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Catalog ID: MNSCS 003
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Track 1, 6, 14: 6/22/97 at Guerilla Recording, Oakland, CA.
Track 2, 12: 3/96 at Guerilla Recording, Oakland, CA.
Track 3: 7/10/97 at Guerilla Recording, Oakland, CA.
Track 4: 1/3/98 at Solitary Confinement, San Leandro, CA.
Track 5, 7 9, 13: 7/95 at Guerilla Recording, Oakland, CA.
Track 8: 9/25/96 at Venue 9, San Francisco, CA.
Track 10: 7/12/96 at Beanbenders, Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkekey, CA.
Track 11: 12/1/96 at Beanbenders, Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkekey, CA.
Gino Robair-Percussion John Butcher-saxophones
Otomo Yoshihide-turntable, cd player
Myles Boisen-guitar, bass
Oluyemi Thomas-reeds, percussion
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"What makes these 14 duos and trios so much fun is their variety. Nearly every track is a gem, as the ten musicians who join percussionist Gino Robair create unique sound palettes. The combinations of players shift, with the only constant being Robair. The three cuts with computer whiz Tim Perkis (also with saxophonist John Butcher added on one) are revelatory, but the duos with LaDonna Smith (on violin and viola), the Splatter Trio, saxophonists Oluyemi Thomas and Dan Plonsey, violinist Carla Kihlstedt, and bassist Matthew Sperry are also filled with not-to-be-missed moments. As expected, some of the groupings work better than others, but the quality of the performers leads to results that are at once unanticipated and timeless. Robair never takes the back seat, but his self-effacing contributions help to make this one the success that it is."-Steve Loewy, Allmusic.com
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"Tim Perkis has been working in the medium of live electronic and computer sound for many years, performing, exhibiting installation works and recording in North America,Europe and Japan. His work has largely been concerned with exploring the emergence of life-like properties in complex systems of interaction.
In addition, he is a well known performer in the world of improvised music, having performed on his electronic improvisation instruments with hundreds of artists and groups, including Chris Brown, John Butcher, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Frith, Gianni Gebbia, Frank Gratkowski, Luc Houtkamp, Yoshi Ichiraku, Matt Ingalls, Joelle Leandre, Gino Robair, ROVA saxophone quartet, Elliott Sharp, Leo Wadada Smith and John Zorn. Ongoing groups he has founded or played in include the League of Automatic Music Composers and the Hub -- pioneering live computer network bands -- and Rotodoti, the Natto Quartet, Fuzzybunny, All Tomorrow's Zombies and Wobbly/Perkis/Antimatter.
He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the California College of the Arts (CCA); has been composer-in-residence at Mills College in Oakland California, artist-in-residence at Xerox Corporation's Palo Alto Research Center, and designed musical tools and toys at Paul Allen's legendary thinktank, Interval Research. In 2013 he was a resident fellow at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Research (IMéRA) of the University of Aix-Marseille in France.
His checkered career as a researcher and engineer has brought him a variety of interesting projects: creating data sonification displays for research physicists and biologists in France; designing museum displays for science and music museums in San Francisco, Toronto and Seattle; creating artificial-intelligence based auction tools for business; working on mobile phone based support systems for the blind; consulting on multimedia art presentation networks for the SF Art Commission and SF Airport; writing software embedded in toys and other consumer products; and creating new tools for sound and video production, research and analysis.
Recordings of his work are available on several labels: Artifact,Tzadik, New World, Metalanguage, Rastascan, Limited Sedition, Kajira,482, Lucky Garage and Praemedia (USA); EMANEM, Leo(UK); Sonore and Meniscus(France); Curva Minore and Snowdonia(Italy); Pogriff(Canada); ALKU(Spain); XOR(Netherlands); Creative Sources(Portugal).
He is also producer and director of a feature-length documentary on musicians and sound artists in the San Francisco Bay area called NOISY PEOPLE (2007), and the ongoing audio podcast NOISY PEOPLE (2015- )."-Tim Perkis Website (http://www.perkis.com/_site/about/index.html)
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Otomo Yoshihide - born in 1959 in Yokohama, Japan. As a teenager, he spent time in Fukushima. Staying independent, he has consistently composed a wide range of music from improvisation to noise music and pop, and his music talent has spread all over the world. He has a successful career as a film score composer and has produced more than 70 movie soundtracks. In recent years, he has produced special type of concerts and musical works in collaboration with other various artists under the name of "ensembles". In addition, one of his priorities is,producing musical workshop projects involving handicapped children. In 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake , he started "PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!" along with people in various sectors. He has been active beyond the music scene and this is the reason that he has attracted a great deal of attention. In 2012, he received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in the category of Promotion for "PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!". In 2013, he received various prizes including the Japan Record Award for his accomplishments, such as composing the theme music for the TV drama "Amachan".
"I use my real name "Otomo Yoshihide" as my stage name. When you write your Japanese name in English alphabet, many people often write their given names first, then their family names, following in the Western traditional culture. But originally, some Asian countries, including Japan, write their family names first, and then their given names follow after that. In my opinion, there is not only one standard for people's names and we should respect the values each person attaches to their name. Calling someone by his first name is a wonderful custom in Western culture to express familiarity with each other but that custom is not necessary in Japan because nobody has ever called me by my first name. It does not mean that people are unlikely to become close friends with me. It is just that calling me "Otomo" seems easier. There are some places with such customs in the world; where people friendlily call you by your family name. I am definitely not a nationalist but I have a feeling that something is wrong with those people who do not only disregard the tradition I am familiar with, but would rather follow Western standards.
For this reason, I would like to continue using the notation "Otomo Yoshihide" as before. When you call me, please call me "Otomo" as before. This will not cause any problems in its use. Until now, many people have written my name "Yoshihide Ōtomo" or "Yoshihide Otomo" but please understand those notations are not my intention. I am sincerely grateful for your consideration."-Otomo Yoshihide Website (http://otomoyoshihide.com/en/?page_id=4)
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