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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 23, 2009, 11:55:28 AM »
Go Koyashiki - Slit (mAtter)

Rigid, but also smooth punctures.

If anybody is interested, we'll have these in Floor Sugar Thursday June 25.

Let me know if you want one from us!

Yes definitely related, also his 'Key to the Kingdom' 7" on Dekorder

Looking forward to it. This looks of related interest, though haven't listened yet - just dug it up while I was archaeologizing:

Stephan Mathieu on Cronicaster
More detail incl. tracklisting here


'Transcriptions', a collaborative work by Stephan Mathieu and Taylor Deupree, contains 8 tracks of music that is both historic, decayed, angelic and revolving, while also existing in warmth, purity, and transcendence through acoustic instruments, and vintage synthesizer.

Delving deeply into the history of the earliest recording methods through mechanical phonographs, Stephan Mathieu created a method using wax-cylinders, the predecessor of records, as well as 78s, which have a larger frequency range, to create his music through playback of these pieces of musical history. With a setup consisting of playing the cylinders through two portable gramophones, and then sending them directly into the computer by microphone, Mathieu was able to record the sounds, and perform software processing in realtime, rendering a resulting flow of deteriorated angelic elegance, decomposed beauty, and reborn awakenings.

From this result, Taylor Deupree worked with the recordings, adding acoustic instruments and vintage synthesizer; adding-to, while still maintaining the physicality of the 78s, opening the range of the tracks through unalloyed analog contributions. Upon first listening, it might be thought that the contributions of Taylor Deupree were merely additions to original material, but when listening further, once the music has breathed openly, it can be heard actually how much the cylinder recordings of Stephan Mathieu shape the open pathways of Deupree's acoustics, allowing for a breadth of incredible range. Not merely a compliment, but a modern counterpart.

Through nearly 48 minutes of music, self-described as warm and enveloping, these sounds represent the pivotal movements of the unique, the saturated, and the exploratory, all colliding in what may be sometimes a wave of revolving fuzz, swirling melodies of the supernatural and the human, the delicate echoes of single revolutions, and gentle plucks of the guitar. It is both a conversation, and a translation of both sides. Transcription, after all, means notating the unnotated.

The result of the century-apart sources combined with the methodology and talent of these two leading experimentalists creates an immutable, impressing magnetism, while still balancing so gently on the vibrations of the decayed, and the frail humanity of the past.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 16, 2009, 12:27:09 PM »
Floor Sugar office playlist:

Dill - Dance Music For Contemporary Dance & Butoh Shows (HEADZ)
Dill - Wyhiwyg (Flyrec)
Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
Yui Onodera & The Beautiful Schizophonic - Radiance (Basses Frequencies)
Federico Durand - Elin (Izumi)
Cherry Beach Project - Silo 11 (Mystery Sea)
Stephan Mathieu & Taylor Deupree - Transcriptions (Spekk)
Pola - Perdu (Smallfish)
Pola - Meme (Plop)
Pola - Chiendent (Commune Disc)
Pola meets Lyrica (Commune Disc)
Yuki Aida - Melt Down
Clinic - Internal Wrangler

Today, and the last few days. Probably tomorrow too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 15, 2009, 09:24:01 PM »
Yeah, this one is really great. I obviously like it since I wrote the press release, but still.

Yui Onodera - Entropy - Trumn
(The reason I get behind is that I spend a lot of time listening to some wonderful music like this album for example...)

So, are you ready for a newie from Yui?

Yui Onodera & The Beautiful Schizophonic - Radiance (Basses Frequences)
Very nice album of harmonised dronedrift and microsonic patter with field recording infusions, and the odd yearning post-classical romanticist leaning (see esp. “Urban Form”, which sounds like something off TBS’s Musicamorosa). Plenty to tweak the ears, but I can’t help feeling this set is a couple of tracks short of being a great release (only 5 tracks coming in at 36 mins). Best is the final “Summer Snow” (at 14:42 you really have time to get down and deep and wallow in its weave of aching arcing tones. It's up here for those with an inclination to dip into.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 08, 2009, 03:25:22 PM »
Yes this one is great..

Right now:

Fjordne - 'Light Passed On Through the Layer' (SEM/IOD)

KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN - Taking Away (Digitalis, cassette)
“"taking away" is massive. two side-long 32 minute pieces for modular synthesizer that harken back to '70s minimalism and muted exorcism. each ride is like a golden river of dreams pouring through electronic excess. pointillist forays fall in-line perfectly with the hypnotic whirrs of subtle, synthetic manipulation.”

Everything and Nothing / Floor Sugar: New Titles and Labels
« on: May 02, 2009, 03:14:23 PM »
Everything is growing quickly.. Here are some recent additions..

Geskia - Silent 77 CD
Cokiyu - Mirror Flake CD
aus - After All

Aspidistrafly - I Hold A Wish For You CD

Flica - Nocturnal CD
Paniyolo - I'm Home CD
Sawako + Daisuke Miyatani - hi bi no ne CD (restock)

Symbolic Interaction
Izumi Misawa - Speaking Behind the Raindrops CD
Pawn - Kitchen CD
The Retail Sectors - The Starlight Silent Night CD
The Retail Sectors - Subject Unknown CD
Rudi Arapahoe - Echoes From One To Another CD
V.A. - The Silence Was Warm CD
Yaporigami - Saryu Sarva CD

Tamaru - Figure CD
Yui Onodera - Entropy CD

Hiroyuki Iida + Atsushi Tominaga - Untitled CD
Minoru Sato - Perturbation Field And The Equilibrium CD
V.A - WrK Compilation CD


Titles from Preco, Plop, FM3, Improvised Music from Japan, Hibari Music, Mu-Nest, 12k, Room40.

Thank you so much for your support of our little store!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2009, 03:40:12 PM »
that seems to be the only option besides contact GOS directly.. sadly one of the problems with CDbaby.

Anybody want to clue a fella in on where he can buy a copy of Onodera's Rhizome?  Seems to be out of stock most places.

Unfortunately they seem to be out of stock at cdbaby, and the one for sale via the discogs link is at the databloem store, which is in the Netherlands - I'd imagine it's not exactly ideal for Brian to buy from there.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2009, 11:15:51 AM »

Anybody want to clue a fella in on where he can buy a copy of Onodera's Rhizome?  Seems to be out of stock most places.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 22, 2009, 03:37:15 PM »
new Trumn CDs (Tamaru & Yui Onodera) should be available from by the end of the week.

a 2-year running Yui Onodera/Celer collaboration CD should be out by the end of the year, too.

Yui Onodera - Substrate
one of my favorite artists around at the moment .... there is something about his sound that hits my
nerve ....

If you are not aware...Onodera has a new net release over at Idiosyncratics Records:

And yes I too love the sound of Onodera and if you don't have it yet...better get it soon...Entropy on Trumm Recs....


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2009, 11:13:45 AM »
Soundscaping is a great new label.. love their packaging. The Christophe Bailleau release is really fantastic, has a nice experimental/pop sensibility to it, while still sounding similar to Hecker, but a bit more varied.

On Earlier:
Seasons (pre-din) - A Single Sun - Thy Recs
(I just can't get over these sounds and artist.  Fantastic stuff!)

On Now:
Seasons (pre-din) - Canopy Falls - Thy Recs
(Similiar to "A Single Sun" but perhaps a bit more brooding.  So far my favorite music of the year has come from this genorus artist...can't wait till his Mystery Sea release)

What's Next in the CD Platter:

Christophe Bailleau - Air Resort - Soundscaping
(Was thrilled with the samples via the website...very Tim Heckerish and Belongish...and Cory Fullerish.  Sounds cool and can't wait for a deeper listen)

Area C - Charmed Bird Vs. Sorcery + 3" CDR - Students Of Decay
(Finally will listen to this piece of CD player is jam packed with tasty stuff today)

Orchestramaxfieldparrish presents Aera - To The Last Man/Index Of Dreaming - Faith Strange
(I think they have a few more copies available of the free CDR of Aera if you buy a copy of the Orchestramaxfieldparrish album.  Been tracking this man's work in the last few years and to be honest I was looking forward to this labum more than Steve Roach's Dynamic Stillness...for evening type stuff)


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2009, 01:00:51 PM »
Yes I will say the price is quite harsh, definitely makes it difficult. I really love the Tsunoda track too, certainly makes it worthwhile!

IMO Its a very essential release to have in your collection. I'm not sure if there's ever been a compilation that I've enjoyed every single track from, but this was definitely well put together. Here is a good review of it, also.

I'll also say that some of the tracks are also my favorites from particular artists, and its not possible to find them elsewhere, which makes it definitely worthwhile and important for my collection.

I can see where you are coming from....perhaps I was a bit to harsh.  I have been listening to the second disc more intently and have found that the release does have the potential to grow on you.  Next to Keith Berry's track the Ubeboet and Toshiya Tsunoda have blown me away.  Another reason that my bitterness came of to aggresively is that I am never happy when I have to pay big bucks for a CD.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 27, 2009, 12:11:41 PM »
IMO Its a very essential release to have in your collection. I'm not sure if there's ever been a compilation that I've enjoyed every single track from, but this was definitely well put together. Here is a good review of it, also.

I'll also say that some of the tracks are also my favorites from particular artists, and its not possible to find them elsewhere, which makes it definitely worthwhile and important for my collection.

Today I have dedicated my whole day to this rather obscure comp I scored and have finally completed my Keith Berry discography:

Various - Extract: Portraits Of Soundartists - Non Visual Objects

If you see the comp don't waist your money.  Unless you have a thing for Keith Berry!!!!!  the comp is for the most part features a variety of artists such as Taylor Deupree, John Hudak, Dale Lloyd (a killer track), Steve Roden, Ubeboet, Steinbruchel,....and a bunch of other obscure artists.  It's a nice package for a double CD and a bound book that describes each artist and his intent in creating music.  It cost me about $75 bucks....I don't regret it but if you do decide to purchase the album don't expect much.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slow Flow
« on: March 09, 2009, 01:15:47 PM »
Mine was in a simple paper sleeve - you know the type with the circular transparent cellophane bit through which you see the design on the CD-r surface. No jewel case or booklet. Then again, it might've been a reduced promo version.

yeah the white window sleeve is the standard packaging, just with the printed CDRs. Though our release had inserts inside, the comp had all the information on the disc.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slow Flow
« on: March 07, 2009, 11:48:04 PM »

The tracks in the player there by Pawn

Pawn has a new disc on Symbolic Interaction called 'Kitchen'..

A really fantastic album, great remixes. If anything, just leaves you wanting to hear more.

Everything and Nothing / Resonant Forms festival at LACE in Los Angeles
« on: February 25, 2009, 02:36:35 PM »
6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
t: 323.957.1777 | f: 323.957.9025 |

Shoghig Halajian
Outreach Coordinator
310.957.1777 ext. 17
Resonant Forms
Friday, April 3-Sunday, April 5, 2009

LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) and VOLUME will present the Resonant Forms festival from April 3rd through 5th. The festival will present unique performances and installations by pioneers in the emergent fields of experimental electronic music, live cinema, and sound art.

While artists have been working at the crossroads of visual and sound arts for decades, recently this work has experienced a resurgence as technological developments have allowed greater fluidity across artistic media and genres. The artists featured in this festival represent varied approaches to the interplay of artistic mediums, and take risks not frequently observed in traditional creative modalities.

Resonant Forms will premiere Sheepwoman, a new live cinema performance piece by SUE-C. and Laetitia Sonami, commissioned by LACE. The festival will also feature performances by William Basinski, Richard Chartier, Christopher Willits, Kadet Kuhne, Lucky Dragons, Yann Novak, and Celer, installations by David Kwan, Mark Trayle, and ArtSpa, hosted by Adam Overton. Each of these artists traverses the territory between visual art, music, and sound through varied disciplines including sound manipulation, soundtrack generation, digital media, computer-generated visuals, aural landscapes, and animation.

Currently, these artists, their work, and this nascent genre are not being promoted through visual or performing arts organizations in the United States. A goal of the festival is to also cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation of this work through panel discussions and workshops, where dialogue between composer and audience is encouraged. Resonant Forms participates in the same cultural conversation as Mutek festival (Montreal), Transmediale (Berlin), and Ars Electronica (Linz).

Friday April 3
7:00pm      Panel discussion with William Basinski, Kadet Kuhne, Mark Trayle, and David Kwan
8:30pm      Sheepwoman premiere performance

Saturday April 4
3:00pm      Workshop with Christopher Willits
6:00pm      Celer
6:45pm      Kadet Kuhne
7:30pm      Christopher Willits
8:15pm      Lucky Dragons
9:00pm      Sheepwoman

Sunday April 5
4:00pm      Sheepwoman matinee
5:00pm      Yann Novak
5:45pm      Richard Chartier
6:30pm      Untitled 3 with William Basinski + Richard Chartier
7:00pm      William Basinski + James Elaine

4:00-7:00pm   artSpa with composer/masseur Adam Overton
Experimental music & massage, plus a free massage basics workshop.
Hosted by the Paul G. Gleason Theatre next door.

Festival schedule and performers subject to change

Ticketing                                  General                 LACE Members
Festival Pass (with one performance of Sheepwoman)   $45                    $35
Day Pass (does not include Sheepwoman)             $20                        $15
Sheepwoman single performance*                  $15                  $10


Sheepwoman is a new live film by SUE-C. and Laetitia Sonami, inspired by Haruki Murakami's two novels Dance, Dance, Dance and The Wild Sheep Chase. The two artists bring the film into existence by manipulating photographs, objects, drawings, videos, shadow theatre and miniature lighting rigs. Sheepwoman interweaves dreams with reality. It engages the audience in witnessing the creation and dissolution of fleeting fantasies, blurring the boundaries of the cinema world and the real world.


Sheepwoman is made possible by The Multi-Arts Production Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.


William Basinski is an American composer, clarinetist, saxophonist, and sound & video artist. A classically trained clarinetist, he studied jazz saxophone and composition at North Texas State University in the late 70’s. In 1978, inspired by minimalists such as Steve Reich and Brian Eno, he began developing his own vocabulary using tape loops and old reel to reel tape decks. He developed his meditative, melancholy style experimenting with short looped melodies played against themselves creating feedback loops.

His first release was Shortwavemusic. Although created in 1983, it was first released on vinyl in a small edition in 1998 by Carsten Nicolai's Raster-Noton label. Throughout the 1980s, Basinski created a vast archive of experimental works using tape loops and delay systems, found sounds and shortwave radio static. In the 1990s he performed and produced records and intimate underground shows for various New York artists including Antony, Diamanda Galás, Rasputina, The Murmurs, and his own ad-hoc experimental electronic/improv band, Life On Mars.

Celer is the stage name of husband and wife duo Will Thomas Long and Dani Baquet-Long. In Will and Dani's time together, they have produced numerous handmade self-releases, sound for installations and art exhibitions, as well as creating works for independent labels in North America, Japan, and Europe. They produce works of art that reflect the nature of love, family, and their concerns and interests. They currently reside on the coast of Southern California.

Richard Chartier, sound/installation artist and graphic designer, has created critically acclaimed recordings for labels such as 12k/LINE, Raster-Noton, Die Stadt, Spekk (Japan), NonVisualObjects, Mutek_rec, and Trente Oiseaux. His digital minimalist work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, and the act of listening.

He has collaborated with noted artists Taylor Deupree, William Basinski, COH, and Asmus Tietchens. Chartier's sound works and sound installations have been presented internationally including the ICC (Tokyo, Japan), I Moderni at Castello di Rivoli (Torino, Italy), 2002 Whitney Biennial (NY), and the Art Institute of Chicago.

James Elaine is an artist, filmmaker, and curator living in Los Angeles and China. His films have been shown in festivals, museums and galleries around the world. His installations and films made in collaboration with composer William Basinski have been presented internationally. Their film, Variations, premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Elaine is currently the Hammer Projects Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and was the recipient of the 2008 Ordway Prize.

Kadet Kuhne is a media artist whose work includes video, installation and music composition. As an award-winning filmmaker she has numerous shorts that have screened worldwide including her film Infinite Delay, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her installations involve a combination of live processing and interactivity and explore the themes of communication, control and confinement.

Kadet has multiple DVD releases, two solo CD releases, Seismic and Thin Air, and is featured on various compilations such as Asthmatic Kitty's Habitat and Mono:Poly. Past exhibitions and performances include the Museum of Art Lucerne, LACMA, Musees de Strasbourg, REDCAT, Museum of Contemporary Art-LA, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, The LAB, The Weisman Art Museum, Highways Performance Space, the CEAIT Festival and the New York Underground Film Festival.

David Kwan is a sound and video artist who creates interdisciplinary works for exhibitions, installation and performance. He retools environmental and sensory phenomena into nascent and generative systems, wherein gradual transformative processes are set into motion and their resultant forms emerge over time. By reframing our surroundings and magnifying aspects of perception, he hopes to engage experiential aspects of listening and seeing, which is at the heart of his artistic endeavors.

Kwan has presented work at the Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive, Kala Art Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist Television Access, The Lab, and Mission 17 in San Francisco, Jack Straw New Media Gallery in Seattle, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and Baracke am Deustchen Theater in Germany. He holds a BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, where he also taught in art, music and intermedia.

Lucky Dragons means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared or suggested or imagined pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and any other collaborators who claim the name. Lucky Dragons are about the birthing of new and temporary creatures--equal-power situations in which audience members cooperate amongst themselves, building up fragile networks held together by such light things as skin contact, unfamiliar language, temporary logic, the spirit of celebration, and things that work but you don't know why. There have been hundreds of these simple yet shifting and unpredictable instances--with audiences ranging from the intense intimacy of one person to the public spectacle of thousands of people. At the heart of it all is playing together--building up social collectivities, re-engaging the wonder and impossibility of technological presence.

Recent performances include: the 2008 Whitney Biennial, NY's PS1, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Philadelphia Institute for Contemporary Art, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle, Los Angeles' The Smell, NY's The Kitchen, The Smithsonian Institute's Hirshorn Museum, Cooper Union, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Yann Novak is a sound artist, composer, designer and the creative director of Dragon's Eye Recordings. His compositions have been published by Dragon's Eye Recordings (US) and Infrequency (CA). He has performed at prestigious events and venues in the Pacific Northwest, including The Decibel Festival, and the Henry Art Gallery, among others. Internationally, he has performed at Mutek Festival (Montreal, QB), Blim (Vancouver, BC) and Legends (Manchester, UK). The versatile range of his work is also demonstrated by collaborations with visual artist Alex Schweder and with choreographer Crispin Spaeth. Through these collaborations, Novak’s work has been featured at The American Academy in Rome (Rome, Italy), the TBA Festival (Portland, OR), Western Bridge (Seattle, WA), Howard House (Seattle, WA), and Suyama Space (Seattle, WA).

Adam Overton is a living composer and performer of experimental music and action, a teacher of performance & multimedia, and a certified massage therapist based in Los Angeles. Through experiments in rhythm, presence, and contact, his work plumbs the depths and abilities of the bodymindperson, and playfully maps the intimate distance between individuals. A fascination with the practices and challenges of awareness, acknowledgment, and [co]existence are currently fueling many of his investigations.

Recent projects and performances have included participation in the ridiculously massive, one-day happening, A Machine Project Field Guide to LACMA (LACMA, Nov 2008); performances of new work by Mark So, Michael Pisaro, Christian Kesten, Francesco Gagliardi, G. Douglas Barrett and others (the wulf. & human ear, Sept-Nov 2008); participation in Elana Mann's election-based performance project, Exchange Rate: 2008 (Oct & Nov 2008); two days and one night of moonshot meditation, lunar warlock ritual, and spring tide syzygetics at artSpa Resort & artSpa atNight (Sea and Space Explorations, July 2008); and the 2nd annual Valentine's Day workshop, Feel the Love 2008 (Machine Project, Feb 2008). He has also presented his work at festivals and venues around Los Angeles, the U.S., and in Beijing, Bergen, Berlin, and London.

Laetitia Sonami combines text, music and found sounds from the world, in compositions that have been described as "performance novels". Her signature instrument, the Lady's Glove, tracks the slightest motion of her fingers, hand and arms: through its use, Sonami can create performances where those tiny movements shape the music and environment. Her sound installations combine audio and kinetic elements embedded in ubiquitous objects such as light bulbs, rubber gloves, bags, and more recently toilet plungers ("Sounds of War").

Sonami has been performing in numerous festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and China, including the Arts Electronica Festival in Linz, the Bourges Music Festival in France, the Sonambiente Festival in Berlin, the Interlink festival in Japan, Ban-on-a-Can, the Kitchen and Other Minds. Awards include the Alpert Award in the Arts (2002), Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Award (2000), the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship (2000), and a Creative Work Fund award (2000) for a collaboration with Nick Bertoni and the Tinkers Workshop ("BAGS").

SUE-C. (Sue Slagle) is a visual and performing artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing a variety of digital tools to create an experimental animation "instrument," Slagle synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, watercolors, hand-made papers, fabrics and miniature interactive lighting effects. Dark, moody, textural, and physical, her live films inherit equally from the kinetic languages of Stan Brakhage's abstract cinema and Nicolas Schöffer's lumodynamic scuptures. She employs the same techniques in her recorded work to emphasize the beauty of the banal street corner, public parking lot, forgotten winter beach, torn remnant of a found photograph, cast-away super 8 vacation footage, and other half-forgotten, often-unnoticed, in-between spaces in her surroundings.

Slagle has collaborated with musicians such as Morton Subotnick, Luc Ferrari, Antye Greie (AGF) and Joshua Kit Clayton at a variety of international venues including the San Francisco International Film Festival, REDCAT (Los Angeles), Ars Electronica (Linz), MUTEK (Montreal), SONAR (Barcelona), MonkeyTown (NYC), and Activating the Medium (San Francisco). Her solo performances combine live imagery with a live soundtrack using her own voice, small sound effects devices and assorted electronic instruments. She currently teaches "Math & Media" at the California College of Arts (CCA) in Oakland.

Mark Trayle works in a variety of media including live electronic music, installations, improvisation and compositions for wireless chamber ensembles. He uses re-engineered consumer products and cultural artifacts as interfaces for electronic music performances and networked media installations. In recent pieces for chamber ensembles he places performers in an interactive network where composers, performers and technology cooperate to form the music.

Trayle has performed and exhibited at experimental music and new media venues and festivals in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including New Langton Arts (San Francisco, 1985 and 1989), LACE (Los Angeles, 1989), Experimental Intermedia Foundation and The Kitchen (New York City, 1988 and 1989), Het Apollohuis (Eindhoven, Netherlands, 1993), the Centro d'Arte (Padova, Italy, 1995), Metrònom (Barcelona, 2000) and Mex (Dortmund, 2001). He is currently Co-Chair of the composition program at the California Institute of the Arts.

Christopher Willits has been instrumental in redefining the guitar in the digital age. Using custom-built software, Willits morphs his guitar playing into warm folded rhythms of texture and melody. Named “the center cell of a complex indie rock-avant-garde-electronic art Venn diagram in the Bay Area” (San Francisco Bay Guardian), and “The Picasso of Sound” (Tokafi Magazine), Willits defies genre distinctions while still defining a sound of his own. His guitar lines fold and weave into each other creating complex patterns of interlocking rhythm, melody, and texture.

Willits completed his Master's Degree in Electronic Music at Mills College where he studied with Pauline Oliveros and Fred Frith. Willits recent collaborators include Scott Pagano, Taylor Deupree, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Willits' numerous releases and collaborative projects cover a broad spectrum of musical styles, and include one main commonality: Willits' unique approach to the guitar and sound.


LACE both champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore, and risk. We move within and beyond our four walls to provide opportunities for diverse publics to engage deeply with contemporary art. In doing so, we further dialogue and participation between and among artists and those audiences.

For 30 years, LACE has maintained an unwavering commitment to innovation in the arts. LACE presents and supports a variety of projects that span artistic disciplines, including visual art, performances, publications, discussions, screenings, and public art works. LACE has presented sound art and experimental music performances throughout its history by a range of artists including Bill Fontana, The Los Angeles Free Music Society, Michael Brewster, John Duncan, Nels Cline, Weba Garretson, Glenn Branca, Carl Stone, Steve Roden, Devendra Banhart, and Joanna Newsom. Resonant Forms will serve to amplify and reframe LACE’s commitment to interdisciplinary practices within the context of experimental music composition, sound performance, and new media.

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VOLUME functions as a catalyst for interdisciplinary new media work through exhibitions, performances, events, lectures, and publications. Concentrating on the nexus of music and visual arts practices ranging from the avant-garde to popular culture, VOLUME offers unique opportunities for artists to create and present hybrid works.

Since 2007, Volume has organized performances, lectures, and exhibitions by emerging and established artists working at the crossroads of sound, music, and visual arts practices including Carsten Nicolai, William Basinski, Frank Bretschneider, Matmos, Christopher Willits, Richard Chartier, Taylor Deupree, Sawako, ISIS, Tim Hecker, and Jeff Cain.

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Resonant Forms is funded in part through Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program.

Support for LACE and its programs is made possible by support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, The Getty Foundation, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Jockey Hollow Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Morris Family Foundation, The Pasadena Art Alliance, Side Street Projects, Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP, Stone Brewing Co., and the members of LACE.


mAtter002 - Go Koyashiki - 'Slit' now in Floor Sugar

The second release from Japan's high-end experimental label mAtter is now available... check it out!


Musician/Film Composer. With the background of having learned Berklee method and music history, Koyoshiki composes strings ensemble and chamber music. After having played in a few bands with various genres as a guitarist, Koyashiki started to shift his music creation to computer-based as his musical taste leaned towards electronica, ambient music, experimental music and sound arts. Today Koyashiki composes using programming languages to create sound materials based on sine wave digital sound processing and edited/processed field recordings. He is also involved in music compositions for theaters and movies and have contributed to many plays and movies.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 08, 2009, 06:17:09 PM »
I think that's Corey Allen, not Corey Fuller

The Tim Hecker samples sound tasty can't wait!  But if you need something to relieve your desire of the new Hecker I highly recommend you check this out:
Corey Fuller - The Fourth Way - Quite Design

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2008, 03:14:17 PM »
Saito Koji - Endless End (Magic Book)

Really great work.. I really love one, just like the Gears of Sand release...

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