MATT WELLINS builds and performs with homemade electronic instruments, inspired by the materially contumacious practices of David Tudor and Michael Johnsen. This work aims to emphasize the particularities of electronic components, the snafus of live performance, and general ambivalence toward commercial equipment. It is designed to be perceived live, completely divorced from recording technology, and as such, relies on the acoustic qualities of the space, the frequency sensitivities of the house PA system, and the electrical wiring of the building.
Concurrently, Wellins fosters interests in the experimental loft theater of 1970s New York, early American shape-note singing, and magnetic recording for reasons not altogether unrelated from the above. Wellins has presented his work–most notably in collaboration with 16mm filmmaker Sarah Halpern–at venues such as Anthology Film Archives and EMPAC. Along with Johnsen, he maintains the Electronic Music Resource at Ubu.com.
SARAH HALPERN works with film, performance, sound, text and paper, addressing the difficulties in understanding oneself and other people. Her work questions conventional human relationships to vision, hearing, reading and communicating and has been presented at The Kitchen, Experimental Intermedia, The Museum of Moving Image, Anthology Film Archives, ((audience)) Sound Off, and MicroscopeGallery, among others. She is a founding member of Optipus Film Group (with Lary 7, Bradley Eros and others) and has collaborated extensively with electronic musician Matt Wellins. Halpern lives and works in Queens, NY.
IAN M. FRASER is a New York based computer musician, primarily focused on algorithmic composition, generative structures, and stochastic processes. With Reed Evan Rosenberg, he works with the development of Keroaän, a musical artificial intelligence designed to perform without any human intervention what-so-ever. In live performance, they combine live generative works with real-time visualizations, utilizing high-intensity strobe lights and lasers.
SLOW TONGUED BEAUTY is Ryan Scott Kerr; a producer of agonizing, minimalist noise which evokes a darkness comparable to that of the winter nights in Philadelphia.