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 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.