krk at velak, vienna, 2015
2001: A Space Odyssey (2008)
steve the geek in L'universe
streb/ringside, c. 1997
Krackhouse at the knitting factory, 1990(?)
KRK is a duo formed by MO and Czech Republic-based contrabass and electronics player George Cremaschi. They have toured extensively in Europe, including many concerts and workshops in the Balkans. Their first CD, Acouasm, was released on Achulean Handaxe in 2009.
Comprised of MO with video artist Luke DuBois and musician Zach Layton, Fair Use looks at our accelerating culture through remixing of cinema, presenting classic films through audio and visual manipulation. They use the picture and soundtrack of culturally significant films, drastically compressed in time, as the sole materials for an improvised set which interrogates our cinematic memories through audiovisual processing.
Under the nom de guerre Count Martini Karamazov, MO was Technology Director for the world-renowned Flying Karamazov Brothers, masters of juggling, witty repartee, and cheap theatrics. He was responsible for design and maintenance on various interactive devices used in performance, some co-developed with MIT's Media Lab, as well as having appeared on stage with the Brothers in their show L'Universe.
Composer-in-residence for the MacArthur award-winning choreographer Elizabeth Streb. Using contact microphones, sensors, and live processing on sounds generated by the dancers themselves, he developed the direct, visceral sound for which the company has become known.
This trio (saxophone, electronics, and 'cello) recorded three CDs on the Percaso label, and toured Europe and the US with compositions and improvisations, working both purely as a musical group, and in collaborations with photographer Beat Streuli. He has also collaborated solo with Streuli on installations in Switzerland and New York.
Led by 6-string bass player and vocalist Mike Sappol, and joined by Doug Henderson on doubleneck guitar, Ostrowski played tape loops, drum machine, and analog electronics for the groundbreaking post-No Wave band. Recordings on Shimmy-disk, Sordide Sentimentale, and Metamkine, but sadly all out of print. A fair amount of Krackhouse's output can be found online, however, both legally and otherwise.