Ben Versluis a.k.a. Worker/Parasite
Ben Versluis recorded for many years under the alias Worker/Parasite. Originally from Illinois, he now lives in Oakland, California. Aside from producing and DJing, he also works as a freelance mixing/mastering engineer and instructor of all things audio. He has released on Clan Destine Records, Classicworks, Electric Pressure, Folding Spaces, Jacktone Records, Night Gaunt Recordings, One Eyed Jacks, and Opal Tapes.
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Best Available Technology
Kevin Palmer lives and works in Portland, Oregon, USA. He has released on a number of labels, including Styles Upon Styles, Further Records, Astro:Dynamics and Opal Tapes, with remixes for Gang of Ducks and Nice Up International. He is currently working on BOA, a collaborative project with Gary James Geiler of ovis aurum.
Working under the pseudonym Birdy Earns, experimental producer and sound designer Arne Vogel is based in Berlin, Germany. He has previously released on Speaker Footage, HollerBack Records and The Leap, with remix appearances on videogamemusic and WTF is Swag.
Frequently collaborating with Broshuda, Birdy Earns has also released a split cassette project with San Francisco's Benito on the Paris-based label Hylé Tapes.
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Blair Sound Design
Blair Sound Design is Tallahassee, Florida based dance producer Kyle Lyon. Cycling amongst cheap MIDI rack synths, drum machines and thrift store scavenged tapes and vinyl, Blair Sound Design is a project which oscillates between different genre signifiers and textural qualities at a high, giddy frequency. Exploring isolation with a healthy dose of levity, each Blair production is approached with a tongue-in-cheek sincerity that aims to entertain.
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Releases have emerged on various tape labels, including Always Human Tapes, Cloud Bank, Fort Evil Fruit, Hylé Tapes, Indole Records, Kudzu Productions, Nekubi Tapes, Proto Sites, Reject and Fade, SØVN, Speaker Footage and WTF is Swag.
Blood Room also forms one half of IXTAB, a collaborative project with Ovis Aurum. In late 2015, a one-off EP recorded with Mute-Tiny appeared under the name Blood Mute.
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Broshuda lives and works in Germany, where he traces lines between graphic design, illustration and audio production. In addition to releases for SEAGRAVE, he has released on Paralaxe Editions, Sonic Router, Videogamemusic, WTFIS and collaboratively with Vuptes on Denmark's Phinery.
Contributing graphic work to a range of institutions and labels, he has also produced soundtrack work for film and theatre projects, whilst taking part in a number of exhibitions and installations internationally.
Multi-Functional Noise Enterprise Program Cementimental supplies the total 2 track/truck of the tornado condition which is separated. Harsh noise ≈ circuit bending ≈ rough music, since 2000AD. Cut up tape recorder gods' little toy fading, bookstore ink running, interesting music play while crawling. 99.98% similar to the real item, and you can justice this item factually. When the animal climbs down, it believes the grass is the ground, releases its grip on the tree, and subsequently falls . It claimed 6% of England's streets were littered with rubber bands.
Cignol is a Dublin-based purveyor of warm, melodic electronics. He's been making noises on machines for over 12 years and DJing for double that. His output varies from lush electronica to classic acid, electro and techno styles.
Matheus Fernandes is based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. His debut album was released on Seagrave, summer 2015.
Graham Dunning is an artist, musician and tutor based in London, UK. He regularly records and performs with AAS, Colin Webster (saxophone), Sam Underwood (tuba), Embla Quickbeam, Stuart Chalmers (tapes), Andrew Leslie Hooker (no input mixer/loops), Ingrid Plum (voice) and Anthony Donovan's Murmurists ensemble.
He has released on Entr'acte, Adaadat, Raw Tonk, Mottomotto, Linear Obsessional, Bum Tapes, Quagga Curious Sounds, CRAM, Holectics Research Recordings and his own label for handmade releases, Fractal Meat Cuts.
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Ice_Eyes are Spiros A. and Anastasios T., both based in Athens, Greece. The duo produce electronic music within a contemporary rhythmic context, combining elements from abstract techno to future grime.
Their debut release was on Nutty Wombat in early 2015, followed shortly after by an EP on Sonic Playground. In addition to an album and compilation appearances for Seagrave, they have released EPs on Last Aid Kit and Numb Capsule.
ISSHU is based in İstanbul and London. He started out Djing at various radio stations and clubs, before making his own music as a one man lo-fi post-punk project. Since that time he has made music and DJ'd under a variety of different aliases.
He has released EPs on Memoire Affective and Moscow's Isaiah Tapes.
Jay Glass Dubs
Dimitris Papadatos (b. 1981, USA) is a composer, musician and sound artist based in Athens, Greece. In addition to Jay Glass Dubs, he currently produces ΚU and The Hydra projects.
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Josh Millrod is a Brooklyn-based musician, music therapist and member of Grasshopper and Hex Breaker Quartet. His music utilizes trumpet, electronics and laptop and focuses on the intersection of meditative or waking dream states and improvised music.
Artist and producer Hamish Trevis lives and works in Bristol, UK. With a background in curation, installation and sound art, he currently produces urban audio collages with what he describes as 'a nod to a more pastoral past'. A Reckno veteran, with releases on RAMP Recordings, Permalnk and a few self released bootlegs, Hamish recently teamed up with comrades to form the Ceramics label, which will feature upcoming releases from Joane Skyler, Mphahlele and Italian artist Presente.
Kritzkom is the solo project of Marine Drouan, a musician and graphic designer from Nantes (France) living in Berlin. She produces and performs electronic music with an assortment of machines and synthesizers, often integrating field recording and unusual sounds.
Over the last ten years she has worked on several projects with releases on such labels as Where To Now? and Hylé Tapes, whilst also engaging in a number of collaborations, such as the duo Miko and as part of Anna Otto.
Elin is based on Linderödsåsen in Sweden. She has been involved in music and performance art for many years: contributing vocals to the Radio Dept.'s first album, she also did choir and dance work with Miss Mimi and the Mysticals.
Based in Japan, Takahiro Kinoshita has been producing electronic music since 2008. A DJ and producer, his first vinyl release as 99LETTERS was in 2015 on Série limitée Records of London. In addition to an album on SEAGRAVE, he has releases out on the Paris-based label THRHNDRDSVNTNN and Budapest's Dalmata Daniel.
Nebulo is the solo project of French composer and producer Thomas Pujols. Since 2006, he has released several solo albums and EPs on a variety of labels such as Hymen Records, Stomoxine Records, Oddfrequencies, Le Cabanon, with a forthcoming album for Phinery.
Thomas also collaborates as Crypto Tropic, with a release on Speaker Footage, and as Ultraabriight, with a release on Orange Milk.
Nene Hatun is a Berlin-based musician. Born in Istanbul, she grew up in Izmir, later going on to study piano and composition in Ankara, Tel Aviv and Stuttgart. Having grown up in Turkey, Nene Hatun displays a wealth of oriental and Anatolian influences, combining these with her own electronic, psychedelic and rhythmic modes of expression.
Based in Budapest, Norwell (Balázs Semsei) has made his mark as a producer of hypnotizing, uplifting, yet grounded electronic music in recent years, chiefly through his joint work with S Olbricht on Cleaning Tapes, a release on the UK's essential Reckno label, as well as his ongoing contributions to Budapest’s Farbwechsel label.
Describing his project as "diving into the realms of 70s Kosmiche music to collect its wonders and knowledge to present them in a brand new light", Norwell releases have also emerged on Beachcoma Recordings and Shabu Recordings. Since early 2016, Semsei has embarked on a new, club-focused adventure in the realms of electro, with a 4 track 12” emerging on Rotterdam's Pinkman label.
Gary Geiler has been recording music and unusual sound sources (such as rattlesnakes) for many years. As Ovis Aurum, he has released albums on Seagrave and Fort Evil Fruit. He is also currently working on two collaborative projects: BOA, with Best Available Technology and IXTAB, with Blood Room. He is based in Austin, Texas, USA.
Pearl River Sound
Roberto Semeraro is based in Rome, Italy. He first emerged on the scene with a release on the Seattle-based label Further Records in 2012. Until that time, PRS music was considered to be something strictly private and intimate.
More recently, PRS releases have emerged on Drvg Cvltvre's New York Haunted label, Massprod's Woland Records, HOLOVR's Indole Records and Meda Fury, a division of the legendary R&S Records.
Roberto describes PRS as having 'a pure, infant and melancholy sound, influenced by a mother who used to play classical music at the piano and by the electronic music of the 90s, mostly that used as soundtrack to cartoons and documentaries.'
Perfume Advert are Thomas Brown and Aaron Turner from Middlesbrough, UK. Their debut release ‘Tulpa’ combines broken ambient textures with clunky, downtempo house beats and had a limited cassette run through the Vancouver based 1080p label in 2013. The album received positive attention and quickly lead to other projects such as ATM’s ‘Xerox’ (a collaborative album between Perfume Advert and M/M), remixes for D.Tiffany and M/M, and mixes for i-D magazine, Music is my Sanctuary and Subbacultcha. In 2015, Perfume Advert have had a string of follow up releases including the functional ‘Kappa Downs’ 12” via Where To Now? and the textural ’+200 Gamma’ tape through Opal Tapes.
Since 2014, Perfume Advert have been showcasing their live set internationally at shows and festivals including Mutek Montreal and Zoo Project Festival. Utilising a concise collection of hardware samplers, synths and other noise generators, the resulting performances can range from heavy, clubbed-up dance sets to delicate, ambient improvisations.
Renick is a computer musician, programmer, and teacher living in Tokyo, Japan. He is a graduate of the doctoral program at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan. His current research interests are live coding, improvisation, and algorithmic composition using open source software. He is the author of Conductive, a library for live coding in the Haskell programming language.
Renick has previously released a 12" + digital EP on Lee Gamble's label UIQ. In addition to his forthcoming Seagrave CS + digital album, he has a remix EP due on Beat Gatherers.
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A UK graffiti pioneer, REQ ONE - aka REQ TDK, or simply REQ - began painting walls in his native city of Brighton in 1984, initially as part of the TFU crew (The Fuckest Uppest) and then more prominently as part of the TDK crew (The Dusty Knights) with SHE ONE, CARD2 / VISOR, Vinnie Nylon a.k.a. BUICK, NOZAL / JAS and EURO. Typically produced on a Casio FZ-1 and mastered direct to a 4 track tape machine, his first musical EPs and album releases emerged a little over a decade later in 1995 on renowned UK label Skint Records, followed a few years later by releases on FatCat Records, Ultimate Dilemma, Plush, Blue Juice, and Warp Records.
Justin Wiggan is based in the UK. He records as Roadside Picnic and also as Dreams of Tall Buildings with Darren Joyce. His work has been performed and exhibited internationally and incorporates sonics, text, film, object-changing and drawing to create interface solutions to site / circumstance specific problems. A Jerwood drawing prize finalist, Justin was the first participant to submit a sound drawing.
He has released on a number of labels, including Jehu and Chinaman, VCO Records, LA COHU, Los Discos Enfantasmes, A Giant Fern, Illuminated Paths, and Autistic Campaign.
Ryushi is a threesome team based in Osaka, Japan. Their debut album was released on Seagrave, December 2017.
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Based in Bristol, UK, Ollie Hall started creating music under the alias bad_sector. Now, as Stellar Mass, he explores darker textures inspired by the likes of Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard and David Cronenberg.
He also collects found sounds for his field recording project The Binaural Diaries, material from which has been featured as part of the BBC's Save Our Sounds project, the Free Music Archive's World Listening Day, and the Dirty Demos Location Study compilation.
Based in Berlin for a decade or more, TANS originally hails from Puglia, southern Italy. Inspired by On U Sound, new wave, hip hop, house and graffiti culture, he released his first recordings in 1992 on Milan's Right Tempo and France's Big Cheese Records. These he followed up with "The Flame Recording", a soundtrack for a TV series on MTV Italia, "Qui non cresce l'erba".
Together with Torto O. G. (Pooglia Tribe), his "brother in life", TANS worked on the Italian language book Breve storia di una generazione (Caratterimobili, 2012).
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