Gladstone Butler is a New York based artist working with percussion and electronics. His work takes form in recorded music, installations and performances. While percussion is often only tied to the act of striking an object, Gladstone sees percussion as an expressive manifestation of time architectures that bind humans, framed by the larger rhythmical walls of sun-rise and set. In Gladstone's work, musical rhythm becomes a unique tool for celebrating nonlinearity, asymmetry and difference in society.
Lucy Liyou is a Los Angeles-based Korean-American musician whose music draws on elements such piano, text-to-speech vocalization, and Pansori (Korean Folk Opera). Of Liyou’s 2023 album Dog Dreams (개꿈), Pitchfork says - “floating between Korean and English, her maximalist compositions create beautifully textured worlds to guide us through the possibility of connection and repair.”
Sarah Belle Reid
Sarah Belle Reid is a performer-composer who plays trumpet, modular synthesizer, and an ever-growing collection ofhandcrafted electronic instruments. Her unique musical voice explores the intersections between contemporary classical, experimental and interactive electronics, noise music, and improvisation. Often praised for her ability to transport audience members through vivid sonic adventures, Reid's sonic palette has been described as ranging from "graceful" and "danceable" all the way to "silk-falling-through-space," and "pit-full-of-centipedes" (San Francisco Classical Voice). Her debut album for trumpet and interactive electronics, "Underneath and Sonder," was released on pfMENTUM in October, 2019. In March 2021, she released an electroacoustic EP titled “MASS”, featuring trumpet, voice, electronics, and amplified objects.
Bug Bus Piano
"A bug, a bus and a piano walk into an establishment that sells various beverages. They’ve never met before, but somehow get to talking at the table in the corner. It doesn’t take them long to discover that they each have an affinity for tape loops, ambient music and niche freeware called SoundHack. As soon as they finish their respective beverages, they decide to form a band with a deeply unimaginative name - Bug Bus Piano - and immediately proceed to travel to the bug’s house by public transport to record some music." - TinyMixTapes
Typically known for visceral live techno sets, Seattle’s Madi Levine (IVVY) blends their background in jazz and electronic synthesis into hauntingly beautiful atmospheric compositions. Their ambient works are cathartic expressions of healing, navigating the past and hope for the future.
Another spin-off project from the minds behind Seattle’s Apt E—Cameron Kelley and Max Washburn conjure everything from harmonious symmetry to angular discord, beamed to earth from their universe of 60s psychedelia, 90s chillout CDs and, of course, the timeless sensibilities of dub music.
Selene (fka Aos) is a DJ, producer, and event organizer from Seattle. They are affiliated with the collective, secondnature, and have worked on a breadth of projects ranging from underground parties, to community-centered events, and educational workshops. Musically, they are drawn to texture, melody, and voice and the ways in which these things are expressed through technology-driven genres with a focus in techno, breaks, and ambient/experimental. Their sets are playful, genre-bending, and expressive.
(Gia Valente's installation for Ground Hum 2022)
Gia Valente's multidisciplinary installation work is an art practice of world-building— a playful representation of time tucked into saturated, colorful environments and optical illusion.
Kate Van Ness
"So... [long pause] I had this dream. Imagine a crowded room. Every one person in the room is a version of yourself. And there's a door into another room with more versions of yourself. And another door and another room and more selves and so on. And they are all simultaneously true, every version as much you as another. That was it. I'm always thinking about them. For Ground Hum this year, I daydreamed of an installation for our selves that do not want to be named or perceived. I want them to have a soft escape."
Arabella is an installation and video artist exploring themes and dreams of their Filipino culture and collective liberation. They have too many CRT tvs and are constantly rearranging their eurorack case.
Kevin Blanquies is a lighting and video artist, musician, and inventor based in Seattle, WA. He focuses on removing the boundary between sight and sound to create a single vivid experience. His work has been featured at venues, galleries, and museums throughout the west coast.