bowed bike wheels, cheap synths and other types of electronics. Gambletron has toured internationally and participated in various festivals and residencies. She is also found performing and collaborating in numerous projects on Constellation Records such as Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista, Hrsta, Clues, and Matana Robert’s Coin Coin.


Graphic Ships to Sonic Shores – Jesse Ricke + Lisa Lee

A creative means for a mediated journey, built from interactions between audience and performer, to achieve a synchronous audio expedition via an interactive visual vehicle. Artists will perform from locations throughout the Europe for an audience at CultureHub in New York, improvising off an ever changing graphic score generated by the presence of audience members. The audience will be free to move about the venue, their positions and movements interpreted as phrases for the score displayed as a 245 square foot projection. Artists will include Andre D. of France, Hervé Perez of the UK, Frank Wilke of Germany, Tommaso Cavallini of Italy, and Vasco Moraes of Portugal.

Jesse Ricke is a media practitioner working in video, audio, and music, with an expertise in venue operation and event documentation. His political and social interests have lead him to internships with One Laptop Per Child in Peru, working with children in developing areas, The Groundswell Collective in the US, and his current position as technician for the new media non-profit studio CultureHub. His musical experience includes jazz studies at Florida International University and work in signed and independent groups.

Lisa Lee is an interaction designer and multimedia artist. Lisa had been working as a web designer with International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) and with the digital advertising agencies Kehch Creative Inc. and Bremen Digital Creative on campaigns for BMW, MINI, Benz, Nike, Levi’s, M&M’s, Dove, and others. She holds a BFA in Commercial Design from Chun Yuan Christian University in Taiwan and received her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in 2012. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.


HAUSER/QUAID

Hauser/Quaid is a musical alias of New York based sound and video artist Greg Zifcak. The project examines the material artifacts of dystopian
cyberspace/time travel, while advancing an agenda of rave-singularity. LOOK AT THE MUSICS


Live Footage

Brooklyn-based electroacoustic duo Live Footage (Mike Thies and Topu Lyo) score eclectic contemporary pieces on air, in dance, and in tune. Conceived through the art of improvisation, Lyo plays cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful of electronics with no pre-recorded samples. Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously. Live Footage’s songs are structured in such a way that enables them to build loops without disaster, all while keeping the music’s integrity and allowing ample room for improvisation even when covering the likes of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Squarepusher.


Love + Radio: Pressure to Be Someone –  Shani Aviram, Brendan Baker, + Nick van der Kolk

A music-documentary hybrid version of the podcast Rick Moody called “one of the great underground radio phenomena of recent years.” Delve into the hidden and personal far reaches of human experience with found sound, unreleased material, remixed stories, live production and tons of stuff you will never hear online or anywhere else (because we’re not allowed to).

From WBEZ Chicago, Nick van der Kolk’s Love and Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. L+R won the top prize at the 2011 Third Coast Festival Competition (often described as the “Sundance of public radio”), the first podcast to do so in the history of the competition. Creator Nick van der Kolk is a 2012 USA Collins Fellow.


Manipulated Tape – Patrick Carey

Patrick Carey is a musician and programmer who records and performs under the moniker Rare Storms. His work draws from noise, drone, and computer music. At Megapolis I will be integrating a series of tapes I have found at yard sales over the last few years into my laptop/synthesizer setup. These tapes can best be described as self-help resources, dealing more with self reflection and health than music or entertainment. A similar piece can be heard here.


Salvage – Anis Haron

Salvage is a live improvisational sound performance, exploring the idea of revisiting obsolete information by means of analysis and synthesis. It is performed with a handmade instrument [I call it Floppy] and a computer program. The instrument generates sound by reading data from 5.25″ floppy disks with magnetic tape heads. Serving as an analog signal generator, the instrument provides signals which are then digitally processed via a Pure Data patch, applying digital signal analysis and synthesis techniques in an attempt to construct a timbral experience out of what appears to be obsolete at it’s source.

Anis Haron is a media artist from Penang, Malaysia. He started to be actively involved with music at an early age and was introduced to multimedia, computer systems and programming in college. In 2007, he earned his BFA in New Media Design & Technology from Universiti Sains Malaysia with a minor in Music Technology. He received his MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2010, where he developed his interest in sound art and physical computing. He is currently a graduate student in the Media Arts & Technology Program at UC Santa Barbara.


Spirograph Agnew

Spirograph Agnew is an improvising quartet, consisting of three string players and one computer audio+video performer, that does live multimedia freakouts for 3D glasses. Everything is created in real time as the video plays. See a video sample here.

Spirograph Agnew is a group led by Daniel Iglesia, who creates music and media for humans, computers, and broad interactions of the two. His works have taken the form of concert works for instruments and electronics, live audio and video performance, generative and interactive installations, and collaborations with many disciplines such as theater and dance. His work has been presented around the world and throughout New York City in such diverse venues as Lincoln Center, Zankel Hall, Eyebeam Gallery, The Stone, Merce Cunningham Studio, the Kitchen, VertexList Gallery and many others. Spirograph Agnew is Daniel Iglesia (electronics), Jim Altieri (violin), Bob Jones (double bass), and Jessie Marino (cello).


Touchscreen – Jeff Kolar

Touchscreen is an audio exploration of surface acoustic waves that emanate from electronic visual displays. “Touchscreen” replaces the touch of the human finger on a screen with an ultrasonic sensor. This sensor functions as a conductive input to capture the sonic activity of the various touchscreen devices. The audio addresses the presence, location, and detection of ultrasonic waves and electro-static fields that pass over touchscreen panels. “Touchscreen” experiments with the event of touch through a series of freestyle-tapping techniques, gestural signal processing, and distorted cadence structures. The MEGAPOLIS performance will use a specific instrument arrangement of touchscreen hardwares and softwares (i.e. GPS devices, radio controller units, mapping service applications) to investigate electronic tools designed for mobility.

“Touchscreen” was also a release by Panospria net-label in September 2012. Download and stream it here.

Jeff Kolar is an audio artist working in Chicago, USA.  Jeff is a free103point9 Transmission Artist, and also the director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform. His work has been released on Panospria (Canada), HAK Lo-Fi Record (France), free103point9 (USA), and has appeared in compilations by Furthernoise.org (Australia) and Sonic Circuits (USA). He presents work at audio festivals, radio programs, exhibitions, and performance venues which recently include GLI.TC/H, Kunstradio, and The Kitchen.


Treasures from The Jonesonian – Alex Gallafent

The Jonesonian Institution is a museum dedicated to preserving the curios of history. Here, Chief Archivist Gordon Jacobs presents remarkable selections from the Institution’s unique audio archives, including the sound of tulips growing (an excerpt from German radio), the origin of the ‘Fundamental’ hairstyle, and a wax cylinder recording of Edison’s forgotten rival at work. Produced by Alex Gallafent.

Alex Gallafent studied at Oxford and LAMDA. He’s performed at venues from London’s Old Vic to the Edinburgh Fringe. He’s also a theater composer with various credits across the UK. In NYC, Alex improvises one-act plays at the PIT, plays drums for The BTK Band, and tells stories at shows including Real Characters and The Story Collider. A former producer for BBC Radio, he’s currently a correspondent for PRI’s The World.


whiteout. [new york] – Jason Sloan

whiteout is a new series of live FM transmission performances exploring and questioning the aesthetic of noise on the radio. These new gritty and textural ambient works are created live in the moment through the use of multiple analog electronic instruments and a 7-watt FM transmitter. Each work is recorded directly off the radio as it was potentially heard by the listener. The whiteout works are generally performed in undisclosed locations although a few public performances have recently been held. So far the whiteout itinerary has included Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Boston, Baltimore, Washington DC and at the Wave Farm in Acra New York on Free103point9’s Saturday Afternoon Show. For more about the whiteout series, audio clips from previous performances and a full artist statement about the work go here.

Jason Sloan has played live all over the US, Canada and Europe including the influential Live Constructions radio program at Columbia University, STEIM in Amsterdam and Philadelphia’s The Gatherings concert series, one of the country’s oldest continuing ambient and electronic music series. He has created numerous sound installations and transmissions artworks for over a decade and have exhibited work internationally including Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Kiev, Nagoya, Saint-Petersburg, Toulouse, Lisbon, Uden and Vienna. He is a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

INSTALLATIONS


Call Your Sequencer – Tony Lim

Calling a designated phone number will immediately connect you to a mutually shared 8 step audio sequencer. See a video demo.

Tony Lim is a composer, programmer and interaction designer. He has been creating tweaked out modules in order to, one day, actualize his dream interactive system. His recent focus has been abridging the gap between video, audio and the user.


ECO(SOUND)SYSTEM – Peter McQuillan

The Eco(Sound)System will be an interactive music & sound art installation exploring humans’ relationship with nature & technology. The project will combine field recordings, sound collage, music and visual art to create an ecosystem of sound. Visitors to the installation will be able to create their own sounds together, listen to pieces on various audio devices and interact with a variety of physical set ups.
The design of this project will be greatly influenced by Permaculture, an ecological design system which aims to realign humans with nature in resilient, regenerative and mutually beneficial relationships, while scientific backing will come from Urban Ecology.

Peter McQuillan is a musician, radio producer and show promoter based in New York City. Originally from western Massachusetts, he is a founder of Rooftop Shout, a DIY artist collective & record label. McQuillan also co-hosts and produces Amplified Friends, a performing arts podcast on WNSR New School Radio and is a soon-to-be graduate of Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts where he studied Music & Environmental Studies.


Echoes of Footprints – John Capogna + Louise Foo

Echoes of Footprints is an interactive sonic installation that uses echolocation to manipulate sound. An ultrasonic sensor array tracks movement and position. Sounds are created when motion is detected. Moving closer and farther away modulates pitch, tempo and delay. Standing still produces no sounds to emphasize movement. The name “Echos of Footprints” refers to the changing soundscape as it represents the participator’s temporary footprints in space.

John Capogna is half artist and engineer. The other half is unknown. His primary goal is to make your eyes bug out when you see his stuff. He is a lifetime student at the school of Do It Yourself, and taught himself how to program without a computer (by reading books and writing code on paper), while working on farms and hitch hiking around the country. See the work he has created since then here.

Louise Foo is currently a master’s candidate at The Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of New York University, where she is exploring visual aspects of sound and audible aspects of image. With a background consisting of studies in visual arts from Funen Art academy in Denmark and a music career in the electronic group Giana Factory, she is now creating applications, instruments, devices, interactive installations and experiments that explore synesthesia of image and sound. Check out her Tumblr.


MeatRAVE – Britt Wray + Chris Wood

MeatRAVE comes together as a hands-on Foley workshop and audio extravaganza of food and bodies, played loud in the dark. Join us on a biotouristic holiday inside a curated selection of meats, fish and your own lunch leftovers! We bring the edible materials we consume everyday to life through sound recording, processing, hard repetition and a deep love of dance music.

Come to a workshop to make your own recordings that will then be used in the installation environment. Much like jumping into the belly of a whale, audiences entering the MeatRAVE will be enveloped and then painlessly eaten by sounds that they’re more familiar with devouring themselves. Before activating MeatRAVE, we will precede the piece with a discussion of biotourism, biohacking, and what it can mean when organic materials that are not your own become an immersive environment.

MeatRAVE is brought to you by Chris Wood and Britt Wray. Chris Wood is a sound artist and audio producer who is interested in hierarchies of narrative and space and developing tools to play with them. He hails from London, UK. Britt Wray is an audio maker, radio producer, podcaster and investigative researcher of biotech from Toronto. Formerly of the biological sciences but now looking at it through art, Britt’s work paints an always-morphing Venn diagram that combines media and science.


Noisemakers – Matthew Matthew

Humans make noise. We cough, sneeze, sniffle, click, la, ummmm, pop, giggle and shush all day long. Noisemakers re-imagines New Yorkers as an instrument, using the sounds and video of everyday folks as the source material for a publicly playable musical/visual installation. Through an intuitive percussive interface anyone can play a boisterous bank of projected humans making human noises.

Matthew Matthew is an artist and composer whose work dances at the crossroads of music, film, art and interaction. He observes the world to be inherently musical and seeks to open people’s eyes and ears through wide-eyed musical installations and publicly playable experiments. He exhibits the ongoing project called On a Human Scale (see video).


Radio Silence – Mickey Capper

“THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SILENCE. GET THEE TO AN ANECHOIC CHAMBER AND HEAR THERE THY NERVOUS SYSTEM IN OPERATION AND HERE THERE THY BLOOD IN CIRCULATION. I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY AND I AM SAYING IT.” – John Cage

radio silence is a pop-up LPFM station that only airs silence. Using I Ching charts and live sound-based chance operations, radio silence indeterminately programs a broadcast of library whispers, laundry machines, broken pop songs, ums, ahs, and rough drafts. radio silence is currently awaiting a license from the Federal ExCommunications Commission.

Mickey Capper studies the concept of religion and produces WESU Middletown’s live music program, Wild Wild Live. He graduates from Wesleyan University this May and appreciates job offers.


Speaking of Birds and Boundaries – Annie Berman

A craigslist ad leads to a fascinating series of phone calls between a Hasidic man and a secular woman. Foregrounded by beautiful experimental animation, we watch as they thoughtfully explore the subjects of faith, love and loss. Arts Fuse says ‘This is no prank call.’

Annie Berman, a Brooklyn-based media artist, has screened work in theaters, galleries, festivals, and universities, and has received support from the Puffin Foundation the Somerville Arts Council, and the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts. In addition to making work, Annie has taught workshops in cinematography, editing, animation, and interactive and media. She served as Associate Producer for Greogry Crewdson: Brief Encounters and as Outreach and Distribution Consultant for award winning films. Annie is the founder of Fish in the Hand Productions, former President of Women in Film and Video New England, and MFA candidate at Hunter College.


The Hard Drive – MEGAPOLIS NYC Staff / Hethre Contant

A low-wattage broadcast to FM receivers installed in the Air Space playing audio from the Hard Drive: experiments and ephemera established and budding radio producers, curated by MEGAFest NYC staff. Also a nice quiet space to write emails, jack in, and or record an interview with your new BFF in the installed recording booth.


The Idea of Space – Liz Bustamante

The Idea of Space is a story told by toy piano, electronics and hotel bell. It’s about taking a trip while you’re falling asleep and traveling to places that might not really exist. Play the piano according to the sheet music and you’ll be there in no time at all.

Liz Bustamante is a Master Control Engineer for WBEZ in Chicago where she writes and records music as noise&light. She lives with her cat Chester who doesn’t like it when she plays the drums.

LEARN


Do It Yourself Success: Plan your Dream Project – Eleanor Whitney

Providing you the tools you need to make your project idea a success. Whether its finishing a piece for the radio, launching your own radio show or station, or starting an organization, this session will help you to your goal. You will define your goal and work with other participants in small groups to set and share your project, articulate your goals, and identify areas where your need to find additional resources to bring your project to fruition. Come with an idea you want to develop and expect to leave with concrete steps to take to actualize your project and the motivation that comes with knowing you are part of a strong community of DIY producers.

Eleanor Callott Whitney is the author of Grow: How to take your do it yourself project and passion to the next level and quite your job! and is an educator, arts programmer and manager living in Brooklyn. She holds a Masters in Public Administration, plays in the band Corita and writes regularly about art, culture and nonprofit management. She publishes a personal zine Indulgence and founded the annual Portland Zine Symposium in 2001.


Improvisation Workshop – Mike Bullock

This workshop has three basic guidelines, with corollaries:

1. Bring stuff that makes sound.
a. Non-instruments are encouraged but not required.

2. Novices and newbies encouraged (but not required).
a. That includes people who have never made sound on purpose before, as well as musicians who don’t already think of themselves as improvisers.

3. Bring your ears, and use them first.
a. Absolutely required.

For this 90 minute workshop, participants will encounter various simple, fun strategies for improvising music as a group. The strategies I will present emphasize active, free decision-making rather than playing with prescribed sounds or patterns.

Mike Bullock is a composer, improviser, intermedia artist, scholar based around Boston, MA. Bullock has performed across the US and Europe with Pauline Oliveros, Christian Wolff, Steve Roden, Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelley of nmperign, Mazen Kerbaj, and Theodore Bikel, and his music has been released by numerous labels including Intransitive, Important, Winds Measure, Sedimental, Grob, 1.8sec, al Maslakh, and Homophoni. He received a PhD from the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and has taught and lectured in the US and Europe on field recording and improvisation.


Music, Machines and Meaning – Andy Cavatorta

Music, Machines and Meaning is a lecture started at MIT that covers the history of creating music and sound-based meaning through the medium of machinery: 16th century clockwork automata, 18th century bird boxes, orchestrions, the Telharmonium, Jean Tinguely’s metamatics artwork, and much more. This explores the aesthetic issues encountered immediately when using unemotional machines to express an inherently emotional medium like music. Andy also explores the dimensions of aural expressiveness and the paradoxes encountered when trying to quantify pitch and timbre, two of the most fundamental aspects of musical sound.

Andy Cavatorta is Director of Engineering for Ensemble Robot, a robotic ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing compositions for robot musical instruments. He has a Masters Degree from the MIT Media Lab, with a research focus on physical synthesis of sound, and recently completed a 12-month collaboration with Bjork on experimental musical instruments.


Radio Producer as Flâneur – Sam Greenspan (99% Invisible)

(with support from PRX.org)

A new aesthetic of radio storytelling is emerging.  Radio where you get lost in the details. Radio where drama is propelled by inanimate objects. Radio that teaches you to see differently. Radio that is powered by your feet. This session reveals how to literally wander into a story, and cull together a narrative from the grit and minutiae discovered along the way. Starting with the concept of the flâneur–a “connoisseur of the street” (particularly in 19th Century Paris)–this session will explore how the simple act of walking can become a powerful force for generating dramatic tension in documentary, cultural reportage, and even hard news.

Sam Greenspan is a staff producer at 99% Invisible, a radio show about architecture and design with Roman Mars. Previously, Sam was a producer at NPR where, among other things, he helped launch the pilot series of the TED Radio Hour. Sam got his start in radio at WSLR, a community radio station in Sarasota, Florida. He now lives in Oakland.


Rawllege Craydio – Avery Trufelman, Grace McCreight + Chelsea Stokes

College radio, much like the institution of college its self, has traditionally been a safe space for experimentation. Though atonal music shows and on-air bloopers can be endearing, many communities have grown to rely upon college radio stations for news and entertainment. In addition, a number of organizations and companies have started to capitalize on the “trendiness” of college radio, offering underwriting in exchange for promotion. If student (and non-student) DJs are tasked with creating and financing stimulating programming that engages their listenership, can they find a place for art on the airwaves anymore? A panel of college station leaders discusses how to balance artistic and professional integrity while still leaving plenty of room for scratchy vinyl and alien-themed talk shows.

Grace McCreight is the general manager of WBAR at Barnard College, a non-licensed, student operated internet station that hosts a number of concerts and events on campus. Chelsea Stokes is the station manager of WFNP at SUNY New Paltz, a licensed station with an in-house news department, associated with a local television channel. Avery Trufelman is the president of WESU at Wesleyan University, an NPR affiliate with nighttime programming from both students and community volunteers. Grace invited Chelsea and Avery up to Barnard once upon a time to discuss their respective stations, and they ended up sharing some interesting insights (and youtube videos) with each other.



(photo by Stephanie Spray)

Sounding Place, Placing Sound – The Sonic Ethnography Workshop

Hearing is as fundamentally important to anthropological and documentary practice as sight, and yet ethnographies tend to rely on a very attenuated acoustic manifestation of culture: transcribed dialogue. In this session we will showcase a number of nonfiction audio works that tackle the question of how the sonic can go beyond the discursive in evoking and representing people, places, events and experiences. The practice of sonic ethnography occurs in a boundary zone between the familiar and the unfamiliar: some of us record where we live, and yet – as outsiders of one kind or another – this doesn’t mean we are not tourists. For those of us far from home, sonic ethnography becomes a way of taking a non-place and making it familiar. As both a chronicle of personal experience and a journey into the life-worlds of others, recording inspires us to question how we should document, represent and evoke human experience. The act of listening challenges the audience to explore a site without sight, as well as to question how our understandings of place emerge.

The presenters (Andrew Littlejohn, Thomas Brandon Evans, Veronika Kusumaryati, Megan Roguschka, Benny Shaffer, Abby Sun, and Zoe Tucker) are students in Ernst Karel’s Sonic Ethnography studio course in the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. Since 2006 the Lab has been supporting innovative audiovisual combinations of aesthetics and ethnography that deploy original media practices to explore the bodily praxis and affective fabric of human and animal existence, and the aesthetics and ontology of the natural world. Learn more about the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard.


The Urban Ear of Tony Schwartz – David Suisman

In this talk and multimedia presentation, David Suisman brings you into the world of Tony Schwartz—famed New York City sound recordist, advertising consultant, and media theorist. Come learn about the man who launched the career of Moondog, the Viking of Sixth Avenue, and whom Marshall McLuhan called “the guru of the electronic age.”

David Suisman is the author of Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music and is an occasional disc jockey at WFMU. He teaches history at the University of Delalware and lives in Philadelphia.


The Way Things Travel – John Roach + Aaron Moore

The Way Things Travel is a project that combines hands-on workshops and a culminating performance. No musical, sound, or building expertise is required and the optimal result would be a blend of trained (native) and untrained (tourist) participants. The workshops will involve instrument building and foley techniques and the culminating performance will utilize a three-screen video projection of archival travel and tourism footage that will act as a visual score for groups of performers. The Way Things Travel embraces Cage’s statement about the “tourist attitude” by inviting performers to mingle with non-performers, non artists to work side by side with artists. The project courts Cage’s views on indeterminacy through its visual and sonic improvisational collisions.

Day One: Friday April 19th.
4:00-5:30pm
In this first day participants will work with the artists to create instruments that can be used during the performance on day 2. Some possibilities might include the rubber band instruments known as bandophones that are played with motors and rods, simple straw saxophones, balloon whizzers, and experiments with wire.

Day Two: Saturday April 20th.
Warm up from 4:00-4:30pm + Performance from 4:30-5:30pm
Participants from day one are strongly encouraged to join us on this second day (because it will be fun) where we will perform with the instruments as a sonic accompaniment to video images of travel and tourism. The first 30 minutes will be a warm up. The last hour (beginning at 4:30) will be a performance open to the world! Visitors are invited to participate. There will be instruments available to play as well as guides who can orient you to the rules of the performance.

John Roach deals with the misuse of objects to make sound and the awkward relationship between sound and image or object. He teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City and currently teaches a course entitled Sound Matters.

Aaron Moore is an Englishman residing in Brooklyn, New York who plays music with instruments & devices. His primary instruments are drums, voice & trumpet but he generally considers any instrument (or object) playable in one way or another. Moore is a founding member of the English experimental music group Volcano The Bear. His current solo project is called Invisible Sports.


Visualizing Hertzian Space – Brett Ian Balogh

Since the inception of radio as a broadcast medium, the earth has been covered by an increasingly dense network of airborne communications. AM/FM/SW and other portions of the radio spectrum can become a medium through which a re-imaging of space is possible. This hertzian space is not defined by surveyed boundaries or geographic constraints, but by field strengths, mass-media service areas and consumer markets. The overlapping spaces defined by these broadcasts can be collectively conceived as an envelope of thought around the world, or Noosphere. This session will cover the history of wireless visualization, tools and techniques, conceptual issues such as public/private space and alternate geographies, and artistic applications. The presentation will last approximately 45min. Bring your own laptop and stay another 45min if you want to install software tools and participate in some demonstrations.

Brett Ian Balogh is a Chicago-based artist working at the intersection of objects, sounds and spaces. He is currently an instructor at both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching courses in architecture, computer-aided design and manufacturing, do-it-yourself broadcasting and acoustics. 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.

MISC.


And Then… – Katherine Gorman

And Then is an audio exquisite corpse. Over the course of the festival attendees will be encouraged (by posters and also calling cards that will be handed out) to call a google voice number and tell the next step in a story. Each call should be no more than 30 seconds, and each call will be tweeted out so that attendees can follow the story as it progresses over the weekend. The calls will then be edited together into a cohesive story. The first line of the story will be about exploring a new city.

Katherine Gorman is an associate producer for Here & Now. Produced by WBUR in Boston, it airs on radio stations across the country. Katherine has been working in radio since high school when she hosted a late night music show on her school’s radio station. She’s particularly interested in developing her knowledge of multimedia platforms and in finding new ways to make science stories accessible to listeners.


Footfollow – Brian House

Footfollow is an experiment in patterns and contraints, data and control. It’s also a webapp for iOS and Android. Here’s how it works: 1) visit http://footfollow.org on your mobile device and get out your headphones, 2) choose a walk, 3) put your phone in your pocket and listen, 4) what you hear is a click track that matches the footsteps made by the person before you — can you match them?, 5) your footsteps have now also been recorded, and someone else will listen and walk to them, 6) and so on and so forth.

Brian House is a media artist whose work traverses alternative geographies, experimental music, and a critical data practice. By constructing embodied, participatory systems, he seeks to negotiate between algorithms and the rhythms of everyday life. He is currently studying media theory and computer music for a PhD at Brown University and teaches in the Digital + Media program at RISD.


Re-Wired – Amelia Marzec

Re-wired is is a wearable device that translates ambient sound into haptic feedback using bone conduction technology. After losing hearing in one ear due to a tumor, Marzec became aware that experiencing sound through bone conduction was possible. At first her auditory perception seemed flat, but soon she began to notice that she was experiencing sound through a combination of tympanic hearing and vibrational resonance. She decided to adapt bone conduction technology into a helmet, in order to share her emerging haptic perception of sound without the necessity of surgery. Re-wired consists of a helmet that leaves the wearer free to roam their environment and experience a physical sensitivity to sound. At the festival Marzec will provide hearing protection so people are able to isolate their new sense of sound.

Amelia Marzec has created several prototypes that address sound and communication. One is the Signal Strength Project, which is a set of modems that turn regular cell phones into nodes on a secret, untraceable, peer-to-peer network. She is also currently working on a Sound Booth, which creates an amplified but visually obscured space for democratizing performance. Both projects are ideal for enabling political protest. She holds an MFA from the Parsons School of Design and was a resident at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.

SCREENINGS


Acommunication – Jean-Michel Rolland

Five arms are struggling to silence three telephones, an alarm clock and a timer without success. This rejection of communication and more generally of what connects us to time is a pretext for a new experimentation where you “hear what you see” and vice versa. These simple gestures, intended to break an unwanted process, are repeated in a quasi-schizophrenic way. The result is a choreographic and musical fight that will end with some effort.

Jean-Michel Rolland is a French artist born in 1972. A musician and a painter for a long time, he manages to melt his two passions – sound and image – in video art and audiovisual performances since 2010. At the origin of each of his creations, musicality plays a role as important as image does and each one influences the other by transmediality.


Ashes – John Kreitzberg

“Ashes” is a short piece of found audio that focuses on an Act Up! protest in 1996 where activists threw the ashes of friends, family, and lovers who died of AIDS onto the white house lawn. The audio is stripped from youtube videos and explores what happens with the listener is dropped into the middle of something extremely personal and passionate, but without the comfort of visuals.

John Kreitzberg, originally from outside of Philadelphia, is a 20-year-old student at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota where he is studies Religious Studies, Classical Language, and Gender and Sexuality. This is the first piece of audio John as made.


Chiayi Symphony – Stefano Giannotti

Chiayi Symphony is a sort of poem of sounds and images which rises up from the Taiwenese mountains and flows down the paddy fields streams of water, to reach the Chinese sea, gathering landscape memories along its path, people’s movements, songs and most of all, tracking the ineluctability of everything; the eternal typhoon cycle, approaching as Taiwaneses switch on ventilators and disappearing as soon as they switch them off; chickens, geese and pigs cooked, eaten, digested and evacuated; adults and children, games and work; city traffic, markets and hawkers, tv-zapping, puppets and flute lessons. The video is part of the project ART AS ENVIRONMENT – A CULTURAL ACTION IN TROPIC OF CANCER 2006, promoted by the Chiayi County Government; its aim is the revaluation of a country wasted by a rough and chaotic urbanization, pushing artists to interact with villagers and educating them to the idea of art and life.

Stefano Giannotti (1963), composer, guitarist and performer. His repertoire ranges from music theatre, radio and video-art, to song-writing and chamber music. Many of his radio works have been produced for Deutschlandradio Kultur, SWR, Sender Freies Berlin, WDR Köln, Australian Broadcasting Company, YLE, RAI, Magyar Radio, Polskie Radio, Radio France Culture; among the several international prizes and grants: Prix Macrophon’91 (Poland), Prix Ars Acustica International (WDR Köln 1994/95), DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm (1998/99), Karl-Sczuka-Preis 2002 and 2007.


Hidden Sound – Julien Clancy

Hidden Sounds introduces us to the spectacular aural landscape of the natural world, as captured by Irish sound recordist, Dr. Tom Lawrence. Tom spent countless hours alone, rambling the wilds of the open countryside at all times of the day and night to capture the sounds of worlds which remain hidden to the naked ear. Whether it’s the inner monologue of cantankerous trees, moaning in the stormy wind, or the Moog-like orchestras of underwater insects, Tom’s incredible recordings reveal the voice of nature as never heard before. Hidden Sounds is a carefully created sound collage of these secret worlds as well as an intimate portrait of the man who captured them revealed by those who knew him best.

Julien Clancy is a freelance radio documentary maker based in Dublin, Ireland. He is a passionate believer of the idea that great stories only happen to those who can tell them and is determined to share such stories through listening parties he regularly curates back in Dublin.


I, Tourist, NY – Angelica Piedrahita

This video builds an atmosphere of New York City “the hyper visualized city”. Set of millions of movies seen around the World and almost 47 millions of tourists a year, anxious to take pictures of it. A constant allegory to popular culture and a space build through globalized imaginaries. The video explores the iconic surface of the city in a constant confrontation with its complex deeper layers. A sequence that contains images and audios taken from movies; footage shot on the touristic sites and images from popular culture that mingle with the touristic-artistic experience.

Angelica Piedrahita is a multimedia artist from Bucaramanga, Colombia, nowdays living and working in Buffalo, NY. Her work has been focus on video aesthetics experimenting with the medium in different aspects as installations, sculpture, video sharing on Internet and short video pieces. Since 2010 she has been producing work about travel imaginaries observing the relationships between perception and representation of a place. She works for the Visual Arts Department at Javeriana University in Bogotá Colombia. She is currently an MFA candidate of the Media Study Department at the SUNY University at Buffalo.


The Tower of Now – Daniel Jenatsch

Daniel Jenatsch and The Para-Archeological Society for the Recovery of Lost Stories Presents: “The Tower of Now” an auditory journey from the Tower of Babel to the Power of Now as the present and past are obliterated, reconstituted and re-activated through the act of listening, whilst our protagonist struggles to bridge a gap in time and space by using psycholinguistic techniques offered by experts of self hypnotism, the findings of the Para-Archeological Society for the Recovery of Lost Stories, and Occult wisdom.

Daniel Jenatsch (Melbourne, Australia) is an interdisciplinary artist, sound designer and composer, whose work explores the interrelation of the real and the virtual, through, installation, sound, performance and film. He has composed for dance and theatre, has made sound design and designed musical instruments for artists such as Matthew Barney, Jonathan Bepler, Arto Lindsay, and Kim Sooja, and writes sci-fi in his spare time.


Zepelim: Plant Consciousness & Communication – Carlo António Ribeiro Patrão

This sound collage aims to visit the fringe world of plant consciousness and communication along with its peculiar relationship with music. At some point in our lives, we’ve all come across the notion that music improves the growth of plants and that plants can grow stronger and healthier if we take some time out of our day to talk to them. All of these popular notions came from experiments that took place at some point in the history of science, giving way to other fascinating experiments, stories, and myths, but above all, an impressive adventure in sound. The collage features plant-based generative music, music to grow plants by, music using plants as instruments, music inspired by plants, and audio evidence of electrical signalling in plants that supports theories of plant consciousness.

Carlo António Ribeiro Patrão has been working in radio since I became a member of the freeform independent radio station Rádio Universidade de Coimbra (RUC) in 2007. At RUC, he started working on the program Zepelim to explore the diverse possibilities of radiophonic space through the use of field recordings, experimental music, musique concrete, drones, archived sound and live improvisation. Zepelim has been featured in radio art festivals like RadiaLx and the UK Radio Boredcast/AV Festival curated by Vicki Bennett (People Like Us). Recently, his video How do you say goodnight? was selected as the winning entry of the audio/video remix contest The Past Re-imagined As The Future hosted by the Free Music Archive (WFMU) and the Prelinger Archives.

TOUR


A Bicycle Built for Three (Bikeus) – David Weinberg

My friend Jim is a public school teacher in New York City by day. He’s also a big fan of holding up giant cardboard signs in public to get people’s attention so he can and interview them. He recorded the stories of the homeless in Tompkins Square Park for his first book Stranger to the System. For his latest project he made cardboard cutouts of the three NYC mayoral candidates which he will mount on a 3-person bicycle. Then he will take these fine candidates on a tour of the city — giving citizens the opportunity to meet their future overlord and pepper him/her with questions. On this short tour, as we make our way along the sidewalks of Manhattan we will meet the NYC mayoral candidates along with some special friends. We will explore the city as it prepares to vote for it’s new leader and the candidates will play the role of tourists in the land they hope to govern.

David is a radio producer based in L.A. He does a podcast called Random Tape that was featured on Transom.org. He moved from St. Louis where he was an artist-in-residence at The Luminary Center for the Arts, and before that he lived in New Orleans where he was a regular contributor to WWOZ’s Street Talk series. His work has been broadcast on The World, Hearing Voices, Marketplace, Wiretap, and 99% Invisible.


Good Vibrations – Johann Diedrick and Christie Leece

Good Vibrations is a tour and acoustic exploration kit for the less audible sounds of New York City. Through the use of our listening devices, participants can tune in to subtle, sonic vibrations in the environment, giving them new, unfamiliar ways to perceive the sounds around them. The kit includes a mobile listening device with three different types of microphone: a contact mic, a hydrophone and a probe mic. The variety of microphones encourages exploration of the city’s cracks and surfaces. These expeditions will include a series of investigation topics and a field guide for urban listening as well as stops at acoustic “points of interests” between the middle of downtown Manhattan out to the Hudson River Greenway. Along the way, the sonically curious explorers will also get a chance to test additional prototype devices. These include a “kite mic” that is suspended in the air and allows participants to hear sounds from many feet above their heads, as well as a “fishing mic” that allows participants to cast out a hydrophone to hear sounds beneath the water’s surface.

Johann Diedrick and Christie Leece are graduate students at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Johann makes sound installations and sound-based performances, mostly dealing with real-time audio synthesis and acoustic ecology. Christie’s work merges her interests in archaeology, fieldwork, animal studies and new technologies, and frequently involves sound.


Passing Stranger – Pejk Malinovski

Passing Stranger is an audio walking tour of poetry-related sites in New York City’s East Village. Narrated by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, it contains site-specific poetry, interviews with poets, archival recordings and music by John Zorn. The audio file can be downloaded at eastvillagepoetrywalk.org and allows the user to take the tour using their own mp3 player. The tour is about 2 miles and lasts about 95 minutes.

Pejk is a freelance radio producer, sound artist, and poet. His documentaries have aired on public radio networks around the world and his sound pieces have been shown in museums and galleries.

Artists
Aaron Henkin

Aaron Henkin

Aaron is a co-creator and producer of “The Signal” on WYPR.  His work has aired nationally on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” PRI’s “Studio 36″” and “The World,” and APM’s “The Story.”” Aaron can also be heard along with Wendel Patrick on Out of the Blocks.  Aaron is also the creator, producer and host of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings radio series, “Tapestry of the Times.”

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Aaron Moore

Aaron Moore

Aaron is an Englishman residing in Brooklyn, New York and was a founding member of the English experimental music group Volcano The Bear.

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Aaron Soloway
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Aaron Soloway

Aaron is an engineer at a Cambridge-based start-up that invents technology to reverse engineer mammals’ (humans, dolphins, bats, etc.) hearing systems for a wide variety of applications, including gunshot detection.

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Adam Rokhsar
Al Letson
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Al Letson

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

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Alex Gallafent

Alex Gallafent

Alex improvises one-act plays at the PIT, plays drums for The BTK Band, and tells stories at shows including Real Characters and The Story Collider. He’s currently a correspondent for PRI’s The World.

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Alex Lewis
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Alex Lewis

Alex has produced many radio features audio documentaries, and other sound works for public media outlets, podcasts, and more. He has also “performed” radio stories at the Third Coast Conference & Festival, Tape Festival, and the First Person Arts Festival.

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Alexis Bhagat

Alexis Bhagat

Alexis is a writer and curator based in Albany, NY.

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Amanda Gutierrez
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Amanda Gutierrez

Amanda has worked in the field of performance and sound art for over 12 years, fusing the two disciplines in installation projects. She has been exhibited internationally in museums, and contemporary art galleries, such as The Windor Gallery in Madrid, Spain, Khiasma Gallery in Paris, France, Move Forward Festival in Halle, Germany, Liverpool Art Biennale 2012 in the UK, Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, Mexico, and Action Art Actuelle in Montreal, Canada. Born in Mexico City in 1978, she completed her graduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a Ph.D. student in the University of Girona, in the Doctoral Programme in Humanities, Heritage, and Cultural Studies.

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Amelia Marzec

Amelia Marzec

Amelia has created several prototypes that address sound and communication. She holds an MFA from the Parsons School of Design and was a resident at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.

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Andre Obin

Andre Obin

Andre is a synth-pop artist from Cambridge, MA.

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Andrea Seabrook
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Andrea Seabrook

Andrea Seabrook‘s values as a journalist and commitment to telling the whole story led her to leave NPR and start a new podcast called DecodeDC, her attempt to stop re-playing soundbites of political attacks and start talking about what’s wrong with Washington.

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Andrea Silenzi

Andrea Silenzi

Andrea is a radio producer and host, most recently producing the Gist with Mike Pesca on Slate.com and host of Why Oh Why? on WFMU in Jersey City, and before that was the Managing Director of the Free Music Archive. She also helped produce the first two MEGAPOLIS Festivals in Cambridge+Boston (2009) and Baltimore (2010).

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Andrew Hayleck

Andrew Hayleck

Andrew is a sound artist who has lived in Baltimore, MD for the past ten years. Things used to make sound include amplified gong/wire, bowed metal (scrap metal, cymbals and musical saw), and electro-acoustic feedback. His work often deals with the passing of sound through different objects, and is often improvised. Recordings include: “Two Gong/Wire Pieces” (Ehse), “Gong/Wire” (Earlids), “Various Recordings Involving Ice” (HereSee), and “The Disappearing Floor” (Recorded).

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Andrew O’Connor
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Andrew O’Connor

Andrew is an independent radio producer and sound artist working on both a local and national scale. His work in community radio dates back to 1996 at CKMS-FM in Waterloo. Since then he has contributed to stations like CKLN in Toronto and Shouting Fire Radio in San Francisco, producing everything from hour-long radio art features to a weekly new music program called Free Music.

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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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Andy Cavatorta

Andy Cavatorta

Andy is Director of Engineering for Ensemble Robot, a robotic ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing compositions for robot musical instruments. He has a Masters Degree from the MIT Media Lab and completed a 12-month collaboration with Bjork on experimental musical instruments.

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Angelica Piedrahita
Angelica Piedrahita

Angelica Piedrahita

Angelica is a multimedia artist from Bucaramanga, Colombia, with a focus on video aesthetics experimenting with the medium in different aspects as installations, sculpture, video sharing on Internet and short video pieces.

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Anis Haron
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Anis Haron

Anis is a media artist from Penang, Malaysia who is currently a graduate student in the Media Arts & Technology Program at UC Santa Barbara.

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Ann Heppermann

Ann Heppermann

Ann is a Brooklyn-based, independent radio/multimedia documentary producer and educator.

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Anna Friz

Anna Friz

Anna is a Canadian sound and radio artist who specializes in multi-channel transmission systems for installation and performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work.

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Annie Berman

Annie Berman

Annie, a Brooklyn-based media artist, is the founder of Fish in the Hand Productions, the former President of Women in Film and Video New England, and a MFA candidate at Hunter College.

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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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Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa

Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa

Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa creates throbbing, hallucinogenic trance-punk energy music using rock and roll cliches subverted by the kaleidescope of Tuvan throatsinging and bass clarinet. Oh, did we mention all of the lyrics are in Bahasa Indonesia using translations from William Blake and the Zohar? This festival closer was a dance party in the realm of magic!

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Audrey Chen

Audrey Chen

Audrey is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976.

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Avery Trufelman

Avery Trufelman

Avery is a producer for 99% Invisible, a podcast about design. Before that she was the president of WESU at Wesleyan University, an NPR affiliate with nighttime programming from both students and community volunteers. She also was an organizer for the 2015 MEGAPOLIS Festival in Oakland+SF.

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Ben Lacker

Ben Lacker

Ben is a musician and software engineer based in New York. He likes to help humans and computers make sound and art.

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Benjamen Walker
Benjamen Walker

Benjamen Walker

Benjamen is the host of Theory of Everything, a member of Radiotopia, and an alum of WNYC and WFMU.

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Benjamin Chaffee

Benjamin Chaffee

Benjamin received his MFA in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the Director at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.

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Benjamin Miller

Benjamin Miller

Benjamin (brother of Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller) focuses on a textural, cacophonic amalgamation that defies standard guitar playing. With the addition of electronics and analog tape, it is difficult to discern where any one sound originates or where it is heading.

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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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Big Shed

Big Shed

Big Shed is Jesse Dukes, Jennifer Deer, and Shea Shackelford. They bring their combined experience and skills to bear on each project they undertake.

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Blevin Blectum
Blevin Blectum

Blevin Blectum

Musician and multimedia artist Blevin Blectum (born Bevin Kelley) combined sound, imagery, and costume to create eccentric and mesmerizing performances that explore topics from science fiction to ornithology. She has performed and toured extensively since 1998 with releases on Aagoo, Estuary Ltd., Tigerbeat6, DeluxeRecs, Praemedia, Vague Terrain, Phthalo, as well as a new record on the Parisian label Darling Dada (June 2017). Blevin is half of ‘Blectum from Blechdom’ with Kristin Grace Erickson, aka Kevin Blechdom, and a third of ‘The Traveling Bubble Ensemble,’ with Kelley Polar and Elise Kuder. On Ricky Katowicz’s ‘The Ricky Rainbow Beard Show’ she plays the recurring role of Doctor Sound. She holds degrees from Oberlin College, Mills College, and Brown University. Blevin designs and creates sound for Hasbro toys from her home base in Providence, RI.

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Bonnie Jones
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Bonnie Jones

Bonnie is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text.

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Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Boston Typewriter Orchestra

A collective endeavor which engages in rhythmic typewriter manipulation combined with elements of performance, comedy and satire. BTO aims to entertain the masses while providing an outlet for the creative urges of its members. *BTO promises to protect customer confidentiality with the utmost vigilance while remaining irreverent at all times.

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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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Brendan Baker

Brendan Baker

Brendan (Brooklyn NY) is a co-conspirator on the show Love + Radio: a public radio podcast featuring in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews, from the seedy to the sublime.

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Brendan Murray
brendan murray

Brendan Murray

Brendan has worked with electronics since 1999. He regards his music as a balance between spontaneous sound making and compositional rigor, with an emphasis on drones and repetition. He records and processes instruments and tapes until all traces of instrumentality are blurred, leaving only large blocks of pure sound. Murray has also toured extensively throughout the United States as a solo performer and as a member of various improvising ensembles. He is actively involved with long distance collaborations with musicians and sound artists such as Seth Nehil, Richard Garet and Chuck Bettis. He is also a founding member of the group Ouest, with longtime friends and collaborators Jay Sullivan and Howard Stelzer.

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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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Brian House
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Brian House

Brian is an artist whose performances, installations, and interventions comprise the rhythms of bodies in contact with computation. His work has been shown by MoMA (NYC), MOCA (LA), Ars Electronica, Transmediale, ZKM, Eyebeam, and Rhizome and has been featured in publications including WIRED, TIME, The New York Times.

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Britt Wray

Britt Wray

Britt is an audio maker, radio producer, podcaster and investigative researcher of biotech from Toronto.

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Brown University’s Listening LabOratory

Brown University’s Listening LabOratory

The Listening LabOratory is an audio performance and radio theatre group at Brown University.

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Bruce Wallace

Bruce Wallace

Bruce is a freelance journalist and multimedia producer, with particular interest in international, human rights, religion, and arts-and-culture reporting.

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Bryan Day

Bryan Day

Bryan is a improviser, instrument inventor, illustrator and installation artist based in Richmond, CA. He also was an organizer for the 2015 MEGAPOLIS Festival in Oakland+SF.

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Byron Westbrook

Byron Westbrook

Byron is a sound artist working with site-specific installations and unique listening formats to activate architecture and community. He has presented work at Clocktower Gallery, Diapason Gallery, LMAK Projects, ISSUE Project Room, ExitArt, (NYC), ICA London (UK), The LAB (San Francisco), VIVO MediaArtCenter (Vancouver), O’ (Milan), among many others. He has performed in ensembles of Phill Niblock and Rhys Chatham.

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Carl Adair

Carl Adair

Carl is a choral singer and composer. In his work, he plays with music theory and with language to create musical structures that reveal themselves through the completion of the piece.


Carlo António Ribeiro Patrão
Carlo Antonio Ribeiro Patrao

Carlo António Ribeiro Patrão

Carlo António Ribeiro Patrão has been working in radio since becoming a member of the freeform independent radio station Rádio Universidade de Coimbra (RUC) in 2007, where he began to explore the diverse possibilities of radiophonic space through the use of field recordings, experimental music, musique concrete, drones, archived sound and live improvisation.

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Carlo Patrao
Carlo Patrao

Carlo Patrao

Carlo is a Portuguese radio artist based in New York City. His radio work is comprised of documentary features and sound collages exploring the fringes of science, sound, and music. Carlo’s background in the field of clinical psychology also informs his radio work on themes linking sound and the human psyche.

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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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Chelsea Stokes

Chelsea Stokes

Chelsea Stokes was the station manager of WFNP at SUNY New Paltz, a licensed station with an in-house news department, associated with a local television channel.

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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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Chris Collins

Chris Collins

Chris is a Chicago-based new media artist who highlights the human dramas that arise when we engage with technology.

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Chris Wood
chris wood

Chris Wood

Chris is a sound artist and audio producer who is interested in hierarchies of narrative and space and developing tools to play with them.

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Christie Leece

Christie Leece

Christie’s work merges her interests in archaeology, fieldwork, animal studies and new technologies, and frequently involves sound.

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Christopher DeLaurenti

Christopher DeLaurenti

Christopher is a composer, improvisor, phonographer, and writer. His electro-acoustic works are composed of field recordings and often deal with political issues, political protests in particular. His weekly column, The Score, appeared in the Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger from 2002 to 2010, and he has also appeared in 21st Century Music, The Seattle Times, Signal to Noise, Soundscape, Earshot Jazz, and Tablet.

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Coppice
Coppice

Coppice

Coppice is interactions between the capture and generation of sound and music from custom designed and prepared instruments and devices. It draws from its glossary of study in bellows and electronics, and in digitally-seeded air from physical modeling and modular synthesis. Founded in 2009 by Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer.

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Dan Conrad
dan conrad

Dan Conrad

Dan conceived and developed a visual medium based on perceptual responses to kinetic color in the 1970’s while in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moving to Baltimore in 1976, he continued to explore color performance with a type of light instrument which he now calls “chromaccord”. Conrad studied painting at MICA, became a high school physics teacher, performed music and invented musical instruments, and created a form of “light painting” using LEDs with automatic control circuitry. In 2010, with the help of friends, he has materialized a digital chromaccord for color performance.

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Dan Fishkin

Dan Fishkin

Daniel’s ears are ringing. Composer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Completely ambivalent about music. Daniel studied with composer Maryanne Amacher and with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart.

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Dan Gottwald
dan gottwald

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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Daniel Jenatsch
Daniel Jenatsch

Daniel Jenatsch

Daniel (Melbourne, Australia) is an interdisciplinary artist, sound designer and composer, whose work explores the interrelation of the real and the virtual, through, installation, sound, performance and film.

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David Goren

David Goren

Sonic smoosher, word wrangler. Shortwave idiot savant.

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David Kestenbaum
david kestenbaum

David Kestenbaum

David is a correspondent for NPR, covering the global economy as well as science’s discoveries and its darker side for NPR’s multimedia project Planet Money.

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David Levin
david levin

David Levin

David is a Boston-based freelance science and technology journalist.

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David Nunez

David Nunez

David is an art+technology designer and curates dorkbot-boston, a monthly gathering of people doing strange things with electricity.

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David Suisman

David Suisman

David is the author of Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music and is an occasional disc jockey at WFMU. He teaches history at the University of Delaware and lives in Philadelphia.

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David Weinberg

David Weinberg

David is a radio producer based in L.A. who has been broadcast on The World, Hearing Voices, Marketplace, Wiretap, 99% Invisible, and other important places.

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Deb Todd Wheeler

Deb Todd Wheeler

Deb Todd Wheeler is on the Graduate Faculty at the Art Institute of Boston, and also teaches in the Metals Department at Massachusetts College of Art.

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Dennis Conrow
dennis conrow

Dennis Conrow

Dennis makes radio and restores houses around Kansas City, MO.

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DeTrop

DeTrop

DeTrop are Ryan Smith (York Factory Complaint, Hanel Koeck), Theresa Smith (Bleak Race, Home Blitz), and David Grant (Ideal Forms, Action Patrol). Based out of Brooklyn, DeTrop have been playing music made with modular synthesizers and tape loops since 2011.

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Die Schrauber

Die Schrauber

Die Schrauber produces a wide variety of dense musical textures and high-energy interaction. With veteran circuit bender Joker Nies (Cologne), Mario deVega (Berlin) on amplified objects and turntables, and Hans Tammen (New York) on Endangered Guitar and live sound processing, the trio exerts extreme control over their bizarre instruments.

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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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E.S.P. LAB

E.S.P. LAB

E.S.P. LAB is a media based collaborative, formed by Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan in 2012, that explores sound and vision through analog methods and electronics. Their hybrid station for manipulating video signals and soundwaves is comprised of signal generators, TV monitors, video mixers, and modulators. Kiernan and Keddie also direct and operateE.S.P. TV, a live taping broadcast on MNN network.

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Easy Sonic Living

Easy Sonic Living

Caroline, Cathy, and Neil make experimental radio, playing with the radio medium in interesting, funny and unexpected ways, airing everything from audio collages to soundwalks to field recordings to absurd radio dramas.

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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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Eitan Isaacson
Eitan Isaacson

Eitan Isaacson

Eitan is a long-time Open Source hacker and software accessibility enthusiast who has worked in the Mozilla accessibility team.

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Elana Gordon
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Elana Gordon

Elana Gordon is a reporter at WHYY in Philadelphia and a founding member of the station’s weekly health and science show, The Pulse. Some of her most notable stories incorporate sound-rich journeys through places and history in Philadelphia, from the infamous Legionnaires’ disease mystery that went down at the iconic Bellevue hotel…to the often overlooked spot at Christ Burial Ground that launched Ben Franklin’s vehement quest to take down small pox. She holds a dual degree in music and political science from Barnard College.

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Eleanor Whitney

Eleanor Whitney

Eleanor is the author of Grow: How to take your do it yourself project and passion to the next level and quite your job! and is an educator, arts programmer and manager living in Brooklyn.

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Emily Cohen
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Emily Cohen

Emily is an ecological designer focused on addressing social and environmental challenges in the landscape. Recent projects include green infrastructure designs for a post industrial city and coastal resiliency plan for a community along the Maine coast.

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Eric Leonardson

Eric Leonardson

Eric is a Chicago-based audio artist and teacher. He is President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Erik Spangler

Erik Spangler

Erik (a.k.a. DJ Dubble8) is a composer and electronic musician living in Baltimore, Maryland. Engaged equally with ensemble improvisation, live sample-based mixing, guerilla community sound art, hybrid electronica production, and notated chamber music, Spangler aims to dissolve cultural boundaries while drawing all corners of inspiration into cohesive sound images.

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Ernst Karel
Ernst Karel

Ernst Karel

Ernst is a musician, sound recordist, and composer, whose work has ranged from acoustic to electronic and from improvisation to installation.

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Ezekiel Honig
ezekial honig

Ezekiel Honig

Ezekiel, a New York City native, is a musician and label manager for Microcosm Music and Anticipate Recordings. He is a well-known figure in the electronic music community. Honig usually follows a strict production code on all of his songs using ‘found-sound’ and warm melodies. His latest album is Folding In On Itself, called “seductive listening” and a “wild and unqualified synthetic wonderland“, can be found here.

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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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Felix Kubin

Felix Kubin

Felix’s makes futuristic pop, radio plays, electroacoustic music, and works for chamber orchestra that are saturated with enthusiasm for disharmonic pop, industrial noise, and 20th-century avant-garde music.

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Fereshteh Toosi
Fereshteh Toosi

Fereshteh Toosi

Fereshteh designs participatory experiences and hybrid objects such as oyster mushroom sculptures, audio portraits, films processed in mint tea, and guided walks about lithium. Fereshteh is an active member of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and faculty at Florida International University in Miami.

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Flutronix

Flutronix

 

Flute duo Flutronix, Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, have incorporated electronics into a chamber music context in a wide range of repertoire. They have collaborated with Dan Deacon, Ski Beatz, and ICE, and are preparing their sophomore album, 2.0.

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free103point9 (now Wavefarm)
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free103point9 (now Wavefarm)

free103point9 (now Wavefarm) is a non-profit arts organization from upstate NY that celebrates creative and community use of media and the airwaves. Their programs provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form.

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Gambletron
Gambletron

Gambletron

GAMBLETRON is a sound artist, musician, and improviser based out of Montréal, known for her noise-electronic improvisations, roving radio transmissions, experimental noise karaoke, and for curating performances in unique outdoors locations.

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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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Gang Clan Mafia
Gang Clan Mafia

Gang Clan Mafia

Gang Clan Mafia is Vela Phelan (turntable, samplers, knobs, transmissions, ∆.) and Dirk Adams (found sound, constructed sound, mic, effects).

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Geodesic Gnome

Geodesic Gnome

Baltimore’s super-group Geodesic Gnome (lead by philosopher/musician John Berndt) specializes in just three well-defined areas: 1. paradoxes as compositions, 2. “Gnomic utterances” and deliberate obscurity as content, and 3. the recreation of poorly understood historic incidents.

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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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Giuseppe Ielasi

Giuseppe Ielasi

Giuseppe started playing guitar in 1988, and worked for many years in the area of improvised music. He had long-term collaborations with Renato Rinaldi in the duo Oreledigneur, Thomas Ankersmit, Michel Doneda, Ingar Zach, Dean Roberts. More recently, his main interest has shifted to site-specific solo performances. He still uses guitars as his primary sound source, but integrates microphones and multi-channel speaker systems into the mix in order to create complex networks for sound diffusion in relationship to space. He has recent, critically acclaimed releases on the 12k imprint and his own Schoolmaps label.

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Grace McCreight

Grace McCreight

Grace was the general manager of WBAR at Barnard College, a non-licensed, student operated internet station that hosts a number of concerts and events on campus.

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Gregory Whitehead

Gregory Whitehead

Gregory writes, directs and produces radiophonic adventures for the BBC and other broadcasters.

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Hans Tammen
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Hans Tammen

Hans creates sounds that have been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He creates rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive and fascinating noises, with micropolyphonic timbres and textures, aggressive sonic eruptions, but also quiet pulses and barely audible sounds.

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Harvestworks

Harvestworks

Harvestworks has helped a generation of artists create new works using technology.

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Hauser/Quaid

Hauser/Quaid

Hauser/Quaid is a musical alias of New York based sound and video artist Greg Zifcak. The project examines the material artifacts of dystopian cyberspace/time travel, while advancing an agenda of rave-singularity. LOOK AT THE MUSICS

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Herbert Eckardt
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Herbert Eckardt

Herbert Eckardt is name of the monstrous freak of a collaboration between Danish saxophonist Louise D.E. Jensen and Italian drummer/percussionist Luca Marini (the group takes its name from both musicians’ little known middle names).

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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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Ian Gray

Ian Gray

Ian is an infrequent radio producer based in Paris.

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Ian Nagoski

Ian Nagoski

Ian is a music researcher and record producer specializing in early 20th century musics in languages other than English.

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James Garver
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James Garver

James’s music and sound designs have been heard at numerous New York City venues including Lincoln Center, The 92nd St. Y, Joyce SoHo, The Atlantic Theatre Company, Japan Society

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Jason Cady

Jason Cady

Jason Cady is a composer of dramatic vocal works and experimental chamber music living in Brooklyn.

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Jason Sigal

Jason Sigal

Jason is WFMU’s Licensing Director, and curates the station’s contributions to the Free Music Archive.

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Jason Sloan

Jason Sloan

Jason is a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Javelin

Javelin

Javelin is an NYC-based production duo of cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk. Their breakout release JAMZ N JEMZ was awarded honorable mention for Pitchfork’s Albums of the Year.

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Jay Gregory
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Jay Gregory

Jay is a GIS jack-of-all-trades for a small software development company, where he spends his time tracking down data and creating maps for emergency planning and response.  He loves to figure out better methods for connecting people with the multitude of information that oozes from every corner of the internet.  He is excited for his first foray with GIS outside the professional space.


Jay Kreimer
Jay Kreimer

Jay Kreimer

Jay is a musician, instrument maker, sculptor, composer, and educator.

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Jean-Michel Rolland
Jean-Michel Rolland

Jean-Michel Rolland

Jean-Michel is a French musician, painter, and visual artist who has been melding his two passions – sound and image – in digital arts since 2010. In each of his creations musicality influences image in a symbiotic relationship.

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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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Jeff Kolar

Jeff Kolar

Jeff is an audio artist working in Chicago, USA who is the director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform.

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Jeff Towne
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Jeff Towne

Jeff is an audio engineer who writes and teaches about audio production. He is the co-producer and engineer of Echoes, a daily two-hour music soundscape distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations from Maine to California. He also is the “Tools Editor” for Transom.org – a Peabody Award-winning website dedicated to channeling new work and voices to public radio.

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Jenn Grossman
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Jenn Grossman

Jenn is a sound/experiential media artist and composer based in Brooklyn. Her work reimagines unconventional spaces and objects as acoustic vessels; and architecture and materials as sculptural molds for ephemeral interventions. Her works have been presented in public spaces, galleries, festivals, and symposiums in New York and internationally.

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Jenny Asarnow

Jenny Asarnow

Jenny is a radio producer who has worked for KUOW in Seattle and has reported for national programs including NPR’s Snap Judgment and PRI’s The World. Her audio and interactive work has been exhibited in Seattle, Chicago, New York, Baltimore, and beyond.

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Jesse Dukes

Jesse Dukes

Jesse is a writer and radio producer with WBEZ who previously contributed to the public radio programs Backstory:With the American History Guys, Studio 360, Weekend Edition, and others. He also wrote long form travel essays for Virginia Quarterly Review.

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Jesse Ricke
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Jesse Ricke

Jesse is a media practitioner working in video, audio, and music, with an expertise in venue operation and event documentation.

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Joan Schuman
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Joan Schuman

My audiophilia whispers into radio’s ear. I once made documentaries (1980s); now create hybrid narratives that air in festivals, cyber worlds, and on the radio. I live in coastal California, teach sound production/theory (the New School’s online MA courses), and curate sound art online at Earlid.

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Jocelyn Frank
Jocelyn Frank

Jocelyn Frank

Jocelyn is an award-winning audio journalistmedia consultant and audio artist in Washington DC. Clients include CBS, Slate, Smithsonian, The Guardian and others. Frank’s a managing facilitator of the DC Listening Lounge.

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Johann Diedrick
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Johann Diedrick

Johann makes installations, performances, and objects that let people play with sound. He shares his work with others through workshops, listening tours, and open-source software and hardware. He is a recipient of the Asian Cultural Council Fellows grant. He has been featured in Wire Magazine and Musicworks Magazine.

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John Berndt

John Berndt

Best known to the public as a prolific musician, composer and improviser and as a key organizer in the scene around the international High Zero festival, Berndt’s work from the very beginning also involved the creation of coherent novelties in a broader range of media, including personal behavior, film, visual art, text, installation and a variety of non-musical performance genres.

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John Capogna

John Capogna

John is an artist and engineer.

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John Kreitzberg

John Kreitzberg

John, originally from outside of Philadelphia, is a 20-year-old student at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota where he is studies Religious Studies, Classical Language, and Gender and Sexuality.

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John Roach

John Roach

John deals with the misuse of objects to make sound; he teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City where he taught a course entitled Sound Matters.

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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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Julie Shapiro
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Julie Shapiro

Julie is ac areer listener, thinker, innovator, encourager, and champion of story.

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Julien Clancy
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Julien Clancy

Julien Clancy is a freelance radio documentary maker based in Dublin, Ireland.

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Justin Grotelueschen
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Justin Grotelueschen

Justin is the co-founder and Managing Director of MEGAPOLIS and has a long-standing interest in musique concrete, noise, improvisation, and looping. He began performing weekly on the radio in 1997 by live-mixing minuscule snippets of songs from the KRNU music library, and continued in 2003 with a weekly improvised performance on WZBC of slicing and mixing self-collected field recordings. He has been performing largely improvised music since 2004 using guitar, contact mics, field recordings, virtual electronic instruments, and various found and homemade objects. Before MEGAPOLIS he worked or volunteered for public, community, and campus radio stations and related media organizations for 13 years.

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Justin Sabe

Justin Sabe

Justin is a computer hacker who sometimes works with sounds, sometimes from cats.

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Kaitlin Prest

Kaitlin Prest

Kaitlin is an audio artist working in radio, performance, and installation. Her documentary work was awarded the Hearsay Festival’s Overall Prize 2014, and the National Community Radio Award’s Outstanding Achievement in Documentary 2011.

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Kara Oehler

Kara Oehler

Kara is a radio documentary maker, media artist and interactive storyteller. Her Peabody award-winning radio work has aired on shows like RadioLab, Marketplace and Morning Edition and her interactive projects have been exhibited at MoMA and SFMoMA.

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Karen Michel
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Karen Michel

Karen is a radio producer living in upstate New York.

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Karen Werner
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Karen Werner

Karen is a radio producer & sociologist. She has been an artist-in-residence in Vienna at studio das weisse haus (Fall 2016) and at the Museum Quartier/Tonspur (Fall 2017) producing episodes of Strange Radio, a project about the intergenerational impact of war and displacement. Karen teaches at Goddard College.

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Karen Westphalen

Karen Westphalen

Karen is an artist, musician, and civil engineer living in California.

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Katherine Gorman

Katherine Gorman

Katherine has been working in radio since high school who currently works in multi-platform storytelling. She also was a lead organizer for the 2010 MEGAPOLIS Festival in Baltimore.

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Katya Gorker
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Katya Gorker

Katya is a Moscow-born, Philadelphia-based filmmaker working on a feature length documentary about mushroom foraging among the Russian diaspora. She has been collecting oral histories and shooting interviews, all the while foraging herself and poking around biology labs. She teaches at Temple and is co-founder of the Berwick Research Institute in Boston.

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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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Ladio
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Ladio

Ladio was a group of awesome female radio producers from NYC.

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Laura Deutch
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Laura Deutch

Laura is a Philadelphia-based artist and educator, committed to using media as a tool for social justice, creative expression and community organizing.  Her place-based projects employ different mediums from audio and video to public intervention and mobile participatory projects to create connections between people, places and their stories.

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Laura Kwerel
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Laura Kwerel

Laura is a public radio producer with a love of radio and oral history who is especially intrigued by the mysterious, mystical side of religion. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and studied psychology and film studies at the College of William and Mary.

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Laura Silver

Laura Silver

Laura is a professional writer and editor living in New York City.

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Laura Vitale

Laura Vitale

Laura works with a focus on sound in a variety of media, with performance and installation, and often in collaboration. She has made commissioned sound installations for WNYC, been a Van Lier Fellow at Harvestorks Digital Media Arts Center, and received a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant.

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Laure Drogoul
Laure Drogoul

Laure Drogoul

Laure is an interdisciplinary artist, olfactory spelunker and cobbler of situations who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Laure works with a wide range of media including projects in which she creates sculpture, performances and events that invite the viewer to be an active participant.

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Lawrence Lanahan

Lawrence Lanahan

Lawrence is a freelance journalist with ten years of experience reporting for newspapers, magazines, and public radio programs.

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Lea Bertucci

Lea Bertucci

Lea is an interdisciplinary artist who works with Photography, Sound, Video and Installation.

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Lea Thau

Lea Thau

Lea is a Peabody award-winning producer, and the creator and host of the “Strangers” podcast sponsored by KCRW. She was the Executive & Creative Director of The Moth for 10 years and created The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour.

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Leif Elggren

Leif Elggren

Leif is a multimedia artist from Sweden who conceives music as a soundtrack to a visual installation or experimental stage performance, presenting carefully selected sound sources over a long stretch of time and that range from mesmerizingly quiet electronics to harsh noise. King Leif l is also one of the Kings of Elgaland-Vargaland. Leif presented four pieces at the festival: a solo dance performance, a reading, a sound performance, and a group stage performance.

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Lexie Mountain

Lexie Mountain

Perceived as and projecting the identity of an artist, performer, writer, and comedian living in Baltimore, MD.

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Lexie Stoia
Lexie Stoia

Lexie Stoia

Lexie makes multi-sensory works connecting her interests in science fiction and utopian ideas about living. She teaches at Columbus College of Art & Design and also builds interactive exhibits for science centers and museums around the world.

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Linda Gale Aubry
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Linda Gale Aubry

Linda is a multimedia artist and musician. Her creative methods encompass hand-formed and hand-painted porcelain, large and small scale painting, graphic design, dioramas, video performance, and electronic music. Her diverse work has been supported by the Pew Center; and has been presented at Vox Populi Gallery; Wave Farm in Acra, NY; and Fylkingen in Stockholm.

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Lisa Abbatomarco
Lisa Abbatomarco

Lisa Abbatomarco

Lisa is a performance artist with a c0mprehensive backgr0und in visual and perf0rming arts.

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Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee

Lisa is an interaction designer and multimedia artist.

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Live Footage

Live Footage

Brooklyn-based electroacoustic duo Live Footage (Mike Thies and Topu Lyo) score eclectic contemporary pieces on air, in dance, and in tune. Conceived through the art of improvisation, Lyo plays cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful of electronics with no pre-recorded samples. Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously. Live Footage’s songs are structured in such a way that enables them to build loops without disaster, all while keeping the music’s integrity and allowing ample room for improvisation even when covering the likes of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Squarepusher.

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Liz Berg
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Liz Berg

Liz has been a radio host and Assistant General Manager at WFMU radio.

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Liz Bustamante

Liz Bustamante

Liz is a Master Control Engineer for WBEZ in Chicago where she writes and records music as noise&light.

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Louise Foo

Louise Foo

Louise was a master’s candidate at The Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of New York University, where she was exploring visual aspects of sound and audible aspects of image.

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Lucky Dragons

Lucky Dragons

Active since 2000 and based primarily in Los Angeles, “Lucky Dragons” means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared or suggested or imagined pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and/or any sometimes collaborators who claim the name (it also refers to a japanese fishing boat caught in the fallout of hydrogen bomb test at bikini atoll in the 1950’s).

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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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Matt Kane
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Matt Kane

Record dad, data plumber, music hacker from Salem MA.

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Matt Sterling

Matt Sterling

Matt has been making music for more than 10 years. He takes cues from a number of sources including the improvisational aspects of jazz, the DIY attitude of punk, and the soul-of-the-machine ethos of techno.

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Matthew Matthew
noisemakers

Matthew Matthew

Matthew Matthew is an artist and composer whose work dances at the crossroads of music, film, art and interaction.

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Mecca Normal

Mecca Normal

Jean Smith and David Lester of the underground literary rock duo Mecca Normal intend to inspire audiences towards considering political content in their creative self-expression.

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Meg Cramer
meg cramer

Meg Cramer

Meg is an audio producer for BuzzFeed Audio. She has a background in participatory and crowd-sourced storytelling through her work for the Public Insight Network — a network of people who sign up to be sources for news stories by engaging with journalists through open-ended questions about their experiences and expertise — and Sandy Storyline, a series of interviews and storytelling workshops that led to to a multimedia documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York City.

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Melissa Moore
Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore

Melissa is a designer, educator, and community worker. She operates a design and build company called Nikuu that creates unique lighting, furniture, and jewelry using traditional and sustainable techniques. She also founded Y-LLEAD, an intensive youth leadership after-school program based on disciplines of design.

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Mickey Capper

Mickey Capper

Mickey is a radio producer, host, and sound manipulator.

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Mike Bullock
mike bullock

Mike Bullock

Mike Bullock is a composer, intermedia artist, and writer based in Philadelphia. He has been performing since the mid 90s across the US and in Europe, at venues such as Fylkingen; Instants Chavirés; Café OTO; ISSUE Project Room; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and EMPAC. In June 2015, Bullock received a Performance Grant from the Pew Center.

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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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Monty Kim
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Monty Kim

Monty is a Product Designer at littleBits, and has run littleBits workshops at several Maker Faire events. He also runs and facilitates Beta Testing sessions at littleBits HQ.

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Mountains
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Mountains

The NYC duo called Mountains started around the Art Institute of Chicago and have been on the respected Thrill Jockey label from the start. They specialize in long-form, textural ambient musics of the instrumental variety, using processed and unprocessed analog instruments and no beats.

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Myroslaw Bytz

Myroslaw Bytz

Myroslaw (aka Blysk, Vzaem, Tricyclic) has been producing all flavors of electronic music and audio experimentation for over 15 years. He also was a lead organizer for the 2013 MEGAPOLIS Festival in NYC.

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Naomi Lucille Kagaya

Naomi Lucille Kagaya

Naomi is a native of Northern Japan, is an intermedia artist and composer. She creates installation and performance art integrating sonic and visual elements, digital and organic textures, and audience interactivity.

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Neil Feather

Neil Feather

Neil has been creating radical and unusual musical instruments since 1970 and is increasingly known outside of Baltimore as one of the most original musical thinkers of his day.

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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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Nick Heling

Nick Heling

Nick received his MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York City in 2010.

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Nick van der Kolk
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Nick van der Kolk

Nick is the co-founder of the MEGAPOLIS and served as Artistic Director (2009-15). Currently he produces Love and Radio, a podcast that features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. He also is a 2012 USA Collins Fellow.

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Nina Katchadourian

Nina Katchadourian

Nina (NYC) works in photography, sculpture, video and sound. She installs subversive urban audio interventions, rigs cars with alarms that sound like jungle birds, documents crossdressing animals, creates telemarketing infomercials out of sound samples from John Cage, repurposes magnetic tape found in gutters, and re-edits recordings from moon walks into incomprehensible bits.

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Noé Cuéllar
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Noé Cuéllar

Noé is a sound designer and photographer who since 2009 has been creating sound and music with air using various bellowed, pneumatic, and reed instruments like pump organs, accordions, shruti boxes, and harmoniums.

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Olivia Bradley-Skill
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Olivia Bradley-Skill

Olivia likes digging up old sensations to find new meaning. Her radio work is a live collage, which warps, overlaps, and extends sound and language, so as to intensify the medium’s interactive and elusive qualities. She uses radio to represent the mind, how we listen, and how we forget what we remember.

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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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Patrick Carey

Patrick Carey

Patrick Carey is a musician and programmer who records and performs under the moniker Rare Storms. His work draws from noise, drone, and computer music. At Megapolis he integrated a series of tapes found at yard sales. A similar piece can be heard here.

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Patrick McNameeKing
Patrick McNameeKing

Patrick McNameeKing

Producer, Station Manager, and Disc Jockey @WNHNFM.

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Peace, Loving
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Peace, Loving

Peace, Loving is a band formed from members of the Whitehaus Family who live, play, act, and perform in a large home in Jamaica Plains, MA.

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Pejk Malinovski
Pejk Malinovski

Pejk Malinovski

Pejk is a freelance radio producer, sound artist, and poet. His documentaries have aired on public radio networks around the world and his sound pieces have been shown in museums and galleries.

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Peter McQuillan

Peter McQuillan

Peter is a musician, radio producer and show promoter based in New York City who graduated from the Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts where he studied Music & Environmental Studies.

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Phoenix Lio(n)
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Phoenix Lio(n)

Phoenix Lio(n) engages technology and artistic practice to disrupt the ways in which the physical world is invoked to justify oppression and marginalization. They rebuild their mind, their memories, and the world around them by layering media and mediums. By engaging their experiences and identity as tools for art they rework the heaviest, hardest parts of themself like pigments dragged across canvas.

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Radio Wonderland
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Radio Wonderland

As RADIO WONDERLAND, NYC musical trickster Joshua Fried (clang Recordings) turns live radio into recombinant funk, with boombox, Buick steering wheel and four old shoes. “Rather like Negativland remixed for a house party…undeniably fun.” —Robert Barry, The Wire

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Rebecca Bray
Rebecca Bray

Rebecca Bray

Rebecca is the head of interaction design and Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, where she creates new digital tools that enable visitors to creatively participate in the scientific process. Her projects have been covered by the BBC, NPR, Discovery Channel, Good Morning America and ABC News as well as in the New York Times, Wired, and ArtNews, and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Renato Rinaldi
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Renato Rinaldi

Renato trained as an actor and began composing music for theatre, radio dramas, and video installations. He has produced several radio plays, documentaries and reportages for the national broadcasting radio. His music primarily focuses on the relationship between sound and environment.

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Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Richard is a production sound mixer, sound designer, re-recording mixer, and fledgling composer for commercials, movies, and TV. Some of his clients include Men’s Health Magazine, Google, and the US Army. He has scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro and has been nominated for an Indie Series Award for Best Sound Design.

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Robert Van Heumen

Robert Van Heumen

Robert is a composer and improvising musician using an extended laptop-instrument to perform highly immersive and hyper-dynamic electro-acoustic music. As a musician, live sampling is his main tool. With a joystick and other tactile controllers, live sampled source sounds are gesturally manipulated and reworked within open ended narratives.

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Robin Amer
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Robin Amer

Robin is a Chicago-based producer whose work straddles the lines between art and journalism, including urban planning, the built environment, and the complex lives of post-industrial cities.

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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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Ryan Holsopple (aka 31 Down)
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Ryan Holsopple (aka 31 Down)

31 Down creates darkly themed, romantic performance work with an emphasis on sound design, imagery and mood. The works consist of live performances, installations, live networked performances and streaming works. Ryan Holsopple, founder and artistic director, develops and programs interactive systems to create and control the performances.

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Sam Greenspan

Sam Greenspan

Sam is a staff producer at 99% Invisible, a radio show about architecture and design with Roman Mars. He also a lead organizer for the 2015 MEGAPOLIS Festival in Oakland+SF.

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Sarah Yahm
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Sarah Yahm

Sarah is an independent radio producer, oral historian, and educator living in Burlington, VT.

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Scott Allison
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Scott Allison

Scott is a freelance graphic designer and sound explorer. Scott spends a good amount of his free time making field recordings of various spaces. Scott performs solo with electronics as well as in free rock outfits Kohoutek and Sunburned Hand of the Man.

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Scott Beibin

Scott Beibin

VJ Scott Beibin is the co-founder of the Evil Twin Booking Agency which he runs with partner Liz Cole, organizing tours for Bill Ayers, Vandana Shiva, Dead Prez, and many more.

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Sean Cole

Sean Cole

Sean Cole is a poet who has worked as a producer for This American Life since 2014. Sean contributed to the show on and off starting in 1999. His latest volume of poetry is called “One Train,” published by Dusie press. Sean has also worked as a producer at Radiolab, a regular contributor to Marketplace, and a freelance reporter for shows and podcasts including Studio 360 and 99% Invisible. His career started at WBUR in Boston where he was a news-writer, engineer, announcer, field-producer, reporter and, finally, a correspondent for the station’s award-winning documentary unit Inside Out. Sean is an ordained minister by the Universal Life Church and has officiated around 20 weddings in the past 15 years.

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Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard

Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard

The Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL) is an experimental laboratory at Harvard University that promotes innovative combinations of aesthetics and ethnography.  It uses analog and digital media to explore the aesthetics and ontology of the natural and unnatural world.

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Seth Guy
Seth Guy

Seth Guy

Seth appropriates, reconfigures and juxtaposes materials to create playful performative works which propose a discourse into the cross-modal correspondence of auditory and visual perception. Working at the intersections of language, memory and imagination, his work is experimental and idiosyncratic; often humorous and occasionally disquieting.

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Shani Aviram

Shani Aviram

Shani Aviram is the programming director for Megapolis Audio Festival as well as a composer, sound designer, and radio producer. Her first ever write-up was in Catsynth, a blog devoted to cats and synthesizers. She has worked with Reduced Listening productions and acclaimed podcasts Love+Radio and The Heart. Her work with The Heart, earned a Prix Italia Golden Award for New Radio Formats 2015. Shani holds a BA in music composition from Mills College where she studied with Chris Brown, Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, Maggi Payne, Pauline Oliveros and Matthew Goodheart.

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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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Sharon Mashihi
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Sharon Mashihi

Sharon is a New York based radio producer and screenwriter. Her audio pieces have aired on KALW, MPBN, KUOW, and Public Radio Remix. Most recently, she has been producing interview segments for Studio 360 at WNYC. She is a graduate of the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and holds a BFA in film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Shelly Blake-Plock
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Shelly Blake-Plock

Shelly (Baltimore, Maryland) is an American teacher, musician, writer, and filmmaker.

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Shira Walinsky
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Shira Walinsky

Shira is a multi-disciplinary artist and teacher.  Her murals can be seen throughout the city of Philadelphia. In 2012 she co- founded Southeastbysoutheast through the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program. Her work has also been shown at PAFA, Asian Arts Initiative, and the ICA Philadelphia.


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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Spirograph Agnew

Spirograph Agnew

Spirograph Agnew is an improvising quartet, consisting of three string players and one computer audio+video performer, who make live multimedia freakouts for 3D glasses. SA is Daniel Iglesia (electronics), Jim Altieri (violin), Bob Jones (double bass), and Jessie Marino (cello).

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Stefan Helmreich

Stefan Helmreich

Stefan is a Professor of Anthropology at MIT, where he teaches courses in science, technology, and society.

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Stefano Giannotti

Stefano Giannotti

Stefano, composer, guitarist and performer whose repertoire ranges from music theatre, radio and video-art, to song-writing and chamber music.

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Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie is a multiple-media artist, composer and violinist who often works and performs with massive textures, small motors, tactile objects, and light. She studied composition at the University of Chicago with Kotoka Suzuki and has earned an MFA in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts, studying with Mark Trayle, Sara Roberts, and Ulrich Krieger.

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Steve Bradley

Steve Bradley

Steve’s art practice engages time-based media; sound performance/installation, and material culture. He explores the boundaries of urban and suburban culture by collecting debris, sound, and images from the consumed and littered landscape.

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Steve Teare
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Steve Teare

Steve Teare is an illustrator and art teacher living in West Philadelphia. He has illustrated for VICE, Philly Voice, WHYY, Philadelphia City Paper, Apiary Magazine, and various educational websites and children’s books. Steve also wrote and illustrated the graphic novel “Back and Forth.”

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Suzanne Thorpe

Suzanne Thorpe

Suzanne is a composer and performer of electronic music who enjoys revealing peripheral consciousness, coexisting perspectives and concurrent realities via composition, performance and installation.

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Teresa Foley

Teresa Foley

Teresa, a conceptual artist, makes videos, performances, and public art projects. She creates scenarios in which blow up dolls drive cars, ventriloquist dummies perform material lifted from craigslist, and people make and share regionally based ringtones.

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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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The Lothars

The Lothars

The Lothars are an ensemble based on the theremin – often consisting of three theremins and an electric guitar – who create electronic music at its most fetal state.

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The Truth
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The Truth

THE TRUTH is fiction — we make short films without pictures. Movies for your ears. We’re a contemporary re-imagining of what audio drama is and can be, exploring unusual approaches to telling stories with sound. We develop our stories as a collective, and often the dialogue is completely improvised. We record on location, and then take those recordings into the studio to edit them and add music and sound design. The result sounds kind of like a movie, only the pictures are all in your imagination. Our dramatic fiction has been heard on many nationally-syndicated public radio programs, including This American Life, Studio 360, Snap Judgment, and The Story.

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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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Timothy Nohe
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Timothy Nohe

Timothy Nohe is an artist and educator engaging traditional and electronic media in civic life and public places. He has exhibited and performed his work in a range of national and international venues: ISEA: Paris and the Baltic Sea; Ars Electronica, Linz; the Danish Institute of Electro-Acoustic Music, Århus; Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo; the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Oxfringe Festival, Oxford; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York.

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Toby Kaufmann-Buhler
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Toby Kaufmann-Buhler

Toby explores sensory perception, identity and memory through his work in image, sound and space. This involves the integration of a number of different media including video, film, found/composed sound, text and installation work.

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Trent Wolbe

Trent Wolbe

DJ Trent makes the asses hit the flo with his DJ stylings and has been a writer and media producer for The Verge, Engadget, and WFMU.

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Tristate Synthesizer Coalition
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Tristate Synthesizer Coalition

The Tri-State Synthesizer Coalition consists of modular enthusiasts from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and beyond. They connect with synthesizer enthusiasts and artists in the area to organize performances and structure events geared to everyone interested in the modular experience.

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Tyler Mains

Tyler Mains

Experimental musician and beer advocate currently based in Kentucky.

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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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Vic Rawlings
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Vic Rawlings

Vic is an improviser and instrument builder, specializing in modifications of existing instruments to create excitingly unstable interfaces.

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Victoria Estok
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Victoria Estok

Victoria is a conceptual artist based in New York. Driven by a deep seated need to uncover intentions behind everyday actions — she favors community work and public interventions because they underscore and align with her value for genuine interaction. Estok teaches sound in New Media at SUNY Purchase.

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Vistas

Vistas

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Walker Mettling
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Walker Mettling

Walker prints posters, curates story events, digs for old bottles, and teaches comics and cartooning to kids in Providence. He co-edited the comics anthology, A Guy is Fighting a Monster Out of Nowhere and publishes the monthly magazine “Comics Showcase”.

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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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Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu (officially pronounced “shoo shoo”, also “zoo zoo,” “zhu zhu” or “schwee schwee”) is a musical collective born in San Jose, California that currently consists of Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo, and Jamie Stewart, the only consistent member. The critically divisive group is influenced by noise, modern classical, the dance floor, post punk, experimental, minimalism, Asian percussion, and American folk music; the films of Todd Solondz, Shohei Imamura, David Lynch and Seijun Suzuki; and the books of Elfriede Jelinek, V.S, Naipaul, Yukio Mishima, and Ingeborg Bachmann.

They record for Bella Union and Polyvinyl Records and to date have released over 50 titles including albums, 7-inches, books, film works and compositions for dance pieces. They have collaborated with artists such as Carla Bozulich, Michael Gira, Dahn Vo, Monika Gryzmala, Grouper, Larsen, These Arches, Deerhoof, John Congleton, Dirty Beaches, Oxbow and Shearwater. They currently live in Los Angeles and New York.

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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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Zachary Kent
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Zachary Kent

Zachary (Austin, TX) is a radio artist who started Dial-A-Stranger, a podcast highlighting the stories of everyday people and to be the excitement they wanted to see in the world.

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