Different Skies 2010 Participants


RusFoste100r RUSSELL FOSTER is a Phoenix native, a solo electronic artist who creates ambient music with a tribal edge under the name Una Voce. His album Provenance will be among several of his creations available for sale at the show. Rus has over twenty years' experience as a guitarist, drummer, and keyboardist, and brings an exceptional artistic sensibility to this, his fifth Different Skies. Rus will be creating the live video you will see at the concert.


BILL FOX is one of the most influential people in the world electronic community. A tireless promoter of the genre in the Northeastern United States, he runs three radio broadcasts of electronic and modern progressive music on two radio stations, which can be heard on streaming internet radio; Galactic Travels on WDIY and Afterglow and Thought Radio on WMUH. This year, he has revived the Soundscapes Concert Series he started in 2002 to present EM to the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania. A multi-instrumentalist who's equally at home on guitar, bass, saxophone, and keyboards, he has lent his talents to the Ricochet Gathering albums as well as to a collaboration with world-famous space musician vidnaObmana. Bill plays in a number of musical groups in eastern Pennsylvania, including Xeroid Entity and Twyndyllyngs, known for their weekly internet concerts on electro-music radio.  As a solo artist, he uses the name E = mc2 3dB.  Bill plays software synthesizers, guitar, and Hawaiian lap steel being treated by electronic processing to create otherworldly tones.


TONY GERBER was mesmerized by electronic music in 1971, after playing with an SWTP theremin and hearing the classic "Switched on Bach". Like many young synthesizer explorers during the 70s he built his own PAIA synth when he was 14 years old. However, guitar is his main instrument, but he became a multi-instrumentalist over the years with an emphasis on synth sound creation.

In 1986, he founded the performance collective Space for Music which spawned multimedia performances combining film, video, dance, and electronic music. Space For Music was turned into a website in 1996 and then into a record label in 2000 (spaceformusic.com). In 1997, he founded the well-known space music group, Spacecraft, with fellow synth lover and musician, John Rose, after solo releases on the Lektronic Soundscapes label.

Combining his solo releases and SPACECRAFT recordings there are over 20 CDs available. Some of these recordings are with fellow City Skies performer and friend, Giles Reaves. Gerber has been a driving force in the art and space music arena during his 25 year stay in Nashville, TN. Tony is quite active in Second Life as the space music performer Cypress Rosewood (cypressrosewood.com). His own web site is http://spaceformusic.com/tonygerber

Many of Gerber's recorded works are the result of live performances, many of which take place in planetariums or outside, under the stars themselves. Several of Gerber's performances have been broadcast live on public radio in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana and the subsequent recordings have received airplay on syndicated shows like Echoes and Musical Starstreams. A pioneer in the use of computers for creating music and graphics, Gerber has also consulted with Apple Computer and has given many speeches on art and technology. An accomplished visual artist and craftsman working with both computers and wood, Gerber has enjoyed exhibits sponsored by the prestigious Cheekwood Gallery in Nashville and the Visual Artists Alliance of Nashville.


BRIAN GOOD hails from northern Ohio and has been a quiet but pervasive force in the Internet electronic music community for over twenty years. An award-winning jazz woodwind player, he has performed at clubs and festivals across the US and Europe, notably the Montreux Jazz Festival. While his interest in electronic music dates back to his school days, he avoided active involvement until he discovered wind synthesizers. These days he alternates traditional jazz dates with experiments in electronic noise, processing acoustic saxophone as well as electronic instruments. His current projects include ambient collaborations Sundagger and Aether Drift, and an as-yet-unnamed electronic jazz project to debut this summer. Brian was also a featured soloist on Jim Combs' Sensitive Chaos CDs Leak and Emerging Transparency, and on Otso Pakarinen's CD Orange Apples. He recently performed and recorded at the Boise Experimental Music Festival. This year, Brian will perform on soprano saxophone, as well as the Akai Electronic Wind Instrument, an extraordinary machine that translates the nuances of saxophone playing, including the breathing of the artist, into electronic signals that can control synthesizers directly. He is not responsible for any resulting damage.


GREG HURLEY is an ambient guitarist and music producer in San Diego; he is a writer for Recording Magazine, and beta tester for Magix Samplitude/Sequoia, Hotz Translator, and other music/video-related software. Originally hailing from the Cleveland progressive rock scene, Greg eventually embarked on other ventures ranging from ambient to fusion and sound design. His 1990 release 'Welcome!' reached the New Age/AC top 40. Greg's latest release'Now.Here.This' is currently in production. His nearly 30 years of electronic engineering design experience, combined with music technology development, has led to his participation in the development of new types of interactive musical interfaces. Greg will be performing for his second year after successfully filming the event in 2007.


JOHN KRIKAWA holds a special interest in improvisation in the cinematic ambient and modern ambient genres. Krikawa's ear toward electronic music was developed in the late 70's with his introduction to the music of Wendy Carlos, Kraftwerk and Jarre and later Vangelis and Kitaro.  At that time he was also an accomplished senior chorister in the Royal School of Church Music and would sometimes hide homemade oscillators in his choir robe for mischievous relief.  The musical verve followed him into the 90's when he was an active awarding-winning music composer for Video Art projects and medical documentaries.  Currently, his personal ambient electronic project is Parity Flux which serves as a platform for improvisation sketching.  2010 will mark his second consecutive year at Different Skies.


JOE MCMAHON is back for his second Different Skies, but has been a musician for a long time. His first exposure to electronic music was the soundtrack from "A Clockwork Orange", after which it was only a matter of time before he started doing synthesis himself. He has recorded with Team Metlay, has released a solo CD ranging from e-jazz to new age to pure electronic noise. His musical influences are all over the map, from Stockhausen to Synergy, and Don Ellis to Brian Eno, with a side order of gamelan; his newest CD, "Ocean Music", combines all of these influences into his own brand of ambient. He'll be playing his trusty Ensoniq SD-1, his favored instrument since 1990, plus assorted sonic strangeness from his laptop. He currently lives in Silicon Valley.


MIKE METLAY, Founder and Coordinator of Different Skies, returns for the sixth year of the event he birthed (after incredible labor pains) in 2003. Mike's first experiments in collaborative space music resulted the trilogy of CDs by Team Metlay; his efforts now are concentrated both at Different Skies and in his small-group collaborations under the mindSpiral banner. At this year's show, Mike may be playing a keyboard or two, but plans a heavy emphasis on the aebea, a baritone electric string instrument with a deliberately obscure tuning.


OTSO PAKARINEN is the owner of Visual Power, an audiovisual production company / music label in Helsinki, Finland. Otso has been releasing music of one form or another since the 1980s, as a soloist and with the Finnish electropop group Tapa Paha Tapa. His latest project is a quintet of albums by Ozone Player, which combine intricate electronic structure with dramatic excitement and a rare streak of broad humor. Ozone Player's latest album is Orange Apples, of which two of the songs on the CD were previewed at Different Skies 2007. Otso will be creating electronic sounds entirely from software running on a laptop computer. This system allows an entire music studio to be compacted to the size of one small box, requiring only a keyboard to play the virtual instruments. Otso will also, despite dire threats from the other performers, do the Happy Finn Dance at random points in the performance.


KIM PEDERSEN is a Copenhagen-based composer and designer who goes by the name of “Dreamhub” for his chillout/ambient/electronica-project. Primarily Kim works with electronic and organic elements in the music, which often serves as a catalyst for the listener to delve into inner worlds and afterthoughts. The music under this project has been developed since he was invited to play at The National Cathedral of Denmark for the first time, which was in late 2008. Kim performed live on national TV (broadcasted worldwide) during the official ceremony at the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The dreamhub-experience is often described by listeners as “really nice and calming”, “fantastic”, “dreamy” and “out-of-this-world”.


GILES REAVES has been producing solo albums for over two decades, starting with Wunjo in 1986. His album Sea Of Glass reached #11 on the Billboard Magazine New Age Charts when it was released in 1992. Giles lives and works between Nashville, TN, and Salt Lake City, UT, where he is a well-respected audio engineer as well as a first-call keyboardist and percussionist; most recently as part of the Fulton Reaves Project, he has appeared on several albums by the Nashville-based electronic music collective SPACECRAFT (as well as countless others), and most recently he played the Alfa Centauri festival in the Netherlands with Dave Fulton and Paul Vnuk Jr. His website is at www.spaceformusic.com/gilesreaves.html and also at www.recordingcollective.com. Giles will be quietly sitting at his keyboard, which will erupt with everything from traditional instruments to a full brass section to a rock'n'roll drum kit, changing abruptly from sound to sound throughout the evening. Sometimes the sounds he chooses will even go with what everyone else is playing!


NICK ROTHWELL is currently based in London, England. His professional recording and performance project, known as CASSIEL, has been creating live electronic music for modern dance for over fifteen years, first as a duet with space musician Glyn Lloyd-Jones and then as a solo act. Nick has also co-produced and performed on all three Team Metlay albums. Nick has worked with dance companies all over England and Scotland as well as with the Frankfurt Ballett, in Vienna, and in Istanbul, Paris, Zurich, and Tokyo. His debut solo album Listen/Move was released on Atomic City in 1998. Nick is returning for his fourth Different Skies, having attended in 2004 and 2006. His music rig is based around custom computer software that translates simple control movements into complex and beautiful musical gestures, completely controlled by the artist but extrapolating his movements into ideas not playable by human hands. So it only looks like he's not actually doing anything. Really.


IVAN SCHWARTZ is attending his fourth Different Skies this year, providing sound reinforcement and mixing for the event. He has worked in the professional audio industry for the past twenty years, and has been mixing live sound since the late 1970's. A closet electronic musician, Ivan spent his adolescent years learning synthesis on an Arp 2500 and Emu modular at the local university. He also owns Rudy's Lair, a Seattle-area project studio for tracking, mixing, mastering, and electronic music composition. Rudy the RackCat, General Manager of Rudy's Lair, will be unable to attend Different Skies this year due to previous laptop performance and napping commitments.


PAUL VNUK JR. is an audio engineer and the other half of the electronic space music duo Ma Ja Le. He has also worked with space music pioneers Vir Unis and James Johnson, and has released a beautiful ambient solo album entitled Silence Speaks In Shadow. He plays not only keyboards and traditional Third World instruments but also is an accomplished percussionist, working with Arabic, African, and Indian percussion, kit drums, and electronic percussion devices. Paul will be performing with compact digital modular synthesizers, and with sensitive electronic percussion devices that are designed to interact closely with drum technique. He will also do a lot of standing around trying to figure out when to jump in, which is fine - if he played all the time, no one else would get a note in edgewise.


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