ARTIFACT ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES
JOHN BISCHOFF has been creating electronic music both for solo performer and in experimental computer bands since 1973. He has performed extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, at New Music America festivals in 1981 and 1989, and in Europe, including the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Fylkingenin Stockholm, and the Academie der Knste in Berlin. He was a founding member of The League of Automatic Music Composers, the first computer network band, and co-authored an article on the League's music that appears in "Foundations of Computer Music", MIT Press (1985). His music has been released on Lovely Music, Rastascan, and Artifact Recordings. Mr. Bischoff currently works as Studios Coordinator at the Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College, in Oakland, California.
CHRIS BROWN composes live electro-acoustic music using new instruments which he designs and builds. Among these is an electronic sound processor with acoustically activated computer controls. He has had commissions for interactive works from the Rova Saxophone Quartet and the Berkeley Symphony, and in 1992 he premiered the evening length piece "Lava" for eight instruments, interactive electronics, and quadraphonic sound. He also performs as a pianist with the improvisational ensembles "Room" and the"Glenn Spearman Double Trio". His music is recorded on Artifact Recordings, Sound Aspects, and Music & Arts, and he also appears on Black Saint and Elektra/Nonesuch labels. He is Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Oakland.
Doug Carroll extends the cello's sound using acoustic preparations and electronic signal processing. He also utilizes a MIDIcello interface to play digital samples.
Alvin Curran makes music, with all means, anywhere and for any occasion. From rarified string quartets to blaring ship horn concerts to Holocaust memorial installations; from Midi-Grands to computerized ram's horns_these are his natural laboratories. He is a co-founder of the radical collective MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA. Among his best-known compositions are Songs and Views from the Magnetic Garden and Canti Illuminati for natural sounds, voice, keyboards; the large-scale environmental works Maritime Rites, Waterworks, and Notes from Underground; and pieces using radio as a geographical music instrument, A Piece for Peace and Crystal Psalms. His recent recordings are: Crystal Psalms (New Albion), Schtyx and Vstos (CRI), and The Magnetic Gardens (Catalylst/BVMG).
SCOT GRESHAM-LANCASTER (born 1954) has been active in electronic and computer music for the last 21 years as a composer, performer, and instrument designer. He has toured and recorded as a soloist and with the electro-acoustical ensemble Room, Alvin Curran, ROVA saxophone quartet, and The Club Foot Orchestra. The Raskin/ Gresham-Lancaster Duo Project involves the interaction of live performance with interactive computer software programs to create atmospheres of immediacy previously unattainable. He is working on the sonification of digital elevation models in the piece Terrain Broadcast with Bill Thibault. He is technical advisor for David Cope on the Plieades Project, an attempt to build and do research in SETI using a 140 meter Galilaen feed radio telescope, that would also be a large scale musical instrument. He is currently a lecturer in Computer Music at California State University, Hayward.
Ron Heglin is a trombonist and vocalist working in extended techniques on the trombone and developing fictitious spoken and sung languages.
Tom Nunn designs, builds and performs with original musical instruments/sound sculptures. His instruments are built from wood, sheet metal, strings, combs, sandpaper and metal rods, and are electrically amplified and processed.
TIM PERKIS has been working in the medium of live electronic and computer music for many years, performing and recording extensively in North America and Europe. His work has largely been concerned with using computer media to explore the emergence of life-like qualities in complex systems of interaction. He has performed at such venues as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Apollohouse and The Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands, Fylkingen in Stockholm and the Academie der Knste in Berlin. His occasional critical writings have been published in The Computer Music Journal and Leonardo. In 1993 he was composer-in-residence at Mills College in Oakland California, and in 1994 received a residency from Xerox PARC.
LARRY POLANSKY NIY
BRIAN REINBOLT NIY (from It's Not That Simple cd(jh)) Brian Reinbolt is currently spending his time composing and working in the San Francisco Bay Area as a computer geek. In what seems a past life, he studied Piano Performance, Physics and Math at Florida State University and Electronic Music at the Center for Contemporary Music in Oakland. He has given performances around the country, including San Francisco, New York, Montreal and Washington D.C.
PHIL STONE studied experimental music at Wesleyan University and Mills College. He has written several professional music software packages for Passport Designs and worked for NASA as a software engineer. He currently designs interactive exhibits for the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has programmed and constructed a one-of-a-kind electronic music hardware/software instrument called the "Axe-Thing", which he uses for many Hub pieces, as well as for live performance of his compositions for the Laura Pawel Dance Company of New York.
JAMES TENNEY NIY
MARK TRAYLE was born in California in 1955. He attended the University of Oregon and Mills College, studying composition with Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and David Rosenboom. Trayle has performed in a variety of venues in the U.S. and Europe, including New Langton Arts and The Lab in San Francisco, Experimental Intermedia Foundation and Roulette in New York City, and the Centro d'Arte in Padova, Italy. He was a featured performer at New Music America '89, New Music Across America 1992, and at the recent"Cybersonics" series at The Kitchen. He has been an artist-in-residence at Mills College, STEIM (Amsterdam), and most recently The Lab (San Francisco). He created the soundtrack for 'Menagerie', a virtual reality installation recently shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His music has appeared on the Elektra/Nonesuch compilation "Imaginary Landscapes", and with The Hub on their debut CD on Artifact Recordings.
WILLIAM WINANT, percussionist has worked with such composers as John Cage, Pierre Boulez, Lou Harrison, Pauline Oliveros, James Tenney, and Iannis Xenakis, and has premiered electro-acoustic works by Gordon Mumma, David Rosenboom, and Alvin Lucier. He has performed with the Kronos String Quartet, the San Francisco Symphony, Steve Reich and Musicians, and Oingo Boingo, and is currently a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He teaches percussion at the University of California/Santa Cruz and Berkeley, and at Mills College in Oakland.