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Gediminas Žygus

J. G. Biberkopf (b.1991, Lithuania) works in the space between the fields of music, documentary, conceptual art and performance. Biberkopf's practice, with the aim of becoming ever more media-agnostic, involves assembling collages that encompass influences from ecosophy, sound studies, and post-colonial, architecture and media theory.

His work, being anti-architectural and concerned with the interplay of design and power, encourages audiences to “unthink” and to create alternative genealogies of principal metaphysical and physical architectures, in order to reflect on their interplay, narrativisation, and their influence on and within sociality.

Biberkopf is interested in creating autonomous ecologies that become independent of himself. He has previously worked intensively with aural signifiers, signs and memes, exploring the semiotics of sound. Biberkopf has developed a practice which has been variously called sculptural, theatrical and cinematic.

Biberkopf has presented works and collaborations at Barbican Centre (UK), Berghain (DE), CAC (LT), Haus Der Kunst (DE), HEAD Geneva (CH), Pompidou (FR), Rupert (LT), Sonic Acts (NL), Studium Generale Rietveld (NL), The Kitchen (US), Unsound (PL), Venice Biennale (IT), etc. He was a member of the curatorial teams of the Newman Festival (2015), and of the Unthinkable Nomos research project and events series (2016).

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Holly Childs

Holly Childs is a writer and artist studying emerging communicative phenomena. She is the author of two novels,Danklands(Arcadia Missa) and No Limit(Hologram). She was a postgraduate researcher in The New Normal (Speculative Media, Design and Architecture) program at the Strelka Institute, Moscow, in 2017. Recent presentations of her work include: Patternist, a collaboratively developed urban exploration AR demo in 2017; Have The Dusk Deepen for Rogue Agents curated by Auto Italia, at Firstdraft, Sydney in 2017; art writer in Adam Linder’s choreographic service Some Proximity at Biennale of Sydney in 2016; and Danklands [Swamped] for Liquid Architecture, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in 2015.

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Andrius Arutiunian

Andrius Arutiunian is an Armenian-Lithuanian composer and sound artist based in the Netherlands. His music explores the socio-cultural aspects of specific histories through their sonic artefacts, often dealing with identity, sonic appropriation and thresholds of noise and sound. Ideas of sonic re-creation and re-composition form an important part of Arutiunian’s practice. His work consists of electroacoustic pieces for various ensembles, sound installations and multimedia pieces, as well as solo electronic and audio-visual sets. Arutiunian’s pieces have been commissioned or performed by Slagwerk Den Haag, Nadar, MAZE, Ensemble Modelo62, Synaesthesis and other contemporary music groups. His work has been recently shown at documenta 14 (DE), Contemporary Art Centre (LT), Melos-Ethos (SL) and MAZE Festival (NL) among others.Andrius Arutiunian’s works are published by Donemus (NL).

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Juan-Pablo Villegas

Juan-Pablo Villegas (b. 1986, Mexico) sees filmmaking as a way to bring together his interests in image and in sound. His practice takes as a starting point the body’s perception of external stimuli and considers how that influences our personal and collective experience. The tools he uses derive from audiovisual principles, and the unconventional way he uses them encourages reflection. In recent years, he has researched issues related to translation and the expansion of the sensory spectrum, the animist condition of objects, and the formation of the psychosomatic.

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Ieva Kotryna Skirmantaitė

Ieva Kotryna Skirmantaitė (b. 1994) is a video artist interested in alternative documentary forms in theory and in practice. By capturing and connecting real events, other people’s practices, discussions, sounds and bits from everyday life, she has found a way to create an imaginary path and to reveal invisible excitements and anxieties. She explores how different technical qualities of the digital image act as separate memory systems and represent different contemporary political and economical values.

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Monika Lipšic

Monika Lipšic is a curator, researcher and artist currently based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her primary interest is the role of art in the way history is constantly being written and rewritten. She often uses metaphorical thinking and representations of absurdity, among other tools, in her curation. From 2012 to 2016, on and off, Monika worked as a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius. For the past few years she curated and produced performance art in European organizations (Nomas Foundation, Rome; Kunstverein, Amsterdam; STUK, Leuven and others). Together with architecture researcher and curator Jurga Daubaraitė she is a founder of the traveling artists’ residency JOY & MIRROR. In 2017 she curated a solo show by Slavs and Tatars (CAC, Vilnius) and a group show ‘The Future Is Certain; It’s the Past Which Is Unpredictable’ (2018) ат Blaffer Art Museum Houston. Recently she was nominated for the CEC Artslink award and completed a residency at CCA Wattis, San Francisco.

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Marianna Maruyama

Marianna Maruyama uses the body and voice as primary agents in her performance-based practice. One of her primary interests is translation as an artistic method. Following an extensive working period in Japan, Maruyama moved to the Netherlands in 2012, and has been based in The Hague since 2016. She guest tutors at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI Art Praxis MA) and is an artist-researcher at the invitation of the Sedje Hémon Foundation. She performs in both contemporary art and music contexts; recent exhibitions and performances include documenta 14 Parliament of Bodies (DE), SMBA (NL), Manifesta 11 (CH), and others.

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Jokūbas Čižikas

Jokūbas Čižikas’ practice consists of installations, video and sound art, performance and sculpture. In his work he explores trans-sensory phenomena, the relationship between nature and technology, and linguistic structures. He places an emphasis on socio-political and economical processes that intermingle with non-human and alien phenomena.

His most recent works and exhibitions have been presented project space Editorial, Vilnius; MAXXXI National Museum, Rome; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Antanas Mončys Museum, Palanga; National Martynas Mažvydas Library, Vilnius; Documenta 14, Kassel; project space A-DASH, Athens.

He also works as a producer of experimental electronic and electro-acoustic music, with an interest in the dynamic synthesis of contemporary and ritualistic sonic expression. As a performer and DJ he has played in numerous institutions and clubs in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Austria and Lithuania. As a sound designer he has worked extensively in film, video art and spatial installations, often combining sound with tangible materials.

 

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Viktorija Damerell

Viktorija Damerell is a young artist and art curator currently living in Vilnius, Lithuania. As an artist she works in fields of sculpture, sound and text. Through her work she questions whether the autonomy of desire is possible when our experiences are formed, simulated and made banal by the dominant structures. In the last few years Viktorija has presented her sculpture, sound and video installations in various contemporary art projects and, also, together with Ona Juciūtė, she curated several exhibitions that presented the youngest generation of Lithuania’s contemporary artists.

Currently she is working on the audiovisual book project based on her literature piece in process ”The Synchroniser”.

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Rūta Vitkauskaitė

Ruta Vitkauskaite’s (b.1984, Lithuania) musical interests are wide and varied. While working in the field of classical composition (PhD at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Master’s at the Lithuanian Academy of Music), Ruta became an active initiator of experimental music projects (music visualisation, acoustic surround, music personalisation), organiser (from 2006 to 2013 she was the director of the Druskomanija festival and workshop series The Process in Lithuania, and from 2012 to 2017 she was the facilitator of New Music Incubator with Martin Q. Larsson in Nordic and Baltic countries and, now, across the EU), and performer (violin, piano, voice, electronics).

While living in the UK, Ruta developed a deep interest in music education (Learning Trainee at BCMG, Fellow at Open Academy at RAM, and since 2013 working creatively with people living with dementia). Currently, Ruta is deepening her research in music personalisation (through her work with Spatial Opera Company in Sweden/Lithuania, and through her solo performance Something Personal), and delivering music as an experience through work with communities (compositional workshops, including UNCHOIR for Aronia Overtoure workshop in collaboration with Bartaku and Karl Heinz Jeron).

 

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Villem Jahu

Villem Jahu is an interdiciplinary artist who works on visual and sound art landscapes. His sound creations mainly focus on free improvisation on electronic machines.
His current preoccupation is incorporating the complex sonic image of natural sounds into the world of experimental electronic instruments and interactive installations. Jahu has been fonding member of the artist group Arrowgroup since 2014. He is also member of performance group Adhesion and noise ensemble Viru Realist.

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Argo Vals

Argo Vals is a composer and live-electronics artist. He has been making music for almost all his life, but gained an interest in experimenting and recording music mainly DIY in 2006.
He started composing and performing with live-electronics in 2008. Nowadays his live-electroncis setup consists of electric guitar, drum machines, looper and effect pedals. His music resembles variously IDM, ambient music, math rock and nordic jazz.
Recently, Vals has also composed music for several dance and theatrical performances.

Vals has released two full-length solo albums. His debut album Tsihcierwas released in 2012 and second album Nokturnin 2015. Both records were nominated in the Estonian Music Awards as the best alternative/indie album of the year. The Estonian Music Awards also nominated Vals as male artist of the year in 2016. He has toured three times with his live-electronics performance in Europe and Russia since 2014. He is currently working on his third album, which will be released within a year. For now there are two singles, To a Tireless Daydreamer, released in June 2017.

He is a member of Viljandi Guitar Trio (since 2008), Karl Petti Band / previously Talamak (since 2011) and Argo Vals Band (since 2011).

Such words as “freedom,” “playful,” “dreamy,” “clarity”—but also “anxiety”—hint at the kind of music he creates.

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Andrius Šiurys


Andrius Šiurys is a composer of instrumental, electronic and electro-acoustic music. He began his musical life as a trumpeter. After graduating music school he started experimenting with electronic music. This led to a specialisation in music technology at the Kaunas University of Technology, followed by composition studies at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy under professor Rytis Mažulis, with additional teaching from the Latvian composer Mārtiņš Viļums, who was lecturing at the Academy at that time. Šiurys started to write instrumental music during his studies. Later, he began to experiment with electro-acoustic music. His work is often inspired by literature, cinema and other art forms.

Šiurys has created music for audiovisual projects, drama, audio, dance performances, and he regularly participates in Lithuanian contemporary music festivals, interdisciplinary art collaborative projects. In 2017, he founded the electro-acoustic group Delasfera. Since 2017 he has been a member of Electronic Music Trio.

 

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Vladimir Tarasov

Vladimir Tarasov (b.1947, Russia) has lived and worked in Vilnius, Lithuania, since 1968. For many years Tarasov performed with the Lithuanian Symphonic Orchestra and other symphonic, chamber, and jazz orchestras in Lithuania, Europe and the USA. From 1971 to 1986, Tarasov was a member of the contemporary jazz music trio GTC (Viatcheslav Ganelin, Vladimir Tarasov, Vladimir Chekasin). With the Trio and many other artists and orchestras he has recorded more than 100 records and CDs including numerous solo performances.

Tarasov also writes music for orchestra, film, and theatre. Selected works include: Black Square (dedicated to Kasimir Malevich), Moscow TV, 1987; En Quete d’une Fin Heureuse,Alhenafilm, Geneva, 1991; Der Trommler,Tempomedia, Düsseldorf, 1994; The Flies,Majestic Theater at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, 1995; Le Temps du Repli, Centre Choreographique National Orleans, Orleans, 1998; Persian,Meyerhold Theatre, Moscow, 2003; Even If You Return, Ulysses, Kunstfest, Weimar and The Last Landscape, Centre Choreographique National Orleans, 2004; and works for Arte France, Paris, 2006, Eudeka Media, Poland, Yleisradio, Finland, 2009, etc.

Tarasov is equally engaged in the visual arts, both solo, and in collaboration with artists such as Ilya Kabakov and others. He has participated in many one-person and group exhibitions, including: Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, 1991; La Biennale de Venezia, Venice, 1993; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1993; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1995; Leopold Hoesch Museum, Duren, 1998; Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 2000; State Tretyakov Gallery, Moskow; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, 2004; The State Russian Museum St. Petersburg, Ludwig Museum in The Russian Museum, 2003, 2005; National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow, 2006, 2008, 2011; Copper Smithy, Fiskars, Finland, 2006; 2ndand 3rdBiennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2007, 2009; El Pabellon de las Artes, EXPO-2008, Zaragoza; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, 2008, RAM radioartemobile, Roma, 2011, Museum Sztuki in Lodz; KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, 2016; Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2018; etc.

In 2009, Vladimir Tarasov received the Triumph Prize in Moscow, which is Russia's independent prize for the highest achievement in literature and art. He was awarded Lithuania’s National Culture and Arts Prize in 2016.

Tarasov has performed with such musicians as Andrew Cyrille, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, Anthony Braxton, Lauren Newton, etc.

 

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Michael Bruckner

Michael Bruckneris a guitarist, composer and sound artist who lives near Vienna, Austria. He is working on several projects in the fields of improvised and composed new music, experimental folk music, re-interpretations of classical songs, sound objects and macro-photography. Nature is one of his main interests. After years of studying insects and developing music inspired by that study, his main focus now is on woods, trees, plants and forms of communication with them.

Selected projects include: Attosphere (Songs from R.Schumann), Niftys (Nu-Klezmer), makroPHONIA (an Austrian-Pakistani-Project), Maja Osojnik Band (Slovenian Folk & Impro-Experiment), Exit Eden feat. Phil Minton (Songs of Innocence by William Blake), ERDKOBOLD ERNI (musical theater for children), Klangvorhang / WERK 5 (sound installations).

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Daniel Lercher

Daniel Lercher(b.1983, Austria) is a musician, composer and sound artist currently based in Vienna. He is a graduate of the course in computer music and electronic media at the Vienna Institute for composition and electroacoustics. Lercher’s work focuses on electroacoustic composition/improvisation, live-electronics, phonography, installations, music for dance and film, etc. His list of activities includes around 300 concerts, installations and residencies on four continents. He collaborates frequently with numerous national and international musicians and artists from other fields. So far there are more than twenty releases on different sound carriers, either as a solo artist or in collaborations. 

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Ivan Cheng

Ivan Cheng is an Australian artist whose practice focuses on modes of reading, often gesturing toward systems of power and reproduction. He also works as a performer, clarinettist, curator and writer. In 2017, received an MFA in Critical Studies (Sandberg Instituut), having previously studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Text-based performances of his have been presented in Sydney, London, Vilnius, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Berlin and New York. He initiates project space bologna.cc in Amsterdam.

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Julia Reidy

Julia Reidy is an Australian musician currently based in Berlin. She makes music for acoustic and electric guitar, ensembles, and she makes electro-acoustic works. Her musical approach generally involves manipulating material derived from unstable harmonies and rhythms. She has performed internationally, and frequently, as a soloist and with SPOILER, the Splitter Orchestra, Tennis of All Kinds and Dazey Arujo.

Biberkopf is interested in creating autonomous ecologies that become independent of himself. He has previously worked intensively with aural signifiers, signs and memes, exploring the semiotics of sound. Biberkopf has developed a practice which has been variously called sculptural, theatrical and cinematic.

Biberkopf has presented works and collaborations at Barbican Centre (UK), Berghain (DE), CAC (LT), Haus Der Kunst (DE), HEAD Geneva (CH), Pompidou (FR), Rupert (LT), Sonic Acts (NL), Studium Generale Rietveld (NL), The Kitchen (US), Unsound (PL), Venice Biennale (IT), etc. He was a member of the curatorial teams of the Newman Festival (2015), and of the Unthinkable Nomos research project and events series (2016).

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Marcus Whale

Marcus Whale lives and works on Gadigal land in Sydney, Australia. His work across music, performance and text focuses on the blurry, haunted intersection between desire and religion, often with reference to the poetics of memory and ghostliness. His recent performance works Praise! (in collaboration with Eugene Choi) and the Luciferseries (in collaboration with Athena Thebus) have been presented by Performance Space, Sugar Mountain Festival, Underbelly Arts Festival and Art Month Sydney. He has performed in and composed for works by Agatha Gothe-Snape, Ivan Cheng, Martin Del Amo and Jess Olivieri.
As a musical artist under his own name and with groups Collarbones and BV, his recorded output primarily forms an electronic world around his singing. Ensemble Offspring, The Song Company, Synergy Percussion and others have performed his compositions for small ensemble across Australia and internationally, while Claire Edwardes and Zubin Kanga have released recordings of his solo pieces.

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Edgars Rubenis

Edgars Rubenis is a Latvian electronic musician who, in his compositional and concert practice, is concerned with improvisatory (yet premeditated) music. Rooted in traditions of musical and visual minimalism (La Monte Young, Eliane Radigue, Eleh, Kazimir Malevitch, Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt), Rubenis creates long-duration works that explore notions of emptiness, zeroing in and out, and abandonment of the known self. By using a reduced and abstracted version of drone/ambient music, Rubenis attempts to create situations in which experiences of varied time scales and varied notions of personal space become possible. He therefore sees reduction and abstraction as more than mere aesthetic choices; in their function they become actual “makers of space” and “shifters of time.”

Aside from his solo practice Rubenis is one of the two founding members, together with drummer Edgars Eihmanis, of the experimental rock ensemble Mona De Bo. Created in 2005, Mona De Bo has often been noted as one of the most artistically vivid and daring rock music ensembles to have originated in the Baltic states since early 2000s. Rubenis has been involved as composer and guitar player for all of the band’s studio releases up to 2017. Mona De Bo has frequently toured the Baltic states, Europe, Russia and the USA. Its music has been played on BBC radio, and mentioned in reviews on such platforms as The Wire and The Quietus.

So far Rubenis has released one solo record, Mythoscope, published in 2014 by Latvian record label and originators of the renowned festival of adventurous music Skaņu Meža Ieraksti. Since 2012 he has been living in the Netherlands where he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in electronic music and composition at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague.

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Johannes Bergmark

Johannes Bergmark makes musical performance art and musical object theatre. An improvising musician, experimental musical instruments maker, writer and electroacoustic- and text-sound-composer, Bergmark has been a touring freelance musician since he graduated as a piano builder in 1996. He also lectures, runs pedagogical projects and workshops focusing on untraditional acoustics. He resides in Göteborg, where he is at present a Master’s student at HSM, and Stockholm, where he is active in Fylkingen (the society for radical and experimental art), EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) and Surrealistgruppen.

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Burkhard Beins

Burkhard Beins (b.1964, Germany) a composer and performer of experimental music who has been based in Berlin since 1995. He is known for his use of percussion in combination with selected sound objects. He also works with live-electronics/analog synthesisers and has conceived several sound installations. Alongside his solo work he is a member of the ensembles Polwechsel, Activity Center, The Sealed Knot, Perlonex, Sawt Out, Trio Sowari, and Splitter Orchester, and also works with composers/musicans such as Sven-Åke Johansson, Andrea Neumann, Keith Rowe, Chris Abrahams, Axel Dörner, John Tilbury, or Charlemagne Palestine.


Since the late 1980s he has been performing at internationally renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia as diverse as the LMC Festival (London), Int. Ferienkurse (Darmstadt), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Musiktage (Donaueschingen), Musique Action (Nancy), Choppa Festival (Singapore), Cave 12 (Geneva), The Now Now (Sydney), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kaleidophon (Ulrichsberg), Kid Ailack Music Hall (Tokyo), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Liquid Architecture (Australia), Meteo (Mulhouse), Taktlos (CH), Berghain (Berlin), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Serralves (Porto), Wien Modern (Vienna), MoMA (New York), New Music Festival (Hanoi), Irtijal (Beirut), or Maerzmusik (Berlin).

Burkhard Beins has been Artist-in-Residence at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede (2009), EMS Stockholm (2014), Muong Studios, Hoa Binh/Vietnam (2015), and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva/Florida (2017).

He gives workshops based on his graphic score system Adapt/Oppose, has published several articles on music theory, and is a co-editor of the bookEchtzeitmusik Berlin - Self-Defining a Scene,as well as the curator of a follow-up 3CD compilation featuring the Berlin Echtzeitmusik scene. Meanwhile he has released more than 50 CDs and LPs on labels such as Zarek, Erstwhile, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth, God Records, Herbal, Mikroton, and Confront.

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Thanos Chrysakis

Thanos Chrysakis (b.1971, Greece) is a composer, musician, producer and sound artist. He was born in Athens. After residing in the UK between 1998-2014 he moved to Belarus. In addition to the several albums to his name, his work has appeared in festivals and events in several countries, including CYNETart Festival, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden; TU, Berlin; Artus Contemporary Arts Studio, Budapest; CRUCE Gallery, Madrid; Fylkingen, Stockholm; Relative (Cross) Hearings Festival, Budapest; Festival Futura, Crest-Drôme; FACT Centre, Liverpool; Association Ryoanji, Ahun-Creuse; The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, New Hampshire; IBeam, New York; UC San Diego, California; Berner Münster, Switzerland; Splendor, Amsterdam; Logos Foundation, Ghent; Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Műcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest; Spektrum, Berlin; Susikirtimai X, Vilnius; Festival del Bosque GERMINAL, Mexico City; ДОМ, Moscow; Oosterkerk, Amsterdam; KLANG !, Montpellier; Center for New Music, San Francisco; Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås; Störung Festival, Barcelona; BMIC Cutting Edge concert series at The Warehouse, London.

His music has been frequently aired by BBC Radio 3, RAI Radio 3, RTP Antenna 2, RTV España Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, Polskie Radio, RTS, Radio Belgrade 3, and Sveriges Radio P2 among other radio-stations. His music was amongst the selected works at the 32nd International Competition de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2005, in the category œuvre d'art sonore électroacoustique, and he received an honorary mention in 2006 at the 7th International Electroacoustic Composition Competition Musica Vivain Lisbon, the jury having consisted of Morton Subotnick (USA), François Bayle (France), and Miguel Azguime (Portugal).