C O N T R I B U T O R S
Thanos Chrysakis was born in Athens in 1971. He is currently living and working in London. Even if his main interests are music & sound, writing poetry and image making are also—on equal footing—practiced by him.
David Hahn composes music for concert performance, dance, theater, spoken-word, television, and film scores. He creates diverse styles of music ranging from the experimental sounds of a quartet of electronically-processed guitars played by himself to chamber music featuring traditional instruments and voices. He is a co-founder of the Boston Renaissance Ensemble which performed widely in the US and Europe and received the Noah Greenberg Award for "excellence in the performance of Early Music" from the American Musicological Society. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Soros Foundation, Seattle's Artist Trust and the Jack Straw Foundation. Aside from the US, his music has recently been performed in Canada, Chile, Turkey, Croatia, France, Germany and Cyprus. His recently completed Concerto alla Barocco for 4 guitars and strings, commissioned by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, was premiered by the Owensboro Symphony in November 2003. Among other scheduled performances, the piece will be performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in March 2004. [website]
Matthew Henning is a native of Quincy, Illinois. He has worked at Bilous-DiBucci Music in New York and as an arranger/orchestrator for Walt Disney Attractions, Inc. Matthew's commercial projects have earned him two Emmy nominations, a Gabriel Award, and a Telly Award. He is also an active performer, and can be heard in Broadway and off-Broadway shows, concert events, and area churches. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner David.
John Hudak has been interested in sound and music from the age of four when he began to play a variety of instruments. At the University of Delaware and Naropa Institute for the Arts, he studied video, photography, creative writing and dance. He then began to create taped soundtracks for his solo performance art pieces. In recent years, he has concentrated on sound, particularly natural sounds. Hudak's current sound work focuses on the minimalism and repetition of sounds below the usual threshold of hearing, sounds that are filtered out or considered non-musical. These sounds are recorded, deconstructed and processed, their rhythms and textures being the basis for aural manipulations.
David Jaggard is an American composer and humorist who lives in France. His compositions have been recorded on the Sonic Circuits, New Albion and Music and Arts labels, and he is a regular contributor to the humor website The Big Jewel. His own website, Quorum of One, features both his humor articles and MP3 files of what one might call his lighter compositions. His piano piece, "Elastic Tango," has been choreographed by Tere O'Connor and is currently being featured on the "Solos with Piano or Not" tour by Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Tim Joyce is a musician and sound artist living in Chicago, Illinois. He has been fascinated with sound since he first put his ear to the floorboard in the way back of the family suburban. He spends most days working at The Old Town School of Folk Music. Most nights he busies himself recording music and sound, soldering wires, imagining impossible instruments to build and playing quiet songs with The Lesser Birds of Paradise. Past collaborations with other artists and musicians have been performed and exhibited at Zolla/Leiberman Gallery in Chicago and other slightly smokier venues around the U.S.
Georgina Lewis is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in sound, sculpture, and video. Her work has been presented at a variety of venues, including the University of Toledo, the Visual Studies Workshop, and, most recently, Georgia State University. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Sound/Music Department at Bard College, where she is working on three separate projects about birds and communication. She now lives in Boston, MA. Growing up she split her time between Lancaster, PA and Liscombe Mills, Nova Scotia. [email]
John Mallia is a composer/sound artist whose recent work includes multimedia installations, electro-acoustic sound projections, and sound sculpture. He was recently composer-in-residence at the studios of the Institut de Musique Electro-acoustique de Bourges, France. He lives and works in Boston, where he teaches at Northeastern University. He has taught electro-acoustic music and sound art at College of the Holy Cross, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Tufts University, Clark University, Franklin Pierce College, and Brandeis University.
Maru is a sound artist living in Germany. [website]
Jason Nelson is an enigma. [website]
Lindsay Packer recently received an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Grant in Installation Art for her project Site-Specific: Substance, Intention and Meaning of Ephemeral Imagery in India and will be living in India during the next academic year. See her poem in DIAGRAM 3.3.
Giuseppe Rapisarda's compositions—recorded and published by Ars Publica, IMVB, Suvini Zerboni, Art Sheffield, CEC—have received honors and/or have been performed at many festivals and symposia internationally. At present he teaches Musical Informatics at Istituto Musicale in Modica and Istituto Musicale "Pietro Vinci" in Caltagirone (Italy).
Joe Reinsel has composed digital audio-visual works of art that have been shown and performed in England, Scotland, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Baltimore, and other venues on the east coast. Reinsel's pieces involve live improvised audio and video (MAX/MSP/Jitter, NATO) using selected samples taken from field recordings. His last few compositions have been personal reflections on the precariousness of nature. Along with his own creative work he has collaborated with Jin Hi Kim, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Leroy Jenkins, Mary Griffin, McLean Mix, Johns Hopkins Symphony, Elizabeth Streb, and Ralf Nunn. He is Digital Audio Specialist at the Brown Foundation Digital Media Center at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches workshops in digital media.
Janek Schaefer was born in middle England to Polish and Canadian parents in 1970. After preparing sound collages as a boy, Janek's musical career was fractured in his teens when, as head chorister at school, his voice broke. A decade later, while studying architecture at the Royal College of Art, the fragmented noises of a sound activated tape recorder travelling overnight through the British postal system were to re-establish his audio career. That work, titled 'Recorded Delivery,' was made for an exhibition with one time postman Brian Eno. Since then the nature of sound has been his primary area of exploration, resulting in many releases, installations and soundtracks for exhibitions, and most notably performances involving his self built/invented 'Twin' and 'Tri-phonic' turntable [which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the 'World's Most Versatile Record Player']. Using hybrid analogue and digital techniques to manipulate field recordings with live modified vinyl and found sound in a 'Concrete ruffian style' [The Wire 1998], his most recent work has been examining the role of vinyl as a compositional tool with the 'Skate' LP/installation 'Wow' 7" and the 'On/Off LP'. His studio album, Above Buildings, was released on Fat Cat to considerable praise, [The Guardian newspaper CD of the week]. He formed 'Comae,' the improvisational electro-acoustic duo with Robert Hampson [MAIN] in 1999, with new collaborations due for release soon with Philip Jeck, Rothko, and Gino Zardo [an NY photographer]. Janek runs his own label [audiOh!Recordings] and [website] as well as releasing work with Sub Rosa, Hot Air, Staalplaat, Sirr.ecords, Rhiz, and Diskono. He now operates as a full time sound artist/composer/musician from the audiOh!Room in London.
Brian Schorn was born in Alpena, Michigan, in 1961. His improvisations and graphic scores of electronic and computer music have been performed nationally and internationally, including the Literature Sound Barrier Festival in Vienna, Austria, and Pulse Field: International Exhibition of Sound Art in Atlanta, Georgia. A full-length CD of text-sound compositions is forthcoming on the Softpalate label. Currently, Schorn is also exploring digital video, performance art, and sound sculpture. He teaches in the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.
David Snow is a composer, sound designer, and audio preservation/restoration engineer who lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Robby Zar is about as playful with music as he is with his artist bio, freeform freestyle here goes: born 1979, highlights include crawling backwards, singing backwards, eating backwards, and never using good posture. Music, sci-fi, words and high-pitched screeches are all a part of his repertoire, which is hopefully ever-expanding as he buys new computers, chem-sniffers, and lung-implants. [email]