Toneshift celebrates 10 Years (2010-2020)!
Updated: July 2020
Toneshift is now a fully realized podcast, an extension to what once was a review site, still available and archived via the upper lefthand menu. We are an artist-run curated program, so tell a friend. Between 2010-2019 we functioned as an online review-based magazine, presenting a critique of non-mainstream concepts in sound, that was our first decade. Toneshift‘s re-format will focus on offering a curatorial selection of international experimental/electronic sound work in a variety of forms, and over several evolving podcast series’. Expect the unexpected.
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Our contacts are below. If you have a tip, have made or know of a scope-fitting record that is deserving of consideration in our program, or if you just want to reach out about anything sound-oriented – Contact Us!
As a podcast we no longer publish record reviews. Our focus continues to be electronic/experimental sound hybrids. We continue our curated focus on complex sonic sounds, compositions, daring work via The Toneshift Listening Hour – new music, one hour, once weekly. Please familiarize yourself with what we cover prior to sending promo material. It’s still always preferable to receive physical copies (CD or LP) for more immediate consideration. Production is generally one month out from receipt. Our preference is to receive files Bandcamp (w/code), then via WeTransfer — or in lieu of those being unavailable you may send us digital files via email. We do not consider streaming services at all. With our hands-on curatorial approach we cannot provide individual feedback due to volume, etc. Please understand that if we do not feature your work, we may next time and it is not a reflection of the quality of your work.
TJ Norris : Curator/Publisher (2010-present)
Norris is a Texas-based multidisciplinary artist who grew up in New England and has lived in Oregon, Washington, Nebraska and Nova Scotia. Norris’ work blends a philosophical approach towards urban/architectural issues through conceptual photography, sculpture and experiential installation. His 1st monograph ‘Shooting Blanks‘ was recently published in 2018. His work is included in many private and public collections internationally. His work has been shown throughout North America, Europe and Sweden and is in the collections of the prestigious Vanhaerents Collection (Brussels), Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fuller Museum of Art, Museo de la Ciudad (Mexico City) and RACC’s Visual Chronicle collection (Portland, OR). After Norris closed his a/v project space, Soundvision in 2003 he led panel discussions at various music festivals including: Mutek (2007, Breaking Barriers in the Audio/Visual Divide), Decibel (2005, The Relationship Between Technology and Art); and Intransitive (2004, Sound and Geography: Community and Place in Experimental Music). As a writer Norris’ work has been seen in selected publications including: ARTnews, Leonardo (MIT Press), XLR8R, Willamette Week, Oregonlive.com, Signal to Noise Magazine, Brainwashed.com, Paris Transatlantic, Resident Advisor, Igloo Magazine, Vital Weekly, Art Ltd. and others.
COLLABORATIONS: Norris proudly celebrates a history of collaborations. In the past few decades he’s worked with several artists you may already be familiar with including: Monty Adkins, Aranos, Beequeen, Mark Behrens, Richard Chartier, Taylor Deupree, Eso Steel, Richard Francis, Freiband (Frans de Waard), Gal, Bill Horist, Illusion of Safety (Dan Burke), Mokira (Andreas Tilliander), Seth Nehil, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, RAIC, Rapoon (Robin Storey), Christian Renou (Brume), Steve Roden, Scanner (Robin Rimbaud), Janek Schaefer, S.E.T.I. (Andrew Lagowski), Nobukazu Takemura, Tennis (Ben Edwards, Douglas Benford), Terre Thaemlitz, Asmus Tietchens, Troum, Ultra Milkmaids, Vidna Obmana and Zimoun, among others. In addition, Norris has worked with several artists, sometimes producing cover art for various releases including his own compilations on Beta-lactam Ring Records and Innova Recordings — this Discogs page provides partial details. His latest photographic series is titled Urban Juxtaposition for which he has collaborated with: Quest (Frans de Waard), Leumann (Manuel Parisella), Nathan Moody, RAIC, Seth Nehil/Bruno Duplant and Peter Wullen. He has collaborated, curated and/or exhibited his work alongside some of the world’s most accomplished artists (and others) including: Russell A. Kirsch (inventor of the pixel), John Waters, Bea Nettles, Robert Adams, Candida Höfer, Nayland Blake, Arthur Tress, Gordon Matta-Clark, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Joseph Kosuth, Matthew Barney, Thomas Ruff, Bill Viola, Elmgreen & Dragset, Gregory Crewdson, among countless others. More: tjnorrisart.com
ALUMNI CONTRIBUTORS: Saul Bleaeck, Samuel Goff, Karl Grümpe, Daniel Alexander Hignell, Darren McClure, Giuseppe Pisano, Massimo Ricci, Ljubinko Zivkovic
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