Beast Nest

Beast Nest is Sharmi Basu’s primary performing project. Sharmi is a queer south asian woman of color creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing our musical language. She attempts to catalyze a political, yet ethereal aesthetic by combining her anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. Beast Nest utilizes an unwavering depression and restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. While simultaneously clearing and entering, the sewage pipes of the body and the patriarchy congeal into watery soundscapes as a vehicle for achieving liberation through the darkest of fears. One day, Sharmi aspires to have an ensemble called “Dog Divas”, which will feature her lying in the grass surrounded by Casio keyboards played by overexcited 6-week-old puppies. Sharmi’s astrologer says no marriage until 37.

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Cedar AV

Cedar AV is a trio of tinkerers originally from Madison, Wisconsin. Established in 2002 with software drum machines, close-micked guitars, and a hankering for pancakes, they enjoy soaking pop songs in a miasma of electronics.

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CJ Boyd

C.J. Boyd (b. 1979) is a bassist improvisor/composer without a fixed home. Born in California, and having resided in cities around the US and Europe, he and his music are always moving. C.J. began playing bass at the age of 14 and has been touring and releasing recordings since 2001. Since March 2008, this low-end vagabond has been on a perpetual tour throughout North America and Europe. On his native soil he travels by way of a van that has been converted to run on vegetable oil. What may seem to some as homelessness might also be called the subtle art of being always at home, regardless of location.

Though solo performance takes up the bulk of his time and effort, he also heads the open-ended improvisational chamber orchestra Kirtan Choir (formerly The C.J. Boyd Sextet), and also plays in the bands Rhonya, Shy Hunters, and Move, based in Brussels, New York, and Austin, respectively. He frequently improvises with other musicians, such as Chris Schlarb in Long Beach, Jean-Louis Huhta in Stockholm, and DMA in Indianapolis. In addition to touring year round, C.J. runs the music label Obsolete Media Objects.

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Ctrl-Z

Ctrl-Z is a group dedicated to the performance of composed music for live electronics. Founded by Ryan Page, Daniel Steffey, and Nick Wang in 2015, the group often finds itself in collaboration with other musicians, who perform on both electronic and acoustic instruments, to realize these works. Using an array of modular synthesizers, computers, homemade circuitry, test equipment, and other machinery, they have commissioned new works for the medium, as well as realized classic pieces, or adapted open-ended instrumentation scores to fit their means of performance. Music in their repertoire includes works by John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Luc Ferrari, Johanna Beyer, Lou Harrison, Ryan Ross Smith, Alvin Lucier, and those in the group, among others. They are always accepting new pieces submitted by living composers, as well as realizing more classic works by pioneers of the genre. For more information you can visit their website.

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Seth Chrisman

Seth Chrisman is a musician and multimedia artist based in the Hudson Valley, New York. His work explores texture, repetition, and scale, while being heavily rooted in concepts of place. Experimental techniques, field recordings, found sounds, and radio static are woven together to create undulating and centrifugal sonic environments.

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Sarah Davachi

As a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi engages in practices of analog and modular synthesis, multi-channel sound diffusion in alternative spaces, and psychoacoustic manipulations. Influenced by the lush, electronic tapestries of experimentalist-era synthesist pioneers, her music often exudes the sorts of wandering transformations inherent in real-time performance with analog equipment. Her treatment of acoustic sources—particularly organs, woodwinds, and strings—often involves heavy processing so as to de-familiarize timbres. Davachi’s music induces the experience of slowed-down sonic dwelling; utilizing extended durations and drones, dense and spectrally-rich timbres, and gradual shifts in non-directional harmonic materials that mediate between consonance and dissonance in order to approach distanced and altered landscapes.

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Tim Feeney

Tim Feeney (b. 1977) seeks to explore and examine the timbral possibilities inherent in everyday found and built objects. He treats his percussion setup as a friction instrument, using bows, scrapers, and rosined drumheads to capture and amplify frequencies that go unheard when an object is struck with a traditional mallet. He supplements this acoustic console with an electronic instrument, arranged from mixers, contact microphones, and effects pedals, that synthesizes and alters the spectral characteristics of low-fidelity tones, feedback, and noise.

Tim Feeney has performed as an improviser with musicians including cellist/electronic musician Vic Rawlings, the percussion trio Meridian, with Nick Hennies and Greg Stuart, pianist Annie Lewandowski, tape-deck manipulator Howard Stelzer, trumpeter Nate Wooley, sound artists Jed Speare and Ernst Karel, saxophonist Jack Wright, and the trio ONDA. As an interpreter, Tim was a founding member of the quartet So Percussion, the duo Non Zero with saxophonist Brian Sacawa, and the ensemble LotUs.

He has toured throughout the United States, including notable performances at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, New York’s The Stone, the Center for New Music and Audio Technology at UC-Berkeley, the Stanford Art Museum, Mills College, Princeton University, and Oberlin College. He has recorded for Full Spectrum, Sedimental, Soul on Rice, Audiobot, Homophoni, and Brassland/Talitres.

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glou glou

glou glou, active in the Bay Area since the beginning of 2012, is dedicated to creating improvised electronic music that is primarily ambient and consonant. Gretchen Jude plays Roland SP­404, koto and sings (among other things); Arjun Mendiratta plays laptop, violin and rocks (and such). glou glou [pronounced glue glue] is the birdsong of the future. glou glou is concerned with texture, timbre, tonality, post­human improvisation, and whimsy. glou glou is a french word meaning glug glug. Small children are particularly receptive to glou­ glou.

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Austin Glover

Austin Glover (b.1988) was born in Gastonia NC, and currently lives in Wilmington, NC. He studied composition at UNC Greensboro from 2007-2009. His music is heavily influenced by the likes of Steve Reich, Terry Riley, John Cage, Erik Satie and the alternative / progressive / ambient / indie-rock scenes of the last three decades.

Austin is also a regular performer in the east coast lineup of the Andrew Weathers Ensemble and regularly collaborates with Andrew Weathers and Eric Perreault.

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Sarah Hennies

Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a percussionist and composer currently residing in Ithaca, NY. Her work is primarily concerned with an immersive, psychoacoustic presentation of sound brought about by an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice that Nathan Thomas of Fluid Radio described as "a highly sophisticated and refined performance technique...that starts and ends with listening and encourages a different way of listening from its audience." She received her M.A. in percussion from the University of California-San Diego in 2003 where she studied with renowned percussionist Steven Schick, and is currently a member of Meridian, a percussion trio with Tim Feeney and Greg Stuart. Prior to relocating to Ithaca, Hennies was based in Austin, TX, for ten years where she performed with the Austin New Music Co-op, The Weird Weeds and a variety of other projects.

Hennies is also an interpreter of the work of other modern composers having recorded and performed music by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Jandek, Peter Ablinger, Kunsu Shim, Jürg Frey, Ellen Fullman, Radu Malfatti, Arnold Dreyblatt and many others. Her work as both composer and performer can be heard on a wide variety of labels including Quakebasket, Senufo Editions, Consumer Waste, Astral Spirits, Accidie, and Quiet Design.

In 2013 Hennies also founded the record label Weighter Recordings for releasing her own work and other new and unusual music by living composers.

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MJ Lallo

MJ Lallo found her interest in vocal sound effects while scoring soundtracks of space footage for NASA and the Vatican Observatory. Her vocals sound like trumpets, log drums, cellos, birds, bass & UFOs. She won the ASCAP’s Popular Panel Music Award 10 years in a row! Her single “DANCE”, a Pink Glove Records release, reached #2 on Europe’s Hi-Energy charts. She’s the singer on “Close To You”, co-written with Frank Harris for the Warner Brothers feature No Retreat, No Surrender starring Jean Claude Van Damme . She also sang and did ADR for Universal Pictures' At Play in the Fields of The Lord, starring John Lithglow, Katy Bates, and Tom Berenger. Recently she contributed 8 music tracks to Amazon feature animation film The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul.

MJ currently owns Mj Productions recording studio in Burbank , CA where she does voice overs, cast and directs voices and teaches voice overs.

MJ got her musical talent from her father, Aldo Lallo, who played bass and guitar on Henry Mancini’s soundtracks including Days Of Wine & Roses.

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Andrew Marino

Andrew Marino is a small, bearded creature who makes websites and photographs. He lives and works in North Carolina and co-founded Full Spectrum with Andrew Weathers in 2008.

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Tanner Menard

Tanner Menard was born on September 20th, 1978 – the same month that Brian Eno published his essay titled "Ambient Music". At the age of 11, Menard composed his first works for piano. For nearly 20 years he has composed and curated experimental sound works and installations both for electronic media and orchestral ensembles. In 2002, his world was permanently altered by his experience working with Naut Humon, the well known curator and then label owner of Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco. There Menard discovered the aesthetic world of ambient, experimental, and minimal electronica.

Tanner Menard's music is released on Install Records, Archaic Horizon Net Label, Friendly Virus Net Label, Kafua Records and will soon be released on Experimedia. His orchestral music has been published by Loose Filter Music. Menard's music has also appeared on the radio, on tv, in plays, at art galleries, and in major concert halls across the world. In 2005 Menard served as an artist in residence at Arizona State University where he collaborated with Jeph Jerman, Gary Hill, and Daniel Bernard Romain for his installation, "Envyronie". Menard is also known for a series of overnight "sleep concerts" in which Menard performed for 8 hours as the audience slept.

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Nathan McLaughlin

Hudson, NY resident Nathan McLaughlin explores sound with a focus on the stringed instruments and reel to reel. He views the reel to reel as not just a source of effect and texture, but as its own instrument. Focusing on the sounds of acoustic instruments as a companion to the reel to reel, studies are carried out on the philosophical idea of going to the center. He performs both as a solo artist and in collaborative settings with Cody Yantis (Tilth), Josh Mason, Joe Houpert (Loud & Sad) and Seth Chrisman.

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Nakatani/Nanna/Schoofs/Woods

At the end of August 2014, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, modular synthesist Jason Nanna, vocalist Amanda Schoofs, and bassist Peter J. Woods stepped on stage at the Borg Ward in Milwaukee and performed as a quartet for the first time. For some in the group, it was the first time meeting each other. The newly formed quartet moved to the studio the day after and then promptly disbanded that afternoon. They have not performed together since (and, for some in the group, have not even seen each other). Despite the brief lifespan of the ensemble, the recordings seem rooted in years of shared understanding. Brief, improvised compositions (as opposed to aimless meanderings) that hold onto a melancholic beauty emerge from Nakatani’s virtuosic performance, Woods’ melodic riffs, Schoof’s otherworldly vocal range, and Nanna’s one-man electronic orchestra. These songs feel like a fleeting glimpse into a moment that should have lasted for much longer, imbuing a certain sadness into the fossilized amber that draws the listener in. But there’s the rub of improvised music: ephemeral by nature, it always disappears. Luckily for this group, someone remembered to hit record.

Band photo by Wilhelm Matthies.

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Matt Northrup

Matt Northrup (b. 1990) is a resident of Durham, NC. He makes music utilizing an array of stomp-boxes. He was formerly a member of the bands Mutant League, Casual Curious and Whatever Brains.

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more eaze

more eaze is the project of composer/multi-instrumentalist Marcus M. Rubio. The project focuses on collage-based work and the destruction of song forms. Recordings and performances often feature a set of stylistically disparate pieces stitched together through complex tonal/timbral relationships that constantly challenge exactly what the music actually "is". For example, it's not uncommon to hear American primitive guitar, chopped and screwed r & b/rap, lush synth drones, and deconstructed pop melodies throughout the course of a more eaze album or even in just one song! In 2015, more eaze released 4 albums for Kendra Steiner Editions, Full Spectrum, and Already Dead Tapes. Rubio has also released music for a myriad of small labels under his own name and has had his compositions performed by the Soli Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and the Dogstar Orchestra.

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offthesky

Jason Corder (b. 1977) is a sonic spelunker, graphic designer, video artist, painter, and teacher in the art of sound. He has worked during the past 10 years to produce over 30 releases on various record labels from 12k.term to Zymogen.

He is constantly evolving his many musical projects: offthesky, color cassette, juxtaphona, and kinder scout. He spends his free time developing interactive installations, performing live audio/video, and collaborating with many artists from around the world. Jason grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and now resides in Denver.

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Jacob Peck

Jacob Peck (b. 1988) is a guitarist from Las Vegas, NV. He is currently based in Oakland, CA where he studied with Fred Frith & William Winant at Mills College. His music follows in the lineage of Sun Ra and Karlheinz Stockhausen. It’s Cosmic Spirit Music inspired and informed by Jazz, Jamming, Bird Song, Bach, Jerry, Jimi, and the reality of interwoven realms. His performances embody mystery in that they are alive with an improvisational essence of exploration, discovery, adventure and love.

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Eric Perreault

Eric Perreault (b. 1988) is a cellist. He currently lives and plays in Ithaca, NY. His musical projects embrace classical and experimental idioms, ranging from regional symphonies and chamber music to studio recording and improvisation. He teaches privately, with a physically oriented approach informed by studies in martial arts and somatic education methods such as Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Cello Performance from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro and Ithaca College, respectively.

*Photograph by Daryl Kessler

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promute

As promute, Shaun Sandor (b. 1973) has utilized broken circuits, a synthesizer, and home-made electronic boxes, and fused them with home-made acoustic counter parts in creating electro-acoustic music. Shaun has been earnestly recording and experimenting with unconventional sound since 1997.

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Radere

Radere is Carl Ritger, a sound artist currently working out of Boulder, CO. Inspired by the notions of stasis and chance, he has explored the fusion of acoustic sound sources and digital processing techniques since 2003, releasing works for a range of labels, including Moodgadget, basic_sounds, Futuresequence and Full Spectrum, among others.

Largely avoiding synthesis in favor of organic loops and live instrumentation, Ritger’s work blurs guitars, tape recordings and electronics into a densely textured wash of sound, burnished with carefully sculpted distortions and location recordings.

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Real Life Rock & Roll Band

The first gig that the Real Life Rock & Roll Band ever played, they were paid in gift cards. It has been uphill from there.

All four members of the Real Life Rock and Roll Band are also in the Andrew Weathers Ensemble but that group is totally different and doesn’t have uniforms.

The Real Life Rock and Roll Band’s sound combines elements of country music, krautrock, classical minimalism, emo, post rock, and experimental R&B into a unique yet natural synthesis.

Aaron Oppenheim is a computer nerd who didn't play bass before joining the band and has never been in a rock band before.

Scott Siler is a real percussionist and is a far better drummer than he needs to be for this band.

Blaine Todd looks like a real cool guy and rides a motorcycle and plays guitar, sometimes singing.

Andrew Weathers sings and plays guitar and puts out way too many solo records.

Together they will bring Real Life Rock and Roll to the people of the world.

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Rin Larping

Lindsay Smith (b. 1988) is a multi-instrumentalist currently living in Atlanta, Georgia. Under the pseudonym Rin Larping, she attempts to bridge the gap between aural and visual performance through the use of experimental guitar techniques, bass clarinet improvisation, and event-specific works. In her free time, she curates a fan zine about dogs.

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Sun Hammer

Jay Bodley (b.1980) approaches his work as Sun Hammer as a fusion of his interests in contemporary rap and r&b production, techno, plunderphonics, glitch, post-dubstep genres, process-based experimental music and other forms of dance music and electronic music. Over the course of his nearly two decades’ experience in electronic music he has become acquainted with a variety of computer-based composition techniques, the likes of which he is continually looking to innovate and discover anew.

He identifies as an Enneagram Type Five, a lover of sweets, and a very active person. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Wes Tirey

Wes Tirey (b. 1986) is an Ohio­-born, North Carolina­ based guitarist and songwriter. Tirey draws from both songwriting greats and the American Primitive tradition, from Kath Bloom to John Fahey. His recordings, generally made at home using lo­-fi equipment and techniques, have been released on Dying For Bad Music, Orange Milk, and now Full Spectrum.

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Blaine Todd

Blaine Todd (b. 1986) is a self-taught songwriter and improviser based in San Francisco. His solo work intersects minimalist and country music and deals with a variety of themes all of which are funneled into a more general investigation into the conflicting nature between objective and subjective realities. His work is deeply influenced by his studies in literature and an affinity for American experimentalism. His recorded work tends toward a lo-fi, bedroom-recorded sound with a focus on lyrical content and often features guitars, finger picked or played in any number of non-traditional ways, against a droning backdrop.

In addition to his solo work, he plays in Common Eider, King Eider; Ecstatic Music Band; and the Real Life Rock & Roll Band.

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Tree branch Twig

Tree branch Twig is the dystopian folk project of multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Keast. With a background in both art and music history, TbT blends not only the audial influences of drone, slave songs, and improvisation, but also attempts to transform the visual elements of collage by exploring the texture of sound, movement of shape, color of tone, and the weight of silence.

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Andrew Weathers

Andrew Weathers (b.1988) is a young American composer and improviser originally from Chapel Hill, NC currently based in Oakland, CA. His music exists in a space between improvisation and composition—equally influenced by the 20th century American minimalists and underground noise. He has a BM in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina—Greensboro, and an MFA in Electronic Music at Mills College.

Andrew performs rigorously in a variety of contexts, both composed and improvised. In addition to solo performances, he heads up the Andrew Weathers Ensemble and the Real Life Rock and Roll Band. He also performs and records regularly with Tethers, Parties, Talk More, and Common Eider, King Eider. In the past, he has performed with Kurvan Choir, Northern Valentine, Tatsuya Nakatani, Laurent Estoppey, and Hal McGee, among others. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Weathers helps run Full Spectrum Records, works at Other Minds, and works as a freelance mixing and mastering engineer.

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