Layne Garrett works with found objects, found sounds, guitars, and self-built instruments. Recorded output ranges from assemblage-drenched americana to a new cd of improvisations on guitar and prepared guitar; a disc of improvised duos (with Scott Allison, Christian Brady, Ryan Jewell, Janel Leppin, Sam Lohman, Anthony Pirog, and Jenny Tucker) is on the way shortly on Sockets Records. Solo performances have lately hovered in the heady realm of improvised explorations on buzzed-out prepared resonator guitar and homemade light-sensitive electronics. Other recent activities include: organizing a large-scale tape-loop intervention in Rock Creek Park (Washington DC), hosting shows at the Lighthouse in DC, and completing several construction projects, including a version of Glenn Branca's harmonics guitar, a set of hanging car-metal gongs in the shape of a map of the USA, and a large freestanding playable structure about which a collaborator said: "man i would really love to play that big baby for 12 hours straight it is obviously a meditation key."
Cursillistas is a pair of psych-folk artists from Portland, Maine named Matthew Lajoie and Dawn Marna. A self-released CDR called Rotary and Gems caught the attention of Time-Lag’s Nemo Bidstrup. Since then, Cursillistas has released a number of handmade and self-released documents in addition to a CDR-only release on Time-Lag. Matthew also runs his own label, L’animaux Tryst. "With all our packaging - as much as possible - we get the bands involved in the artwork, so that it's their hands sewing up the record sleeves or handpainting the covers… I think people appreciate getting that direct route from artist to consumer that is so rare these days." In 2005, his Thrush Chimes In The Field Haunt was released in a limited
edition of 140 through Time-Lag. A 3”CDR and cassette entitled Les Biches was released on L’animaux Tryst in 2006, and early 2007 saw the release of a split double-3”CDR / cassette with Maine’s Bird Microphone, also on L’animaux Tryst.
David Kirby is an Atlanta-based digital composer making a transition to analog improvisation using cassette tapes. He operates the Homophoni web label, with a focus on electroacoustic music, and recently released his first improvised recording, entitled Cittacaura.