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2003-12-13 18:31:12 New Artist Clay Chaplin in First Artifact Release
Southern California sound and video artist Clay Chaplin has released a new CD on Artifact, a set of structured improvisations performed using various controllers and a laptop computer. Spoken word samples from preachers, transients, wrestling commentators, and politicians are the primary sound sources. Check out the online mp3 samples on the Satellite Stutter page on this site, or visit Clay's personal website here for details about his amazing work.

2003-12-10 10:59:49 Perkis' MOTIVE MP3 Release superceded by Praemedia CD
Tim Perkis' MOTIVE CD, having been distributed as an MP3 release on the Artifact site for a while, is now available as a CD release on the Praemedia label. Something of a departure in style for Perkis from his live improvised electronics work, this is a set of layered studio pieces developed over the course of two years; rhythmic, textural, elegant, even...

2003-12-05 16:41:07 Bischoff's Aperture released on 23Five label
Artifact artist John Bischoff has a new CD of electronic solo works released on the 23Five label in San Francisco. See www.23five.org for details.

2003-03-16 15:10:10 Natto Quartet release on 482 Music
Again, not an Artifact release -- but Artifact artists Chris Brown and Tim Perkis together with Phillip Gelb and Shoko Hikage form the 'Natto Quartet', and 482Music of Chicago has released Headlands, the debut recording by the group.   Headlands features seven freely improvised works created by the group's unique instrumentation of shakuhachi, koto, piano, and live electronics.

"It's a truly new music unlike anything I've ever heard, a strong candidate for best avant project of 2003, and sure to turn many a global thinking, progressive minded ear inside out." -- M. Nastos, WEMU.


2003-01-16 15:58:35 Larry Polansky's CHANGE Released.
Newly released, Change, a collection of instrumental and electronic works by Larry Polansky, several of them composed with a computer using formal, mathematical, and software morphing techniques. The composer refers to these works as his 'morphing pieces' and they all explore musical change in diverse and strange ways. The various compositions include music for Western and Indonesian instruments, voices and computer, solo piano, electric guitar and rock band.

2002-05-06 10:00:46 Blue Gene Tyranny meets the Bifurcators in a new Artifact CD release
'Blue Gene' Tyranny, sensitive and remarkable pianist and improvisor, joins Philip Perkins and Scott Fraser, a.k.a. The Bifurcators, in performing an extended new improvisational work for piano with interactive electronics, Like A Bird In The Wilderness. The music is evocative, introspective, and slowly evolving, with the piano leading the way and the sparse, still electronic sounds poetically punctuating a musical phrase, creating a background, or playing a counterpoint to the piano, in every case creating a beautiful texture.

2001-10-19 09:15:17 New CD Release from Trayle
On Mark Trayle’s newest solo CD you’ll find music for computers and odd interfaces. In Arcana 33-1/3 Trayle looks for parallels between the information revolution and the industrial revolution using a digital gramophone and a tin can. ¢apital magneti¢ explores the musical possibilities of the credit card. And Ciprocal is a noisy and unpredictable piece made from webs of digital circuits.

2001-06-08 15:47:09 Fuzzybunny CD Released on French Label SONORE
No, it isn't an Artifact release, but Artifact regulars Chris Brown, Scot Gresham-Lancaster and Tim Perkis are all over it, so we're letting you know about the new release by their power improv electronic trio FUZZYBUNNY on the French label SONORE. If you like their previous work with the Hub -- or even if you don't -- you might find this one interesting. All-out "carnallectual" electronic improv, rockyroaded with pop-music fragments and sonic gags define some kind of new style difficult to describe.

Edwin Pouncey in The Wire called them "a total meltdown of the senses...a trio of smartarses with nothing to say." No comment. Check out the FUZZYBUNNY web page or the SONORE site for sound clips and more details.

2001-05-23 13:35:40 Puttin' out the Dog: New Website for Artifact!
Well, after languishing for several years, the Artifact cobweb site has been given a complete facelift, and is in fact a whole new site. Designer Cassie Davis and programmer Tim Perkis have spent a bit of time lately developing an entirely new version of the site.

It looks better, though, right? From our lazy administration point of view, one of the best parts of the new site is that it will be easier for us to add news and new release information, so that the information you find here will be more timely.

There are a whole load of new releases in the pipeline -- check back here from time to time for updates.


2001-05-19 00:05:45 CDeMUSIC to Handle Artifact Orders and Distribution
Let's face it, we're volunteers, no one at Artifact is getting paid, we have plenty of other things to do, and really didn't want to spend a lot of time on filling orders... so we made a deal to let someone else do it. CDeMUSIC, a project of the Electronic Music Foundation in Albany, NY runs a great online store for music of our ilk, distributing the music of many musicians we admire and enjoy, and we're very happy to be associated with them.

As you check out our catalog here on the Artifact site you'll see BUY IT links; these links will take you directly to the catalog page at CDeMUSIC for that Artifact release. There you can buy the CD with your credit card on CDeMusic's secure server.

But we also encourage you to take a look at the CDeMUSIC site directly; there's alot of good music there: http://www.cdemusic.org