"A few months ago I wrote a note to myself :
'Try to create a mask that that doesn’t have anything to do with anything.' and kept wondering what that could mean until i started to imagine Mask/Mirror..."
"It is difficult not to treat Mask Mirror, with its randomized garble of words, as a willfully cryptic Oracle of Delphi reincarnated as an Apple laptop. While Bosetti had described the project as "about the aboutness of being about" what Noise got out all of this is that it's devilishly hard not to seek meaning even where it's clear none is forthcoming. Not until the program, in a moment of absurd hilarity, spit forth the word "hamburgers" did it all click: Mask Mirror is a tool for shearing all meaning from language. It's a liberation, of sorts, like the sound version of Rorschach tests: The mind is encouraged to wander freely and delight in words purely for their sound. In the information overload of contemporary times, Mask Mirror's playful rupturing of sense--its nonsense, in other words--is a welcome respite." Raven Baker - Noise/Citypaper
Alessandro Bosetti, composer and sound artist, was born in Milan, Italy in 1973. He works on the musicality of spoken words and unusual aspects of spoken communication and produced text-sound compositions featured in live performances, radio broadcastings and published recordings. In his work he moves on the line between sound anthropology and composition often including translation and misunderstanding in the creative process. Field research and interviews often build the basis for his abstract compositions along with electro-acoustic and acoustic collages, relational strategies,trained and untrained instrumental practices, vocal explorations and digital manipulations. Since he's curious about differences he travels. Just in 2006 he's been living and working in West Africa, China, Taiwan, Holland, Scandinavia, United States , Germany and Italy. For the future he plans to be living and working between Berlin (D), Milano (I) and Baltimore (USA).
Byron Westbrook is a sound/intermedia artist living in
Brooklyn, NY. His audio/video performances as CORRIDORS involve the
distribution of processed instrumental and environmental recordings
through a multi-channel environment with a focus on energy distilled
from sound and light. He has shared bills with Sawako, Tony Conrad,
Stefan Tcherepnin, Lichens, James Blackshaw, Anette Krebs, Soft
Circle, and Mountains, among many others, and collaborated with Paris-based composer and former Kitchen curator Rhys
Chatham in the drone metal group Essentialist (Table of the Elements),
as well as performed in the ensembles of Phill Niblock, Rhys Chatham,
Glenn Branca and Jonathan Kane.
CORRIDORS is a multi-channel audio/video environment that uses video
projections, amplifiers and speakers strategically placed within a
performance space. It was originally developed as a distribution
system for improvised guitar feedback and has evolved over the last
three years into composed works using varied sound sources through the
system, which is also customized for the individual works. The
project emphasizes how redistributed energy of sound and light in
space to alter perception.
"To call Byron Westbrook a composer of breathtakingly beautiful ambient pieces and drone works is reasonably accurate but painfully
-TimeOut New York
Jason Kahn's work includes sound installation, performance and composition. He was born in New York in 1960, grew up in Los Angeles and relocated to Europe in 1990. He currently lives in Zürich. Kahn performs both solo and in collaborations, using percussion, analog synthesizer or computer in different combinations. He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental recordings and creates his sound installations for specific spaces. The focus of these primarily non-visual works lies in the perception of a space through sound.
Whether utilizing bombastic minimalism, dense interplay, or electroacoustic practices, Jon Mueller's approach focuses on a physical dialog between situation and material. He has performed/recorded with: Aranos, Keith Berry, Jarboe, Jason Kahn, Asmus Tietchens, Jack Wright, Carol Genetti, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Pele, Hal Rammel, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jim Schoenecker, Bhob Rainey, Martijn Tellinga, Glenn Kotche, Werner Moebius, Steve Nelson-Raney, Lionel Marchetti, Tatsuya Nakatani, Adam Sonderberg, Thomas Gaudynski, Tim Catlin, Rhys Chatham, Matt Turner, Achim Wollscheid, Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Lightbox Orchestra, and many others.