Thomas Dimuzio

San Francisco-based Dimuzio is one of those unsung artistic figures whose influence and abilities have substantially outstripped his visibility. Composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, experimental electronic musician, sideman and recording studio owner-Dimuzio has been busy doing his thing(s) since the late 1980's, but is still only known to a small circle of electronic music enthusiasts. A true sonic alchemist who can seemingly create music events out of almost anything, Dimuzio's listed sound sources on his various CDs include everything from "modified 10 speed bicycle" and "resonating water pipe" to short-wave radios, loops, samplers and even normal instruments such as clarinet and trumpet. And while his wide range of musical interests make it impossible to pin a label on him, Dimuzio clearly has an insider's knowledge of older experimental musical forms such as musique concrete and electroacoustic, and well as more current ambient industrial styles as promoted by artists/groups such as Lustmord, Lull and Main. In his work as sound designer, Dimuzio has worked with a number of synthesizer manufacturers such as Kurzweil, Lexicon and OSC to create custom presents, and he has collaborated with Fred Frith, Tom Cora and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet to create sound libraries for Rarefaction. He has contributed to numerous artists and ensembles, such as 5uu, Chris Cutler, C.W. Vrtacek, Fred Frith and Paul Haslinger, and has toured North American and Europe as a solo act. His solo CD releases include 1997's double CD Sonicism, the recently remastered and reissued HEADLOCK, and Markoff Process, from 1994. ~ Bill Tilland

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