Agnes Szelag is a composer, performer, and video/audio installation artist. Her work explores the cognitive and aesthetic relationship of sound and visual media in chosen environments. In performance and composition she creates interactive schemes that ride the line between composition and improvisation. All her work deals with transformation.
Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, The Soundwave Series, The Streaming Festival, Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the Illuminated Corridor Festival, Palais de Ideal Festival, 60 x 60, Voices on the Edge, at the Stone in NY, and has been broadcast nationally on KQED for the show Spark. This year she released a solo EP No Summer or Winter hailed as “a distinctive voice in the electro-acoustic field” by Textura, and “gorgeous” by XLR8R.
The Norman Conquest
The Norman Conquest (Norman Teale, b. 1980, Tulsa, OK) is a composer of music influenced by the art of sound engineering. His compositional work utilizes extreme dynamic ranges and also plays with psychoacoustic perception. His compositional underpinning is to replicate the effects of the recording studio (dynamic level compression, mixing, artificial delay, etc.) in the world of acoustic instrumentation.
Norman spent his formative years in rural Kentucky learning 4-track recording as a vehicle for his songs and sonic experiments. In 2003, he received his B.S. in Recording Industry (Production and Technology) at Middle Tennessee State University. Norman then received his M.F.A. from Mills College in 2006, where he studied composition and electronic music with Fred Frith, Chris Brown, and Annie Gosfield. Norman has performed with the improvising trio Nuclear Times (with Quentin Sirjacq on piano and Antoine Berthiaume on guitar) at Victoriaville, in the Phil Minton Feral Choir, the Contemporary Performance Ensemble at Mills College, and at the EMIT (Experimental Music In Tampa) Summer Avant-A-Thon.