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August on -empyre- .microsound with Trace Reddell, john hudak, Glenn Bach, John Kannenberg, and tobias c. van Veen

Please join us at -empyre- for a month's discussion of .microsound with five practitioners of the art form. Sound at the molecular level - slices of sound that are less than .1 second in length, made accessible by digital sound editing technologies - are the realm of .microsound. Microsound artists stretch and massage these tiny bits of sound into spatially intense, surprisingly expressive works that cover a wide range of styles.

—> Trace Reddell { http://www.du.edu/~treddell/ } has been exploring the intersections of audio and multimedia production, digital networks, media theory, literary criticism, and the history of drug culture for almost fifteen years. He resides in Lafayette, Colorado, where he spends much of his time in Pharmakopolis. Trace's literary sound and multimedia pieces include LITMIXER (2001) { http://www.altx.com/ebr/ebr12/litmix/index.htm }, featured in Electronic Book Review's music/sound/noise issue, and "Machinery for Dreaming" { http://llc.du.edu/faculty/treddell/palimpsest/reddell_machinery_for_dreaming.mp3 }, an exercise in .txt-to-.midi conversion exploring the work of Thomas De Quincey. Collaborative projects and affiliations include the pharmakon.t remix { http://www.djrabbi.com/ } work at djrabbi.com with Mark Amerika, Chad Mossholder of Twine, and Rick Silva; and Pharmakopolis Broadcasting Services, an upcoming series of live webcast animations created for Randall Packer's Tel-SPAN network. Publications on networked laptop performances are forthcoming from Leonardo Music Journal and Electronic Almanac and Contemporary Music Review.

—> john hudak { http://www.johnhudak.net/ } bio: I began piano lessons in first grade. I remember the teacher was Japanese, and her home had a feeling of preciseness. The piano I had my lessons on was immaculate… the keys were smooth, cool, ivory, with a definite weight under my little fingers.

—> Glenn Bach { http://www.csulb.edu/~gbach/sound.html } is a sound artist who maps the sonic terrain of the city through detailed sound walks, manipulated field recordings, blind sound drawings, and found poems. His audio works include a recently released four-track EP on the Stasisfield label { http://www.stasisfield.com/ }. With a recent appearance at Sound/Shift Oakland, Bach has upcoming performances at the Big Sur Experimental Music Festival and the CPEACH Summer Series in Eureka, California. He improvises with two other musicians as Luminous Flux, and directs a larger group, The Double Blind Ensemble, for his composed works. His poetry has been published in numerous small press literary journals, and he received three Pushcart Prize nominations for his poetry in print. He currently lives in Long Beach, California, with his future wife.

—> Sound and visual artist John Kannenberg { http://www.whistlingpariah.com } formed the experimental improvisational duo Wireshock with guitarist Scott Kane in 1997 and began exploring electronics and computer-aided composition. In 1999, John began work as a solo sound artist using manipulated field recordings as the foundation for loop-based generative electronic pieces. His major audio and visual works deal with a variety of themes, including atmospherics, transmissions and interference { http://www.stasisfield.com/releases/aero/ }, melancholy and nostalgia { http://www.stasisfield.com/releases_02/2002-miles/ }, and abstracted narrative tales. John has exhibited several sound art installations, alone and as part of a collective known as J3. In April 2002 John created Stasisfield.com { http://www.stasisfield.com/ }, an experimental mp3 record label and digital art gallery.

—> tobias c. van Veen { http://www.quadrantcrossing.org } is a sound & net.artist { http://www.thisistheonlyart.com }, curator, techno-turntablist, and writer. He has been enmeshed with musikal resistance culture since 1993 / working with – tactical radio { http://www.citr.ca }, TAZ occupations { http://www.shrumtribe.com } / performance & tactical media { http://www.quadrantcrossing.org/blog }. || tobias is currently a researcher on the "Culture of Cities" Project { http://www.arts.mcgill.ca/programs/ahcs/cultureofcities/ } at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he is completing his MA in Communications on the politics of sonic microcultures { http://amsterdam.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-0307/msg00035.html } & remixing a book of collaborative sonic writings on electrofied sounds and events.