videotics videotics.com hereby announces the release of the following 5 discs. Click a title to purchase or visit a page with a bit of bonus material for the disc.
Hydrophon [cd] by Elliott Sharp
Solo abstract guitar pieces Elliott described as "all-electric & pretty psychedelic!" Paying tribute to the massive power of the seas, Hydrophone is oceanic in scope and displays nearly-orchestral textures created only with a guitar and a few pedals and objects.A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City since the late 1970s. Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from blues, jazz, and orchestral music to noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He pioneered the use of a lap top computer in live performance with his Virtual Stance project of the 1980s. He has used algorithms and fibonacci numbers in experimental composition since at least 1987.He has collaborated regularly with many people, including Christian Marclay, Zeena Parkins, Vernon Reid, Bobby Previte, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Jack DeJohnette, Sonny Sharrock,  Debbie Harry, and Bachir Attar.

Confessions of a Sociopath, and other provocations, by Joe Gibbons
[dvd].also featuring ‘The Tutor’ by Emily Breer (2007), Confidential P.2 (1980), The Florist (2010), Driving/Rain (2010), and Sabotaging Spring (1991). Joe Gibbons has received fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NY State Council on the Arts, the Creative Capital Foundation, The LEF Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, and other venues. His work has been chosen for the Whitney Biennial, the NY Video Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival, and the Black Maria Film and Video Festival. "Confessions of a Sociopath” (2001) was included in "Best Films of the Year" lists in Film Comment and Artforum magazines.

 Mbeng-N'tam: Bwiti Iboga Music and Dance from Gabon
[dvd]. This disc features genuine Bwiti iboga cult initiation and other music and dance by the Fang Bwiti group/family Mbeng-N'tam, based near Libreville, the capital of Gabon in Central Africa. Mbeng-N'tam was founded in 1998. This authentic Bwiti group of about 60 men, women, and children is innovative in its openness and desire to share the traditions of Bwiti with outsiders. Besides their ritual activity, they haveperformed concerts of Bwiti music and dance in Gabon, Canada, and France. The troupe has won First Prize at the Fetes des cultures a Libreville, Gabon in 2001 and 2002 for costume and masked performance, and First Prize UNESCO at the same venue the following year for best instrumental traditional performance.

Videotics Rob Swift [dvd/cd]
 The video includes a 10 minute scratch demo by Rob, then 3 10-minute non-hiphop videotics deconstructions manipulating the footage by Mike Landau, accompanied by a half-hour ep of Rob's unreleased music [except a couple tracks previously available as downloads only] to compensate Rob's hiphop fans for the unhiphop video mixes.Rob Swift AKA Robert Aguilar is one of the great turntablists, an alumnus of the X-Men and the X-ecutioners, winner of the DMC East Coast title, and collaborator with Herbie Hancock, Blue Man Group, Fat Joe, Cypress Hill, Bob James, Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, and others. His many fine cds are widely available. His website is at djrobswift.com. Mike Landau's algorithmic video has aired on Hawaii public access tv for more than 15 years and over 150 shows, and was supposedly shown at the Hawaii Underground Film Festival.

 
Chimpanzees Painting, and other videotics [dvd] by Mike Landau -
Algorithmically processed [chimps, elephants, and sea lion painting] and generated imagery. Mike Landau's algorithmic video has aired on Hawaii public access tv for more than 15 years and over 150 shows, and was supposedly shown at the Hawaii Underground Film Festival. Previous incarnations of his website received the Editors' Choice Award from Directory.net, yahoo.com notable site, and positive notice in the Village Voice and elsewhere. He served as house pianist at the Circus Bar in Panajachel, Guatemala for 6 months, and has played shorter piano gigs at various bars and restaurants in Mexico, Boston, San Francisco, Alaska, and Hawaii. But not recently.


Mike Landau