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Highly innovative short electronic works of North American composers. Ron Kuivila's Loose Canons, which creates fascinating timbres using "homemade" computer-driven electronic sound equipment, that constantly throws up permutations, which the performer attempts to "steer to moments of self-parody and subversion" (the composer calls this playing "through" the system, rather than "on" or "with" it). Mark Trayle's Megabitchin' (1989-92) is a live electronic piece using surf-guitar and cymbal samples, with modifying electronics triggered by a performer wearing a "dataglove." The result is a surreally beautiful homage to '60s surf music and Gordon Mumma's Megaton for William Burroughs' (a live electronics classic from the early '60s). This collection also includes: Jay Cloidt Light Fall (1989), David Dunn ...with zitterings of flight released, in memoriam Kenneth Gaburo (1993), Song (1994), Tim Labor Crosses the Bay of Fundy with a Smile on His Face and a Song in His Heart (1992), Joel Ryan Enfolded Strings Inial Mix (1994), Kenneth Atchley 6 House (from the opera on Tesla), and Tim Labor Clutch (1990).