The Future of Music Today: One Record At A Time: Toneshift was a decade-long running online music magazine (which originally chronicled the past writings of its publisher/artist, TJ Norris). 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. From 2019 through 2022 the site evolved into a regular podcast which now exists as an archive, accessible 24/7/365. Toneshift‘s main focus was to offer a curatorial selection of international experimental/electronic sound work in a variety of forms, and over several evolving episodes. Expect the unexpected.
TJ Norris : Curator/Publisher (2010-2022)
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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