Amy Alexander --- Graphic Designer
Amy Alexander has worked both independently and commercially in film, video, computer animation and interactive media. She currently teaches at California Institute of the Arts and has also taught at the University of Southern California. Amy received a B.A. from Rowan University and an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. Her personal work includes live action, abstract animation, and interactive installation. Her most recent work has been in Internet art, and she is currently exploring the integration of interactivity and temporal structures in works involving "found" internet objects. Projects have included "The Multi-Cultural Recycler," "plagiarist.org," "ants under a mushroom" and "unbroken pieces." Recent exhibitions include SIGGRAPH, Prix Ars Electronica, ISEA, New York Digital Salon, Steirischer Herbst, Sinking Creek, Anima Mundi, FIV International, and the Werkleitz Biennale.
Jesse Gilbert --- Project Director
A composer, multi-instrumentalist, computer programmer, and net audio specialist. Gilbert currently lives in Los Angeles, and has been making art on the Internet since 1997. Recent projects include work with shortwave transmissions, large-scale networked performances (with Helen Thorington), and experiments with electroencephalographic devices and video output (with Emily Hartzell and Nina Sobell, or ParkBench). He studied composition with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton at Wesleyan University, and is currently a Masters student in the Composition: New Media program at the California Institute of the Arts, working under Mark Trayle and Tom Erbe.
Nathaniel Hamon --- Graphic Designer
Nathaniel lives in San Francisco. For the past three years, he has been working as a graphic designer in the music field. This is his first graphic/music/internet project.
Steev Hise --- Internet Engineer
Currently based in San Francisco, Steev Hise has been making experimental music, performance art, and video since approximately 1990. At California Institute of the Arts he studied composition with Morton Subotnick and Wadada Leo Smith, sound design with Tom Erbe, and critical theory with Dick Hebdige. He has performed across North America. His work centers around appropriation and recontextualization of pre-existing culture, in other words, making new art from the old. Steev's recordings appear on several Viral Communications releases and on the Illegal Art compilation _Deconstructing Beck_.
Steev is coordinating the San Francisco broadcast site out of his own home, which is part of the Church of the Immaculate Connection, a bandwidth cooperative.
Matt Ingalls --- Ensemble Member
a clarinetist/composer/computer music artist based in oakland, california. he is currently most active with improvised music in various solo, group, and electronic settings- performing with such bay area musicians as morgan guberman, tim perkis, dan plonsey, gino robair, scott rosenberg, john shiurba, andrew voigt, and matt's own "virtual" improviser: "c.l.a.i.r.e." he can be heard on apraxia, limited sedition, seamus, superj, tmea, and various self-created labels. he has performed at the seattle improvised music festival, the monterey rock and art festival, and oakland's east bay creative music festival, in which he is co-organizer.
as an active performer of new music, matt has premiered over 50 compositions, many of which are unaccompanied solo pieces dedicated and written specifically for his unique performance style.
matt's compositions have been performed in the united states and abroad, receiving many awards and recognitions including: 1st finalist in the 1994 bourges electro-acoustic puy (humor) competition; the 1996 ascap/seamus commission and recording prize; new langton art's "1997 bay area award" for musical performance and composition in the san francisco bay area; and an a. h. miller award for excellence in musical composition (1998)
matt holds a bachelor of music from the university of texas at austin and a masters of arts from mills college. he has studied with chris brown, alvin curran, karl korte, george lewis, russell pinkston, and dan welcher he received many scholarships and awards during his education, including an election to the "who's who among students in american universities & colleges (1996-1997)." most recently, matt has been visiting professor of music at dartmouth college.
Melanie Knight-Smith --- Internet Engineer
A computer engineer working for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She collaborates currently with Lindsay Vickery and is undertaking a Masters in broadcasting technology. She has a love of music and enjoys playing jazz and classical violin. Melanie resides in Perth, Western Australia.
Tim Kreger --- Ensemble Member
A composer and performer of electroacoustic and computer music. He holds a Bachelor of Music(composition) degree from the Canberra School of Music(Composition Studies with Larry Sitsky and David Worrall). Apart from his own work he has collaborated with a variety of video artists, computer animators, dancers, electroacoustic ensembles and other computer musicians throughout Australia. He recieved the 1990 Harold Wesley Allen award for composition as well as a Highest Award for the collaborative work Bifurcate at the Contours of the Mind exhibition in 1994. He is currently Lecturer in Computer Music at The Australian Centre for the Arts and Technology, Institute of the Arts, Australian National University.
Marlene Nutall --- Graphic Designer
Marlene Nuttall started in the graphics field two years ago at Anatomical Travelogue Inc. She currently works for 3D Media Solutions, producing 3D lenticulars and designing in depth-floor graphics. To further pursue her interest in graphic design, she attends the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Yasuhiro Otani --- Ensemble Member
Yasuhiro Onati is an accomplished performer who has been working in the field of new music for the past two decades. He has just returned to Japan from an extended solo tour in the US. Mr. Onati has released nine albums in the past five years and has collaborated with musicians and artists all over the world. For more information see http://member.nifty.ne.jp/yotani/
Matt Rogalsky --- Ensemble Member
An intermedia artist working in the area of live electronic performance and installation, with a focus on responsive and algorithmic computer-controlled sound. His work frequently incorporates video and other light elements.
Rogalsky was born in 1966 in Nigeria, and grew up in Canada, Malaysia and Kenya. He studied electroacoustic music composition at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, with Martin Bartlett, Barry Truax, George Lewis and Pauline Oliveros, and at Wesleyan University with Ron Kuivila and Alvin Lucier. He was an archival assistant to David Tudor and has been active documenting and performing new versions of Tudor's works.
Since 1995 Rogalsky has been based in Cambridge England.
Scott Rosenberg --- Musical Director
A composer/multi-reed player who, after a year of traveling and playing in Europe, has returned home to the Bay Area where his "dedication to provocation and scene solidarity places him at the forefront of the current wave" of Bay Area musicians (SF Weekly). As an instrumentalist, Rosenberg's combination of experimentation, improvisation, and non-traditional performance contexts have earned him recognition as "a key player in the thriving improv and new-music scenes" (SF Bay Guardian).
Conceiving of every concert as a unique event has led Rosenberg into a wide variety of performance contexts over the past several years, ranging from large multi-disciplinary collaborations to solo instrument performances on tenor and sopranino saxophones and contrabass clarinet.
Recent projects include: the debut recording of Bubble and Squeak (with Gino Robair and John Shiurba) on Limited Sedition Records: a multi-disciplinary performance for the Ars Electronica festival in collaboration with visual and text artists, which was broadcast live on Austrian radio and the internet; a recording of new orchestral work; and concerts in New York and San Francisco.
Since 1994, Rosenberg has performed bi-coastally at such renowned venues as The Knitting Factory, The Monterey Pop and Rock Festival, and Yoshi's Nightspot, with the likes of Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne, Glenn Spearman, Dan Plonsey, Gino Robair, Chris Brown, Luc Hautkamp, Ralph Carney, Marco Eneidi, Maggi Payne, Tim Perkis and many others.
John Shiurba --- Ensemble Member
Guitarist John Shiurba is a composer and improviser whose musical pursuits have spanned several primary areas-- open improvisation, art-rock, and noise. Since 1986 he has co-led the Bay Area band Eskimo, whose amalgam of funk, jazz and complex post-Beefheart rock has received both critical and popular acclaim. He has also led the monster-metal art rock group Ebola Soup since 1993, and has toured the US and Europe as bassist with the noise/rock/improv trio the Molecules.
As an improvising guitarist, Shiurba has developed a unique and personalized approach to the instrument. Through the use of extended techniques and unusual preparations, he expands the traditional sound range of the instrument, producing stunning, often unrecognizable results. He has played with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Eugene Chadbourne, Marc Ribot and Peter Van Bergen, as well as many of the finest West Coast improvisers-- Gino Robair, Dan Plonsey, Carla Kihlstedt, Myles Boisen, Tim Perkis, and Matthew Sperry to name a few. In 1998 Shiurba formed the improvised music label Limited Sedition, which has released 9 CDs documenting the diverse and lively Bay Area improvised music scene.
Aram Sinnreich --- Ensemble Member
A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and author from New York City. He has studied a diverse range of musical idioms including jazz, western art music, Ghanaian traditional music and American folk and blues at Wesleyan University and at the Mannes School of Music in New York.
Sinnreich plays fretless bass with Brave New Girl, a pop fusion ensemble which he co-founded with Dunia Best, Todd Nocera, and Jesse Gilbert, and has appeared in numerous blues, jazz and theatrical events. He has been involved in Internet-based art and performance since 1996, and has participated in such projects as Plug.In, a conference devoted to the marriage of commercial music and new media, and ParkBench, an Internet-based audiovisual performance collective.
Atau Tanaka --- Ensemble Member
Born in Tokyo and raised in the U.S. His early formation came from contact with Ivan Tcherepnin and John Cage. Tanaka lived in Paris from 1992-1997, in residency at IRCAM (Centre Pompidou), STEIM (Amterdam) and V2 (Rotterdam). He realized an installation with Fred Frith in 1994. In 1995 he became Artistic Ambassador for Apple France.
Tanaka has worked with biosignals and networks as musical instruments and for sound/image performances. His trio Sensorband is a performance ensemble of sensor-instrumentalists. He is currently conducting research on network music, for his performances and as part of the Audio Engineering Society's (AES) Network Audio Technical Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors of ISEA (Inter-Society of Electronic Art).
In 1997 Atau moved to Tokyo on a commission from NTT-ICC. He remains active in Europe and Canada in performance and installation work. He has a CD upcoming on Caipirinha Music.
Lindsay Vickery --- Ensemble Member
Lindsay Vickery is active as a composer and performer across Europe, the USA and Asia. Vickery's music includes works for acoustic and electronic instruments in interactive-electronic, improvised or fully notated settings, ranging from solo pieces to opera. Vickery is also a highly regarded performer on reed instruments and electronics, touring as a soloist and with ensembles throughout the world. Vickery has been commissioned by numerous groups described as 'truly an original voice and his work is one of sustained intensity that resonates in the mind long after the performance is over' and a 'master of technological wizardry' The Australian and always intriguing ' The Wire. He was a founding member of Alea New Music Ensemble (1987-92), Magnetic Pig (1992-), GRIT (2001-), US-based multimedia group SQUINT (2002-) and most recently HEDKIKR (2002-) and has been a visiting artist at STEIM (NLD), HarvestWorks (NY), the MATA festival (NY), CEMI (U of NorthernTexas), University of Illinois, Kyoto Seika University, San Diego State University, the DC International Dance and Improv Festival and RPI (Troy). He is a lecturer at the WAAPA@ECU in Perth, holds an M.Mus degree from the University of Western Australia and is currently completing a PhD at the Queensland University of echnology. More Info: http://lindsayvickery.com
Willow Williamson --- Ensemble Member
Willow F. Williamson is a composer, pianist, singer, and installation artist. She has collaborated with dancers, visual artists and other musicians including Mr. Meridies, Danielle DeGruttola, Akari Miki, and Chimaera Physical Theater. This past year she performed in the Santa Fe International Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music, and the Assos Dance Festivali in Assos, Turkey. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Mills College in 1996 where she studied with Maggi Payne, Chris Brown, and John Bischoff. She is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music from California Institute of the Arts where she is a student of David Rosenboom, Mark Trayle, and Sara Roberts
Pamela Z --- Ensemble Member
Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and audio artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, and sampling technology. In performance, she creates layered works combining operatic bel canto and experimental extended vocal techniques with a battery of digital delays, found percussion objects, and sampled sounds triggered with a MIDI controller called The BodySynth (which allows her to manipulate sound with physical gestures.) She has done solo performances in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1984 and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including the "Bang on a Can" festival at Lincoln Center in New York (1996), the Interlink Festival in Japan (1996), SoundCulture (1996 San Francisco, 1999 Auckland NZ), and Pina Bausch's 25th Anniversary Festival in Wuppertal, Germany (1998). Ms. Z has composed, recorded and performed original scores for choreographers and for film and video artists, and has done live and recorded vocal work for other composers (including Charles Amirkhanian, Henry Brant, and Donald Swearingen.) She has created a number of commissioned audio pieces for New American Radio, including "Parts of Speech" a work which also exists as a large-scale, interdisciplinary solo performance complete with multi-image projections and video. Pamela Z has been a recipient of numerous award and fellowships including the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts and the McKnight Visiting Artist Fellowship. She is currently in Japan for a residency she has been awarded by the NEA and the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission. She holds a music degree (1978) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. For more information about Pamela Z please visit: http://www.sirius.com/~pamelaz.