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Day of Noise
24 hours of live music
00:00 AM - 23:59 PM


All things strange and beautiful. Twenty-four hours straight of live experimentation and improvisation, featuring experimental/noise/drone bands and artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Revival of a KZSU tradition from the '90s. This is the 10th Day of Noise.

In the words of the Voice of Doom:
"Noise is the liberation of sound from the narrow rules of conventional music, calling a project 'noise' frees you up to include any kind of sound in the artwork... one of the interesting things about the current line-up is the way it manages to combine familiar musical genres with this concept of freedom: after all, once you've gone all the way out, there's nothing else to do but come back inside, and yet things are bound to seem different after you've made the journey. The point is to embrace all kinds of creative sounds, not to rule out some types of music for 'not being noisy enough.'"

Fun Fact: A disc off of Robert Rich's 2000 album, Humidity, was recorded in the 1998 (5th) Day of Noise.

Past Days of Noise

Listening In

We're 90.1 FM in the bay area, but you can also listen live at KZSU Live or find us in iTunes Radio under College/University radio.

We'll also have a video feed on ustream but audio will have to be streamed separately (using the above).


  • 12:00 - 2:00 am Brian B James
  • 2:00 - 3:00 am Kurt James Werner
  • 3:00 - 3:40 am Bryan Von Reuter
  • 3:40 - 4:10 am Eoin Callery
  • 4:10 - 5:00 am The Voice of Doom
  • 5:00 - 6:00 am Feast and Friends
  • 6:00 - 7:00 am Bad News
  • 7:00 - 8:00 am Peter Nyboer
  • 8:00 - 9:00 am David Leikam and Joe Straub
  • 9:00 - 10:00 am David Slusser
  • 10:00 - 10:30 am Bill Orcutt
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am Jessica Rylan
  • 11:00 - 12:00 pm zBug
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm Frank Rothkamm
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm Ernesto Diaz-Infante
  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm Negativwobblyland (Jon Leidecker & Peter Conheim)
  • 3:00 - 3:30 pm Danny Paul Grody
  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm En
  • 4:00 - 4:30 pm Matt Davignon
  • 4:30 - 5:00 pm Aloonaluna
  • 5:00 - 5:30 pm Matt Ingalls / John Ingle
  • 5:30 - 6:00 pm Matt Ingalls / John Ingle / Matt Davignon / Abode
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm Thomas Dimuzio
  • 7:00 - 7:45 pm Megabats
  • 7:45 - 8:30 pm Abode
  • 8:30 - 9:00 pm Thea Farhadian
  • 9:00 - 10:00 pm White Pee
  • 10:00 - 11:00 pm The Lickets
  • 11:00pm - 12:00am Vulcanus 68

Artist and Band Bios

Abode is the Belfast-based improvisation duo of Caroline Pugh and Paul Stapleton. They combine acoustic folk sensibilities with jarring samples and musique concrete weirdness. Abode describe their performances as being comprised of "re-purposed turntables, folk song fragments and occasional campfire cooking.."
Dreamy vocal music that veers close to ambient and drone at times. Artsy Lynn Fister began with solo recordings in Florida, mixing sound samples and acoustics. She is "fascinated by entomology, ornithology, botany and every oh gee possible." Her media include "watercolor, insects, fruit, stop-animation,field recordings, words, guitar, organ, accordion and an out-of-tune grand piano." Aloonlaluna, as a full band, released a split 7 inch record with Starry Crowns in 2009. Now a local San Francisco artist, Fister's upcoming album Bunny is scheduled for release in February 2012.
Bad News is the name of the local project by Sarah Bernat (16 Bitch Pile Up, Work, Limosine) and Alex Lukas (Copy Lake). Bad News is to make their radio and KZSU debut as the day breaks (6-7am). Their brand of noise is sure to delight as well as assault.
A student in Stanford University's Music Department pursuing a Doctor of Music Arts Composition degree, Callery completed his Masters of Arts in Composition at Wesleyan. Callery's music career has included stints in projects as diverse as folk, electronic, and black metal. His noise performances feature spacious, deliberate electronics and SuperCollider that interact with found sounds, metallic jolts, dynamics, volatile dynamics, and unpredictable visuals.
The Wire praised his "...improvisational and refreshingly untutored approach to electronic music making." Massachusetts born and California raised, Davignon's young years tooling around with cassette tapes, everyday household things, microphones, lo-fi samplers, guitar effects and field recordings prepared him for his current work: processing unusual sounds with a drum machine. Using a Boss Dr-660 drum set since 2004, Davignon has improvised sounds using various devices and samplers. The net effect: textures, gurgles, crackles. Matt organizes unusual shows in the Bay Area including The San Francisco Found Objects Festival in which artists create music from audience-submitted objects. He also has played a variety of toy instruments.
The LA Times described him as "A composer and performer with an instinctive way of creating sound paintings." KZSU Jazz Director Fo lauds his "atmospheric percussion" and says at times his music sounds "like a Buddhist chant." Since the mid-'90s, Ernesto Diaz-Infante (E D-I) has been a prolific avant-garde composer and improviser on the west coast. E D-I's experimental style has resulted in recordings that range from noise pieces to avant-garde guitar, original piano compositions to tape manipulations. He earned a masters in music composition from California Institute of the Arts. Originally focusing on contemporary classical music, he began to compose and improvise. He was awarded a number of artist residencies, including those at the Centre International de Recherche Musicale in Nice, France, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Villa Montalvo and The Ucross Foundation. Diaz-Infante runs Pax Recordings, curates the Big Sur Experimental Music Festival and co-founded the San Francisco Alternative Music Festival.
KZSU DJ, Ben calls Dimuzio a maker of "lush, improvised ambient electronic soundscapes." Part of the "Who's Who of the Bay Area's experimental/noise/drone scene, according to KZSU DJ Your Imaginary Friend, Dimuzio is a pioneering sound artist, composer, musician, mastering engineer and label owner. His remarkable use of live sampling and studio technology has produced significant sound libraries and earned him a world-wide reputation. Dimuzio has employed his live sampling and processing techniques using a wide range of electronic sounds.


En is the duo of Maxwell August Croy (co-owner/operator of Root Strata) and James Devane. These San Francisco based multi-instrumentalists create rich textured music with a combination of acoustic (such as koto and guitar) and electronic sources. Their hazy sound is built on subtle layers of reverberated noise that serenely sway to and fro, implanting a blissful memory in the listener's mind. They released their debut The Absent Coast on Root Strata in 2010 and are planning on releasing their second album, Already Gone in March. And here is a link to a KZSU Maxwell August Croy interview conducted by KZSU DJ Adam on the program "Ghost Trees" on January 30th, 2012.
Thea Farhadian is a performer, composer and educator. She earned an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State and M.F.A. in Electronic Music from Mills College. Farhadian uses electronic music, sound art, performance, video and photography in her pieces. Her work has been seen at Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, the Verwertung Festival in Berlin, the Center for Contemporary Art in Yerevan (Armenia), the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, and the International Women's Electroacoustic Listening Room Project in Amsterdam and Los Angeles. In 2002, she co-founded the Armenian Film Festival in New York City and currently serves as one of the curators for the film festival in San Francisco. In 2009, Farhadian was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Feast and Friends is a mix of colleagues from KZSU's sister station, KFJC 89.7 FM. The performance will be comprised of Dominic Trix, who hosts "No More Fences" on Wednesdays from 2-5pm, and others. Who knows what chaotic, disorienting pain the neighboring music fiends will bring.
A crucial contributor to local outfits The Drift and Tarentel, Danny Paul Grody is a veteran of the San Francisco experimental music scene. Grody wields guitars and keyboards to create music as diverse as improvised synthesizer pieces (Moholy Nagy), noise/drone/ambient works (Tarentel), to dubby experimental rock compositions (The Drift). On recordings under his own name, Grody gently balances guitar and synthesizer, offering solitary but delicate drone. Danny Paul Grody has solo releases on Root Strata, Students of Decay, and XRA. And here is a link to a KZSU Danny Paul Grody interview conducted by KZSU DJ Adam on the program "Ghost Trees" on January 23rd, 2012.
Matt Ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, and computer musician. The local artist also founded sfSound, a group that promotes contemporary classical music. Richard Warp of the Oakland Music Examiner calls him "shockingly talented." His sound vacillates between buzzing tones, acoustic space, and microtonal doublings. Ingalls has earned countless Awards and Residences, from the Djerassi Artist Program (2010) to the A.H. Miller Award for Excellence in Musical Composition (1998).
Memphis-born saxophonist, composer, improviser, and founding member of the sfSoundGroup John Ingle's "music is informed and influenced by contemparary concert music, jazz, electronic music, improvised music, various Asian folk traditions, and the blues and gospel of his native Southeast US" (Bay Improviser). His solo music "emphasizes multiphonics, vocal harmonics and subtle control of extended saxophone techniques" and his chamber music "explores such musical parameters as spiral time, linear pulse, and non-linear harmony" (SF Sound).
Brian B. James is a local DIY noise artist who has releases under Soundpress Records among others. KZSU DJ Brick describes the sound on the Bubble-wrap Covered Record as "akin to taking shots on vicodin, with the result of your ears ringing really hard, and getting blindsided by a guy you beat up earlier in the night but coudln't even recognize when he has your hands on your throat..." James is no stranger to performing on KZSU - he has taken part in 6 hour marathons hosted on long-time KZSU program Scatterbrain Radio, with his previous project Lairdander. James will bring Morris to open the Day of Noise with a 2 hour performance, titled "'Ars Meta Omnisens,' an all-sensory poly-art study in three stations for two performers."
A duo music project that explores the delicate fabric of structured improvisational landscapes and atmospheric composition. Meeting at the California Institute of the Arts in 2005 while both were studying music composition. In 2010, while Joe was in-residency at Maybeck Studios in Berkeley, CA, they decided to start a collaboration that continues to the present and produced a unique album consisting of structured improvisations in 2010 entitled Discovery of Systems that was realized during the afternoon sessions. They are recording a follow-up album in 2012 as Joe is currently residing back in San Francisco, California after a couple years in Berlin, Germany as well as performing concert engagements. Listen to David Leikam's music here.
Local electroacoustic ambient group, favorites at KZSU among the experimentally inclined. The duo performed last year at KZSU's Fruhling Fest on the Stanford campus. KZSU DJ, D. Cannibal, says of the experimental folk duo: "Sentient beings of all ages are guaranteed to fall in love with the sunshiney, blissful waves of ethereal, hushed tones looping into what feels like infinity. Listen to this while watching the sun rise and you can probably die happy." The duo are currently celebrating waves of praise after their 2011 opus, Here (On Earth).
Seattle-based Megabats consists of Riley Scott and Sam Melancon, the owner and operator of Debacle Records. KZSU Cassette Czar and DJ HYPRK describes Megabats as performers of "echoey reverb-drenched hallucinations about spacetravel." The KZSU favorites describe their music as "the drone Ramones," and the band employs a variety of loops, pedals, and instruments like the Nintendo DS.
Consists of Wobbly and Peter Conheim. Peter Conheim is a multimedia artist as well a film and video curator. He's a member of local experimental legends Negativland, and an accomplished artist in his own right, recording sounds under the name The Jet Black Hair People. JBHP, along with the other projects he's been involved in, create collages, such as from film. He's used many unconventional instruments, such as 16mm film projectors, and a handmade negative feedback oscillator called the Booper. Many of Conheim's projects are accompanied by Wobbly. Wobbly himself is no stranger to collaborations, having worked with the likes of People Like Us, Negativland, and Matmos. He improvises his live show with a set of pre-recordings, finding a way to splice them together resulting in a sound that can be described as controlled chaos, with a clear vision and melody appearing on the horizon of the soundscape.
Peter Nyboer oscillates between pure sound and pure image, finding a rich border where they meet. He currently works on programming audio and video software for Livid Instruments for live performance. He's also worked on the Respondr interactive display, which decodes location and image information from cameras to let a person interact with a projected image. He has also worked with a variety of artists to realize their visions, including Thomas Dolby, Ikue Mori, Bob Ostertag, Naut Humon, Robert Drummond, DJ's Sasha and Digiweed and Primus.
Bill Orcutt may be best known as guitarist of noise-rock group Harry Pussy, who sound like 80s noise-rock bands "put in a blender with an entire peyote cactus, along with a box of no-doze and a cup of tequila" (Your Imaginary Friend, KZSU). More recent outputs have seen the development of his "unique visceral acoustic style... twisted... both full on and drenched in melancholy, usually in the same gasping breath" (eMEGO), frequently using a downtuned guitar with a broken but then repaired neck and with the A and D strings removed. Orcutt's solo releases have been released under Editions Mego and Palilalia, his own mini label.
Frank Rothkamm is a German-American composer and conceptual artist, guided by the "quasi-mystical principles of a philosopher-cum-musician" (Adam Blyweiss, E|I Magazine). With a diverse array of experience behind him, including creating the electronic music computer language IFORMM and providing a soundtrack to an experimental 3-D Star Wars short, Rothkamm's recent works receiving play at KZSU have included Opus Spongebobicum, an album featuring 40 tracks stemming from the first line of the "Spongebob" theme described as "contemplative, sitting-down music" (Wedge, KZSU), LAX, "reminiscent of a 70's era University Music Dept's electronic music lab" (Your Imaginary Friend, KZSU), and Ghost of New York," featuring "Erratic, wandering attacks of analog synths, bleeping frequencies, and creepy reverberations alongside plenty of negative space" (Adam, KZSU). At the 2012 Day of Noise, Rothkamm will debut K5, a 33:33 piece on the heels of his late 2011, underground house release, Reno.
Jessica Rylan is a glitch noise artist and Stanford Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate. Featured artist on Women Take Back the Noise, an album which charted highly at KZSU in 2007, she is a powerhouse of an original and an electronic musician who also builds her own analog equipment. She earned an MFA in electronic music from Bard College and has received grants from the Penny McCall Foundation and the LEF Foundation. Rylan has toured in North America, Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia, taught workshops in Belgium and Norway among other places, and has created sound installations for the LIST Gallery for Visual Arts at MIT, the Boston Center for Contemporary Art College and the Massachusetts College of Art. Rylan's albums have been released by the likes of Important Records and she creates music with her band, Can't. "She runs her own company that manufactures unique musical instruments influenced by modular synthesizers, chaos theory and intuition." (Jessica Rylan's Talk at MIT)
David Slusser, a Day of Noise veteran, has worked in film sound and music since 1975 and received an Emmy award for sound editing in 1993. He has worked often as a music editor for directors Francis Coppola, George Lucas and David Lynch, with whom he has co-composed music for his films. His sound design is in the collections of both the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contempory Art in Los Angeles. He began an association with John Zorn in the mid eighties and received two prizes in the 1999 Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, including first for jazz orchestra. He has worked for Pixar since 1996.
Due to most unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances, Speculator had to cancel his Day of Noise performance. Lo-fi meets glo-fi. As KZSU DJ Brick says, "The Speculator took the sporting world by storm with his victory in the first ever analog fantasy sports championship, where his team lead by Dennis Lyxen won the first ever fantasy darts championship. He cites Dr. Raymond Lucia as one of his main musical influences, and owns a space pen." Oakland's own, Nick Ray, taps into the mid '90s with referential layers of loops, pedals, and samples in a unique blend of experimental pop. Speculator released Nice on Underwater Peoples in 2011.
Longtime KZSU DJ, the Voice of Doom started the Day of Noise tradition in the 1990s and organized the event for many years. Doom filled in the performance gaps with homemade noise machines, some of which are infamous at KZSU.
Slow layered ambient music by local media artist and musician, Bryan Von Reuter. Von Reuter is also a video artist and a film of his has been featured in the 2011 Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival. In fall of 2011, Von Reuter released digital single Dear Angelo and David and more recently the single We Share Oceans on January 23rd, 2012.
Vulcanus 68 is at its core, a duo of Jared Blum (Blanketship, Bloom, Beaks Plinth) and Dominic Cramp (Evangelista, Borful Tang, Qulfus, Modular Set). Blum and Cramp release much of their work under Gigante Sound, their own local label that has been heavily supported by college stations like KZSU, KFJC, and WFMU. Hazy, dreamy, and droney, Vulcanus 68 brings to mind old-school electronics, "sci-fi blipping combined with anonymous hums and drones" (KZSU DJ Wedge). In December of 2011, Vulcanus 68 released Contours and Colors, which the two describe as, "an abandoned Russian planetarium spectacular."
Kurt James Werner is a composer of electro-acoustic/acousmatic (&c.) music, author of digital signal processing code and compositional algorithms (see Grani+, boots&cats&&&, &c.), avid circuit-bender, and graduate student pursuing a PhD in Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). His music references elements of algorithmic/generative composition, breakbeat, chiptunes, musique concrete, circuit-bending, and (granular and otherwise) synthesis, in juxtaposition and superimposition, directly and indirectly.
San Francisco's White Pee, recent guests on KZSU's Wednesday Night Live program, employ a shifting variety of instruments - from grand pianos to layered tape decks - to craft their arresting brand of drone music. The SF Chronicle tells listeners they can expect to be "hypnotized by the meditative quality of minimal, elongated synth whispers, and then startled by a jarring, resistant guitar growl." Sparse, lush, loud, and intricate, the group's spontaneous and evolving sound has earned them quick acclaim among Bay Area experimentalists.
Check out zBug for industrial jazz. Brick, KZSU DJ, gushes: "Killer, structured psychedelic free noise jazz from a legend around these parts." Long-time KZSU disc jockey David Bug is David Leikam, who together with Sheila Bosco, form the core of zBug. David plays moog rogue/electric bass-cello and Sheila handles drumset/percussion. Heading into Europe and Asia in 2012, zBug performed concerts at The Wild Beast Pavilion, Meridian Gallery, The Luggage Store Gallery among others. zBug is continuing to perform with Kidd Jordan (New Orleans, USA) on saxophone, Craig Latta (Amsterdam, NL) on electric guitar/electronics, Fred Malouf (Palo Alto, USA) on electric guitar and Mark Spybey (Northumberland, UK) on electronics.

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