John Eichenseer – also known as JHNO – is a nomadic musician and technologist. He has produced and toured with Carla Bozulich, Evangelista, Rupa and the April Fishes, and an eclectic mix of projects around the world. He plays keyboards, viola, electronics, drums, and duduk. As JHNO and SPOOL he has been releasing albums since 1995, often under his own imprint, Delicate Ear. In parallel he develops music software, for the likes of Cycling ’74, Björk, and Laurie Anderson.
A trained pianist with jazz roots, JHNO has played with Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors, John Zorn’s Duras, John Evans, Abra Moore, and Tina Marsh’s Creative Opportunity Orchestra. As a composer and visionary creator, his audio environments have been presented by San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts, SFMOMA, the Art Authority at South by Southwest, and the X/XX Experimental Music Festival.
JHNO has been involved in creative music software, including bespoke artist tools and a few commercially available systems. He has collaborated with Brian Eno, Thomas Dolby, and Michael Brook. With Cycling ’74 he was a key developer for Pluggo, radiaL, and MaxMSP – innovative music software that is used by thousands of artists, notably including Aphex Twin, Autechre, Radiohead, Monolake, and Pauline Oliveros. He pioneered the field of live laptop performance during several years of improvised concerts with Scott Amendola and Nels Cline in the band CRATER.
Ambient electronic Venezuelan/North American duo, Dogon, have been creating sounds together since 1981. Experience their new concept work, "All My Relations (at peace)" available on CD and iTunes download. The music mixes electronic sounds, vocals and guest instrumentalists Kai Eckhardt, Micro Vard and others. The album explores themes of surrender, cyber-longing, grief and praise in a shifting ambient-pop foreground. Suitable music for transformative times.
Dogon have been featured throughout the US, South America and Europe at concerts and festivals including at SF MOMA (2000, Sol LeWitt Exhibition), EXPO Lisboa (1998) and XLIV Venice Biennale (1990). In 1996, Dogon pioneered the use of Internet technology for the first-ever remote interactive concert “NETLOOPS” performed live from San Francisco and Caracas simultaneously.
"The best of progressive ambient." - WIRED Magazine
Paul Godwin/Miguel Noya (Dogon) – Venezuelan/North American electronic music duo Dogon have been working together since they met at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in the early 1980s.
Called “the best of progressive ambient” by WIRED Magazine, their 1997 release “The Sirius Expeditions” was critically acclaimed and nominated for the California Music Award (Best Electronic/Dance Album). Individually, the two have collaborated with artists around the globe including Tony Kushner, MeredithMonk, Steve Roach, David Zambrano, Carlos Zerpa, Samy Cucher, Clara Ponty.
Paul Godwin and Miguel Noya are Dogon (photo by Steve Crawford)
SPOOL is the collaboration between jhno (John Eichenseer) and John Ridenour. jhno was a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area 'ambient scene' in the late nineties and early two thousands, whose work is documented by a series of recordings released by Delicate Ear Records (his own label), New Dog/World Domination, C74 (CRATER), Instinct, and other labels. John Ridenour is now based in Illinois, and has recorded with Bobby Conn (Thrill Jockey), The Aluminum Group (Minty Fresh), and other bands in addition to producing his own records (Yin, Goodbye Songs).
On SSTW they are joined by Bryan Bowman on drums and percussion, and John Christensen on bass. Noted cello sorceress Zoe Keating is featured on one track. The songs were recorded in 1999, and developed into a live show that SPOOL toured with briefly, with John Ridenour playing guitar and jhno on keyboards. This period of activity was followed by a five-year delay as jhno produced the music software radiaL (with Cycling '74), played with the band CRATER (with Scott Amendola and Nels Cline), and moved to Europe. SSTW was finally mixed and completed in Germany in 2005-2006.
The new SPOOL record signals the dawn of a new epoch of human history, a new level of consciousness, and hope for the planet via deus ex machina, the unexpected and inexplicable transformation and transcendence of reality by processes and energies we do not understand, but toward which we knowingly and passionately devote the fullness of ourselves.
MIGUEL NOYA Has been filling up the sound spectrum with electronic and digital processed sounds for more than 30 years. Just right after passing through Berklee College Of Music and MIT (1978-1981) returned to his natal country where he manage to mix ethnic sources with modern non conventional music. Beyond his records and live performances in different countries, has intruded many minds in the Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts and Academics including Simon Bolivar University as most recent one. His plans, projects and music designs had been shown at a planetary scale included in large audiovisual installations at world Fairs In Lisbon 1998, Aichi 2005 and Venice Biennale 1990. In a clear day he easily could get rid of paranoia and play the sounds of living spheres.