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Steven Dye

Steven Dye is a musician, filmmaker and artist whose work actively explores the formal and social qualities of the materials he is using, as well as the boundaries between sound, image and live performance. His works include installation, compositions for self-made instruments, solo and collaborative musical composition, field recording, short animated films, and performative cinema. A common thread throughout all of his projects is the reuse or re-contextualization of discarded or salvaged materials. He has always been interested in sound and in the many ways that it can be acoustically produced and manipulated.

Though firmly rooted in the clarinet as an expressive instrument, Steven is a multi-instrumentalist who builds many of his own instruments. One such instrument is the "Flubaphone," which is featured on Xavier along with some of its variants, the "Bass Flubaphone" and the "Double Flub". "Flubaphonics" is the use of a membrane to excite or vibrate an air column. Changes in pitch and characteristics of the tone are determined by the length and shape of the air column, air pressure, and by the tension or manipulation of the membrane.

Steven also works collaboratively with the performing arts groups Epic[Abridged] and Wet Gate. He has received commissions to compose and perform new music for silent films: in 1999 for the Unsilent Film Series at the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley and in 2003 for The Mad Cat Film Festival. With Wet Gate he has performed original compositions at numerous festivals including Taos Talking Pictures in 1999, the Olympia International Film Festival in 2004, the Liquid Architecture Sound Festival in Melbourne, Australia in 2005, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2006.

Milton Cross

Milton Cross has been playing the violin since the age of 4. He studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Curtis Institute and the Aspen Music School. He has performed, recorded and/or toured with Tarentel, Santo Subito, No Name Trio, Laughingstock, Dielectric Drone All-Stars, John Vanderslice, Alfred and many others. His first solo EP, Light in the West was released in late 2005. He also released a field recording compilation in 2003 entitled In The Hands of God. Other recent releases include We Move Through Weather (Temporary Residence Limited), Home Ruckus (Root Strata), and Neurot Recordings Volume 1 (Neurot Records), all as a part of Tarentel.

Milton has composed and performed soundtracks for several films, including Frozen Angels (Sundance 2005, with co-composer Zoë Keating), Oregon (SXSW, Seattle International, Odense, Berlin, Taos Talking Pictures and Sci-Fi Channel), Uncovering Glen Canyon (Taos Mountain, Flagstaff, Durango and Santa Fe Film Festivals) and Alfred (Cannes, 1999 and ResFest, 1998).

Other activities include field recording (he presented work at the Field Effects series in San Francisco), writing (published a few times in McSweeney's Internet Tendency) and working as a Soundscape Monitor at the Muir Woods National Monument.


Santo Subito: Xavier
CAT. #: ALP039 Limited Edition
The idea for Xavier was simple - acoustic improvisational sounds by any and all means necessary. The result is a careful balance of control and chaos, of raw sound and delicate nuance. Each CD comes packaged in a limited edition hand-painted cover.

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