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TJ Norris is a multidisciplinary artist (and sometimes curator) living in Fort Worth. His work is included in many private and public collections internationally. Some of the publications he has written for include: ARTnews, Leonardo (MIT Press), XLR8R, Willamette Week,, Dusted, Signal to Noise Magazine,, Paris Transatlantic, Resident Advisor, ie Magazine, Igloo Magazine, Vital Weekly, Art Ltd. and many others. His first monograph, Shooting Blanks, was recently released and reviews are starting to appear. After Norris closed his experimental a/v gallery, Soundvision in 2003 he traveled to lead sonic sound oriented panels and 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 (2003).

Physical hard copy always goes immediately to the top of the heap of sounds that are in line for review – so before submitting your work please check-in for my snail mail address. Physical media can include cds, records, cassettes, new formats – to be able to fully discuss the details of cover art, etc. To quicken the process you can, in addition, send a digital download. Our focus areas include electronic music. This can be in forms of experimental work, and variants on ambient, microsound, drone, minimal, dub, the very rare techno record, a/v presentations, field recordings, musique concrète, electro-acoustic, sound art, (way) out jazz and composition.

NO THANKS: We don’t really review pure noise records, dark ambient/gothic (per se), pop, classical music, new age or compilations – but may give ’em a listen.

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 (tba). Commissions and collaborations are welcome, please inquire.

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