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.


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.


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.


Kevin Corcoran

Kevin Corcoran (b. 1984 Sacramento, California) works with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of art, music, ecology, and communication.

As a percussionist he is most interested in techniques which extend the sonic possibilities of the instrument emphasizing textural sound, friction, sympathetic vibration, sustained tones and the use of found objects where emphasis is placed on freely arranging sonic events in duration rather than marking time by rhythm.

He works also with environmental recordings, collecting sounds in natural and built surroundings through observing and interacting with sites, and with electronic sound through feedback systems, computer software and cassette tapes.

Currently based in San Francisco, California, he has performed in the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan with projects both improvised and composed and collaborates with artists working in various disciplines.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Gretchen Jude

Performer/composer Gretchen Jude hails from the wild state of Idaho (USA), and spent decades in Tokyo and Oakland before relocating to Oahu. Improvisatory interaction with the immediate environment forms the core of Jude’s sonic practice, which aims to synthesize and harmonize embodied experience with ongoing rapid changes in global cultures and technologies. As an artist, Jude explores the liminal spaces between natural and artificial, tradition and experimentation, self and other, while wandering various borderlands of contemporary experience.

Jude has studied a variety of performance practices and holds an M.F.A. in Electronic Music/Recording Media from Mills College and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from University of California, Davis, along with certifications from Sawai Koto Institute in Tokyo and the Deep Listening Institute.


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.



Lavatone is an abstract ambient project founded in 1994 by Drew Holder using a 4-track cassette recorder, microphone, and effects processor to create otherworldly atmospheres. Lavatone's self-titled debut, nicknamed Stoneface, was compiled and duplicated onto 30 cassettes and distributed to family and friends.

Holder opened his recording studio in 1999 in his home of Amarillo, TX and has performed in numerous local bands as a drummer/percussionist. Lavatone has self-released several albums focused on ambient, dark ambient, noise and psychedelic textures. Holder uses drones, percussion, found sound and field recordings to create Lavatone’s unique soundscapes. Today, Drew uses his studio exclusively to produce Lavatone and other experimental music interests.


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.


tanner menard

tanner menard is a poet and composer whose current work embodies their Metis, Indigenous and French lineage. Poems are their method of survival, a linguistic medicine of ambiguity which is certain that love prevails. Their poetry is the DNA of their hybridity, a double helix of gender and identity. As a composer of experimental music, menard has been published and anthologized in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan on labels and netlabels such as Full Spectrum Records, Rural Colours, Tokyo Droning, Install, Slow Flow Rec, H.L.M., Archaic Horizon, Kafua Records and Milieu Music. menard’s poetry has been published in The Squawkback, Rabbit and Rose, Cloudthroat and The Mockingheart Review online journals & in Red Ink Magazine. Their poem ‘see eye my memory my’ was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Cloudthroat online journal. They recently served as the Snake Band Tribal Councilperson for the Atakapa-Ishak Nation of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas.


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.



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.


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.


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 their own name and has had their compositions performed by the Soli Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and the Dogstar Orchestra.



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.


Jacob Pek

Jacob Pek (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.


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



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.



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.


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.


Rin Larping

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


Shanna Sordahl

Shanna Sordahl is an American-Canadian composer, performer, and sound artist based in Oakland, CA. She uses analog and digital electronics with amplified cello as well as installation art as her primary mediums. With a coy approach to traditional melody and rhythm, Shanna emphasizes timbral shifts, the resonant body of objects, and the re-contextualization of sound through the use of unconventional playing techniques, feedback, and audience immersion. Shanna strives to create sonic and physical spaces that induce a focused state of awareness, where one is encouraged to reflect on or reconsider their relationship to sound, people, spaces, and ultimately, ideas. She believes in the power of transformation and draws direct connections between music and her interests in inclusive/supportive/self-sufficient communities, natural building, social justice, and a general DIY lifestyle.


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.


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.


Blaine Todd

Blaine Todd is a songwriter and improviser from California. His solo work assimilates American traditions of experimentalism, folk, blues, and country music with an emphasis on lyrical content and homespun atmospherics.

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


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.


Andrew Weathers

Andrew Weathers (b.1988) is a composer and improviser originally from Chapel Hill, NC currently based in Littlefield, TX. His music engages with notions of place, tradition, repetition, and spirit. He studied composition at UNC-Greensboro and electronic music at Mills College in Oakland, CA.

A consistent presence in the underground music scene over the past decade, Andrew's work covers a wide spectrum from solo acoustic guitar to the utopic future folk of Andrew Weathers Ensemble. He also performs and records regularly with Tethers, Real Life Rock & Roll Band, Satin Spar, and Common Eider, King Eider, among others. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Weathers helps run Full Spectrum Records and Other Minds Records, and works as a freelance mixing and mastering engineer.


Noah Antony Widoff

Noah Antony Widoff was raised by a family religiously devoted to music. As a youngster he practiced the piano to be allowed to watch television.

His early career was spent in the music technology field designing, developing, testing and demonstrating “interactive algorithmic composition software” for Joel Chadabe’s and David Zicarelli’s Intelligent Computer Music Systems, Inc. He went on to consult in a technical capacity for U2’s Zoo TV and POPMart tours, programmed synthesizers for David Bowie, and devised technical tricks for The Frank Zappa Band, Bill Bruford and others.

Widoff produced and mixed most of the Brazilian band Zabomba’s 2013 CD release “Vivendo de Truque” and has performed or recorded with various artists running the gamut of musical expression: Sol Seppy, Bill Dixon, David Torn, Hotei Tomoyasu, Gail Ann Dorsey, Jonathan Bepler, Stoney Clove Lane, Bunny Brains, Drugs, Doug Ryan & Sons of Fortune.

Widoff was a key member of several bands including Memorial Garage & Peck Slip. His 2003 solo project “Weak” is reportedly admired in a few esthetically-rarified circles but was mostly ignored by critics and listeners alike. His new project “Mayor of Oblivion” is in the process of becoming available to subscribers on Patreon.

Along with a lifetime of philosophical interests he has also developed his own method of natal chart readings.