A.R. Abbauen

A.R. Abbauen is the solo project of Austin, Texas artist Michael Cockrell. Under this moniker, Cockrell utilizes four track cassette players and effects to create plunderphonics focused compositions. Built of pitch-warped repetition and thoughtfully layered melodies, each piece results in the disclosure of a space, or environment. Fixed loops come in and out of play in various forms, coalesce and eventually suspend the listener within a room of aural objects awaiting examination. Other undertakings of Michael’s include being an active member of Industrial Post-Punk group, Deep Cross, operating the limited run cassette label Somatic and releasing material under the name Jezzebeam. Visual accompaniment for A.R. Abbauen’s 2019 NMASS performance will be executed by Victor Enriquez(Drip//Cuts).

Thomas Bey William Bailey and Alex Keller

In 2017, diplomats from the United States in Cuba experienced an attack with a sonic weapon described by one as “an invisible wall cutting straight through his room.” Immediate effects 1 included pain and disorientation. Longer­term effects included mild brain injury, with symptoms including cognitive impairment and memory issues.

The immediate reaction from the science community was inconclusive; the effects didn’t match what we know about sonic weapons . At this point most researchers believe that the weapon 2 was most likely microwave radiation modulated by ultrasonic sound . 3

Since early 2018, we have been experimenting with reproducing this sonic effect at an intensity that is low enough to avoid the short­term or long­term effects, and merely lets you appreciate the brilliant weirdness of ultrasonic sound.

For the 2019 New Media Art and Sound Summit we would like to present the results of our experiments as a safe sound and light installation, in which the audience is able to voluntarily confront an attack on the senses.

About Thomas Bey William Bailey

Thomas Bey William Bailey is a psycho­acoustic sound artist, researcher and writer on saturation culture. Working with a number of different communications media, TBWB’s body of work investigates and interrogates notions of utopia, anthropocentrism, and “the extreme”; refusing to reject any unpopular cultural manifestation as invalid until its more nuanced aspects have been brought to light.

A restlessly ‘transitional’ and uncategorizable artist, TBWB has performed, recorded, and taught in several distinct global regions, sharing with others the joys of chaos and of the valuation of creative process over end product.

About Alex Keller

Alex Keller is an audio artist, sound designer, curator and teacher based in Austin, Texas. His work is in the media of performance, installation, and recorded release, and reflects his interests in architecture, language, abstraction and music.

He is an active audio production professional, has taught classes in media production at the Art Institute of Austin, Shoreline College, and the Art Institute of Seattle, and has won awards for his creative work from the Austin Chronicle, the City of Seattle, Puget Sound Transit, and Jack Straw Productions.

Alex received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and an MLA from St. Edward’s University in 2005. He is a founding member of Phonography Austin and the Mimeomeme collective.

1 https://apnews.com/697536f065e6470eaa5ccfc35061e7ce
2 https://apnews.com/697536f065e6470eaa5ccfc35061e7ce
3 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/science/sonic­attack­cuba­microwave.html

North Texas Feminist Improvising Group

Bitches Set Traps (or BST) started as a group in 2018 inspired by the Feminist Improvising Group, which was a 5-8 person ensemble founded in 1977 by Scottish vocalist Maggie Nicols and English bassoonist-composer Lindsay Cooper.  They were the first ensemble of female improvisers who performed publicly. Their initial intent was apolitical, the group developed an interest in exploring social commentary and political parody and farce, and in challenging taboos on-stage.  

Elizabeth McNutt, flutist, specializes in contemporary music, and has premiered hundreds of new compositions. She directs Sounds Modern as well as the University of North Texas new music ensemble, Nova. www.elizabethmcnutt.net; www.soundsmodern.org.

Jolene Masone is a unique artist specializing in Contemporary and Experimental music for bassoon. https://exmusens.com/home

Kourtney Newton is a professional cellist based in Denton, TX who specializes in contemporary and experimental music; she especially enjoys playing electroacoustic music as well as improvisation as a soloist or in an ensemble.  https://amorsima.com/

Sarah Ruth is a diverse musician and artist – a multi-instrumentalist, she employs hammered dulcimer, harmonium, electroacoustic sound art, and extended vocal techniques. https://www.sarahruthalexander.com/

Article From Theater Jones, http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/reviews/20190120105431/2019-01-20/Sounds-Modern/Broken-Dolls

BST  “…used unconventional “instruments” such as kitchen bowls, a coffee grinder, hair dryers, and assorted other implements of traditional femininity. Both the written piece and the improvisatory one raise questions about gender roles and expectations. (Can a person play the cello and vacuum at the same time? Yes, apparently, cellist Kourtney [Newton] can. But can she do them simultaneously and well? Not really, unless all you want to hear are open strings—perhaps reinforcing that we can do it all, sure, but maybe not all at once.)”

Emily Beanblossom

Emily Beanblossom is an artist and musician from Chicago Illinois.  Her live performances are structured around minimalist compositions using both analog and digital tools, including tape loops, live feedback, voice, and digital synthesis.  She is pursuing an MFA in Sound Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying composition processes (or methods/systems) for music and sound.  Rooted in DIY music culture, Beanblossom strives to make a lot with only a little.