(los angeles)
Since forming in the latter half of the past decade, California-based extreme noise outfit Actuary use guitars, drums, bass, analog synths, digital evils, and home made and rewired power electronics to make sound, noise, and music.......but mostly noise. They have steadily cranked out a stream of split releases that saw them sharing wax (or other petroleum-based substances) with everyone from Merzbow, Bastard Noise and Gnaw Their Tongues side-project Aderlating to cult underground noise spewers like Winters in Osaka, Bacteria Cult, Juhyo and Fetus Eaters. Keeping up with their prolific output has been a daunting task, but also a rewarding one, as Actuary’s epic-length blasts of abstract electronic chaos, extreme psychedelic circuit-fuckery and monstrous synth abuse consistently deliver serious sonic skull-melt. Ugly, beautiful, and bleak. Theres no hope.
MICHAEL AMASON ////_\ (oakland)
////_\ is the esoteric initials of Michael Amason, a noise nomad with a tendency to tattoo through an amp stack. The "Noise Tattoo" project is an ongoing automatic drawing experiment on Michael's own flesh, with the permanent design evolving after every performance. This debut NF appearance will mark the third installation of this tattoo experiment
Based in San Francisco, Ca, Amphibious Gestures is an interactive electronic noise project executed by Kasper Rodenborn, and is a direct result of collaborations with Mark C. Jackman of skozey fetisch since 1993. A.G. is a sci-fi sound vessel for manipulating oscillations and implementing extreme modifications in waveform frequencies. Originally conceived as a studio project in 1998, Amphibious Gestures is based on a tale involving a world wide multi-dimensional war among humanoids using sound as a weapon to gain terrain. Since then, A.G. has been concentrating specifically on live performances, which traditionally includes phantasmagoric characters in amphibious uniforms, adorned with color morphing lights. Recently added to the project, is Zac Comacho, who is a sound artist and vocalist with a unique sporadic style that contributes an additional intensity in audio sculpture, that compliments the already existing nature of Amphibious compositions. WE EAT SOULS FOR BREAKFAST.
BEAST NEST (oakland)
Sharmi Basu is currently an MFA student at Mills in the Electronic
Music Department. She has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Bob
Ostertag, Chris Brown, Sam Nichols, Jesse Drew, John
Bischoff, and more. She works primarily with soundscapes, attempting
to create visceral reaches towards transcendence through elements
representing her debilitating psychosis. She has played at various
festivals including the Brutal Sound Effects Festival,
Godwaffle Noise Pancakes, & Sacramento Audio Waffle. This will be Sharmi's 3rd Norcal Noisefest appearance.
BLIPVERT (new york,NY)
BlipVert is the moniker/pseudonym of Will Northlich-Redmond. BlipVert came to the forefront of Will's identity in a small room above an animal hospital in the winter of 2001.
"...a condensed blur of electronics that borrows from everything: jazz, glitch, metal, IDM, funk, classical, and probably at least a few genres that haven't even been named yet." -Regenmag
...hyper aggressive techno that barrels along full speed into noise territory..." -Ear-Rational Music
This will be Blipvert's first NF appearance.
Blood Into Water is an audio/sound fetish project from the San Jose area, the project employs elements from established crafts such as power electronics, death industrial, dada, dark ambient, drone, roots Industrial, electronic music, and just overall an underlined intent to let sound breath. The project started in 2006 by Ryan Tomasello with revolving live members Jason Goodpasture, Mickie Flowtron, Rafter Man, Dirtle Tilbury, and Heather Apple. The main attitude of the project is to express Intent as well as embracing non intent.
This will be Blood Into Water's 3rd NF appearance.
Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, formed in the winter of 2005 by wm.Rage and Stan Reed, rehearsing after-hours in the Electric Heavyland (R.I.P.) record store, in Seattle, Washington, before moving into an all concrete garage in the alley behind the record store where their sound was quickly established as frightening atmospheres, processed layers of source tapes, and creaking, scraping, groaning metals set against violent lurching rhythms, deranged industrial guitar terrorism, screaming oscillators, nightmare vocals, and all out Noise War: a sound that was described once after a performance as “like Sunn O))) committing suicide”.
Crystal Perez joined BSBC in 2008 on a steady basis, officially becoming a permanent member in 2011.
Gerald Hanson, BSBC’s recording engineer since 2008, joined in 2012, playing drums and bass. Blue Sabbath Black Cheer is available to play Hallow’een, carnivals, baptisms, and funerals.
This is BSBC's 2nd NF appearance
JEFF BOYNTON (los angeles)
Jeff is a DIY artist/musician living in Los Angeles.
He studied Theory and Composition, and Electronic Music at Northern Illinois
University from 1974-77. He joined I.R.S. Records recording artist Wazmo Nariz in 1978 as keyboardist, which toured the United States and Europe both as headliner, and in support of such groups as The Police, Devo, XTC and the B-52s. The band was dissolved in 1981. In 1993, Jeff composed music for “Super Illusion”, which toured 11 cities throughout Japan with the Bolshoi Circus from Moscow, Russia.
In 2004, he began to explore "circuit bending", which is the art of opening up electronic sound generating devices and intentionally short-circuiting points on their circuit boards in search of interesting and perhaps never-before-heard sounds. Jeff has developed a prestigious international reputation in this field. The sounds generated by his devices have been used in compositions and live performances, including several collaborations with choreographer Rudy Perez. The first of these was “Double Play” (2004) The next was “Double Play Revisited”, performed at the REDCAT Theater in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles, as part of the NOW Festival. Jeff currently performs as part of "Circuitry And Poetry" with wife Mona Jean Cedar, a dancer, poet and sign language interpreter. They performed "Bent Haiku" at the REDCAT Theater in 2007 in which he created a sonic backdrop using his circuit bent instruments over which Ms. Cedar performed original poetry while simultaneously interpreting it with dance and sign language. Jeff performs regularly with his circuit bent instruments, both in a solo capacity and in ensembles. This will be Jeff's first experience at Norcal Noisefest!
CHOPSTICK (sacramento)
Chopstick has officially been playing half of the Noise Fest events. Performing sometimes with home made pedals and sometimes with modified store bought pedals he has a unique approach to creating sound. He likes coffee and ramen. As a child he had an imaginary friend that was a robotic cat that was sent back in time from the future to help him become the man he is today.
COLLUDE (sacramento)
Collude is a new project coming into existence spring / summer 2013 with a series of self released online demos, collaborations, and live performances. Using a group of rotating electronic devices to produce, mix, and manipulate sounds. The project has no certain style yet we're still coming into our sound. We experiment with what we have access to, our only rule is no rules.
This will be Collude's first NF appearance.
Surreal soundscapes, harsh absurdity, subconscious melodies and meditative drones breathe throughout Conscious Summary's compositions. Conscious Summary was formed in 2009 by Samur Khouja who manipulates an array of hand made sound sources, amplified acoustic resonance, modified electronics and modular synthesizers. Recent collaborations with acclaimed visual artist Tim Hix has led to performing as a duo with an synchronized immersive audio and visual experience.
Tim Hix is an LA based visual designer specializing in live improvised video performance and immersive visual architecture. This will be Tim's first NF appearance.

CRANK ENSEMBLE (san francisco)
The Crank Ensemble had its beginning on the summer solstice of 2005. Artist Larnie Fox had been invited to present a sound installation at the "Garden of Memory" event at a columbarium (a repository for human ashes) in Oakland California. He had planned to have a group small motorized sound sculptures with contact microphones that he could control and amplify, but the motor noise was bothersome. So, he build a group of very low-tech hand cranked instruments, and invited friends and acquaintances to play them. The people who volunteered for that first event are the Crank Ensemble.

The instruments are made from inexpensive materials: plywood, coat-hangers, rubber bands, springs, bones, feathers, found objects and piezo microphones. A hand-cranked instrument is a mechanical version of a loop. By amplifying and layering the sounds they produce it is possible to create a wide range of rhythms and sound environments. A conductor, usually Larnie, but not always, controls the pace and mixes the sound on a mixing board. No effects are used. The instruments function as stand-alone visual art as well as vehicles for performanceThe band members are a diverse group of Bay Area residents. Some are actual musicians, but there are writers, visual artists, film makers, web designers etc., in the group. They have become good friends in the course of staging performances.
CUT (rocklin)
CUT Born out of the twisted mind of Bobby Almon who has been a member of +DOG+ since 1997 and later co founded of LIVERCANCER . Dealing with drug addiction , sadness , anger and passion all in one project CUT
DENTAL WORK (traverse city,MI)
Dental Work is an avant-garde sound & performance art manipulation project by Jay Watson, based out of Traverse City, MI with roots in Detroit, Chicago, Denver, and Oakland, CA. The music is a rare blend of musique concrete, extreme psychedelia, anxiety, experimental, harsh noise, tape manipulations, glitch, grindcore, turntable-ism, sound collage, found sounds, avant-garde, and outsider trash art. The instruments used in making these digital anxiety outlets over the years have consisted of knives, hatchets, bones, AM radios, fruit (Buddha’s Paw), hacksaws, fans, chop sticks, webbed cardboard, a box of cereal, a Ouija board, a pair of little girls shoes, contact mics, laptops, delay pedals, turntables, music editing programs, Super Nintendo, bass guitars, LSD, broken VHS tapes, and even members of the audience. Dental Work has 3 U.S. tours under his belt, and has performed with over 200 of today’s cutting edge musicians, and continues to perform regularly. Dental Work currently has over 100 albums released worldwide, on a variety of labels from multiple obscure countries, including his own label Placenta Recordings, which he started in 2005."
This will be Dental Work's 3rd NF appearance.
THOMAS DIMUZIO (san francisco)
For the past 25 years Thomas Dimuzio has worked as a solo artist and collaboratively with Dimmer, Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, Nick Didkovsky, Negativland, Matmos, Wobbly, Dan Burke/Illusion of Safety, Due Process, Voice of Eye, ISIS, 5uu’s, Poptastic, and many others. His extensive discography includes more than 100 releases on labels RéR Megacorp, Seeland, RRRecords, Asphodel, No Fun Records, Drone Records, Record Label Records, Melon Expander, Odd Size Records, Gench Music, Phage Tapes, and Isounderscore.

“Attending a Thomas Dimuzio performance is like lying underneath a web of freeway bridges with your eyes closed; blocking out all visuals except the brief daggers of light that flicker with each passing car. There is a sense of probable dread — metal, wooden or cigarette debris from the vehicles could fly off and injure you — but also one of hypnotized calm, thanks to the amplified hum of Michelin and Goodyear against greased concrete. Dimuzio, a San Francisco electro-noise composer, seemingly replicates this experience with massive, body-vibrating drones punctuated by abrupt, skreeing hits of white noise. His improvised performances — usually performed with guitar feedback and short-wave radio files processed with a laptop and CDJ player-explore the gray area between tranquility and disarray, and they can draw your imagination into a wilderness it will refuse to leave, even when your nerves are shot by so many conflicting emotions.” — Cameron Macdonald, Pitchfork Media
This year will mark Mr. Dimuzio's10th NF appearance!
+DOG+ (los angeles)
DOG was formed by Steve Davis in 1990 in Osaka Japan and released 2 cassettes tapes while there on Butt Tapes. DOG moved to MA in 1993 and played around the east coast and west coast and then moved to CA in 1998. Since then DOG has played around the USA, Europe and Japan and has over 30 releases and lots of comp tracks. DOG runs loveearthmusic and tries to support other like minded folks. DOG is very honored to play the Norcal Noisefest and can be contacted at
2013 will be +DOG+'s 10th year in a row, and 11th appearance at Norcal Noisefest.
(los angeles)
Plants and animals. Tree hugging devil music. Textural explorations and deep sonic weirdness since 2006.
This year will be Ednometrium Cuntplow's 2nd Norcal Noisefest appearance.
EUROSTACHE (san francisco)
Eurostache is a project centering around an ensemble performing electro-acoustic collaborative experiments in sound. The core group is frequently augmented with guests from the San Francisco Bay Area. They
explore sound-space through the lens and energy of child-like wonderment. Thier key experimental technique is using novel instruments, found objects, meta-processing and sound recordings in unusual combinations with traditional instruments. Vocalists employ extended techniques to humanize the highly transient and diverse cacophony. Musical constructs such as composition and melody are set aside as we travel toward the fringes of sound. This will be thier 2nd NF appearance.
FAULTS (sacramento)
chad stockdale, L.H. Shimanek, kevin corcoran.
stasis and interruptions.
sacramento, california.
HOLY FILAMENT (vancouver,WA)
Holy Filament (HLYFMNT) is the solo project of Andrew Consiglio. Born in San Jose, CA but currently located in Vancouver, WA, Holy Filament draws inspiration from black metal, jazz, ambient, & film scores, & with heavy influence from comic books, filters them through a harsh noise/experimental lens. This year will be Holy Filament's second appearance at NorCal NoiseFest.
INSTAGON (sacramento)
(...a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...)
INSTAGON was founded in chaos theory during 1993, and has for 20 years now continued on with sonic exploration with that chaos. Never the same experience for the band as well as the audience, always changing, never stable, but all under the conceptual direction of LOB it's founder... .
Instagon has appeared at ALL previous Norcal Noisefests
JUICE MACHINE is the live action analog electronic improvisational wife and husband duo of Roger Smith (CHEFKIRK, Control Valve) + Heather Chessman - Working in and around the confined genres of experimental noise, glitch, + drone - focusing on minimal tonal + textural audio - Slowly shifting, always improvisational + always live, JUICE MACHINE - extracting the vital mineral sound™
This year will be Juice Machine's first appearance at Norcal Noisefest
M22 (oakland)
M22 is Kent Cates and Cactus Daniel Hintz, an Oakland guitar feedback duo. M22 began high-volume feedback experiments in November of 2012, and they are focused on live performance. Cates and Hintz both also play electric guitar in the experimental black metal band Nuclear Death Wish (NDW). In genre-speak, M22 could be considered minimalist noise, drone, ambient, doom, etc.
M22 is named after the very beautiful and curious Messier 22 elliptical globular cluster in the constellation Sagittarius, near the Galactic bulge region. This will be the first NF appearance for M22.
MASTER MORYA (sacramento)
In the Ascended Master Teachings Morya is considered one of the "Ascended Masters," also known as the "Chohan of the First Ray". H. P. Blavatsky originated the belief, professing that Morya and Master Koot Hoomi were her guides in establishing the Theosophical Society. Blavatsky also wrote that Masters Morya and Koot Hoomi belonged to a group of highly developed humans known as the Great White Brotherhood. Master Morya is working on an album and plays shows in the Northern California area. This will be the first NF appearance for Master Morya.
Medicine Cabinet is an ongoing electronic music project from Tracy, CA resident Marc Schneider. The project started in the mid 90's with nothing more than the now famous Roland 303 Groovebox and a heavy delayed microphone. Marc has been active in the Northern and Southern California noise scenes since 2006. True to Marc’s fascination with the history of the genre, Medicine Cabinet shows are typically noise or noise drone based improvisations using analog synths and circuit bent devices.
This will be Marc's 7th NF in a row.
In April of 2008 Noisepsalm was created by Matthew Lewis as an outlet for mixing sound art and electronics with melody and traditional instruments for the sole purpose of musical experimentation. He has now had the pleasure of working with over 30 like-minded artists around the globe, often bringing in new musicians/sound artists for unique live performances.
/THE NOTHING\ (roseville)
/The Nothing\.. which is Geordan White ( of Liver Cancer\+DOG+)..... This is his newest spiritually dark ambient/harsh doom project with many elements of a novel horror movie with a bad ending that is infused with the devices that he has designed himself..... Visit … Bandcamp … thenothing2 ... for more information and free downloads of all 14 tracks of the first release there...and get ready for pain....
NUX VOMICA (san francisco)
Nux Vomica is a sound art musical trio based in San Francisco, California. The present members - Alan Herrick, Jenny Liang Herrick and Evan Sornstein -have been performing together, as a unit, for the past twenty three years. Each with a unique and active history within the experimental music field.

Nux Vomica utilize sound processing, electronics, found sounds, and aural sculpture to achieve a unique and trance like sound environment. The sounds travel from peaceful to terrifying and create a personal soundtrack for the individual listener.

Nux Vomica has involved themselves in the recording of at least 27 releases within the US and several others available on labels within Italy and Sweden and the U.K. Their pieces have appeared on a multitude of experimental music compilations over the past two plus decades. They have contributed to soundtracks of films and have produced several experimental films themselves as part of their multimedia performances..In 2013, Nux Vomica will began their 23rd year of soundart production, in the Bay Area.
Overdose the Katatonic(aka James Trash )was supposed to be a Anger Outlet/side project/alter ego for Kemikal Adiktion. ODTK started Kemikal Adiktion/Kemikal Adiktion Records in 2000 and KA was a exp-punk-grind-crust-no wave-power electronics(Headed by ODTK).Instead of ODTK just being a noise side project it took on a life of it's own and mutated into it's own entity.
In 2004 ODTK started making limited edition series tapes/cdr's, and leaving them on bus stop's/pay phone's/benches/hand to hand,etc. Fast Forward year's later this is Odtk's 4th Norcal Noisefest in a row,and after playing fest's,radio show's, bar's, all-age venue's, street corner's, basement's, squat's and popping up in different states w/ and w/out notice, i'm still going strong.
A product of New London, CT and lived all over CT and NYC but now reside's in Seattle, Wa.
The work of Jonathan Borges and Shannon Kennedy of Pedestrian Deposit could be described as highly composed, often abstract sound textures combined to create dynamic experimental music that draws on the duo’s widely contrasting auditory obsessions. Borges’ use of crude electronics, tape loops, field recordings, and controlled feedback, contrasts against Shannon’s use of stringed instruments, bowing techniques and amplified metal and wood, resulting in music that is both raw and refined. Pedestrian Deposit bears elements of electro-acoustic sound, musique concrete, classical, and harsh noise, but cannot be confined to any one genre.
Jonathan Borges began Pedestrian Deposit in the Winter of 2000, with the concept of combining layers of electronic sound with no pre-determined relation to one another until mixed. The project slowly evolved to incorporate elements of harsh noise, tape collage, field recordings and glitch music, resulting in a prolific few years of rich and dynamic compositions on such labels as Hospital Productions, Hanson Records, and Jon’s own label, Monorail Trespassing, to name a few.
After a few years hiatus, Pedestrian Deposit returned in the fall of 2008 with the addition of multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Shannon Kennedy, and her elements of cello, violin and amplified, bowed and manipulated objects. This will be the fifth overall NF appearance of Pedestrian Deposit, and the second as a duo.
PULSATING CYST (los angeles)
Pulsating Cyst crawls from the murky depths of the La Brea tar pits to emit toxic fumes and low frequency oscillations. The man behind this project may have been time traveller or the victim of a failed military experiment when a hole in time was ripped open using radio frequencies and a space time delay that sent him adrift in a sea of astral video projections. When Pulsating Cyst lands again BEWARE!
The Pulsating Cyst has appeared at portals mostly in Los Angeles and San Francisco although the man behind the project has transported all over the USA, a few portals in Canada and a squat in Paris. It appears that the Cyst has dragged many pieces of gear with him through the portals during his time travel stops in various decades including a tube based Analamp and other pieces of analog and digital auditory distortion devices.
RANDY McKEAN'S WILD HORSEY RIDE (nevada city/sacramento)
One evening in summer 2012, Wes Steed recorded Randy McKean skronking away in a small locked room in Steed's house in Sacramento. Later that same night, in a seemingly-related event, McKean's car caught on fire as he drove it back up the hill to his native Grass Valley. McKean and his instruments made it out alive, as did the audio document Randy McKean's Wild Horsey Ride, wherein Mr. Steed roundly thrashed and manipulated McKean's sounds appropriate to the occasion. (You can watch some video at: You Tube and hear some samples at Sound Cloud.)
Wes has appeared previously at NF doing solo works, but this will be Randy's first time.
SAN KASAKGASCAR (sacramento)
"..., a heady blend of Middle Eastern influences, droning guitars and chanted vocals, the whole thing sounding like Spacemen 3 jamming with Gong in a sleazy nightclub, very probably as the soundtrack to a cheesy sixties exploitation flick, the dance floor filled with twirling flower children, stoned out of their gourds and having a bloody good time." - Terrascope UK"
This will be San Kazakgascar's first NF appearance.
STRESS ORPHAN (washington,D.C.)
Stress Orphan is the Power Electronics project of Eric Trude. It was started in Fairfax, VA in 2011. Heavy, Loud, Dark, Aggressive.
This will be Eric's first visit to Norcal Nosiefset
STRIATIONS (oakland)
Striations is an Industrial / Power Electronics project from Oakland, Ca which began in july 2010.
This will be Striations third Norcal Noisefest appearance.
THIRTEEN HURTS (pleasant view,CO)
Thirteen Hurts is an experimental noise project that utilizes modified guitar pedals and handmade sound source devices to create a harsh noise soundscape.
The earliest experimental recordings occurred in 1977, with sporadic experimental output burbling beneath the surface of efforts to create "normal" music. Years of performing and recording within the Rock and Progressive genres, it was not until 1999 and the formation of subcutaneous studios that the first full recording of experimental music took place, with exclusive usage of a Serge Modular. The following years led to soundtracks for both a documentary on the Lamborghini Miura and an independent film titled Medium Gray. This was followed by years of dormancy which eventually led to the development of the Thirteen Hurts/13Hz concept and new recordings with live performances. The live shows focus on a performance of three individual pieces, giving the audience a wide spectrum sampling of what the sound of Thirteen Hurts represents. This will be the third appearance of Thirteen Hurts at the Norcal Noisefest.
UBERKUNST (sacramento)
UBERKUNST was first created in 1995 when the NIAD (Noise Instrument Analog Device) was first used to interface humans with machines, allowing each to comprehend the suffering of the other. UBERKUNST engaged in multiple dangerous and outrageous battles with hideous transdimensional beings and the enemies of structure and order, often misconstrued as "noise performances," until 2007 when their efforts to scare the Elder Gods to the other side of the cosmos left them so depleted that they had to be stored in cryogenic healing chambers. They can only be released from their chambers for 10-15 minutes a year, both to ensure their future survival when needed to carry out NIAD's will, but also to protect audiences from the deadly toxic radiation that the band emits after prolonged exposure to the horrors of the cosmos.
Uberkunst has appeared at ALL previous Norcal Noisefests
LINDSEY WALKER (san francisco)
Lindsey Walker is an artist from Oakland, CA. Her sound is built by any combination of effects, live-looping, voice, piano, mandolin, found sound, percussion, and field recordings. This will be her first NF appearance.
W00DY (boston,MA)
W00DY is an experimental sound improviser based in Boston, MA. Inspired by urban environments, her music reflects the development of the city from its earthy beginnings. In the same way that we have warped the earth to form an urban metropolis, she warps sound to create a sonic force inspired by nature, but twisted by technology. Her favorite signal to manipulate is the human voice, in which she creates soundscapes that are human, but not exactly human........
This will be W00DY's first NF experience, and fourth time on the west coast!
XOME (sacramento)
Xome is a harsh noise music project conceived and operated by Bob Scott. Xome first started experimenting with dissonant forms of music in 1989 but the first organized live performance in Tokyo in 1994 marks the true activation of the project. Now based in Sacramento, CA, Xome has evolved into a highly refined and extremely harsh noise music unit by means of improvised manipulation of sound generating and processing equipment.
2013 will mark Xome's 14th NF a row!

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