Seth Horvitz is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, and designer whose work revolves around the perception of sound and the idiosyncratic behavior of machines. Since the mid-1990s, he has produced and performed electronic music under the name Sutekh for dozens of record labels including Creaked (Switzerland), Leaf (UK), Soul Jazz (UK), Orthlorng Musork (USA), Force Inc./Mille Plateaux (Germany), and his own Context Free Media. He is also one half of the spastic dance-theater-self-help duo Pigeon Funk with Joshua Kit Clayton. With strong roots in dance music, most notably techno, Sutekh explores uncomfortable areas where that definition makes no sense, drawing on influences ranging from Jamaican dub, free improv, and noise to musique concrète and the classical avant-garde. Though he began his musical adventures as a self-taught misuser of electronics, in recent years he has gravitated towards a more studied approach to composition. This year Horvitz arrives at MUTEK to present his new studies for automated piano.
"Eight Studies for Automatic Piano" will be released in June 2011 on the LINE imprint.