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Issue 3 :: Spring 2009

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Jaap Blonk (b. 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He performed in many European countries, as well as in the U.S. and Canada, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa and Latin America. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension. He was the founder and leader of the long-standing bands Splinks (modern jazz, 1983-1999) and BRAAXTAAL (avant-rock, 1987-2005). He also has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 15 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta and VICTO. Find out more at http://www.jaapblonk.com/.

"AA 60" is a 60-second homage to Antonin Artaud made last year when it was the 60th year after his death.


Tyler Carr has never written a brief bio of himself. He is a musician living and working in Ann Arbor. He composes sound using homemade and misused electronics, scrap metal, and traditional instruments. He is unpublished.


Anne-James Chaton (b. 1970) is a writer, sound performer, and visual artist. His most recent works are Unitxt, in collaboration with Alva Noto (Raster-Noton, 2008), Le Journaliste, in collaboration with Andy Moor, (Unsounds/Productions Nad, 2008), Questio de dido (Editions Al Dante, 2008), and the art installations A Wonderful World (Villa Kujoyama, 2008) and Portraits (Villa Kujoyama, 2008). For more information, visit http://aj.chaton.free.fr/.


Paul DeMarinis has been working as an electronic media artist since 1971 and has created numerous performance works, sound and computer installations, and interactive electronic inventions. He has performed internationally at The Kitchen, Festival d'Automne a Paris, Het Apollohuis in Holland, and at Ars Electronica in Linz. He has created music for Merce Cunningham Dance Co. His public artworks include large scale interactive installations at Park Tower Hall in Tokyo, at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Expo 1998 in Lisbon, and an interactive audio environment at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport in 2003.


Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (Seven Stories Press, 2000) and Blood and Soap (Seven Stories Press, 2004), and four books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish, 2003), American Tatts (Chax, 2005), Borderless Bodies(Factory School, 2006) and Jam Alerts(Chax, 2007), with a novel, Love Like Hate, due out in 2010. His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, Best American Poetry 2004, and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, among other places. He is also the editor of the anthologies Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (Seven Stories Press, 1996) and Three Vietnamese Poets (Tinfish, 2001), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (Tupelo, 2006). He has been invited to read his poetry all over the U.S. and in London, Cambridge and Berlin. His blog, Detainees, is here.


Patrick Durgin's most recent publications include Imitation Poems (Atticus/Finch, 2007), The Route, a collaborative hybrid-genre book written with Jen Hofer (Atelos, 2008), and essays on "post-ableist poetics" in Contemporary Women's Writing, The Journal of Modern Literature, and XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics. He maintains http://www.da-crouton.com, http://www.kenningeditions.com, and teaches literature and writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

"'In Contact' is instigated by and structured as a response to Jesse Seldess' poem 'In Contact' (in his book WHO OPENS). It is neither a setting of the poem nor an adaptation of it--the relationship of the music to the text is highly tangential, or perhaps just deeply personal. Seldess knew nothing about my work on the piece until I played it for him, and he was pleased with it, if not just with the gesture. One way in which the piece is personal is that it extends my interest in poetic seriality, though by non-linguistic means. It came at a time when I was moving away from writing shorter lyric poems and toward sequences (e.g. 'Craft Ballads') and series (e.g. 'Relay'). You can hear examples of my reading of all three types of modalities on my Penn Sound author page: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Durgin.html."


Kenward Elmslie (b. 1929) is a poet, playwright, librettist, songwriter, fiction writer, collagist, and publisher. His many collections of poems include Pavilions (1961), Power Plant Poems (1967), The Champ (1968), Album (1969), Motor Disturbance (1971), Moving Right Along (1980), Sung Sex (1989), and Routine Disruptions (1998). He collaborated with artist Joe Brainard on a number of books, from The Baby Book (1965) to Pay Dirt! (1992). Among Elmslie's opera librettos are The Sweet Bye and Bye (1966, music by Jack Beeson), Lizzie Borden (1967, music by Beeson), Miss Julie (1968, music by Ned Rorem), Three Sisters (1986, music by Thomas Pasatieri). His Broadway musical The Grass Harp (1967, music by Claibe Richardson) has become a cult classic. His other musicals include Lola (1985, music by Richardson) and Postcards on Parade (1994, music by Steven Taylor). Elmslie divides his time between New York City and Calais, Vermont. For detailed information see Kenward Elmslie: A Bibliographical Profile by William C. Bamberger.


Curtis Evans works as a poet and 8th grade teacher in NYC. His piece is excerpted out of "Poems for the Press Bed," a poem designed for letterpress, and is entitled "D1".


Claus Hoxbroe (b. 1980) lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, is the author of three books of poetry, Hylet fra gaden (2006), Solsorten er en skrigende lort ved daggry (2008), Tilpas utilpasset (2008) and the spoken word album, Sluk lyset (2007) with the string orchestra 1. TH. Hoxbroe is performing some 200 gigs a year. "Sig det med nye rytmer" is recorded live in the studio with Claus Hoxbroe & Arets laengste dag. For more information, visit him at http://www.myspace.com/beatnixdk or http://www.beatnix.dk.


Kathleen Ivanoff lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has two interdisciplinary degrees in Women's Studies, Writing, and Psychology and has also studied and worked with Tibetan Master Gelek Rimpoche for twenty years. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Michigan University and is an Instructor at Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center.


Donna Kuhn is an author, poet, dancer, visual and video artist living on the central coast of California. She maintains a blog at-http://digitalaardvarks.blogspot.com.


Joseph Lease's critically acclaimed books of poetry include Broken World (Coffee House Press) and Human Rights (Zoland Books). His poem "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" was selected for The Best American Poetry 2002 (Scribner). His poems have also been featured on NPR and published in The AGNI 30th Anniversary Poetry Anthology, VQR, Bay Poetics, Paris Review, and elsewhere. Thomas Fink's book A Different Sense of Power: Problems of Community in Late-Twentieth Century U.S. Poetry includes extensive critical analysis of Lease's poetry. Lease is Associate Professor of Writing and Literature and Chair of the MFA Program in Writing at California College of the Arts. Joseph Lease's track is courtesy of Wave Books.


Andy Moor lives in Amsterdam. He was born in London and started his music career in Scotland. He's a member of the Dutch group The Ex and founded the Scottish group Dog Faced Hermans as well as the group Kleta Red, which is based in Berlin. He has collaborated with the musicians Yannis Kyriakides, DJ/Rupture, Terrie Ex, Paal Nillssen Love, Ken Vandermark and John Butcher.


Cynthia Nelson is a poet and a musician who lives in Portland, Oregon. She teaches music at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls and is currently working on a piano-based third solo album of songs (see http://www.nonstopco-op.com/ for the first two). Recently she published work in 6x6 (an Ugly Duckling Presse magazine), and co-edited the radical fiction journal Tantalum. She used to tour the U.S. repeatedly, some ramblings from which are present here and in The Art of Touring, an anthology forthcoming from Yeti Press in 2009 (http://www.yetipublishing.com/).


Alva Noto (alias Cartsen Nicolai) lives in Berlin. He is a substantial figure in contemporary electronic minimalism. Founder of the Berlin label raster-noton, he tours world-wide as a solo artist and with other musicians like Ryoji Ikeda (cyclo), Mika Vainio, Thomas Knak (opto) and Tyuichi Sakamoto.


Seth Perlow holds an MA from the University of Chicago and is pursuing a PhD in English at Cornell. His poetry and translations have appeared in Opium, Elimae, Horse Less Review, Carousel, Revista Respiro, the anothology Connecting Lines, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Robot Portrait of Homo Futurus, is forthcoming from P.S. Books, and collaborations with Eric Baus and Catherine Theis are forthcoming in New Pony: A Horse Less Anthology. He lives in Ithaca, NY, where he co-curates the SOON Productions poetry reading series.

"To compose 'Spent,' I retained every paper-ribbon sales receipt issued to me between 1 February and 14 February 2009. I then scanned them in chronological order, converted them to text using standard OCR software, and recorded as the Fred voice (of Apple Computers) read aloud the resulting transcript. The rate of speech was increased while maintaining pitch, and the word 'Spent' was added at the recording's start. Otherwise, Fred simply reads the receipt text--some comprehensible, some not--just as the OCR interpreted it."


Stephanie Rowden has been meddling with sound since 1980 when she discovered its magical powers. She teaches at the University of Michigan's School of Art & Design. Her piece "BJ's Aria" is based on old cassette recordings of her late friend BJ Goodwin, a clown and vocal performer extraordinaire.


Brian Schorn is an interdisciplinary artist. He received an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College where he studied with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Alvin Curran, Maggie Payne and Chris Brown. In addition, he received an MFA in creative writing from Brown University where he studied with Keith Waldrop, Rosmarie Waldrop and CD Wright. Schorn's music has been performed in France, The Netherlands, Austria, New York and elsewhere throughout the United States. His music appears on the compilation releases Clinical Jazz, Open Source/Open Ear, and The Last Signal. In 2008, he released his first collection of electronic, text-sound compositions on the internet label Cyclene Records. In 2009, Schorn's graphic scores and creative writing will be published in Notations21: An Anthology of Innovative Notation. He is the author of Strabismus published by Burning Deck. His poems are forthcoming in the journal Unsaid.


Dale Edwin Sherrard (American, 1961) is an experimental composer, audio designer and multimedia artist who maintains that the remix is infinite. His work occurs in various formats, including scores for choreography, film scores, sound design for installation, sonic sculpture and space tuning, poetic engineering, experimental playback, turntable process and live performance, including a series of "Faux Lectures" using slideshows and multimedia designed to highlight his firm conviction that no one really has anything important to say. His work is centered primarily around the concept of text and language as a sonic pallette and follows the cut-up and tape modification traditions of William S. Burroughs (whom he sometimes performs as), Ken Nordine and Charles Dodge, with a decidedly large nod to the philosophies of John Cage. He publishes and performs under the moniker "HOMELITE GRAVELY."

His most recent work is a 9-channel, one hour performance featuring a small orchestra and poet Brian Blanchfield entitled "The Panictown Cartography" which premiered at Brunswick Studios in Missoula, Montana. He has recently worked with Italian sculptor and animator Luca Buvoli on "A VERY BEAUTIFUL DAY AFTER TOMORROW" (UN BELLISSIMO DOPODOMANI) which premiered at the Venice Beinalle in 2007 and "Ave Machina" as sound designer and co-composer that premiered at The Mattress Factory. His dance scores with choreographer Ani Weinstien premiered at the Dance Theater Workshop (2006) in New York and continue to be performed nationally. He provided sound design for Tony Torn's film The Grand Inquisitor in 2006. His highly cynical series of short films entitled A Word From Missoula, Montana can be found on YouTube.com.

Sherrard lives most recently and quite happily in Montana and occasionally exists virtually in Brooklyn, New York, depending on where the action is. He is older than he looks and younger than he feels.

"'tapioca tundra' was originally composed by michael 'wool hat' or 'nez' nesmith for a band known as the monkees in 1967.

the song (as well as his composition 'magnolia simms' and others) was inspired by a large collection of old 45 records from the '20s and '30s he allegedly purchased at a yard sale. although the piece was a tribute to the ragtime and jazz of the '20s, it is also considered a one of the earliest examples of southern psychedelia (nesmith has been credited by some as the father of southern rock, as well as the creator of MTV).

this 'cover' is a treatment of that song using samples from various versions, with nez's original opening and closing (modified) and a lovely rare orchestrated version from 'the wichita train whistle sings' (a collection of his work essentially performed by a 'big band'). it was created as a deconstructive experiment in modified midi, archival recordings, and DAW tracking techniques such as 'humanized midi' and quantization. all instrumentation, vocals and programming are by dale sherrard, with the exception of a sudden posthumous critique of the piece by the monkees themselves. listen as davy, mike, mickey and peter give their opnions of sherrard's work 40 years before the piece ever existed!

hardly a standalone, 'tapioca tundra' is part of seven nesmith compositions that homelite gravely (sherrard) is currently producing in an effort to redefine the process of 'remix' as an un-tethered and open palette that may offer tribute and reference while introducing a completely new point-of-view and unique progression into established musical forms. this response to a band as over-defined as the monkees is in fact inspired by nesmith's own fascination with forms that came before him.

There is a video version of "tapioca tundra" online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNDk0oanGyA."


Woody Sullender is a composer and performer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. His work primarily focuses on the socio-political aspects of organized sound. He performs improvised music on the banjo as "Uncle Woody Sullender." http://www.deadceo.com/unclewoody

"'Whispering Spectres (German version, excerpt)' is an excerpt from an installation/radio broadcast of filtered live FM radio signals. These radio signals are being passed through many 'band pass filters,' a type of equalizer that allows a small range of frequencies through while attenuating frequencies outside of this range. In effect, most of the audio signal is 'erased' except for a narrow band of frequencies. This work highlights small, hidden musical moments that are occurring on FM radio, but are usually rendered inaudible by other elements in the sound."


KC Trommer is a poet and collage artist. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Coconut, MARGIE, Octopus, The Sycamore Review and other journals. A 2007 graduate of the MFA program at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, as well as fellowships from the Maine Summer Arts Program, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Prague Summer Program. She lives in New York City with her husband, the novelist and prose poet Justin Courter.


Joe Wenderoth Wesleyan University Press published Joe Wenderoth's first two books of poetry, Disfortune and It Is If I Speak, and Wave Books published his latest book of poems, No Real Light. Wave Books has also published his novel, Letters To Wendy's, and The Holy Spirit Of Life: Essays Written For John Ashcroft's Secret Self. His films can be seen on YouTube. Wenderoth is Professor of English at the University of California, Davis.