Seth Horvitz (b. 1973, Los Angeles) is an electronic musician, composer, sound designer, and DJ based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1991. Under the name Sutekh, he has released music on dozens of record labels, including Mille Plateaux (Germany), Soul Jazz (UK), The Leaf Label (UK), Orthlorng Musork (USA), and his own Context Free Media. While identified most often as a techno artist, Sutekh is well known for his innovative and irreverent approach, incorporating a range of influences from dub, funk, and free jazz to experimental noise, musique concrète, and minimalism. Sutekh’s work stands out for its distinct rhythmic vocabulary, the richness of its texture, and its capacious integration of a broad range of genres and historical moments. His tracks are full of surprises, frequently transitioning between the repetitive and chaotic, abrasive and tranquil, serious and absurd, with an expansive sonic palette consisting of synthesized sound, field recordings, acoustic instruments, and samples that scavenge the history of recorded music. As a remixer, Sutekh has reinterpreted the work of dozens of artists including Norweigan Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Hanne Hukkelberg, micro-sound artist Alva Noto (aka Carsten Nicolai), pioneer of conceptual art Lawrence Weiner, and the eight piece Klezmer ensemble KLEZ-X. In 2006, the Leaf Label compiled twenty-three of his remixes into a double-disc and four-LP set entitled “Born Again,” described by the BBC as “gorgeous minimalism paired to an unstoppable propulsiveness and a brilliant deployment of texture that’s so tactile it prompts feelings of synaesthesia.” As a live performer, Sutekh has appeared at festivals, museums, concert halls, and nightclubs around the world, including Mutek (Montreal), Sonár (Barcelona), Dis-patch (Belgrade), Elektrodienos (Vilnius), Croma (Tenerife), Numero-Projecta (Lisbon), C-Sides (Jerusalem), Bios (Athens), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), SFMOMA, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Sydney Opera House, Womb (Tokyo), and Tresor (Berlin). Horvitz has been an active member of the Bay Area electronic music scene since the early 1990s. He made his foray into music by conducting a weekly radio show at KALX Berkeley, deejaying at numerous renegade parties, and organizing several weekly and one-off club events. Over the years, he has collaborated with many fellow Bay Area musicians including Joshua Kit Clayton, Matthew “Safety Scissors” Curry, Matmos, Wobbly, Kevin Blechdom, and Twerk. He is also a member of the “band” Pigeon Funk, which has released two full length albums on Proptronix (USA) and Musique Risquée (Canada). While his musical skills are largely self-taught, Horvitz has taken coursework in Computer Music and Psychoacoustics at CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technologies) and studied tabla in India in 1994 while earning his bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science at the University of California, Berkeley. During the last several years, he has gravitated towards a more studied approach to composition, taking private lessons in piano performance and music theory, and completing scores for several independent films. Currently, he is pursuing an MFA in Electronic Music and Composition at Mills College in Oakland, California.
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