Contributors is proud to have a small group of international contributors who help lead us, rounding-up the most interesting sounds out there. This is a powerful discourse between people who consider the most ranging in deep listening situations. We are growing our team slowly over time to be as diverse as we can be, and welcome students (we endorse credit-based programs) and/or sound makers who have something to say about the broad spectrum of sonics. Our current group comes from various corners of the globe.


TJ Norris (USA)

Texas-based multidisciplinary artist and writer. His 1st monograph, the ltd edition of ‘Shooting Blanks’ is out now. Toneshift is a compendium of two decades of music journalism, and is now a daily that will feature other contributors. Visit him early and often at:

COLLABORATIONS: Norris proudly celebrates a history of collaborations. In the past few decades he’s been involved, through curation or via installation, with several artists you may already be familiar with including: Monty Adkins, Aranos, Beequeen, Mark Behrens, Richard Chartier, Clinker, Taylor Deupree, Eso Steel, Richard Francis, Freiband (Frans de Waard), Gal, Bill Horist, Humectant Interruption, Illusion of Safety (Dan Burke), Improvisatyrs, KMH, Mokira (Andreas Tilliander), Seth Nehil, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Rapoon, Christian Renou (Brume), Steve Roden, Scanner (Robin Rimbaud), Janek Schaefer, S.E.T.I. (Andrew Lagowski), Nobukazu Takemura, Tennis (Ben Edwards, Douglas Benford), Terre Thaemlitz, Asmus Tietchens, Troum, T’UM, Ultra Milkmaids, Vidna Obmana, Xela and Zimoun, among others.


ARTWORK: In addition, Norris is an accomplished artist/photographer and has worked with several artists to produce cover art for various releases including his own compilations on Beta-lactam Ring Records and Innova Recordings as well as those by: Telepherique, The Lady Blacktronika, Land Sound, John Tchicai/Charlie Kohlhase, Roswell Rudd/Charlie Kohlhase, Mitch Seidman, Made In The Shade/Dan Fox, and Peter Wullen. Commissions and collaborations are welcome, please inquire.


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.


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.


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.


  • ANNOUNCEMENT: This Fall (2018) we are seeking to add a few new contributors to our blogging team. If you love noise in all its delicate nuances, and have something to say about unconventional experimental + electronic music, let us know. We are looking to add up to three new people to contribute up to four reviews monthly. We can provide the sounds, or you may suggest something we’ve overlooked. Toneshift has a curated approach. For now our mission is non-commercial, unconventional + unpaid. Contact us and let us know if you are interested in shaking things up.