Tracking the Odds: Bob Ostertag (Audio)
Jun 24, 2019
Produced by Roulette Intermedium.
Composed entirely from fragments of music from computer games, Bob Ostertag created w00t, with custom software enabling a live interactive montage with Quebecois filmmaker Pierre Hébert’s animation. This recording captures the audio from the Roulette presentation of 27 March 2008. Ostertag is an admired and influential electronic music artist as well as an activist for labor and musicians’ rights whose writings and lectures have been recognized by departments of state worldwide. Ostertag’s work with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, David Wojnarowicz, and others is legend, as is his sojourn to El Salvador where he abandoned music for political activism for seven years in the 80s. After returning to the USA and engaging in new projects to this day, Ostertag also made all of his recordings available as digital downloads under a Creative Commons license.