Cogburn’s artistic practice is rooted in the collaborative context of improvisation. Current practices concentrate on the threshold between acoustic and electronic sounds, their differing tibral qualities and their sites of resonance (speaker/drum/room).
Current music projects include: un Trio de Gira, with Mexico City musicians Alex Bruck (viola) and Ramón del Buey (bass clarinet); Libración, a duo with Mexico City double bassist Juan García; and the frenetic noise group SSBT with Steve Jansen and Parham Daghighi.
Cogburn has performed in diverse contexts around the world including: Festival Aural (FMX, México), Festival VAE (Perú), James Turrell's Roden Crater (Arizona), Quiet Que (Berlín), among others. He has released music on several labels including Another Timbre, Astral Spirits, Quakebasket, Balance Point Acoustics and a CD documenting Jandek's first US performance on Corwood Industries.
Since 2003, he has hosted an annual festival of improvised music - No Idea Festival. Regarded for its unique curatorial process, No Idea Festival aspires to connect creative musicians, providing the space and time where creative process can flourish, leading towards new areas and approaches in the music. No Idea events have been held in several cities in the US and Mexico, including: Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Dallas, Marfa, New Orleans, Mérida, Yucatán and Mexico City.
Improvised works with Sam Hamilton on electric mini pump organ and pedals and Alissa Derubeis on modular synth.
Ben Bracken makes music and installations with acoustic and electronic sounds. His work oscillates between performance and installation, often blurring the lines between the two. In both, the location of the event becomes an active participant, intimately shaping the nature and direction of each work. Currently, Ben collaborates with Ashley Bellouin on experiments with hand made instruments and installations. He resides in Oakland, CA and works at Cycling ‘74, the developers of Max/MSP and Jitter.
Ashley Bellouin’s work explores the merging of sound art, electro-acoustic composition, and instrument building. She focuses on the studies of sonology, psychoacoustics, and the interaction between sound and architecture. Her compositions emphasize and exploit the sonic potential contained within a single musical gesture, regularly using electronics to develop latent qualities. Spatialization, beat frequencies, auditory illusions, and microtonal tunings are frequent compositional tools.
Ashley holds an MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College, where she was awarded the Frog Peak Collective Experimental Music Award for most outstanding thesis. She has presented her work at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Soundwave ((5)) Festival, the San Francisco Tape Music Festival, UC Santa Cruz, and Stanford University, among other venues. She has additionally been awarded a YBCAway grant from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and has held residencies at the Paul Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency Center, the UC Berkeley Center for New Media, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and EMS in Stockholm, Sweden. In November 2016 her debut solo LP, Ballads, was released on Drawing Room Records.
Professionally, Ashley has worked for synth pioneers Don Buchla, as his assistant in research and development, and Dave Smith, as a technician at Dave Smith Instruments. She currently serves as Visiting Faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute and resides in Oakland, CA.