Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time. He was born in Indiana in 1933. Since the mid-60′s he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York where he has been an artist/member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1000 performances) and the curator of EI’s XI Records label. In 1993 was formed an Experimental Intermedia organization in Ghent, Belgium to support the artist-in-residence house and installations there. Phill Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai and Touch labels. A DVD of films and music is available on the Extreme label.
Activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound Of Pig Music, co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition.
Currently Margolis is label manager for Deep Listening, XI Records, and Mutable Music; plays bass guitar in the legendary punk/post-punk band Styrenes; and continues his work as If, Bwana. He has recorded and/or performed with Pauline Oliveros, Ione, Joan Osborne, Monique Buzzarté, Katherine Liberovskaya, Adam Bohman, Ellen Christi, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jane Scarpantoni, Ulrich Krieger, David First, and Dave Prescott, among others.
Katherine Liberovskaya is a video/media artist based in Montreal, Canada and New York City. Involved in experimental video since the 80s, she has produced numerous videos, video installations and performances shown around the world. Since 2001 her work mainly focuses on collaborations with composers/sound artists mainly in live video+sound performance. Among these: Phill Niblock, Al Margolis/If,Bwana, Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat), Zanana, Hitoshi Kojo, Tom Hamilton, David Watson, Anne Wellmer, David First, and many others. In addition to her art practice she has concurrently always been involved in the programming and organization of diverse media art events, notably with Studio XX and Espace Vidéographe in Montreal, as well as Experimental Intermedia, NY (Screen Compositions 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) and the OptoSonic Tea series at Diapason in NYC.