Data Cult Audio 0040 – Norma Saguaro

About:

Norma Saguaro lives in Portland, Oregon where she is finishing a degree in Economics. She hosts an electronic music focused radio show called ‘Beyond the Marble Palace’ on Freeform Portland, 90.3 fm, and after a long sabbatical has just recently started writing music again. Her favorite things include the smell of incense, long walks in fog, fried chicken, the sound of a saxophone being played far off in the rain and her sweet dog, Lucy.

You can catch her on radio show online every Saturday at 4am Pacific Standard Time (GMT-7 or GMT-8 depending on Daylight Savings Time).

Links:
Radio: https://www.freeformportland.org/program/?show_name=beyond-the-marble-palace
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/proximal_distal/

Data Cult Audio 0039 – Adamon

About:

During the embryonic development of the modern musical synthesizer, Morton Subotnick envisioned a day in which an individual could become the audience, the director, and the performer of a musical work all at once. The belief was that a device could exist that one could explore a sonic space with in real time and move from “point to point” within this space guided by feelings, emotions, or any other perturbation of the mind. With the creation of such a device (the “synthesizer”) in 1963, Subtonick’s idea became reality however alternative interpretations of its utility also emerged. With time, the “synthesizer” came to predominately be an instrument with which equal tempered, melodic music was created, recorded, and distributed among the masses. A select few have, however chosen to investigate and develop the concept closer to Subotnick’s original vision of the man-machine interaction. adamon is Damon Mar’s pursuit of this.

adamon is Damon Mar
Lawrence F**king Kansas

Links:
https://soundcloud.com/adamon
https://adamon.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/adamonnoise

http://marsynth.com/
https://ethereallive.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/el012-adamon-ships/

Data Cult Audio 0038 – Miles MacQuarrie

About:

Miles Macquarrie went to college for audio engineering and has always had an interest in sound design. He also has a love for synthesizers and the music created by them. Influenced by new wave, minimal synth, electro, and ambient, he uses modular synths as a way to relax when he is not busy running his restaurant, Kimball House. 

Links:
www.kimball-house.com

Data Cult Audio 0036 – Helvetian Waves

About:
Helvetian Waves is a side project of Andrés Fuentes, a classical–trained pianist, composer and physicist based in Zürich, whom has been commissioned on several occasions by the Mozarteum (Salzburg) to write electroacoustic music, by the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna to develop intelligent sound installations and, more recently, by the IRCAM (Paris) to research on new techniques of Deep Learning addressed to music. His oeuvre is quite versatile, including his characteristic nonlinear metric and atonal structures, as well as chromatic post-minimalism envelopes.

Links:
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/helvetianwaves 
Bandcamp: https://helvetianwaves.bandcamp.com

Data Cult Audio 0035 – Erin Cooper

About:

Erin April Cooper is an experimental improvisational musician based in Portland OR. She creates her pieces using a variety of synthesizers. Her pieces are inspired by her emotions and life experiences.

Links:
https://soundcloud.com/rinprilooper/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ldvGq1L8_aU5LwOJ-f_XQ

Data Cult Audio 0034 – Adaptive Machines

About:

Adaptive Machines is a live performance based project from Portland, Oregon. Started by Scott Worley of Jatun in late 2013, as a way to eschew recording on the computer and get back into the world of modular synthesizers and recording live performances through analog mixers directly onto tape (reel to reel, 4 tracks, 8 tracks) with no overdubs or post production involved. On the cusp of releasing the 8th installment in his current VOLUMETRIC series, Scott shares the opening songs off of his upcoming releases, VOL X and VOL XI. He shares some words about Adaptive Machines and the VOL series:

“It takes me anywhere from a day to two weeks to finish a patch on the modular. At the moment of finishing the patch it’s pretty typical of me to hang out for many hours in a meditative trance, listening to the ebb & flow of interactive modules at play. It’s really nice to step back and admire all the work put into what essentially is a temporary piece of art. At this point I’ll spend the next couple of days learning how to perform it before recording it live to tape for documentation. These series of tapes are called VOL, short for VOLUMETRIC. VOL I – XX were recorded to a variety of analog tape formats over the course of January 2014 to December 2015 and are currently being released exclusively through Bandcamp.”

Adaptive Machines can be found on the web at:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/adaptivemachines
Bandcamp – https://adaptivemachines.bandcamp.com/
Website – http://www.jatunmusic.com/

Data Cult Audio 0033 – Huron

About:

Huron is the project of NYC / Pennsylvania-based musician Johnny Lancia. He’s been releasing slowly drifting sounds for over 10 years now, using modular synthesizers, obsolete samplers and tape loops to craft his blissed out drones. This piece was recorded especially for Data Cult Audio and was composed using the Tascam 424mkiii cassette four track as an instrument loaded with tape loops painstakingly created by hand. Recordings of analog synthesizers are warped and twisted with each pass of audio. Casio SK-1 was also present.

Links:
https://huron.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/huronmusicnyc
https://www.youtube.com/user/huronmusicnyc

Data Cult Audio 0030 – Vance Stevenson

About:

Vance likes sound. He likes making things. He likes quiet surprises. He likes making sounds that surprise him. It started with Max controlled midi synths, (a Nord rack and Nord Modular) and Max/MSP laptop performance instruments in the 90s. Always interested in creating systems that could only influence and steer, but not control. Propagating an esthetic. He focuses on collapsing sounds – made both from the synthesizers and field recordings. Sonic archaeology – sounds on the edge of breaking – suspended in a structure bordering song and chaos. But please have fun. Eventually, his monkey sphere’s needs and the functionality of the tech took over, leading to working in the NYC art scene designing and building all manner of systems for artists and institutions. And in the process – lost any artistic direction himself. Escaping to the hinterlands he has fully dedicated himself to his midlife-crisis and modular synthesizer systems. Again he hunts through sonic rubble, rhythmically pecked by familiar signposts of our past.

Links:
http://soundcloud.com/reodjectz
http://instagram.com/reodjectz

Data Cult Audio 0029 – Jen Kutler

About:

Jen Kutler is a sound based performer, maker and artist. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender and intimacy to create atypical instruments for her performances. Her current project My Wife is a sound based performance group featuring many of her instruments and a sample based recording project exploring the discrepant experiences of familiar sound environments.

Link:
www.jenkutler.com

Data Cult Audio 0027 – Sam Cape

About:

Samuel Cape has been studying and writing music for 25 years, but stopped playing in bands in 2005.  Sam played guitar in Atlanta based metal bands Dawn of Orion and also Signs of Dying for which he was a founding member, guitarist, and drum machine programmer.  Shortly after graduating from Georgia Tech with a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, he began focusing on developing technology used for anti-counterfeiting of currency.  His career has brought him deep into a unique technological niche that involves animation, algorithm design, programming, and mathematics.  Several years ago, Sam started recording music again and began building a home studio.

The piece here, titled “Rachaph”, strives to illustrate creation as an interference pattern generated by echoes of the past, visions of the future, and the tangibility of the present moment.

Riffs from a 2003 Signs of Dying recording were loaded into the Eurorack Synth module – “Equation Composer” and manipulated further with custom firmware that Sam created.  Additional textures come from several other Eurorack patches using Moog, Mutable Instruments, Befaco, 4ms and TipTop modules.  Recorded and manipulated further in Propellerhead Reason software.

Sam is currently looking for opportunities in Film Scoring and Video Game Sound.

Instagram, Twitter: @CapedSam
https://soundcloud.com/sam-cape