SA21 Contributors

Bradford Bailey (b. 1978) is a writer and critic currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He is the author of The Hum, a blog focused on supporting historic and contemporary music existing beyond mainstream interest, has written extensively for various publications and record labels contributing articles, texts, and liner notes, and has co-authored a forthcoming book on sound with François Bonnet and Eric Namour, to be published by Buro Buro.


Kim Brandt has presented her performances at venues including MoMA/PS1, SculptureCenter, The Kitchen, Pioneer Works and Artists Space, and has received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NYFA and The Jerome Foundation.


G Lucas Crane is a sound artist, performer, and musician whose work focuses on media confusion, sonic mind control and time travel. His cassette tape based sound practice explores the liminal space of hybrid analogue aesthetics. He is co-founder of The Silent Barn, an experimental performance space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. His current project, Decoder 2017, a theater collaboration with director Mallory Catlett, plays as a work in progress throughout 2019. He is currently pursuing a masters in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the Universitat Der Kunst, Berlin.


Jennie Gottschalk is the author of Experimental Music Since 1970 (2016) and co-author of Being Time: Case Studies in Musical Temporality (2018). She is also a composer, and runs Sound Expanse.


Marc Hannaford is an improviser, pianist, composer, and PhD candidate in music theory at Columbia University.  His dissertation focusses on creative juggernaut and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Muhal Richard Abrams, and he regularly performs in New York in a variety of settings.


Nicole Kaack is an independent curator and writer based in Queens, NY. She is the current Curatorial Fellow at The Kitchen, New York, as well as the co-founder of the newsletter of missing out, co-director of the artist publication prompt:, and co-founder of the press Blind Carbon.


Peter Margasak is a veteran music journalist who served as a staff writer for the Chicago Reader for more than two decades. He’s currently writing a book about the cross-fertilization of Chicago’s underground music scene in the 90s.


Matt Mehlan is an artist, musician, sound engineer, and native of Chicagoland. He spent a decade in New York – fronting the band Skeletsons, co-founding the art and music label Shinkoyo and the original Silent Barn, and working as production manager at Roulette – before returning to Chicago where he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and manages the Creative Audio Archive at ESS.


Chris Pitsiokos is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, composer and improviser. He has been praised by Rolling Stone for his “startlingly original vision” and “astonishingly fleet sax work.” Downbeat has identified his band CP Unit as “A persuasive combination of harmolodic jazz and contemporary noise rock.” As a soloist he has developed a unique voice on the alto saxophone, combining extremes in volume and amplitude, noise and lyricism, seamlessly.


Josh Sinton is a creative musician and artist specializing in the baritone saxophone and bass clarinet. He has lived in Brooklyn since 2004 where he has (among other things): started the Steve Lacy-repertory band Ideal Bread, co-founded the musician-run Douglass Street Music Collective, played with numerous like-minded artists such as Ingrid Laubrock, Darcy James Argue, Andrew D’Angelo, Anti-Social Music and Jeremiah Cymerman and contributed essays to the Brooklyn Rail, Do the Math and the Secret Society blog. He is currently laying low and learning to attain balance in his life while he plans his next artistic endeavors.


Lester St. Louis is a New York City born and based multi-instrumentalist, composer and curator. Often working in situations of improvisation and contemporary composition and media, he has performed solo and with groups across the United States, Canada, South America and Europe.


Sound American Board


Lisa Kahlden, President

Nate Wooley, Editor-in-Chief



2019 Advisory Board

David Grubbs

Rebekah Heller

Taylor Ho Bynum

Zeena Parkins

Matana Roberts

Ken Vandermark


2019 Editorial Board

Lea Bertucci

Michael Dyer

Jennie Gottschalk

Marc Hannaford

Sarah Hennies

Charmaine Lee

Peter Margasak

Chris Pitsiokos

Lester St. Louis

Audra Wolowiec




Herman Krawitz, Chairman; Amy Beal; Thomas Teige Carroll; Robert Clarida; Emanuel Gerard; Lisa Kahlden; Fred Lerdahl; Larry Polansky; Paul M. Tai.

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