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JEFF KUNZELMAN was discovered by Different Skies while he was living at Arcosanti and provided the poster artwork for the first 3 years. After delving into using computers to produce music for a number of years, Jeff has switched to using analog instruments for more a more tactile experience. He often perfoms using electronic music and digital video under the name Alpha60.
DARRELL BURGAN’s musical projects include Palancar and Cluster Balm and he is the brains behind Spirit Canyon Audio, creators of the world’s most sick and bent impulse responses for convolution reverbs.
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.
NICK ROTHWELL Nick is returning for his 2nd Different Skies, having attended in 2004. 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.
JOHN ROSSI III became a regular in Mike’s band Team Metlay, and appears on each of their 3 CD releases. He now spends his creative time developing electronic music for the DTS 5.1 format in his CrystaLogic Productions studio in Florida.
RUSSELL FOSTER is a Phoenix native, a solo electronic artist who creates ambient music with a tribal edge under the name Una Voce. Rus has over twenty years’ experience as a guitarist, drummer, and keyboardist, and brings an exceptional artistic sensibility to this, his third Different Skies. Rus will be performing on keyboards, guitars, and electronic percussion.
DENNIS MOSER is an electronic guitarist who records music under the name “/usr/sbin”, and has been chatting with me about how he runs his guitar synthesizer through four Lexicon Vortex effects processors to achieve unique sounds.
GILES REAVES has been producing solo albums for almost 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.
JOHN DUVAL is returning to Different Skies in 2006, having been at the 2003 and 2005 events, but missing 2004. John lives in Portland, Oregon, and will be playing guitar at this year’s show.
TONY GERBER is returns to Different Skies this year after his wonderful contributions in Different Skies 2005. Gerber has been a driving force in the art and space music arena during his 25 year stay in Nashville, TN.
DAVE FULTON is returning to Different Skies in 2006, having also been at the 2003 and 2005 events, but missing 2004. Dave is is best known as part of the group Dweller at the Threshold, which has released two albums: No Boundary Condition (1996) and Generation/Transmission/Illumination(1998) and their third album Ouroborus was released on Hypnos/Binary in 2001.
DAVID HERPICH new to Different Skies this year, is a composer and electronic musician balancing dual interests in classical and new age music genres. He holds degrees in music theory and composition from the University of Kansas, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree as a recipient of the University Graduate Fellowship Award at the University of South Florida.
This years video artist HONG WALTZER and GREG WALTZER, who participates in a number of musical projects in and around Philadelphia and southern New Jersey: Mutation Vector, Xeroid Entity, Holosphere, and Fringe Element.
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 at WMUH and WDIY.
OTSO PAKARINEN is the owner of Visual Power, a 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. 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.
MIKE METLAY, Founder and Coordinator of Different Skies, returns for the fourth 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 witha deliberately obscure tuning.
JOHN ROSSI III
For more information and a lot more photos please consult the Different Skies website. For concert information please check Today@Arcosanti report 9/13.