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Robair, Gino: Buddy Systems (Meniscus)


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UPC: 017685103728

Label: Meniscus
Catalog ID: MNSCS 003
Squidco Product Code: 4037

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1998
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
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

Tim Perkis-computer

Otomo Yoshihide-turntable, cd player

Carla Kihlstedt-violin

Matthew Sperry-bass

Dan Plosney-clarinet

LaDonna Smith-violin

Dave Barrett-sax

Myles Boisen-guitar, bass

Oluyemi Thomas-reeds, percussion

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Improvised Music
Percussion & Drums
John Butcher
Free Improvisation
Before April-2006

descriptions, reviews, &c.

"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,

Artist Biographies:

"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 (

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