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Bob Ostertag


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Composer, performer, historian, instrument builder, journalist, activist, kayak instructor ­ Bob Ostertag’s work cannot easily be summarized or pigeon-holed. He has published 21 CDs of music, two movies, two DVDs, and two books.

Electronic instruments of his own design are at the cutting edge of both music and video performance technology. He has performed at music, film, and multi-media festivals around the globe. His radically diverse collaborators include the Kronos Quartet, avant garder John Zorn, heavy metal star Mike Patton, jazz great Anthony Braxton, dyke punk rocker Lynn Breedlove, drag diva Justin Bond, Quebecois film maker Pierre Hébert, and others. He is rumored to have connections to the shadowy media guerrilla group The Yes Men.

In March 2006 Ostertag made all of his recordings to which he owns the rights available as free digital downloads under a Creative Commons license []. He is currently Professor of Technocultural Studies and Music at the University of California at Davis.

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  • ToughJohn

    "only because of his 2011 collaboration with Rrose. that's the only reason he has associations with other techno artists. other than that, yeah, definitely fucked." Uh, I don't know about that. Have you ever listened to Fear No Love or or for that matter w00t definitely has a techno vibe.

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • bloodmaw

    only because of his 2011 collaboration with Rrose. that's the only reason he has associations with other techno artists. other than that, yeah, definitely fucked.

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nabraxas

    Wtf? The similar artists are totally fucked : P

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mutefm

    Check the remixes by RRose. Brilliant stuff.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • AHHHjane

    Hahahahahahhahahahahahhahahhahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa oh my god he was professor last year. Sort dying right now.

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • brun-o

    loving his buchla200e album

    18 Jul 2011 Reply
  • insomniacme

    cool guy

    27 Jul 2010 Reply
  • sarsonlastfm

    Experimentalists One & All, You may enjoy my project: FREE RAW MATERIALS!!! Fancy Contributing? SG

    26 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Ducharme88


    7 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Munchkins

    bob ostertag part two. it's like, you don't have enough words to describe what you would like to say about this. what kind'a feeling? i know what i feel. i have not heard a lot by this artist. only one song, and it went straight trough my heart, it was something genuine. maybe wierd... some of you might think so. :) but i had to check this out by my self. :) "the birds are crying outside my window"

    10 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Grindfucked

    stupid shoutbox

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Febbraio

    wow, respect of the freeness of the music, gonna get the woot thingie and then listen

    13 Aug 2008 Reply
  • R4pt0R

    w00t sounds like a drugged mario

    6 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Coorac


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  • eccentriccx


    16 Oct 2007 Reply
  • BackwardsBoy

    I respect him soo much for making his releases free!

    11 Mar 2007 Reply
  • eccentriccx

    Most of his music has been released under the creative commons license and is available for download from his website:

    28 Feb 2007 Reply
  • qanimus3


    5 May 2006 Reply
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