Upcoming Events:

 December 3rd Brian John McBrearty, Inception and The Time Merchant

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bjm.jpgBrian John McBrearty is a Philadelphia-based guitarist and composer. Brian's music combines American primitive guitar style with ambient textures, minimalist composition techniques and elements of drone and psychedelia. A graduate of New York University’s renowned jazz program, Brian released his debut album as a solo artist, Things I Recall, in Summer 2015. Brian recorded Things I Recall in his South Philadelphia home using two microphones, a 1965 Fender Mustang and a 1970s Japanese-made Martin knockoff, and the result is a meditative, hypnotic, melodic collection of guitar orchestrations of cinematic scope that recall the work of John Fahey, David Pajo’s Papa M project, and Sonny Sharrock.

 

 

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Inception - The starting vibration and continued exploration of sound,syncopation and groove. Imagined dimensions and hues of pitch and landscapes. A trio made of Matthew Lo Re -Guitar , Steve Testa - Bass , John Testa - Drums

 

 

 

 

 

TiMerLogo.jpgThe Time Merchant - With over 50 albums, the ever prolific Time Merchant is on a constant quest to explore sound. The first album appeared in 1994. Little else is known as The Time Merchant tends to keep out of the public eye, preferring instead to hide away in the recording studio (the wave chamber), working methodically to create the next sound world. Works have explored several genres, including: experimental, dark ambient, atmospheric. pure electronic, and various combinations.

 


 

Past Events:

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November 11th Michael Rabito, Rosie Langabeer and It's Not Night...It's Space

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for many years now. He started taking the electric guitar seriously when he was eleven and was playing out professionally by the time he left for college with his band in Vermont.  After a move to Boston the bringing together of the free flow of improvisation and the rigidity of structure increased as he played with a group of Berklee College of Music musicians for about five years. During this time his interest in loops, synthesizers and keyboards began to grow and helped to fuse space, harmony, action and dissonance. This has all culminated with his latest project back in the Princeton area called Manifested; A progressive fusion of funk, rock, dance and ambient music that has brought the group to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and many points between within their first year. They can be heard here with more information at their facebook page. Michael also performs interactive ambient space music with local visual artist Ted Klett. They will be preforming at Art All Night on June 15th -16th and can be heard at on the AutonomicDrone soundcloud page.

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Rosie Langabeer - Hailed by the New York Times for her ability to time bend, Rosie Langabeer’s sound is more like a transnational emporium of amusements, than music. Using electronic and acoustic instruments ingredients of exotica, science fiction, free jazz and an evolving cast of superfluities combine, resulting in something elusively familiar “…a suspended, surreal condition.” NY Times. A regular composer for theatre and dance companies, Langabeer has performed throughout New Zealand and the US and also in Sri Lanka, Japan, Mexico, France and Great Britain, recent festival appearances include Baltimore’s High Zero Festival (2016), Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, (MA, 2016), Borderline Festival, (Auckland, 2016), Joyce Theater Ballet Festival (NY, 2015). Collaborators include Neil Feather, BalletX, Maiko Matsushima, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Andrew Mars/Settled Arrows, Kate Porter, Jeff Henderson and Chris O’Connor.

It’s Not Night: It’s Space - Formed in the Winter of 2010, It's Not Night: It's Space has beeninnis.jpgpushing boundaries ever since. Always instrumental,INN:IS delve into heavy psych territory as a traditional power trio should, but they apply a more narrative songwriting style that is often associated with post-rock. The result is long-form sonic journeys that invite the listener to get in touch with their place among inner and outer space. Their latest manifestation, an LP titled "Our Birth Is But A Sleep & A Forgetting," was released in June 2016 on Small Stone Records. The desire to keep moving further has allowed for electronic instruments to start trickling in: synths and samplers are poised to move from the background to the foreground as INN:IS follow the trail into the great beyond.

 

 


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November 15th Chuck van Zyl, Nocturne Blue and Centrozoon

Chuck van Zyl - Best known as host of Stars End (WXPN's renowned radio program ofchuckvanzyl2014gatherings.jpg spacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings(Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983. Over the course of his musical existence Chuck van Zyl has developed a signature exploratory style. By blending the primitive machine beauty of classics like "Ricochet" with the highly formed values of more recent groups such as Redshift and Arc, his solo studio works are the result of a persistent creativity. With a solid melodic invention, atmospheric modulations and heroic shifts in tonality, van Zyl masterfully realizes the fascinating patterns, riffs and pulses that dominate his live concerts. As the music forms, climbs and sustains, listeners are pulled into a highly distinctive mindscape. Tone patterns weave and collide as go-for-broke keyboard lead lines dance high above - while synthetic strings draw long lines across a cool digital plane. Chuck van Zyl is at home in this endlessly inventive genre, offering ample muscle for the adventurous, archaic modulations for the experimentalist and dreamy floating space for the cloudwalker.

centrozoon_2016-small.jpgCentrozoon is a trio that is interested in the creation of music in experimental settings. it has existed in several forms for more than fifteen years. current members are Bernhard Wöstheinrich (synthesizers, electronics), Markus Reuter (guitars, electronics) and Tobias Reber (electronics).

From the beginning of Centrozoon, the group has had an interest in "experimental" music not only in improvised sound experiments but also in the improvisation of form and structure - improvisation beyond the individual sounding moment. Music as an exploration of possibilities and extremes, playing with boundaries.

Ironically, the group's most widely acclaimed work has been its live and studio collaboration with singer Tim Bowness (No-Man), a modern pop project that was an exception to the band's usual approach. In its regular, less accessible work, the projects fearlessness in combination with its trademark deadpan humour has usually provoked very strong emotional reactions and reviews, and led to controversial discussion among electronic music lovers.

The music featured on the group's album releases include the electronica soundscapes of "blast" (2000), the disturbing free-form mayhem of "the cult of: bibbiboo" (2002), "angel liquor" (2006) or  the reduced chamber electronics of "lovefield" (2007).  2012 sees the release of "boner", another dive into unexplored territory and impossible combinations of references, where dozens of hours of music are distilled into an endlessly deep texture of frightening as well as captivating moods.

Centrozoon has played concerts and appeared live on air in the USA, UK, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Notable appearances include concerts at the Ars Electronica 2004 Festival (Linz, A), Virtual Arts Day (Helsinki, SF) and a UK Tour including performances at Burning Shed Nights (Norwich, UK).

"Humour is not permitted." - Robert Fripp

Bernhard and Markus will go into a retrospective mode for this tour, mixing their space music and experimental electronica in varying ratios, depending on the nature of the context their are performing in. Having started to perform together in 1996, this series of concert is a personal celebration of a long-term artistic collaboration.
Centrozoon is currently mostly working as a trio with Swiss member Tobias Reber, who unfortunately is not able to join us on this tour. You can see and hear the trio in action in this preview for the upcoming "Hununpenti" DVD and CD release:
Nocturne Blue - Nocturne Blue is Dutch Rall's audio/visual project incorporating elements of nocturneblue-smail.jpg Post-Rock, Trip-Hop, Dream Pop, and Frippertronics with major contributions from German composer Markus Reuter using the U8 Touch Guitar. Dutch Rall is a producer, director, cinematographer, editor and musician. He is a 3-time Emmy-winner whose work for PBS has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dutch has traveled the world as the visual and musical director of a project for filmmaker David Lynch, has lectured for the National Press Photographers Association and was the winner of the World's Smallest Film Festival, the very first competition for video on mobile devices. Dutch has created official music videos for the Duran Duran art project TV Mania, has shot Olympic television campaigns for Visa, and produced experimental performance dance films such as 'Fifth Wall', with Guggenheim Fellow Omar Carrum. His work has been seen at numerous festivals including Cannes and SXSW and has been broadcast across the EU and US.

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October 29th Harrison McKay,The Great Quentini and Hotel Neon.

Harrison McKay - The Ambient, Atmospheric and Progressive guitar player with the group The Tangent Project and the duo Hunter & HarrisonEM_2015.jpg will be making his first solo performance in Philadelpia in 30 years.  Harrison first received airplay from Stars End in the early 80's with his self produced cassettes usually recorded live to tape using guitar, synthesizers and minimal effects. After many years of inactivity he returned to electronic music in 2006 by teaming up with Jeff Coulter from 80's electronic duo Tangent. His solo performances are improvisational and loop based using sequencing and extensive sound processing. The result will be a unique aural experience.

"McKay's expressive guitar leads expand and recede. Delightfully processed and rounded, his cerebral performances move from prog-inspired virtuosity to gentle ambient sighs."- The Tangent Project - Fuse Album Review by Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END - 22 October 2009


ELF.jpegThe Great Quentini - Playfulness, Respect, Honesty and Hope - My art is about instinct. Whatever disciplinary boundaries I cross are irrelevant to me. I know what I like and I go there trusting that what fascinates me is, in fact, fascinating.

My art springs from that same playful part of myself that compels me to build sand castles on a beach. Art world angst, which I've always found alienating, is neither my approach nor my goal. Ephemeral art made from readily available materials, improvised music on homemade instruments, and spectacles of buffoonery in the service of magical transformation are my goals.

I am constructing an alternate reality the way a small boy builds a model train layout.  I reuse cast-off  wood, plastic, metal and rubber junk and glue it all together using instructions from inner sources, a reflection of natural form, and a homage to tribal art.

I don't seek to replicate reality but rather to create a real emotional sense through gesture.

I observe the human condition and report back my findings. These reports take the form of expressive vignettes and autobiographical stories from my life.  For convenience I have come to call what I do, Performance Art.  A ten year old boy viewing my performance put it this way, "Don't be afraid, he's just a sacred clown"

Clowning, theater, poetic writing, animal noises, techno-primitive costumes, and improvised music, are elements that I use --but I blur the boundaries and exist across boundaries. My work is an opportunity to expand the possibility of what is possible rather than a continuation of a venerable tradition. I make good-natured art based on my varied interests: philosophy, science, religion, myth, culture, how the brain works, film, primitive art, evolution, drugs, sex, and technological change.  The world is full to the brim with greed, fear, hatred and avarice - I don't want to add to that.  My message is, "Do what you love to the fullest , trust yourself, honor life and Laugh, its good for you." -- Quentin Davisv- a.k.a. The Great Quentin

Hotel Neon is the Philadelphia-based trio of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer & Steven Kemner. Together they create immersive and soul-stirring soundscapes, focusing intently on a restrained, minimal aesthetic aided by film, images, and live projections.

HotelNeon.jpgHotel Neon’s debut self-titled album was crafted in 2013 with little more than a personal computer in a home studio, then self-released on limited cassette tape. The music eventually caught the ear of Ian Hawgood, founder of eclectic Tokyo-based label Home Normal (Christopher Bissonette, Celer, Library Tapes), and was subsequently remastered in January 2015 by Hawgood himself, lending even greater dynamic range to the music. The grainy textures, mechanized rhythms, and subterranean bass pulses that permeate the album were made clearer and more focused, leading to positive critical review and "Best Of 2015" status in outlets like Headphone Commute, Textura, and Arctic Drones.Hotel Neon then released its newest work, “Remnants,” through acclaimed U.K. experimental imprint Fluid Audio in March 2016, followed by extensive touring throughout the U.S.A. with fellow ambient artists Lowercase Noises (NM) and Slow Meadow (TX, Hammock Music).

Markus Reuter.  Markus Reuter + Elliot Sharp and Nocturne Blue - August 6th

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Touch Guitarist and composer Markus Reuter, 

Markus has spanned the world of music: from his development of "Playnotes", a recursive compositional software tool, to performing with some of progressve rocks icons like Tony LevinAdrian Belew and Pat Mastelotto as well as recoring with the ambient electronic legendsIan Boddy and Robert Rich. Few players cross genres like Markus, who brings the sensibilities of both worlds together in the best possible way.member of the internationaly renouned group The Stick Men and The Crimson ProjeKCt,  will be appearing at a special edition of The Event Horizon Concert Series.

Sharp.jpgEliiot Sharp -  Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.

A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.

His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.

Sharp is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2014 Fellow at Parson's Center for Transformative Media. He received the 2015 Berlin Prize in Musical Composition from the American Academy in Berlin. He has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums. He is the subject of a new documentary "Doing The Don't" by filmmaker Bert Shapiro.

Nocturne Blue - Dutch Rall and Markus Reuter

Please join us on August 6th at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA for this rare and exciting performance which, as always, will be free of charge.

June 4rd - Neil Nappe, Iron Gump & Sean Hoots, Onewayness

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Neil Nappe - An Electronic/Guitar Synth and Progressive Acoustic guitarist, Neil Nappe is wellNeilNappe.pngknown for his work with Roland Guitar Synthesizers as well as some of the earliest work with the then-emerging standard of MIDI and personal computers in music. His critically acclaimed LP 'July', released on Larry Fast's Passport/Audion label, was one of the first works of its kind, recorded entirely with guitar-synth and MIDI sequencing. His work cuts across a staggering variety of compositional styles. Nappe remains an innovator who eagerly embraces cutting-edge, experimental and often unwieldy technologies, at

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Iron Gump, for the last seven years, has been traveling and living in Maui, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Philadelphia. Spontaneously connecting musically with different artists aound the world.Through his musical exploration he has gained a deeper understanding about allowing the instruments to play him and to listen/feel the other musicians playing as well.  His connection to sound has become his passion and his way of creating a space for people to explore. The universe sings! 

Sean Hoots is a maker of music living in the land of West Philadelphia.  Perhaps best known for his roots/rock project Hoots & Hellmouth, Hoots has been writing, recording, and performing original music across a myriad of genres for the past three decades.  The last few years have found him delving deeper into the mysterious, crafting sprawling soundscapes from found-sounds, synths, guitars, and vocal manipulations.  This world of contemplative, meditative music, especially when combined with the talents of Iron Gump, offers a unique opportunity for performer and listener to share a soul-plumbing experience.

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Onewayness is Adam Holquist, a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist from Erie,Pennsylvania. He uses guitars, pianos, analog and digital synthesis, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of hardware and software tools to create atmospheric and textural music which draws influence from a variety of sources.  These may include: ambient, drone, minimalism, post-rock, and vintage and contemporary electronic 'listening music'.

 

 

May 6th - Dan Malloy,Jair-Rohm Parker-Wells, Chuck van Zyl

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Dan Malloy - A Philadelphia instrumental guitar player who has played over 100 shows since 2005. He is always looking for ways to expand his sound. Starting out primarily as an acoustic player, he soon started playing electric guitar and added a delay pedal, then another and then another. Nowadays his sound is built on multiple loops with the occasional use of reverse reverb and pitchshifting.

Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells (born October 13, 1958) is an American Free improvisation bassist (bassbass_franks.jpgguitar and electric upright bass), composer and conceptualist. He is one of the founding members of the improvising band Machine Gun which featured Thomas Chapin. He resided in Stockholm, Sweden from 1985 until 2010. Presently residing in Bangkok, Thailand, he has been active internationally as a promoter of improvised and experimental music performing and recording extensively. He has collaborated with Karl Berger, Daniel Carter, Jaron Lanier, John Sinclair and Tony Scott among others.

Raised in southern Germany, Jair-Rôhm moved to New York in 1978. After touring the United States for a year with a top forty band he attended Tulane University in New Orleans. While at Tulane, he regularly performed with local jazz and rhythm and blues artists. He also performed as a member of Tulane University's Tulanians, met and studied with Richard Payne (the first person to record with the electric bass) and discovered the music of Harry Partch. He returned to the New York area in the fall of 1980 where he met and started work study under saxophonist/composer Ken Simon. During this period Jair-Rôhm also met Anthony Braxton and became involved in the study of his music. In 1982 Jair-Rôhm founded his own experimental music/theater group GLASS THOUGHT THEATER ENSEMBLE. Between 1982 and 1983 he was composer in residence at the New York Theater Ensemble (New York, N.Y.) where he wrote and produced a trilogy of progressive"operas". He received a MEET THE COMPOSER grant in 1983. From 1984 - 1985 he was resident in New Jersey where he continued composing and playing the bass. He was a founding member of the New Brunswick Jazz Musician's Collective (New Brunswick, N.J.) for which he composed and performed many significant works for various ensembles. (from the Wikipedia article)

chuckvanzyl2014gatherings.jpgChuck van Zyl - Philadelphia area Spacemusician Chuck van Zyl, best known as host of STAR'S END(WXPN's renowned radio program of spacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings(Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983.

Over the course of his musical existence Chuck van Zyl has developed a signature exploratory style. By blending the primitive machine beauty of classics like "Ricochet" (1975) by Tangerine Dream with the highly formed values of more recent groups such as Redshift and Arc, his solo studio works are the result of a persistent creativity.

With a solid melodic invention, atmospheric modulations and heroic shifts in tonality, van Zyl masterfully realizes the fascinating patterns, riffs and pulses that dominate his live concerts. As the music forms, climbs and sustains, listeners are pulled into a highly distinctive mindscape. Tone patterns weave and collide as go-for-broke keyboard lead lines dance high above - all the while blissed-out synthetic strings and Mellotron choirs draw long lines across a cool digital plane.

Chuck van Zyl is completely at home in this endlessly inventive genre, offering ample muscle for the adventurous, archaic modulations for the experimentalist and dreamy floating space for the cloudwalker.

April 2nd - Hopalong Horus Heisenberg, Guitar Pilots, Ombient

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Hopalong Horus Heisenberg is Bruce Leitch, He's been experimenting with electronic music since 2010. Before that played bass and guitar in various bands. Most of his music is recorded with various virtual instruments on iPad apps, with occasional live bass and guitar. His music ranges from ambient and spacey to droning noise, with the occasional psychedelic or post rock guitars. He has 10 full length digital releases. He has 5 releases on the Belgian Net Label God Hates God.

 

 

Guitar Pilots is an electronic space music duo featuringGuitarPilots01.jpg guitarists Art Cohen and Scott Watkins. Their music consists of long structured improvisational pieces which transport the listener to the depths of space while focusing on each precious unfolding moment. Art's sequencer-like echoed guitar figures provide rhythmic propulsion while Scott's synthetic pads and sub-octave rumblings build a foundation for both guitarists to soar in melodic flights. Singing glissando blends seamlessly with plucks and twangs and blasts of interstellar beam. Following the trail blazed by Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, and the Berlin School, Guitar Pilots carve out their own unique sonic territory that is both organic as the ground underneath and as far-reaching as a distant pulsar.Art Cohen has been a fixture in the Philadelphia music scene for over 30 years as both a performer and an audio engineer. Fluent in guitar, bass, keyboards and harmonica, he has performed at concert venues and radio studios throughout the Delaware Valley and brought his music to Toronto, New York and other cities in the Northeast. He has released CD's with The Ministry of Inside ThingsDelicate Monster, CubiZm, Lessick & Lincoln & Cohen, Waves of Violet, Men from When, and as a solo artist. His music ranges from electronic space to ambient to folk-rock to psychedelic rock to traditional folk to experimental to spoken word and beyond - sometimes within the same performance. Art has cultivated a unique guitar style drawing on influences including Garcia, Gilmour, Hendrix, Gottsching, Fripp, and Pinhas. Scott Watkins is best known as the guitar half of Orbital Decay, the Philadelphia area synth & guitar duo who over the past couple of decades have graced the stages of all the region's important electronic space music venues. He coaxes an extended pallet of sounds from his guitar through the use of synths and modelling processors. He has built many of his own instruments including an other-worldly sounding 12-foot beam. Echoes of Gilmour, Hendrix and Froese can be heard in Scott's textural and melodic playing.

MLHgathTITLEBAR5.pngOmbient (a conjunction of the Hindu Mantra "Om" and the word Ambient) is the moniker under which Mike Hunter performs his Ambient/Drone/Berlin School/Experimental music. Ombient's music, being of a live and improvisational nature, is representative of the feeling of the moment in which it is performed and of the subtle feedback between the audience and the performer. Ombient users various vintage and contemporary analog synthesizers, a large Synthesizers.com modular, and occasionally computers running Ableton Live with various synth plug-in's.  Mike is also host of the radio program Music With Space on WPRB 103.3FM, which focuses on the kinds of music one might here at the Even Horizon Concert Series.

May 6th - Dan Malloy,Jair-Rohm Parker-Wells, Chuck van ZylDecember 5th - William Fields & Ben Fleury-Steiner, John Phillips, Joo Wan Park & OINC

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William Fields is an electronic musician and audio/visual artist from Wilmington, Delaware. His main interest is in exploring rhythm and audiovisual synesthetics in an improvisational context.

Ben Fleury-Steiner is an electronic musician from Wilmington, Delaware. He ran the Gears of Sand label (2004-2011). Since 2000, he has focused most on experimental drone and ambient releasing numerous albums on Infraction, low-point, Rural Colours and other labels. His recent interests have turned to pushing the boundaries of classic polyrhythmic electronica; the focus of his current collaboration with William Fields

John Phillips is a sound and video artist. His work has included interactive
sound and video works and collaborative sound/sculpture/video installations
in museums (Museum of American Art at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), alternative spaces
(Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia; Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy;
Disston Saw Works, Philadelphia) and various university art galleries
(Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University among
others). His tape works have been performed at New York City dance and
theater venues, international electronic art festivals and on nationally
syndicated New American Radio.  His live sound and video performances have
been featured in numerous venues in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Museum of
Art, Temple Gallery, Annenberg Center) and also in New York City; his
composing has been supported by American Composers Forum (collaboration with
Pauline Oliveros) and the Millay Colony (composer in residence) and he has
enjoyed five residencies at the Experimental Television Center to pursue his
video work.

Joo Won Park   performs live with toys, consumer electronics, kitchenware, vegetables, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also makes pieces with field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his two sons, and other soundscapes surrounding him. For this Event Horizon show, Joo Won is bringing Oberlin Improvisation and New Music Collective (OINC). OINC a 12-piece electronic music band specialized in free improvisation residing in Oberlin, OH. (https://soundcloud.com/jwparkpresents/sets/oinc-recording-session-2014)

November 13th The Great Quentini, Neil Feather, Vic Hennegan

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ELF.jpegThe Great Quentini -

Playfulness, Respect, Honesty and Hope - My art is about instinct. Whatever disciplinary boundaries I cross are irrelevant to me. I know what I like and I go there trusting that what fascinates me is, in fact, fascinating.

My art springs from that same playful part of myself that compels me to build sand castles on a beach. Art world angst, which I've always found alienating, is neither my approach nor my goal. Ephemeral art made from readily available materials, improvised music on homemade instruments, and spectacles of buffoonery in the service of magical transformation are my goals.

I am constructing an alternate reality the way a small boy builds a model train layout.  I reuse cast-off  wood, plastic, metal and rubber junk and glue it all together using instructions from inner sources, a reflection of natural form, and a homage to tribal art.

I don't seek to replicate reality but rather to create a real emotional sense through gesture.

I observe the human condition and report back my findings. These reports take the form of expressive vignettes and autobiographical stories from my life.  For convenience I have come to call what I do, Performance Art.  A ten year old boy viewing my performance put it this way, "Don't be afraid, he's just a sacred clown"

Clowning, theater, poetic writing, animal noises, techno-primitive costumes, and improvised music, are elements that I use --but I blur the boundaries and exist across boundaries. My work is an opportunity to expand the possibility of what is possible rather than a continuation of a venerable tradition.

I make good-natured art based on my varied interests: philosophy, science, religion, myth, culture, how the brain works, film, primitive art, evolution, drugs, sex, and technological change.  The world is full to the brim with greed, fear, hatred and avarice - I don't want to add to that.  My message is, "Do what you love to the fullest , trust yourself, honor life and Laugh, its good for you." -- Quentin Davisv- a.k.a. The Great Quentin

 

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Neil Feather - Sound Mechanic Neil Feather has been creating radical and unusual musical instruments for thirty years, and is increasingly known outside of Baltimore as one of the most original musical thinkers of his day. His instruments each embody uniquely clever acoustic and engineering principles, and are visually arresting. The music he plays on the instruments is equally original, embodying new principles and resulting in a nearly alien idiom of music. A founding member of THUS and THE OFFICIAL PROJECT, as well as the leader of AEROTRAIN, he has a long history of collaborative projects and solo concerts.

 

 

ViHennegan.jpgVic Hennegan has been writing, recording, producing and performing electronic music for several years.  As a live performer he has performed at such shows as ?The Gathering Concert Series in Philadelphia, Cyberstock of Los Angeles, Ecstatic Dance,  5 Rhythms Dance,  Soul Motion, Northern California Dance Collective and many other venues around the world.  With computers, samplers, vocals and synthesizers, Hennegan’s instinctive hand creates techno-trance and ambient music in a wildly fun, uplifting spiritual experience that will take your soul on a journey to the center of ecstasy.

 

October 23rd -Twyndyllyngs and Dave Luxton

twyndyllyngs.pngTwyndyllyngs - Before forming Xeroid Entity with Greg Waltzer,Howard Moscovitz and Bill Fox were already playing together under the name Subspace. In 2010, they realized that they had made a resurgence as a duo and became Twyndyllyngs, performing weekly internet broadcasts (Chez Mosc) on electro-music radio.

 

 

 

DaveLuxtonLive2.jpgDave Luxton is a producer, electronic musician, composer and guitarist based in Olympia, WA, USA. He is a classically trained musician whose diverse compositions span multiple genres to include guitar oriented compositions, cinematic filmscores, and Electronica. As a recording artist, he is internationally known for his work in the Ambient Spacemusic genre. His albums have been featured on nationally syndicated radio shows such as Hearts of Space, Musical Starstreams, and Star’s End. He is also the founder of the Pacific Northwest based Wayfarer Records label and has produced albums for numerous artists including Boreal Taiga and Daren Keck. Dave is also a Professor, author, and clinical psychologist.

 

November 13th The Great Quentini, Neil Feather, VIc Hennegan

September 5th 2015 - Bill Fieger, The Melting Transistor & Brainstatik

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BillFieger.pngBill Fieger - Instrument maker and avant-garde musician Bill Fieger has been making music for a long time. Many will recognize him as the force behind the duo Stares to Nowhere, Oblivious Solitude and Mayakara. He moved to primarily acoustic instruments a few years back and has been creating mysterious sounding tonalities on his custom created and modified traditional instruments. Bill will be joined on stage by two guest musicians, John Whitney and Mike Hunter (aka Ombient)

The Melting Transistor - Formed in 2012, The Melting Transistor is a trio from the industrialtmt-300.jpg swampland of central New Jersey/eastern Pennsylvania that concocts completely improvised electronic music. The group consists of Juan Garces (synthesizers, electronics), Floyd Bledsoe (synthesizers, electronics) and Karl Fury (stringed instruments, laptop). The music is primarily generated with no prior planning but often sounds intricately composed.  Middle eastern melodies mixing  alongside of deep space electronics, bluesy slide and soaring rock guitar, exotic grooves, and avant-garde elements all add up to The Melting Transistor.

BS-Trippy-300.jpgBrainstatik - New Jersey-based Brainstatik is best known for our mostly-improvised live concerts, where they perform long-form jams combining ambient, world, progressive rock, and space music, liberally shifting and mixing genres within each piece. 

Every song is a spontaneous exploration of diverse musical themes, with little thought or planning beforehand, so Brainstatik always sounds completely different each time we play. 

Brainstatik has been together for 20 years and performs smaller shows in galleries as a duo or trio, or in larger concerts with the current full lineup of four members. Everyone in Brainstatik is a certified electronic gear junkie, each choosing from a huge sonic palette from which to make sounds. 

Armed with this complex musical toybox, guitars can sound like drums, keyboards can make guitar sounds, and drums can play keyboards, which often can confound audience members (and sound engineers) who can't quite tell who's playing what part. 

Brainstatik's current lineup of multi-instrumentalists includes founding member Ken Palmer, along with Mike Hunter Glenn Robitaille and Jim Silvestri. Michael Courter will be joining us on the guitar.

The music heard at their shows is always organic, with each piece constantly evolving and morphing into something new. Brainstatik can sound ethereal and quiet, complex and orchestral, or experimental and edgy. The resulting performances often sound rehearsed and composed.

The risk of a creative "train wreck" is always there, but the members of Brainstatik thrive on taking our music right to the edge every time we perform.

June 5th - Hydraheart, Neil Alexander and Jason Sloan

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Hydraheart - Hydraheart is the new solo project of Megan Cauley.B For 10 years she was the primary songwriter, singer, guitarist and noise maker for Gemini Wolf. She recorded four albums and performed regularly in Philadelphia and New York with Gemini Wolf, along with an east coast and European tour. With this new project, she is reconnecting to the process of weaving songwriting and improvisation together. Melody, hooks, and lyrics are nestled up next to drones and noise.

OverheadFalcon-edit1.jpgNeil Alexander - Jazz pianist, synthesist, and composer, Neil Alexander, began performing and composing in 1974. Always the type of musician who thrives on variety, Neil continues involvement with all manner of projects including: acoustic & electric jazz groups, contemporary classical performances, composing for Modern Dance & theater (since 1984), and various Tribute groups including “The Machine” (Pink Floyd Tribute, 1996 - 2006), “The Mahavishnu Project” (since 2008) and most recently, “Mr. Gone”, focusing on the music of jazz giants “Weather Report” & Herbie Hancock’s “Headhunters”. For 15 years, from 1996 - 2011, he performed with his contemporary electric/acoustic jazz ensemble, NAIL, releasing their most recent CD “Tugging At The Infinite” in 2007. This marked Neil’s 4th CD as bandleader. In 2013, Neil realized his long-standing dream of recording a solo piano CD, “Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Vol. 1”, an artistic and critical success.

       An additional aspect of Neil’s music is his long-standing relationship with electronic instruments, primarily synthesizers. He acquired his first synth in 1978 and never looked back, making those sounds a part of his extensive musical vocabulary. He frequently performs solo in an all-electronic context, incorporating this into a jazz & classical based improvisational format. In search of better ways to realize music quickly, Neil began using Ableton LIVE software. In 2012, he started the Ableton Hudson Valley Users Group, and teaches workshops at the local Library in Newburgh NY.

       Neil realized there is serious interest in this format after attending the 2012 Electro-Music Festival in Huguenot, NY where he crossed paths with dozens of like-minded performers & composers. He returned in 2013 and 2014, performed multiple times at each festival, engaged in various collaborations, and directed a workshop in generative music, illustrating techniques he developed playing for the Modern Dance classes he’s been working in since 1982.

       Neil continues to search for new connections in music, combining jazz, classical, fusion, ambient, and electronic styles, into very personal hybrid music. He has 2 more CD’s slated for release - a Live NAIL CD recorded in NYC in 2007, and his first solo, all electronic CD, entitled “Nailgun”. Other current projects include “Le Jazz Electronique”, “Thunderhead Organ Trio”, and “Scene ReSeen” (live electronic music for Silent Films). Visit his website at http://nailmusic.com to see his performance schedule and to learn more about his various projects.

Jason Sloan - Jason Sloan is an electronic musician, composer, sound and new media artistSloanPromoImage-small.jpgworking from Baltimore, Md. His work exploresimmateriality and its connection in memory, systems and the virtual world. Through his performances, sound installations, videos, transmission art works and sound recordings, he examines the need for transcendence beyond the body through a vehicle of visual and aural stimulation. With this dialog, Sloan feels an urgency to evoke a collective experience between the viewer, listener and artist that can bridge the gap between physical and non-physical worlds.

In 2001 Sloan co-founded SLO.BOR Media with sound artist & web designer Matt Borghi as a vehicle for their individual releases and a platform for other artists. SLO.BOR Media is primarily a record label, but focuses on a variety of media and forms of distribution. SLO.BOR Media is also quite concerned with packaging, design, new media, sound and conceptual art.

Sloan received his BFA from Edinboro University and his MFA from Towson University.  In addition to being the recipient of multiple Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Awards, Sloan’s performances, installations, net.art and video works have been exhibited internationally including Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Kiev, Nagoya, Saint-Petersburg, Toulouse, Lisbon, Uden and Vienna. In addition to releasing over a dozen studio albums and E.P.’s over the last decade on various record labels, Sloan has played live all over the US, Canada and Europe including the influential Live Constructions radio program at Columbia University, STEIM in Amsterdam and Philadelphia’s The Gatherings concert series, one of the country’s oldest continuing ambient and electronic music series.

Sloan is a Professor teaching full-time in the Interaction Design and Art [IDA] department along with being the founder and program coordinator for the soundArt concentration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

May 9th 2015 - Blood Like Mine, Fursaxa & Mikronesia

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Blood Like Mine - Textural, atmospheric, exerimental ambient drone music that would have done well at TheBloodLikeMine.png Zodiak Free Arts Lab back in 1969 where the original seeds of Kosmisch Musik were sown. The band consists of Rosali Middleman, Geoff Bucknam, Sam Cusamano & Laris Kreslins. They combined elememts of guitar, percussion, voice and more into a psychedelic current in the seas of a dream.

 

Fuesaxa.pngFursaxa is Tara Burke. Formerly a member of the Silbreeze band UN,B Tara started her Fursaxa project in 1999 after UN disbanded. Since then Fursaxa has released seven full length albums on the Acid Mothers Temple label, Ecstatic Peace, Time Lag, Eclipse, Last Visible Dog, andB ATP. In addition there have been 3 self released CD-Rs and a CD on the her own Sylph recordings. In addition to recording, Fursaxa has played live music at venues in the US, UK, and Europe, touring with Bardo Pond, Black Forest/Black Sea, Christina Carter, Jack Rose, Spires That in The Sunset Rise, and Brightblack Morning Light, to name a few. Over the last couple of years Fursaxa has been collaborating more and more with other musicians as well. Espers member Helena Espvall and Tara have a duo called Anahita, and Sharron Kraus and Tara have the duo Tau Emerald. And in September of 2006 Fursaxa became part of "The Valerie Project", which was a live soundtrack for the 1970 Czech film "Valerie and her Week of Wonders".

Mikronesia - Michael McDermott is a composer and producer working with sonic art since the earlymikro.jpg 2000s. Michael has worked with choreographers, film makers and other media artists providing original music and sound design. His most recent album was released on NOREMIXES in March 2015.

 

 

 

April 25 2015 - Elkhorn, Trillium and Charles Cohen

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Elkhorn is the electric/acoustic guitar project of Drew Gardner and Jesse Sheppard. The duo cmbines Sheppard's American Primitive-style acoustic finger picking with Gardner's extended improvisational and textural electric playing. The duo grew up together in the deep woods and rotting industrial husks of central New Jersey and have been collaborating on and off since the mid-1980s.
A filmmaker as well as musician, Sheppard directed The Things That We Used To Do (2010) a documentary about Jack Rose and Glenn Jones. He lives in the Brandywine region of Pennsylvania.
Drew Gardner lives in New York City and combines poetry and music in spontaneously conducted ensembles. His CD, Flarf Orchestra, appeared in 2011.

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cc.jpgCharles Cohen - Based in the Philadelphia area, Charles Cohen has been amazing and challanging audiences for over 30 years. His music is entirely improvisational and produced solely on a vintage Buchla Music Easel synthesizer. An avid collaborator, Cohen is most well known  from his work with Jeff Cain in their group The Ghostwriters. Charles Cohen With few recorded/commercially available works to his credit, Cohen prefers to concentrate on creating Electronic Music in the setting of the live performance space. His music ranges from completely abstract and challanging to pleasantly rhythmic and infectious. Each performance is original and new, to the audience and to Cohen as well. (source: Chuck Van Zyl, host of Stars End on WXPN)


December 12th 2014 - Jesse Sparhawk, George Wallace and Chuck Van Zyl

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sparhawk.jpgJesse Sparhawk - Jesse Sparhawk is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser whose instruments include harp, guitar, and electric bass. He studied harp with principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic, Myor Rosen and Eastman School of Music’s Kathleen Bride between the ages of 10 and 17 and performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall at the age of 15. He has over 40 independent recording credits to his name performing various instruments. He has toured the US and Europe as a solo artist, and with several singer-songwriters and bands including Fern Knight, The Valerie Project, Timesbold, Marissa Nadler, and Greg Weeks (of the Philadelphia-based band Espers). Sparhawk has performed at other notable venues including The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and The Royal Festival Hall in London. He can also be heard performing on the original soundtracks for the independent feature films "Tarnation" (2003), "The King" (2005), and "Home Front" (2006). In 2009, New York-based singer-songwriter Larkin Grimm invited Sparhawk to play harp on her 2012 self-released album "Soul Retrieval" in an ensemble including Tony Visconti (producer / arranger of T. Rex / David Bowie). In late 2010 Jawbone Press released the book Seasons They Change by Jeanette Leech which featured sections about Fern Knight, The Valerie Project, and other artists with whom he has collaborated.  Sparhawk's instrumental guitar composition, titled "Light Cycle / Tetrahedra," was released in 2006 on Tompkins Square Records Imaginational Anthem Volume II compilation. 2011 saw the release of 'or Kestrel', his debut solo instrumental guitar LP and 'Raptor Attention,' a four-song EP.  Sparhawk toured Europe with Philadelphia-based guitarist Eric Carbonara to support the release of 'or Kestrel' and the Spring 2011 vhf records release of their duo album, 'Sixty Strings', just before embarking on the BalletX / Wilma Theater performance of Proliferation of the Imagination, an inter-disciplinary production combining ballet, dialogue and live music, as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in April 2011. He performed both with Carbonara and the Duane Pitre Sextet at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC in September 2011. In January 2012 Sparhawk performed with Brooklyn-based This Ambitious Orchestra and Lady Circus at the grand opening of the Beauty Ballroom in Austin, TX, where the orchestra accompanied Daniel Johnston. Sparhawk played harp on Duane Pitre's Important Records release "Feel Free," which made Wire Magazine's Top 50 releases of 2012. Since 2010, Jesse has performed "Feel Free" in Brooklyn, San Francisco, and London. Jesse finished a collaborative EP with Barcelona singer-songwriter Alberto Montero, and spent 2012 making guest appearances on several local Philadelphia artists upcoming releases. Carbonara and Sparhawk released the follow up to "Sixty Strings," titled "Tributes & Diatribes," in March 2014. Sparhawk released his first recording of solo harp improvisation titled, "Peace Peace Peace," on Psychic Troubles Tapes in the Fall of 2014.

 

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George Wallace - In live performance, multi-instrumentalist George Wallace presents a dazzling array of wondrous, imaginatively crafted soundscapes bound to delight fans of deep ambient, techno-tribal, and spacemusic.George is a seasoned performer, having spent years with bands playing various permutations of rock, jazz, and popular music. But for the past few years he’s been on hiatus from playing out, mainly producing studio recordings of his own compositions, with recent forays into making music for film and television.He has recently risen to the challenge of engineering a way to deliver his particular brand of ambient music - inherently layered and complex - in such a way that its live performance is faithful to the sonic dimension and depth of the recorded version. During the course of a given set (anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending) audiences will experience something akin to hypnosis as our senses are immersed in music fed by George’s fierce, spontaneous inspiration and tempered with his keen feel for rhythmic and dramatic flow.In addition to the synthesizers he plays onstage, George uses guitars both acoustic and electric, Native American flutes, rainsticks, bells and rattlers, and even a Tibetan singing bowl to round out the sonic palette. His musical program consists of pieces both old and new; a few older favorites culled from his several ambient releases are woven in with newer, as-yet unrecorded pieces, most of which are essentially structured improvisations based on predetermined soundstages, the end result being that no two performances are exactly alike. Naturally this calls up a certain amount of audience engagement (and lots of fun for all) as George often says he likes to read – and get energy from – the audience he’s playing for.  Adding to the mix is his occasional blending of natural ambiences such as forest sounds, night sounds, wind…and a few which might be best described as unearthly. These aural treats serve as the ‘ear candy’ which help to put the whole thing over-the-top.Despite his 

affable stage demeanor, the intensity of the music itself makes it evident that George likes to play deep. Through his magical musings, we are invited to discover a new access to our true Selves, from the deepest regions of our souls to the ecstatic, sublime worlds of our highest potential. Presented here is wild, enriched sound, simultaneously borrowing from the primal past and the celestial future, creating an inspiring, cleansing, memorable experience of exotic places and times well beyond this one.‘…go as deep as you can go…’ 

Chuck Van Zyl - Best known as host of STAR'S END (WXPN's renowned radio programchuckvanzyl2012.jpg ofspacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings(Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuckvan Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic musicsince 1983.
During the mid-90's Centaur Discs of Scotland released CelestialMechanics (1993) and The Relic (1995). These albums compiled many ofvan Zyl's early cassette releases onto compact discs. In autumn of1994 Synkronos Music released "Regeneration Mode" (1994), the famous collaboration between Chuck van Zyl and The Nightcrawlers founder Peter D. Gulch. In 1992, Chuck van Zyl founded the group The Ministry of Inside Things. Along with guitarist Art Cohen, they performed dozens of live concertsin various venues and unique spaces and released three live CDs on the Synkronos Music label: "Everlasting Momen"t (2003), "Contact Point" (2006) and "Ambient Elsewhere" (2008). Recent activity includes a number of live performances both solo andin collaboration with Terry Furber, Mike Hunter and Jeff Coulter, as well as recording and production sessions with Jeff Towne - which resulted in three full-length studio albums. For his 2014 concert at Event Horizon Chuck van Zyl will be joined by synthesist Mike Hunter. Sometimes referred to as "the children of space", Chuck van Zyl's generation of musicians are more than just carrying on an earlier tradition. Seeing creativity as a component of his own personal spirituality, van Zyl's musical realizations are fueled by everythingfrom music technology to a greater cosmic awareness. His musical sensibilities evoke a sense of discovery, with each concert marking anew frontier of sound.
"Rituals" is the forthcoming solo CD by Chuck van Zyl. A follow-up to"MemorySpace" (2010) and "Cenotaph" (2012), "Rituals" (2014) isscheduled to be released by Synkronos Music on 15 November 2014 to coincide with his performance at The Gatherings Concert Series.

 

November 8th 2014 - Richard Marcus, The Great Quentini & Tim Motzer

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RichardMarcus.JPGRichard Marcus - Richard Marcus has been designing electronic music for personal expression, movement theater and film for many years both locally and abroad. His current structured improvised work is formed using pressure sensitive rubber pads, sampled bowls, gongs, bells, textured synthesizers and melodic percussion, influenced by the expressive nature of Eastern and Asian cultures. Also there is another side, "The Balance". Working with the "Haken Continuum" a three dimensional midi controller, a new fresh approach to synthesis has opened new worlds and ways to get very deep into the dark side of sound and expression.

 

The Great Quentini - Quentin Davis is The Great Quentini. He is a sculptor and a performance artist who makes his costumes and musical sculptures out of found materials. He has shows in which he wears costumes, plays these musical sculptures, and tells humorous stories; acting out the parts that defy words. These stories are often from his life experience.   


 

 

Tim-P1050908v1.jpgTim Motzer - After 14 years of international touring, stunning collaborations, and over 60 albums  of credits—this Philadelphia-based guitarist continues to traverse manifold territories in music and has developed a distinct textural guitar voice utilizing looping, bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques ala Cage. He has worked with David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit, Ursula Rucker, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, KIng Britt, Markus Reuter, Anthony Tidd, Ari Hoenig, and Theo Travis to name a few. He releases his music on his 1k Recordings imprint and webcasts sessions from his studio at 1ksessions.com. He also continues to score for the world of modern dance and film.(Live projections by Dejha Ti and Erik Silverson)

 

October 24th - Jeff Cary, Hollowed Bells & Michael Rabito

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Jeff Carey makes hardcore digital noise music with a joystick a gamer keypad and an array of strobe lights. Computer based synthesis, noise, and improvisation combined with a no-safety-net aspect of gestural control makes his music totally physical and visceral. No overdubs and no backing vocals.

"He's acting on raw instinct here - he refuses the clinical approach to programming software or composing music, and strives to throw himself bodily at his machines, replacing all mechanical moving parts with human flesh, blood, and bone. In pursuit of this all-organic goal, virtually everything else is jettisoned, starting with recognisable notes or melody." -- Ed Pinsent, Sound Projector on "Impulse"

Carey studied Audio Technology at American University (1994) and computer music at the Institute for Sonology (2002). He as been honored with awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for non-classical music composition and the National Endowment for the Arts via DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. His acousmatic and electro-acoustic works with the N-Collective have been featured in festivals in the US, Europe, and Scandinavia. He has released a number of CDs and records as 87 central (Staalplaat, JDK Productions, Universal), Office-R(6) (Lampse, +3DB), SKIF++ (Fridgesounds, LINE/12k), under his own name (CWnil, Banned Production, IO Sound) and with MoHa! (Jeff Carey's MoHa! 7" on Rune Gramophone).

Hallowed Bells - Philadelphia-based duo Hallowed Bells is the project of two experienced musicianshb-small.jpgfully immersing themselves in the world of electronic music for the first time.B When Alison Stout and Darian Scatton began collaborating in 2013, creating detailed compositions suffused with rich dissonances and metrical turns inspired by Modernist music, they found themselves increasingly enchanted by the infinite orchestrational possibilities of electronic sound. They became determined to understand both the synthesis of sounds and the creation of synth circuits and dove headfirst into synthesizing sounds and building synthesizers fro  scratch.B Now, they play their richly layered music using an all-hardware setup dominated by analog synths and organs.B Their sound is reminiscent of the synth orchestrators of the 1970s, interspersed with organic beats, improvised noise and fathomless dark ambient textures.

 

Michael_Rabito.jpgMichael Rabito is a musician that has been discovering his propensity for the fusion of opposites for many years now. He started taking the electric guitar seriously when he was eleven and was playing out professionally by the time he left for college with his band in Vermont. After a move to Boston the bringing together of the free flow of improvisation and the rigidity of structure increased as he played with a group of Berklee College of Music musicians for about five years. During this time his interest in loops, synthesizers and keyboards began to grow and helped to fuse space, harmony, action and dissonance. This has all culminated with his latest project back in the Princeton area called Manifested; A progressive fusion of funk, rock, dance and ambient music that has brought the group to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and many points between and beyond. They can be heardB hereB with more information at their facebook page. Michael also performs interactive ambient space music thatB can be heard on the AutonomicDrone soundcloud page.


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Shannon Hayden is a classically trained cellist who has never been content to stay strictly within the confines of the traditional course of study. When not performing her own pieces, Shannon focuses on 20th century and contemporary works and has enjoyed working with composers Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Fay Wang, and percussionist/composer Andy Akiho. 

Her own music is a combination of process and looped cello and voice. 

 

 

Noordwiijk - Electronic musician hailing from Montreal, Québec, Canada


 

 

 

 

 

The Tangent Project - The world class electronic music duo hailing from the Philadephia area, consisting of Jeff Colter (keyboards/electronics) and Harrison McKay (Guitar) make a return appearance at Even Horizon.

 

 

 


 

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May 9th - Woz, Audio Mace and PYXL8R

woz.pngWoz - Paul Woznicki, arrives for his semi self-titled album, WOZ. Woznicki is a film and TV scorer, working on movies such as Fiend in 1980. One year later, 1981, Woznicki released his WOZ LP, a record now some thirty years old and ready to resurface. “Straight Ahead” comes from the world of electronic soundtracks, melodies countering one another in an atmospheric piece. The album has a whimsical quality, harmonies delicately being strung out against a fantastical and sci-fi drenched backdrop. “Tongue Depressor” contains echoes of minimal synth, the movie scorer coiling a spool of sound. “2nd Attempt” has a similar feel to some of Legowelt’s more soundtrack based material. There is a sinister and unsettling aspect to Woznicki’s sound, an insular and claustrophobic element reflected in the haunting melodies and spiraling synths. “Wozzie’s Waltz” is a work of dramatic distortion, chords compressed into a whirling piece before “Zerkon” lifts the listener to loftier levels. “Flashbacks” sees the curtain fall, oscillators cascading over a taciturn tom-tom.
W.T.’s back catalogue contains myriad styles; this latest pair of EP’s see that same eccentricity explored. Nao Katafuchi are already turning heads, Yumogeto being a 2012 favourite of Xeno & Oaklander’s Liz Wendeblo, with their sleek brand of synth wave. Woznicki comes from a more obscure place, a trailblazing sound of rebounded reverbs and polyphonic perplexities. Undoubtedly even more interesting music will come from the New York imprint in this New Year.

 

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Audio Mace is Chris Wikman and Al Baldwin from Maryland.Audio Mace is the second  project for this duo who previously released “Kadath – The Dream Quest” as XCross, to reviewers acclaim. .  Audio Mace was formed to provide a vehicle for exploring the power of sound through “sound-based music the art form in which the sound and not the musical note is the basic unit.” (Landy, L. (2007) Understanding the Art of Sound Organization. MIT  Press.)  Born out of recognition of the power and force of sound in our lives, Audio Mace combines electronic instrumentation with exotic instruments (including several unique and “home-made” ones), sound textures, rhythmic elements, and percussion as it seeks to explore new themes and sonic textures.  These elements merge to create unique and evocative, often extended, musical journeys.  Each piece is crafted to express a specific musical idea/storyline and incorporates  a variety of musical styles as the concept and artist intent dictate  Drawing from dark ambient, program music, industrial, and space rock, among others, the music creates a powerful and mystical atmosphere, evoking other worlds and dreamscapes for the listener. To hear examples of their work, visit their soundcloud page. For CDs visit there CD sales site.

PYXL8R - Ken Palmer uses the name PYXL8R for his solo musical projects when not performing with his instrumental prog band, Brainstatik. Each song begins life as a spontaneous burst of synthesizer-based long-form improvisation around an thematic motif, which is slowly morphed and massaged into a full piece. Ken will once again be accompanied on stage by his son Kyle on synthesizers and iPad, and the PYXL8R duo will debut some new pieces during this performance.  Atmospheric, otherworldly, and always dense with unusual sonic textures, all PYXL8R compositions are performed live with no backing tracks. A collection of more than 50 PYXL8R songs can be listened to and downloaded for free at his soundcloud page.

April 11th - Northern Valentine, Big Plastic Finger and Kohoutek

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Coaxing sounds from electric and acoustic sources, they weave meditative drones and soundscapes with "barely there" post-rock instrumentation to create a tapestry that Phil McMullen (Terrascope Online) refers to as "minimalist ambiance at its best. Heartfelt, soulful and affecting, like gazing into a scrapbook of memories". collective anchored by husband and wife, Robert and Amy Brown.Their music is largely improvisational and is often set to original films that the collective has created.

Big Plastic Finger - The tumultuous noise of molecules recombining into alarming streaks of shooting stars, the massive force of an ocean gone wild usurping the tension of abandonment and opulence coexisting, reach audible proportions in the music of Big Plastic Finger. Those who come from the perspectives of psychedelia, noise, improvisation, hard core, experimental, and rock will all sense something slightly familiar - but will find themselves in BIG PLASTIC FINGER’s adventurous realms, meant only for the bold.Shape shifters of space, BIG PLASTIC FINGER multiply and manipulate energy, transmuting sound into a physical force. Playing together for over 4 years, the core principles are: Bonnie Kane - sax, flute, electronics; Scott Prato - electric guitar, electronics, vocals; and Mark McClemens - drums.

 Kohoutek - Improvised Psych with Noise Tendancies and Abstraction 

 

 

 

 

 

December 14th - Beck-Fields, Tom Carter and Delicate Monster


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Delicate Monster Both Art Cohen (guitar) and Steve Bowman (synths) love to arg ue about what makes g ood music-with each other and with anybody else who feels as passionat ely as the y do.  Through Delicate Monster, they make their arguments
in sound. When Art and Steve disagree with each other, it's a consequence of their divergent musical backgrounds.  Art is rooted in psychedelic guitar,Berlin-school spacemusic, and American folk.  He's been a fixture on the Philly music scene for 25 years-you may know him as half of the duo The Ministry of Inside Things (with Chuck van Zyl).  Steve has a musty degree in Music from Harvard, where he first encountered the Buchla.  He draws his influence from classical music and radical composers like Ives, Stockhausen, Subotnick, Monteverdi, Bach, and Ligeti.  (Their musical tastes do overlap with the Grateful Dead and Captain Beefheart).  Art pushes Steve to let the music be clear and simple and to groove on the repetition.  Steve pushes Art to surrender to his weird side and luxuriate in the complexity of counterpoint and the thrill of abject dissonance.  Playing together off and on for 20 years, Art and Steve have managed to merge their stylistic differences into a novel musical language that is Delicate Monster.


Beck-fields.jpgBeck-Fields - Composer Jeremy D. Beck brings his ethereal aesthetics through guitar, piano, and
voice to the electronic genius of William Fields, a veteran in atmospheric and dance works alike. Together they recognize no boundaries of style or genre. The duo is always expanding upon architectures and projections of sound, afforded by their near limitless collection of instruments and knobs. The result is a vast spread of original and unique scenery through the chance realm of improvisation.



tom_carter_web.jpgTom Carter - Tom Carter's electric guitar work weaves spare strands of melody into towering long-form drones, sculpting a rich landscape from both high-volume grit and charged silence. Although best known for his work with iconoclasts Charalambides, which he co-founded with Christina Carter in 1991, Carter has recently focused on his eponymous duo with No Neck Blues Band co-founder Pat Murano; Sarin Smoke, his duo with Pete Swanson; and his solo performances and recordings, which have increasingly featured visual components - including collaborations with filmmakers Martha Colburn and Margarida Garcia.


November 9th - Ombient (with Special guest Chuck Van Zyl), Mke Rabito, The Time Merchant


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chucmbient27oct2013e-square-bw.jpgOmbient is the moniker under which Mike Hunter performs his ambient/drone/experimental music. Ombient's ambient/drone/electronic music, being of a live and improvisational nature, is representative of the feeling of the moment in which it is performed and of the subtle feedback between the audience and the performer.  Mike is also the host of the radio show Music With Space on WPRB 103.3 FM out of Princeton, NJ  Performing with Ombient for this show is Chuck van Zyl. Chuck is best known as host of STAR'S END (WXPN's renowned radio program of spacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings (Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own amazing and unique style of electronic music since 1983.


Michael Rabito is a musician that has been discovering his propensity for the fusion of opposites
for many years now. He started taking the electric guitar seriously when he was eleven and was playing out professionally by the time he left for college with his band in Vermont.  After a move to Boston the bringing together of the free flow of improvisation and the rigidity of structure increased as he played with a group of Berklee College of Music musicians for about five years. During this time his interest in loops, synthesizers and keyboards began to grow and helped to fuse space, harmony, action and dissonance. This has all culminated with his latest project back in the Princeton area called Manifested; A progressive fusion of funk, rock, dance and ambient music that has brought the group to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and many points between within their first year. They can be heard here with more information at their facebook page. Michael also performs interactive ambient space music with local visual artist Ted Klett. They will be preforming at Art All Night on June 15th -16th and can be heard at on the AutonomicDrone soundcloud page.


TiMerLogo.jpgThe Time Merchant - With over 50 albums, the ever prolific Time Merchant is on a constant quest to explore sound. The first album appeared in 1994. Little else is known as The Time Merchant tends to keep out of the public eye, preferring instead to hide away in the recording studio (the wave chamber), working methodically to create the next sound world. Works have explored several genres, including: experimental, dark ambient, atmospheric. pure electronic, and various combinations.

 

 

September 27th - Ian Fraser, Mark Baechtle (Binc Sonic) & Richard Markus, Loud and Sad

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IMF.pngIan M. Fraser is a computer musician working in free improvisation and algorithmic based composition. His primary focus is generative structures, pseudo-artificial intelligence, stochastic processes and networking systems for audio/visual output. With Reed Evan Rosenberg, he works with the continual development of Keroaän, a musical Artificial Intelligence designed to perform without any human intervention what-so-ever. In live performance they combine live generative works with real-time visualizations utilizing high intensity strobe lights and lasers. Other recent collaborations include an on going improvised duo with Jesse Kudler, and an audio visual collaboration with AP Vague. Ian is the co-director of the Philadelphia Sound Forum. 

Mark Baechtle and Richard Marcus are two seasoned avant garde musicians who have beenRSM-Studio.JPGfamiliar faces in the electronic music scene. Both have worked extensively in designing sound and live compositions for theater companies, video production teams and modern dance choreographers. These artists have performed live at museums, galleries and festivals locally and abroad in solo and in collaborative projects. Using the newest technology and keeping true to their analog roots, this electronic improvisational duo has a vibrant spirited approach to the sound they create, exploring the new and redefining the old. The past couple of years in the studio have opened up some new ideas for these two artists in collaboration. They have moved the boundaries of improv/electronic/ambient to a new level of sonic textures and rhythms evoking sound collages in the mind’s eye. This project started out as an experiment and has now come to the “horizon” and hopefully will flourish to be witnessed in the mind’s eye of the audience. If you hear you will see.


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 is the long running collaboration of Joe HoupertNathan McLaughlin, currently based out of Philadelphia, PA and Hudson, NY. Both individually in their solo work and together in this duo, Houpert and McLaughlin explore the vocabulary of the reel to reel tape machine as a partner in accompaniment. They have built up this tape machine vocabulary through various phases of their work, utilizing a variety of instrument sources and trying to ground those in social concepts and ideas. The current focus is adding folk instrumentation to that vocabulary, with renewed emphasis being put into the energy of live performance. They have a number of releases that chronicle their various incarnations on labels such as cae-sur-a, FET Press, Digitalis, Greenup Industries and an upcoming release on Tranquility Tapes. You can also hear their work as part of the trio Tilth, with Cody Yantis.



June 14th - Mikronesia, Jesse Kudler & Park-Kane moonphoto-300x247.jpgMichael McDermott (Mikronesia) is a Philadelphia based composer, musician and producer. His musical tentacles extend into eight sound disciplines: ambient/soundscape recordings and performance, music for dance, music for films, interactive and static sound/media installations, playing keyboards in musical ensembles, composing music for electro-acoustic ensembles, producing other musicians in the studio and the creation of musical/sound design software. Since the early 2000s Michael has been an active member of the Philaelphia electronic music scene. He has hosted a recurring open forum improvisational electronic music event (now called SHARE Philly) at various venues for the past 10 years. He has played keyboards in live electronic music based bands such as Gemini Wolf and Robots in Disguise. Michael is a co-founder of the Philadelphia based label and music collective, earSnake. He also performs, writes and produces in the electronic music ensemble Gemini Wolf with Megan Cauley. Since its inception in 2005,Gemini Wolf has performed throughout the US and Europe and released five albums on earSnake. As a solo performer, Michael performs under the moniker Mikronesia on piano and electronics. He has performed in major cities around the world including New York, Toronto, Berlin, Paris and London. Michael has scored music and sound design for dozens of choreographers over the years. He has created original music scores for movement-based artists such as Perpetual Mvmt<>Snd, Here Begin Dance, Ring Dance Theater, Jaamil Kosoko and Nora Gibson Performance Group.

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Jesse Kudler- Born 1979, improvises on guitar, electronics, radios, and tapes and makes solo performance pieces and the occasional sound installation.  Kudler lives in Philadelphia.  Current and "recent" projects include: live music with film; sound installation; a duo with Chandan Narayan; a duo with Ian Fraser; HZL, an environmental electronics duo with Tim Albro; duos with Chris Cogburn and Christian Weber; Benito Cereno (with Dustin Hurt, Chandan Narayan, Tim Albro, and Ian Fraser); Tweeter, a treble-intensive noise trio with Alex Nagle and Eli Litwin; and various ad hoc groupings.  Kudler is the co-founder and co-Director (with Ian Fraser) of the Philadelphia Sound Forum. He performed as part of the 2012-13 Cage: Beyond Silence festival, 2011 Sonic Circuits Festival, 2010 No Idea Festival, 2008 Dartmouth Festival of New Musics, and the 2007 Phoneme Festival. NB: "Kudler" rhymes with “muddler.”  Many friends refer to him as "the Kud." 

May 24th - Tim Motzer, Melting Transistor, Kohoutek

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Melting Transistor -  Juan Garces - synths, effects, mixing, percussion
Gethin Lewis - guitar and Floyd Bledsoe - synths, effects, complaining




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kohoutek - Improvised Psych with Noise Tendancies and Abstraction



April 26th 2013 -   The Great Quentini, Genetique At 8pm, at The Rotunda, Event Horizon will host performance artist The Great Quentini and the solo electronic musician Genetique. The concert is open to the public, free of charge and will begin at 8:00pm.
The Great Quentini Quentin Davis is The Great Quentini. He is a sculptor and a performance artist who makes his costumes and musical sculptures out of found materials. He has shows in which he wears costumes, plays these musical sculptures, and tells humorous stories; acting out the parts that defy words. These stories are often from his life experience.   

 

 

2012-12-02_20.24.46.jpgGenetique - Aaron Todd is from the Philadelphia area and has been composing electronic music for five years under the name Genetique. Recently, he has performed at Electro-Music 2011 & 2012. A major part of Aaron's music is live manipulation and deformation of rhythmic elements. Many of his themes evoke the feeling of travel by the use of textures that slowly evolve throughout the song. Aaron utilizes both hardware and software instruments, and tends to write music in a minor key that does not conform to a particular genre. His influences include Aphex Twin, Autechre, Tipper, and Cex.

 

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Mar8ram (pronounced Mar-bram) - An electroacoustic duo featuring Bill Marconi on various percussion and Wyman Brantley on computer electronics & electric guitar. Working in the elecroacoustic free improvisation lineage, mar8ram creates a music with space, echoing the classic lineage of this music while leaving room for new innovations to take root. Their most recent CD is entitled Antemeridian.  

 

 

 

December 7th 2012 -  Chuck Van Zyl & Terry Furber, William Fields

97cherry02.jpgChuck Van Zyl and Terry Furber -  Creating layers of space out of pumping sequencer patterns, strident lead lines and harmonies warm and golden Chuck van Zyl & Terry Furber explore the inner darkness of electronic music, yet out on the verg of ethereality their music gleams like new. Existing on a plane outside the oppressive rush of modernity this music quotes the classics of Spacemusic without mimicking them. Their musical sensibilities evoke a sense of discovery, with each concert marking a new frontier of sound.  Best known as host of STAR'S END (WXPN's renowned radio program of spacemusic dreamscapes) and as coordinator of The Gatherings (Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music), Chuck van Zyl has also been making his own unique style of electronic music since 1983. During the mid-90's Centaur Discs of Scotland released "Celestial Mechanics" (1993) and "The Relic" (1995). These albums compiled many of van Zyl's early cassette releases onto compact discs. It was during this same time period that Synkronos Music released "Regeneration Mode" (1994), the famous collaboration between Chuck van Zyl and The Nightcrawlers member Peter D. Gulch.  In 1992 Chuck van Zyl founded the group The Ministry of Inside Things. Along with guitarist Art Cohen they performed dozens of live concerts in various venues and unique spaces and released three live CDs on the Synkronos Music label: "Everlasting Moment" (2003), "Contact Point" (2006) and "Ambient Elsewhere" (2008).   "Cenotaph" is the forthcoming solo CD by Chuck van Zyl. The follow-up to "MemorySpace" (2010), "Cenotaph" is scheduled to be released by Synkronos Music on 17 November 2012 to coincide with his collaborative performance with Terry Furber at The Gatherings Concert Series. Listening to the music of Terry Furber one would believe that digital synthesizers had never been invented. Furber demonstrates a masterful grasp of the vintage gear around which the spacemusic genre gravitates and explores the past in a new way. His music is discovered in the act of its making - with Furber perceiving the music as it is being realized. Terry Furber's collaborative effort with guitarist Scott Watkins is the well-known duo Orbital Decay97cherry01.jpg. They have created several self-released CDs of music produced out of their lengthy jam sessions, as well as the acclaimed studio album "Solar Maxima" (2006).4 Orbital Decay has performed live at E-Music, Soundscapes, Gate to Moonbase Alpha, The Whitaker Center, The STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Concerts and The Gatherings Concert Series as well as on several significant broadcasts of STAR'S END Ambient Radio. Currently Terry Furber is exploring his own solo studio electronic music - as well as the possibilities of the live performance space with collaborator Chuck van Zyl on Saturday 7 December 2012 as part of the Event Horizon series. Both efforts will feature the many classic synthesizers Furber has acquired and restored over the years, including the classic full sound of his 1969 Moog 1P modular system.


William Fields -  William Fields has been creating electronic music for almost 20 years – from textural ambience to hard-driving dance tracks, and everything in-between. He recognizes no boundaries of genre or style, always exploring the vast potential afforded by making music with computers. He is also a student of sound and acoustics, working to present the music in its best possible light. William has released music on various record labels around the world such as: AudiobulbGears of SandearSnake,Hippocamptbtmo, and Kikapu. He has performed and DJ'd throughout the northeastern USA and Canada at events of various scales: from bars and small clubs to festivals with thousands of people. His composition Indra was featured – and choreographed for modern dance – at the 2006 International Computer Music Conference. William is based in Wilmington, DE, just outside of Philadelphia, PA, USA.

John Phillips is a sound and video artist. His work has included interactive

sound and video works and collaborative sound/sculpture/video installations

in museums (Museum of American Art at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), alternative spaces

(Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia; Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy;

Disston Saw Works, Philadelphia) and various university art galleries

(Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University among

others). His tape works have been performed at New York City dance and

theater venues, international electronic art festivals and on nationally

syndicated New American Radio.  His live sound and video performances have

been featured in numerous venues in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Museum of

Art, Temple Gallery, Annenberg Center) and also in New York City; his

composing has been supported by American Composers Forum (collaboration with

Pauline Oliveros) and the Millay Colony (composer in residence) and he has

enjoyed five residencies at the Experimental Television Center to pursue his

video work.

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