OSCILLATIONS: Beth Bradfish, Andy Ortmann

Beth Bradfish (composer and sound artist) explores both contemporary acoustic and electronic sounds. Her focus is on creating environments where the audience is free to move through the sound and experience it with more than their ears. She currently studies with composer John Mallia and is working towards an MFA in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has studied with composers Rick Baitz, Drew Baker, Marcos Balter, Tim Edwards, Gustavo Leone, Patricia Morehead, and Pauline Oliveros. In 2010, she was anonymously nominated for and subsequently awarded an artist’s residency fellowship at Ragdale. She earned a B.A. in Music Composition from Columbia College Chicago in spring, 2013. She has fulfilled requests to develop pieces for CUBE Contemporary Ensemble, pianist Lawrence Axelrod and violist Michael Hall. In August, 2013 she was awarded a commission from Access Contemporary Music for the Open House Chicago celebration of the Chicago Architectural Foundation. In September, 2013 she was invited to participate on the board of Access Contemporary Music. In June, 2014 her electroacoustic composition, Together and A/Part in East Garfield Park for Electronics, was performed at Spectrum NYC. At Oscillations, she will present that piece, along with Breathe for String Quartet, Crystal Glasses, and Electronics, performed by The M.A.A.D String Quartet.

Currently working in both audio & video synthesis, Andy Ortmann creates complex environments through his modular synthesizer, Hybrid System. Ortmann has been awarded several Arts Grants over the years, which have funded visual, audio, performance, and conceptual pieces. He received his MFA in sound from SAIC in 2012. Ortmann also hosts The Eternal Now podcast on WFMU, which focuses on experimental & electronic music. In addition, he is the founder of the long-running experimental conceptual group Panicsville, as well as curator of the eclectic Nihilist Records label.