INTERVIEWS

DAFNA NAPHTALI

Dafna Naphtali is a sound-artist/ improviser/composer from an eclectic musical background. As a singer/guitarist/electronic-musician she performs and composes using her Max/MSP programming for sound processing of voice and other instruments, and also interprets the work of Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers.

She’s performed and traveled widely and under usual circumstances for her music (to festivals and venues around the world). Dafna teaches and gives workshops at universities in the US and Europe, and holds a Masters in Music Technology from New York University, where she is part-time faculty . 

DANIEL NEUMANN

Daniel Neumann is a Brooklyn-based sound artist, organizer and audio engineer, originally from Germany. He holds a master's degree in media art from the Academy of Visual Art Leipzig and also studied electronic music composition under Emanuele Casale in Catania, Italy. In his artistic practice he is using conceptual and often collaborative strategies to explore sound, sound material and its modulation through space, situation and media. Curatorially he runs a monthly series at Eyebeam NYC (CT-SWaM) that engages in spatial sound works and focussed listening.

HANS TAMMEN

Hans Tammen creates sounds that have been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He creates rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive and fascinating noises, with micropolyphonic timbres and textures, aggressive sonic eruptions, but also quiet pulses and barely audible sounds.

He calls his style of performance Endangered Guitar because of the extreme alterations he enacts upon his instrument’s sound and construction, resulting in a hybrid guitar/software instrument made to interactively control live sound processing. For this instrument he received a Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) in the category Digital/Electronic Arts in 2009.

MATTHEW OSTROWSKI

Matthew Ostrowski is a pioneer in live electronic music, having worked as a composer, improvisor and installation artist for over 20 years, exploring work with alternative controllers, multimedia, and theatre. His fast-changing and high-density work has been seen in festivals on every continent except Antarctica. He has performed with a boatload of international musicans, and is currently most active as one half of KRK with contrabassist George Cremaschi. Recipient of numerous grants and awards, he has appeared on over a dozen recordings.

RICHARD BARRETT

Richard Barrett is internationally active as both composer and improvising performer, and has collaborated with many leading performers in both areas, while developing works and ideas which increasingly leave behind the distinctions between them. His long-term collaborations include the electronic duo FURT which he formed with Paul Obermayer in 1986 (and its more recent octet version fORCH), composing for and performing with the ELISION contemporary music group since 1990, and regular appearances with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble since 2003.