DEGREES BELOW ZERO
15 Degrees Below is Daniel Blomquist, Michael Addison Mersereau, and Mark Wilson (Conure). They formed in San Francisco in 2001 from the ashes of the short lived Imperial Floral Assault Unit and produce a mix of noise, dark ambient, IDM, post-rock, and other influences. With members now living on two different continents, they still produce material, but at a much slower pace. Oxidation recently released their fourth full length CD, "Open Doors".
BATEMAN (miami, FL)
A masochists dream-blend of arousing and vicious, Bateman hopes to increase the breadth of what you consider sexy. Having worked for the previous decade as a dominatrix, Bateman is now concerned with exploring each unique fetish with every performance. Recently, Bateman has begun recording and molding soundscapes to focus and intensify these performances which intend to overwhelm and overthrow.
SOFT CULTURE + EGO DEATH (CA)
Bergegas Mati is a harsh-noise/experimental project by Pandu from Malang, Indonesia (b.2014).
His work including a split album with The Rita, Government Alpha, Yuko Araki, Fraqsea, HNM, etc.
Pandu also did a collaboration and split album with Junko Hiroshige from Hijokaidan.
Bandcamp: (most of Bergegas Mati releases available here) www.gerpfastkolektif.bandcamp.com
BIG CITY ORCHESTRA (san francisco)
BCO has is a legendary avant-garde/art project originally from Los Angeles, California which embarked on in 1979. They have publicated about 230 hour-long releases and being an important chain in the cassette culture movement of the previous decades. They jumped out from the same nest as did other famous Californian cutting edge groups such as The Residents, and Negativeland, for instance. Their music has swerved in countless directions, veering from sound art and dada experiments and psycho-acoustic explorations to off-kilter electronica and sophisticated noise and acousmatic "folk" music.
Heavy drones and abrasive electronics.
Interests: Attraction & repulsion; Indeterminate pitches and tempos; Kinetic/static tension; Sound pressure vs. the body; Brooding; Scrambled media; Subwoofers.
Originally conceived as a freeform noise duo in 2008 with guitarist Steve Smith (END RESULT, Chicago), BLOATER has come into sharper focus as a solo project in recent years.
OF CHHINNAMASTIKA (san jose)
Harsh cut ups, power electronics and dark ambient. Disorienting and horrifying soundscapes for the age of Kali Yuga.
BOTTS (washington DC)
sound art compositions of organic field recordings, experimental voice, and minimal instrumentation- a noise and freak folk ensemble that tends toward the otherworldly. elena botts has collaborated on, released and exhibited visual, sound and moving image art, as well as had six poetry books published. more information here: sites.google.com/view/elenabotts
OF THE SLEEPING (sacramento)
Chambers of the Sleeping is the experimental/ambient output of Jim Willig, also of Venetian Veil.
Collapsist is the harsh ambient soundscapes of Sacramento-based sonic artist Daniel Warner. Utilizing modular synthesizers and field recordings, Collapsist conjures sonic imagery inspired by cyberpunk and post-apocalyptic literature. This is Collapsist's third Noisefest manifestation.
Mark Wilson (also of 15 Degrees Below Zero) has been creating ambient noise and other varieties of sound art under the moniker Conure since May of 2000. He currently utilizes various microphones, effects pedals,
loops, field recordings, and mixer as his main set of tools to create sounds that range from minimal drones
to heavily layered walls of feedback and cacophony.
+DOG+ was formed in 1990 in osaka, moved to MA from 93-98, CA from 98-16 and back in MA since 16. +DOG+ is an experimental noise band. +DOG+ somehow is involved with love earth music as well. www.loveearthmusic.com
Ego Death is a post industrial / experimental / noise machine used to explore the borders of sound filtered under the obsessions of Manos Michaelides since 2004. EgoDeath is the outcome of an extensive sound collage /experimental / cut-up quest which dates back to the 80s and followed the experiences we had as a kid in the family's working industrial environment.
Mikko Biffle - Living the Slaughterhouse dream, lost in the current Post-Post-Modern Meltdown, smelling the stench of a Civilization eating it's own tail.
R Duck - Sources sounds to create a living landscape for listeners to enjoy in comfort, perhaps with a cup of tea and some healthy snack treat. Please do not look out the window.
Victoria Shen (she/her) is a sound artist, experimental music performer, and instrument-maker born and raised in San Francisco. Shen's sound practice is concerned with the spatiality/physicality of sound and its relationship to the human body. Her music features analog modular synthesizers, amplified objects, and other self-built electronics. Notably, her debut LP Hair Birth features copper album art that transforms the cover into a speaker through which the record can be played. Shen is also the inventor of Needle Nails, acrylic nails with embedded turntable needles allowing one to play up to 5 tracks of a record at once.
Fabi has arrived as a newcomer to the noise scene with a glitched out drum machine and various electronic devices, but not a stranger to the realm of music. Fabi is sprouting out of the soil and into the air to uproot what the definition of a sequence is. Always seeking out genres, any drop of musical water is welcome sustenance to the root system that is Fabi's.
Slow-motion fractal plagues from the eyes of the storm. Joni Mitchell as the angel of death descending from the heavens. Central Florida, USA.
FRANK (klowd) (corvalis, OR)
Since 1979, GX Jupitter-Larsen has worked as a performance artist, sound
artist, writer, and filmmaker. GX has performed both as part of The
Haters, and as a member of Survival Research Laboratories. GX is
currently working on his third feather-legend movie which deals with the
"distance between research and knowledge."
glowing holes is a harsh noise project based in Moscow, Russia formed in 2020. The project narrative is constructed around the outcomes of some human interactions
(atlantic city, NJ)
Gluck Gluck is a solo noise project based in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Formed in 2019 from the ooze of several punk bands and experimental collectives, performances and recordings rely heavily on found objects often in the shape of steel pipes, hood ornaments, and other pieces of scrap metal. Noise for fuck ups. Quone City Press.
VON BARTLES (santa rosa)
Formed in the year 2012 in anticipation of the great dimensional shift, Hans Von Bartles was realized as the extension of a powerful psychic bond between two deranged homo sapiens floating through the yuppie-infested wine country town of Santa Rosa, California. Many nights are spent laboring under fluorescent headlamps, the laptop fans are clogged with dust and smoke as Hans inscribes a message upon its harddrive. A message pulled from holy books found in the gutter in front of the casino, one that echoes in the uppermost corners of one's unconscious mind, like pinballs connecting the dots to Nirvana, inertia is key.
HAUGEN (eugene, OR)
Don Haugen is a composer, sonic experimenter, and visual designer based in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Since the late 1980s; Haugen started exploring sound with tapes, oscillators, mixer feedback, contact mics
and found objects. His current work merges home built electronics and re-purposed test instruments to
create sonic texture-scapes.
He has composed for performance artists, sound installations, film and ensembles. Haugen is curator and
founder of the Eugene Noise Festival, which started in 2005 and continues today
Don is playing as part of a duo with JOHN FRANK
|Lauren Sarah Hayes (scotland, UK) is a Scottish live electronics improviser and sound artist. Her music is a mix of experimental pop/techno/noise/free improvisation and has been described as voracious and exhilarating. Over the last decade she has developed and honed a deliberately challenging and unpredictable performance system that explores the relationships between bodies, sound, environments, and technology. Her recent 2021 release Embrace (Superpang) was included in Bandcamps Best Experimental Music of February 2021. She is a member of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop. www.laurensarahhayes.com @elleesaich|
"San Franciscos Derek Gedalecias long-standing Headboggle moniker has boasted over one hundred releases in his twenty-plus years composing and releasing music that spans from dense layered modern electronics, sputtering noise, modular and Buchla-based synthesizer works, and avant-neoclassical to giddy electronics and even ragtime piano. ..." - Ratskin Records
Jennifer wrestled her friend playfully to the ground in front of the snowcone stand and began licking the girls eyebrows as if they were sugar cubes. Human fluid rot is a burst of sound wave manipulation caused by inner emotion and feeling from creator, Robert Wilson Brantley III. Described by many as harsh noise or experimental soundscape, Robert just puts it as inner-most-feelings and expressions through sound. Using various pieces of hardware, Human Fluid Rot creates audibly colorful moods at intense volumes in what to him seems like a long period of time but in a matter of 3-7 minutes leaves he and his crowds mentally and audibly exhausted.
Igloo Martian performed their first ever live noise set at the 2007 MPLS Bent Festival. Before starting their current sound project, Igloo was a member of the MadWiz Punk Band Master Killer and the LaCrosse WI based grindcore band Invid. Igloo currently resides in Tucson AZ.
Martinus Indra Hermawan a.k.a Indra Menus is a musician based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is active in the gig organizers, Kongsi Jahat Syndicate; band tour booking agency, YK Booking and run 3 records label: Relamati Records, Noise Bombing & Doggy House Records. He is one of the initiators of Jogja Noise Bombing, a collective focus on experimental noise based in Yogyakarta which organizes an annual Noise festival, Jogja Noise Bombing Festival.
Industria Masoquista is a harsh noise project from Ecuador active since 1997. The noise
recordings concept is based on sounds created with contact mics, synths and screams, its
according to the different parameters of my life. In my music I expose the multiple reasons for
my sadness, joy and anger towards the opposite side of each of them. In addition to this, is
important my psychological culture in which I find myself at the time of the recording.
Industria Masoquista has multiple splits, collaborative Works and compilations with artists such
as: Ames Sanglantes, Armenia, Diagram: A, Haters, Kadef, Macronympha, Mourmansk150,
Outermost, Pain Jerk, Skin Crime and more related noise artists, released in format LP, CD, DVD,
CD-R and tape in underground labels like Charito Records, Bizarre Audio Arts, Eeire Noise
Records, Hospital Productions, UPD Organization among others. Live apperances in
Experimental Noise Festivals on Latin America and Europe with arists like: 886VG, Anla Courtis,
Armenia, Bastard Noise, Crank Sturgeon, Damlah, Daniel Pico, K.I.L.L., Phroq, Szkieve, Tomas
Beck, Transfiguration, Zbingiew Karkowski (R.I.P.) and more.
(...a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...)
INSTAGON was founded in chaos theory during 1993, and has for 28 years now continued on with sonic exploration with that chaos. Never the same experience for the band as well as the audience, always changing, never stable, but all under the conceptual direction of LOB, it's founder... .
Instagon has appeared at ALL previous Norcal Noisefest happenings
JONES (san francisco)
A San Francisco, CA-based musician, artist, and writer, Mason has been active in the independent music world for over 30 years. Beginning with experimental cassette-culture appearances in the 1980s, Mason has recorded and performed with numerous bands and collaborators. Starting with his early work under the name Trance, he later formed SubArachnoid Space, Numinous Eye, and Collision Stories. Mason has also operated the Charnel Music indie label since 1988. His most recent releases include a solo noise LP, a Collision Stories LP, and a live LP of Numinous Eye with Damo Suzuki in Tokyo. See https://charnelmusic.bandcamp.com/ for recordings and http://www.charnel.com/mason/ for more details and contact.
CANCER (placer county)
BOBBY HAD BEEN A MEMBER OF +DOG+ SINCE THE MID 90'S AND TOOK HIS FRIEND GEORDAN TO THE NORCAL NOISE FEST '08. GEORDAN WAS INSPIRED AT THE LIMITLESS SOUND OF NOISE AND IN THEIR MINDS MADNESS, THEY JOINED FORCES AND THUS CREATED LIVER CANCER!
...TAKING HARSH POWER ELECTRONICS TO A VIOLENT ...E X T R E M E ! !
Liver Cancer is always a NF favorite !
Major Tinnitus is the noise project of Stephen Doyle. Amongst his weaponry are circuit bent toys, killer thrift store finds and homemade effects boxes. He has played at Sacramento Audio Waffle and will be performing at his first Norcal Noisefest this year. He looks forward to permanently damaging your hearing soon.
Mars Kumari's music draws heavily from ambient music, industrial, noise, shoegaze, drone and hauntology. thematically it is deeply rooted in my experience of transition & transness and the way its changed my relationship to memory
LUCIEN MATHEKE (los
(she/they). goddess of nectar and trash. at my best, a healing observer; at my worst, a demon. i am just a ghost. a gay ghost. can you even see me?
(this will be rains 8th appearance at norcal noisefest.)
Medicine Cabinet is an ongoing electronic music project from Tracy, CA resident Marc Schneider. The project started in the mid 90's with nothing more than the now famous Roland 303 Groovebox and a heavy delayed microphone. Marc has been active in the Northern and Southern California noise scenes since 2006. True to Marcs fascination with the history of the genre, Medicine Cabinet shows are typically noise or noise drone based improvisations using analog synths and circuit bent devices.
WINDOWS (bay area)
"Microwave Windows" is an Experimental Minimalist Sound Art and Noise project which initiated in the bay area of California in 1995. For over 25 years Microwave Windows has lived in obscurity and also in the public at various times performing live frequently and infrequently releasing self produced material and releases as well as pieces in collaboration with other artists. A nomadic project as a whole Microwave Windows has traveled far and wide for two decades, performing and collaborating live at many festivals, on radio stations, television and over seas. Microwave Windows continues to perform and collaborate to this current day. A must see performance for those that love minimalist noise, field recordings and electronics.
AMini-Mutations is Austin Rich, a radio broadcaster and musician from Salem, Oregon. A mixture of collage, free-imporv, political audio essay and occasional comedy, these soundscapes evoke a sense of going on a journey, through sound, and finding that you've landed somewhere else on the other side. Mini-Mutations does no repeat performances, and each one has a different theme or subject. Mini-Mutations wears their influences on their sleeves, and occasionally, on their recordings, too.
MISER is a portal-opening, improvised ritual doom electronics duo of John Hudnall and Drew Girard. Total zone, total resonance.
HIDENORI NOGUCHI (saitama, JAPAN)
Hidenori Noguchi is a multi-instrumentalist player, composer, director and has been in multiple bands including MUSQIS, Tokyo Sapiens, Windowz, Mooons, Xu/Xu, OOOSounds, Home Is A Fire. Hidenori Noguchi integrates multiple influences and genres into a blend of jazz, classical, improvisation, prog rock, math rock, free jazz and more!
For well over 15 years, Casey Chittenden Jones has been soundtracking the collapse of civilization under the moniker noisepoetnobody. Utilizing homemade instruments and modular synthesizers to create haunting, discordant and broken sounds to express the need for creativity in a dying ecosystem.
Specializing in underground venues, bars, art galleries, abandon buildings and illegal DIY spaces. Always seeking to promote mental deprogramming through anti-commercial sonic immersion.
Each set is a one-of-a-kind exchange of energy employing analog electronics and improvised inspirations via speaker cones.
Not Breathing is the creative vehicle of one Dave Wright, maker of experimental electronic music and instruments. Beginning in the late 80s with an impressive and prolific series of self-distributed cassettes, Not Breathings career now encompasses six full-length CD releases, several vinyl releases, over forty compilation appearances, one 8-track release, six US tours and totalling over 300 live performances. Worked for six years with Chicagos industrial label Invisible Records, spawning three CD albums as well as a collaboration with Dead Voices On Air. As an electronics engineer, Wright is able to create instruments that deliver an absolutely unique spectrum of sound. Wright also has an extensive body of work as a collaborator, remixer and session musician.
Ohmnoise is a Berlin artist. His main focus on these days is the research and manipulating, in a positive way, of the human and universal soul. His experiments and knowledge are integrating into a ritual-performance based on ancient intuition and modern technologies. He calls his performances and videos SOFTWAR, to create an aesthetic acceptable contention in reference to our inner world and the actual daily horror news. He works since 1981 in the fields of wired music, added video and fine arts later on and is a curator for hundreds of events in the Berlin alternative art-scene.
osvaldo cibils 1961 Uruguay. Artist in drawing and noisy actions, video performances.
THE KATATONIC (seattle,
Born & raised East coast city scum that was ducking & dodging terrible situations (like 10m away from being aborted) to what always seemed the extreme bad parts of life. Good was rare and when did happen vanished in a instant. Only constant good was sounds!! From sirens outside, songs , bottles breaking, people yelling and later on seeing live shows than playing. Lucky my grandpa showed me a Reel to Reel recorder when i was 3 and out of that field recordings to messing w/ reels making squealing sounds. By time was 8-10 made collage tapes and started on the experimental path w/out realizing it. Had a lot of projects and styles but ODTK was always kicking around since 2000. Fast forward last couple yrs sadly life went back to rough and barely even got to play shows. Last time played in Sac was July of 2019's SAW. After that was planning for 2020 a tour and of course a come back to Norcal after missing a couple than COVID HITS, Nevermind starting in Seattle where been. Lucky dodging that. Also lucky for Lob, Bill Berg, Andrew Chopstick, and the others who are bringing Norcal online in this shitty time!! Def glad to be apart of it
James "Trash" Katatonic
CRITICAL METHOD (sacramento)
Paranoiac Critical Method is the solo project of the City Councilman from the Brent Lewiis Ensemble. Through the use of modular synths, modified instruments, pedals, apps, acoustic sounds and video elements the goal of Paranoiac Critical Method is to create an irrational delirium for the listener/viewer.
My name is Arrian Delabahan and this is my noise project, Parousia. This will be my sixth noise fest performance.
My influences are: Neurosis, Tribes of Neurot, VoiVod, Godflesh, Vio-lence, metal ( thrash, death metal, black metal, grindcore ), and classical music ( J.S. Bach ). The word Parousia is a greek word meaning, the return. In the Catholic Church, and all other christian denominations, the word is used to signify the return of Jesus at the end times. The Parousia For myself, I don't get into performance art or anything theatrical. When I'm on stage its all about the music (noise). Yes, noise is music.
Sac adopted many nicknames: Embryonicpetitsac, Petit Sac, or sometimes just Sac. Sac was birthed as a performance artist in Southern California around 2003. Sac then started gravitating away from samples and into midi-NES samples mixed with vocal sounds/screaming. Sac's consistent set up tended to be that of a DJ mixer and 1 to 3 Korg Kaoss pads. Since 2009 Sac has continuously released numerous splits, tapes, 7", 10" and lathe cuts as a driving force behind Sweatband Records
MASHEEEN (costa mesa)
Phog masheeen has been amusing and tormenting the noise community since the 2007 Electro-Music Festival in Philadelphia. In performance and on recordings phog masheeen are wildly inconsistent and willing to try things that suggest a lack of respect for stylistic conventions. Recent adventures include participating in indy-film festivals, integrating spoken word elements and promoting virtual events.
Fletcher Pratt is a Canadian experimental composer/musician currently living in Oakland, CA pursuing an MFA in Electronic Music at Mills College. His music includes use of modular synthesizer, tape and various other instruments. He has been involved in various projects including Solar Coffin, KkrakK!!and most recently, collaborations with Sharkiface and Headboggle. He runs a cassette label called Midori Records.
Protofrustration is a noisy set of beliefs and practices invented by American knucklehead Zack Wheaton, and an associated movement. It has been variously defined as a cult, a business or a new religious movement. Any attempts to ascertain deep meanings or epiphanic thinking within the works of Protofrustration should be discouraged. Ask your budtender if Protofrustration is right for you.
CYST (los angeles)
Pulsating Cyst crawls from the murky depths of the La Brea tar pits to emit toxic fumes and low frequency oscillations. The man behind this project may have been time traveller or the victim of a failed military experiment when a hole in time was ripped open using radio frequencies and a space time delay that sent him adrift in a sea of astral video projections. When Pulsating Cyst lands again BEWARE!
The Pulsating Cyst has appeared at portals mostly in Los Angeles and San Francisco although the man behind the project has transported all over the USA, a few portals in Canada and a squat in Paris. It appears that the Cyst has dragged many pieces of gear with him through the portals during his time travel stops in various decades including a tube based Analamp and other pieces of analog and digital auditory distortion devices.
The need to make noise began as a small child with purposely making my Operation game buzz and buzz and buzz. Screaming and yelling just to see how long and loud I could do it. A near 30 year spree of breaking glass and windows begins. Throwing toys and various items down the stairs for the horrible racket it made. Age 12 get Casio CS1 with short sample loop function for Christmas. Dr Demnto and Nightflight. Punk Rock.
Angry dorky teen with hyper short antention span and too spastic to be in a music band.
Loud sometimes,most of the times, destructive public displays of idiocy. Getting a shitty mail order Fingerhut guitar and amp and going crazy with it.
1991 Age 18 I begin recording tapes with a hand held tape recorder. Old records the radio trains the tv and random sounds while driving around town and this with the intent that it was going to be experimental or industrial or noise but the idea of RUBBISH is not yet a thing. Alien Death Form is the name I'm using as I record these tapes.
1993 I make un-nameedanti records using a rotary tool to grind new grooves and take them to the record store to sell.
1994 Making my first Noise tape to sell at local record store and leave in strange places recorded and 'edited' on that old handheld tape recorder. This tape was the begining of RUBBISH...murdered music!
Sharkiface is an Oakland CA based soundscape artist who weaves field recordings, samples, tape manipulation and vocal incantations to bridge the gap between the spiritual world and day to day existence. Shes been an active member of the lush Bay Area experimental and New Music scene for the last 16 years and is the founder of Life Changing Ministries, a noise and experimental only venue housed in a former church in West Oakland.
SIDNAM (new york, NY)
Mike Sidnam is an engineer and failing multidisciplinary artist born and raised in the ever illustrious North Shore of Staten Island, NY. He has had work shown in various unfinished commercial buildings, house basements, unwelcoming music venues and The Whitney Museum of American Art.
SkruntSkrunt presents a mad scientist approach to noise. SkruntSkrunt offers a unique and varied combination of audio and visuals. From harsh noises to ambient, SkruntSkrunt explores the soundscape of the modern desktop, the auditory aspects of bodies and gravity, and the interaction of physical simulation and granular synthesis. SkruntSkrunt is a long-running project of Edmonton, Canada-based Abram Hindle who leverages a wide range of custom software and stolen software ranging from office applications, physics sims, video-games and custom-built user interfaces, in order to produce jarring synthesis. SkruntSkrunt has been a regular act at the former Victoria Noise Festival
will soderberg... uses guitars, electronics & field recordings to evoke sounds ranging from the dawn of sound reinforcement to the digital future that doesn't include you... his work has included multimedia installations and performances exploring the outer limits of sound and video for over 3 decades, including shows across north america, and in germany and japan... founder of the white rose network collective...
/ COMPUTER DUO (brooklyn, NY)
Imploding Sounds recording artists Takeshita and Computer have released dozens of albums, collabs, and splits over the last few year, including "The ENIAC Years" together in 2019 (The ENIAC Years, by GARGPUTER 5000). The NorCal Noisefest will mark their debut live performance bringing bent circuits and prepared guitars to help celebrate the 25th anniversary.
TanukiSpiderCat (SF) is an improvisational blend of electronic cello,
synth, and samples. Looping, layered, and staggering ever forwards,
haunting melodies emerge. Its a fragmented, unlikely animal, dealing
in dissonance and slivered voices.
BRIAN TAYLOR (los angeles)
Chris Brian Taylor is from San Francisco and lives in Los Angeles. He did the punk thing and then the DJ thing, and has most recently been focusing on improvised live electronics using processed feedback. His recorded debut, a cassette of duo recordings with Jeremy Kennedy, Morning Candy, was released November 2019 on FMSMPRC. Recently he's released with the remote compositional Subjective Pitch Matching Band and the improvising Contest quartet. He continues to DJ house, techno and downtempo on occasion and hosts the monthly One Billion BPM radio show on Lower Grand Radio on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 9:30pm PST. He also got to open for Newworldaquarium once - that was super sick.
The Flesh Void is a harsh drone solo project based in Northern California. Passionate about low-frequencies, horribly distorted vocals, ridiculous costumes, and warping footage of the worst videos he can find online
TV-MA (they/them) is a genderfluid degenerate making noisey, goth, acoustic-electro music.
UBERKUNST was first created in 1995 when the NIAD (Noise Instrument Analog Device) was first used to interface humans with machines, allowing each to comprehend the suffering of the other. UBERKUNST engaged in multiple dangerous and outrageous battles with hideous transdimensional beings and the enemies of structure and order, often misconstrued as "noise performances," until 2007 when their efforts to scare the Elder Gods to the other side of the cosmos left them so depleted that they had to be stored in cryogenic healing chambers. They can only be released from their chambers for 10-15 minutes a year, both to ensure their future survival when needed to carry out NIAD's will, but also to protect audiences from the deadly toxic radiation that the band emits after prolonged exposure to the horrors of the cosmos.
Uberkunst has appeared at ALL previous Norcal Noisefests
Consummate TechDweeb, visual artist and NovaTone musician univac continuously re-purposes the detritus of trickle-down technology, toys and off-the-shelf electronics in order to create circuit bent audioVisual hybridscausing the engineers of the original items to shudder in disbelief. He has been making experimental electronic noise and visuals since the late 1980s.
Ustam utilizes shrieking vocals with droning instrumentation to set the tone for her unsettling performances.
Ustam is Kylie Jackson; the female counterpart in the duo DOEL who have performed at NF in 2014-15.
PARTY (palmetto, FL)
Travis Johns is a sound artist residing in Ithaca, NY, whose work includes performance, installation and printmaking, often incorporating electronic instruments of his own design. Active in the San Francisco Bay Area experimental music scene for several years, Johns moved to Costa Rica in 2011 where he collaborated extensively with visual artist Paulina Velazquez-Solis on Raro, an immersive sound and sculpture installation that represented Costa Rica in the 2013 Biennial of the Central American Isthmus (BAVIC). Since returning to the states, first to Baltimore and later to Ithaca, hes continued to apply his trade as a composer, educator and sound artist under the nom de plume of VauxFlores.
He holds a B.M. In Technology in Music and Related Arts from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studies conducted with Tom Lopez, as well as an MFA from Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media, studies conducted with Chris Brown, Les Stuck and Hilda Paredes. He has participated in residencies at such places as the Atlantic Center for the Arts and RPIs Create @ iEar, and has had work featured by el Museo Centroamericano de Arte Video (MUCEVI), the Electronic Music Foundation, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), the Bienarte 8 Costa Rican Biennial, el Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, MAC Panama, The California Academy of Sciences, Alianza Francesa de Guatemala, The Lab (San Francisco), Battery Townsley (Marin County, Ca) and Rhizome DC (Washington DC).
ANDREW WAYNE (sacramento)
Andrew Wayne (he/they), formerly performing under the name Chopstick, has been performing publicly since 2006. Andrew Wayne creates soundscapes, drone music, long ambient pieces, non-music, environment pieces. Utilizing binaural rhythm concepts and off-tuned oscillators each performance can be a meditative and sometimes scary experience. Each piece and performance is unique to the date and will usually not be duplicated. The compositions and patches are usually scrapped after each performance.
Xome is a harsh noise music project conceived and operated by Bob Scott. Xome first started experimenting with dissonant forms of music in 1989 but the first organized live performance in Tokyo in 1994 marks the true activation of the project. Now based in Woodland, CA, Xome has evolved into a highly refined and extremely harsh noise music unit by means of improvised manipulation of sound generating and processing equipment.
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