Colin Self is a composer and choreographer based in Berlin. He creates music, performance, and environments for expanding consciousness, troubling binaries and boundaries of perception and communication. His recent work, The Elation Series, is a six-part sequential opera about queer family and global transfiguration. In 2015 he released his debut solo record Elation and toured with Radiohead as part of the Holly Herndon trio. Self has presented work at The Dutch National Opera, HAU Berlin, The New Museum, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen NYC, Issue Project Room, amongst various other festivals and venues internationally.
Self is a Rhizome Commission Grant recipient for his video project ClumpTV, a Queer Art Mentorship Fellow, and was an Eyebeam Resident in 2016. He is a co-founder of queer collective Chez Deep, and The Radical Diva Grant, and is a vocalist for the electronic duo Amnesia Scanner. His recent work, The Fool, was co-created with Raul De Nieves and presented at The Kitchen NYC. His latest opera, Siblings, premiered at Donau Festival in Krems, Austria and MoMA PS1 in New York. Self releases music on RVNG Intl.
Com Truise is the nom de guerre of producer and designer Seth Haley, raised in upstate NY and currently working out of LA. His synth and sci-fi-obsessed records are as infectious as they are expansive. From his breakout EP in 2010, Cyanide Sisters, to his first LP for Ghostly in 2011, Galactic Melt, and his numerous records, remixes and collections to follow, Com Truise has refined his singular style of melodic beat music. Each piece ties together his ideas of synth-wave and slow-motion funk amidst a glowing backdrop of rich, nostalgic pathos.
Though undoubtedly influenced by his parents' record collections and old, faded product design, the Com Truise project doesn't only pull from the past. Hints of Joy Division, New Order and Cocteau Twins bubble up in every prismatic piece, but it's as if they're processed through a waterlogged game console — warped, cybernetic and high-definition. Uniquely, Com Truise sounds both familiar and uncanny, and always handmade.
Eartheater (Queens-based artist Alexandra Drewchin) distills experimental digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical composition into works suspended between obsessively detailed sonic tapestries and almost recklessly romantic and gestural electronica. A body of viscerally emotive live performance stands alongside her recorded output, realized by her fearless physical investment and gut-wrenching vocal sincerity.
Drewchin made her full-length debut as Eartheater in 2015, releasing two consecutive albums — Metalepsis, followed by RIP Chrysalis. She has since signed to experimental label PAN, who released her album, IRISIRI, in 2018. Following IRISIRI, Eartheater self-released a mixtape titled Trinity on her own imprint Chemical X. Her newest album is Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin, released by PAN in fall of 2020.
In addition to her own project, Eartheater has collaborated with artists from Show Me The Body to Moor Mother to Caroline Polacheck. She also composed original work for the contemporary orchestra Alarm Will Sound, and has walked in runway shows for Mugler, Barragán, and Puppets & Puppets. Her music has been used by Mugler, Acne Studios, Chanel and Proenza Schouler.
Hayden Dunham is a multimedia artist perhaps best known for her work with the controversial PC Music project QT that she created alongside SOPHIE and A. G. Cook. In addition to music, Dunham’s work bridges performance, sound and sculpture – assemblages that move from terrestrial to the synthetic, tracking the flow of energy through states of materiality. It’s through these constructed physical ecosystems that Dunham investigates the human relationship to transformation. She has designed experiential works comprising malleable and ethereal materials – silicon, chlorophyll, glass, steam, sound, performance, vapor, light, porcelain, metal, silk and GEL, a substance created by Dunham that appears in liquid and breathing forms. Analogously, Dunham’s practice is both concealed and alive, occasionally rupturing and opening in on itself.
Dunham’s work has been shown at MoMA PS1, New Museum, Foundation Louis Vuitton, the Barbican, the Bass Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami among others, while her music has been performed in clubs and at festivals, some of which include Sonar, Field Day, Iceland Airwaves, Field Day, Laneway, Roskilde and Øya.
Dunham is soon to debut a new chapter in her musical storybook.