JVMIE’s emotive, alt electronic sound is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/producer Jamie Lee Wilson, whose single “Back 2 Love” skyrocketed to #2 on the Billboard Club Charts. Born and raised on Australia’s Gold Coast, Jamie started singing at 7. By the time she graduated highschool she didn't even have time to attend her prom as she had a performance on the same night. She went on to study at the Conservatorium of Music majoring in Jazz voice, all the while honing her song writing craft and performing extensively. Leaving Australia to spread her wings she landed in London where a friend introduced her to the dance scene. On release of her track Fuel to the Fire with Dutch producer Jesse Voorn, the song was featured on Dave Audé’s radio show in the US. A month later Jamie was in the studio with Dave in LA recording what would become their US Billboard Club Chart smash. 2018 saw JVMIE grace the Billboard Charts again with 'Chasing' released on Universal Music Group and recently picked up for a feature film, ‘I’ll Give You the World’ on Dim Mak which was featured as track of the week on both Apple Music and iTunes and her latest release ‘Timeless’ with legendary dance music producer Darude.
Genres: Alt Electronic/Dance
Fartbarf began in the year 2008 with Josh, Dan and Brian, three unassuming, well mannered and fun-loving Neanderthals from a cave near the sea. Regressed, mutated and collectively known as Fartbarf, they somehow bring us all into the future, captivating audiences with relentless melodies, robotically tight rhythms, and danceable beats by use of a strict limitation of tools at hand; vintage analog synthesizers, vocoders, drum machines, analog modular systems, and live drums.
Genres: Live Electronic Dance Music
Lisa Bella Donna
Lisa Bella Donna is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, modular synthesist, and clinician. She has many years as a session musician as well as developing extensive techniques with musique concreté, modular synthesis, analog & digital recording techniques, drumming & percussion, micro-tonal music, orchestration & film composition. She has also toured all throughout the USA, Japan & Europe as a clinician, drummer and keyboardist. She''s been commissioned for many multichannel audio art installations in the USA and Europe.
Genres: Classic Electronic, Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Experimental
Sarah Belle Reid
Sarah Belle Reid is a Canadian performer-composer, specializing in trumpet and electronics, modular synthesis, and alternate forms of graphical notation for composition and improvisation.
She is a co-developer of the Minimally Invasive Gesture Sensing Interface (MIGSI) for trumpet: an open-source, wireless interface that captures performance data and provides real-time extended sonic and visual control for improvisation. Reid has presented and performed with MIGSI at institutions and festivals around the world including Moogfest, Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), the International Conference of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2015: Brisbane, Australia), New Media Art & Sound Summit (NMASS 2017: Austin, TX), University of Oregon, UT Austin, and UC Irvine's Women in Music Technology Symposium (2016), among others.
Reid is a founding member of the trumpet/modular synthesizer duo Burnt Dot, dedicated to exploring open forms of spontaneous creation and electroacoustic collaboration. Additionally, Reid has worked with a wide range of musicians and ensembles in a broad range of musical genres and settings, including Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, David Rosenboom, Todd Barton, Liberation Music Orchestra, Julia Holter, Adele, Avey Tare (Animal Collective), and Estrella TV.
Genres: Experimental, Noise, Improvisation
Kitty Spit is a well-known live performer in the underground modular synthesizer scene here in LA. Kitty Spit aka Skyler King is a life-long multi-instrumentalist (guitar, drums, bass & keyboards), who fell in love with modular synthesizers about 6 years ago and has immersed himself deeply into the synthesis ooze, and has emerged as a synthesizing ninja.
Skyler is so deep into the modular synth world, that by day he is the resident technical expert at Analogue Haven and by night he is designing Euro rack modules for his cottage company Buck Modular, or is performing with his modular gear, or chilling out at home being a great husband & father to his sweet baby daughter Layla. Kitty Spit is an Instagram sensation and he has over 5,000+ followers. On Instagram, he puts on impromptu live modular performances that are mind blowing and beautiful pieces that continually evolve and ebb & flow onward.
Genres: Electro-ambient, Ethereal Soundscapes, down-tempo chill vibe
Roel Reine is a multi-talented and multi-dimensional artist, as he is both a Hollywood motion picture director and a talented electronic music composer, who favors the use of synthesizers in his works. Roel’s biggest musical passion is playing live with his (growing) Eurorack modular system. In 2016 Roel released his first electronic music album titled Monotonic Diversity, which is excellent and worth checking out. Roel says, "Performing live with a Eurorack system is nerve racking and therefor a blast to do." Roel’s full time job as film director has yielded many fine works such as; ADMIRAL & Redbad and other spectacular action movies like, the Death Race prequels and directing the American based television series Black Sails.
Genres: Cinematic Soundscapes Eurorack Synthesizer, Analog synths
Inspired by the mysteries of life, Jack Hertz manipulates sound to create organic-techno impressions, that fall somewhere between music and artful noise. Jack has been composing & recording music for 30+ years and he finds a sonic middle ground between the real & the artificial. Jack utilizes machines, instruments, found objects, field recordings, and effects processing to designs sounds, spaces, and atmospheres for deep listening.
Jack is a unwavering improviser who finds sound design utterly fascinating, from early percussion instruments to present day hardware and software innovations. By trade, Jack is professional software architect, developer, expert electronic music synthesist (digital and analog), visual artist, and composer having published more than 120 full-length albums of his own work. More on his music is available at JackHertz.com
Jack has a degree in Computer Science and he is founder of the thematic music label Aural Films. He is also the Founder of Sound For Good Records, that uses the power of sound for good causes, and they have planted over 10,000 trees to date. Furthermore, Jack is working hard to archive all things Electronic Music on the Encyclotronic.com project.
Genres: Ambient, Avant Garde, Jazz, Rock, Noise, Progressive, Tribal
Kurt Kurasaki is an electronic music composer based in Northern California who is known as PEFF in his on-line persona. Kurt much prefers performing with his vintage Buchla Music Easel and his beautiful Buchla 200/200e system, yet Kurt is also well versed in wide array of synthesizers and electronic composition techniques and he loves to experiment and has very creative ideas that you will find displayed on-line in his various links below. Kurt’s professional associations include working with notable music companies such as Dave Smith Instruments, Rossum Electro-Music, and Propellerhead Software. Recently Kurt has focused his efforts into producing and recording experimental works that incorporate modular synthesizers and prepared tape materials.
Patrick O'Brien aka POB is a modular synthesizer performer based in Los Angeles. Patrick grew up outside of St. Louis, classically trained on both piano and trumpet. With a degree in audio production, Patrick spent time as a chief audio engineer producing projects for clients doing everything from local commercials to stadium jumbotrons, eventually moving into morning radio and television. He also DJed at night clubs and found a love for playing in front of crowds.
After many years in the corporate world, his passion for modular unfolded in the summer of 2014 after his wife took a job on the east coast and he wanted to do something musical to occupy his time. Around that same time, Patrick also found his biological family -- and realizing his music roots go deep, the modular synth seemed to be the perfect instrument that marries all his background, experiences, and creative interests.
Through social media, he's connected with the community and performs all over SoCal/West Coast. You can catch his live performances on YouTube and Instagram. Patrick also produces modular demos for manufacturers and is part of the Modular on the Spot organizational team that sets up outdoor public performances each month in LA.
Genres: Dance, Ambient, Industrial, Experimental
Collin Russell creates sonic gestures using recorded and synthesized audio to create an ambiance that transforms the listener's perspective on what sound should be, and more importantly, what sound could be.
Collin is an Electronic Production and Design graduate from Berklee College of Music with an emphasis on vocal performance and electronic composition and is the Director of Technical Support at Qu-Bit, a Southern California based modular synthesizer manufacturer.
Genres: Ambient, Acousmatic, Electroacoustic
The Unique Molecule
A music fiend her entire life, the unique molecule has only been recording sounds since February 2017. After playing with friends' synthesizers, she became quickly addicted and built a home studio with her own synth army. She taught herself synthesis by reading ARP 2600 user manual and practicing on it. She then moved on to more current synths and drum machines, taught herself how to use Ableton and how to master her analog jams. She spends hours daily noodling around in her studio. Her influences are The Orb, The Future Sound of London, Mouse on Mars, Coil, Aphex Twin, Plaid, Brian Eno and Orbital. She prefers to record sessions in a single go, and loves to play for live audiences.
Genres: Techno, drum and bass, house, experimental electronic
Scott Sorenson, aka KRĀN is a recent convert in the last couple of year to the modular synth world and has really embraced & mastered the art of making incredible music with his Eurorack. Prior to taking up the patching of synthesizers, Scott was a multi-instrumentalist and played bass as his main instrument. He is also a capable guitarist, pianist, drummer and singer. Scott has years of experience as a band member and he has worked extensively in both the studio and live environments. Today Scott is a composer and audio engineer and he does stellar work for both films and commercials. He also handles all the music and production work for an on-line meditation company that makes the app called Headspace.
James Watson is the vocalist, guitarist, synthesist, sound designer and songwriter for the experimental drone and industrial noise project Eightch. He is best known for his live performances and uses synths and effects to create imaginatively dramatic soundscapes. Each composition is designed to transport listeners into a meditative and/or trance like state. Employing techniques like micro-listening as a way to gain sonic entrainment; ambient works serve as a counterpoint to heavy and aggressive modulation and phasing, often played at high volume. Eightch [pronounced like the letter “H”] is based out of Los Angeles, CA. and has toured extensively in the US and throughout Europe which include performances at both Knobcon in Chicago and Superbooth in Berlin, Germany. Eightch is a Korg supported artist and will continue to tour through 2019 while also working on scores for a number of film and video game projects.
Genres: Experimental, Drone, Ambient, Industrial, Noise
MadDaddies are skillful musical art CREW based in Los Angeles.
Hiko (also known as Rehabeatation) is a SoCal Japanese producer/beat maker in the city of Angels. He started making beats during the height of Low End Theory, the former epicenter of L.A.’s underground beat scene. Much of his influence comes from the sounds of Daedelus, Nosaj Thing, and Tokimonsta. He has collaborated with many local artists in the underground scene and has won first place in Beat Cinema’s Beat Battle Vol.3. He performs in local clubs and has been spotted in regional street performances.
TomoSpice is a Los Angeles based, producer and finger-drummer. Producing tracks including game sounds for a PlayStation game Beatmania and an official song for a professional soccer team in Japan. He released an instrumental beat album "Reborn to Die" in 2017 featuring Spaceboy Boogie X from Pharcyde and Akil The MC from Jurassic 5. Mastering for this album was done by Daddy Kev who received a Grammy Award nomination with the Flying Lotus. The album was highly acclaimed and attained a reputation with the unique, intense deep beat and originality. T-SPICE is also a live finger drummer using a Native Instruments Maschine. His performances are often introduced by local artists on their social media outlets.
Genre: Electronic Experimental
Forward is a live duo combining the forces of Trovarsi and Markman. Trovarsi is a vocalist, pianist and producer. She has been producing for 9 years and over the last few began performing live. Markman is a producer and engineer, as well as a DJ for over 15 years. As the paths of these two crossed, it became apparent rather quickly that their similar work ethic and love for technology in music would blend perfectly to create a new way to perform. Utilizing two Ableton rigs, Forward combine software and controllers to create a workflow that uses the flexibility of software while having the tactile controls and performance sensibility of hardware. The duo play all original House and Techno, completely live and often composed on the spot.
Genres: House and Techno
Symbion Project performs 儀 式 GISHIKI
Symbion Project is the brainchild of Seattle electronic music composer, producer, and audio technologic Kasson Crooker. Over the past 2 decades of creating eclectic synthesizer music, Kasson has founded numerous bands (Symbion Project, Freezepop, ELYXR, Dispak) and has toured the US, Canada, and Europe. Each of Symbion Project’s nine albums fuse genres from downtempo, IDM, techno, ambient, synthpop, and classical synthesizer music, but all aim to achieve cinematic beauty. Kasson’s music has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, and videogames and he is an Eventide supported artist. An avid collector of vintage analog synths, his large collection includes a 1969 Moog System55 modular, 1984 Sequential Circuits Prophet 10, and a 1976 Arp Odyssey with the “Moog-infringing” filter circuit.
Always looking for new creative inspiration and unique performances, the newest sonic excursion from Symbion Project for Synthplex 2019 is 儀 式 GISHIKI, an electroacoustic experience featuring the Japanese koto (a traditional 13 stringed harp) heavily processed through eurorack modular DSP effects over lush vintage synthesizers and augmented field recordings. For maximum audio immersion, Gishiki is performed in four channel quadraphonic surround and incorporates directional ultrasonic speakers to deliver unexpected aural elements.
Genre: Electro-acoustic, Modular, Ambient, Experimental, Soundscape
The Volt Per Octaves
A family that Moog’s together, stays together. The Volt per Octaves were founded circa 2005 in Santa Barbara California, and The Volt per Octaves mission statement as a band was to, "evangelize analog" (Keyboard Magazine Jan. 2006) using vintage synthesizers and electric pianos. At the time they were forming the band, DAW’s and laptops ruled the electronic music scene and The Volt per Octaves set out to do something different.
"The Volt per Octaves sound is something like if Kraftwerk and Parliament Funkadelic had a love child", says Nick Montoya, the father in this family band, which consists Anna his wife and Eva their daughter.
The Volt per Octaves funky, yet spacey sound led to a 10-year run of live and studios collaborations with their hero Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic & Talking Heads. "Bernie was not just a collaborator but a friend, a mentor and eventually part of our family. He changed our lives and our music for the better, before we had to say goodbye to him in June 2016", said Anna Montoya the band's matriarch.
If you're looking for a funky Moog experience you won't ever forget, make sure you don't miss The Volt per Octaves.
Genres: Electronic Music
Lucky and Love
LUCKY and LOVE is a hot up-and-coming local LA synth duo that falls in the genre bin somewhere between electro rock, dream pop, electronica and/or synth gaze. One could sum LUCKY and LOVE up and call them an electro-wave synth band... Bottom line is, their music will hook you quickly and “Summertime Frolic”, which is their first single off their debut album, is a shining example of their infectiousness on one’s brainwaves. This dynamic duo is made up of lead vocalist & keyboard player April Love and multi-instrumentalist Loren Luck, and together these two write all of the songs on the album and they continue to writ new material all the time. LUCKY and LOVE are a fun-loving pair and their music is both sensual and atmospheric, bringing their audience on a blissful journey into the synth pop cloudscape. In the words of Loren Luck, “We’ve got lots of LFO, riveting arpeggiations, simultaneous solos with spacey square waves, and that concoction all blended together with April’s smoky vocals, it’s grand splendor”.
LUCKY and LOVE draw inspiration from artists such as; New Order, OMD, Depeche Mode, Washed Out, Tycho, PJ Harvey and Cocteau Twins, and you’ll hear these subtle influences on their song writing. Their self-title debut album is indeed an electronic music record, but it comes from a more traditional place, where the likes of OMD or Kraftwerk came from. The album is a high quality (192kHz/24-bit) live recording without samples and without programmed tracks. Everything on the record was played live. “On this album, we allow these songs the space they need to breathe, and that space lets their true dynamic potential shine through,” says Loren Luck. Be sure not to miss LUCKY and LOVE.
Genre: Synthwave, Darkwave, Electro
Dudadius explores melodic craft, sonic depth, and unconventional song structure; borrowing much from ambient music but with enough of a pulse to allow for the possibility of some booty shaking, if not exuberant head-nodding.
How does sound become a vehicle for self-expression? When does a resonant frequency create a sympathetic feeling between individuals? Why does an arrangement of those resonances into a melody communicate emotion and intent? Dudadius uses electronic music to create a soundscape of melodies that can trigger emotion and take the listener on a journey. Along the way, this process moves the discipline forward and lifts the human spirit. Electro Humanism!
Dudadius is also intrigued by the structure of the sound itself. He has had a life-long curiosity with analog and modular synthesis and alternative music-making tools. These circuits can take on the qualities of a true instrument; turning analog vibrations into meaningful music.
Dudadius is the electronic project of Media Composer, Bryan Rheude. Relying on modular synthesis and vintage analog synths, he has released 5 albums and performs live on a Eurorack and Monome Grid system. Dudadius also maintains an active Youtube channel, featuring musical explorations of particular techniques and devices.