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THE GAMELATRON TEAM

Aaron Taylor Kuffner, Co-Creator, Artistic Director, Chief Builder and Custodian of the gongs
Aaron (often called Taylor) Kuffner is a Brooklyn based conceptual Artist and composer also known as the recording and performing artist Zemi17.

In the 1990s, Kuffner brought his studies in new physics, mixed media installation and experimental performance into the underground art scenes of New Orleans and San Francisco, where he was a street artist, DJ, and social activist. In 1997, after evading long-term incarceration with the Assault Poetry Unit he moved to New York and with his brother Geoff formed the experimental multi-media performance group the Ransom Corp. Kuffner also founded WJMZ pirate radio station, and the 23 Windows Collective community arts studio in Brooklyn. In 2002 - 2003 in Berlin he co-created and curated The Resonant Wave Experimental Multi Media Art Festival and was a guest composer at Theater Thikwa with a troupe of mentally disabled actors.

From 2003 through 2006, he lived and worked in Indonesia with the support of scholarships and grants from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry. He studied under master teacher I Wayan Senen at the Institut Seni Indonesia di Yogyakarta and premier musician I Wayan Sadera in Tegas, Bali at the Yaysan Polosseni, performing with professional groups in Java and Bali.

He is sponsored by Berlin software company Ableton Live, regularly exhibiting in galleries, museums and international music and art festivals. As Zemi17, he performs with the experimental music group Zero Gravity Thinkers, is the co-creator of the Auditorium 8.4 surround sound music series, and is the resident DJ for Brooklyn's most prolific warehouse party purveyors, the Danger. As a solo artist, with the Gamelatron and other projects and collaborations, Kuffner has performed or presented work more than 400 times in 19 countries in the last 15 years. AaronTaylorKuffner.com  |  Zemi17.net

The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR) is a Pittsburg-based group of artists and technologists developing robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical instruments and installations which integrate robotic technology.
http://lemurbots.org

Eric Singer, LEMUR Founder and Director, Beta Gamelatron Co-creator and Gamelatron hardware designer
Musician, artist, engineer and programmer Eric Singer holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon; a Diploma in Music Synthesis, Magna Cum Laude, from Berklee College of Music; and an MS in Computer Science from New York University. He has over 20 years of arts and multimedia programming, engineering and performance experience in the areas of interactive performance systems, integrated music and graphics systems, alternative controller design, networked multimedia environments, interface design, artificial intelligence and computer controlled pyrotechnics. He performs and lectures throughout the world and is known internationally for his software and hardware products for art and technology. In addition to directing LEMUR, Singer works as an independent Arts Engineer and Consultant; runs Eroktronix, his company which creates and markets electronics technology for the arts; and has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Interactive Telecommunication Program and Carnegie Mellon University.
EricSinger.com


I Made Rindhi and son Wayan, Gong makers
I Made Rindhi is a notorious gong maker in the village of Blahbatu near Gianyar in South Central Bali who has supplied the Gamelatron project with fine crafted instruments for more than 8 years. Rindhi is part of a proud multi generational tradition working with creating gamelan instruments for over 50 years, learning from his father, now working with his son Wayan for last 10 years.


Nathan Wheeler, Chief Assistant
Nathan Wheeler is a improvisatory composer and performance artist specializing in interactivity and interdisciplinary collaboration. His work is informed by his background as a classical musician, composer, and sound engineer, in addition to his investigations into film, dance, electronics, and performance art. Nathan holds a degree in Music Composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an emphasis in Music Technology.
NathanWheelerMusic.com


Geoff Kuffner,Project Consultant, Storyteller, Chief Underling of Non-Technical Skills
Author, coach and expert in human movement education, Geoff has a professional background in communications and was co-founder of the New York's Ransom Corp. along with Taylor. He has produced small- and large-scale art events, as well as written, directed and performed in numerous multi-media, interdisciplinary productions. Geoff lives in Oakland where he runs The Sustainable Body (TheSustainableBody.com) and is currently at work on an hyperbolic art memoir: The Assault Poetry Unit: How Two Brothers Failed to Start the Art Revolution.


LumiGeek (John Parts Taylor and JoeJoe Martin), Hardware and Software Engineers,
The visionary duo is working on custom hardware and software development for new interactive Gamelatron standalone pieces and installation.
lumigeek.com


Shrine, Collaborator, Public Installations
Shrine is an Los Angeles based artist, known for his flowing gestural painting and drawing style with his use of found objects, recycled materials and trash assembled into modern shrines of various scale. He created the Temple at Burningman in 2008 and has toured the world several times over creating both spontanous and commissioned works of art for public display.
ShrineOn.com


I Wayan Senen, Musican and Balinese Music Scholar
Pak Senen is the head tenured professor in the Ethnomusicology Department at the Institute Seni Indonesia at Yogyakarta. He is the author of 3 books on Balinese Arts, is a very accomplished musician and an incredible talent for teaching and conceptualizing Balinese music. He was Taylor Kuffner's first Balinese Gamelan teacher. His teachings remain a pivotal resource of the Gamelatron project.


I Wayan Sadera, Gamelan Teacher and Music Consultant
Sadera is from Tegas outside of Ubud in South Central Bali. He is am exceptually skilled multi instrumentalist best known for his mastery of the Gender. He has toured the world with Robert Wilson's I La Galigo, currently teaches in Taiwan and was an instrumental instructor to various Balinese Gamelan forms to Taylor Kuffner for several years.


Deb Yoon, Collaborator, Designer
Deb Yoon is an outstanding talent known for her ink paintings and drawing. She drew the original Gamelatron emblem based on the Balinese God Barang and designed the Hivemind for the figment festival on Governor's Island which housed the Gamelatron in its first public outdoor installation showing.
deborahyoon.com


Ryan O'Connor, Sculptural consultant, Touring Team
Ryan O'connor is an internationally exhibiting sculptor of exceptional depth, a skilled fabricator, furniture designer and co-founder of the Madagascar Institute. He holds an MFA from Goldsmiths College University of London.
Ryan-Oconnor.com


William Etundi, Concept and Image Advisor
William Etundi is a brilliant social sculptor and designer. He is the founder of Complacent Nation, The Danger, Artist Wanted and See.me. He is known by many to be the connector of huge portions of the budding Brooklyn Comtemporary Art, Culture an Nightlife scenes.
See.me


Leif Krinkle, former LEMUR NYC shop manager and Machining Mentor
In 2000 Leif created Krinkle New Media, a production company specializing in interactive sound and video production. He has since produced albums for internationally acclaimed musicians, designed multimedia performances, and engineered interactive installations. Today Leif is fabricating musical robots, designing large nonlinear display systems, and engineering physical devices for interaction with immersive multimedia environments. He holds an Masters from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
LeifKrinkle.com

Gamelatron Photographers and Videographer:
Gisella Sorrentino: GazePhotography.com, Barabra Gentile: BarbaraGentile.com, Pascal Charles Petit: PascalCharlesPetit.com,
Linda Gastaldello: LindaGastaldello.com, Lina Jang: LinaJang.com, Jeanne Angel Area33.com, Stefan Pildes, Nicholas Whitaker, and Nadia Anderson.