Michael Chocholak (b. 1951) from Cove, Oregon has been making electronic music since the early 80's. Although initially a guitarist, any sound source is considered a potential instrument from skin drum to pc for him. Michael Chocholak has fronted a number of ensembles playing original and improvisational music and issued over 25 independent releases including collaborations with cyberpunk writer and rocker John Shirley, German electronic music pioneer Conrad Schnitzler, Canadian text/sound composer and performer Richard Truhlar, Australian sound artist Rik Rue, the Schreck Electroacoustic Ensemble, poets David Memmott and Mel Buffington, the garage band Leather Smile, world fusion vocalist Pandia, surreal transformationalist Richard Dunlap and his wife, writer and poet Misha Nogha with whom he is raising norwegian fjord horses in their farm.
Michael Chocholak (b. 1951)
Cove, Oregon, USA
Masato Ooyama (b. 1958) from Tokyo, Japan is a sound artist who mostly works as a collaborator via mail-art. Member of the reformed Kluster since 2007, with Conrad Schnitzler and Michael Thomas Roe. They have released 3 albums so far, "The Global Playing" in 2007, "The ThreeOlympicCitiesMix" in 2008 and "Bla Bla Bla" in 2009. On his own words "1) there is a stimulation, 2) sounds turn into music, 3) the music goes back to sounds", he describes how he comes up with a work. His sonic material could be "a pretty noise, an ignominious noise, a twisted bleep, a digital error, a poor field recording, a dried-out voice". He loves "good-for-nothing sounds". He collects sound, edits and processes it - this is how he "draws" sounds.
Masato Ooyama (b. 1958)