Marja Johansson is a Swedish-Finnish musician and composer based in Turku, Finland. Her main creative output is the solo moniker Tsembla.
Using electronics, modified samples of acoustic instrument,
non-instruments and environmental sounds, she makes music that rides on waves of warped melodies, abstract voices and mutating textures – rough edged compositions, rich in detail,
that come together into instrumental miniatures. She also composes music for dance performances and film.
An AIR-programme grant from Nordic Culture Point
has made it possible to invite Marja to work at EMS.
Photo by Barbora Linka
with Karl Berger, Daniel Carter and Tony Scott among others.
Danish musician and composer Christian Rønn works in many different areas of sound, but in the last decade the focus have been on experimental electro-acoustic music combined with free improv and a compositional praxis has primarily taken of from those two areas.
Dr. Renick Bell is a computer musician, programmer, and teacher based in Tokyo, Japan. His current research interests are live coding, improvisation, and algorithmic art using open source software. He is the author of Conductive, a library for live coding in the Haskell programming language. He performs internationally (frequently at algoraves), and has released music on the labels UIQ, Quantum Natives, Tsuku Boshi, Deep Space Objects, and the3rd2nd. He has releases forthcoming on Halcyon Veil and Beatgatherers. He teaches programming at the International College of Liberal Arts at Yamanashi Gakuin University. He is a graduate of the doctoral program at Tama Art University in Tokyo. He is from West Texas and previously lived in New York City (1999-2001) and Taipei, Taiwan (2001-2006).
Aaron Miller-Rehm (US 1989) is a Colorado based artist and experimental musician best known for his work surrounding the Bleak Environment label which he founded in 2010.
While at EMS he is recording an upcoming release for his solo project Flowering Blade using the Buchla 200 synthesizer, as well as using the Studer B67 tape machines for Sorrowing Christ, a collaborative effort with Stockholm-based musician Kali Malone.
Photo credit - Locker, April 2016