Mike Bullock is a composer, improviser, and media artist whose work encompasses electro-acoustic improvisation, video, synthesizer, voice, contrabass, and bass guitar. Bullock performs across the US and in Europe, collaborating with a wide range of artists including Bertrand Gauguet, Andy Guhl, Mazen Kerbaj, Pauline Oliveros, Bhob Rainey, Steve Roden, Keith Rowe, and Christian Wolff. His music has been released by numerous labels including Sedimental, Intransitive, Important, Winds Measure, Grob, and al Maslakh. He holds a PhD from the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and has taught and lectured in the US and Europe on field recording and improvisation. In 2015, Bullock received Center support to present The Philadelphia Embassy of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, a program of electronic music, performance, and installations in collaboration with Swedish composers and conceptual artists Leif Elggren, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, and Kent Tankred, and Philadelphia musicians such as Ian Fraser and Bhob Rainey.
Composer, improviser, and media artist Mike Bullock will join forces with Swedish composers and conceptual artists Leif Elggren, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, and Kent Tankred, and Philadelphia musicians such as Ian Fraser and Bhob Rainey, for a program of electronic music, performance, and installations at Crane Arts. Billed as the inauguration of the "Philadelphia Embassy" of the international art project The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV), the program will expand Philadelphia's connection to the international experimental music scene and introduce audiences to KREV's belief in the international quality of creative activity. Audiences will have an opportunity to roam an exhibition of KREV-themed videos and ephemera such as flags, stamps, and tableware, before applying for "citizenship" in KREV by receiving "passports" created and signed by Elggren and Hasswolff. The program will culminate in three sets of electronic music, movement, and visuals.
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