VA – WOOD
For over 5 years, Dragon’s Eye Recordings has continued to introduce listeners to some of the most innovative and uncompromising emerging and mid-career artists in the field of contemporary electronic music and sound art. Named one of Textura’s ‘Top Ten Favorite Labels of 2009,’ and awarded label profiles by Tokafi and Headphone Commute in 2010, Dragon’s Eye is kicking off 2011 with another free downloadable compilation.
2010′s Flowers compilation was met with great enthusiasm and critique praise and with 2011′s Wood we will try and go above and beyond.
Wood is the traditional gift for a fifth anniversary and Wood is Dragon’s Eye Recordings fifth anniversary compilation. On Wood, Dragon’s Eye presents new and unreleased works by the upcoming 2011 roster of artists. The 2011 roster is made up of almost entirely newcomers to the label along with one veteran. This roster represents the artists that Dragon’s Eye considers to be at the forefront of contemporary electronic music and sound art. – Dragon’s Eye
1. Mimosa|Moize – Shared Moments
2. Simon Whetham – Music’s A Wood You Walk Through
3. Mem1 + Stephen Vitiello – Permila
4. Robert Crouch – A Body of Work
5. Chubby Wolf – Vocal Sounds Vibrate Air
6. Justin Varis – 1963
7. Blake Carrington – Scan N1: Not St. Elisabeth-Norwich
Blake Carrington (b. 1980) operates within the spheres of the sound, visual and media arts. His work in all of these forms is informed largely by cultural geography, landscape and architecture. The areas between these formalized spatial practices and the experiential qualities of sound and visual art practice are the main focus of his work.
In 2011 Carrington will be artist-in-residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space on Governors Island, and has recently completed residencies at HIAP in Helsinki, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, and Rustines Lab in Montreal, where he performed his piece Cathedral Scan at Elektra International Digital Arts Festival. In 2009 he received his MFA from Syracuse University and was recipient of the Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer Fellowship. There, he co-founded the platform for outdoor projections called Urban Video Project, and in 2010 curated a series for UVP featuring Trevor Paglen, Jill Magid, Thomson & Craighead and Miranda Lichtenstein.
In addition to his work in sound and video, he also creates hi-res digital prints from custom Max/MSP/Jitter patches. His print series Loci_, exploring the questionable translation of field recordings to abstract landscape imagery, is in The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program in New York. Blake was born in Indiana and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Chubby Wolf is Danielle Baquet-Long, who also performed as half of the husband and wife duo, Celer, was an educator, poet, writer of prose, non-fiction, and social commentary, a painter, photographer, and an inventive musical multi-instrumentalist and vocalist.
As a permanent member of Celer through marriage, she has created many self-releases, many unique and hand crafted, as well as works for labels in Japan, North America, and Europe. She had extensive background in Gender Studies, Education, Photography, and Tibetan Studies, as well as having lived and studied in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. She passed away on July 8, 2009 of heart failure. She will always be missed, and loved by her husband, cat, and two wolf dogs. Her unpublished music, writing, and photography will continue to be published, and is managed lovingly by her husband Will.
Mem1 seamlessly blends the sounds of cello and electronics to create a limitless palette of sonic possibilities. In their improvisation-based performances, Mark and Laura Cetilia’s use of custom hardware and software, in conjunction with a uniquely subtle approach to extended cello technique and realtime modular synthesis patching, results in the creation of a single voice rather than a duet between two individuals. Their music moves beyond melody, lyricism and traditional structural confines, revealing an organic evolution of sound that has been called “a perfect blend of harmony and cacophony” (Forced Exposure).
Founded in Los Angeles in 2003, Mem1 has traveled extensively, performing at Issue Project Room, Roulette, REDCAT / Disney Hall, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Electronic Church (Berlin), the Laptopia Festival (Tel-Aviv), the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, and the Borealis Festival (Bergen). They have taken part in residencies at Harvestworks in New York, STEIM and Kunstenaarslogies in the Netherlands and USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway. In 2009, they created a site-specific installation for the Museums of Bat Yam (Israel); their collaborative works with media artists Kadet Kuhne and Liora Belford have been screened and installed at venues including the Sundance Film Festival, Fringe Exhibitions (Los Angeles), and the Hordaland Kunstsenter (Bergen). Throughout their career, they have collaborated with a variety of artists including the Penderecki String Quartet, Steve Roden, Jan Jelenik, Frank Bretschneider, and Stephen Vitiello. Age of Insects, a full-length album with Vitiello, will be released in Fall 2011 by Dragon’s Eye Recordings. Together, Mem1 curates the experimental music series Ctrl+Alt+Repeat and the record label Estuary Ltd., on which they will be releasing their fourth full-length album, Tetra in December 2010.
mimosa|moize is sound artists Lucia H. Chung (Taiwan, b.1979) and Martin J. Thompson (UK, b.1978). Their work consists of creating concept-led minimal and ambient electronic music, utilizing resonant qualities found in sound, space and objects. They work with an attention to that of the experience found in the perception and reception of sound, and how this relates to the person and a given context. Mostly they work with sounds consisting of a more narrow frequency range, thus allowing other sounds heard outside the music the space to move into and out of the fore. This interest is fundamental in influencing their preference of sounds and is subsequently contributing to the continuing development of their style.
mimosa|moize have worked with Murmur Records in Japan, Duckbay Records in USA and Dragon’s Eye Recordings in USA.
Justin Varis (b.Cincinnati, OH 1979) is an American musician/composer living in Los Angeles. Drawing on the rich history of musique concrète while most recently exploring minimal single instrument composition, his music is one of contrast and contradiction. Abstract tendencies conjoin with basic intimate melodies. Disruptive sequencing is utilized alongside loops and repeating patterns. Meticulous audio editing creates calculated timing while improvised passages lend expressive mistakes. Ultimately working towards merging his audio with like-minded video and film artists, he is determined to create a body of work that explores the non-linear narrative while achieving accessibility to the greatest number of listeners.
After being featured on a number of stateside and international compilations, in 2006 he released his first EP with Frozen Elephants Music, a non-profit internet project/concert series based in Berlin. Later that year his debut LP was released on Audiobulb Records, located in Sheffield. In 2008, his work was featured along side noted artists such as Taylor Deupree, Dot Tape Dot, Biosphere, John Kannenberg, RF w/ Midori Hirano, Aaron Ximm, Build, Leafcutter John, and Nomand Palace. The project, Audiobulb Records first installation of their “Favourite Places” series, was described by WHITELINE as “encompassing all that is great in compositional field recording” and by Earlabs as “an excellent addition to Audiobulb’s discography demonstrating not only the label’s diversity and commitment to excellence, but also showcasing the talents of several exceptional musicians and sound artists from around the world.”
In addition to continuously developing/performing live sets, he is at present working on a number of collaborative projects set for release in the near future.
Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. His sound installations have been presented internationally including the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the 2006 Biennial of Sydney (with Julie Mehretu), the Marfa Sessions (with Steve Roden) and on the High Line in NYC. CD releases include Bright and Dusty Things (New Albion), Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa), Four Color Sound (Texas Gallery), Box Music (with Machinefabriek) (12k), The Gorilla Variations (with Molly Berg) (12k), Stephen Vitiello – Soundtracks DVD (SMTG) and The Sound of Red Earth (Kaldor Public Art Projects). Originally from NY, Stephen is now based in Richmond, VA where he is on the faculty of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Simon Whetham has been capturing and composing with field recordings since taking part in a research trip to Iceland in 2005.
Since then he has been gaining a steadily increasing profile: exhibiting in Iceland; recording in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil; performing at a large number of festivals and events, both nationally and internationally; having work accepted for release by labels Trente Oiseaux, 1000fussler, Mystery Sea, Entr’acte, Install, Lens and Gruenrekorder; commissioned by Creative Labs to build a surround sound installation to demonstrate their equipment and software; commissioned by painter Kathryn Thomas to compose a surround soundtrack to accompany her ‘Lightyears’ series of exhibitions; producing radio works for Resonance FM, Overlap.org and Kunst Radio Austria; commissioned to install new work ‘disPLACE’ at The Big Chill festival 2010; and invited to participate in two residencies at the Art Container in Tallinn, Estonia, the second to compose new work, collaborate with other artists using sound and run deep listening, field recording and composition workshops.
This residency has resulted in ‘Active Crossover’, a touring exhibition and exchange project which has been hosted by the Arnolfini in Bristol and The Grey Area in Brighton, incorporating a large scale sound installation in two sonically treated chambers. The exhibition also features performances by Simon and a number of invited guest artists, such as John Grzinich, Iris Garrelfs, Jez riley French, Douglas Benford, Daniel Jones and Dylan Nyoukis, as well as presentations and workshops.
Robert Crouch is an artist, curator, and electronic musician based in Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited work in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London, and released music on Untitled & After and Loøq recordings.
He is also co-founder VOLUME, an ongoing curatorial project concentrating on the nexus of sound, music, and visual art.