free103point9 @ Spark

Feb 22, 2006: 9pm- 11pm
University of Minnesota

free103point9 is pleased to present a special performance for the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art 2006. free103point9 Transmission Artists Damian Catera, Matt Mikas, Tom Roe and Bryan Zimmerman from the Dust Dive will perform live from the free103point9 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Audio and video from the gallery will be webcast to Minneapolis where Scanner will perform in person, in collaboration with the Brooklyn performers, to a live Spark festival audience.

The performance will begin at 9:45 p.m. EST.
Visit free103point9 Online Radio to listen. Tune in to program previewing the free103point9 Transmission Artists involved in this performance at:

More information about the participating artists:
Damian Catera
Matt Mikas
Tom Roe
Bryan Zimmerman

Scanner - British artist Robin Rimbaud traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways. From his early controversial work using found mobile phone conversations, through to his focus on trawling the hidden noise of the modern metropolis as the symbol of the place where hidden meanings and missed contacts emerge, his restless explorations of the experimental terrain have won him international admiration from amongst others, Bjork, Aphex Twin and Stockhausen.

Damian Catera is an electroacoustic composer/guitarist, sound installation creator and media artist. Catera's work reflects interests in sound based composition/ improvisation, transmission and sociopolitical critique. He has toured the US and Europe twice and has also presented work in Latin America and Asia. Recently he's been performing improvised "deCompositions" for live electronics, radio and guitar and also participated in the New Sound New York sound art exhibit during the spring of 2004. In recent years, Catera has performed improvised solo guitar/ radio/ computer based pieces abroad and in the US in New York area venues like the Knitting Factory, the Kitchen and The Cooler. He has also done live radio broadcasts on Free 103 and WFMU. Damian toured Europe in December of 2001, and May of 2002 performing in the Czech Republic, Germany , Poland and Slovakia. In March of 2000 he performed in the "La Primavera en Habana" festival in Cuba . During the spring of 1999, Damian toured the United States with Japanese sound artist and Zeni Geva guitarist K.K. Null. Damian also composed two interactive pieces for the NYU New Music Ensemble during 2002 and 2003. Catera's "deCompositional" process, consists of an expanded instrument system which samples and probabilistically processes live sound with algorithms, which he wrote in the MAX/ MSP programming environment. The end product is a constantly evolving, machine improvised soundscape that is distinct in each implementation.

Matt Mikas is a sound artist with a history of involvement with microradio. A sonic anthropologist, Mikas uses turntables alternately as a historian and performer. In January 2000 he curated the sound program for Dave Hickey’s Ultralounge at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa. "Of The Bridge," a collaboration with Matt Bua and Tom Roe, premiered in Brooklyn! (2001) at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, sampling the Williamsburg Bridge and Sonny Rollins (who often rehearsed there). Mikas’s current project "Interactive Audio Response Kit" is a musical composition and listening tool created for two identical LPs.

free103point9's Tom Roe is a sound transmission artist sometimes known as DJ Dizzy. He co-founded microradio stations 87X in Tampa, FL and free103point9 in Brooklyn, NY. Roe performs with transmitters using multiple bands (FM, CB, walkie-talkie), as well as prepared CDs, vinyl records, and various electronics. He has also written about music for The Wire, Signal to Noise, and The New York Post, among others. Roe's writing about Free Jazz in New York recently appeared in The Wire's 20th Anniversary publication Undercurrents (Continuum). His collaboration with Matt Bua and Matt Mikas, Of The Bridge, premiered in Brooklyn! (2001) at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art. Roe’s Constructive Engagement, featuring manipulated recordings from recent political protests and Of The Bridge, both received funding from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. He co-curated Tune(In))) (2002), a one-night installation featuring over sixty sound artists performing live into six radio transmitters. He has also performed at the Gwangju Biennele in 2004, and at Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland, and at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, Poland. Roe has also spoken on panels for Fairness and Accuracy in Media, the Grassroots Radio Conference, Anarchist Forum, and NYC Grassroots Media Conference. He is also free103point9 Program Director. He has DJ'd Rubulad, Union Pool, Galapagos, Smack Mellon, and other New York clubs, and hosted "Audio Buffet" from 2000-2002 at Diner in Williamsburg and "Rock 'n' Roll Radio" in 2002 at Angel in Manhattan.

Bryan Zimmerman is a member of The Dust Dive. The Dust Dive’s unconventional sound borrows from ill American landscapes, edge-city teenage hangouts, and overgrown, overlooked places. Conceived in a noisy railroad apartment in Brooklyn, the trio’s songs possess the quirky sincerity of a youth recital while burrowing into decidedly mesmerizing, urban pastoral, and ghostly terrain. Employing violin, chord organ, piano, electric guitar, sampled field recordings, Hamradio transmissions, musical saw, and two- and three-part vocals that are often counter-melodic and uniquely filtered, their sparse yet lush and textural sound-visions have been compared to Syd Barrett, The Flaming Lips, Smog, Palace, Dirty Three, and The Velvet Underground. Always taking a multidisciplinary approach, their live performances feature film and video projections that serve as a serene yet provocative visual accompaniment to the music. Their critically-acclaimed debut full-length, Asleep or Awake Walk, was released by free103point9 in September 2004, and will be released in Europe later this year by Own Records.