Andrea Graham aka The Librarian (co-founder of Bass Coast music festival)
The Bass Coast Music Festival's co-founder and music curator has been making some very loud noises up and down the Pacific Northwest for the better part of a decade. Her knack for blending total dance floor destruction with sly subtleties and hot new exclusives makes for a consistently accessible, yet undeniably future sound. Indeed, her festival's carefully crafted music line-up is a perfect mirror of her style. Serving up a veritable who's who of the West Coast bass scene and reaching deep both backwards and forwards, The Librarian offers up unabashedly hard-hitting low-end bliss paired with thoughtful, sophisticated chops.
In addition to curating and co-producing Bass Coast since its 2009 inauguration, Andrea has toured the Pacific Northwest club & festival circuit extensively (Shambhala, Symbiosis, Rifflandia, Envision, Meme,Tall Tree, Burning Man, Sync, Envision, World Ski & Snowboarding Festival, and more), and has performed as far as Costa Rica and midwest to Winnipeg & Wyoming. She has played alongside Pinch, J Kenzo, dBridge, UZ, Bauer, Dub FX, Silkie, Distance, Addison Groove, Machinedrum, Om Unit, Grenier, Kastle, TRUTH, Deadbeat, Marty Party, Excision, Zed’s Dead, Mimosa, Vibesquad, Ana Sia, Danny Corn, Reso, Rusko, Caspa, Appleblim, 2562, Stagga, Djunya, BSE, Kutz, & many more.
Christine Diamantopoulos (curator for online music channels at The District )
Christine is a creative contributor and immersed participant in the electronic music community, culture and industry. Her rooted passion for this music inspired years of writing for small blogs before being hired to work at Vice’s electronic music channel, THUMP, in 2014. She has also created her own experimental audio/visual project, Inspire x Sound, in which she collaborated with many up and coming producers from Toronto and across the world. Currently working with The District, Christine contributes to the curation and management of many high profile and well known YouTube channels in electronic music.
Terrance Grigoruk (co-creator of Ghost in the Machine)
Ghost in the Machine is a program that generates sound based on motion detected by the XBOX Kinect camera. By tracking the position of 14 separate joints (head, shoulders, solar plexus, elbows, hands, hips, knees, and feet), we are able to analyze and describe movement in a variety of ways which are then mapped to control parameters for a suite of virtual instruments and digital signal processors. In addition to creating sound in direct response to the motions viewed by the camera, the system is capable of recording data streams from which to generate novel sonic output.
Ghost in the Machine is currently being developed by Terence Grigoruk and Paul Paroczai under the supervision of Martin Gotfrit (Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies SFU, School for The Contemporary Arts).
Haig Armen (professor at Emily Carr, interactive designer)
Haig Armen is an Assistant Professor of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a designer living in Vancouver, Canada. For a number of years Haig has been exploring the intersection of art and programming, focusing on the areas of data visualization, gestural interfaces and wearable technology. His research centres around designing Meta Products – network-enabled objects and design-led entrepreneurship.
As a producer of CBC Radio 3′s groundbreaking online magazine during 2001-2005, Haig created editorial and design strategies that have earned CBC international accolades. Haig has had the honour of winning a variety of awards throughout his design career, including three Webby Awards, two Prix Italia for Web Arts and Drama and a Gold Medal from the Art Director’s Club of New York to name only a few.
Michael Red ( Founder of Low Indigo )
Michael Red is a Vancouver-based electronic music producer, performer and DJ. The founding member of Vancouver's Lighta! Sound, acting captain of the Low Indigo ship, one half of the experimental dub duo Chambers, curator for New Forms Festival for over ten years, Bass Coast Music Festival resident, long term collaborator with throat singer Tanya Tagaq, and ambient/experimental artist under the alias Souns.
Dr. Norah Lorway (Live coding performer)
Canadian live coding laptop performer, composer, programmer and pianist. She recently completed her Ph.D in Computer Music at University of Birmingham and as well she has an M.Mus in Composition (University of Calgary) and B.Mus in Piano Performance (Mount Allison University). Her research interests are: live coding (in SuperCollider, in particular), gestural controllers, biohacking, laptop performance, networked music performance, multichannel electroacoustic composition, minimalism, hip hops and green smoothies. Her music has been performed throughout the UK, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Australia, USA, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, South Africa, Italy, and Denmark. Norah will be presenting a talk on aspects of Live-Coding/Algorave style performance.
Jen Pea aka Nancy Dru (DJ/ Producer)
Nancy Dru crafts danceable sets with some less predictable twists and turns. As well, she plays various underground parties in Vancouver, deep & dark techno sounds that appeal to the brain as well as the body. Situated pleasantly on the more unconventional end of music and sound, Vancouverite Jen P aka Nancy Dru has a kind of important message embedded throughout her style. Engaging in her sets is like sitting with her at a card table while the chaos of the casino persists in the periphery: glances of determination alongside a type of stoicism about fun are passed around, undermining your confidence of the game, questioning your initial goal to win, diffusing what you thought it meant to win at anything. Known during the IDM days as The Square Root of Evil, Jen now delivers dense, driven techno, as solid as urban pavement. Nancy Dru is where Jen's personal and deep comprehension of sound marches through each corner and transition of her set. Rendering her work more potent is its vocal aridness. Though this style is alive with language, it is an idiosyncratic, non-verbal kind, accessible to all who are at least level two versed in techno. Having shared the stage with the likes of Shed, Rødhåd, Kangding Ray, Annie Hall, Regis, Veronica Vasicka, Matrixxman, Erika and Dasha Rush, and after playing celebrated sets at Mutek, Soundwave, and Communikey, Jen has gained a laudable reputation as not only an artist with a severe approach to music, but also as a techno advocate with an esoteric, tenacious language, argot required for propelling the global dance community forward into its unknown, tremendous future.
Omri Amouyal (VP, Business Development & Co-Founder of SKIO MUSIC)
Omri Amouyal is the VP of Business Development and a Co-founder of SKIO Music, a collaboration platform that empowers creators by making music licensing in the digital era more efficient, transparent and fair. SKIO gives artists back the freedom to create and provides record labels with catalogue monetization opportunities in a copyright respected community. As part of a highly motivated and experienced team, he works closely with a wide range of artists, labels and managers to connect opportunities with creators in the SKIO Community. Omri began his career in music as a DJ/Producer while attending the University of Victoria in 2008. After quickly gaining recognition in the local nightlife scene, he soon found himself sharing the stage with some of EDM’s biggest names such as Zedd, Fedde Le Grand, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and many more. Despite having graduated with a degree in political science, he was drawn to the idea of working in music-tech after his collaborations with older brother Zohar, an accomplished guitarist and SKIO Music CEO introduced him to the licensing and publishing side of the music business.
Kiran Bhumber (creative programmer, musician) Nancy Lee (interactive A/V artists) Pendula: Interactive Swing Installation & Performance Instrument
Artists Nancy Lee and Kiran Bhumber were on seemingly disparate paths until two chance run-ins set their collaboration in motion. Nancy, a VJ, filmmaker, new media artist and event coordinator, dropped out of school in 2012 to experiment with swings as interactive art pieces in public and indoor spaces. Kiran met her in 2013 at one of the latter - an electronic music event where Nancy had installed adjacent to the dance floor eight swings intended to explore party-goers’ negotiations of social boundaries within the space. They would cross paths again in 2014 when they both happened to volunteer as production assistants at a new media festival. Their roles materialized differently than advertised and the two spent eight hours together painting tables with tiny brushes and discussing their own ideas for new media installations. Kiran, in her career as a composer, performer, programmer and music educator, had developed a predilection for using technology to create interactive sonic and visual environments for performers. Hearing Nancy’s vision of an apparatus in which the swings’ movements actually controlled the visual projections, Kiran knew instantly how she could bring it to fruition: she would code and build an interface to interpret each swing’s motion, sending signals to Nancy’s VJ software and triggering effects. Kiran's familiarity with integrating sensor technology and music unfurled radical new possibilities for the aural aspects of their now-shared ambition as well. Their first installation took place just one month later, and the momentum behind their collaborations in relational art continues to build. Drawing on contrasting yet complementary skill sets the two are able to explore human relations in a provocative context, embodied both by Nancy’s social curiosity and Kiran’s technical imagination, and created by the subtle eccentricities of bodies in motion.
Mirjana Prpa (VR / HCI / installation artist, BArch + MArch)
A Master in Architecture, Prpa’s focus has evolved from a creator of physical space and ephemeral designs toward the creation of virtual environments that analyze and respond to a user’s affective states, ultimately with a goal of creating virtual environments with the affordance of altering states of consciousness. Her research and design practice utilizes sensors (respiratory and EEG) and biosignals as input for generating changes in the virtual environment. Architecturally, her installations combine physical and virtual space into unified experience. Currently, she is developing this work as a PhD student and researcher at iSpace Lab for Virtual Reality at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Vancouver, Canada, where she also teaches students interested in Interactive Art.
Kıvanç Tatar ( Musician / Composer / Sound Designer /Programmer / Instructor / Artist, B.Sc. + M.Mus.)
Kıvanç Tatar is a musician playing trumpet and electronics, and a composer interested in electroacoustic music. He collaborated with many musicians in various projects. His performance practice combines free improvisation with live electronics. His compositions varies from ambient to noise. He chooses his material from acoustic sources, performing with the material itself while planning sonic gestures and textures. He searches for ways to fuse sounds in digital domain, creating sensational, yet unreal experiences.
Currently, he is a PhD student at School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University. He is working in the Metacreation Lab, a collaboration between School of Interactive Arts and Technology and School of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on generative art, musical composition and musical performance with artificial intelligence. He studies agency between musicians in live performances to extend musical performance with artificial intelligence. His research topics are Evolutionary Computation, Music Agent Design, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Listening, Musical Metacreation, Machine Improvisation, and Musical Performance.
Pulse. Breath. Water. is an immersive virtual environment manipulated by the pulse of a participant’s breath that provokes and challenges an interaction between a user and the substantial element of the environment: water. Minimalistic symbiotic play is supported by the multi-agent system that generates sound through a negotiation (of different affective states) between agents. The behaviour and aesthetic quality of sound and visuals are the result of the system's decisions, as long as the participant is consent, present, and breathes.
Soledad Muñoz (Founder of GENERO, all female music label )
Soledad Muñoz Fiegehen is an interdisciplinary artist born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Rancagua, Chile. Currently based in Vancouver, her work seeks to explore the analogy between the ever-changing social spaces we inhabit, the inter-connectivity materialized in the woven structure and an embodied experience of sound. While still living in Chile, she studied Film Arts at Universidad de Artes y Ciencias Sociales (ARCIS). After returning to Canada she completed the Textile Arts Program at Capilano University and earned a BFA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In 2014 she founded Genero, an audio project which focuses in the distribution and greater representation for women working in the sound realm. Soledad was the recipient of The City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Craft and Design and The Emily Carr President’s Media Award – Installation/Interactive Media.
Vanessa Tam (Social Media Specialist )
Vanessa Tam is a freelance creative that specializes in music and lifestyle writing and digital marketing. Working with signed artists like Meg Myers, Mainland, and WILLA from the beginning of their careers, she works one on one with artists to brand and develop their social media presence from the ground up.
In her social media workshop, Vanessa will be diving into advanced strategic and branding techniques that artists can use to leverage their social media networks to both communicate with and reach new fans; regardless of where they currently stand in their own careers.