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Alan Bloor - Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Alan Bloor was influenced largely by the industrial surroundings and welding shop in which he worked for over ten years. The cutting and grinding of metal became a so-called "music" to Bloor and influenced greatly his sounds for his artistic projects Knurl and Pholde. Knurl was initiated in 1994, at first utilising cars springs, saw blades, and electric fans as a way to harness these sounds into a musical project. Pholde, which was started later on in 2002, is a project which experiments with a more "ambient", quieter sound of metal. The natural sounds of the metal, and the way they are bowed, and scraped, is what Alan concentrates on with Pholde. Alan currently resides in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Jamie Todd.
Brian Connolly has recently successfully completed his PhD at Maynooth University in which his research interests concerned the application of psychoacoustic phenomena regarding the non-linearities of the inner ear within composition. Since beginning his PhD in 2012, Brian has composed the music for Keith Barry's The Dark Side tour as well as having written and presented the RTÉ Lyric FM documentary Why Music Can't Stay Still.
Stijn Demeulenaere is a Belgian sound artist, radio producer and searching musician. Since 2009 he’s creating installations, soundscapes and performances, and does sound design for dance and the- atre. His work researches the relationship between identity, sound and listening. He works and lives in Brussels.
Chantal Dumas - Sound artist, Chantal Dumas explores the medium of sound through the production of audio fiction and docufiction, sound installation, composition and sound design. Microphones are her tools and instrument, listening is a method of approach. Field recordist, she makes the sounds collected into her immediate environment or in specific sites, the raw material for her production. Leaving the studio, she takes the risk of facing the unexpected, the uncontrollable, the fragile. This is a sensible way to get into the world and to take its pulse. To stage, to play, to live an experience are the strategies used to make the sound design a sensory contact art. Her work includes a participatory dimension which according to the different projects, will take the shape of an immersive experience or an active collaboration in the creative process. In a parallel to the radio work, Dumas pursues with the sound installation a research which questions the relation between the mobility, the sound, the space and the listener. Chantal Dumas has produced over 30 narrative works heard and commissionned by european radios (ABC, BBC, Deutschlandradio Kultur, France Musique, Sveriges Radio, KunstRadio), Radio-Canada and art centers. Her work rewarded by the Opus Prize in Music (Quebec) and Bohemia and Phonurgia Nova radio (Europe) is widely broadcast on foreign public radio and festivals. In 2011, she was in residence in New York City at Studio du Québec (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec - CALQ) and In autumn 2016, in Paris at the Couvent des Récollets (CALQ).
Sonia Paço-Rocchia performs/improvises and composes using a myriad of readily available sound-makers, invented instruments, voice and/or bassoon, along with real-time processing through gesture-based interfaces. All of this enables her to perform using her body movements freely and to collaborate with dancers and other artists. As a bassoonist she plays solo and in different ensembles, including CoMa and the London Improvisers Orchestra.