Toneshift.net is proud to have a small group of dedicated international contributors who help lead us with inspired ideas about the most interesting sounds out there. This powerful discourse is aided/abetted by our amazing community of readers, and between people who all truly consider the most broad spectrum of sonics. Meet the folks behind the scenes….
Giuseppe Pisano + Daniel Alexander Hignell
Giuseppe Pisano (Norway; b. Italy)
Born and raised in Napoli but relocated in Oslo, Giuseppe is a curious listener whose interests fare from the most advanced technologies in 3D audio rendering to edgy impro-based electroacoustic experimentation and new media composition. He is educated in electroacoustic composition and music technology at the Conservatorio di Napoli, the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht and the Norges Musikkhøgskole. His work is mostly oriented towards investigation of space through field recording and extensive sound processing. Besides his activity as a composer he has been collaborating with L’Asilo for the organisation of all musical activities together with the group Infrasuoni, and he is member of OEOAS (Orchestra Elettroacustica Officina Arti Soniche), an electroacoustic orchestra featuring an unique gestural system for real-time composition.
Daniel Alexander Hignell (b. England)
A researcher and sound, video and performance artist from South East England. Hignell has developed a practice indebted to political and participatory resonance of creative acts, interrogating notions of autonomy, collaboration, and the tension between sense (what is perceived by the senses) and sense (what is made sensible by the community). He has recorded, written, performed and researched numerous socially-oriented sound works across Europe, often choosing to work with a diverse range of collaborators, including visual artists, choreographers, theologians, lawyers, and political activists. More about Daniel/Distant Animals.
Karl Grümpe (b. Greece)
Everlasting punk, experimental musician, writer, multi-disciplinary visual artist and cassette lover, born in Athens, Greece, but currently resides in Thessaloniki. Karl is involved with music, tape trading and diy zines as a listener and publisher since late 80’s and he is an active musician and visual artist for the past 18 years. In 2015 he met Rene p.g., his partner in life and arts and together as an artistic duo, they are constantly creating conceptual art (mainly installations, mixed media, video art and photography pieces), experimental music with their three projects, namely Mai 12, Ирен Попова, ka.re.mA and a self-published visual arts zine named Māo Pào. In the meantime he writes short critical theory essays about society and mass culture, vastly inspired by “Frankfurt School of critical theory” (1930).
Darren McClure (Japan; b. Northern Ireland)
Besides writing about music, he also makes his own. His music incorporates sampling, synthesis and processed field recordings to create abstract ambience.
TJ Norris (USA)
Publisher/Contributor (Editor Emeritus: 2010-19)
Norris is a Texas-based multidisciplinary artist and writer (and sometimes curator) who grew up in New England and has lived in Oregon, Washington, Nebraska and Nova Scotia. Norris’ work blends a philosophical approach to dealing with urban/architectural issues in his work that incorporates conceptual photography, sculpture and experiential installation. His 1st monograph, the critically lauded ‘Shooting Blanks‘ was recently published in 2018. His work is included in many private and public collections internationally. Selected publications he has written for include: ARTnews, Leonardo (MIT Press), XLR8R, Willamette Week, Oregonlive.com, Signal to Noise Magazine, Brainwashed.com, Paris Transatlantic, Resident Advisor, Igloo Magazine, Vital Weekly, Art Ltd. and others. After Norris closed his a/v project space, Soundvision in 2003 he led panel discussions at various music festivals including: Mutek (2007, Breaking Barriers in the Audio/Visual Divide), Decibel (2005, The Relationship Between Technology and Art); and Intransitive (2004, Sound and Geography: Community and Place in Experimental Music). He was a media correspondent for Sonar (Barcelona, 2003).
COLLABORATIONS: Norris proudly celebrates a history of collaborations. In the past few decades he’s worked with several artists you may already be familiar with including: Monty Adkins, Aranos, Beequeen, Mark Behrens, Richard Chartier, Taylor Deupree, Eso Steel, Richard Francis, Freiband (Frans de Waard), Gal, Bill Horist, Illusion of Safety (Dan Burke), Mokira (Andreas Tilliander), Seth Nehil, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, RAIC, Rapoon (Robin Storey), Christian Renou (Brume), Steve Roden, Scanner (Robin Rimbaud), S.E.T.I. (Andrew Lagowski), Nobukazu Takemura, Tennis (Ben Edwards, Douglas Benford), Terre Thaemlitz, Asmus Tietchens, Troum, Ultra Milkmaids, Vidna Obmana and Zimoun, among others. His work has been shown throughout North America, Europe and Sweden and is in the collections of the prestigious Vanhaerents Collection (Brussels), Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fuller Museum of Art, Museo de la Ciudad (Mexico City) and RACC’s Visual Chronicle collection (Portland, OR).
In addition, Norris has worked with several artists, sometimes producing cover art for various releases including his own compilations on Beta-lactam Ring Records and Innova Recordings as well as others appearing on Discogs. His latest series is titled Urban Juxtaposition for which he is collaborating with to date: Luciano Chessa, Quest (Frans de Waard), Leumann (Manuel Parisella), Nathan Moody, RAIC, Anacleto Vitolo, Cal Wood and Peter Wullen. He has collaborated, curated and/or exhibited his work alongside some of the world’s most accomplished artists (and others) including: Russell A. Kirsch (inventor of the pixel), John Waters, Bea Nettles, Robert Adams, Candida Höfer, Nayland Blake, Arthur Tress, Gordon Matta-Clark, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Joseph Kosuth, Matthew Barney, Thomas Ruff, Bill Viola, Elmgreen & Dragset, Gregory Crewdson, among countless others.
- Massimo Ricci (Touching Extremes)
- Saul Bleaeck (Ghostpile)
- Patrick Sullivan (Heathen Harvest)